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Cinta (Tidak Harus) Mati – a book by Henry Manampiring

Honestly, I never thought that I would find this book, because I couldn’t find it in my usual bookstore.Β However, I found it unexpectedly when I was looking for another book. When I read the first chapter, I instantly loved it πŸ˜€

The first thing I noticed about the book is how colorful it is! With the shades or red, green, orange, and purple, this book managed to mask its seriousness with fun colors. The first two chapters are the results of the two surveys that @newsplatter did previously on Twitter: Survei Jomblo Nasional and Survei Gebet Nasional. @newsplatter, also known as Om Piring, also gave analysis and comments on the results, which makes the book very fun to read. At first.

When you read the remaining chapters, they are all opinions (or, in his words: “reflections”) about love, life, and self-discoveries, and most of them are already published on his blog. What’s interesting about those chapters, is that it doesn’t only contain his opinions, but also interesting facts and previous research about the issue! For me, it’s like reading a social science journal, only funner πŸ˜€

Unfortunately, there are some things that I regret about the book. First, about the “quotes” that started each chapter. For quotes, it’s not memorable enough. They are only bits that started a sentence, and not the best part about the chapter.

And lastly, about the length of each chapter. I like Om Piring’s writing style, and how he can convey his opinions, and add some facts with it. However, some of his chapters are not long enough! In some chapters I feel like he can explore more about the issue, but then he just stopped unexpectedly. I mean, come on 😦

In conclusion, do I think this book is worth buying? Definitely. This book can make you laugh, and make you think about your surroundings. If you want a book that can entertain and educate you at the same time, this is the book for you.

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The Not-So-Amazing Life of @aMrazing – a book by Alexander Thian

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I made a draft of my review before, but one thing led to another, I lost it. It took a while for me to remember what I wrote, but here it is.

I’ll say this proudly: I’m one of those “lucky people” who pre-ordered this book way before Eid-ul Fitr, therefore got the chance to read it firsthand! Too bad I didn’t get the quoted book, though.

Moving on.

I followed Alex on Twitter for less than a year now, and I’m still enjoying his tweets. I first read his published writing on Cerita Sahabat, where he wrote several short stories. Among all the writers in that book, his stories are among the best ones, and definitely the ones I enjoyed the most. That’s why when I heard about this book, I wasted no time to pre-order it, with high expectations in my head.

And boy oh boy my expectations did not fail me. He delivered this book very nicely. It’s like you’re sitting around after a long day of work with Alex himself in a coffee shop, and he’s telling you stories. Quite relaxing, so to speak.

And not only did he share his funny stories, he also shared his life-changing story that are not only true, but it gives you – the readers – a chance to learn from his lesson. You laugh and cry with him while you read this book.

My favorite part of reading a book: finding the mistakes! (I’m sorry, it’s the bitch-editor-part of me speaking!). The editor(s) at GagasMedia really did their job well here, cause I only found one mistake, and it’s a minor one, so I don’t think people will notice it. It won’t change your experience when you read this book either, so all in all, it’s still good πŸ™‚

I must say that I really enjoyed reading this book, and I expect more books from Alex in the years to come πŸ™‚

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