October Wrap Up and November TBR

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Hello and welcome to another wrap up post! This month is pretty special because….
I finally moved to wordpress!
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I know, I know, I said I would do it around December/January, but turns out it’s a pretty easy process, so why wait? I’m so happy with it so far, it’s so much easier and less messier 😀

October was a really busy month for me, there are a lot of things happening, and also the dreaded mid term exams. The bright side is the weather has been really amazing this month, the perfect rainy mood weather for me. Before I tell you about my month, let’s see what books I’ve read in October!

  1. SAY HER NAME // 🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃
  2. THE HIDDEN ORACLE by Rick Riordan // 🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃
  3. MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN by Ransom Riggs // 🎃🎃
  4. DRACULA by Bram Stoker // 🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃
  5. THE BEGINNING WOODS by Malcolm McNeill // 🎃🎃
  1. THE SONG OF ACHILLES by Madeline Miller
  2. SEED by Lisa Heathfield
  3. THE REGULARS by Georgia Clark
  4. CROOKED KINGDOM by Leigh Bardugo

Reading CROOKED KINGDOM and THE SONG OF ACHILLES in the same month is probably not a good idea, because if what I heard are true, it will crushed my heart and soul.

There’s a lot happening this month. At the beginning of the month, there was the Indonesia Comic Con. Now comic con was a huge deal in the internet, and so was the Indonesia’s in our media. We have Brianna Hilderbrand! Sadly, this is my first CC ever and I didn’t know how the system work that I bought normal 2 day pass ticket, not the VIP one that would allow me to meet Brianna. Oh well. But I heard her singing on stage and it was SO GOOD. Like honestly, I didn’t knew she could sing like that! Other than Brianna, the comic con sold a lot of merchandise (I bought my first ever funko!) and had a lot of cosplayers. I finally fulfilled my childhood dream and took picture with real-life Kaito Kid! Also found Game of Thrones cosplayer with double Jon Snow, and a Mini Kylo Ren! Like honestly, he was so cute 💕😍 I heard there was Mini Rey too? But I didn’t see her 😔

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I also went to an Indian festival called NAVRATI. I saw the Garba and Dandiya, but didn’t participated at it because a) I can’t dance b) we were out of sticks for Dandiya. It really opens my eyes of how beautiful Indian cultures are! You have to see the dances with your own eyes, they’re so festive and fun!
The mid term exam happened. It went for 7 days and 8 subjects. I think I did well? But I don’t really know though… it takes around 2 weeks for the result to be published. Wish me luck!

I watched INFERNO and it was awesome! It wasn’t as good as ANGELS AND DEMONS, but it’s definitely better than DA VINCI CODE.

In preparation for Halloween, I’ve been:
🎃 Listening to the LORE podcast. LORE is podcast about urban legends, ghost, myths, and it’s not THAT scary, but some of the stories could definitely give you chill.
🎃 Watching STRANGER THINGS. Oh yes, I finally join the hype train, albeit a bit late. And guess what? It doesn’t dissapoint! It got that X FILES vibe that I like, but it also totally ables to stand on its own.
🎃 Joining the HALLOWEEN READ-A-THON, be prepared for the wrap up post soon!

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Not so many post this month, because you know, hiatus. I posted my SEPTEMBER WRAP UP AND OCTOBER TBR at the beginning of the month, followed by review of CIRQUE AMERICAIN SERIES BY GWENDA BOND. Joining the Halloween hype train, I join HALLOWEEN READ-A-THON hosted by the fabulous Wonderless Review. For all of you Stiefvater enthusiast, I did THE RAVEN CYCLE BOOK TAG before announcing my HIATUS. After exams, I decided to watch BAJIRAO MASTANI and decided to post a review of it. It’s a really good Indian movie if you ever want to watch any. And finally, I decided to participate in a weekly meme! Just prepared for my first post next week! 😊💕

Happy Diwali for those of you who celebrate, and of course, happy Halloween! I always envy you guys who celebrates, it just looks so fun! But I’m also an easily scared person so it’s probably useless because I won’t go trick or treating.

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HOW WAS YOUR OCTOBER? WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE NEW (OLD) BLOG?

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Movie Review: Bajirao Mastani

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Hi guys! It’s my first post on wordpress! And it’s not bookish related really, so I hope you’ll enjoy it!
India is a country that’s rich with history and culture. Me and my friend were talking about Indian movies, when she recommended this movie to me. I initally had no intention to watch it, at all, but she showed me this video, and I’m hooked. Call me shallow but you all know how I have an eye for beautiful things. Here’s some gif from the video.
Just… watch the whole video guys. My friend knew how much I love this scene.
So I decided to watch it. Bajirao Mastani is based on the life of Bajirao, an Indian Peshwa, Kashibai his first wife, and Mastani his second wife. Well, mainly it was about Bajirao and Mastani, how starcrossed their love was because Mastani was Muslim and Bajirao was Hindu.
This movie is a freaking masterpiece to the eyes. The set, the visual, the effect, the dancing, the costume. Everything that I see pleases me. Like honestly. I had my questions about why Mastani, who’s supposed to be Muslim, dress in similar ways with the others, but my friend said Muslim in India don’t really cover their hair like in most part of the world. I will definitely do my own research though.

 

 

There aren’t many dancing scenes in this movie, which is surprising because hey, it’s an Indian movie, which make this movie pretty short in Indian standard. My all time favorite, Jodhaa Akbar (dear fellow Indonesians, I love the MOVIE, not the tv show… please don’t laugh at me) is 4 hours long. This movie is only 2.5 hours. My favorite scene is obviously Deewani Mastani, but Mohe Rang Do Laal isn’t that bad either. The ones I think weird are Malhari and Pinga. I mean… Bajirao was being scary a moment before, threatening a king, and then all of sudden he sings and dance?? As for Pinga, Mastani and Kashi was having a bitter talk, they can’t be THAT friendly all of sudden. Those songs feel really out of place.

 

The plot was a bit dramatic and kinda choppy for me. The first half switches from one event to another too quickly. This movie also fails to make my symphatize with Mastani. Instead of symphatize with her love and effort for Bajirao, I see her as someone who throw herself to him and ruin his marriage. She justifies doing everything in the name of “love”, and just don’t know when to stop. Sure, you love him, you’ll do everything for him. But does she ever stop and think about Kashi? Kashi who loved Bajirao as dearly as Mastani loved him? I actually love Kashi more in this movie, which is ironic since this movie is about Mastani. But Kashi is a really devoted wife. She loves Bajirao dearly, even willing to let Bajirao goes to Mastani if it means he’s happy. She also never meant harm to Mastani. Yes, she hated Mastani, but she won’t see her come to harm and being the first one that accepted her. It’s just so heartbreaking really seeing Kashi giggling, playing with Bajirao at the beginning until only able to gaze longingly at him in the end.

 

The actors really bring the characters to life. I can actually see Kashi’s longing in Priyanka Chopra’s eyes, Bajirao’s ambition and love in Ranveer Singh, and Mastani’s will in Deepika’s body language. They make this movie believeable and alive, all the strength, love, and failure of the characters really come to life.

 

Out of topic, while I know this is an Indian movie, Mastani is how I imagine Shahrzad from THE WRATH AND THE DAWN would look like.Yes, Deepika Padukone is Indian. Yes, she’s too old to play Sharzad. But hey, a fangirl can do a fancast right?

 

Who’s Khalid? Oh you know, Hrithik Roshan (aka Akbar). I mean, his eyes are the definition of Khalid’s tiger eyes. AND YES I’M ALSO AWARE OF THE FACT THAT HE’S IN HIS 40s *SOBS*
Ahem. While not historically correct, this movie also paints a picture of how things were in that time, the conflict between Hindu and Muslim, and the politics of that time. India was a divided empire, and Bajirao’s mission at the beginning was “to unite India into a Hindu empire” or something like that. This might be one of the reason his love for Mastani caused a strong rejection; in the heart of the Hindu empire, its most powerful minister actually fell for the enemy. The animosity is unbelieveable, that at times I feel really bad for Mastani. You can also see the Indian cultures through this movie. While it might not be correct, you can spot the differences between how Mastani and Kashi dresses. How Mastani’s palace and Bajirao’s have different design. These little differences really bring to life the richness of Indian culture.

This movie is so aesthetically pleasing, with amazing actors and beautiful visuals, but it doesn’t remove the fact that I fail to symphatize with the main character of the story. Many people may see this as a star-crossed lover movie, but for me it’s more of Kashi’s devotion as a wife to Bajirao. But I would definitely say that this movie is a masterpiece, and if you have the chance, you definitely have to watch this.
On Growing Up and Letting Go

Announcement: Exams and Moving to WordPress

Uni has been fun, but the study… well it’s hard. I would have mid term exam starting on Thursday, so wish me luck! I also mentioned on my September recap that I’ve been considering to moving to WordPress. I’ve already doing some test and I find that I like it better than blogger! 
So I figure I would take some time off from the blogosphere, for exam and also learning everything I needed to know about moving my blog. There are several things that I would like to ask to you guys though, so your answers would be really appreciated!
  1. Does importing my content include all comments and stats?
  2. Can I import my bloglovin followers? Do I have to make a new blog or I can just change the url?
  3. Will it deletes all my drafted and scheduled post?
The move won’t be anytime soon, there are a lot of things that I still want to know, learn and search to make sure every thing works perfectly. I plan it to happen around December or January, so I have plenty of time to do research. That’s why your answers would be really appreciated! Thank you for reading this short post, your answers would help me a lot, and wish me luck!

The Raven Cycle Book Tag

After a lot of rave reviews and hype, I finally read The Raven Cycle Series by Maggie Stiefvater earlier this year. And while it doesn’t end up as one of my all time faves, I do loved it. The dream like quality, the characters, the welsh legend it incorporates, the dreamy sleepy town… They’re just perfect. It’s also pretty spooky, so after tagged by Erin more than 3 months ago (sorry Erin!) I think this is the perfect time to do this tag! Let’s just get started.

1.  In the books, Maura is the relaxed mom that is Blue’s friend more than an actual mother. Who is your favorite mom character?

 

Arguably, Narcissa and Lily could fit this category, but while we know Lily would do all the things Molly do to Harry in the alternate universe where Neville is the Chosen One, in this universe she’s actually, well, dead. As for Narcissa, she loved Draco so much but she didn’t have the courage to OPENLY defies Voldemort until the very end. Also she spoiled Draco too much so I don’t think she would be mother of the year in terms of education.
I’d steal Erin’s answer (and probably everyone’s answer of this question) and go with Molly Weasley. The way she cares for her family, but also take care of Harry, Hermione and the rest of the order. I think she knew from the first time she met Harry how much danger she puts her family in- after all, Harry is The Boy Who Lived. And yet she still took care of him for years, even join the fight and openly defies Voldemort. She’s also embodies the stereotypical mother: fussy but loving. I can’t think of a better fictional mother to go against Molly.
Here’s a little bonus to give you feels:

 

2.  Adam wanted to go to Aglionby so he could one day escape where he came from. Have you ever dreamt of living somewhere else? Where?

I used to want to live in Greece. I mean the beaches??? Have you seen them? Not to mention my obsession with ancient greek. But for my whole life, I always wanted to live in either Spain or Vatican. The architecture, the culture, the language…. I’m in love.

 

3.  In the second book we meet the Gray Man. He is a hit man who loves poetry. Name a book that you thought was going to be one thing but turned out to be something else.

MISS PEREGRINES HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN by Ransom Riggs. I initially thought it was a creepy book because of the cover? But it’s not scary at all, only about magical realism filled with monsters. The pictures inside the book are pretty creepy though…

 

4.  Gansey has searched most of his life for a buried king who is promised to grant one wish. What is one wish you would ask Glendower?

 

I don’t know really, there are a lot of things I wanted in this life, but I think I would like to ask for gratitude for everyone. Because when you have gratitude you’ll learn how to be content and happy with what you have right now, and I think it could help a lot of people to make them see how blessed they are actually and just.stop.whining.

 

5.  In this series you get to see Greenmantle as a fleshed out character but also as a villain. Name your favorite villain.

I tend to fall for the villains so I have a lot of villains to choose for! Crowley, Bellatrix, The Darkling, Moriarty, Loki, and so on. I don’t have any favorites, they’re all my evil babies!

 

6.  Blue’s got her Raven Boys. Who makes up your bookish team?

I would say Shahrzad and Khalid, Percabeth, Nikolai Lantsov and Will Herondale (you see what I did there hehe) All of them are awesome fighters and love stories, except for Percy maybe, but you can’t have Annabeth without Percy right? Also, watching the banter between Nikolai and Will would’ve been fun!

 

7.  Ronan is a bad ass with a sensitive side. What book have you read that was action packed but had beautiful emotional scenes as well?

THE LAST OLYMPIAN by Rick Riordan. Honorable mentions include GODDESS by Josephine Angelini and CLOCKWORK PRINCESS by Cassandra Clare. They are all a series finale, and it’s all about battle time so it’s non stop action and strategizing from first page to the near end. And emotional scene? You’ve got plenty of deaths to get yourself emotional trust me.

 

8.  Noah has a heart of gold. Who has touched your heart recently?

Um.. idk? Not much happened in my life right now so I don’t really know…

9.  Calla is a woman who speaks her mind and puts her foot down when necessary. Who is your favorite strong female character?

Credit to whoever made this. If you know please don’t hesitate to contact me!

 

Without a doubt, Shahrzad Al-Khayzuran. She has a quick mind and sharp mouth, so her ability to fight with her mind and words are undoubtable. In addition to that, her archery skill is amazing! She’s beauty, she’s grace, and she would nock an arrow in your face.

 

10.  Chainsaw is an awesome Raven boy pet. If you could have one “exotic” pet…what would it be? What would you name it?

I’d love to have a phoenix please! And I would name him Nikolai after Nikolai Lantsov.

I tag:
Cait @ Paper Fury (because Stiefvater!)
And all of you who loves The Raven Cycle!

Series Review: The Girl On A Wire and The Girl in the Shadows by Gwenda Bond // Magic, Circus, and Unlikeable Characters

If you ever read the Night Circus, whether you like it or not, you’ll know how fascinating the circus is. The rich imagenary, the intricate magic, the lush writing style. I’ve been looking for more circus books after that, and after long searching, this year I read 2 of them. They’re both set in the fictional Cirque Americain, with less magic but more circus attraction. Without further ado, here comes the double review.

Girl on A Wire // ✰✰✰✰

Sixteen-year-old Jules Maroni’s dream is to follow in her father’s footsteps as a high-wire walker. When her family is offered a prestigious role in the new Cirque American, it seems that Jules and the Amazing Maronis will finally get the spotlight they deserve. But the presence of the Flying Garcias may derail her plans. For decades, the two rival families have avoided each other as sworn enemies.
Jules ignores the drama and focuses on the wire, skyrocketing to fame as the girl in a red tutu who dances across the wire at death-defying heights. But when she discovers a peacock feather—an infamous object of bad luck—planted on her costume, Jules nearly loses her footing. She has no choice but to seek help from the unlikeliest of people: Remy Garcia, son of the Garcia clan matriarch and the best trapeze artist in the Cirque.
As more mysterious talismans believed to possess unlucky magic appear, Jules and Remy unite to find the culprit. And if they don’t figure out what’s going on soon, Jules may be the first Maroni to do the unthinkable: fall.
  • Let’s start with the positive. I LOVE THE CIRCUS. THE NIGHT CIRCUS felt more like a magic show, but Cirque Americain feels like a real circus. We have wire acts, trapeze, equestrians, dogs, clowns, etc. And the description of their acts and life behind the stage, I love seeing how the circus performance are family and all that. Sadly, the amazing performance and family takes the backseat more and more as the story progressed.
  • The feud between the Garcias and Maronis is also very intriguing. I keep turning the pages to find out what actually happened between them. Also, it seems to be a Romeo and Juliet retelling? Feuding families, similar name…
  • I like Remy, he seems like a decent guy for me. Unfortunately, the characters aren’t really fleshed out in this book. I really want to know more about Dita, Novio, Sam, and even Remy. They’re really two dimensional and it hinders my connection to them. I didn’t even feel anything during a certain scene, because I don’t know him at all! That being said, the shadiness of some characters really worked for this book.
  • I really like Jules stubborness, she’s chasing her dream to revive her family name. But I dislike how she keep digging out the dirt afterwards, even though she knew her Nan was involved and treated badly and it will surely hurt her.
Rating Breakdown
Setting: ✰✰✰✰✰
Plot: ✰✰✰✰
Character: ✰✰✰.5
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Girl in the Shadows // ✰✰✰.5

Eighteen-year-old Moira Mitchell grew up in the shadows of Vegas’s stage lights while her father’s career as a magician soared. More than anything, Moira wants to be a magician too, but her father is dead set against her pursuing magic.

When an invitation to join the Cirque American mistakenly falls into Moira’s possession, she takes action. Instead of giving the highly coveted invitation to its intended recipient, Raleigh, her father’s handsome and worldly former apprentice, Moira takes off to join the Cirque. If she can perform alongside its world-famous acts, she knows she’ll be able to convince her dad that magic is her future.
But when Moira arrives, things take on an intensity she can’t control as her stage magic suddenly feels like…real magic. To further distract her, Raleigh shows up none too pleased at Moira’s presence, all while the Cirque’s cocky and intriguing knife thrower, Dez, seems to have it out for her. As tensions mount and Moira’s abilities come into question, she must decide what’s real and what’s an illusion. If she doesn’t sort it out in time, she may forever remain a girl in the shadows.
  • Again, starting with the positives. The Circus is still amazing, this time with more acts revealed like knife throwing and magicians. I would love to visit it if only it was real *sigh*
  • The plot is predictable, but there are some of my guesses that are wrong so it wasn’t as simple as it looks, and I really liked it.
  • Moira started out okay, she really goes out on her own way to chase her dreams. The problem is, she became worse than Jules as the book progresses. Reading about her makes Jules look like a saint. She cares only about Dez, but ever since she confirmed she has magic, she doesn’t listen to anyone, do the opposite of what everyones said to her, trust too easily, and she just too blind to see. I really wish something bad happened to her just to show her how wrong her choices were.
  • Dez is really shady. I usually love the bad-boys-with-troubled-past trope, but there’s something about Dez that’s just unlikeable. He just tried way too hard for me, and just too shady I can’t believe Moira missed it.
  • I also can’t believe Moira blamed her father for trying to protect her.
  • Again, the side characters are not fleshed out in here. They are just circus performers, period. The friendship also felt fake to me, seeing that Moira rarely spend her time with Remy, Dita, Jules except the first few days and everytime they eat. She spends her waking moment with Dez all the time, and yet it seems like they’re all really close with each other.
Rating Breakdown
Setting: ✰✰✰✰✰
Plot: ✰✰✰.5
Character: ✰✰.5
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Overall, this series is pretty good if you’re a fan of the NIGHT CIRCUS. The circus was what drawn me to this series, and it doesn’t fail in that aspect. The first book is better in my opinion, but I still glad this series doesn’t consist of one book only, because I really happy to come back to the circus world. If you’re looking for a circus themed series, this one is perfect for you!

Halloween Read-A-Thon TBR

WHO’S EXCITED FOR HALLOWEEN?
Halloween is upon us and all I can see is people started to read/watch spooky things to get into the spirit. I would like to do Halloween, except for a one huge problem: My country doesn’t celebrate Halloween.

In order to get into the spooky spirit like the rest of the world, I decided to join a Read-A-Thon hosted by Wonderless Reviews. It looks really fun and has a lot of challenges! You can check the full announcement here. Let’s see what I plan to read for this Read-A-Thon!
SAY HER NAME by James Dawson. Bloody Mary has always been a personal terror of mine, so you can see why the cover really creeps me out every time I see it. I’m pretty sure I would have trouble with mirror after reading this book.
From what I read on goodreads, THE BEGINNING WOODS has wizard, witches, and dragons. It doesn’t get more supernatural than this!
DRACULA by Bram Stoker is a horror classic that I have been saving for Halloween. It’s definitely a perfect book for this category!
Probably THE MERCILESS by Danielle Vega. Another book I’ve been saving for Halloween, and it’s also pretty creepy from all the reviews I read.
I would probably go with Treat with this one, but haven’t decided what book to read. 
THE GIRL FROM THE WELL by Rin Chupeco. It’s inspired by the Ring I guess? Which is one of the most scariest shit I’ve ever watch. You think the US version is not scary? Go watch the original Japan one.

Are you joining any Read-A-Thon this Halloween?

September Wrap Up and October TBR

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September was a great month in general, but not reading wise. I really enjoyed getting back to the routine and business that is education after 4 months doing nothing, but it also means I have other things to do when I get back. Consequently, I have to read most of my books in e-book format, but my reading pace with e-books is just so slow. Hence why I only read 5 books this month. Not exactly 5 really since I’ve read the Return of Sherlock Holmes since last month and I only have like 1 chapter left at the start of September.
  1. THE RETURN OF SHERLOCK HOLMES by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle // ✰✰✰.5
  2. CERITA CALON ARANG by Pramoedya Ananta Toer // ✰✰✰
  3. GIRL ON A WIRE by Gwenda Bond // ✰✰✰✰
  4. GIRL IN THE SHADOWS by Gwenda Bond // ✰✰✰.5
  5. THE ROMANTICS by Leah Konen // ✰✰✰✰.75
  1. TRIALS OF APOLLO: THE HIDDEN ORACLE by Rick Riordan // Tbh, my main reason to read this is solangelo, but I also can’t wait to meet Apollo again haha!
  2. THE BEGINNING WOODS by Malcolm Mcneill // People disappearing? I’m in!
  3. THE MERCILESS by Danielle Vega // Been saving this book for halloween!
  4. DRACULA by Bram Stoker // One of the classic that I have been saving for these months.
I spy some halloween reading challenge strewn around the blogosphere, so further tbr would be decided according to those challenges!
Nothing interesting really happened this month… University is amazing, I loved it (except for physics and molecular biology IM IN TEARS) . My mom went somewhere with her friends and she brought some local food when she came back and let me tell you guys, I’M IN HEAVEN. I’m so happy.

Comic Con and Indonesia International Book Fair is on Saturday and Sunday, wish me luck that it doesn’t dissapoint! This would be my second time going to IIBF, I went last year and I wasn’t too happy with it so hopefully this year would be better!

I’ve been listening to a lot of music this month. Some of my favorites are Let Me Love You by DJ Snake ft Justin Bieber, Treat You Better by Shawn Mendez, Atlas by Coldplay and the Nutcracker Ballet.

Also, I’ve been thinking about a) moving to wordpress b) deleting my twitter bc I don’t really use it anyway. I created twitter to join all the amazing bookish chats and keep up with the news, but I keep missing the chats because of timezones and just overall negativity from the drama that happened. What do you think?