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[Book Review] Insatiable by Asa Akira

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Title Insatiable: Porn – A Love Story
Author: Asa Akira
Publisher: Grove Atlantic
Web Link: link
Date of Release: May 6, 2014
No. of Pages: 256
ISBN: 978-602-9193-17-6
Format: Ebook
Category: Non Fiction
Genre: Biography, Memoir, Porn

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Asa Akira (28) has already had an extremely unusual life. Educated at the United Nations International School in Manhattan, she soon was earning a good living by stripping and working as a dominatrix at a sex dungeon. Akira has now built up a reputation for being of the most popular, hardworking, and extreme actors in the business, winning dozens of awards for her 330+ movies, including her #1 bestselling series “Asa Akira Is Insatiable”.

In Insatiable, Akira recounts her extraordinary life in chapters that are hilarious, shocking, and touching. In a wry, conversational tone, she talks about her experiences shoplifting and doing drugs while in school, her relationship with other porn stars (she is married to one) and with the industry at large, and her beliefs about women and sexuality. Insatiable is filled with Akira’s unusual and often highly amusing anecdotes, including her visit to a New Hampshire sex shop run by a mother and son.

In a world where porn is increasingly becoming part of the mainstream, Akira is one of very few articulate voices writing from the inside. She something important, controversial, and astonishingly interesting to say about sex and its central role in our lives and culture.

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Asa Akira is probably one of the most popular names in porn industry. The self-proclaimed anal queen is not ashamed to flaunt her best interest: having freaky sex on camera.

I’ve read several porn memoirs. One of them is Ordeal, the most disturbing memoir I’ve read so far.
Unlike Lovelace, Akira admits that she enjoys having sex on camera. She says she comes from a happy family. She started masturbating at an early age, that her mother forbade her to put on a blanket, afraid of what she might do under the sheet.

Akira also broke the myth of pornstars. She’s pretty and witty, somewhat rare in porn industry. Unlike any other paents, Akira’s can accept her profession. She said as long as she’s happy, her parents will support her all the way.

Insatiable is a fun read. I laughed a lot when I read this book. Some chapters are quite disturbing, especially parts about anal scene. One thing that confuses me is when Akira was offered to do a squirt scene. She couldn’t believe it because she’s not a squirter. But when she described her sex activities before AVN Awards with her husband, Toni Ribas, she explicitly explained that she squirted during sex and was asked to lick her own liquid (ewww).

What I learn about porn life:
1. Most porn stars contracted STDs. Chlamydia, herpes, or HIV, you name it. Akira got chlamydia during her second month of shooting porn.
2. Almost every porn star is addicted to (sex) drugs.
3. Of course, porn stars are exhibitionists. Akira says having sex on camera and thinking hundreds of men jerking off while watching her turn her on.
4. Not all sex is enjoyable during the shoot. Sasha Grey, a retired porn star, said that she had orgasm only three times during her porn career.
5. Some porn stars even quit the business because they’re humiliated. In her book, Linda Lovelace said she was forced to do porn by her husband. Alina Li has recently quit the business. Read her story here.

If you want to know a bit about porn industry, you may check out this book.

An A to Z Porn Glossary inspired by Asa Akira’s Insatiable: click here

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Until next time

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[Book Review] Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

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Title: Love Letters to the Dead
Author: Ava Dellaira
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Published: April 1st, 2014
No. of Pages: 336 pages
ISBN: 9780374346683
Format: Ebook
Goodreads: here
Opening sentence:
Dear Kurt Cobain,
Mrs. Buster gave us our first assignment in English today, to write a letter to a dead person.

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It begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May did. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to people like Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Amelia Earhart, Heath Ledger, and more; though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. She writes about starting high school, navigating new friendships, falling in love for the first time, learning to live with her splintering family. And, finally, about the abuse she suffered while May was supposed to be looking out for her. Only then, once Laurel has written down the truth about what happened to herself, can she truly begin to accept what happened to May. And only when Laurel has begun to see her sister as the person she was; lovely and amazing and deeply flawed; can she begin to discover her own path.

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Mungkin ini yang dinamakan love at first sight. Saya iseng browsing membuka email yang sudah lama saya abaikan. Pas membuka email dari seorang blogger favorit saya, dia memamerkan buku bacaannya minggu ini.
Salah satu yang catchy, baik cover maupun judul adalah buku ini.

Laurel adalah seorang remaja dengan jiwa yang terluka. Dia ditugasi oleh guru Bahasa Inggrisnya untuk menulis surat kepada orang yang sudah mati. Surat pertama Laurel ditujukan kepada mendiang Kurt Cobain, salah satu pendiri grup legendaris genre Grunge yang merupakan idola kakaknya, May,yang sudah meninggal.

Surat pertama berlanjut dengan surat kedua, ketiga, dan seterusnya.

Laurel mencurahkan isi hatinya dengan bebas tanpa hambatan kepada selebritas yang telah tiada.

Saya memang belum membaca banyak buku Young Adult, tapi buku ini begitu memikat sampai saya tak bisa berhenti membaca.
Laurel yang rapuh diceritakan dari sudut pandangnya sendiri. Betapa ia masih membutuhkan figur May yang ia jadikan panutan, sehingga ketika May tiada, Laurel seperti kehilangan tempat berpijak.

Love Letters to the Dead merupakan novel debut Ava Dellaira.
Novel sederhana yang memuat banyak emosi di dalamnya. Love it to pieces.

Selebritas macam Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Judy Garland, hingga River Phoenix diikutkan dalam novel ini, membuat saya terhempas ke masa silam untuk beberapa saat.

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Until next time

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The Canadian Reading Challenge

Kayaknya udah banyak banget Reading Challenge yang gue ikutin tahun ini, tapi tetep nggak kapok untuk ikutan challenge yang baru.

Challenge ini berlangsung selama bulan Juli 2013. Tantangannya adalah membaca paling sedikit satu buku yang ditulis oleh penulis asal Kanada atau yang settingnya di Kanada.

List buku yang ditulis oleh penulis asal Kanada bisa diintip di sini.

Bulan Juli, target gue membaca 3 buku saja.
1. The Story Girl – L.M. Montgomerry
2. Riding Lesson – Sara Gruen
3. The Painted Girls – Cathy Marie Buchanan

Moga-moga bisa selesai baca ketiga buku ini.
Ada hadiahnya juga. Menang nggak menang yang penting membaca.

Yang mau ikutan challenge ini bisa langsung daftar ke sini.

Linky untuk review akan diposting tanggal 1 Juli.

Keep reading 🙂

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[Book Review] The Imposter Bride by Nancy Richler

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A NATIONAL BESTSELLER

SHORTLISTED FOR THE SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE

A young, enigmatic woman—Lily Azerov—arrives in post-war Montreal expecting to meet her betrothed, Sol Kramer.
When Sol sees Lily at the train station, however, he turns her
down. His brother, Nathan, sees Lily and instantly decides to
marry her.

But Lily is not who she claims to be, and her attempt to live a quiet life as Nathan Kramer’s wife shatters when she disappears, leaving her baby daughter with only a diary, an uncut diamond and a need to discover the truth.

Who is Lily and what happened to the young woman whose identity she stole? Why did she leave and where did she go? It is up to the daughter Lily abandoned to find the answers to these questions as she searches for the mother she may never find or truly know.

 

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I got mixed feelings about this book. The first part is very interesting, the middle part is boring *yawn*, and the last chapters are just okay.

I picked this book to get more in depth with holocaust. It’s about a woman who stole one’s identity during war. She was involved in an arranged marriage, gave birth to a baby girl, then disappeared.

Faux Lily wrote letters to her daughter, Ruth, and sent her stones. One day, they reunited just for a moment. Lily/Yanna didn’t tell her husband about Ruth, so that’s it.

I don’t understand why Faux Lily left her baby (with no remorse).

 

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Having sadness doesn’t mean you can’t have happiness too.

What begins in deception continues in deception.

Did he not even know that curiosity about our own origins is what defines us as human?

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1. Everytime We Say Goodbye – Ella Fitzgerald
2. Brown Eyed Handsome Man – Chuck Berry
3. Satin Doll – Duke Ellington
4. Take the A Train – Duke Ellington
5. These Foolish Things – Artie Shaw
6. All The Things You Are – Charlie Parker
7. You Send Me – Sam Cooke
8. I Only Have Eyes on You – The Flamingos
9. Blueberry Hill – Glenn Miller
10.Why Do Fools Fall in Love – Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers

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[Book Review] The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Generally considered to be F. Scott Fitzgerald’s finest novel, The Great Gatsby is a consummate summary of the “roaring twenties”, and a devastating expose of the “Jazz Age”. Through the narration of Nick Carraway, the reader is taken into the superficially glittering world of the mansions which lined the Long Island shore in the 1920s, to encounter Nick’s cousin Daisy, her brash but wealthy husband Tom Buchanan, Jay Gatsby and the mystery that surrounds him.

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Once upon a time in 1920s, when women wore short skirt, bobbed their hair, smoked and drank excessively, and listened to jazz, there lived a man whose name Gatsby.

The Great Gatsby is a tragic love story coated with crimes and corrupted minds. Nick Carraway, the narrator of the story, left his hometown to pursue his dream in New York. He met Daisy, his cousin, and her husband, Tom Buchanan, who had an affair with Mrs. Wilson. Nick was introduced to Jordan Baker and she mentioned about the notorious Gatsby who happens to be Nick’s neighbor.

One day, Nick was invited to Gatsby’s lavish party in his mansion. They were a lot of prominent people at Gatsby’s house. Nick met Jordan and they were curious about the host. Instead, they met an owl-eyed old man in Gatsby’s library.

Finally, Nick sat at a table and met a young man who looked familiar, Gatsby, who often called people “old sport”.
Nick saw Gatsby for the first time when he was standing on the lawn, reaching out for the distant green light.

Soon they became friends and Nick was dragged into Gatsby’s luxurious life, and he became suspicious of Gatsby’s source of income.

Gatsby appeared to fetch Nick for lunch. He told Nick about his past. They met Wolfshiem at a restaurant, which sharpened Nick’s suspicions about Gatsby’s illegal business.
After lunch, Nick met Jordan. She told him that Gatsby is in love with Daisy.
The reunion was set up and their destiny has been changed since then.

The Great Gatsby is a dark tale of a lonely man. Behind the glamorous life that Gatsby has, he is a lonely man. One said loneliness is the cruelest thing in the world. Gatsby is a sad man. He’s never been happy.
The green light that Gatsby tried to reach is a symbol of his dream that he can’t have.
The eyes of T.J. Eckleburg are scary. It’s like the “all seeing eye of God” or the eye of providence. Whatever you do, God sees everything. It gave me goosebumps.

Overall, The Great Gatsby is a great read. Why didn’t I read this earlier? I want to read it every year to get a better understanding. Classics reading is fun.

Now I’d like to talk about the movie.

With the promising cast, this movie fulfilled my expectations. I was surprised that Jay-Z was taking care of the music. Justin Timberlake’s Suit & Tie suddenly popped in my mind. The Great Gatsby’s music is fun, modern and beautiful.

Leonardo plays Gatsby perfectly. Carey is also perfect as Daisy. I read somewhere that Anne Hathaway, Michelle Williams, ScarJo, Keira Knightley and Natalie Portman are among actresses Baz was reportedly considering casting as Daisy Buchanan.

Tobey is not bad, but I had Joseph Gordon Levitt in mind as Nick.
I also read that Ben Affleck was offered to play as Tom Buchanan, but later he dropped it for “Argo”.

The sanatorium is a brilliant addition. The portrayal of Nick as a troubled-soul is beyond my imagination.

Let’s go back to the party. I was in awe while watching the party scene. The over-the-top glitzy glam party is extravagant, yet exquisite. Gatsby is ridiculously wealthy. He’s the Stark of the ’20s, perhaps, a rock star in that era.
I read a book about Hollywood tell-all titled “Full Service”, but it happened in the ’40s. I think it’s a lot like that.

I love the soundtrack, especially Lana Del Rey’s Young and Beautiful. It’s hauntingly beautiful.

I think Jay and Daisy are the new Edward and Bella, the new ‘it’ couple.

And, oh, I’m always fascinated with flapper fashion.

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[Book Review] The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

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Title: The Notebook
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Publisher: Warner Books
Date of Published: February 1, 2004
ISBN-10: 0446605239
Format: Ebook
Website: http://www.nicholassparks.com/books/the-notebook

 

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“Somewhere,” muses Noah Calhoun, while sitting on his porch in the moonight, “there were people making love.” The Notebook, a Southern-fried story of love-lost-and-found-again, revolves around a single time-honored romantic dilemma: will beautiful Allison Nelson stay with Mr. Respectability (to whom she happens to be engaged), or will she choose Noah, the romantic rascal she left so many years ago?

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I’m not a huge fan of romance novels (though I adore chicklit), but this one really got me hooked.
Ada rasa yang berbeda ketika menonton film dan membaca bukunya. Dan ada beberapa adegan yang berbeda dari buku. Gue sebenarnya suka yang seperti ini, berarti sineasnya kreatif, nggak plek-plekan nyomot adegan dari buku mentah-mentah.
Di film, adegan pertemuan Noah dan Allie disajikan secara detil, sementara di buku tidak. Tentang ayah Noah, di film juga lebih detil, di buku tidak. Kepribadian Lon di buku memang dijelaskan lebih detil, sedangkan di film hanya sekilas saja.

Kesimpulannya, buku “The Notebook” melengkapi filmnya, dan demikian sebaliknya. Tapi kalau boleh memilih, gue lebih suka filmnya dibanding bukunya. Di film, kisah cinta Noah dan Allie sweet banget, sedangkan di buku banyak dialog mendayu-dayu. Gue kurang suka sih dengan gaya mendayu-dayu.

Tapi gue nggak kapok juga sih membaca buku Nicholas Sparks, walau dia bukanlah penulis favorit gue.

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Film “The Notebook” memang layak disebut sebagai salah satu film paling romantis sepanjang masa. Ryan Gossling dan Rachel McAdams mampu menghidupkan Noah dan Allie dengan sempurna.

Us Magazine’s 30 Most Romantic Movies of All Time

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Book Haul 20/4/13

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Belum genap seminggu, gue kembali berbuat dosa. Gara-gara ke PIM ngajak main anak, iman gue kembali digoyahkan karena tiga buku ini:

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Gue pertama kali jatuh cinta dengan buku terbitan Little Black Dress berjudul My Bollywood Wedding. Novel romantic comedy a la chicklit yang penuh kekocakan. Gue penyuka genre romance model gini, bukan Harlequin, Mills & Boon, etc. Beberapa lini Harlequin yang nggak edar di sini banyak juga model chicklit kocak gini, entah kenapa nggak diterjemahkan.
Selain didiskon, gue memang berniat mengoleksi novel-novel Little Black Dress.

Point: -6

List of books bought at Periplus PIM:

1. The Final Hitch by Samantha Scott-Jeffries
2. Moon Lighting by Kate Lace
3. Unlucky in Love by Jessica Fox

Share juga dosa-dosamu ya 🙂

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Book Haul 17/4/13

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Dosa pertama setelah bersumpah tidak membeli buku dulu sebelum menghabiskan 5 buku dari TBR list *siap-siap dirajam massa*.

OK, ketiga buku yang gue beli tadi sore adalah memang buku-buku yang ada di wishlist gue. Setengah mati menahan napsu ingin membeli buku di Gramedia. Setelah berhasil membeli stationery saja, kaki gatel melangkah ke Periplus. Disitulah terjadi dosa maksiat yang menyebabkan gue melanggar sumpah beberapa hari lalu.

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Gue paling suka Periplus karena selalu ada diskonan walau lagi nggak musim diskon. Kebetulan minggu lalu posting wishlist Beastly. Girang banget pas lihat harganya yang mursidah sangat.

Lalu ada Eclipse Official Movie Companion yang harganya jauh banget dari harga awal dijual. Sebelumnya gue juga beli New Moon Official Movie Companion di Periplus. Ternyata dikeluarin juga Eclipse-nya dari gudang. Gue masih setia menanti Breaking Dawn dan Twilight Official Movie Companion supaya koleksi gue lengkap.

Dan yang terakhir, gue bengong lihat Ring of Solomon-nya seri Bartimaeus didiskon juga. Buku 1 dan 2 seri Bartimaeus gue dapat di Periplus juga dengan harga super miring sinting deh. Sekarang tinggal nunggu Ptolemy’s Gate aja. Moga-moga Periplus ngeluarin di rak diskonan.

 

Today’s book haul from Periplus Pondok Indah Mall:

1. Eclipse: The Complete Illustrated Movie Companon (The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Movie Companion #3) by Mark Cotta Vaz

2. Beastly by Alex Flinn

3. The Ring of Solomon by Jonathan Stroud

 

Share juga dosamu ya 🙂

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[Book Giveaways] Tons of Books by David Levithan, John Green, etc

Evie Seo, one of my fave book bloggers, kembali berbaik hati bagi-bagi buku untuk International followers-nya.

Ada 4 paket buku yang bisa kalian menangkan, yaitu:

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Pilih 1 dari paket buku ini

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David Levithan or John Green

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Flesh & Bone by Jonathan Maberry

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Entire Gone Series 1-6

Cara ikutan giveaway-nya gampang banget. Klik aja masing-masing link di atas.

Good luck 🙂

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[Book Giveaway] Perfect 10 – Don’t Miss It!

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This gorgeous lady is hosting an International giveaway! You can win a box of 10 books that you can pick.

You can pick from:
 
– White Lines – Jennifer Bannash
– League Of Strays – L.B. Schulman
– OutpostSurrender – Ann Aguirre
– Of Poseidon – Anna Banks
– Time Between Us – Tamara Ireland Stone
– Lies Beneath – Anne Greenwood Brown
– Cold Fury
– Janie Face To Face
– Every Day – David Levithan
– Sapphire Blue – Kerstin Gier
– Touch of Death – Kelly Hahway
– Amarok – Angela J. Townsend
– Black City – Elizabeth Richards
– Clockwork Prince – Cassandra Clare
– The Unnaturalist – Tiffany Trent
– Venom – Fiona Paul
– Mystic City – Theo Lawrence
– Earth Girl
– A Temptation of Angels
– Timepiece – Myra McEntire
 

I might be adding more books to the list, so be sure to check back regularly

Deadline 31 December 2012.