Wednesday, April 17, 2013

My Flourish and Blotts’ Wishlist: Hotter Potter April Meme

This is perhaps the most interesting month for Hotter Potter Meme, when all the participants—and they are all book bloggers!—will talk about… books! Because this month’s prompt is:

If you had a chance to visit Flourish and Blotts, what book (only one) would you bring home?
(Jika kamu berkesempatan mengunjungi toko buku Flourish and Blotts, buku apa yang akan kamu bawa pulang dari sana? Pilih 1 (satu) buku saja!)

I have created several of my own book wishlist, both at Goodreads—for keeping a record of those good books—as well as in online bookshops like Amazon and The Book Depository. So, if I were a witch, and  Flourish and Blotts has a wishlist feature for us, I might create one too… :)

Now about the book I’d like to buy from Flourish and Blotts. From all the books that you would find in it, I think this one has intrigued me the most:

The Rise and Fall of the Dark Arts

Here is the Introduction to give you some nice teaser of it….. :)

Darker times have always seemed to create darker energies. When people aren’t happy with their lives, they can become angry and they can become vengeful. While this does not always happen, it is easy to see why some people would turn to darker magic in darker times. They wanted a way out of their current religions or their lives, and so they looked to create dark magic in order to alleviate their feelings and to make their lives better. But the truth of dark magic is that it’s not always as evil or as clear cut as it seems.” [source]

Interesting, eh?

And to know more about what this book contains, here are the chapters….
#1 - The Argument about the Dark Arts
#2 - The Darker Ages
#3 - The Fall of the Dark Arts
#4 - Today’s Dark Arts

Lately I’ve had a new interest in history; I’ve even bought ‘The History of the Decline and Fall of Roman Empire’ by Edward Gibbon. It’d be interesting to learn how a once-biggest civilization in the world could fall. I think, for witches and wizards, The Rise and Fall of the Dark Arts would be as interesting as that; and what’s more, it’s also important to learn the signs of the Dark Arts rise and fall, so we could use it to protect ourselves. Dark Arts is an undivided part of wizardry world anyway, thus all related to them must have an influence to our world…. if you live in the same world as I do…the wizardry world. Or…ehmmm…is it? Or is it muggle world? Well, wherever we are, this is definitely a tantalizing book! *drooling*

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Books Into Movies Monthly Meme

For one year, Maria from Hobby Buku’s Classic is hosting an interesting monthly meme: Books Into Movies. Of course, it’ll all be about reading books, watching the movie adaptations, and posting our thoughts about them. And what is more exciting is, that we can pick books and movies from any genre! I have several movies from books in my shelf, ready to watch, so these are what I’m going to have for a year…

Apr ’13
A Christmas Carol - have read the novella, will re-watch the Jim Carrey’s animated movie
The Three Musketeers - have read the book, will watch the 2011 movie adaptation
Les Miserables - have read the book, will watch the 2012 movie adaptation

May ‘13
Romeo and Juliet - will read the play for Let’s Read Play, and will watch the 1996 (Leonardo Di Caprio’s version) movie adaptation
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - have read (and re-read) the book, will watch the movie adaptation.

I will also do these until March 2014, in random order….

The Great Gatsby - will re-read the book, and—hopefully—the newest movie adaptation will reach Indonesia soon!
The Cherry Orchard
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – have watched the movie adaptation (Brad Pitt’s version), will read the novella (or is it a short story?)
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas – have read the book, will watch the movie adaptation
The Call of the Wild – will read the book, and watch the movie adaptation
The Rainmaker (John Grisham) – have read the book (might re-read), will watch the movie adaptation
The Picture of Dorian Gray – have read the book, will read the movie adaptation
The Importance of Being Earnest – have read the play, will watch the movie adaptation
Gulliver’s Travels – will read the book and watch the movie adaptation
The Day of the Jackal – have read the book, just need to post review of movie adaptation :)
Greyfriars Bobby – will read the book, and then watch the movie adaptation
Gone With The Wind – have read the book, will watch the movie adaptation
Life of Pi - have read the book, will watch the latest movie adaptation

That’s all for now, it might expand or altered from time to time when I find the movies or read more books.