September 15, 2014


Halo teman-teman!
Sebelumnya mohon maaf ya karena pengumuman pemenangnya lewat lebih dari satu minggu, hehehe. Semoga pada masih inget buat ngecek :)

Terima kasih atas partisipasi teman-teman di Giveaway Hop kali ini, totalnya ada lebih dari 50 peserta (dari sesama blogger ataupun readers) yang ikutan dan setelah diseleksi, ada 29 nama yang berhak masuk putaran undian karena telah menjawab semua tebakan dengan benar  dan telah terbukti memenuhi semua syarat.

To make things short, here's the screencap of our winners' names:


Khairisa R Primawestri sebagai pemenang 1 (berhak atas paket buku senilai Rp 350.000)


Asy-syifaa Halimatu Sadiah sebagai pemenang 2 (berhak atas paket buku senilai Rp 200.000)

Kalian akan dihubungi oleh Kak Ren dari Ren's Little Corner untuk detail mengenai bagaimana cara konfirmasi dan mendapatkan hadiahnya. Selamat ya!

Untuk yang lain yang belum beruntung kali ini, jangan khawatir! Insya allah I Prefer Reading bakal ngadain giveaway lagi kok lain kali hehehe dan juga, sering-sering pantengin blog member-member BBI ya, karena banyak banget giveaway pribadi maupun giveaway hop yang bisa kalian ikutin. :D

Kalau ada keluh kesah, masukan, kritik atau saran tentang August Rainbow Giveaway Hop ini, silakan disampaikan melalui kolom komentar ya, untuk perbaikan kedepannya nanti.

Sekian, selamat hari Senin! Have a nice week ahead <3

Have fun and read some more,

August 24, 2014

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Isla and the Happily Ever After

by Stephanie Perkins
published on August 14th, 2014 by Dutton Books
Young Adult/Contemporary/Romance
#3 book of Anna and the French Kiss series
352 pages


From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren't always forever.

Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and √Čtienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.

"I've always thought the best relationships are those that are as happy and content in silence as they are in action...."

Have you ever had a crush for so long you that slowly accept it as a mere daydream instead of something that could be a real thing? I have. And Isla has, too. That's why it's totally understandable how bizzarily(?) magical things for Isla Martin when, at the start of her senior year in high school, her longtime crush Joshua Wasserstein finally starts to reciprocate that feeling. How impossible! How come? Reading about Isla and Josh experiencing the start of their budding relationship is, in a word, heartwarming. You get to feel all the excitement of having your crush near you, talking about a lot of things that you thought you would never get the chance to actually share with him, thinking about the way he looks at you while you are talking. Was there something in my face? Did he found that funny? Did I behave appropriately in front of him? Should I not do these things? What should I do? Why is he so handsome oh my god I can't take it, that kind of things.

And then there's the nagging feeling that eventhough you're now willing to accept all the wonderful things that is happening (MY CRUSH LIKES ME BACK!), you're worrying about whether it's the real thing or not. Does he really like me, or it's just because I like him that he likes me? Is it real or is he merely being polite? What if someday he realizes that I'm not what he actually wants, after all this time. Will I survive the heartbreak? That's Isla for you, guys. The kind of Isla that you will meet when you read her story in this latest book by Stephanie Perkins.

 Josh grins. "Just give me your hand."
"Your hand," He repeats. "Give it to me."
I extend my shaking right hand. And-in a moment that is a hundred dreams come true-Joshua Wasserstein laces his fingers through mine. A staggering shock of energy shoots straight into my veins. Straight into my heart.
"There," He says. "I've been waiting a long time to do that."

Oh, the jittery electrical feeling when you first holding hands.
Stephanie writes Isla's moments with Josh authentically. I love that she actually grasps that feeling when you have a crush who (finally!) loves you back. Isla and Josh is so irritatingly adorable! There are moments when Isla is stuck on incoherent babbling because she can't control herself in front of Josh. I laughed so loud at that! Other times when they're talking, she just looks at him with goggle-eyes, or talking to herself, probably screaming internally. It doesn't help to read that Josh also feels like he's slowly being consumed of Isla. After all his closest friends in school left because they graduate early (remember Anna and the French Kiss?) and a heartbreak, Isla is just exactly what he needs to keep him in school. In between their story, Stephanie also touches some important issues, for example, treating your friends right (Kurt, Isla's bestfriend, he's a memorable side character), learn to know what you actually want for your future instead of letting other people (or God) to do it for you, and also how, as young adults, we're actually allowed to have fun and make the most of our youth.

The next things I love about Isla and the Happily Ever After, are: 1) There are a lot of places mentioned in the book. Not only Paris (where our main characters go to school) and New York (where they actually come from), the readers are also brought to Barcelona with the couple! I love it. And there's also a fleeting mention of Dartmouth, at the topic of college. 2) I have to admit, this third book is by far the SEXIEST book from Ms Perkins! Oh, if you think the sexiness in Anna and Lola is already on top, this time it falls on a whole another level. The fact that Josh is an artist who doodles, paints, draws, or simply does art is enough for me to consider him as real attractive, but then the sharpie and the shower scene happen. I was like OH MY GOD THIS IS SO GOOD THIS IS I CANNOT BELIEVE IT WHAT WHAT it was very hot but also very beautiful at the same time. Remember: Sharpie and shower!

But other than that, I have to say there are times when the story gets real frustrating. Here's why. I know insecurity is humane, it's impossible not to ever feel it in our younger times. Some days we feel more insecure than other days. But the thing is, in all honesty, I don't like being exposed to it when I'm reading about characters in books. I prefer to read about girls who are confident, who are badasses, who knows their worth, and who knows that despite their flaws, feeling insecure is a waste of time so it's better for them to just enjoy the days. That's what I found in Lola, that's what makes Lola special to me. So when things go awry in Isla and the Happily Ever After because of her insecurities that go out of hands, I was disturbed. Like what I said in the earlier paraghraphs, Isla feels scared, she feels jealous, she thinks the relationship between her and Josh is too good to be true. Then the whole thing that follows mimic the saying: What you thought become your words, your words become actions, and your actions become your reality. Drama-rama, drama momma drama. It gets that bad up to the moment where I feel like chunking a big block of stone to Isla's head. STOP TALKING. ACTUALLY STOP BREATHING ALREADY, YOU UNGRATEFUL BEING that's what I actually screamed in my head while staring with wide eyes upon the paragraphs.

Don't worry that much, though, because maybe it's just me. Lots of other readers feel like they have no problem with my issue about the book. Stephanie Perkins then lead us carefully until we meet all the previous characters in the first and second book (YES! Just you wait!) and give us the most wonderful surprise ever. It's such a perfect way to end her trilogy. So at the end, yeah, I'm still happy. I can't stop ooh-ing and aaah-ing at our favorite couples, hoping that they will continue to be as awesome as they are now and that I will finally get my own Anna to my St Clair, Lola to Cricket, and Isla to Josh.... My own happily ever after. That said, if Stephenie writes another contemporary YA, I would be more than happy to read it!

 “What are you working on?" I ask.
"The last page." He gestures towards the table, where a pencilled sketch is being turned into inked brushstrokes. It's a drawing of us, in this café, in this moment.
I smile up at him. "It's beautiful. But what comes next?"
"The best part." And he pulls me back into his arms. "The happily ever after.” 


 Hi, guys! What are you currently reading/watching/listening these days? Anything good? Have you read Isla? Tell me what do you think about it!
By the way, remember, there's still the August Rainbow Giveaway Hop going on in the blog, so if you want to win books (LOTS of books... with the total amount of money *winks winks*), make sure to come over to this post and join the fun!

Have lots of fun and read some more,

August 22, 2014

August Rainbow Giveaway Hop - Green

It's time for another giveaway hop! :D

August is a special month because I'm celebrating two birthdays this month! Yang pertama adalah ulangtahunku sendiri di tanggal 15 (hihi) dan ulangtahun I Prefer Reading di tanggal 22 ini. HAPPY BIRTHDAY IPR! <3
Untuk merayakannya, aku bersama 6 teman-teman lain (yang juga berulangtahun di bulan Agustus) memutuskan untuk mengadakan


Konsep dari giveaway hop kali ini adalah cover guessing game, sama seperti giveaway hop terakhir yang diadakan I Prefer Reading pada saat ulang tahun Blogger Buku Indonesia. Kemudian, karena hosts-nya berjumlah tujuh orang, kita memakai tema 'Rainbow' atau pelangi yang jumlah warnanya tujuh. Untuk di I Prefer Reading, warna dominan dalam cover guessing game ini adalah: Hijau!

Berikut aku jelaskan dulu ya mekanisme dan syarat untuk August Rainbow Giveaway Hop-nya

1. Giveaway berlangsung dari mulai hari ini, 22 Agustus 2014 hingga DUA minggu ke depan saja, yang berarti tanggal  5 September 2014
2. Peserta harus menebak dengan benar semua cover juga nama penulis dari buku-buku yang ditampilkan di masing-masing blog hosts August Rainbow Giveaway Hop. Oleh karena itu, kalian wajib mengunjungi dan juga follow semua blog yang menjadi hosts dalam giveaway ini (follow bisa melalui GFC, Bloglovin, ataupun email, bebas). Pada setiap blog, akan ada 4 buah cover. Maka, total cover yang harus kalian tebak adalah 4 cover x 7 blog = 28 buah cover.
3. Bagi kalian yang berhasil menebak keseluruhan dari cover yang ada, nama kalian berhak untuk masuk ke dalam undian pemenang. Kami akan memilih dua orang pemenang tercepat yang dapat memecahkan semua tebakan dalam cover guessing game ini.
4. Apabila di antara peserta tidak ada yang dapat menebak dengan keseluruhan 28 cover yang ada, maka dua pemenang yang akan kita pilih adalah mereka yang paling banyak jumlah benarnya
5. Jangan lupa sertakan nama lengkap, email, serta akun social networking yang dapat dihubungi supaya kalian mudah dihubungi bila menang, yaaa

Mungkin ada yang bertanya-tanya, duh emang August Rainbow Giveaway Hop ini hadiahnya apa sih, kok repot-repot banget gitu syaratnya? Hehehe :D

Hadiah untuk Giveaway Hop ini adalah 

Paket buku pilihan sendiri dengan jumlah total Rp 550.000 untuk dua orang pemenang! 



Jadi, pemenang pertama berhak mendapatkan hadiah buku senilai Rp 350.000, sedangkan pemenang kedua mendapatkan Rp 200.000 :D

Nah, untuk bagian GREEN/HIJAU di I Prefer Reading, cover-cover berikutlah yang harus kalian tebak:

Untuk memudahkan kalian, aku beri hints yaaa. Mudah-mudahan bisa banyak membantu

  • Dua diantara empat cover tersebut merupakan buku-buku dari genre favoritku: Young Adult. Yang berarti, mereka buku berbahasa Inggris. Tapi sampai sekarang, dua-duanya belum diterjemahkan oleh penerbit di Indonesia huhuhu
  • Sementara, dua lainnya merupakan buku keluaran penerbit lokal, dan dua-duanya adalah antologi (kumpulan cerita). 1 terbit tahun 2013, 1 lainnya terbit tahun 2014.
  • Tiga diantara empat cover buku yang harus kalian tebak di atas udah pernah aku post reviewnya di I Prefer Reading, lho. Jadi, silakan backtrack IPR untuk membantu kalian menjawab!
  • Satu di antara empat buku tersebut bertemakan travel/perjalanan
  • Perhatikan baik-baik kata kunci berikut ini ya. Secara berurutan: Pelangi (Rainbow), If, Telanjang, Menyulut.
Pertanyaan selanjutnya adalah, dimana kalian harus menjawabnya? Apakah di kolom komentar seperti biasa? Nggak, kalian dipersilakan menjawab pada laman googledocs berikut ini. Jangan lupa sertakan identitas kalian. Jangan lupa juga untuk ajak teman-teman lain! Kalian boleh banget apabila ingin share tentang August Rainbow Giveaway Hop ini melalui twitter, facebook, atau bahkan blog kalian sendiri. Tidak wajib, namun akan ada poin tambahan apabila kalian melakukannya.

Sekian penjelasan dari aku. Apabila ada hal-hal yang kurang jelas dan ingin kalian tanyakan, silakan tanya melalui kolom komentar. Jangan lupa kunjungi blog-blog hosts lain untuk menjawab semua warna-warna yang ada, ya :)

Dunia Dalam Kertas | Kuroneko Book Club | Mari Ngomongin Buku | Notes of A Dreamer | Ren's Little Corner | Purple Bookish

Semangat yaaa, selamat berburu buku! I hope August will continue to give you more awesome surprises! <3

Have fun and read some more,

August 10, 2014

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

written by Sarah J Maas
published on August 7th 2012 by Bloomsbury USA
book #1 of Throne of Glass series
Young Adult/Fantasy/Romance
404 pages


After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another.

Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

“My name is Celaena Sardothien. But it makes no difference if my name's Celaena or Lillian or Bitch, because I'd still beat you, no matter what you call me.”   

Throne of Glass is definitely that book which makes you seriously question yourself with the sentence: "Why didn't I read this sooner?!" It's an immensely entertaining high fantasy with a strong, badass, remarkable female main character that everyone who's looking for a good quality YA fantasy should look up to. Thank you, everyone out there, who feels like they haven't praised the book enough. You got me read this one.

Celaena Sardothien, a young asassin in the country of Erilea, was thrown into a salt mine prison after getting caught three years ago. For a long time she became a slave in that mine, but she endured it. Now the Crown Prince, Dorian Havilliard, offers to grant Celaena her freedom, if only she could become the Kings' Champion and prove that she, indeed, is the best. To get the title, though, Celaena has to beat other strong opponents in a deadly competition. Things get confusing when one by one, Celaena's opponents are found dead in dreadful conditions. Who might be the killer and what's the motivation behind the killings?

In this debut fantasy novel by Sarah J Maas, she writes a thorougly convincing and enjoyable high but light fantasy. There's something about the way she writes that makes us, as readers, believe in her words. The strong characterization of Celaena is one proof of it. (By the way, isn't the girl's name one of the best YA literary name, ever? I mean, CELAENA SARDOTHIEN. So much swag in two words. I really appreciate the author's ability to come up with some quite epic names that acually fits for her characters) As the best (and probably the youngest) assassin in Erilea, she has this harsh and powerful side of her, with so much badassery contained in one body. [The swordfighting scene with Chaol actually took my breath away!] Celaena knows not merely how to fight, but how to fight hard. This girl values herself because she knows that she's good at killing, that she deseves a high amount of respect for what she has accomplished in such a young age. Her self-boastness is something to be expected.  What I didn't expect was the girlish, teenagery side of her that surfaces every now and then. Like any other normal 18 years old girls out there, Celaena is still excited over the thought of parties, ballgowns, and other feminine matters which I admit, makes her not only so overly CUTE, but also lovable! She's like this ferocious, grumpy cat that will turn into a fluffy kitten when offered candies. This girl also has so much snark and fun-ness in oneself! I really really enjoyed every smartypants, wit-filled conversations that she exhanged with Chaol (and other characters as well) throughout the book. As if all of that are not enough, Sarah J Maas coerced me to love this girl even more when her passion toward literature and libraries is revealed. That way I started to believe that Celaena is truly powerful, strong, and unbeatable, but she's also a normal 18 years old girl who still wants to enjoy life as it is.

“Over a million? A million books?” Her heart leapt and danced, and she cracked a smile. “I’d die before I even got through half of that!” 
“You like to read?” 
She raised an eyebrow. “Don’t you?”   
“Libraries were full of ideas–perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.”

The plot line flows seamlessly, alternating between scenes where Celaena is happily enjoying herself being showered by the luxury of palace life after three years living in a salt mine, the training, the get-to-know-you parts between her and other characters (Dorian, Chaol, Lady Nehemia, Nox, and others. I'm happy to say that it's clear Sarah J Maas put a lot of attentions to her side characters, because even Nehemia is a well complicatedly written character who actually holds an important role in the book), and the competition itself. There's a few letdown of the book, though, for the synopsis somehow created this quite high expectation that the 'competition' parts would be more like Hunger Games-y, while actually it's not that bad. Arrow shooting, running, one-on-one fight, identifying poisoned liquid, and all that. If I have to be honest, this book needs more action. More brutal fights, more mess. I want the assassin side of Celaena to be given lights more often. Show us, Sarah J Maas, SHOW US. Also, I am never a fan of love triangle, and while Throne of Glass' romance does not really qualify as love triangle, the somehow grey-ish relationship between Celaena, Prince Dorian, and Chaol got me torn for a while. I know clearly who I'm rooting for (CHAOL WESTFALL, of course. You have to read the book to grasp this INTENSE attraction between him and Celaena, which is like, the best thing ever. They're so special), I could not help but to enjoy all her moments with the other boy, too. These two boys can't help it but to get blown away by Celaena's astonishing charms, ha ha.

All in all, I would suggest this series to any of you who's currently looking for a good quality Young Adult series, especially for fantasy maniacs! Eventhough the turn of events might seem predictable at times, the story is supported by some well-crafted qualities such as good characterization, good dialogs, emotions play, and also filled with beautiful lines here and there. The series is set for six books (three books already out so far, which I will completely devour soon!) along half of dozen novellas that you can enjoy in between. 

A glimpse of awesomeness to Throne of Glass:

“Would you like to dance with me?”
He laughed. “With you? No.”
She looked at the marble floor, her chest tight. “You needn’t be so cruel.”
“Cruel? Celaena, Perrington is just over there. I’m sure he’s not happy about you being here, so I wouldn’t risk drawing his attention any more than necessary.”
Chaol’s eyes softened. “If he weren’t here, I would have said yes.” 
“Anyway,” Chaol added, jerking his chin at Dorian, “I think you have far more attractive suitors vying for your attention. I’m boring company to keep.”
“I don’t mind being here with you.”
“I’m sure you don’t,” Chaol said dryly, though he met her stare.
“I mean it. Why aren’t you dancing with anyone? Aren’t there ladies whom you like?”
“I’m the Captain of the Guard—I’m not exactly a catch for any of them.” There was some sorrow in his eyes, though it was well concealed.
“Are you mad? You’re better than everyone in here. And you’re—you’re very handsome,” she said, taking his hand in her free one. There was beauty in Chaol’s face—and strength, and honor, and loyalty. She stopped hearing the crowd, and her mouth became dry as he stared at her. How had she missed it for so long?
“You think so?” he said after a moment, looking at their clasped hands.
She tightened her grasp. “Why, if I wasn’t—”


“Right," Chaol said. "So you're just... memorizing that information now?"
"If you're suggesting that I have no reason to be here and to leave, then tell me to go." 
"I'm just trying to figure out what's so boring that you dozed off 10 minutes ago."
She propped herself up onto her elbows. "I did not!"
His eyebrows rose. "I heard you snoring."
"You're a liar, Chaol Westfall." She threw her paper at him at ploppedback on the couch. "I only closed my eyes for a minute."
He shook his head again and went back to work.
Celaena blushed. "I didn't really snore, did I?"
His face was utterly serious as he said, "Like a bear.”   


You could be great. You could rattle the stars. You could do anything if only you dared.”

What are you reading lately? Are you having a lot of fun this weekend? I hope August is treating you well so far. If you have read the book and you love it, tell me!
If you're convinced to read the book after reading this review and you love it, tell me as well! It will seriously make my day. :)

Have fun and read some more!

August 02, 2014

Jobless July

Well, I was not exactly jobless in July, you see, but these two months between July and August are the time when I will have full 31 days off (summer break, everybody! *inner happy dance*). Except for the days where I have to make presentations in high schools along with other friends, I basically just stay at home, challenging my inner sloth. Since colleges are off, I did quite lots of breakfasting together with my old friends from elementary, middle, high school, even college friends in July, something that us Indonesian regularly do in Ramadhan month. It was fun to catch up with them, seeing how we're doing after months apart.

Did you read?
Why, YES, I did read, and in July I participated in #BCIDReadathon that was held by @BookClubID (update: I only managed to finish 3 books instead of 4 or 5 like I was originally intended). I didn't update the blog, I know, sorry for the lack of post! Since we're in this, I would also like to make an evaluation of my 2014 blogging goals that I set up in the beginning of the year, something like a mid-year evaluation, because it seems like I need to be reminded over and over again of my goals to get myself back on track.

Here is what I wrote in my 'Changes, Plans, and Secret Santa 2013' post last year.

'Beberapa goals buat IPR di tahun 2014 nanti'
  • Dalam sebulan, harus posting minimal 5 postingan. 
  • Pasang target Goodreads Reading Challenge 100 buku lagi, dan harus berhasil.
  • Lebih aktif berpartisipasi di BBI.
  • Tapi harus tetap bisa nyeimbangin waktu antara kuliah, social life dan blogging!

For the first point, I said that I have to post minimum 5 posts in a month. The first months were done quite good, started with 10 posts in January and February, but you can see as college started again in February and got a lil bit hectic during March, April, and the next months (not to mention the family problems that arised), I (pitifully) lost my balance in managing academic life, social life, and blogging, and unfortunately the latter had to be the one that was sacrificed, hence why in the last 3 months starting from May I didn't even write anything at all. *sigh* 
I know, no excuses, I'm sorry. We still have five months ahead to fix this. Go go go go go!

What about my reading challenge?
For the Goodreads Reading Challenge, I'm happy to say that I'm still on track (73 books so far). I have to admit that historical romances help a lot in this challenge, for most of them are light and have happy endings. Happy endings make me happy and want to read other books immediately, heheheh. I still read quite a lot of young adult books (contemporary or others), I just suck at writing reviews for them :| I also set myself to participate in at least one post of #PosbarBBI every month as my attempt to be more active in the community, but so far I have only participated in 4 months out of 7.

So there goes my report card...

Those are the books I read in July, 8 books in total. Only three of them are young adult books (ahaha), another one is a snippet suprise from JK Rowling, but it wasn't even a novella so I do not include that one.

  • JD Robb's Glory in Death and Immortal in Death are the second and third book from the famous In Death series. I totally fell in love with the futuristic setting (oh, all the technologies!) and the series' power couple, Eve and Roarke. Stories about murders, criminals, and similar things like that are not usually what in my cup of tea, but for this series I found myself an exception.
  • Loretta Chase's Lord of Scoundrels was my historical fiction pick of the month. Fabulous main female character! It was deliciously entertaining ;)
  • Ain't She Sweet by Susan Elizabeth Philips and Make You Mine by Macy Beckett are both adult fictions. In short, I prefer the former much better than the latter. I would totally look for other writings by Susan Elizabeth Philips.
  • Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson, one of my favorite YA authors. She wrote Amy and Roger's Epic Detour also Second Chance Summer, two books that I would recommend to everyone. This latest creation from her, eventhough still very much enjoyable, fell on my least favorite, though.

    Girl has one of the most notable characters' names in YA literary world: CELAENA SARDOTHIEN.

    I really enjoyed this year's World Cup because THE GERMANS WERE ON FIRE, BABY and they won magnificently!!! :") This is my third time rooting for them in World Cup (I still remember crying my eyes out when they lose in WC 2010, this time I also cried but it was out of happiness YAAAAAS) I felt so proud seeing Bastian Schweinsteiger finally held the golden cup ahahahahah.
    What team did you support for in this year's World Cup, by the way?

    I watched three movies last month. You are the Apple of My Eye is a heartwarming coming of age Taiwanese movie adapted from book with the same name by author Giddens Ko (Indonesian version of the book is published by Penerbit Haru), Kings of Summer is a 2013 movie (Nick Robinson! luvvv) but it was a lil bit disappointing because the movie is kinda boring, and the latest one, Bajaj Bajuri is a local movie adapted from a famous sitcom that I recently watched this week.

    As for music, I replayed Beyonce's Pretty Hurts and Taylor Swift's All Too Well many times this month.
    Also, I just recently got hooked on (yet another) korean boyband called BTS/Bangtan Boys! My music player is currently repeating their songs over and over again as I write this post. I love how a lot of their members are still so young (Jimin and Taehyun are both 95-liners while Jungkook is a 97-liner. They're such a wonder).

    No book blog recommendation this time, but here are a few links worth reading from around the web:

    August is my all time favorite month of the year because (of course), it's my BIRTHDAY MONTH YAAAAAAAAS. (Hint hint, middle date hint hint) I'm not excited about the prospect of getting older nooo but to think that I'll finally overcome another year in my life is somehow a beautiful thing. 18 has given me so much badassery, experiences, and magics that have molded and shaped me even more yuhuuu.

    Other things I'm also excited about in August:
    • Bangtan Boys comeback! Winner debut! EXO's new variety show, Legend! (Yup my life has been overtaken by korean boys, pretty much)
    • If I Stay, the movie
    • More high school presentations... It's a great way to exercise my public speaking :)
    • ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER! Asdrjfeufefbecujrierfeufrnfe the book will be out only a day before my birthday <3

    • Indonesian Independence Day on the 17th hihihih always love the atmosphere of celebration here
    • More hanging out times with my friends!

    What about you, what are you excited about for in August? Did you go anywhere for vacation this holiday? (I hope July was also a joyful month for you all) Any favorite book/article/movie/songs from July that you want to recommend? Shoot me with your words!

    Don't forget to have fun and read some more :)

    July 24, 2014

    Landline by Rainbow Rowell


    ditulis oleh Rainbow Rowell
    diterbitkan 8 Juli 2014 oleh St. Martin's Press
    Contemporary/Drama/Adult Fiction
    310 halaman
    buku lain dari penulis: Eleanor & Park, Fangirl, Attachment


    Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems besides the point now.

    Maybe that was always besides the point.

    Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go home without her.

    When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.

    That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts . . .

    Is that what she’s supposed to do?

    Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?

    “Someone had given Georgie a magic phone and all she'd wanted to do with it is stay up late talking to her old boyfriend. If they'd given her a proper time machine, she probably would have used it to cuddle with him. Let someone else kill Hitler.”

    Salah satu dilema terbesar yang dihadapi perempuan dalam usia kerja biasanya adalah memutuskan untuk jadi stay at home mom atau working mom. Banyak perempuan nggak rela untuk sekadar mengurus anak-anak di rumah setelah bertahun-tahun mengejar gelar dari institusi pendidikan tinggi yang susah payah ia raih tanpa merasakan kesempatan memiliki karir yang bagus dan hebat seperti para laki-laki. Buat apa sekolah tinggi-tinggi kalau akhirnya hanya di rumah dan mengurus anak? Lalu ketika ia memutuskan bekerja, pertanyaan selanjutnya adalah tapi yang akan bertanggung jawab pada anak-anak, siapa? Ada pengorbanan yang harus direlakan dari kedua pilihan tersebut, entah kebahagiaan pribadi atau kedekatan dengan keluarga sendiri. Inilah yang dihadapi oleh Georgie McCool dalam Landline, buku terbaru dari Rainbow Rowell.

    Liburan natal kali ini, Georgie dan keluarganya sudah berencana untuk pergi ke Omaha, rumah keluarga Neal (suami Georgie) berada. Georgie merasa liburan inilah salah satu cara yang akan dapat memperbaiki hubungan keluarga dan pernikahannya yang belakangan seolah di ujung tanduk. Tapi kemudian sebuah kesempatan besar yang tak bisa disia-siakan dari tempat kerja Georgie datang, dimana ia harus tetap pergi ke kantor untuk menyelesaikan skenario agar bisa dipresentasikan (Georgie bekerja sebagai penulis acara komedi di TV). Ketika memberitahukan hal ini pada Neal, Neal jelas kecewa, dan kemudian memutuskan bahwa Neal bersama kedua anak mereka, Noomi dan Alice, akan tetap pergi meskipun tanpa Georgie. Setelah itu, Neal seolah menjauh. Tak hanya sulit dihubungi, ia pun nggak pernah berusaha menelpon Georgie balik. Georgie yang larut dalam kekecewaan akhirnya memutuskan untuk tinggal sementara di rumah orangtuanya, sambil sesekali berusaha menghubungi Neal melalui telepon tua berwarna kuning yang ada di rumah lama tersebut. Tak disangka, Neal memang akhirnya menjawab telepon dari Georgie, tapi Neal ini bukan Neal suami Georgie yang sekarang, melainkan Neal versi empat belas tahun lalu, beberapa saat sebelum mereka menikah....

    Lewat Landline, Rainbow Rowell mengukuhkan sekali lagi kemampuannya untuk menulis suatu kisah yang sangat menyentuh luar biasa melalui hal-hal sederhana. Melalui percakapan antara Georgie yang sekarang dan Neal dari masa lalu, pembaca dibawa hingga ke saat-saat awal pertemuan mereka berdua dulu. Iya, setengah dari Landline adalah flashbacks, dan bagian-bagian itu justru yang menurutku lebih menyenangkan daripada bagian-bagian cerita di masa sekarang. Georgie dan Neal tuh total opposites banget, dengan sifat Georgie yang easygoing sementara Neal orangnya tenang, pendiam, lebih nyaman berkutat dalam dunianya sendiri. Georgie aktif, populer, tipe perempuan yang selalu berani untuk take actions, dan selalu tau apa yang ia mau, beda dengan Neal yang keinginannya cenderung berubah-ubah. It's so lovely to read how these two different people get united in a relationship. Seperti layaknya pasangan-pasangan lain, mereka punya berbagai masalah internal, dari mulai hubungan Georgie yang terlalu dekat dengan partner kerja sekaligus sahabatnya dari dulu, Seth, lalu posisi Georgie yang biasa memegang kendali, hingga rasa bersalah menumpuk yang dirasakan Georgie ketika Neal akhirnya mengalah dengan memutuskan untuk tidak bekerja demi mengurus kedua anak mereka. Hal-hal ini tidak dikomunikasikan dengan baik sampai kemudian Neal dan anak-anak pergi ke Omaha dan Georgie tenggelam dalam asumsi dan rasa bersalah sendirian.

    “You don't know when you're twenty-three.
    You don't know what it really means to crawl into someone else's life and stay there. You can't see all the ways you're going to get tangled, how you're going to bond skin to skin. How the idea of separating will feel in five years, in ten - in fifteen. When Georgie thought about divorce now, she imagined lying side by side with Neal on two operating tables while a team of doctors tried to unthread their vascular systems.
    She didn't know at twenty-three.”

    Setelah menghabiskan beberapa kesempatan berbicara dengan Neal versi empat belas tahun lalu melalui sambungan telepon aneh itu, Georgie mulai bertanya-tanya, apakah memang keputusan mereka untuk menikah adalah yang terbaik? Bagaimana bila Georgie bisa membujuk Neal untuk tidak melamarnya pada waktu itu, mungkin saja Neal akan mendapatkan hidup yang lebih layak dan lebih menyenangkan daripada yang mereka alami saat ini? Bisakah hubungan mereka diperbaiki kembali?

    Membaca tulisan Rainbow Rowell selalu terasa seperti kejadian tersebut bisa terjadi dalam kehidupan nyata, dan segala percakapannya benar-benar diucapkan oleh orang biasa. Nggak terasa berlebihan sih (just, adorably and irritatingly cheesy hehehe) tapi bener-bener bisa mainin emosi. Halaman-halamannya penuh dengan quotes-quotes yang bisa bikin uaahhhhh, meleleh sendiri. Nangis, Ta? IYA SEMPET NANGIS BANGET. Terus, entah kenapa deh cerita adult fictions karya Rowell pun lebih enak dibaca daripada kisah YA-nya? Neal dan Georgie terasa real, and it pleases me as a reader that despite all of the problems and threats to their marriage, the fact that Georgie and Neal are still very much in love with each other is something that can't be denied. Sepanjang baca Landline aku terus keingetan sama salah satu quote dari buku One Day karya David Nicholls yang diucapkan Emma ke Dexter: "I love you, Dex, so much, I just don't like you anymore."

    Yang ini nih. HUHUHU sedih kalo inget endingnya :((

    Landline memberi kita pelajaran bahwa dalam sebuah hubungan, komunikasi baik itu sesuatu yang harus dibangun dan diusahakan oleh pihak-pihak yang terlibat. Come to think of it, hal ini berlaku nggak hanya untuk hubungan pernikahan dan keluarga aja, tapi juga hubungan sesama manusia secara general. Kalau kita ketika punya masalah hanya berasumsi, merasa nggak enak, terus dipikirin tapi nggak pernah benar-benar diomongin dan diselesaikan ya masalah akan tetap ada. Rainbow juga kayak lagi ngasih tunjuk 'Nih, yang namanya hubungan sama pasangan, apalagi pernikahan dan punya keluarga bareng itu bukan sesuatu yang gampang. Dikira kalau udah nikah itu cuma senang-senang doang?' Makanya, nggak usah resah-resah lah yang masih single, atau yang nanti pas lebaran diuber-uber dengan pertanyaan 'Udah punya pacar belum? Kapan nikah? Kapan punya anak?' Yak kan pembahasan melebar kemana-mana =)) Selain masalah dalam keluarga inti Georgie dan Neal, Rainbow Rowell juga menyinggung hal-hal minor lain melalui hubungan Georgie dengan orangtua (Beda usia Georgie dan ayah tirinya cuma tiga tahun!) dan adiknya, Heather.

    “Nobody's lives just fit together. Fitting together is something you work at. It's something you make happen - because you love each other.”

    Untuk pembaca yang sebelumnya udah pernah nyicipin tulisan Rainbow Rowell, Landline ini harus dicoba juga! Terutama buat yang ngerasa Eleanor and Park atau Fangirl terlalu cheesy dan remaja banget. Menurutku pribadi, Landline ini entah gimana lebih enak dibaca dibanding Fangirl. Sementara kalau baca Attachment chick-flicknya kerasa banget, nah Landline agak serius sedikit lah daripada itu. Ada beberapa hal yang agak terasa 'gantung' sih dari Landline ini juga, diantaranya tentang unsur telepon absurd yang bisa time-travel itu dan penyelesaian akhir hubungan Georgie sama Neal (I want it to be muuuuch longer than that! Huhuhuhuhu), terus aku juga sempet skip beberapa bagian waktu Georgie di tempat kerja bareng Seth, borrrrring, tapi secara keseluruhan, membaca Landline buatku sangat-sangat nggak mengecewakan!

    Review ini aku sertakan dalam Posting Bareng BBI Juli 2014 dengan tema Teen/Family Issue. :)

    Yeay! Akhirnya nulis review lagi! Hihihi
    Have fun and read some more, teman-teman,

    July 17, 2014

    Book Club Indonesia's 1st Readathon

    First of all, I wanna say huge thank you to @BookClubID who have kindly invited me to participate in their 1st readathon! I feel quite honored, hehe. This event will be held starting tomorrow, Friday, July 18th until Sunday, July 20th.  Honestly, I have never done this before, simply because I've always been afraid that I could not force myself to actually sit and read and read and read books as much as possible. It's true that my reading time is solely dictated by my mood. But then again, I thought, why not?

    So yes, count me in!

    To those of you who are reading this and may have questions such as 'What is a readathon?', 'How do I do it?' et all, Nicole has explained this in her announcement post, but I will quote the answers here.

    A readathon is simply a reading marathon! Usually, book communities select a few days and dedicate it to as much reading as possible. It can be any book you already have, or there might be a theme around it as well. For Book Club Indonesia's first readathon, we aim to read as much books off of our shelves as possible. That means finally picking up those lonely books that have been sitting on your bookshelves for years, unread and unreached for

    What: Within the set three days, you can challenge yourself to as much pages and books you want. There are special challenges that you can participate in, but they aren't prerequisites or anything. They're just fun segments to keep your reading on track! There will also be sprints on our Twitter page, and these are small activities that the whole community can participate in. These sprints have a time limit, say 40 minutes, and within those 40 minutes, we will RT and tweet back everybody who managed to participate in the sprint. The sprints will require you to incorporate the book you've got on hand, so make sure you have that ready!

    How: Simply take a book, any book, preferably one that's been collecting dust the longest on your shelves, sit down, and read. Read and read and read for three days, and you can brag to your friends that you've completed a readathon! If you want to participate with the community, however, simply stalk our Twitter or update us through any social media platform you have. On Twitter, please use the hashtag #bcidreadathon, and don't forget to include this when you participate in our Twitter sprints. You don't have to mention us, just be sure to put in the hashtag. That's how we'll be responding to you guys!

    Don't you think doing a readathon is another excellent reason to up the number of your Goodreads 2014 Reading Challenge? How's your progress so far, by the way? I started pretty good at the beginning of this year but since the blog kinda went MIA these past weeks MONTHS my reading has been lacking too. It's time to catch up!

    As for the challenges for the readathon, there are three of them

    Challenge #1: Read a book that is written in another language.

    Mangas are fine, but it'd be better if you read a proper book that's written in a foreign language. Let's say you're used to reading English books (like me), give a Bahasa Indonesia book a try! Or any language you can read for that matter.

    Challenge #2: Finish a series

    Simply as the title says! If you've already read the first book of its series, reading the rest of the books in the series will count as an accomplished challenge. So all you folks who have finished the second book of a trilogy, pick that last book up and give the series a huge 'check'!

    Challenge #3: Read an e-book

    There are many people who doubt e-books. I love them, so for that I challenge you to read at least one e-book! It can be an e-novella too (hint hint, destroy me, hint hint, READ IT).

    My days will be pretty packed up this weekend so I honestly can't promise anything, but I'd like to finish around 4 or 5 books by the end of Sunday night. There are lots of ebook saved up on my e-reader which I haven't even started yet, so I think I'll be doing Challenge #3 (and that automatically means I'm taking on Challenge #1 too since those ebooks are in English).

    What books am I planning to read? Let's see. My to-be-read list included Jenny Han's To All the Boys I've Loved Before, Sarah J Mass' Throne of Glass, Fiona Wood's Wildlife, Libba Bray's The Diviners and few other physical books that are still waiting patiently in line to get picked out (Robin Well's Variant and Anne Frank's Diary, to name a few), but there's a big probability that I will ended up reading totally different books from those I have mentioned. I'm quite picky in deciding what to read next ;)

    To those of you who are interested, let's do this together! I know to read books on weekend does not really seem unusual for us bookworms (why there, we do this every weekend, hehe) but to know that there are a lot of us who are doing it together and setting a number of goal are what makes it special! You can sign up here or go to Book Club ID's page for further explanation.

    By the way if you haven't followed @BookClubID on Twitter, you should! It's one of my favorite accounts on the Twitter bookverse.

    Have fun and read some more!

    Questions for you: Have you ever participated in a readathon before? How did it go, did you accomplish your goal? If you're gonna take part in BookClubID's readathon tomorrow, tell me what books are you planning to 'eat up' on the weekend! :)

    June 21, 2014

    Random Questions // Book Blogger Test

    Thank you Kak Fiona and Aul for tagging me! Sorry it took so long.

    What are your top three book pet hates?
    -When great books are translated into the Indonesian version horribly. Not only the quality of translation, but also the cover, font, and else... Ugh.
    -Full of angst but no happy ending books. Heh.
    -Horror/thriller/books that contain rape or cheating. I try to avoid them most of the time.

    Describe your perfect reading spot.
    -On my bed, with blanket covering half of my body, which is turned away from any door/window in case I suddenly cry while reading.

    Tell us three book confessions.
    -I aways worry about books being turned into movies, because most people (who are non-readers) will judge the book based on the movie, not the book itself. And most of the time movies really do not do books any justice.
    -I hate The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, a book that I read for Prose class this semester. It was my second time reading the book yet I still can't stand how horrible Amir is.
    -I somehow have lost interest in local books, hence why I rarely visit local bookstores anymore. *shrug*

    When was the last time you cried during a book?
    -Seriously, I'm a book crier. I cry A LOT even in non-emotional parts. I can be peacefully reading and then an ONLY slightly touching moment appears and I'm like,

    How many books are on your bedside table?
    I don't have any bedside table...

    What is your favorite snack whilst your reading?
    I'm really sorry for being a toot, but it's 'you're' ;)
    Almost any snack will do, actually, but mostly I eat salty biscuits.

    Name three books you would recommend to everyone.

    Show us a picture of your favorite bookshelf on your bookcase.
    No favorite, I like all my shelves! :)
    Here are few of them

    I know, the pictures are such a mess.
    The idea of creating those books-in-the-wall shelves came to me a few years ago upon seeing my aunt making a square shaped hole in the wall to store her collection of antique vases. I thought, that's a good idea to place my books too! Luckily my parents agreed to it. The shelves clearly save places, so, yeah. I'm pretty proud of them. :)

    Write how much books mean to you in just three word.
    I breathe them.

    What is your biggest reading secret?
    -Lately, I've started to frequently read adult books (historical/contemporary)... But I still hesitate to read them in public. The covers are always.... well, you know, heheheh.

    I know I haven't updated the blog for a really long time.... I apologize but truthfully right now it's a bit hard for me to get the blogging mojo back. So I thought, why not begin with simple thing such as this one?
    Hopefully I will go back updating the blog regularly.
    If you're still reading this, thank you!

    May 03, 2014

    Adjusting April

    Yep. April was a month of accepting and adjusting to the 'new' (but hopefully will only be temporary) situation, as the result of the mini-apocalyptic event that strucked my family in March. It's still a struggle to go through each day, this void that you cannot miss... But we're a little bit stronger and tougher now, so I think we will be okay soon. At least, I hope so. Right, enough with this passive-agressive thing.

    In term of college, April was so-so, loads of assignments were given I thought the professors had seriously gone cazy, but I enjoyed each day. We started discussing Jane Eyre in class and I'm pretty excited about it. I love Jane Eyre! Also, presented a book review for Reading class, my friend and I picked 'Every Day' by David Levithan. Felt quite happy to successfully influenced some other friends to read the book :)

    Did nothing special last month except for the rituals... And oh, announced the winner of BBI Giveaway Hop! Another giveaway is coming around August, I think, to celebrate the second annivesary of this blog. Whew, two years already?
    Only managed to publish 7 posts, well, that was a disappointment... Even for me. I want to try keeping the mood even in the busiest time, and I shall do it. Want to give me advice on managing the blogging mood even when the heart does not feel that way?

    In term of reading, I think it went okay. Finished 10 books in April (though two of them are novellas...) read some others but mostly did not finish it (yet). I'm a sucker for juggling and switching between lots of books at once. And the winner of never actually finishing them, HA!

    • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. "I am no bird, and no net ensnares me." Amazing deal! Got this for less than $4. After watching the movie (2011 BBC version, starring Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender) and read the book for the second time, I can officially say that Jane Eyre is my favorite classic. Don't ask me whyyyy, but to be honest, I personally like it much more than Pride and Prejudice.
    • Gilded Ashes by Rosamund Hodge is a novella set in Cruel Beauty world. This time it's a retelling of Cinderella, just a little bit darker and edgier....
    • MY FAVORITE READ OF THE MONTH: Dreams of Gods and Monsters of Laini Taylor. I practically had to remind myself not to flip the pages too fast because I did not want the series to end on me yet. It delivered magnificently. I LOVE THE BOOK! YOU DA GURL, LAINI TAYLOR. I ADORE YOU.
    • Another unnecessary sequel from a beloved book.... Twisted by Emma Chase. You do not need to read it, really, though if you're interested, well, it's still quite fun.
    • Galila by Jessica Huwae, a book I read to join this month's #Posbar. The theme is 'woman'. A quite solid book with long narratives, I found myself liking the title character.
    • Another favorite read this month: Open Road Summer by Emery Lord! I could not believe it was a debut book! So much fun, so loveable, so worth it. Cute romance and beautiful friendship, road trips and touring with a star....
    • In the Bag by Kate Klise. A flash read while commuting to the capital. It was okay... Not disappointing yet not remarkable either.

    • On the Surface by Kate Willoughby. Love it! This author clearly knows a lot about what she writes. Hockey is not a sport that I'm familiar with, and through this book I found a new appreciation towar the game. Also, Ms Willoughby is good at writing a believable male narrator's POV! :)

    Also on the blog: Traveling with a Bookish Twist | Review: What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick |


    All the songs in the album, based on what I heard through the comeback showcase videos are extremely good, I especially love their remake of 'I like you, I like you' YAYYY another comeback season for these 12 boys!

    Birdy's Skinny Love and Pharrell's Happy were also two titles that I frequently repeated last month.

    By the way, now I finally know why lots of people adore 10 Things I Hate about You. Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger were lovely <3

    Excited about The Amazing Spiderman 2! These lovebirds are one of my favorites.

    By the way, after seeing my friend sitting her butt watching Man from the Stars for HOURS while giggling like a loony and then cries heavily afterward.... Now I'm kinda curious to watch the famous KDrama. Is there any of you who have watched it? What do you think?

    Looking for a book blog primarily focuses on YA books with great discussion posts? Notebook Sisters is definitely one of those. I haven't been following them for that long, but I love their little corner of the internet already. Notebook Sisters is mantained by Cait and Mime.

    • Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort did a truly lovely photoshoot for EW, TFiOS promotional-wise. A little bit too much.... maybe?
    • See the first trailer of Gone Girl, directed by David Fincher. I was amazed by the book, though there will be some big changes in the movie I will still surely watch it!

    There are going to be sooo many day-offs in May, so I'm happily expecting this month. Day-off means more time to catch my sleep time.... Yay!

    Things I'm excited about:
    - EXO's comeback galore

    So what about you? How is your reading progress? What are you most expecting on May?

    Have fun and read some more,

    April 29, 2014

    Galila by Jessica Huwae

    sebuah buku oleh Jessica Huwae
    diterbitkan 17 Maret 2014 oleh Gramedia Pustaka Utama
    331 halaman
    buku lain dari penulis: Skenario Remang-Remang,
    selesai dibaca 19 April 2014


    Berusaha mengubur masa lalu dengan meniti karier hingga menjadi diva negeri ini, Galila justru dipaksa menghadapi kenangan itu lagi tepat ketika hidupnya mulai bahagia: Prestasi gemilang, nama tersohor, dan Eddie, pria yang ia cintai, akan menikahinya.

    Ia pun kembali ke pulau asalnya jauh di timur Indonesia. Menyelami lagi jejak masa silam yang membentuk dirinya sekarang. Menengok kampung halaman yang sempat luluh lantak akibat kerusuhan antar agama. Bertanya pada diri sendiri, apakah perempuan tanpa nama belakang dan masa lalu seperti dirinya masih memiliki masa depan?

    "Hanya Galila?"
    "Tanpa nama belakang."

    Pernahkah kamu belajar dari batu karang?

    Galila, si gadis tanpa nama belakang, berasal dari kota kecil di Pulau Saparua sana, nun jauh di timur Indonesia. Kisah hidupnya pelik. Setelah mengalami kejadian tidak menyenangkan bertubi-tubi dalam hidupnya, mulai dari ayah yang abstain dan ibu yang tidak menaruh banyak perhatian, lalu serangkaian peristiwa lain yang berusaha ia tutupi erat-erat, Galila mencoba peruntungan dengan mendaftar audisi Indonesia Mencari Diva. Tak disangka, ia berhasil di Jakarta. Setelah jadi pemenang, Galila membuat gebrakan-gebrakan baru dalam dunia entertainmen. Untuk menghadapi dunia penuh persaingan yang sengit ini, citra Galila dibangun sedemikian rupa oleh pihak manajemennya, dengan sangat hati-hati, sehingga ia dinilai sebagai bintang baru yang jauh dari berita-berita tak enak. Ia berusaha menutup kehidupan pribadinya rapat-rapat. Namun pada akhirnya masa lalu itu mengejarnya juga....

    Galila adalah buku dari Jessica Huwae pertama yang aku baca. Cover depan hasil karya Riesma Prawesti yang lumayan catchy bikin aku tertarik membelinya di acara Kompas Gramedia Fair kemarin. Secara keseluruhan, Galila merupakan kisah solid yang cukup menarik, dibangun dengan narasi-narasi panjang, deskripsi mendetail, dan konflik silih berganti. Rangkaian kejadian dalam hidup Galila tidak diceritakan secara kronologis dalam runut maju, melainkan berupa flashback-flashback yang secara rapi diungkap satu persatu. Cerita dibawakan melalui sudut pandang orang ketiga, permainan diksinya menarik, hampir lirikal dan berima, meskipun seringkali panjangnya narasi bisa bikin agak 'kelelahan' bacanya.

    Sinopsis di belakang buku menurutku bisa agak 'menipu', nih. Tadinya kupikir cerita Galila ini akan menaruh lebih banyak porsi pada bagian dimana Galila kembali ke kampung halaman guna menenangkan diri dari berbagai masalah yang menimpanya di Ibukota, namun ternyata tidak. Bagian itu justru rasanya sedikit banget, yang bikin aku merasa penyelesaian konflik disini agak terburu-buru. Sebagian besar kisah Galila justru terfokus pada jalan karirnya menjadi bintang ternama dan masalah-masalah seputar hubungan percintaannya dengan Eddie, putra seorang pengusaha. Untungnya, semua ini diungkapkan dengan cara yang enak, menarik dan mengalir, jadi bukan suatu masalah.

    Lewat kisah cinta Galila dengan Eddie, Jessica Huwae juga menampilkan konflik tentang budaya dan hubungan keluarga. Edward Hamonangan Silitonga berasal dari keluarga Batak yang masih memegang teguh adat dan usaha melestarikan garis keturunan keluarga. Adalah mama Eddie, Hana Silitonga, yang secara tegas tidak menyetujui hubungan anaknya dengan Galila. Selain tidak separibanan, Galila pun dicurigai karena asal-usulnya yang tidak jelas. Ditambah lagi profesinya sebagai artis yang berarti hilangnya privasi Galila dan juga orang-orang yang terlibat dalam kehidupannya. Mati-matian Hana berusaha menghalangi niat Eddie untuk melamar Galila. Mulai dari menjodohkan anaknya itu dengan perempuan lain, hingga menyewa orang untuk mengorek masa lalu Galila dan menjauhkannya dari Eddie. Mati-matian pula Eddie berusaha memberontak dari kungkungan mamanya itu. Seumur hidup, Eddie merasa seolah bukan manusia bebas yang berhak atas kehidupannya sendiri, karena segala sesuatu sudah diatur oleh kedua orangtuanya. Ia hanyalah 'boneka' yang harus mematuhi segala perintah orangtua. Disini, keinginan Eddie untuk berbakti pada orangtua yang telah mengurus sejak kecil bertabrakan dengan haknya sendiri untuk menikmati hidup seperti yang ia mau.

    “Aku cuma mau bilang, kamu adalah sebentuk kebahagiaan yang selama ini aku cari dan akan terus aku perjuangkan. Kebahagiaan adalah cita-cita.” 

    Kagum rasanya sama karakter Galila yang diciptakan oleh Jessica Huwae. Pada awalnya, aku sempet ngerasa Galila ini kurang bisa menunjukkan emosi, karena apapun yang terjadi, mulai dari pemberitaan aneh di media sampai omongan tidak enak dari orangtua Eddie, Galila nggak terasa begitu panik ataupun terganggu. Sedihnya tidak terasa benar-benar sedih, marahnya tidak terasa benar-benar marah. Mungkin banyaknya narasi dan minimnya dialog yang ngebuat dia seolah kurang ekspresif? Atau mungkin... Segala pengalamannya dalam menghadapi kejadian-kejadian buruk yang menimpanya saat masih di Saparua sana telah menempa Galila menjadi orang yang kuat, tegar dan tidak gampang 'patah' saat terkena masalah. Rangkaian tragedi yang harus ia jalani di usia yang masih muda banget itulah yang membentuknya jadi seorang Galila, sang diva yang sekarang ini. Pembawaannya tenang, profesional, tekun dalam bekerja. Ia tidak memperoleh kesuksesan melalui cara-cara yang tidak enak, dengan menjatuhkan orang lain, misalnya. Bukti kekuatan perempuan yang luar biasa tercermin dari diri Galila. Dirinya bisa dianalogikan serupa sebuah batu karang (seperti disinggung penulis di bagian paling akhir cerita), yang meski telah berulang kali diserang 'gelombang' tetap mampu berdiri tegak. Pada akhirnya, Galila bisa membuat segala musibah dalam hidupnya menjadi kekuatan baru yang menghasilkan sosok yang lebih baik di masa depan, meskipun ia tetap butuh menenangkan diri dari 'ganas'nya Jakarta sesekali waktu.

    Pada intinya, kisah Galila karya Jessica Huwae ini enak, menyenangkan dan layak dibaca. Secara keseluruhan bagus, meski tidak tanpa kekurangan. Unsur-unsur metropopnya masih kental, terutama dari sisi kehidupan Galila sebagai artis ibukota, diselingi dengan beberapa topik dan konflik yang lebih serius. Banyak kata-katanya yang mengena dan bikin 'deg' sendiri, hihi. Beberapa typos ada dalam buku (meiliki, kecang), tapi nggak begitu seringnya hingga bisa mengganggu keasyikan baca cerita kok. Di beberapa bagian, ceritanya bisa memancing kita untuk merefleksi kehidupan sendiri. Karakter Galila yang tangguh dan tenang juga merupakan contoh baik bagi perempuan, jadi nggak salah kalau aku pilih buku ini untuk posting bareng BBI dengan tema 'Perempuan' :)

    “Hidup, sepahit apa pun, harus tetap punya mimpi. Setiap orang harus punya sesuatu untuk dia kejar setiap hari. Masalah akhirnya tercapai atau tidak, itu urusan nanti…”

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