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Islam itu Ramah, Bukan Marah

Itu adalah judul buku pertama yang saya baca di bulan ini. Membaca judulnya yang bagi saya terasa sungguh relevan dengan keadaan umat muslim saat ini, membuat saya tertarik untuk mengintip isinya.

Buku karya Irfan Amalee ini terlihat sederhana, dengan ukuran tidak terlalu besar dan tebal sekitar 200 halaman. Namun, saya menemukan banyak pencerahan serta sudut pandang baru dari tulisan penulis yang mudah dicerna.

Isi buku dibagi menjadi dua bagian:
>> Bagian 1: All About Peace
Pada bagian ini penulis membahas mengenai sifat manusia, penyebab konflik, peperangan, persatuan, hingga cara kerja otak dan kemampuan merespon dengan bijaksana/ hilm.

>> Bagian 2: Character Building
Di sini penulis menekankan pada nilai-nilai yang perlu dimiliki dan hal yang perlu dilakukan seseorang agar dapat menjadi bagian dari Islam yang maju dan damai, sesuai nilai ajarannya.

Islam Ramah Bukan Marah

Hal-hal yang ditulis dalam buku ini mungkin bukan sesuatu yang benar-benar baru atau sepenuhnya belum pernah saya dengar, tapi entah bagaimana, cara penulis menyampaikannya memunculkan semacam pemahaman baru dalam melihat suatu hal.

Penulis berhasil menunjukkan poin-poin penting dibalik berbagai hal yang dia bahas, dan walaupun tiap bagian tersusun dari bab-bab berisi tulisan pendek yang terasa ringan, semua terasa menyatu dan berkesinambungan.

Beberapa hal yang saya kumpulkan dari buku ini, misalnya:

  • Tentang betapa hati yang sakit akan menyakiti, da pentingnya harga diri sebagai pemicu sekaligus pengakhir konflik.
  • Bahwa untuk mengubah pemahaman seseorang , pengalaman jauh lebih efektif daripada perdebatan.
  • Tentang hilm/ response ability/ kemampuan merespon sesuatu dengan bijak, tidak reaktif. Sifat yang dimiliki oleh Rasulullah dan seperti hilang pada diri banyak orang zaman sekarang, yang terlalu cepat berbagi berita yang belum tentu benar, cepat memberi komentar, cepat marah, menuduh, menghakimi.
  • Tentang bagaimana pendidikan kita cenderung berfokus pada stimulasi otak reptilia manusia dengan menakut-nakuti daripada merangsang neo-cortex agar berpikir aktif dan kritis.
  • Tentang appreciate inquiry dan discovering ability, yaitu fokus pada hal positif juga kelebihan seseorang atau sesuatu.
  • Tentang konsep compassionate school atau sekolah yang beradab. Pentingnya hidden curriculum/ culture sebuah sekolah untuk menjadi pertimbangan saat akan memilih tempat belajar, daripada sekadar melihat prestasi akademik atau berbagai visi, misi dan kurikulum yang dikemukakan.
  • Tentang pentingnya budaya literasi dan bagaimana perintah membaca diulang sebanyak 33 kali, lebih banyak dari perintah memakai jilbab misalnya, yang artinya, kalau menutup aurat itu wajib dan penting, maka membaca atau menuntut ilmu itu lebih penting lagi. Menjalankan syariat harus ditunjang oleh ilmu.
  • Tentang Islamicity Index yang dibuat berdasarkan indikator nilai-nilai Islam yang diambil dari Al-Qur’an dan Hadis, di mana Indonesia dan negara-negara Islam menempati urutan terendah sementara di urutan teratas ditempati negara-negara non-muslim.

Banyak lah. Dari satu buku itu mungkin bisa dikembangkan jadi banyak artikel.

Kalaupun ada yang kurang dari buku ini, itu adalah hilangnya poin nomor dua dari lima poin yang disebutkan pada halaman 111-116.

Irfan Amalee merupakan CEO Mizan Application Publisher dan tengah membangun Peace Generation, yang dicita-citakan menjadi sebuah social enterprise berskala internasional. Tulisannya dalam buku ini turut berjasa membuat saya memenuhi target membaca sekaligus kembali menulis review buku.

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Books I Read in 2015

Yes, you read that right: 2015.

Hahaha.. My reading habit had been de-esclating through the years. From 66 books a year to 57 books to only 12 books on 2015, at least until I stop writing the list, than stop making the post at all xD

Well, I’m about to start again. It’s the middle of the year, so I’m just going to put in the books I can recall from the past months. I’m going to put ini in the page as usual than move it into post when the year ended.

Happy reading, Aca! :)

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New year, new book list. You can also check out the list of books I read on 2013 and 2014. Let’s spread the beauty of reading! 😀

“The more you read, the more things you know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss-

Beautiful books, beautiful mind ;) Beautiful books, beautiful mind 😉

Books I read in 2015:

>> January:
1. Wonder Struck – Brian Selznick

>> February:
2. Mommies Daily Pregnancy Checklist Book – Tim Mommies Daily
3. The Mortal Instruments: City of Heavenly Fire – Cassandra Clare

>> March:
4. Breastfriends: inspirASI 22 – Adenita
5. Terminal – Roderick Gordon & Brian Williams
6. The Giver – Lois Lowry

>> April:
7. Magical Seira #3: Seira and the Destined Farewell
8. Pertarungan Jiwa Billy – Daniel Keyes

>> May:
9. Wanita Dalam Lukisan [Rose Madder] – Stephen King
10. Anak juga Manusia – Angga Setyawan
11. Kenali Anakmu – Angga Setyawan
12. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair – C. S. Lewis

[Chukyuu Intensive Class] Task 2: KonMari Habit (Books)

Setelah membentuk kebiasaan untuk kategori pakaian pada tugas pertama, tugas kedua ini berlanjut pada kategori kedua: Buku.

Saat membereskan buku pada Kelas Shokyuu, saya sempat merasa ragu. Mampukah saya memilah dan menyingkirkan buku-buku yang saya simpan?

Ternyata bisa juga ya. Dan hingga saat ini, saya masih merasa senang saat melewati rak buku kami itu. Semangat membaca buku pun rasanya jadi muncul lagi. Karena sudah dipilah, saya jadi menemukan buku-buku yang ingin saya tuntaskan. Saya memindahkan sebagian darinya ke rak buku di lantai bawah (karena rak buku terletak di lantai dua rumah kami).

Terkait dengan pembentukan kebiasaan ini, saya ingin mengembalikan buku kepada fungsinya, yaitu: Dibaca xD

Selama ini, ada saja distraksi yang membuat kegiatan ini menjadi bukan prioritas. Kali ini, saya akan kembali membuat target berapa banyak saya membaca buku dalam satu hari. Ini seiring juga dengan target menulis yang saya buat. Semoga dengan lebih banyak membaca, lebih produktif dan berkualitas pula tulisan saya.

Agar mudah dilihat, checklist-nya saya gabungkan dengan kategori sebelumnya. Baru hari keempat sudah ada yang lewat dari target -_-. Tapi tidak apa. Rencananya, seperti juga target menulis, halaman yang kurang saya jadikan utang untuk hari selanjutnya.

Chukyuu Task 2

Reading Update 2: Fantasy Novel is the Best!

I’m on page 299 of Clockwork Angel. Just finished chapter 9 and going to start chapter 10.

My feeling so far: excited. It feels like going home 😀

I’m glad I get to travel the fantasy world again. Where everything is strange yet familiar at the same time. Where you get to understand things while enjoying the world some people found unacceptable.

I love stories and fantasy tells stories in the best way that’s impossible for some other genres to enter. It opens all possibilities. Limitless. Just the way I like it.

Reading Update

So I start reading the fantasy novel today. My choice fell on The Infernal Devices Series: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare, which is the prequel of The Mortal Instrument Series.

Like what I’ve mention here, hopefully this would be the door to go back to the reading like crazy world. I will start with 50 pages a day.

What are you reading right now? Feel free to share on the comment section 😀 (please).

 

Liven Up My Reading spirit

I miss reading like crazy, read up to 13 books in a month, enjoying every moment of it.

The 2015 book list stop on May. That means three months without reading any book. The truth is, I actually read some books, I just never finish any of them.

I think I will go to fantasy novel to liven up my reading spirit. It usually makes me ready to read everything else.

What kind of books that you like the most?

How Do You Write a Review?

After more than four years, I found that I mostly post about book reviews in this blog.

The reason to that, I think, is because I love to read and I like to share what I’ve read.

I use to discuss the book that I read with my sisters. Especially if we all have read the book and found it interesting, or when I read a book and I want them to read it, either for the knowledge or nice stories in it I thought they should know.

We could spent hours to discuss a book. About how the story goes (how surprising, or how we disagree), about the characters in the book (how we love or hate them), about how true some of the wisdom that lies in it, how we learn from the book, how we amaze of how the writer comes up with such ideas and put them into words.

One thing that I know would make me like a book and wanting to discuss about it is how it make me feel. That is what my review is mostly about too.

I’m not an expert of how to write a good review. What should or should not be in it. I don’t know that much about technicality as some other people do. What a good book should, technically, consist of. I might not even read as many books as some avid readers do, to have a masive insight and comparison or knowledge about genres and stuff (see, I don’t even know what to name it).

I just write a review based on how I feel about the book (or film, or place, or event). Any detailed that follows is to describe the feeling.

There are books that open my eyes, shaking my minds with some new point of views that I never thought before. There are books telling me some stuff I’ve heard before with some different kind of ways. There are books that make me understand things better or completed my previous knowledge; connecting the dots. There are books that open up my imagination, bring me to places I’ve never been. Books that make me laugh and cry, inspired and motivated.

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I’m pretty easy to please. I might dislike a book, but, so far, never hate it. I always try to finish what I started to read, no matter how boring it may be. In most of the cases I eventually enjoy the book or got something from it. So, yes, I believe that we should give books a chance like we should give people chances to show the good side of them.

It is more challenging, however, to write a review than simply discuss it with my sisters. The review is in english, first of all. Then, I need to find the right words to describe some of the many things I want to share, in one single post (instead of bubbling every now and then about random pieces of the book). And the hardest part is: I should watch out for spoilers! ;D

That is why, I didn’t write reviews as much as I read. But I’m planning to write more.

I think sharing what you’ve read is helping you to have a better memory and understanding about it. It’s also a good practice to express your thought.

How about you? How do you review a book? What do you think should or should not be in it?

I would also like to hear your opinion about the reviews I’ve wrote so far. The comment box is open for you. Thanks! :)

The Mortal Instruments

As an answer to this post, yes, I finished “City of Heavenly Fire” first. That means a closure of “The Mortal Instrument Series”, which always left some sense of loss.

I read the first book of the series, “City of Bones”, years after I bought it. You know I have this habit of keep buying books even though I haven’t finished all I’ve bought before. And there’s always so much books I want to have and so little time to read them. This first book seems to keep being overlooked, lost the competition against the never ending list of what I found as more interesting books.

There are time for every book. So one day came the time for the first book to come to my attention. My sister said that it’s an okay book. She doesn’t seems to be interested enough to read the next books of the series. With that low expectation, I start reading the book.

It was not as intriguing as “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins (I know, this one is dystopia, so it might not be an apple to apple comparison) or as enchanting as the legendary “Harry Potter” by J. K. Rowling (but what does, right? And again this is not a YA, so again maybe is not a very fair comparison). But, I think, especially “The Hunger Games” effect, had its contribution on my sister’s less interest on this book.

However, I found the book interesting enough that I want to read the rest of the series. Thankfully, each book keeps getting better.

Clary (the main character of the series), her boyfriend/ brother Jace (you have to read the book to find out), her best friend Simon, The Lightwoods, and other interesting character ini this book, will bring you to another side of New York, where shadowhunters (warriors with angels blood in their vein that protect the world from demons) and the Downworld (with warlocks, vampires, fairies, and werewolves) exist. The side that a regular human being, of course, can not see.

If you’re into romance there’s some dose of it in this series (obviously, since it’s a YA Urban Fantasy).  There are many interesting character in this book and I enjoyed being introduced to each kind of creatures with their unique character and how they interact with each other.

Again I reminded that no one can live by their own. We need the help and cooperation from other people.. or creature. And differences is not to be destroyed, make us feel superior or inferior. It just there so we could learn from each other, to create great things together.

I’m sorry that I made a fantasy novel sounds so serious. It just that I always learn so much from them.

There’s a prequel to this series and another series based on one character in it. It’s in my book-to-buy list. Here are the covers of the sixth books of the series that are published in Indonesia. If you decided to read them, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I do.

The 6th Book Combo

I’m in the middle of reading these two books. Both are the 6th also the last book of the two series I’ve been following.

6th

It took more than a year to wait for the translated version of these books to be published. So once they came out, I don’t wait too long to grab them from the book store. Well, I actually bought them online, like most book purchasing I did in the last few years, so I click the button right away to bought them both (not at the same time though).

“Terminal”, from the Tunnels Series by Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams, were available first. I just start reading it when I bought the second book, “City of Heavenly Fire” from The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare. I’m not the type of reader who would read two or more books at one time. I would usually finish one book before start to read another one. Then one day, I left “Terminal” at the office…

I work on flexible hours, which means I only have to go to the office three days a week. The day when I left my precious book is the day before my schedule to work at home for two days. So, what happen next in the underground? And what am I going to do for two days?? (beside of working of course :p).

There is when “City of Heavenly Fire” saved my life ;p

Now that I’m back to the office, both books were reunited. I do have a strong feeling which one I’m going to finish first. Feel free to guess, just to make it a bit more interesting ;D

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