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End of the Year #ReadingCram – Top Ten Books in 2013


Welcome to day 3 challenge of #ReadingCram readathon. Today’s challenge is to post Top Ten Books that I read in 2013.


From top to bottom:

1. Melbourne by Winna Efendi | Review

It’s one of my favorite STPC series (written in Indonesian). The novel sets in Melbourne, Australia. It’s about finding the lost love. Such a sweet story.

2. Ghost Knight by Cornelia Funke | Review

My first encounter with Cornelia Funke. I didn’t expect to like this book, but I did. Read this book in November, it’s one of my favorite middle grade books.

3. The Boy in The Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne | Review

I was crazy about Holocaust theme and I’m glad that I found this book on the net. I couldn’t move on from this book for 3 days. I was overwhelmed, not to mention the midnight sobbing that I did secretly. One of the best books I read in 2013. I’ll reread this book in 2014.

4. Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom | Review

I can say this is the best book I read in 2013. Top best. Books can be dangerous and this one is no exception. Have a Little Faith has changed me in a good way, made me think about a lot of things that happened in my life. I think everyone should read this book. Highly recommended.

5. The Fifth Mountain by Paulo Coelho | Review

It’s the best bargain book ever. With less than $2.00 you got a soul therapy. Though the theme might be subjective to certain religion, I think everyone can enjoy this book. The Fifth Mountain makes me want to read other books by Paulo Coelho.

6. Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill | Review

I’m a huge fan of Stephen King and now I’m also a big fan of Joe Hill. This is not an easy book to read (if you know what I mean… dealing with supernatural things). After I read this book, the fedora ghost appeared in my dream. I read the ebook version of this, but I decided to buy the translated version to experience the horror again.

7. Perfect Match by Jodi Picoult | Review

So glad that I finally read Jodi Picoult. Perfect Match tells about recovery, mistakes and your biggest fear. I could not read any other book for 2 days, still thinking about the poor boy.

8. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick | Review

I haven’t seen the movie but everyone said it’s one of the best movies. I bought the book instead and had a great experience with Hugo. I was about to sell it but my son loved it, so I keep it. Will reread this one sometime in 2014.

9. Ordeal by Linda Lovelace | Review

The most disturbing book I read in 2013. I bought this book 2 years ago but decided to read it this year because Lovelace biopic was out. I haven’t got the chance to see the movie, hopefully soon.

10. The Dirt: Confessions of The World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Motley Crue |Review

I’d never been a huge fan of Motley Crue. Yes, I listened to some of their hits, but I was more into Guns N’ Roses and Metallica when I was a teenager. This is a hilarious memoir, a real story of a (once) famous glam rock band in the world. You know the formula of rock stars: booze, drugs, sex and all the excess baggage. Each member was fighting his own demon. If you really want to know what’s behind the scene of a rock star, go read this book. One of the best rock memoirs I read.

So, what’s your Top Ten Reads in 2013?

Today’s challenge is hosted by Jessica.

Keep yourself updated with this challenge on Twitter using #ReadingCram

Thank you Dana and Jenny for hosting this awesome challenge.


History Reading Challenge 2014 – A Sail to the Past

Thanks, Fanda, for hosting this fantastic challenge.

History was one of my favorite subjects in school. I wonder why I didn’t read many history books in the past years, but I guess next year is a good start.

I’m signing up for scholar level:

1. In The Garden of Beasts – Erik Larson [Goodreads]
2. Flapper – Joshua Zeits [Goodreads]
3. The Murder of the Century – Paul Collins [Goodreads]
4. Catherine the Great – Robert K. Massie [Goodreads]

**How to join?**

1. To join in, you must have either blog/Facebook/Goodreads where you can post your thoughts.
2. Pick one of the level suits you, and post about this challenge in your blog, or just comment in this post. You can mention books you’d like to read too—but no obligation (I’m only curious!). Of course, you might change the level or the books later on along the event.
3. Register through the linky below (you might put the link to your challenge post or just your blog/FB/Goodreads URL).
4. Place the challenge banner somewhere on your blog, linking to this post, in case others want to participate too.

**Optional analysis – more challenge!**

After reading and reviewing, you might want to add more challenge to your history reading. As I am working on WEM project, I picked these analysis questions from the project that would be interesting to work on. Go to the analysis questions.

Of course you can choose to work on all of it, or parts of it, or none at all. It’s optional, anyway. But….your efforts would well rewarded, as in the end of the challenge, every analysis post would be included in….

**Analysis Questions**

Note: The questions might not suit all history books, so you’d better pick only the related ones for each book.

Who is this story about?
Guiding questions: (you don’t have to answer all questions, you can answer your own way)
– Are they individuals, group of people, or entire nations?
– If individuals: Is the history focused on a single person, or on a network of individuals who may be related by blood or some other tie?
– If group of people: How does the historian distinguish them: by nationality, gender, age, class, job, economic status?
– In both cases: Is the historian telling you a ‘top-down’ or ‘bottom-up’ history? In other words, is it focusing on wealthy, influential people, political power? Or on ordinary people and their daily lives?
– If entire nations: What is distinctive about each nation? How do its people envision themselves: as warriors, men of learning, farmers, free people? And how (in the historian’s eyes) is the nation better (or worse) than other nations?

What challenge did this hero/ine (from above question) face?
What challenges the ability of the central character(s) to lead full lives?

Who or what causes this challenge?
The historian’s task is to answer this question; does he/she succeed in doing so?

What does it mean to be human?
Guiding questions: (you don’t have to answer all questions, you can answer your own way)
– A history always highlights one particular aspect of human beings as central.
– In this history, how are men and women portrayed?
– Are they essentially workers, patriots, members of families, businessmen, rational animals, children of God?
– What is their central quality?
– To what must they aspire in order to be human?

Why do things go wrong?
Guiding questions: (you don’t have to answer all questions, you can answer your own way)
– What causes one set of people to be challenged or persecuted by another?
– What motivates the oppressors?
– Why do people live in squalor?
– What motivation does the historian give to his/her wrongdoers?

What is the end of the history?
Guiding questions: (you don’t have to answer all questions, you can answer your own way)
– How is the end different from the beginning?
– What is the goal of the historical story?
– What does the historian see as the ultimate shape and form of humanity?

And now, have a good sail to the past for the whole year!


#ReadingCram Read-a-thon Kick Off–TBR Challenge!


Dana and Jenny are hosting a read-a-thon! It is called the End of the Year 2013 Reading Cram, and will run from Dec. 9-22nd!
If you are anything like me you have a huge stack (or even bookcases) full of book you haven’t read. Did you have a goal for how many books you wanted to read during the year? Are you behind like I am?
Then this is the perfect time to read as much as you can before the new year!

Check out my TBR list below:


But I want to concentrate on Christmas-themed novels this year:

xmasDecember is the perfect time to read Christmas-themed novels. It fits the challenge I’m joining in as well here

So, what’s your TBR list this December?


Have a great reading journey^^


End of the Year 2013 Readathon


Yay! Anotherreading challenge at the end of the year. I’ve read 120-is books so far, butI guess I can make it 125 or more before New Year’s eve.

Hosted by Jenny and Dana, this challenge runs from Dec 9 to Dec 22.

My goal is to read at least 5 books from my TBR pile, including 2 book club reads (The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and Slammed by Colleen Hoover).
Here’s the list:
The Fifth Mountain – Paulo Coelho here

You may tweet using #ReadingCram. To stay updated and to share what your reading! Mention @juliababyjen and @danasquare

Let’s get this party started ^^


Stephen King Reading Challenge


OMG, I can’t believe I’m signing up for another reading challenge. Luckily, this challenge has no time limits, so I want to go with the flow, enjoy each book by Sir King.
I actually plan to do a self-challenge to read his works. This challenge fits well, so I just give it a shot.

If you’re interested to join, visit the host Book Geek and don’t forget to sign up.

I have no list yet, but I’ll update it as soon as I finish reading.

Have a blast and have fun with Stephen King. Boo!

Until next time


Jazz Age January Reading Challenge


Sebenarnya saya udah mabok Reading Challenge tapi tergoda sama yang satu ini karena temanya. Jazz Age adalah salah satu era favorit saya di mana para flapper memberontak dengan mengubah gaya dandanan, gaya hidup dan pandangan tentang seksualitas.

Yang jadi hostnya adalah Books Speak Volumes.

List buku yang akan saya baca untuk event ini:
1. The Paris Wife – Paula McLaine
2. Flapper – Joshua Zeits

Jika sempat, saya ingin membaca ulang The Great Gatsby.

Kedua buku di list tersebut sudah terlalu lama nangkring di rak iBooks saya. Time to reduce the pile.

Event ini berlangsung selama bulan Januari. Let’s have fun with Jazz Age.

Thanks, Books Speak Volumes, for hosting this fun challenge.

Until next time


2013 Indonesian Romance Reading Challenge – December

IRRC2014 Nggak kerasa IRRC sudah hampir setahun berjalan. Terima kasih banyak untuk teman-teman yang masih antusias mengikuti Reading Challenge yang pertama kali saya host ini. Sebagai apresiasi kepada para peserta IRRC, khusus bulan Desember, ada hadiah menarik yang akan diundi di akhir tahun nanti. Hadiahnya adalah paket buku untuk 1 orang pemenang sebagai berikut: BaYh17hCUAAFS2r.jpg large

Pemenang diharapkan membuat resensi dari buku hadiah IRRC ya ^^

Seru kan? Jadi, jangan sampai ketinggalan menyetor link resensimu. Untuk yang ingin ikut IRRC lagi tahun depan, bisa dibaca di sini link

Dan ini daftar peserta yang sudah setor link selama satu tahun Link [masih diedit]

Sampai jumpa tahun depan ^^ 20130725-125307.jpg

Goodreads Choice Awards Reading Challenge

GR013Yes, ceritanya saya ingin menantang diri sendiri membaca buku-buku nominasi Goodreads Choice Awards 2013 yang bikin ngiler semua. Sepertinya saya akan lebih banyak membaca buku kategori Best Fiction nih, karena hampir semuanya pengin saya baca. Untuk genre Fantasy dan Paranormal Fantasy mungkin akan saya lewati karena saya bukan penggemar genre tersebut *meringis*

Untuk Romance, saya kepengin baca Losing Hope-nya Colleen Hoover. Sepertinya menarik. Dan genre Young Adults, Fangirl dan Eleanor Park yang paling pengin saya baca.

Genre Historical Fiction juga bikin saya gemes pengin baca semua.

Berikut nominasi lengkap Goodreads Choice Awards 2013 kategori Fiksi:




Sebenarnya saya buat reading challenge untuk pribadi, tapi jika ada yang berminat ikutan, dengan senang hati yuk kita meramaikan. Siapa tahu bisa diskusi kalau kebetulan baca buku yang sama.

Goodreads Choice Awards Reading Challenge ini akan berlangsung mulai tanggal 1 Januari 2014 sampai 31 Desember 2014.



Lucky No. 14 Reading Challenge

Reading challenges are always tempting. I know I suck this year and I fail at some challenges, but it doesn’t stop me from joining new challenges.
When Astrid hinted about hosting a new challenge, I was psyched. Finally, I saw her announcement post and I will definitely join in.

Here are the 14 categories:

1. Visit The Country: Read a book that has setting in a country that you really want to visit in real life. Make sure the setting has a big role in the book and it can make you know a little bit more about your dream destination.
I’ve always wanted to visit Greece, and I want to read Nights of Rain and Stars by Maeve Binchy to delve more into it.

2. Cover Lust: Pick a book from your shelf that you bought because you fell in love with the cover. Is the content as good as the cover?
Little Bee by Chris Cleave — amazing cover design. I hope the book is as great as the cover.

3. Blame it on Bloggers: Read a book because you’ve read the sparkling reviews from other bloggers. Don’t forget to mention the blogger’s names too!
I have mentioned Booking Mama that I want to read all the books that she read. Of course, Burial Rites by Hannah Kent is as tempting as strawberry popsicle.

4. Bargain All The Way: Ever buying a book because it’s so cheap you don’t really care about the content? Now it’s time to open the book and find out whether it’s really worth your cents.
Camp Rock series.

5. (Not So) Fresh From the Oven: Do you remember you bought/got a new released book last year but never had a chance to read it? Dig it from your pile and bring back the 2013.
Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

6. First Letter’s Rule: Read a book which title begins with the same letter as your name (for me, Astrid means A, and I can read anything that started with the letter A). Remember: Articles like “a”, “an” or “the” doesn’t count 🙂
The Year of Magical Thinking – Joan Didion
Year of Wonders – Geraldne Brooks
The Yearling – Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

7. Once Upon a Time: Choose a book that’s been published for the first time before you were born (not necessarily has to be a classic book, just something a little bit older than you is okay. You can read the most recent edition if you want to)
Sosok Asing Dalam Cermin – Sidney Sheldon (reread)
Interview with the Vampire – Anne Rice (reread)
The Omen – David Selzer
Lady Oracle – Margaret Atwood
The Easter Parade – Richard Yates
Coming Through Saughter – Michael Ondaatje

I don’t know which one I should pick, but *damn* 1976 books are awesome!

8. Chunky Brick: Take a deep breath, and read a book that has more than 500 pages. Yep, the one that you’ve always been afraid of!
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
My bookish buddies from BBI and I plan to read this book in January 2014. Hope it’s going to be a fun ride ^^

9. Favorite Author: You like their books, but there are too many titles. This is your chance, choose a book that’s been written by your fave author but you haven’t got time to read it before.
Dear John by Nicholas Sparks
Thanks to Iif, now I’m officially a huge fan. I plan to read all books from Mr. Sparks.

10. It’s Been There Forever
: Pick up a book that has been there on your shelf for more than a year, clean up the dust and start to read it now 🙂
The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
I bought it at Gramedia Istana Plaza, Bandung sometime in 2009. It’s time to dive in.

11. Movies vs Books
: You’ve seen the movie adaptation (or planned to see it soon) but never had time to read the book. It’s time to read it now, so you can compare the book vs the movie.
Carrie by Stephen King
I read this book in 1997. I forgot most part of it. Since the movie’s just out, I decide to reread this book again (can I?)

12. Freebies Time: What’s the LAST free book you’ve got? Whether it’s from giveaway, a birthday gift or a surprise from someone special, don’t hold back any longer. Open the book and start reading it now 😀
The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan
I won this from Ruth Hill (Spooktacular Giveaway Hop)

13. Not My Cup of Tea: Reach out to a genre that you’ve never tried (or probably just disliked) before. Whether it’s a romance, horror or non fiction, maybe you will find a hidden gem!
Fantasy has never been my cup of tea, so I’m going to start reading this book:
The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud

14. Walking Down The Memory Lane: Ever had a book that you loved so much as a kid? Or a book that you wish you could read when you were just a child? Grab it now and prepare for a wonderful journey to the past 🙂 Comic books or graphic novels are allowed!

Sweet Valley High series — one of my fave teen series when I was a teenager :’)

Care to join? Visit Books to Share and see you in 2014.


2014 TBR Pile – A Reading Challenge


Another reading challenge I’m planning to join next year. Hosted by Hobby Buku, there will be giveaways and extra entries if you include special genres in your to-read-list.

Here’s the list of books I’m planning to read in 2014:

1. The House of the Spirits – Isabel Allende (Historical Fiction) – July 2010 GR link
2. The Historian – Elizabeth Kostova (Historical Fiction) – January 2007 GR link
3. The Murder of King Tut – James Patterson (Mystery) – June 2013 GR link
4. The Beach House – James Patterson (Mystery) – October 2009 GR link
5. Dear John – Nicholas Sparks (Book to Movie) – June 2010 GR link
6. Carrie – Stephen King (Book to Movie) – November 2005 GR link
7. The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupery (Classic) – 1995 GR link
8. JustSo Stories – Rudyard Kipling (Classic) – January 2012 – GR link
9. Walk Two Moons – Sharon Chreech (Award Winner) – December 2003 GR link
10. The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman (Award Winner) – April 2013 GR link

11. The Vine of Desire – Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni – October 2003 GR link
12. The Opposite of Fate – Amy Tan – 2006 GR link
13. The Turk and My Mother – Mary Helen Stefaniak – March 2006 GR link
14. Pompeii – Robert Harris – September 2009 GR link
15. Girl in Translation – Jean Kwok – April 2010 GR link
16. The Angel at no. 33 – Polly Williams – May 2013 GR link
17. Lipstick Jungle – Candace Bushnell – 2005 GR link
18. The Other Woman – Jane Green – March 2005 GR link
19. The Various Flavours of Coffee – Anthony Capella – November 2012 GR link
20. The School of Essential Ingredients – Erica Bauermeister – September 2009 GR link
21. When God Was a Rabbit – Sarah Winman – 2011 – GR link
22. Pearl of China – Anchee Min – February 2011 GR link
23. To Die For – Linda Howard – January 2009 GR link
24. The Broker – John Grisham – February 2007 GR link
25. The Age of Shiva – Manil Suri – January 2008 GR link

If you want to join, go to THIS BLOG

Have fun ^^