[Book Review] Winnie Terbang Lagi oleh Valerie Thomas



Title: Winnie Terbang Lagi
Author: Valerie Thomas
Publisher: BiP
Web Penerbit: klik
Date of Release: 2011
No. of Pages: 24
ISBN: 9789790746510
Format: Paperback
Category: Fiction
Genre: Childrens, Fantasy, Humor


Akhir-akhir ini Winnie dan Wilbur sering mengalami kecelakaan udara. Berhasilkah sihir Winnier untuk memmbuatnya lebih aman berpergian?


Saya tidak sengaja menemukan serial ini, yaitu di tumpukan rak buku obral Gramedia.
Karena hanya mendapat satu buku, saya hunting buku Winnie the Witch di online shop dan berhasil mendapatkan buku ini.

Winnie Terbang Lagi bercerita tentang kesialan Winnie dan Wilbur ketika terbang dengan ceroboh. Winnie tidak tahu permasalahan yang menyebabkan dirinya dan Wilbur celaka ketika terbang.

Saya sangat suka dengan ilustrasi buku ini. Gambar kartunnya kocak berantakan.

Jika dikaitkan dengan 7 Habits, maka Winnie tidak melakukan Habit 2: Begin with the end in mind.

Pendapat AJ tentang buku ini:

Mata Winnie tidak berfungsi dengan baik, makanya ia nabrak-nabrak terus.



[Book Review] Save Me From Myself by Brian Welch



Title: Save Me from Myself: How I Found God, Quit Korn, Kicked Drugs, and Lived to Tell My Story
Author: Brian ‘Head’ Welch
Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
Author’s Web: here
Date of Release: October 13, 2009
No. of Pages: 242
Format: Kindle
Category: Non-Fiction
Genre: Memoir, entertainment, spiritual
Where to Buy: Amazon, $1.99 link
Opening Line:
I was at home when I heard her voice.


The amazing true story of an out-of-control rock star, his devastating addiction to drugs, and his miraculous redemption through Jesus Christ.


I’m a sucker for rock n’ roll memoir. I have read many rock memoirs and Head’s is one of the best so far, and weird unique because of the spiritual message that he conveyed through this book.

It started with his unhappy childhood. Then he played guitar and met the other Korn members, and they became huge and life was a blur after stardom. Booze, drugs, sex, violence and whatnot, Head was living a dangerous lifestyle and he was saved eventually.

He found God (or God found him), but old habits were hard to break. Drugs were always the big issue. He decided to leave Korn after he heard voices.

In the end, he surrendered to God and learned to walk with Him, followed whatever He wanted him to do.

I’m not a fan of religious book, but Save Me from Myself doesn’t feel like a religious book. I found this book through random browsing. I watched Head’s confessions about his faith after he left Korn on youtube. I forgot about it for long but suddenly the e-book popped up somewhere.

If you like spiritual book, maybe Save Me will strengthen your faith even though you’re not a fan of the band. I found it entertaining.


All that prideful, controlling religious crap is what drives young people away from churches, and it has to go.



Nonfiction Reading Challenge 2016


I’m joining so many reading challenges this year. One of my favorite categories is nonfiction.

The levels for this challenge:

Dilettante–Read 1-5 non-fiction books

Explorer–Read 6-10

Seeker–Read 11-15

Master–Read 16-20

This challenge will last from January 1 to December 31, 2016. You can sign up anytime throughout the year.

If you want to join this challenge, click here.


[Book Review] A Life of Spice by Monica Bhide



Title: A Life Of Spice: Stories of food, culture and life
Author: Monica Bhide
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent
Author’s Web: here
Date of Release: April 27, 2015
No. of Pages: 180
Format: Kindle
Category: Non-Fiction
Genre: Food memoir, family, culture
Where to Buy: Amazon, $2.99 link
Opening Line:
Intricate patterns of fish and peacocks are etched deeply into the fine wooden dining table, providing perfect hiding places for tiny marble dice.


In A Life of Spice celebrated writer Monica Bhide explores her romance with food. As in any romance, there are moments of great heartache and unbelievable happiness; betrayals and breakups; and, of course, intimacy. This collection of powerful and thought-provoking vignettes makes us examine our relationship with food deeply–and what food really means to us.


I always appreciate comfort, feel-good book after a long holiday. A Life of Spice has fulfilled my need. I didn’t plan to buy this book. I received a notification from Bookbub, and as a sucker for bargain books, I bought this one. I read the reviews on Goodreads. Mostly gave 4 or 5 stars, so I gave it a go.

The prolog is very interesting. Monica told about how her father landed in the USA. She was an engineer but then she followed her passion in food-writing.

I like learning about cultures. I believe the first gate to experience a culture is through food.

Monica also explained why food eaten or cooked with hands tastes better than the ones using tools. The energy from the cook is transfered through the hands.

So many interesting tidbits about Indian vs Western food culture.

What bothered me the most is the repetition. I understand this book is a compilation of articles, but it would be better if it was edited.

Overall, this book is worth the hype, and I’m looking forward to reading other books by this author.


What we eat and how we eat it gives us identity; it helps us to define who we are.



Read at Your Own Risk Challenge 2016



Sudah cukup lama saya nggak jadi host reading challenge, maka tahun ini saya memberanikan diri untuk menjadi tuan rumah Read at Your Own Risk Challenge.
Akan ada tema bacaan untuk tiap bulannya dan peserta wajib meninggalkan link resensi di linky yang akan tersedia setiap bulannya.

Syarat mengikuti challenge ini:
1. Membaca buku dan menulis resensi untuk tema yang ditentukan tiap bulan. Resensi boleh ditulis di blog, FB note atau Goodreads.
2. Meninggalkan link resensi di linky paling bawah postingan ini.
3. Akan ada pemenang bulanan untuk challenge ini berupa buku yang bisa dipilih sendiri senilai IDR 100,000.
4. Peserta tidak wajib mengikuti challenge tiap bulan, tetapi bagi yang mengikuti dari Januari sampai Desember 2016 akan ada hadiah spesial yang akan diundi akhir tahun, yaitu hadiah buku sebesar IDR 250,000 yang bisa dipilih sendiri di toko buku online.
5. Tema akan diumumkan setiap awal bulan. Jadi, siap-siap menerima surprise ya🙂

Tema untuk bulan Januari adalah:
Membaca buku dengan judul Hujan/Rain atau buku dengan cover warna biru.

Winner: Wulida

Tema untuk bulan Februari adalah:
Love Story (fiction or non-fiction).


Tema untuk bulan Maret adalah:
Your favorite author (fiction or non-fiction). Baca buku dari penulis kesayanganmu.

Winner:Maria Hobbybuku

Tema untuk bulan April adalah:
A book recommended by a friend. Baca buku pilihan dari teman.


Tema untuk bulan Mei adalah:
buku Asia (selain Indonesia). Baca buku dari penulis yang berasal dari Jepang, Cina, Korea, India, etc.

Tema untuk bulan Juni adalah:
thriller/suspense. Kita seru-seruan di bulan ini ya.

Tema untuk bulan Juli adalah:
spiritual. Buku yang membangun jiwa spiritual atau memberi pencerahan bagimu.

Tema untuk bulan Agustus adalah:
Non-Fiksi. Buku biografi, travel, sejarah atau apa saja yang bukan fiksi.

Tema untuk bulan September adalah:
Historical Fiction. Fiksi sejarah Indonesia atau negara lain.

Tema untuk bulan Oktober adalah:
Horror atau cover warna hitam.

Yuk, siapkan buku di tumpukan TBR-mu dan jangan lupa untuk menulis resensinya.

Happy reading ❤


2016 Read Harder Challenge


pic creds: here


Another challenge that I’m planning to fulfill this year. My aim is to discover new authors and genres, learning new things from different perspectives. One of my new year’s resolutions is to stay away from social media (except for Twitter, I need to update my blog posts on Twitter). I think I might have a lot of time to read this year.

Hosted by Book Riot, here’s the challenge:

1. Read a horror book: Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
2. Read a nonfiction book about science: Physics of the Impossible by Michio Kaku
3. Read a collection of essays: Consider the Lobster by David Foster Wallace
4. Read a book out loud to someone else
5. Read a middle grade novel: Matilda by Roald Dahl
6. Read a biography (not memoir or autobiography): Last Night at the Viper Room by Gavin Edwards – 17/1/16
7. Read a dystopian or post-apocalyptic novel: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
8. Read a book originally published in the decade you were born: The Shining by Stephen King
9. Listen to an audiobook that has won an Audie Award: The Longest Yard by Nicholas Sparks
10. Read a book over 500 pages long: The Bible
11. Read a book under 100 pages: My Unwilling Witch Sleeps Over by Hiawyn Oram
12. Read a book by or about a person that identifies as transgender: Man Alive by Thomas Page McBee
13. Read a book that is set in the Middle East: The Ruins of Us by Keija Parssinen
14. Read a book that is by an author from Southeast Asia: Panggil Aku Kartini Saja by Pramoedya Ananta Toer
15. Read a book of historical fiction set before 1900: Empress Orchid by Anchee Min
16. Read the first book in a series by a person of color: The Legend by Marie Lu
17. Read a non-superhero comic that debuted in the last three years
18. Read a book that was adapted into a movie, then watch the movie. Debate which is better. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
19. Read a nonfiction book about feminism or dealing with feminist themes: How to be a Woman by Caitlyn Moran
20. Read a book about religion (fiction or nonfiction): Living with a Wild God by Barbara Ehrenreich
21. Read a book about politics, in your country or another (fiction or nonfiction): Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
22. Read a food memoir: A Life of Spice by Monica Bhide – 9/1/16
23. Read a play: A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
24. Read a book with a main character that has a mental illness: Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen

I will update my progress on this post.

Have a great day and keep reading.


Reading the Bible as Literature



Happy New Year! Hope all is well and all the best in 2016.

I browsed through Roof Beam Reader and I found this cool challenge. No, I’m not religious. I read bible sometimes and never finish the whole book. I think I’m ready to read this holy book for a year with an open mind.

The Reading Plan:
January: Genesis 1 through Exodus 40
February: Leviticus 1 through Deuteronomy 4
March: Deuteronomy 5 through 1 Samuel 17
April: 1 Samuel 18 through 1 Chronicles 2
May: 1 Chronicles 3 through Esther 10
June: Job 1 through Psalms 89
July: Psalms 90 through Isaiah 17
August: Isaiah 18 through Ezekiel 8
September: Ezekiel 9 through Zechariah 14
October: Malachi 1 through Luke 18
November: Luke 19 through 1 Corinthians 8
December: 1 Corinthians 9 through Revelations 22

I also found this blog that might be useful to be the guidance for this challenge.

Happy TGIF and have a biblio-blast in 2016.


Secret Santa 2015: The Riddle



Maaf banget telat sehari posting Riddle Secret Santa karena saya dan keluarga mungil sedang berlibur.

Berikut penampakan kado dari Santa:


Riddle-nya demikian:

Dear Yuska Vonita, salam kenal ^^

Senang sekali rasanya tahun ini aku menjadi Santamu ☺. Walaupun kita belum pernah bertemu maupun berinteraksi secara pribadi, kuharap melalui Secret Santa ini kita akan menjadi lebih saling mengenal dan lebih dekat lagi yaa..

Aku sudah bingkiskan special untukmu satu buku yang sudah ada di daftarmu tahun ini. Semoga Yuska suka ya.. Dan, jangan lupa kunantikan ceritamu mengenai isi salah satu novel pilihanmu ini ^^

Nah.. Now, it’s time to guess my identity, right?

Aku sering sekali dipakai di setiap kalimat yang mengartikan jika namaku itu berarti ‘indah’.

Tentu saja kamu bisa menemukanku jika kamu berkunjung ke rumah berstruktur heksagonal berlatar belakang putih milikku dimana disana ada quotes dari Ernest Hemingway dan akan kuijinkan kamu ‘mengintip setiap buku’ yang ada di sana.

-Your Santa-

Di bagian bawah surat dari Santa ada quote:

There is no friend as loyal as a book. – Ernest Hemingway.

Wah, siapa ya kira-kira Santa saya kali ini?

Thank you ya, Santa. Saya seneng banget dapat buku ini. Moga-moga saya bisa menebakmu dengan tepat bulan depan.

Happy holidays untuk yang sedang berlibur. Sampai ketemu lagi di Januari 2016.


4th Anniversary Book Giveaway Winner Announcement



Sekarang saatnya mengumumkan pemenang 4th Anniversary Book Giveaway. Maaf ada keterlambatan pengumuman karena ada kesibukan dengan pekerjaan dan juga urusan keluarga yang mendesak.

Setelah melakukan pengundian via Random.org, pemenangnya adalah:

Antariksa Muhammad Akbar Arimastiranov.

Selamat ya.

Silakan kirimkan biodata beserta alamat lengkap berikut kode pos dan nomor hp ke raining.lin77@gmail.com.

Ditunggu 3×48 jam. Jika tidak ada kabar, maka akan diadakan pengundian ulang.

Terima kasih untuk para peserta giveaway. Semoga beruntung di lain kesempatan.


Ultimate Reading Challenge 2016


I didn’t read many books this year. In fact, I finished reading 26 out of 25 books (I joined Goodreads Challenge and I set to read 25 books this year). Well, not bad but not satisfying as I still have huge piles waiting to be read.

I browsed through Popsugar website and I found this cool challenge.

Since my piles are getting taller, I plan to tackle them next year.

Here’s my temporary list for each category:
1. A book based on a fairy tale – Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
2. A National Book Award Winner – Just Kids by Patti Smith
3. A YA bestseller – Looking For Alaska by John Green
4. A book you haven’t read since high school – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
5. A book set in your home state – Walking After You by Windry Ramadhina
6. A book translated to English – The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank (reread)
7. A romance set in the future – The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (reread)
8. A book set in Europe – Atonement by Ian McEwan
9. A book that’s under 150 pages – My Unwilling Witch Sleeps Over by Hiawyn Oram
10.A New York Times bestseller – The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
11.A book that’s becoming a movie this year – Eleanor and Parkby Rainbow Rowell
12.A book recommended by someone you just met – TBA
13.A self-improvement book – The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren (reread)
14.A book you can finish in a day – The Hollow by Agatha Christie
15.A book written by a celebrity – The Long Hard Road out of Hell by Marilyn Manson
16.A political memoir – Thirteen Days by Robert Kennedy
17.A book at least 100 years older than you – Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
18.A book from Oprah’s Book Club – Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
19.A science-fiction novel – Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
20.A book recommended by a family member – The Sky is Falling by Sidney Sheldon (recommended by my mom – reread)
21.A graphic novel – Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
22.A book that is published in 2016 – It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
23.A book with a protagonist who has your occupation – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
24.A book that takes place during summer – The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks
25.A book and its prequel – The Maze Runner and The Kill Order by James Dashner
26.A murder mystery – Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight
27. A book written by a comedian – Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me by Chelsea Handler
28.A dystopian novel – The Giver by Lois Lowry
29.A book with a blue cover – Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
30.A book of poetry – TBA
31.The first book you see in a book store – TBA
32.A classic from the 20th century – Howard’s End by E.M. Forster
33.A book from the library – TBA
34.An autobiography – Songs My Mother Taught Me by Marlon Brando
35.A book about a road trip – All The Bright Places by Jennifer Nevin
36.A satirical book – Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
37.A book about culture you’re unfamiliar with – The Story Hour by Thrity Umrigar
38.A book that takes place on an island – Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
39.A book that’s guaranteed to bring you joy – Amelia’s Are-We-There-Yet Longest Ever Car Trip by Marissa Moss
40.A book that’s more than 600 pages – The Holy Bible

For number 40, there is a challenge hosted by Roof Beam Reader. If you’re interested, you may join the challenge too.

I’m up for buddy reading. If you plan to read the books on my list, just mention me on twitter: @yuska77 or Instagram: @vanness77, or just leave a comment below.

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