Saturday, December 29, 2012

All The President’s Men: Chapter 10-17


The next chapters of All The President’s Men, following my post of chapter 1-9, as the first inquiry of my The Well-Educated Mind Self-Project.

Chapter 10

After election Washington Post got a source who was willing to guide them to the right path on their Watergate journalism. The source said that Nixon’s assistant had done investigation about “news leakage”. Meanwhile White House had started to put hard pressure upon Washington Post.

Chapter 11

The two Washington Post reporters—Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward—were summoned to the court for asking questions to Watergate jury, but they could luckily get away from punishment. Watergate defendants were persuaded by CRP to plead guilty. The trial did not end satisfyingly.

Chapter 12

A senator started a thorough investigation of Watergate, he would challenge White House executives by summoning President’s assistants. It was found that Nixon’s team had screwed few other Presidential candidates’ campaign with dirty tricks; Senator John F. Kennedy was one of the victims. CRP finally issued subpoena for Washington Post and few other media.

Chapter 13

Washington Post found false campaigns conducted by Nixon’s team over some issues to stimulate public opinion. ‘Deep Throat’ said that President was furious of Watergate news leakage. White House wanted to get rid of Washington Post, but on the other hand they were also frustrated because the game was now near the end. The new FBI Director has been appointed, and his testimony had helped Washington Post to clear its reputation.

Richard M. Nixon

Chapter 14

Money was still flowing even after Watergate. There were first signs of catastrophe that would strike White House. President held a press conference saying that he would let his assistants testify in front of Watergate Senate Committee. Meanwhile few of his Advisors resigned, while the other started to whistle about his colleagues’ involvement in the scandal.

Chapter 15

President’s loyal men started to fight each other between themselves. Nixon’s Advisor—John Dean—had reported to him that two of his men knew all about Watergate, but those two persuaded Nixon to sacrifice Dean. Moreover, seemed that there had been many illegal activities like Watergate “from the beginning”, and at the end John Dean might be involving the President for covering up illegal activities.

Chapter 16

President Nixon announced resignation of his two most loyal men who had involved in Watergate. White House then made an open apology to Washington Post. It’s revealed that to investigate “news leakage” White House had done 17 tapping; Henry Kissinger—President’s Assistant for national Security—had given the authority to FBI. ‘Deep Throat’ warned the two reporters that the situation was getting more dangerous; CIA might have been watching them electronically. Meanwhile it’s obvious that President actively involved in the Watergate covering-up activities, but a president could not be indicted constitutionally when he was still serving. The biggest surprise was that the President even tapped his own office!

Chapter 17

White House finally submitted the tapping tapes, although there was one or two that had been erased. All the guilty President’s men were indicted one by one by the jury, and the House of Representatives finally started their investigation to impeach the President.


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Thursday, December 27, 2012

2013 Bucket List Reading Challenge


I think I still have a room for another reading challenge… :) Just found an invitation in my e-mail today for this challenge hosted by Kimberly.  

The books chosen for this challenge should include any combination of Fiction such as the Classics, Pulitzer Prize recipients, Nobel Peace recipients, or other forms of noteworthiness as well as Non-Fiction.

Since the theme fits my reading schedule for 2013, I decided to join in.



I take the Tenacious level, and will read these 24 books which I will read for other challenges too:

1. The Old Man and The Sea – Ernest Hemingway
2. The Portrait of A Lady – Henry James
3. Little Dorrit – Charles Dickens
4. The Mystery of Edwin Drood – Charles Dickens
5. Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf
6. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas (re-read)
7. The Mill on the Floss – George Elliot
8. The Masterpiece – Emile Zola
9. La Bete Humaine – Emile Zola
10. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald (re-read)
11. In Cold Blood – Truman Capote
12. Inferno – Dante Alighieri
13. Purgatorio – Dante Alighieri
14. Paradiso – Dante Alighieri
15. A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway
16. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
17. Kidnapped – Robert Louis Stevenson
18. Little House on the Prairie - Laura Ingals Wilder
19. Moby Dick – Herman Melville
20. Song of Solomon – Toni Morrison
21. King Lear – William Shakespeare
22. Richard III – William Shakespeare
23. Romeo and Juliet – William Shakespeare
24. Hamlet – William Shakespeare

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

All The President’s Men: Chapter 1-9


All The President’s Men is a history book about Watergate scandal that forced US President Richard Nixon to resign his office in 1974. I read this book for my The Well Educated Mind Self-Project. There would be two chapter posts, this one is for chapter 1-9, and there will be the second one for chapter 10-17. These chapter posts are part of the first level of inquiry for the project, the grammar-stage.

Two reporters of Washington Post doing reports of Watergate

Chapter 1

Five men were arrested for breaking-in the Democratic headquarter in Watergate. One of the main suspects (Howard Hunt) is a White House consultant.

Chapter 2

There was large sum of money in one of the Watergate suspects’ account which could be tracked to President Nixon’s Committee for Re-election of The President (CRP) campaign fund.

Chapter 3

A scheme of money laundering in Mexico was found, and interviews of CRP staffs revealed that the huge amount of money was used for Watergate’s tapping, and was distributed by highest level persons in CRP. Investigation was being held by the federal, but the final charges did not go as expected, the biggest evidence hadn’t mentioned at all.

Chapter 4

There had been some efforts to hide facts of Watergate tapping: documents were destroyed, staffs were under pressure to stay away from press, staffs were persuaded to give certain answers to FBI, and staffs possessed critical information were promoted after Watergate. Washington Post had a valuable source with nickname "Deep Throat".

Chapter 5

John Mitchell—Attorney General—was one of the controllers of the secret slush fund which was used for financing illegal intelligence activities against Democratic. There were four others related to it, one of them was from inside the White House. A security personnel named Baldwin confessed about the tapping.

Chapter 6

Nixon’s presidential campaign also used young attorneys—“Mafia USC”—to do political sabotage and espionage—“double spy”—to infiltrate the Democratic. There were more than fifty agents of White House who were directed to ruin the opposition and made the whole election collapsed.

Chapter 7

The “Mafia USC” recruiter had a relation with Howard Hunt; he was paid by Nixon’s private lawyer. Nixon’s campaign used provocateurs to sabotage Democratic convention, while Nixon’s Assistant was mentioned as one of the sabotage’s contacts. The Ministry of Justice had most of the evidences, but they have not done anything yet to follow up the case.

Chapter 8

Nixon’s Private Lawyer turned out to be one of five people who had the authority to withdraw the “secret fund”. Nixon’s Campaign Director finally held a press conference as a counter attack to Washington Post, but they still did not respond to the accusation.

Chapter 9

It was finally revealed that Nixon’s Assistant was the fifth person who controlled the secret fund, the key person of Watergate. Overjoyed with this, Washington Post made a mistake by publishing news which the reporters had misinterpreted their source. The investigation was then stuck.


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Monday, December 24, 2012

Skipping Christmas


Christmas. One word that has so many different meanings for different persons. For most of us, perhaps, it means family gatherings, for others—it’s parties, for shoppers it mean great discounts, for bakeries it’s good business, for church workers it’s a lot of works :) But for Luther Krank—an accountant who lives with his family in suburb called Hemlock—Christmas means…chaos! Well, Christmas in my country has never been a big festive season (Indonesia is a multi-cultural and multi-religions country), so I can’t imagine the hectic season of Christmas, but from Grisham’s description in this book, I can understand how Christmas can bring stress to some people.

Back to the story, Luther—from his accountant’s point of view—think that Christmas is just wasting of money for nothing. So, he decided to skip Christmas this year, and instead, bought a cruise program for him and Nora his wife, as their daughter was in Peru this year. Apparently the Kranks’ plan—very personal it was—surprisingly, affected so many aspects of Hemlock’s life. Hemlock won’t win the city’s award for best Christmas decoration this year because there’s one house that did not put Frosty up its roof, for instance. The police and the firemen won’t get their annual Christmas donations, neighbors would miss getting invited to the best Christmas Eve party, and many other trivial that looked simple but annoying.

The Kranks get annoyed because the neighbors were scornful to them, but the thoughts of the cruise and the beaches could calm them down for the time being. Until one telephone call changed everything. Blair—their daughter—made a surprise by saying that she would spend Christmas Eve at home with her fiancĂ©e, because she missed their family’s Christmas Eve. And now….the real Christmas panic has begun…

This is one of Grisham’s works out of legal theme. However, as all of his legal thrillers, Grisham could grab my full attention to this book. The idea is simple, and none of the characters is loveable, but this book brought several thoughts and reflection to me.

First, I’m overwhelmed by how far Christmas has been commercialized nowadays, as if every business owner thought they could force customers to buy from them just because it’s Christmas. And look how much money spent during this festive season! In this modern life, it’s very sad that we have forgotten what Christmas really means, and why we celebrate it. Although Grisham did not touch the religious aspects, I can see that he wanted to criticized how Christmas has now absurdly changed to a hedonism justification; when it’s alright to spend $ 6000 for expensive gifts and luxury dinner once a year--it’s Christmas anyway!

Grisham wanted to bring Christmas’ meaning back to peace, love and togetherness. Christmas is supposed to be a day when we make peace with everyone, to have a pleasant time with family and friends, and to be grateful for all we have had that year. In this book you’re going to find people shout at each other in the hectic moments, where wives yells their husbands to climb the roof in the cold of night to get Frosty up the roof. *sigh*

Christmas is the day we celebrate Christ’s birthday, and did those people really believe that yelling each other was what Christ wants to be His gift? Or the worst…people had forgotten that Christmas is the celebration of Christ’s birth. Yeah, they thought Christmas is all about frosty, Rudolph, trees and santa. I thought only children believe at those things, but in this story particularly, seems that everyone truly believe in it. Three and a half stars for Skipping Christmas, it’s not a very enjoyable story—it’s rather flat actually—but it reminded me again about how I should think about Christmas. You can skip all the Christmas attributes, but do not ever scrap the meaning of Christmas from your heart!

Apart from the book, I admit that this year our family’s Christmas tree don’t sit on the usual place. Yeah, we don’t have a tree, we don’t exchange gifts, we don’t have a special dinner. From the outside we seemed to be skipping Christmas like the Kranks, but deep in our heart—I know that me and my parents—we are preparing a special place for Christ who’s coming on Christmas Eve. :)

Last but not least…I want to wish a Merry Christmas for all my fellow bloggers, readers, and followers!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die – Introductory Post



Since last year I have started to compile my readings from ‘1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die’ list. So, when Rachel announced her lifelong challenge for the same list, I knew at once that I’m going to participate. It won’t add any burden to my bunch of challenges (ha!) as I am doing the challenge myself anyway. And by participating in Rachel’s challenge, I will be able to organize it better than if I do it myself. Plus, it’s always fun to belong to a team or a group of reading, right?

So, here is my introductory post for 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die Lifelong Challenge. So far I have read 48 books of 1001; it’s far from impressive—I know—but I started it only two or three years ago (and before I fell in love with classics literary!). I promise myself, I will fix that starting next year, and thanks to Rachel who lifts my spirit to read more from the list. My complete list is here, which will be my master list where I would add links of reviews for those books, but this post will be my master post to note my progress each month.

2012 Reading Challenges Wrap Ups


As I don’t think I would be able to dedicate posts for each 2012 reading challenge wrap ups, I will combine several of them in this post.

What’s in a Name 5



1. A book with a topographical feature (land formation) in the title: exp. Black Hills, Purgatory Ridge, Emily of Deep Valley
Genghis Khan: Badai Di Tengah Padang by Sam Djang ['Padang' is field in English] - DONE

2. A book with something you'd see in the sky in the title: exp. Moon Called, Seeing Stars, Cloud Atlas
Pesawat Pos Selatan by Antoine de Saint-Exupery ['Pesawat' is air plane in English] - DONE

3. A book with a creepy crawly in the title: exp. Little Bee, Spider Bones, The Witches of Worm
Laba-Laba dan Jaring Kesayangannya (Charlotte's Web) by E.B. White ['Laba-Laba' is spider in English] - DONE

4. A book with a type of house in the title: exp. The Glass Castle, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, Ape House
The Shack by William P. Young - DONE

5. A book with something you'd carry in your pocket, purse, or backpack in the title: exp. Sarah's Key, The Scarlet Letter, Devlin Diary
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne - DONE

6. A book with something you'd find on a calendar in the title: exp. Day of the Jackal, Elegy for April, Freaky Friday, Year of Magical Thinking
Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas - DONE


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Victorian Challenge 2012


The goal is to tackle 2-6 Victorian related books, audiobooks or movies. I have completed this challenge by reading 10 Victorian books:

1. [DONE] -- Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

2. [DONE] -- Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (video book)

3. [DONE] -- A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

4. [DONE] -- The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

5. [DONE] -- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

6. [DONE] -- Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

7. [DONE] --  Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens

8. [DONE] -- The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens

9. [DONE] -- The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

10. [DONE] -- The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde



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Historical Fiction Reading Challenge 2012



I have picked the Undoubtedly Obsessed level, to read 15 books, which I have completed! Does it mean I AM Obsessed by historical fiction? Undoubtedly!.. :)

1. The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly -- READ

2. Wanita by Paul I. Wellman -- READ

3. Juliet by Anne Fortier -- READ

4. Fall of Giants by Ken Follett -- READ

5. The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough -- READ

6. Genghis Khan: Badai Di Tengah Padang by Sam Djang -- READ

7. Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross -- READ

8. Selene (Cleopatra's Daughter) by Michelle Moran - READ

9. Pompeii by Robert Harris -- READ

10. Gadis Kretek by Ratih Kumala -- READ

11. Lust for Life by Irving Stone -- READ

12. Vivaldi's Virgin by Barbara Quick -- READ

13. Pontius Pilatus by Paul L. Maier -- READ

14. The Court of the Lion by Eleanor Cooney and Daniel Altiery -- READ

15. I, Claudius by Robert Graves -- READ



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Books in English Reading Challenge 2012


I have set to read 12 English books in twelve months, and—while I actually ended up reading a lot more than that—I am proudly announcing that I have completed it!

January : Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll - DONE

FebruaryDoctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak - DONE

MarchLove in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez - DONE

AprilL’Assommoir by Emile Zola - DONE

MayCharles Dickens: The Dickens Bicentenary 1812-2012 by Lucinda Dickens Hawksley - DONE

JuneThe Man In The Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas - DONE

JulyThe Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens - DONE

AugustGerminal by Emile Zola - DONE

SeptemberLord of the Flies by William Golding - DONE

OctoberThe Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde - DONE

NovemberGone With The Wind by Margareth Mitchell - DONE

DecemberVivaldi’s Virgins by Barbara Quick - DONE




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For other reading challenges, I have posted dedicated wrap up posts:





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I still have two challenges left, one being the Goodreads challenge (one book left, then I'll complete it); I will post the badge here. The other one is "Receh for Book(s)", it's not a reading challenge but to save every coin we have throughout the year in a tin or box, and at the end of the year we can open it and treat ourselves with book(s) from the coins. I must wait until December 31st for this, and will post here how many I've earned, and what book I'll treat myself with! ;)

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Apocalypse Moon: The Joshua Files #5


Juni 2012. Enam bulan sebelum supergelombang galaksi diprediksi akan tiba di bumi kita tercinta ini, Josh Garcia lagi-lagi merasa galau. Sebentar lagi Josh akan genap berusia 16 tahun, saat itu ia akan sepenuhnya diterima dalam Dewan Eksekutif Ek Naab karena statusnya sebagai Bakab Ix. Dari awal keterlibatannya hingga saat itu (mulai Joshua Files #1, #2, #3 hingga #4) Josh telah melalui berbagai petualangan berbahaya demi menyumbangkan hal-hal penting bagi Rencana 2012—yaitu rencana untuk melindungi bumi dari kehancuran akibat supergelombang galaksi. Namun, Josh merasa bahwa justru di tahap akhir Rencana 2012 ini ia dikucilkan. Josh sang pahlawan muda merasa tak diberi kesempatan untuk terlibat.

Maka seperti layaknya anak muda lainnya yang bertemperamen impulsif dan gegabah, Josh pun memutuskan untuk terlibat dengan caranya sendiri—lagi-lagi tanpa ijin dan sepengetahuan Montoyo. Josh yang telah belajar menyopiri Muwan meski belum lulus ujian, tiba-tiba merasa dirinya layak menerbangkan pesawat canggih ala Ek Naab itu dan bertualang bersama Benicio untuk melacak markas Sekte Huracan. Seperti biasa, aksi tanpa rencana biasanya berakhir sebagai bencana, dan seperti itulah aksi dua sepupu (sok) jagoan ini. Bertobatkah Josh setelah itu? Tentu saja tidak! Kalau anda sudah mengenal Josh sejak Joshua Files #1, anda akan tahu bahwa sekali sebuah ide hinggap di kepalanya, Josh akan terus berusaha mewujudkannya. Maka lagi dan lagi Josh, Ixchel, Benicio dan bahkan Tyler akan mengalami hal-hal menegangkan dan penuh bahaya dalam usaha menyelamatkan dunia dari supergelombang galaksi 2012!

Bukan hanya sarat aksi dan menantang logika dengan hal-hal teknis seputar perjalanan waktu dan misteri solusi suku Erinsi untuk menyelamatkan dunia, seri terakhir ini akan menguak semua rahasia yang selama ini menghantui Josh (juga kita..). Salah satu di antaranya…siapa sebenarnya Arcadio—sang penjelajah waktu? Akankah ketakutan Ixchel selama ini bahwa Josh adalah Arcadio akan menjadi kenyataan di akhir cerita? Atau bagi anda penyuka romance, kalau Josh adalah Arcadio, akankah ia dapat bersatu selamanya dengan Ixchel?

Namun di balik sisi aksi dan fantasi yang membuatmu sering menahan napas selama membaca buku ini, kita juga dibawa pada gambaran mengerikan dunia yang carut marut apabila supergelombang galaksi itu benar-benar tiba seperti yang diramalkan. Manusia telah terlalu bergantung pada komputer, sehingga tanpa sadar sebenarnya kita sudah tak layak lagi mendapat ‘wewenang’ dari Sang Pencipta untuk memelihara bumi dan menguasai isinya. Buktinya, alih-alih menguasai bumi, kita justru dikuasai oleh komputer! Realitas mengerikan yang dilihat Josh itu seolah mau menampar kita.

Musuh yang dihadapi Josh dan Ek Naab adalah Sekte Huracan, orang-orang serakah dan ambisius yang ingin menciptakan dunia baru yang berisi manusia-manusia pilihan. Ketika akhirnya manusia-manusia pilihan (atau yang disebut ‘berdarah-biru’) berubah menjadi jahat, inilah analsis Tyler yang menarik untuk direnungkan:

Yang mengubah sebagian darah-biru jadi orang brengsek, Josh, adalah kesadaran bahwa mereka memiliki kekuatan itu. Diberitahu dan percaya  bahwa kau lebih baik daripada orang lain.”

Bukankah manusia jatuh ke dalam dosa karena alasan serupa? Ketika mereka sadar bahwa mereka mampu menjadi penguasa dunia, mereka pun menjadi serakah.

Kurasa kali ini aku takkan banyak berbicara tentang inti kisah Apocalypse Moon ini, kisahnya akan jauh lebih mendebarkan bila anda membacanya sendiri. Intinya tetap sama, Josh dkk akan terus berjuang melawan waktu sekaligus musuh ambisius mereka, demi menyelamatkan dunia. Sebaliknya, aku akan berbagi beberapa kutipan yang memberiku bahan permenungan tentang kehidupan. Rupanya, dari seorang remaja seperti Josh pun kita bisa belajar tentang kehidupan. Ya, kerap kali, saat kita dalam kesulitan lah kita akan menjadi lebih bijak, bukankah begitu?

Kau tidak sendirian, Josh. Tidak akan pernah.”

Kata-kata peneguhan yang diucapkan seseorang kepada Josh, memberikan kekuatan saat kita dalam kesulitan. Peneguhan ini bukan hanya dari orang-orang yang mencintai kita, namun Sang Pencipta kita juga pasti mendampingi kita.

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Betapa besar penerimaannya akan kenyataan ini. Jauh di dalam hati, dia tahu di mana tempatnya yang seharusnya. Meskipun hidupnya begitu berat, dia ingin kembali. Pada akhirnya yang penting adalah tanggung jawab, orang-orang yang bergantung padanya.”

Komentar Josh tentang salah satu yang terlibat dalam Rencana 2012; mengingatkan kita bahwa saat hidup terasa begitu sulit dan kita nyaris putus asa, ingatlah akan orang-orang yang kita cintai dan bergantung pada kita. Saat kita punya kesempatan untuk menyelamatkan diri sendiri, manakah yang kita pilih, meraihnya sendirian, atau kembali pada orang-orang yang kita cintai untuk kembali berjuang bersama mereka meski konsekuensinya kita akan menderita?

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Dulu kita sama. Kemudian hidup kita mengambil jalan yang berbeda.”

Kata-kata yang diucapkan Josh pada dirinya sendiri pada garis waktu yang berbeda. Meski kita tak mungkin menjelajah waktu, namun apapun yang kita putuskan dan lakukan saat ini akan menentukan jalan hidup kita selanjutnya.

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Aku hanya ingin berada di sini. Sekarang.”

Dan akhirnya, bagi anda yang masih suka menghabiskan banyak waktu berandai-andai tentang masa lalu dan mengkhawatirkan masa depan, ingatlah bahwa masa sekarang lah yang harusnya paling penting dan paling anda hargai. Percayalah, bahkan seorang penjelajah waktu yang pernah pergi ke masa lalu maupun masa depan, mengatakan bahwa yang ia inginkan hanyalah saat ini, di sini.

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Akhirnya, tak terasa lima seri sudah aku mengenal Joshua Garcia. Dan meskipun Josh jauh dari sempurna sebagai seorang pahlawan dan banyak melakukan kesalahan, aku terlanjur menyukai cowok Brazil yang suka capoeira ini karena hatinya yang mulia. Di dalam jiwa remajanya yang labil, Josh berani mengorbankan diri bukan hanya bagi orang-orang yang dicintainya saja, tapi bagi sesamanya manusia. Inilah kualitas seorang pahlawan yang sebenarnya, pahlawan kemanusiaan.

Empat bintang untuk Joshua Files kelima ini, dan dengan sedih aku harus berpisah dengan Josh. Salut pada M.G. Harris yang telah membawa kita pada banyak pengetahuan dan kesadaran baru tentang dunia, dan yang telah menuliskan tahap-tahap perkembangan Joshua—dari remaja biasa menjadi pemuda berhati mulia, serta yang telah menutup seri ini dengan kisah yang begitu emosional (aku sempat menangis di endingnya!). Oh, dan terima kasih banyak pada M.G. Harris yang telah mempersembahkan kejutan manis di ending kisah ini bagi para pembaca Indonesia (sungguh membuatku surprise sekaligus bangga ketika tiba di bagian itu, thanks M.G!) Moga-moga supergelombang galaksi yang ditakutkan itu tak sampai menghantam bumi kita tercinta dalam beberapa hari lagi; namun apapun yang akan terjadi atau tidak terjadi, syukurilah hidup yang anda miliki hari ini!

Judul: Joshua Files # 5: Apocalypse Moon
Penulis: M.G. Harris
Penerjemah: Nina Andiana
Penerbit: PT Gramedia Pustaka Utama
Terbit: November 2012
Tebal: 389 hlm

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

European Reading Challenge 2012 Wrap Up




This is my wrap up post for the European Reading Challenge 2012 hosted by Rose City Reader. Intended from the beginning to read at least five books set in five different countries within Europe for Five Star (Deluxe Entourage) level, I ended up finishing seven books represented seven countries; here they are:

England : The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Agatha Christie) -- READ

FranceLes Miserables (Victor Hugo) -- READ

RussiaDoctor Zhivago (Boris Pasternak) -- READ

TurkeyThe Female (Paul I. Wellman) -- READ

Vatican CityPope Joan (Donna Woolfolk Cross) -- READ

ItalyJuliet (Anne Fortier) -- READ

NetherlandsLust for Life (Irving Stone) -- READ


I’d like to thank Rose City Reader for this interesting challenge, it’s been fun to wander around Europe during the year!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Name In A Book Challenge 2012 - Wrap Up Post


Ini adalah wrap up post untuk Name In A Book Challenge 2012, sekaligus telah kusediakan linky bagi anda semua yang telah menyelesaikan challenge ini. Anda dapat menambahkan link wrap up post anda di linky dengan format yang telah ditentukan.

Dari target 10 buku yang kucanangkan pada awalnya, sekarang telah berhasil kulampaui hingga 18 (sebenarnya mungkin bahkan lebih, tapi aku tak sempat meng-update…). Inilah buku-buku yang telah kubaca untuk challenge ini:

1. [DONE] -- Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross

2. [DONE] -- Evolusi Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly

3. [DONE] -- Pontius Pilatus by Paul L. Maier

4. [DONE] -- Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

5. [DONE] -- Kehidupan Abadi Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot


6. [DONE] -- Genghis Khan #2: Badai Di Tengah Padang by Sam Djang


7. [DONE] -- The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie


8. [DONE] -- Juliet by Anne Fortier


9. [DONE] -- Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak


10. [DONE] -- The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde


11. [DONE] -- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

12. [DONE] -- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

13. [DONE] -- Joshua Files # 4: Dark Parallel by M.G. Harris 

14. [DONE] -- The Penderwicks by jeanne Birdsall

15. [DONE] -- Selene by Michelle Moran

16. [DONE] -- Rahasia Meede by E.S. Ito


17. [DONE] -- Vivaldi's Virgins by Barbara Quick

18. [DONE] -- I, Claudius by Robert Graves


19. [DONE] -- Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe 

20. [DONE] -- Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare

Terima kasih banyak untuk teman-teman yang sudah berpartisipasi, semoga kalian semua ‘have fun’ bersama challenge ini. Sayangnya, karena ada begitu banyak rencana dan kesibukan di tahun 2013, dengan sangat menyesal (duh gayanya…:D), challenge ini TIDAK akan kulanjutkan di tahun 2013. Bagi anda yang ingin mengadopsi challenge ini, aku dengan senang hati memberi ijin, sehingga teman-teman yang lain bisa tetap having fun untuk tahun depan. Tolong memberi tahu via komentar jika anda berminat mengadopsi challenge ini, berlaku first come first serve, ijin adopsi akan kuberikan pada yang pertama kali komentar.