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Fifty Shades Trilogy (Fifty Shades, #1-3)
Poorly written, corny and repetitive. Yet, I found myself hooked and finished all three books in less than three days. Guess, Cinderella story never g ...more
Jul 2012
Jul 01, 2012
Laskar Pelangi (Tetralogi Laskar Pelangi, #1)
It's been sooo long since I read a good Indonesian book. But this isn't just good, it's great! I would've given it a five-star, but let's just save it ...more
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Sep 12, 2007
Hai Miiko! 25
I LOVE this series. It's wonderful, heartwarming and funny. An honest portrayal of a child's life, and life in Japan, and teaches good moral without b ...more
Mar 16, 2013
Mar 16, 2013
American Wife
I love Sittenfeld's Prep. It's dealing with petty, teenage stuff, but it's well-written, convincing and relatable. I called the main character Holden ...more
Nov 09, 2008
Oct 26, 2008
A Free Man: A True Story of Life and Death in Delhi
Amid the streets of Bara Tooti Chowk, one of New Delhi’s oldest and largest labor markets, and in between marijuana joints, shots of cheap liquor and ...more
Feb 02, 2013
Jan 01, 2013
Is Tiny Dancer Really Elton's Little John?: Music's Most Enduring Mysteries, Myths, and Rumors Revealed
Sadly, unlike my husband, I no longer obsess over music with the same intensity as I did in school, or in the first few years of JP days, when I volun ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 15, 2007
Between the Assassinations
It isn't an easy book to read. I finished two other books before finally done with it (which is not an achievement that I can be proud of -- only 3 bo ...more
Oct 23, 2010
May 05, 2010
It's simple and unambitious, both this book's strength and weakness. When it works, it showcases Sittenfeld's prowess in picking up nuances, subtlety ...more
Jul 11, 2013
Jul 07, 2013
Beautiful Player (Beautiful Bastard, #3)
I like reading erotic novel and I was looking for a light (read: trashy) entertainment amid tons and tons of work, and I found this. I ended up readin ...more
Apr 22, 2015
Apr 22, 2015
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
It's brilliant how the writer can incorporate feminism, politics and the ordeal of war into a series of books for teenagers. It's such a page turner a ...more
May 30, 2014
May 30, 2014
The Kalahari Typing School for Men (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency #4)
Saw the series on HBO and instantly fell in love with it! It was brilliant. The cinematography was excellent, the actors great, the art direction fant ...more
Sep 2010
Oct 23, 2010
It's a page turner; the prose is fluid and seamless. There are a lot of stating the obvious and the writing style is too coquettish Tempo style at tim ...more
Oct 13, 2013
Oct 12, 2013
Tarian Bumi
You know those books that you thought they would've been really good had they been shorter?

This book is the opposite. If the writer took more time to
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Sep 15, 2007
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
A hit and miss. At its best, it's not funny but instead heartwarming and a voice of reason (I'm particularly fond of the chapter on married people). S ...more
Apr 19, 2012
Apr 17, 2012
Yoga for People Who Can't Be Bothered to Do It
It's a non-story, as Dyer put it himself. Just about him roaming and rambling around the globe, telling his story, what he sees and finds. The tone is ...more
Jul 03, 2013
Jun 11, 2013
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
A page turner, ambitious and engaging. Too bad the story waters down in the last quarter of the book, right after the mystery's solved, and it wraps u ...more
Apr 15, 2012
Apr 15, 2012
I wish this book never ends. Think all angry, batik-scarf ladden feminists, rabid bundas and breastfeeding nazis should read it.
Jun 2011
Jun 16, 2011
2007 Writer's Market
An acquaintance who works at the New York Times recommended this book -- after turning down my proposal to write for the paper :) ("They prefer famili ...more
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Oct 15, 2007
The Little Prince
Should've read it in my teenage years or early 20s, then perhaps it'd be more captivating for me.
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Apr 03, 2011
Engaging, whimsical story dealing with questions about mortality, choices and family.
May 17, 2011
May 17, 2011
French Milk
A good, light read on what it's like to taste the life in Paris.
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May 05, 2010
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Millennium, #3)
The weakest of the three but still pretty engaging.
May 24, 2013
May 24, 2013
Starting a Digital Media Business: A Guide for Digital Media Entrepreneurs
Short, practical and handy.
Oct 24, 2014
Oct 24, 2014
NII Sampai JI : Salafy Jihadisme di Indonesia
A well-researched, analytical and comprehensive, not to mention impartial, account of the history of jihad in Indonesia. Too bad there are typos and g ...more
Feb 26, 2012
Mar 02, 2012
Eat, Pray, Love
Was never a fan of self enlightenment/self help book, but this one begs to differ. It's honest, witty and wonderfully written. Who wouldn't relate her ...more
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Jul 03, 2008
Words Fail Me: What Everyone Who Writes Should Know about Writing
I wish I read this book in the first days, or at least the first weeks of being a reporter. Maybe I would've been less at lost and stupid hehe.

This bo
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Jul 20, 2007
Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn knows women -- their insecurities, morbid competitiveness and manipulation -- very well. She also knows the predicaments of marriage, an ...more
Sep 19, 2012
Aug 29, 2012
Yes Please
Tina Fey ruined it for everyone for setting such a high bar in writing a memoir. Some parts of this book are enjoyable and relatable, particularly the ...more
Feb 09, 2015
Feb 09, 2015
Kartun Benny & Mice: Talk About Hape
Haha lucu nih buku. Gue suka Benny dan Mice karena mereka cukup observant, gak pretentious and not trying to be bigger than they really are. Makin lam ...more
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Jul 13, 2008
One of the best Indonesian novels, and the best Indonesian chick lit, although it was published when the term wasn't even created in the 80s. This is ...more
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Jul 25, 2007
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