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Day 7: Favorite Female Author

There are several female authors that I love, but the one I love the most is Marie Lu. Mainly because she writes stories with various themes, her writing style is fluid, and she’s multi-talented.

Marie Lu holding Batman

This. Gorgeous. Lady. Source: Instagram @marieluthewriter

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Day 6: Books That Changed Your Life

Thinking about it, there are no books (yet) that have greater impact on my life than RL Stine’s Goosebumps series. I read–no, devoured–them during my elementary years. Ghosts, monsters, skeletons, you name it, Goosebumps have it. Stine can even make simple things scary.

Was I scared reading them? Of course. But mostly I considered them fun experience, I guess. You can’t deny the satisfaction when bad kids are punished and good kids survive or save the day.

Scary things intrigue me ever since.

Source: | Gee, thanks Mr. Stine

After Goosebumps, I read Fear Street series (also by RL Stine). These deal mainly with murders, but some still have supernatural aspects. I used to write stories, and they’re heavily influenced by Goosebumps and Fear Street.

Moreover, I believe that every book a person read can change him/her. The change maybe small and unnoticed, or it maybe drastic. I think the way I think right now because of the accumulation of all the books I’ve read. I have an open mind and can feel empathy toward others because of all the fiction books I read. What about you? Are the books you read help shaping your personality to be better?

This Too, Shall Pass

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Day 5: A Quote You Try to Live By

God knows there are a lot of quotes I love… From books I read, from movies I watched. I even have a special notebook to write all the quotes I adore.

But there aren’t many quotes that I apply in live. Some of them are just witty remarks that become meaningless when taken out of context.

The latest quote that I feel I should deeply take to heart and try to always apply in whatever situation is this:

This too, shall pass

Source: Of course this is not the ring the Persian King asked.

The story behind this quote is as follows:

Centuries ago, a Persian king wanted a ring made. Not just any ring, but a ring with wise words carved. Wisdom that can make sad people happy, and make people not to turn happiness into euphoria. The king gave this task to a skillful goldsmith. After some consideration, the goldsmith chose these words: THIS TOO, SHALL PASS.

The wisdom these words hold pleased the king. It makes people not too sad when facing difficult times, and not too happy when experiencing good times. Because they know, both good and bad times will eventually pass. Everything is always changing.

In Indonesia, we know the wisdom: Badai pasti berlalu. Meaning the storm will eventually pass, therefore we must be strong and hold on. But this only applies to bad times. I think we must also restrain ourselves when it comes to happiness. When we are happy, remember to share it with others… Be considerate, don’t make them jealous of our happiness, but help them to be happy too.

One Kind Stranger

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Day 4: The kindest thing strangers ever done to you

In my case, it’s one stranger. A woman.

Funny, I was talking about this with my workmate during our trip to Jakarta last Saturday. There is one story that I still remember until now.

spirited away - chihiro in the forest

Spirited Away, my favorite Ghibli movie. This particular scene reminds me of the story I’m about to tell you. No, I’m not spirited away. It’s just that the atmosphere feels similar.


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Day 3: If you could have a superpower, what would it be, and how would you use it?

I have mentioned somewhere in my Instagram that I would like to have the power of invisibility. The main reason is to avoid people, so that they can’t disturb me. Sometimes I just want to disappear and go somewhere nice and calm to quietly read books.

Of course the power needs to be able to be turned on and off at will. Like Violet in the movie The Incredibles. Talk about being alone but not lonely…


I swear Violet doesn’t represent my insecurities in life. And I didn’t look that emo when I was her age.

The desire to be invisible when needed has been in me for quite a long time, since I read Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. In this absurd novel, my favorite character is Cheshire Cat. The cat can leisurely appear and disappear wherever and whenever he wants.


Ahem. I know, that’s kinda different. Cheshire Cat’s ability is more like teleportation, not invisibility.

Well, if I can’t have the superpower, at least give me the invisibility cloak, will ya? Promise I won’t abuse its power to sneak into a library like Harry Potter did in his first year at Hogwarts …unless it’s completely necessary and related to the matter of life-and-death.

Source: Popsugar

In addition, after I think about it, I’d also like to use the invisibility power to punish people with bad habits, like throwing trash to the river. I would flick their foreheads and slap their wrists. I would blow their necks and make creepy noises. They’d think the place is haunted.

Would you want this kind of superpower too?

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Day 2: Memorable Things People Said About Me

Actually my memory is not that good, but the most memorable thing someone has ever said about me is… that I am useless.

I think maybe that’s the reason sometimes I try too hard to be useful for others, to the point that I let them take advantage of my good-will. It’s not good, folks! Don’t make it an example.

But let’s not dwell on unpleasant memory. There are also nice things people said about me that make me happy and try to be a better person.

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Day 1: 10 Things That Make Me Really Happy

Happiness can be found in simple things… You need not try very hard. And when you do find it, enjoy it to the fullest, because it won’t last forever. Don’t believe that “happy ever after” thingie.

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Bizzy Bear Spooky House

Bizzy Bear is a series of children books published by Nosy Crow and illustrated by Benji Davies. I love this series because the illustrations are so cute! >_< And also because the books have tabs to pull and slide.

To celebrate Halloween, Bizzy Bear recently released a new title called Spooky House. This is the third Bizzy Bear book I bought. Despite being a board book that is supposedly harder to wreck, my son managed to destroy one and tear the other two. Such a little monster…


Let me show you what you will find inside the Spooky House.


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I hope you are all doing well. As for me, I’m still alive and enjoying reading books everyday.

On May 3rd 2016, I visited an event called Big Bad Wolf (BBW). It’s an annual book bazaar that is usually held in Malaysia. This year, for the first time, this event came to Indonesia (to be precise, it was held at Indonesia Convention Exhibition, BSD City, from April 30th to May 8th). Bibliophiles cheered, for this event offered 60%-80% discounts. When I arrived at the spot, I could instantly see that about half of the books on display are children books. They all look so good I had a hard time selecting some for my kid, Nafii. In the end, 4 books are chosen. I wanted to buy much more, but thankfully I still had enough self-restraint not to spend all of my money.

Here’s my book haul; 4 top books are for Nafii, the rest is for me.

BBW 2016 book haul

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Buried in Books

How are you? I hope you’re doing fine 🙂

I myself am doing fine, though my son had a high fever a few days ago and it threw me in a state of panic. Now he’s getting better, and I have the time to take a look at my long-neglected bookshelf. It was sad.

One of the perks of being a book editor is getting a copy of the book you work on. For quite sometime, every time I got a new book I just put it randomly on the shelf, until the piles were getting high and there was no more room. For an organized person like me–well, at least I try to be–it’s annoying to see messy piles of books. So, I tried to tidy up a little.


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