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What i read in 2014: Hear The Wind Sing

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I read the book during my weekend. I didn’t expect the book to be that short, to be honest, but i found myself pleasantly surprised to really enjoy it.

The story starts off with the narrator and how he came to write his first novel, and how hard it was for him (which i can relate), and after that it jumps back and forth to the moments of his life, from his past relationships with girls to his nice-but-short friendship with The Rat. 

I got dragged into some of his contemplations about mundane things in his life, and i could actually feel like i was having the narrator sleeping next to me, mumbling about bits and bops of the 18 days he had spent in his hometown. I found beauty in the way he faced his life, and his introversion attracted me.

The only thing i dislike was the glimpse of loneliness that stroke me when i reached the end of the book. 

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The circle of advices

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People should’ve memorised those advices they’ve given to the others when they became the listeners. There will be a time when they can use some of the advices for their own problems, although they may need the others to retell those advices, otherwise advices won’t be advices without other people. 

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What matters

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It’s the extra effort that i need to give
It’s the extra effort that i have to give
It’s the extra effort that matters

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Pass the time?" said the Queen. "Books are not about passing the time. They’re about other lives. Other worlds. Far from wanting time to pass, Sir Kevin, one just wishes one had more of it.

— The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
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What i read in 2014: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

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My meeting with the book happened like a coincidence: all of a sudden, i checked my e-book reader, read the title, and decided to read it straight-away without thinking. 

I enjoyed what i read.

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Clay Jannon lose his job because of by a failing economy, left him alone jobless even with a degree in design, until he found Mr. Penumbra’s store with a job vacancy sign. He applied, and accepted with a few rules that he diligently obeyed: He must keep detailed records of all customers and must never examine the shelved volumes in the back of the store. Those are for “members” only. These members (mostly quirky older folks) repeatedly and inscrutably return during Clay’s 10pm-6am shift, exchanging one dusty book for another.[1] Of course he eventually peeked in one of those books, and suddenly he was a part of a totally modern version of his childhood fantasy with his friends and a big help of his wizard, Kat: a smart, nerdylike girl who apparently worked in Google.

So the adventure began.

For all the love i have toward advanced technology, books, Google, and fantasy, this book is like a perfect mix of them and everything in between. It is damn appealing for people who are fond with geeky preferences. In this world where people are debating on which one is more important: to stay true to the culture which has been our root, or to keep on advancing with the modern technology, the book put its own opinion and let the readers understand it through a great narrative story.

The ending was pretty predictable for me, though. I already found the answer for the big question from the book since the 2/3 part of the book, so it was kinda disappointing since i might put a big expectation for a bigger twist. 

All in all, despite the ending, i had a great time reading the book, and gladly recommend this to every book lover i know. 

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Wonder

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When good things keep on happening to me, i can’t help but wondering if there’s anything that will go wrong anytime soon. It’s like an automatic switch — i don’t seem to get comfortable with a huge amount of happiness. Funny how life happens when i’m busy being overly-cautious.

I can’t even loosen up, and when i do, i have troubles adjusting it. When i tell people about this, they usually reply me with more or less the same line, “Tris, you’re still 22”.

"How should i act like my age", there goes another thing i’ll wonder about.

So many thoughts in my head, and i have to deal with the brutal truth that i cannot let out for some reason i do not know, and that has been my problem since forever and i don’t know anymore.

I can keep on wondering.

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What i read in 2014: Bambino

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I’ve never been a big fan of manga with cooking as its main topic, but Bambino was a pretty good one, i even finished reading all chapters during a whole weekend. 

The story focused on Shogo Ban, a part-timer cook in an Italian restaurant who took a big leap and found himself helping the Roppongi’s best Italian restaurant, Trattoria Baccanale. Apparently, things weren’t as easy as he thought. 

I love the manga for all the love i have for pasta. Although the drawing style is not my forte, i loved all the details, especially those mouth-watering food drawings. The story went smoothly, infused with various ups and downs that feels acceptably real, and it has pretty great character developments.  Some exaggerations were acceptable, and there are various stuff that you can learn related to pasta and its world. Some of the recipes are pretty descriptive you might wanted to try one. :D The manga also uses a lot of italian words (that are, of course, related to the ingredients), you might learn some of them. 

There is a sequel for the manga, titled Bambino! Secondo, continuing the previous story. It’s still on-going and it’s updated every week, so you’ll have to be a bit patient.

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Dini Budiayu - Saya Dan Saya (ukulele cover)

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There’s always a first time for everything. Technically, this is the first time i uploaded myself singing a full song.