Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Six of Crow (Six of Crows Duology 1)

Six of Crows
By Leigh Bardugo

  I shouldn’t read Six of Crows for more than two months…it took me so long! What happened?! It’s horrible to do this! Please, don’t take it so long to read a book, you’ll regret it. (I won’t say that Outlander has been on my shelf for more than one year…)
  Now…although I wasn’t attach to SoC that much, it’s a great book, and I can’t wait to start Crooked Kingdom! The ending! The plot twist! Kaz! Inej! Matthias! Jesper! Nina! And…who he is? Ah! Wylan (I suppose I get all the names right.)

  Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone...
A convict with a thirst for revenge
A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager
A runaway with a privileged past
A spy known as the Wraith
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes
Kaz's crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don't kill each other first.

The Trial

The Trial
By Franz Kafka

  So…after a long while, I finally finished it…and I have totally no idea what I’m reading, and my head is now a mess. I originally read this short story because I’ve no idea what “Before The Law” is taking about, which is our required read for Introduction to Literature course…but after reading The Trial? I have no idea what this is about, but the good thing is that I seemed to be more clear about the idea of Before the Law…probably. I hope.

  The Trial tells the terrifying tale of Joseph K., a respectable functionary in a bank who is suddenly arrested and must defend his innocence against a charge about which he can get no information. Whether read as an existential tale, a parable, or a prophecy, this hauntingly believable story stands out as one of the great novels of our times. Kafka's unsurpassed nightmare vision rings with chilling truth as it foreshadows the excesses of modern bureaucracy wedded to the mad agendas of twentieth-century totalitarian regimes.
  Although I must confess that it’s so hard to understand this book, it is a good one…especially for those who like to drive yourselves into madness. 
 (Such a perfect GIF for this book!!!) Endless questions came into your mind after reading this book…is he guilty or not? What’s his crime…really, after reading the entire 200 pages…I have no idea what was he be charged of. And what the hell were all those people doing? There were all meanings behind them…and blablabla, IDK. 
 However, the only good thing is that I’ve read Before the Law before…so I kinda have a little idea about it, and I personally think it give me a better idea about The Trial. Oh! Btw, Before the Law only holds a little, tiny part in The Trial. But I’ll totally recommend you to think about Before the Law first before reading The Trial, in that case…you might have a better idea. Might.  

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

The In-Between: A Short Story

The In-Between: A Short Story
By Mahmoud Farraj

  So…normally, I don’t read books like this…full of…educational purpose. But since I receive this book, I’ve read it all and find it quite…interesting. It’s hard for me to compare the book with another autobiography by all those famous person, however, I did enjoy reading this book.

  The In-Between is prominent tale about developing yourself to achieve your life's most desirable goals. The book describes the journey of a young entrepreneur who has been taught by some of the most inspirational mentors. The In-Between entails the 7 principles I have learned throughout my journey to get ahead in life. The unique aspect of The In-Between is that it is written in the context of someone who is still fighting for financial freedom. The book is not a get rich quick scheme, written by an author who turned a dollar into a billion. This book is to share the common principles I have seen that holds everyday people back from achieving their dreams. Together as human we can create a more peaceful and joyous journey as we learn from one another. This journey will not be easy, but in the end you will indefinitely see a positive life changing milestone.

Friday, January 13, 2017

The Fate of The Tearling (The Queen of The Tearling Series 3)

The Fate of The Tearling
By Erika Johansen 

  …I don’t even know where to start this book…It. Is. Insane. Of course…the cover is as great as usual, I especially love how it managed the pages, it’s absolutely beautiful. 
 And I’ve been so anticipated to finish this book…like more than a year? But…after I finish it…part of me will always lost…forever. This story is one of the craziest things I’ve ever read in ages, no exaggeration, this book is crazier than Heartless, crazier than Throne of Glass, crazier than the weirdest book series you’ve ever read. But it is perfect. I love it…and I hope the rumor of the movie will be out as soon as possible!!!!

  In less than a year, Kelsea Glynn has grown from an awkward teenager into a powerful monarch and a visionary leader.
  And as she has come into her own as the Queen of the Tearling, she has transformed her realm. But in her quest to end corruption and restore justice, she has made many enemies - chief among them the evil and feared Red Queen, who ordered the armies of Mortmesne to march against the Tear and crush them.
  To protect her people from such a devastating invasion, Kelsea did the unthinkable - naming the Mace, the trusted head of her personal guards, Regent in her place, she surrendered herself and her magical sapphires to her enemy. But the Mace will not rest until he and his men rescue their sovereign from her prison in Mortmesne.
  So, the endgame has begun and the fate of Queen Kelsea - and the Tearling itself - will be revealed...

  The ending…oh the ending…I almost cried for the entire book. It’s so unique! But I can understand why this book might get a lot of negative review…after all…this is too novel for some readers to bear. The story started with Fetch and Row, but then after that, the book kept switching its narrator. I used to hate that when Kelsea and Lily were the major characters in The Invasion of Tearling, but now, I love it. Katie was first introduce in this book, and she was such a great character! No wonder she became…(cough)

Thursday, January 5, 2017

2016 Reading Challenge

2016 Reading Challenge

  What’s the most important thing for a bookworm at the beginning of the year? START A NEW GOODREADS CHALLENGE!!!!! I started my bookblog in 2015, so I started the challenge in 2016, and my goal was—100 books!!!! Not only did I successfully complete it, I read 128 books!!!! (yeah!!!!) (Well…I must admit, some of them are novella…so they might not be such a long book.) However, my point is, I’m now going to list down all the book I’ve read in 2016!!!!!  

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Top 12 Books of 2016

Top 12 Books of 2016

  Why 12 books? Because this list is only to list down my favorite read of the month!!! It might be the latest release, it might be a book long long time ago, it might…never exist at all. (Wait? What?!) Of course I’m just kidding…but, this bookish post is inspired by @biblionatic . One of her gorgeous Bookstagram post…so…at the end of 2016, let’s get start!!!


  Honestly…it had been so long…which book did I read exactly in January? I can’t believe I’m still having my college entrance exam!!! But of course, I still read…a lot…and that’s probably the reason why I am now in Foreign Language and Literature department. Let me check on my blog post…Oh. My. God. I’m so active back then!!!! WHAT ARE YOU DOING NOW????? 

Friday, December 30, 2016

Tales of Stars (Part 5)

  Although the princess and the prince beheld the greatest power of fire and water, they seldom used it. They knew that all power came with a price.

  Once, the couple flew through the air, and breathed in the soothing air of the night. It was one of their beloved memories among all, cause the funny thing was, even the prince was so noble and powerful on land, he couldn’t control the trick of flying. It was always a joke between him and the princess when they needed to fly up in the sky. Yet, they both enjoyed the air brushing through them, greeting them, and whisper the secrets of the world.

  They flew beside the birds and all those magical flying creatures. It was only once in a while, when they wanted to visit the sun and the moon during the time they lit up in the sky will the prince and the princess flew through the endless sky. In their usual lives, they were always exhausted after a long day of travel, sometime, after the battle with evil creatures. Since the princess’s singing power was no longer a secret, they used it will. It was never their intention to kill those precious creatures, but in some way, those were their duty.

  That day, while the princess and the prince flew through a land of sand and stone, an unusual light shined in the sky. It was not the princess’s beloved moon nor the prince’s stars. The light shined like nothing else, it flew with the wind, flew through the milky way, flew among the magical creatures among them. However, once the light approached, the sky no longer peaceful. The wind howled, the stars wouldn’t listen to the prince’s command the moon hid in the clouds.

  It was a strange thing to the princess and prince, for they never met the situation once, not in their long long lives. Suddenly, a movement of wind covered the princess, like a swirl, like a hurricane. It carried the princess all over the sky, blew out the starlight, and scarred away all the magic creatures.

  The prince chased after the strange wind, over continents, over oceans, finally, he found the princess landed on a barren island. The princess lay unconsciously on the ground, with no wound, no scar, but she couldn’t awake. The prince tried every method to wake her, yet till the end of the day, he still had no clue what happened to her.

  With the princess unconscious, there was no sun light and moon light in the sky, the entire world had nothing but silence and darkness. Even to the prince’s sorrow, he couldn’t leave the world behind, he knew he couldn’t abandon those creatures the princess lived so much. So he stayed at the land with the princess day and night, yet remained the rise and set of the stars, for they brought some hope and light into the dark world, where the princess fallen asleep.