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Gagasmedia merupakan salah satu penerbit di Indonesia yang rajin menerbitkan buku karya penulis muda. Selain inovatif dengan tema yang kece (seri STPC, Glam Girls, The Journeys, dll), Gagasmedia juga perhatian dengan penulis baru. Nama-nama seperti Anggun Prameswari, Alanda Kariza, Aditia Yudis, juga Alexander Thian (ok, kenapa semua penulis yang saya sebut berinisial A ya?!) saya kenal dari karyanya yang diterbitkan oleh Gagasmedia.

Beberapa penulis favorit saya juga bukunya diterbitkan oleh Gagas, seperti Nina Ardianti, Moemoe Rizal, Winna Efendi, dan Vabyo.

Pengalaman berkesan bersama Gagasmedia adalah ketika saya mengikuti lomba 7 Deadly Sins. Banyak banget hal yang saya pelajari selama proses menulis, mengedit naskah mentah sebelum layak terbit. Thank you ya Gagas.

Ok, selanjutnya saya akan menjawab 12 pertanyaan penting sebagai berikut:

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1. Sebutkan 12 judul buku yang paling berkesan setelah kamu membacanya.
Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom (review di sini)
The Fifth Mountain by Paulo Coelho (review di sini)
Perfect Match by Jodi Picoult (review di sini)
Joker by Valiant Budi (review di sini)
Kedai 1001 Mimpi by Valiant Budi (review di sini)
Lisey’s Story by Stephen King (review di sini)
Adultery by Paulo Coelho (review di sini
Maharani by Pearl S. Buck (review di sini)
Kei by Erni Aladjai (review di sini)
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwang (review di sini)
The Dirt by Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars and Neil Strauss (review di sini)
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher (review di sini)

2. Buku apa yang pernah membuatmu menangis? Kenapa?
Salah satu buku yang paling menyentuh yang pernah saya baca adalah Have a Little Faith karya Mitch Albom. Buku itu bercerita tentang seorang rabi yang meminta Albom untuk membacakan eulogi di hari kematiannya. Saya sangat tertohok dengan kisah Albom yang menemukan arti dalam hidup. Di tengah buku saya sudah banjir airmata, sadar bahwa saya kurang bersyukur dan memandang masalah dari sisi negatif saja. Buku ini mengubah cara pandang saya akan kehidupan (juga kematian), dan betapa Tuhan menyayangi setiap umat-Nya.

3. Apa quote dari buku yang kamu ingat dan sangat menginspirasi?

Dari segala macam senjata penghancur ciptaan manusia, yang paling berbahaya-dan paling kuat-adalah kata-kata. – The Fifth Mountain by Paulo Coelho.

4. Siapakah tokoh dalam buku yang ingin kamu pacari?
Ketika orang-orang mendambakan Mr. Darcy, Edward Cullen, Christian Grey atau Tobias Eaton, dari jaman kuliah dulu saya tetap mengidamkan Lestat de Lioncourt.

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Pic credit: here

Alasannya:
• Lestat bukan orang kaya, tapi sikapnya layaknya seorang aristokrat.
• Jago main biola.
• Pintar nyanyi. Pernah jadi rockstar di masa modern.
• Ladies’ man.
• Cool. Tidak banyak bicara tapi tatapannya memikat lawan jenis.
• Predator sejati, jauh lebih berbahaya dari Mr. Grey.
• Tentu saja, wajah tampannya dengan tulang rahang sempurna membuat saya jatuh cinta.

5. Ceritakan ending novel berkesan yang tak akan kamu lupakan.
Sulit untuk tidak memberikan spoiler.
Ending novel yang tak terlupakan tentu saja Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer. Biar orang-orang mencerca dan banyak kritikus menganggap Twilight Saga cheesy, menurut saya sih Twilight Saga bisa dikategorikan sebagai fairy tale modern. Happy ending ala-ala fairy tale, dimana Bella dan Edward akhirnya bersama membuat saya tidak akan melupakan ending novel ini.

6. Buku pertama Gagas yang kamu baca, dan kenapa kamu memilih itu?

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Kambing Jantan karya Raditya Dika adalah buku pertama Gagas yang saya baca. Alasannya karena covernya yang kocak, cukup catchy dibandingkan cover buku-buku lain yang serius di rak buku new release di Gramedia. Selain cover, saya juga membaca sinopsisnya yang gokil. Terbukti buku ini sukses membuat saya terpikat dengan buku-buku terbitan Gagas.

7. Dari sekian banyak buku yang kamu punya, apa judul yang menurutmu menarik, kenapa?

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Menurut saya, judul novel yang menarik dan mudah diingat adalah Interlude karya Windry Ramadhina. Selain singkat, saya juga suka dengan arti kata interlude, yaitu selingan, atau istirahat (break). Dalam hidup, pada setiap kegiatan, setiap orang membutuhkan interlude. Dalam musik, interlude (biasanya) menghubungkan bridge dengan chorus, transisi yang membuat suatu lagu memiliki nada-nada tambahan agar tidak terdengar membosankan. Whatever it is, interlude is my favorite word. Tapi setelah saya perhatikan, judul novel-novel Windry memang tidak pernah lebih dari satu kata. Smart banget.

8. Sekarang lihat rak bukumu. Cover apa yang paling kamu suka, kenapa?

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Cover Happily Ever After karya Winna Efendi adalah salah satu favorit saya. Alasannya simple aja sih: sesuai dengan judulnya, cover buku ini layaknya cover buku dongeng tapi tidak terkesan kekanak-kanakan. Kalau saya cuma melihat ilustrasi gambarnya saja, saya pasti mengira buku ini adalah buku terbitan penerbit luar negeri. Komposisi warnanya juga cakep, ada ungu kecil menyembul di antara hijau-hijauan. Very pretty.

9. Tema cerita apa yang kamu sukai, kenapa?
Saya suka thriller dan misteri. Saya suka tantangan, menerka-nerka pelaku kejahatan dan kejadian apa yang akan terjadi di bab selanjutnya. Selain thriller dan misteri, saya juga suka romance dan drama. Biasanya kalau saya penat dan jenuh dengan thriller dan misteri, saya mencari solace di buku genre romance dan drama yang lebih realistis dan dekat dengan kehidupan sehari-hari.

10. Siapa penulis yang ingin kamu temui, jika sudah ketemu, kamu mau apa?
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Pertanyaan ini mungkin jawabannya bisa setebal 1 novel. Salah satu penulis yang ingin saya temui adalah Valiant Budi. Saya sering berinteraksi di Twitter dan Facebooknya, mengomentari tweet atau foto-foto yang dia unduh. Saya selalu suka dengan penulis yang kaya pengalaman dan cerita. Dan biasanya penulis yang kaya pengalaman dan punya segudang kisah hidup, karyanya juga pasti akan “kaya” akan cerita bermakna. Tentu saja selain selfie, kalau saya ketemu Aa Vibi, saya akan banyak tanya-tanya tentang pengalaman travelingnya yang tidak ditulis di bukunya.

11. Lebih suka baca ebook atau buku cetak, kenapa?

Jujur, saya lebih suka buku cetak. Tapi, kalau suami dan anak sudah tidur (kami masih tidur bertiga sekamar), saya membaca ebook karena bisa dibaca dalam keadaan gelap. Sensasi membaca buku cetak berbeda jika dibandingkan membaca ebook. Saya bisa memegang dan mengelus-elus kertasnya, menelusuri huruf-huruf timbul di cover, juga koleksi buku cetak saya bisa saya pamerkan dengan mengupload fotonya di social media. Sedangkan ribuan ebook yang saya miliki tidak terlihat wujudnya, hanya tersimpan di ereader. Alasan lain adalah saya lebih kuat membaca buku cetak berjam-jam dibanding membaca ebook. Mata saya lebih cepat lelah saat membaca ebook.

12. Sebutkan 12 kata untuk Gagasmedia menurutmu.

Penerbit unyu pencetak penulis muda berbakat yang karyanya melekat di hati pembaca.

Selesai sudah saya menjawab 12 pertanyaan dari Gagasmedia.

Dari lubuk hati paling dalam, saya ingin mengucapkan:

Happy 12th anniversary, Gagasmedia. Terima kasih telah menerbitkan begitu banyak karya luar biasa yang menginspirasi kami, para pembaca setiamu. Semoga di usia yang ke-12 ini Gagas makin dewasa dan buku-buku yang diterbitkan juga lebih dahsyat lagi.

I love you, Gagas ❤

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#KadoUntukBlogger #unforgotTEN @GagasMedia

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I have been a voracious reader most of my life. And the older I get, the more I love reading and get lost between words and sentences. Besides writing, reading is one of the things that I can’t live without. Reading is like breathing to me. I have the urge to read at least 5 pages a day. It’s a culture, way of life, just call it what you want. Perhaps, I’m a biblioholic – a term used for a person who loves books, or a bookaholic. I don’t care, I’m proud to be a book addict 🙂

During my journey as a reader, I found Gagas Media sometime in the early 2000s. Books like 30 Hari Mencari Cinta, Brownies, Here, After, Beauty and the Bitch, also Kambing Jantan, filled my days during college and work, long before I blog my review.

And then Gagas Media released Kedai 1001 Mimpi and The Not-So-Amazing Life of @Amrazing, two of my all time favorite books from Gagas. From then on, I think Gagas had set foot on the edge of Indonesian literary world. I also learn that Gagas has the most interesting listings, not too broad, not too narrow, but very uncanny.

From romance, comedy, travel lit to Asian literature, Gagas Media fulfilled my needs. I’m looking forward to seeing the new release with sharp edge and more surprises.

So, I’m here to ‘pursue’ Gagas to choose me to be one of the luckiest bloggers to receive a 10 pack of books. If I win, I’ll be happy to review more than 1 book (hopefully more than 5 books). I read at least two books in a month, so you can count on me. I’ll definitely write a review on any book that Gagas will send me (girl scout promise).

Here’s 10 Things I Love about Reading & Reviewing (and Why I Deserve to be a Winner):

1. Books Make Me Happy
As a biblioholic, I’m always eager to find a package with books inside. So, imagine that I get 10 books from Gagas Media. Not only happy, I’ll be thrilled!

2. Books are Good Medicine for my soul
Giving up my job for my son left me sad and unfulfilled. I have to admit, I experienced the symptoms of depression. Luckily, I found my passion: writing and reading. I used to be an avid reader during high school, but then quit sometime during college because I was more focused on playing and writing music. During my second finding, I was so thankful that I appreciate my precious time by reading and trying to give thoughts with a word or two on Goodreads. Then I decided to write my reviews on my blog. Books have helped me to overcome all the bad feelings. Thanks to Gagas for helping me to open the secret window 🙂

3. Reading and Reviewing Keeps My Soul Alive
I’m not exaggerating, reviewing books has helped me to write better. Reading alone is very joyful, but not giving a review is like I’m on debts. It’s a pleasure to write a review and share it to the world. I’m a member of a Book Blogger Community, and I’m so happy to read, share and discuss the books with my fellow biblioholics. We agree that reviewing books is (almost) as important as reading.

4. Books Make me Grow
Yes, books had helped me to think and feel better. I see things in different perspectives. I also try to do a mind-processing and do some research about a topic after reading. Petals from the Sky made me think about meditations and being a vegan. I had to think twice before I eat animals.

5. Books Make me Travel Without Moving
I’m a stay at home mom who’s in charge of my 3 year-old son. I don’t go out a lot and I have to give up my dream as a traveler (maybe one day, not now). Books, of course, help me to move from one place to another, other countries, space, even fictitious kingdoms. The Journeys and Life Traveler helped me to widen my horizons and dream about my future destinations. Thanks for giving me a feel-good atmosphere during the reading session.

6. Reading and Reviewing Helps Authors to Write Better
I have never put myself as a critic. As a writer, I got mixed reviews about my work. Some are good, some are OK, some said I have to stop writing. Reviews helped me to grow and try to write better. I also got feedback from many authors about my reviews. I always do my best not to hurt others’ feelings if my review is not satisfying. So, book bloggers are like midwives to authors. The ‘process’ might be painful, but when you’re through, it’s like carrying an olympic torch.


7. I Judge a Book by its Cover

One of the reasons I buy a book is because of its beautiful cover. Gagas books are beautiful, edgy, and eye-catching. They make my bookshelf colorful too.

8. The More I Read, the More I Acquire, the More Certain I am that I Know Nothing

That’s a quote from Voltaire. The more I read, the more I’m hunger for more. I’m never satisfied with the books I have. Reading is addictive and yet so contagious. I want more and more.

9. Books restrain me from gossips

Seriously, women, especially moms, are the most active gossipmongers. I guess it has something to do with age. Women my age tend to love (celebrity) gossips and soaps. Of course, I’m one of them, but I’m tired of it. So, I restrain myself from daily gossips, infotainment and K-Drama by indulging myself with books. It’s more fun 🙂

10. Inheritance

I might not have tons of money, but I’d like to inherit my habit of reading and reviewing to my son. I want to share opinions, knowledge, and history with him. And I believe, he might find it in handy someday. He can have all the books that I have, and one day he will read my reviews on the blog too 🙂

I hope I’ll be one of the luckiest bloggers.

I know that Gagas will randomly select the books for me to review, but here’s my wishlist. I adore all the covers.

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1. The Scent of Sake by Joyce Lebra

I’m fond of Asian literature. The Scent of Sake intrigues me, with the geisha and feminism as the flavor of the story.

2. Letter to My Daughter by Maya Angelou

I don’t have a daughter, but I really want to read this book. I used to read Maya Angelou during college, but never this book.

3. Letters to Sam by Daniel Gottlieb

The high rating on Goodreads stunned me. I have autistic cousins, so reading this book is a must.

4. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

This book touches racism, motherhood, and history. Those three are among my favorite ingredients in a book.

5. Paris by Prisca Primasari

Paris is the most romantic city in the world, people say. Since the book was praised by many readers, I want to read it too.

6. Restart by Nina Ardianti

I love Nina’s writing on the Glam Girls series. Ijul, one of my fellow bloggers, gave a 4.5 stars. WOW! It must be a great book. It would be an honor to review it 🙂

7. Believe by Morra Quatro

LDR has been a hot topic on twitter. Morra is famous of her quotable sentences. I’m never tired of romance, and I’d like to experience romance a la Morra.

8. Bangkok: The Journal by Moemoe Rizal

Bangkok is one of the most memorable places for me. I love its hecticness, culture, and food. In 2008, I went there for a honeymoon with my husband. I’d like to see Bangkok from Moemoe’s perspective.

9. Melbourne by Winna Efendi

Why Melbourne? Melbourne is not one of the most romantic cities in the world, as far as I know. I’ve never been there, and I don’t know what’s what in Melbourne. I’d like to read this one.

10.The Calligrapher’s Daughter by Eugenia Kim

Another high-praised Asian literature. I’ve never had enough of cultural, women, and historical fiction books. Since the book won the 2009 Borders Original Voices Award for Fiction, I’m sure it’s worth a read. Reading a traditional book written by an ABK (American Born Korean) must be very interesting.

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