Wednesday, January 6, 2016

[Book Review] Don't Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski

Title: Don’t Even Think About It

Author: Sarah Mlynowski
Genre: Teen-Fiction
Year Published: 2014
Number of Pages: 336 Pages
Series: Don’t Even Think About It #1. (Because yes, a sequel –Think Twice –was released on 2015. And yes, I’m excited for it.)
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars.
By: E. Mario

"We weren't always like this. We used to be average New York City high school sophomores. Until our homeroom went for flu shots. We were prepared for some side effects. Maybe a headache. Maybe a sore arm. We definitely didn't expect to get telepathic powers. But suddenly we could hear what everyone was thinking. Our friends. Our parents. Our crushes. Now we all know that Tess is in love with her best friend, Teddy. That Mackenzie cheated on Cooper. That, um, Nurse Carmichael used to be a stripper.
Since we've kept our freakish skill a secret, we can sit next to the class brainiac and ace our tests. We can dump our boyfriends right before they dump us. We know what our friends really think of our jeans, our breath, our new bangs. We always know what's coming. Some of us will thrive. Some of us will crack. None of us will ever be the same.
So stop obsessing about your ex. We're always listening."

Read on for a spoiler-free Review! (As custom of us.)

Monday, January 4, 2016

[Book Review] November 9 by Colleen Hoover (SPOILER-FREE)

Title: November 9
Author: Colleen Hoover
Pages: 310 (Paperback)
Publisher: Atria Paperback
Date of release: November 10th 2015

"When I woke up this morning, I thought today was going to be one of the toughest days I’ve had in two years. Who knew the anniversary of the worst day of my life might possibly end on a good note."

Colleen Hoover's best book to date. Best book of 2015. Best book I've ever read so far. Period.

I'm not even being biased cause she's my #1 favorite author. This book is just THAT amazing. And that's coming from Colleen Hoover.

I'm still an emotional wreck. I don't know where to start. But I'll try to be as coherent as possible. So here goes nothing..

With Colleen's addictive storytelling style, I flew by 75% of this book in one sitting. It's so fast-paced! I thought that I could just finish it right away, but I was wrong. Man, was I wrong. 

The plot is unique and it has a nice “Before Sunrise” feel to it.
You know, that movie where this guy met this girl, felt a connection, promised to see each other again at the same place, same time the next year?
It’s unrealistic in the best way. And it happens to be one of my all-time-favorite movies.

Now, you might think “meh, another cheesy insta-love.”
NUH’UH. I’m gonna stop your quick judgment right there!

Colleen Hoover managed to end every single chapter with a twist. Some twists made me grin like a lunatic in love. But the twists in some chapters hurt like hell.

Every plot twist caught me off guard. I mean, yes, a plot twist is usually unpredictable, but the ones in November 9 are insane!
It's like some demon pulled the rug from under my feet and I fell straight into a hellhole of feels.

After that one single chapter I realized it was too freaking much, too freaking painful for me to carry on.

It was 2.30 am and I was a dry-heaving, blubbering mess. Very unattractive, I know. I decided I had to take a breather before returning to it.

Besides the mind-blowing plot, the characters and their developments hypnotized me to keep turning the pages.
Ben and Fallon are both witty and sarcastic. I really enjoyed reading these two bicker back and forth.

I can assure you Benton James Kessler will become your next book boyfriend.
Dark disheveled hair? Check. Sense of humor? Check. Flawed? Hmm check. (Weirdly enough, we like our fictional boys flawed. Don’t we?)

He says all the right things, does all the right things. Until he doesn’t.

I can relate to both Ben and Fallon so much. But Fallon and I, we're like kindred spirits. We happen to have the same views on falling in love. 

Before this gets too personal and weird lol, here’s an excerpt:

“It’s easy to fall in love, Ben. The hard part comes when you want out. Falling in love may not be a conscious decision, but removing yourself from the situation before it happens is. So if I meet someone I think I might fall in love with . . . I’ll just remove myself from their presence until I’m ready for it.”

I didn't even read the synopsis. I just jumped in head first because to be honest, I knew this book would be amazing. It's Colleen Hoover, after all. *eye roll*

November 9 has seriously ruined me for every other book.
Whether you read romance or not, November 9 is abso-freaking-lutely a MUST read.

On a scale of 1 to 10, this is a 12.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Want To Join Book Club Indonesia?

Hello my dear book lovers! It's no secret that our Twitter account and all of our media platforms have become very absent lately, and we'd like to apologise for our nature. Lulu and I are currently taking our final high school exams before we leave for University, and Indah is also caught up with her school work. For the most part, we've had very little time for leisurely reading, and that's why I, personally, have had little to tweet. I'll also be leaving in a matter of three months for University abroad, which defeats the whole purpose of Book Club 'Indonesia'. Which is why we're looking to expand our family!

We started this because we love books. We're passionate readers, and we love talking to people about our passion. We're looking for people who are as passionate about their books as we are. If you feel as if your patronus is literature, we invite you to join our family.

Here are the traits we're looking for in a co-owner. Also, males, females, all genders and all sexualities are welcome. You must, however, be living in Indonesia.

  • Friendly
  • Reads. A lot.
  • Open to discuss any genre of books with others
  • Able to tweet at least once a day
  • Active in social media
  • Active in the YA book community (movie release dates, new books, etc.)
We're not setting any quotas for co-owners - we're looking for the best fit for this account. Interested? Here are the procedures.
  1. Tell us your top 5 favourite books & why.
  2. Tell us your (name + age + city).
  3. Leave us your Twitter account.
  4. Leave us a personal contact (your LINE username or Whatsapp).
  5. Write a 300-word paragraph telling us why you'd like to be apart of BOOKCLUBID. This is the minimum word limit so, yes, you can write more if you wish!
  6. E-mail everything to nicrusli @
We will then analyse your details and inform you if you are selected into a small interview. The process of the interview will be online, so don't worry. We'll invite you as a personal contact and just have a casual chat about books and literature, to find out more about your personality and if you'll be a good fit for our account or not.

The deadline for this is the 30th of May, so you'll have more than three weeks' time. We will personally contact you if we've selected you as our interview candidate, and we will do this on the 31st of May. If you've been selected for an interview, we will be holding the interview at the date and time that you are most comfortable with.

We look forward to your submissions, dear bibliophiles!

Monday, August 25, 2014

[Book Review] Isla & the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Title: Isla & the Happily Ever After
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Genre: YA Contemporary, YA Romance
Published: 14th August 2014
No. of Pages: 339 pages
Series: #3 in Anna & the French Kiss (not really linked)
Rating: 5/5 Stars

From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever. 

 Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and √Čtienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.

Read on for a spoiler-free review of Isla & the Happily Ever After.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

#BCIDReadathon TBR!

Hello again my dear friends. The Readathon is right upon us, so I thought I'd share with you the books I plan on reading in those 3 days. I'm planning to complete challenges 1 and 3, but honestly I don't know if I'll be able to or not. I'll be starting my last year of High School this upcoming Tuesday, so my schedule is still uncertain. But nevertheless, I'll attempt to complete them all.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Book Blogger Test Tag

Hello, bookworms! How's your summer break coming along? Mine has been dull and busy at the same time, but more about that at another time. Also, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank every single one of you who signed up for the readathon! It was much more than I imagined, and fret not, I will be sending each and everyone of you an email reminding you of the readathon prior to the event.

I was tagged by the lovely Winnie over on Lemonade Reads, so thank you, love! Let's get right on with it.

1. What are your top three book pet peeves?

I can't stand protagonists who:
a. Don't have a back bone
b. Is too dependant to her love interest
c. Is too selfless to the point that their actions come out as reckless than smart.

2. Describe your perfect reading spot.

I love reading in the morning because of its natural lighting, so I always keep my curtains open. Next, I make sure my aircon is not too high, because if I want to sweat, I'd work out. If my room's too cold, however, my solution is to snuggle with my blanket. I'd fluff up all my pillows on my bed, make myself comfortable, make sure no music or sound is playing, and open that book.

3. Tell us 3 book confessions.

If I can't stand the first few pages of a book, I put it down, and probably never give it a chance again.

I loved the Twilight series, and I'm not ashamed of that fact. I wasn't a huge fan of New Moon, though. A bit too draggy for me.

I am not a big fan of Four - Tobias.

4. How many books are on your bedside table?

None. I have my Kindle, though. Does that count?

5. What is your favourite snack whilst you are reading?

Nuts, or anything that doesn't make my fingers:
a. Greasy
b. Sticky
c. Wet

Don't go there.

6. Name 3 books you would recommend to anyone.

The Giver by Lois Lowry
Easy to read, great message.

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Not too hard to read, important message.

Harry Potter Series
This does not need any convincing now does it?

7. Show your favourite bookshelf on your bookcase.

It's messy, and I think that captures me pretty well.

8. Write how much books mean to you in just three words.

A whole lot.

9. What is your biggest reading secret?

I did not like The Darkest Minds, or at least abandoned (& sold) it after 10 pages of it.


I hope you guys liked this tag. If you did, feel free to post your own responses, and say I tagged you! Leave me your links in the comments so I can check your answers out.

As always, happy reading.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Book Club Indonesia's 1st Readathon!

Hello bookworms! I know, I know. I haven't posted for a really long time, and I do apologise. I've only read about 6 books this year and if that doesn't prove how busy I've been, maybe my occasional absence on Twitter could explain that as well. Nevertheless, my exams are over, and for those of you who are still struggling through your finals, I've made a blog post on my personal blog on my exam preparation tips.

Recently, I asked you guys over on Twitter when your holidays would be starting. The reason for that was this readathon! I've finally settled on the date and details. But first, for those of you who are new to the concept of readathons, allow me to enlighten you.

A readathon is simply a reading marathon! Usually, book communities select a few days and dedicate it to as much reading as possible. It can be any book you already have, or there might be a theme around it as well. For Book Club Indonesia's first readathon, we aim to read as much books off of our shelves as possible. That means finally picking up those lonely books that have been sitting on your bookshelves for years, unread and unreached for.

Personally, I have an unhealthy ratio of read books and unread books on my bookshelves, and I would like to change that. So for any of you who are interested in challenging yourself to completing those books, or just any book you want in the upcoming few days, here are the details.

When: 18th to 20th July (Fri-Sun)

Who: All co-owners of @BookClubID's twitter account will be participating, and YOU too are warmly invited! We'll be reaching out to some of our favourite book bloggers and bookish people to see if they would like to participate in it as well. But if YOU are a bookworm who would like to read along with the rest of the BookClubID community, you are more than welcome to join in. There is a sign-up sheet attached below where you can fill in your details and the amount of books or pages you are setting yourself to read. At the end of the readathon, we will contact each of you and compile a list of readathoners of our first readathon!

What: Within the set three days, you can challenge yourself to as much pages and books you want. There are special challenges that you can participate in, but they aren't prerequisites or anything. They're just fun segments to keep your reading on track! There will also be sprints on our Twitter page, and these are small activities that the whole community can participate in. These sprints have a time limit, say 40 minutes, and within those 40 minutes, we will RT and tweet back everybody who managed to participate in the sprint. The sprints will require you to incorporate the book you've got on hand, so make sure you have that ready!

Where: In your favourite reading spot. You can choose to read wherever you are, and you are also not required to enrol in our sprints or challenges. The fact that you guys are taking the time to read a book is a great accomplishment for yourself and the literary world. But if you would like to get to know other readathoners and join in our sprints, head on to our Twitter page for all that fun!

Why: Why else does one read? To escape, to have fun, to love the printed pages (or electronic copies). It's a chance for you to finally get out of that reading slump (yes, I've been watching you), and finally make the best out of your holidays! Also, if you eliminate a few books off your shelves, won't that mean a less guilty conscience when you buy more books? (Yes, I got your back).

How: Simply take a book, any book, preferably one that's been collecting dust the longest on your shelves, sit down, and read. Read and read and read for three days, and you can brag to your friends that you've completed a readathon! If you want to participate with the community, however, simply stalk our Twitter or update us through any social media platform you have. On Twitter, please use the hashtag #bcidreadathon, and don't forget to include this when you participate in our Twitter sprints. You don't have to mention us, just be sure to put in the hashtag. That's how we'll be responding to you guys!

Challenge #1: Read a book that is written in another language. 

Mangas are fine, but it'd be better if you read a proper book that's written in a foreign language. Let's say you're used to reading English books (like me), give a Bahasa Indonesia book a try! Or any language you can read for that matter.

Challenge #2: Finish a series

Simply as the title says! If you've already read the first book of its series, reading the rest of the books in the series will count as an accomplished challenge. So all you folks who have finished the second book of a trilogy, pick that last book up and give the series a huge 'check'!

Challenge #3: Read an e-book

There are many people who doubt e-books. I love them, so for that I challenge you to read at least one e-book! It can be an e-novella too (hint hint, destroy me, hint hint, READ IT).

These challenges are not obligatory in any way, so please do not feel pressured to complete them. You can choose to complete none, one, or all, it's completely up to you and your schedule.

That would be all, any questions? Feel free to ask them here. We look forward to your participation, and please, have fun!

As always, happy reading folks.