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Books I Read in 2014

It’s crazy how the time passed isn’t it? I can’t believe the first month of 2015 is coming to an end and the last time I post anything on this blog was May 2014 -_-”

There were so many things happened last year, a life changing ones.

Well, this is my first post this year. Hopefully an opener to more posts and updates.

Apparently, I also read less book on 2014, like 9 books less than 2013.

I don’t know if I could read more this year, since one of so called life-changing-event I might going to tell you in another post, but I will keep updating it on the “Book List” page. And I will try my best to create more post.

Well, this is my 2014 book list:

[To continue what I did here, this page is now will make a note of the books I finished reading on 2014. Feel free to share your own list or your recommendation of books worth reading on the comment below. Enjoy your reading! :)]

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Oh, the joy of reading…

Books I read in 2014:

>> January:
1. American Gods – Neil Gaiman
2. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones – Cassandra Clare
3. Siomay Pink: Sebuah Perjalanan untuk Menemukan Cinta – Nidya Febriani Utami
4. Otobiografi Malcolm X: Sang Negro yang Merevolusi Dunia Islam dan Kemanusiaan – Malcolm X & Alex Haley

>> February:
5. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
6. Please Look After Mom – Kyung-sook Shin
7. The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes – Cassandra Clare
8. The Mortal Instruments: City of Glass – Cassandra Clare
9. Pulang – Leila S. Chudori
10. Gadis Jeruk – Jostein Gaarder

>> March:
11. Cahaya, Cinta, dan Canda M. Quraish Shihab: 70 Tahun Membumikan al-Qur’an – Mauluddin Anwar, Latief Siregar, Hadi Mustofa Djuraid
12. Cinderella in Paris – Sari Musdar
13. Berguru kepada Sang Mahaguru: Catatan Kecil [Seorang Murid] tentang Karya-karya dan Pemikiran M. Quraish Shihab – Muchlis M. Hanafi
14. Catatan Indah untuk Tuhan – Saptuari Sugiharto
15. Six Suspects – Vikas Swarup
16. Ibrahim Bapak Semua Agama: Sebuah Rekontruksi Sejarah Kenabian Ibrahim AS. Sebagaimana tertuang dalam Taurat, Injil dan Al-Qur’an – Iqbal Harahap (penyadur)
17. The Chronicles of Ghazi #1 – Sayf Muhammad Isa & Felix Y. Siauw
18. The Invention of Hugo Cabret – Brian Selznick
19. The Homecoming – Shashi Warrier
20. The Jilbab Traveler – Asma Nadia, dkk
21. Sepuluh Anak Negro (And Then There Were None) – Agatha Christie
22. One Amazing Thing – Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
23. Mirror Image – Sandra Brown

>> April:
24. Always the Bridesmaid – Sarah Webb
25. Kau, Aku, dan Sepucuk Angpau Merah – Tere Liye
26. The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
27. The Tales of Beedle the Bard – J.K. Rowling
28. Muhammad: A Prophet for Our Time – Karen Armstrong
29. The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
30. Antologi Rasa – Ika Natassa
31. Kisah-kisah Tengah Malam – Edgar Allan Poe
32. Birrul Walidain: Wawasan al-Qur’an tentang Bakti kepada Ibu Bapak – M. Quraish Shihab

>> Mei:
33. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
34. The Miracle of Enzyme – Hiromi Shinya, MD
35. The Mortal Instruments: City of Fallen Angels – Cassandra Clare
36. Creative Writing – A.S. Laksana

>> Juni:
37. Leafie: Ayam Buruk Rupa dan Itik Kesayangannya – Hwan sun-mi
38. The Mortal Instruments: City of Lost Souls – Cassandra Clare
39. Charlotte’s Web – E. B. White
40. Melunasi Janji Kemerdekaan – Muhammad Husnil

>> Juli:
41. Divergent – Veronica Roth
42. Insurgent – Veronica Roth
43. Allegiant – Veronica Roth
44. Run, Dear, Run – Corrine Morgan-Thomas, Gary Brozek

>> August:
45. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane – Kate DiCamillo
46. My Life As: Film Director – Haqi Achmad
47. Cecilia dan Malaikat Ariel – Jostein Gaarder
48. Financial Stories: Kisah Inspiratif Pengelolaan Uang, Utang, dan Usaha – Erlina Juwita, dkk

>> September:
49. Mari Lari – Ninit Yunita
50. Sabtu Bersama Bapak – Adhitya Mulya
51. The Bartimaeus Trilogy: The Amulet of Samarkand – Jonathan Stroud
52. The Bartimaeus Trilogy: The Golem’s Eye – Jonathan Stroud

>> Oktober:
53. The Bartimaeus Trilogy: Ptolemy’s Gate – Jonathan Stroud
54. Beautiful Liar – Dyah Rinni
55. Menjadi Djo – Dyah Rinni

>> November:
56. I Will Always Love You – Jo Chang-in

>> December:
57. The Story Girl – Lucy M. Montgomery

[] >> I think I’ll keep the opener as it was just for the sake of nostalgia ;D

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Books I Read in 2013

>> Since 2013 was over, I moved the contain of the page into a new post. So I could use the page for the list of books I read in 2014 while still be able to review the 2013 book list. Let’s keep reading, folks! :) <<

Just like I wrote on this post, this page contain the list of the books that I’ve finished reading in 2013. Some books I might already start reading on previous year. If you decided to make this kind of page too, please put the link of your page/ post on the comment column below to share what you have read. Hopefully, we could motivate each other to read more books. It will be fun! ;D

Let’s read them all! ;)

Books I read in 2013:

>> January:
1. Berani Mengubah – Pandji Pragiwaksono.
2. Filosofi Kopi – Dewi “Dee” Lestari.
3. Dream Catcher – Alanda Kariza.
4. Waktu Aku Sama Mika – Indi

>> February:
5. Life Without Limits – Nick Vujicic
6. My Life As: Actor – Haqi Achmad
7. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Titan’s Curse – Rick Riordan
8. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Battle of the Labyrinth – Rick Riordan
9. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Last Olympian – Rick Riordan

>> March:
10. Steve Jobs – Walter Isaacson
11. 2 – Donny Dhirgantoro
12. Ketika Mas Gagah Pergi dan Kembali – Helvy Tiana Rosa
13.Sebelas Patriot – Andrea Hirata

>> April:
14. Brand Gardener – Handoko Hendroyono
15. The Naked Traveler – Trinity
16. Rindu – Sefryana Khairil

>> May:
17. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
18. Angels and Demons – Dan Brown
19. Digital Fortress – Dan Brown
20. Belajar Hidup Kaya dari Si Miskin – Matahari Timoer

>> June:
21. My Life As: Writer – Haqi Achmad and Ribka Anastasia
22. Notes from Qatar – Muhammad Assad
23. Kastana Taklukkan Jakarta – Soleh Solihun

>> July:
24. The Lost Symbol – Dan Brown
25. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
26. Marginalia – Dyah Rinni
27. Divortiare – Ika Natassa

>> September:
28. Unfriend You – Dyah Rinni
29. Honeymoon with My Brother – Franz Wisner
30. Rantau 1 Muara – A. Fuadi
31. Food Combining di Bulan Ramadan – Erikar Lebang
32. Hitam Putih – Budi Satrio

>> October:
33. Pencerah Nusantara: Best Practices untuk Mencapai MDGs – Tim Redaksi
34. I Can (Not) Hear – Feby Indirani and San C. Wirakusuma
35. Red Riding Hood – Blakley-Cartwright/Johnson
36. The Unfortunate Miss Fortunes – Jennifer Cruise, Eileen Dreyer, Anne Stuart
37. Nge-Blog dengan Hati – Ndoro Kakung
38. More About Nothing – Wimar Witoelar
39. How to Be a Pirate – Cressida Cowell
40. How to Speak Dragonese – Cressida Cowell
41. How to Cheat a Dragon’s Curse – Cressida Cowell
42. Snow Country – Yasunari Kawabata
43. Detektif Imai dan Rahasia Pesan Api – Dyah P. Rinni
44. Magical Seira #1: Seira and The Legend of Madriva – Sitta Karina
45. Magical Seira #2: Seira and Abel’s Secret – Sitta Karina

>> November:
46. Magical Seira #2.5: Sand Castle – Sitta Karina
47. 100% Wolf – Jayne Lyons
48. How to Train Your Dragon – Cressida Cowell
49. How to Twist a Dragon’s Tale – Cressida Cowell
50. Annie Sang Manusia Kalkulator (Calculator Annie) – Alexander McCall Smith
51. Bukan Bid’ah – Prof. DR. Ali Jum’ah
52. Tunnels – Roderick Gordon & Brian Williams
53. Deeper – Roderick Gordon & Brian Williams
54. Freefall – Roderick Gordon & Brian Williams
55. Closer – Roderick Gordon & Brian Williams
56. Spiral – Roderick Gordon & Brian Williams

>> December:
57. Ayahku (Bukan) Pembohong – Tere Liye
58. Tangisan Langit – Imam Sibawaih El-Hasany & Yunan Askaruzzaman Ahmad
59. Pohon Permen Karet (The Bubblegum Tree) – Alexander McCall Smith
60. Sila ke-6: Kreatif Sampai Mati – Wahyu Aditya
61. Inferno – Dan Brown
62. Muhammad Al-Fatih 1453 – Felix Y. Siauw
63. Food Combining Itu Gampang – Erikar Lebang
64. Manusia Setengah Salmon – Raditya Dika
65. The Cuckoo’s Calling – Robert Galbraith
66. Pena Beracun (The Moving Finger) – Agatha Christie

To Not Miss Another Week

I hate it when I missed a week.

When I first start out this blog, I made a commitment to blog once a week. I did that in the first few months, than I start skip a week. A week turned into two, than it becomes good enough if I even blogged at all in a month.

I just start to blog more often in December last year. I manage to blog at least once a week since. Until last week.

I mostly blog about reviews lately. As I also intend to read more books this year and even made this book list, the blog is starting to filled with my own version of book review.

I have fun blog about that as much as I enjoy reading more books. The problem is, I’m getting to rely on it too much. I want my blog post to be more varied. Books could be a big part of it but I don’t want to only blog about it. I want to write about other stuff but then each week, I went like, “I have no idea, just review this book first”.

Then came this around 700 pages biography of Steve Jobs. I haven’t finished reading it last week, so book review is not an option. There goes the easy way out to keep updating the blog every week. 😀

I’m still reading the book right now (it’s been a very busy week, I don’t have as much time or energy to read as usual), so no book review again this week. The good thing is, I get to blog about something else this time. Yay! Haha..

I still figuring out what I want this blog is going to become. Let’s hope I’ll find it in the process of blogging every single week. The answer is always in the journey anyway right?

The plan is: To not miss another week.

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” (Ernest Hemingway).

Stand-Up Comedy Indonesia

Stand-up comedy is something that we can say pretty new in Indonesia. There were not so many people know or even heard about it and even if there were some people that might do stand-up here, it remain below the surface. Not until the  end of 2011 it became popular in the country.

Stand-Up Comedy Indonesia (SUCI), the first television program about stand-up comedy in Indonesia, was also the first trigger that made people aware about this “new style” of comedy and start talking about it. Taking the form of reality show to find a talented stand-up comedian (comic) -like American Idol for comics, SUCI manage to create an enthusiasm among Indonesian people. Those who already into stand-up comedy or interested to be a comic to those who never really heard about it before but were willing to join the competition or just simply interested to find out what’s this all about.

SUCI was broadcasted from September-December 2011. Ryan Adriandhy, Insan Nur Akbar, and Ernest Prakasa were the three finalists.  The competition were finally won by Ryan.

The host of SUCI season 1

 

It didn’t end there though. As I said earlier, SUCI was the trigger.  SUCI put together some people from some different cities in Indonesia with the same interest of stand-up comedy. It then followed by the idea to form some kind of place to share that interest with more people that also into stand-up comedy, a place where they can learn and support each other. So then a community named Standup Comedy Indonesia (@StandUpIndo) was born. The two finalists of SUCI, Ernest and Ryan, together with Pandji Pragiwaksono, Raditya Dika, and Isman H. Suryaman are the name behind the community. With more and more people interested in this style of comedy, more communities of stand-up comedy from many cities and universities around Indonesia were also being formed.

The Finalist of SUCI 1

I got to say that I also a bit carried away by the hype. It’s not that I want to be a comic, joining the community and all that, but it does get pretty much of my attention. I like the concept of stand-up comedy. How you can talk about everything from daily life to politics and religion without being to serious. How you can learn to laugh yourself or the condition around you but at the same time make you think about it. Make you pay more attention on things you usually forget or try to ignore. Make you realize some things you don’t before, seeing things from other point of view, found similarities among differences, and make peace with anything that previously makes you afraid or bothering you.

I like that. And I like that I get to laugh while getting all that.

So far, I’ve only watched two stand-up comedy show directly-not trough some media like tv, dvd, or youtube- and enjoyed both of them so much. They are Pandji’s “Merdeka dalam Bercanda Comedy Tour”, which is part of his cool show INDONESIA: and a stand-up by Ernest on the launching of his book+DVD, “Dari Merem ke Melek” (the DVD is the recording of his Merem Melek Comedy Tour finale).

I went to the launching because apparently I’m one of the first 100 people who pre-ordered the book+DVD package. I never intended to get the invitation, but I absolutely don’t mind to get one! ;D

I even allowed to take some friends. So I went with my youngest sister (she’s the only one available at that time). We watch the DVD together with other guests, having a free pizza and sodas, watch Ernest doing stand-up, and of course having his signature on the book and taking a picture with Ernest and Ge Pamungkas, the winner of SUCI season 2 who become the host that day (too bad we missed Ge’s stand-up). We’re having so much fun! :)

Left: Me, Ernest Prakasa, and my sister; Right: With Ge Pamungkas

SUCI is going to start its third season now. They already doing the audition. Let’s hope that it will found some great comics that together with other Indonesian comics will make stand-up even better and do their part in making Indonesia a better nation. While making lots of laugh. 😉