Best Books I've Read In 2017 So Far

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Before I start, I want to say Happy Eid Al-Fitr for those who celebrate it. May Allah bless you with happiness and grace your family with warmth and peace. Onto the post, This is a part of Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week's theme is best books you've read in 2017 so far. Up until now, I've read 30 books. I enjoyed reading most of them, but not to the extent that I'd call my favorites. So, for this top ten Tuesday, I only include seven books. The books on this list may or may not be still on the list by the end of this year. By the way, I mention them in the chronological order starting from the book I read earlier this year.

Top 10 Series I've Been Meaning To Start But Haven't

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It's been a while since I last post a bookish list. The last bookish list I post was Top 5 Authors I Want to Read More From in April. I miss posting these lists. It's fun, which is why I'm doing it again. Today's post is a part of Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week's theme is series I've been meaning to start but haven't. If you've been following this blog for a while, you'll realize some titles I'll mention have popped up quite frequently before.

[Review] Nimona - Noelle Stevenson

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Title of Book: Nimona
Author: Noelle Stevenson
Publisher: Penerbit Spring
Publication Year: 2017
Language: Bahasa Indonesia
Format: paperback
Pages: 272




Nimona adalah seorang pengubah bentuk muda yang bisa berubah menjadi apa saja. Bersama dengan Lord Blackheart, mereka ingin membuktikan bahwa Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin dan Institusi Penegakan Hukum dan Kekesatriaan bukanlah pahlawan yang mereka pikirkan. 
Namun, saat rencana-rencana kecil mereka berubah menjadi sebuah pertarungan sengit, Blackheart menyadari bahwa kekuatan Nimona sangat tidak stabil dan misterius, sama seperti masa lalu gadis itu. Dia juga harus menerima bahwa keliaran Nimona mungkin lebih berbahaya daripada yang dia pikirkan... 


[Review] The Chronicles of Audy: 4R - Orizuka

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Title of Book: The Chronicles of Audy: 4R
Series: The Chronicles of Audy #1
Author: Orizuka
Publisher: Penerbit Haru
Publication Year: 2013
Language: Bahasa Indonesia
Format: paperback
Pages: 320




Hai. Namaku Audy. Umurku 22 tahun. 
Hidupku tadinya biasa-biasa saja, sampai kedua orangtuaku jatuh bangkrut karena ditipu. 
Aku hanya tinggal selangkah lagi menuju gelar sarjanaku. Selangkah lagi! 
Tapi kedua orangtuaku rupanya tega merusak momen itu. Jadi sekarang, di sinilah aku berada. Di rumah aneh yang dihuni oleh 4 bersaudara yang sama anehnya: Regan, Romeo, Rex dan Rafael. 
Aku, yang awalnya berpikir akan bekerja sebagai babysitter, dijebak oleh kontrak sepihak dan malah dijadikan pembantu! 
Terdengar klise? 
Mungkin, bagimu. Bagiku? Musibah! 
Ini, adalah kronik dari kehidupanku yang mendadak jadi ribet. Kronik dari seorang Audy. 


[Review] I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You - Ally Carter

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Title of Book: I'd Tell You I Love You But Then I'd Have to Kill You
Series: Gallagher Girls #1
Author: Ally Carter
Publisher: Hyperion Paperbacks
Publication Year: 2007
Language: English
Format: paperback
Pages: 284




The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women is a fairly typical all-girls school, that is, if every school taught advanced martial arts in PE, the latest in chemical warfare in science; and students received extra credit for breaking CIA codes computer class. So in truth, Gallagher Academy might claim to be a school for geniuses, but its really a school for spies. Cammie Morgan is a second generation Gallagher Girl, and by her sophomore year she's already fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways (three of which involve a piece of uncooked spaghetti.) But the one thing the Gallagher Academy hasn't prepared her for is what to do when she falls for an ordinary boy who thinks she's an ordinary girl. Sure, she can tap his phone, hack into his computer, and track him through a mall without his ever being the wiser, but can she have a regular relationship with a regular boy who can never know the truth about her? Cammie may be an elite spy in training, but in her sophomore year, shes beginning her most dangerous mission; she's falling in love.

May 2017 Wrap-Up & Favorites

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Hello fellow readers, it's the start of a new month and it's time for another wrap-up. Let me tell you, I'm happy with what I read in May. I read a total of 7 books! se-ven! That's a lot for me. I also managed to start a series which been sitting on my shelf for years (and finished it! But technically I read the last book in June so it doesn't count). Anyhoo, here are the books I read in May.

[First Impression] Nimona - Noelle Stevenson

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Title: Nimona
Author: Noelle Stevenson
Publisher: Penerbit Spring
Publication year: 2017
Language: Bahasa Indonesia



Heroes and villains, dark and light, good and evil. Selalu ada dua sisi berlawanan di setiap hal, but is it really that simple? Tema itulah yang dibahas di Nimona, komik/ novel grafis karya Noel Stevenson. Nimona adalah seorang shapeshifter (pengubah bentuk) yang beraspirasi untuk menjadi penjahat. Ia pun 'mendaftarkan' dirinya untuk menjadi asisten Lord Ballister Blackheart, seorang penjahat ternama. Bila ada penjahat, tentu ada pahlawan. Di dunia Nimona, Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin adalah pahlawan yang menjadi musuh bebuyutan Lord Blackheart. Bersama Nimona, Lord Blackheart ingin membuktikan bahwa pahlawan dan penjahat tidaklah sehitam-putih yang orang-orang duga.

[Review] Gantung - Nadia Khan

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Title of Book: Gantung
Author: Nadia Khan
Publisher: Penerbit Haru
Publication Year: 2016
Language: Bahasa Indonesia
Translator: Juwita Purnamasari, Selsa Chintya
Format: paperback
Pages: 320




Gibbs, Ray, KJ dan Troll adalah empat sahabat di sebuah SMA elite di Malaysia.
Mereka memiliki satu kode etik; tidak ada yang boleh memiliki pacar tetap, karena itu akan menghancurkan persahabatan mereka. Kalau mau bersenang-senang, silakan. Namun gadis itu harus mereka bagi berempat. 
Saat salah satunya melanggar, risiko tindakannya itu sangat fatal, bahkan mematikan....


[Review] Simon vs The Homosapiens Agenda - Becky Albertalli

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Title of Book: Simon vs The Homosapiens Agenda
Author: Becky Albertalli
Publisher: Penerbit Spring
Publication Year: 2017
Language: Bahasa Indonesia
Translator: Brigida Ruri
Format: paperback
Pages: 324




Gara-gara lupa me-logout akun E-mailnya, Simon tiba-tiba mendapatkan sebuah ancaman. Dia harus membantu Martin, si badut kelas, mendekati sahabatnya, Abby. Jika tidak, fakta bahwa dia gay akan menjadi urusan seluruh sekolah.
Parahnya lagi, identitas Blue, teman yang dia kenal via E-mail akan menjadi taruhannya.
Tiba-tiba saja, kehidupan SMA Simon yang berpusat pada sahabat-sahabat dan keluarganya menjadi kacau balau.


April 2017 Wrap-Up & Favorites

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Hi fellow readers. It's the start of a new month (kind of), which means it's time for another wrap-up and favorites. Okay, I know it's actually late but here we are! Anyway, I had a pretty good month. Aside of the long weekend, April was nice because I managed to watch several good movies and read five books. Not too bad, eh? Anyway, here are the books I read in April.

[Review] I Want to Eat Your Pancreas - Sumino Yoru

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Title of Book: I Want to Eat Your Pancreas
Author: Sumino Yoru
Publisher: Penerbit Haru
Publication Year: 2017
Language: Bahasa Indonesia
Translator: Khairun Nisak
Format: paperback
Pages: 309




Aku menemukan sebuah buku di rumah sakit. 
Judulnya Cerita Teman si Sakit. 
Pemiliknya adalah Yamauchi Sakura, teman sekelasku. 
Dari sana aku tahu dia menderita penyakit pankreas. 
Buku itu adalah buku harian rahasia miliknya. 
Namun gadis itu tidak seperti orang sakit. 
Dia seenaknya sendiri, dia mempermainkan perasaanku, dia suka menggodaku. 
Dan aku... mungkin dia menarik hatiku. 


[Review] Rumah Kertas - Carloz Maria Dominguez

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Title of Book: Rumah Kertas
Author: Carloz Maria Dominguez
Publisher: Marjin Kiri
Publication Year: 2016
Language: Bahasa Indonesia
Translator: Ronny Agustinus
Format: paperback
Pages: 76




Seorang profesor sastra di Universitas Cambridge, Inggris, tewas ditabrak mobil saat sedang membaca buku. Rekannya mendapati sebuah buku aneh dikirim ke alamatnya tanpa sempat ia terima: sebuah terjemahan berbahasa Spanyol dari karya Joseph Conrad yang dipenuhi serpihan-serpihan semen kering dan dikirim dengan cap pos Uruguay. Penyelidikan tentang asal usul buku aneh itu membawanya (dan membawa pembaca) memasuki semesta para pecinta buku, dengan berbagai ragam keunikan dan kegilaannya!


Top 5 Authors I Want to Read More From

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Hi fellow readers! It's been so long since I last post a non-review post. I think the last one is in February, which is unfortunate because I love making list. This post is a part of Top Five Wednesday, which is a weekly feature created by Lainey from Gingerreadslainey but now is hosted by Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes. More information about T5W is provided at its Goodreads group page. This week's topic is authors you want to read more from. 

[Review] Summer Days & Summer Nights - Stephanie Perkins (edited by)

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Title of Book: Summer Days & Summer Nights
Author: Stephanie Perkins, Leigh Bardugo, Francesca Lia Block, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Brandy Colbert, Tim Federle, Lev Grossman, Nina LaCour, Veronica Roth, Jon Skovron, Jennifer E. Smith
Publisher: Pan MacMillan
Publication Year: 2016
Language: English
Format: hardback
Pages: 384




This beautiful collection features twelve gorgeously romantic stories, by some of the most talented and exciting YA authors writing today. Includes: Leigh Bardugo, Nina LaCour, Libba Bray, Francesca Lia Block, Stephanie Perkins, Tim Federle, Veronica Roth, Jon Skovron, Brandy Colbert, Cassandra Clare, Jennifer E Smith, Lev Grossman.

[Review] Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock - Matthew Quick

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Title of Book: Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock
Author: Matthew Quick
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Year: 2014
Language: English
Format: paperback
Pages: 273




In addition to the P-38, there are four gifts, one for each of my friends. I want to say good-bye to them properly. I want to give them each something to remember me by. To let them know I really cared about them and I'm sorry I couldn't be more than I was--that I couldn't stick around--and that what's going to happen today isn't their fault.
Today is Leonard Peacock's birthday. It is also the day he will kill his former best friend, and then himself, with his grandfather's P-38 pistol. Maybe one day he'll believe that being different is okay, important even. But not today.


[Review] Remnants - Carolyn Arnold

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Title of Book: Remnants
Series: Brandon Fisher FBI Series #6
Author: Carolyn Arnold
Publisher: Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc.
Publication Date: April 11th, 2017
Language: English
Format: ARC
Pages: 284



All that remains are whispers of the past…
When multiple body parts are recovered from the Little Ogeechee River in Savannah, Georgia, local law enforcement calls in FBI agent and profiler Brandon Fisher and his team to investigate. But with the remains pointing to three separate victims, this isn’t proving to be an open-and-shut case.
With no quick means of identifying the deceased, building a profile of this serial killer is more challenging than usual. How are these targets being selected? Why are their limbs being severed and their bodies mutilated? And what is it about them that is triggering this person to murder?
The questions compound as the body count continues to rise, and when a torso painted blue and missing its heart is found, the case takes an even darker turn. But this is only the beginning, and these new leads draw the FBI into a creepy psychological nightmare. One thing is clear, though: The killing isn’t going to stop until they figure it all out. And they are running out of time…


March 2017 Wrap-Up & Favorites

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Hello fellow readers! As usual, it’s the start of a new month which means it’s time for a monthly wrap-up. I’m getting back on track! I read a total of five books in March. Five! Two of which leave deep impression on me. Without further ado, here are the books I read in March.

[Review] Holy Mother - Akiyoshi Rikako

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Title of Book: Holy Mother
Author: Akiyoshi Rikako
Publisher: Haru
Publication Year: 2016
Language: Bahasa Indonesia
Translator: Andry Setiawan
Format: paperback
Pages: 284




Terjadi pembunuhan mengerikan terhadap seorang anak laki-laki di kota tempat Honami tinggal. Korban bahkan diperkosa setelah dibunuh.
Berita itu membuat Honami mengkhawatirkan keselamatan putri satu-satunya yang dia miliki. Pihak kepolisian bahkan tidak bisa dia percayai.
Apa yang akan dia lakukan untuk melindungi putri tunggalnya itu?


[Review] Selection Days - Aravind Adiga

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Title of Book: Selection Day
Author: Aravind Adiga
Publisher: Scribner
Publication Year: 2017
Language: English
Format: ARC
Pages: 215




From Aravind Adiga, the bestselling, Booker Prize­–winning author of The White Tiger, a dazzling new novel about two brothers in a Mumbai slum who are raised by their obsessive father to become cricket stars, and whose coming of age threatens their relationship, future, and sense of themselves.
Manjunath Kumar is fourteen and living in a slum in Mumbai. He knows he is good at cricket—if not as good as his older brother, Radha. He knows that he fears and resents his domineering and cricket-obsessed father, admires his brilliantly talented sibling, and is fascinated by curious scientific facts and the world of CSI. But there are many things, about himself and about the world, that he doesn’t know. Sometimes it even seems as though everyone has a clear idea of who Manju should be, except Manju himself. When Manju meets Radha’s great rival, a mysterious Muslim boy privileged and confident in all the ways Manju is not, everything in Manju’s world begins to change, and he is faced by decisions that will challenge his understanding of it, as well as his own self.
Filled with unforgettable characters from across India’s social strata—the old scout everyone calls Tommy Sir; Anand Mehta, the big-dreaming investor; Sofia, a wealthy, beautiful girl and the boys’ biggest fan—this book combines the best of The Art of Fielding and Slumdog Millionaire for a compulsive, moving story of adolescence and ambition, fathers, sons, and brothers. Selection Day is Adiga’s most absorbing, big-hearted novel to date, and proves why “with his gripping, amusing glimpse into the contradictions and perils of modern India, Aravind Adiga has cemented his reputation as the preeminent chronicler of his country’s messy present” (Newsweek).


Thanks to the publisher for providing me a copy of this ARC via Netgalley.

February 2017 Wrap-Up & Favorites

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Hello! It’s March! I’m trying to be positive here even though I didn’t read much on February. It sucks, but that’s fine. At least the books that I did read didn’t disappoint me. So, that’s a plus. Without further ado, here’s the books that I read in February.

[Review] George - Alex Gino

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Title of Book: George
Author: Alex Gino
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Year: 2015
Language: English
Format: Hardback
Pages: 215




When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she's not a boy. She knows she's a girl.
George thinks she'll have to keep this a secret for ever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte's Web. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can't even try out for the part... because she's a boy.
With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte - but so everyone can see who she truly is.


Top 5 Favorite Non-Written Novels

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Hi! Hello! Finally, I'm back with bookish list! It's been quite a while since I write this kind of post, hasn't it. As usual, this post is a part of Top Five Wednesday, which is a weekly feature created by Lainey from Gingerreadslainey but now is hosted by Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes. More information about T5W is provided at its Goodreads group page. This week's topic is favorite non-written novels, which means what books that are not in the usual written word format that are your favorite. This could include mangas, graphic novels, audiobooks, and so on. Does my explanation make sense? I hope it does. If you've been following this blog for a while, you'll notice that I love reading mangas and lately I've been into graphic novels and superhero comics too. You'll see that this list reflects that.

[Review] Mata Hari - Paulo Coelho

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Title of Book: Mata Hari
Author: Paulo Coelho
Publisher: Gramedia Pustaka Utama
Publication Year: 2016
Language: Bahasa Indonesia
Format: paperback
Pages: 192



Dalam novel terbarunya ini, Paulo Coelho, penulis buku terlaris Sang Alkemis, menghidupkan kembali cerita tentang salah satu wanita paling misterius dalam sejarah: Mata Hari.
Ketika tiba di Paris, Mata Hari tidak memiliki uang sepeser pun, tetapi dalam beberapa bulan saja dia telah menjadi wanita paling terkenal di kota itu. Sebagai penari, dia membuat para penontonnya syok dan berdebar-debar; sebagai wanita penghibur, daya tariknya membius pria-pria paling kaya dan berkuasa pada zaman itu.
Tetapi ketika perang melanda, paranoia menyelimuti seantero negeri. Gaya hidup Mata Hari membuat dia dicurigai. Pada tahun 1917, dia ditangkap di kamar hotelnya di Champs Elysees dan dituduh melakukan kegiatan mata-mata.
Disampaikan dalam suara Mata Hari melalui surat terakhirnya, novel Mata Hari merupakan kisah tak terlupakan tentang wanita yang berani melawan arus pada zamannya dan mesti membayar mahal untuk semua itu.


January 2017 Wrap-Up & Favorites

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It’s the first month of a new year, which is exciting. Usually, I read a lot this time of year. But I just got a job, a full-time job. I’ve been trying to adapt and adjust my habit and my schedule. This also means I don’t have a lot of time to read now, at least not as much as last year. So I end up reading only two books in January. One of them I actually started in December 2016. Basically, I only read one book in January. There’s that. Anyway, here are the books I read in January.

[Review] Difficult Women - Roxane Gay

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Title of Book: Difficult Women
Author: Roxane Gay
Publisher: Grove Press
Publication Year: 2017
Language: English
Format: ARC
Pages: 272




Award-winning author and powerhouse talent Roxane Gay burst onto the scene with An Untamed State and the New York Times bestselling essay collection Bad Feminist (Harper Perennial). Gay returns with Difficult Women, a collection of stories of rare force and beauty, of hardscrabble lives, passionate loves, and quirky and vexed human connection.
The women in these stories live lives of privilege and of poverty, are in marriages both loving and haunted by past crimes or emotional blackmail. A pair of sisters, grown now, have been inseparable ever since they were abducted together as children, and must negotiate the elder sister's marriage. A woman married to a twin pretends not to realize when her husband and his brother impersonate each other. A stripper putting herself through college fends off the advances of an overzealous customer. A black engineer moves to Upper Michigan for a job and faces the malign curiosity of her colleagues and the difficulty of leaving her past behind. From a girls’ fight club to a wealthy subdivision in Florida where neighbors conform, compete, and spy on each other, Gay delivers a wry, beautiful, haunting vision of modern America reminiscent of Merritt Tierce, Jamie Quatro, and Miranda July.


Thanks to the publisher for providing me a copy of this ARC via Netgalley.

[Review] Hulk: Planet Hulk - Greg Pak

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Title: Hulk: Planet Hulk
Writer: Greg Pak
Illustrator: Aaron Lopresti, Carlo Pagulayan, Juan Santacruz, Gary Frank, Takeshi Miyazawa
Publisher: Marvel
Publication year: 2008
Language: English
Pages: 416





This is it, Planet Hulk. It was incredible (get it?). I didn’t expect it to be an epic adventure story, but it is. It collects The Incredible Hulk issues #92-105. It started with Hulk arrived in a strange planet called Sakaar. The planet (or the empire that’s on the planet) is led by an oppressive king called the Red King. Hulk was captured and enslaved to be a gladiator. He tried to fight the guardians. Apparently, while passing the portal that brought him to the planet, he’s somehow weakening.  In his weakened state, he’s forced to participate in a gladiatorial contest along with several other slaves. They grew close and were bonded as the Warbound. They then decided to take down the Red King together and rebelled against his oppressive government.

2016 in Review

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Hello fellow readers! 2016 was quite a tough year. For some reason, people seem to hate 2016 and be glad that it's finally over. As for me, 2016 was a good year because I finally graduated and got my Master degree. Although reading-wise, 2016 was not as good as 2015. I didn't read as much as I did in 2015 and I mostly read comics/ graphic novels, which kind of shows that I did less reading in 2016. Well, if we want to talk about statistics, I think Goodreads has done a great job in that.

December 2016 Wrap-Up & Favorites

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Wow, it’s the end of the year! Or rather, beginning of a new year considering the time I post this wrap-up. December was okay. Writing this wrap-up, I realized that I only read comics/ graphic novels in December. I’m currently reading Roxanne Gay’s Difficult Women though, and I enjoy it so far. So here are the books/comics I read in December.