Free E books for Bloggers!** No Joke

Uhh I promised that I’m gonna post the books I’ve got from May until this month. But, there is another information that maybe some of have already know about it.

Currently, I’m waiting for my birthday in July 12th, because my favorite author, Jonas Karlsson will released his latest book The Invoice in my country. I have no idea what to do, besides doing my wreck this journal and studying for finals.

While exploring hashtags: #TheInvoice, I see @agent_books (in instagram) SHE HAS THE E BOOK I’M WAITING FOR! SHE GOT IT FOR FREE!!!

There is a website called http://www.booklookbloggers.com/ , the give e books for free**

All you need is register, fill the form. You need to have ‘a few’ followers and subscribers. It can be from twitter or word press or google plus. And remember you must keep your blog active at least a post in a week. They’ll ask for a screenshot of your numbers of followers or wordpress stats!

I know my followers in wordpress aren’t enough:( and my twitter is inactive for a long long time. I will tell you if I’m adequate or not in the next post + the books I’ve got from May to June. See ya!

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My Book Ban Report

Hufft, I think it’s have been 1-2 weeks, I haven’t write anything in this blog yet. I’ve been busy for a while, joining giveaways and doing all college activities.

Oh, what about my book ban. I keep myself busy, so I still maintain my book ban, aren’t I?

That’s half true. I still maintain my book ban….. onlinely. I haven’t buy anything in online store, especially books. And offline store? Book ban for offline store is ruined. I become a committee for my grand opening for campus’ bookstore. Of course there were a huge book fair right there. I ended up bought a journal about Flora in Java for 120k (normal price waas 200k). And I won 2 giveaway: a ‘Landline’ book by Rainbow Rowell from a local press and a book about maintaining an online store, the writer gave it to me from a seminar. Haven’t read both yet.

From 3 books, now I have 7 books to be read in my waiting list…

What books are those? I will tell you in the next post, see ya!

About This Book Loves You

Do you know This Book Loves you by Pewdiepie?

Well, I don’t know if I’m critique or mocking his book. I posted a comment in youtube that this book is the most expensive toilet paper, and should stay in the internet and can be downloaded for free. Than being printed with a very very expensive price. And then, there are 2 persons that get butthurt because of my comments. They say:

Respect others’ works

Respect others’ works. Don’t talk carelessly

Welp, I don’t talk carlessly. I’ve read more than 100 books, I know which one is a good book and which one isn’t. Have you ever read experience book by @bungamega or #88 love life? Well they both printed in the same quality, and it’s HARDCOVER, and has ‘contents’ too. Their contents can motivated my life, and it’s for sale in every bookstore. The price is about 1/6 – 1/3 of This Book Loves You.

I’ve read a few pages from youtube and goodreads. So far, the book is like:

don’t be something that ____. X is awesome. So be X

I’m not a fan of Pewdiepie, maybe this books is dedicated to his fans. Maybe only them that understand this kind of content and humor.

So, as the book is available in every country in the world, it’s everyone rights to criticize it. Not just this book, but every works. People criticize it in various ways. Don’t get butthurt easily, introspective yourself.

Do you violate copyright law? How about the movies and mp3 songs in your phone? Do you download it legally? Do you still photocopying your text books?

Books Shopping Cycle

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So, I’ve been told by someone to respect their creation. And YES indeed, I already did it. If the book are good enough to be displayed in my bookshelf, I will not hesitate to buy the  legal ones. Most of the books in my e-shelf are already displayed in my wood-shelf (a.k.a I already bought it).

Reading the preview in the amazon isn’t enough.

A trip to Reading Lights Bandung

Ok, maybe you’ve seen my previous post about book ban. Yeah I’m doing a book ban now. Yesterday was an ascension day and today is isra miraj day. Since this is a golden week,  we can’t spend it just by staying at home.

Speaking of golden week, the first day of it, I’m spending the time in Reading Lights Bandung! I know this bookstore from a public lecture when it was world books day. It’s a library-bookstore-cafe. There is such a little thing about library cafe in Indonesia, especially in Bandung. As a business appreciator, I’m gonna take a hit.

Reading Lights is located in Jalan Siliwangi Bandung no. 16, It’s not far from bbs Cikapundung, about 100 m away. If you want to go there, you can take a damri from buah batu and stop in Jalan Dipatiukur, thus take a cicaheum and ciroyom angkot. Angkot is a small car public transportation that has specific colors and different tracks in each colors.

Since Reading Lights is a library based, the books are second condition, all in foreign language (majority english, few are dutch or german) and only sells it at the very low low low price, it’s about Rp 5000 – 300.000, depends on the author, ratings and how old the book is. Me and my sister bought 4 books (1 HC) for only 100.000, isn’t that amazing?

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Welcome to your new home!

It’s my first time going to RL, the visitors are not many, I arrived at 12.05 in the mid day, and we are the FIRST customer. It was cloudy outside, when we entered the store I admit it was a little bit spooky.

The collections are not as many as you see from their twitter or facebook, maybe most of the books were being bought by the previous customers. You are able to book a book for 10 days and pay it later. Which is I think impossible because the books are very cheap tho. Or  if you are looking for a book and it’s unavailable, you can wait in the waiting list. OR if you don’t have any money, you can only read books WITHOUT order anything!

RL doesn’t provide heavy meal like rice, or burger. But they provides some ‘heavy’ snack such as sandwich, french fries, cream soup, pancake, spaghetti; and regular beverages such as coffee, tea, and soft drinks. The price of beverages are about Rp 5.000 – 20.000 and the price of food is about Rp 18.000 – 35.000.

It also provide a praying room, an unisex toilet, smoking area, and WIFI. Praying room and toilet are on the second floor, you must take the  left stairs, the right stairs led you to the office which is forbidden. If you buy books at least Rp 100.000, you can get a member card! The benefits of being a member are:

  1. You can get 10% discount on beverage
  2. Collect the stamps and you’ll get a discount!
  3. You can exchange books!
  4. You can sell books here (I thinks it’s valid to all visitors)

I took some photos of RL, just take a look!

NB: the manager you see as the cashier is Teh Puti, she’s alumnus from Unpad who took destintry major

Book Addiction

Do you like books? Do you collect books? Well, we have the same hobby! I like books, I love hearing people’s opinion through books, I like getting secondary experience, etc. etc. etc,

But, just this morning, I realized I can’t control myself from buying books. I count it, and it’s like I bought a book maybe once until twice a week, and the book I bought is rarely cheap though.

I know, hobby is something that we love, we never get bored of doing it. But too much hobby is dangerous, I mean, We spent our life by doing hobby, prioritizing it, if I’m not doing it, I get anxious, nervous and loss my focus.  Continue reading “Book Addiction”

Review Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

Sebenarnya banyak sih, buku-buku dari mizan fantasi yang menjadi favoritku. Sebut saja novel-novel karangan jostein gaarder dan beastly. Tapi bagiku yang paling berkesan di hati adalah buku wonderstruck ini. Why?

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick menceritakan 2 orang tuna rungu yang bernama Rose dan Ben, keduanya dikisahkan secara berbeda, kisah Ben diceritakan dalam bentuk kata-kata, sedangkan Rose dikisahkan melalui gambar.

Ben adalah tuna rungu sebagian, dia tinggal bersama keluarga tantenya. Ketika Ben berkunjung ke rumahnya yang dulu ketika ibunya masih hidup, Ben tersambar petir pada saat ia sedang bertelepon. Sehingga Ben menyebabkan tuna rungu secara utuh. Sebelum ia tersambar petir, Ben menemukan buku wonderstruck dan sebuah liontin berisi foto seorang laki-laki, ben menduga laki-laki ini adalah ayahnya. Dengan bermodalkan liontin dan buku wonderstruck, Ben nekat pergi ke New York untuk mencari ayahnya.

Sedangkan Rose, adalah tuna rungu seluruhnya. Kisah Rose dituliskan dalam bentuk gambar, jadi ketika kita membaca buku ini, kita terus bertanya-tanya siapa tokoh Rose ini, dan mengapa ia sangat sedih.

Dikisahkan pada tahun 1977, buku ini menjadi book trip bagi pembacanya yang ingin mengetahui bagaimana rasanya menjadi tuna rungu, dan bagaimana mereka diperlakukan pada masa itu. Penyajian bukunya pun menarik, sebagian cerita dikisahkan melalui gambar kemudian dilanjuti tulisan. Gambar-tulisan-gambar-tulisan, dst. Jadi ketika membaca buku ini ekspresiku menjadi ‘-‘ :0 ‘-‘ :0 rasanya seperti menonton film dan membaca buku secara bersamaan.

Brian Selznick menyajikan ilustrasi yang sangat indah, detailnya sangat realistis dan benar-benar menggambarkan situasi pada masa itu. Selain untuk hiburan, buku ini juga bisa menjadi referensi untuk yang sedang belajar menggambar.

Dicetak dengan 500 halaman dan 50% ilustrasi, kalian pasti mengira buku ini harganya sekitar 100 ribu, tapi mizanstore menjualnya cuma 20 ribu loh! Selain ceritanya menarik, harganya pun murah. Itu deh yang bikin aku cinta sama buku ini.

Review buku Herr der Diebe (Pangeran Pencuri) karya Cornelia Funke (pengarang Inkheart)

Aku tidak pernah pergi ke luar negeri, apalagi ke Venesia, Italia. Tetapi novel Pangeran Pencuri karya Cornelia Funke sukses membuatku merasa aku sudah tinggal di Verona sekitar 2 bulan, udara dingin musim gugur  mencium wajahku, di tengah – tengah pulau bata yang dibangun di atas laut, dengan air laut yang menjilat – jilati setiap bangunannya. Bersama 5 anak yatim piatu yang tinggal di dalam gedung bioskop bekas bernama STELLA. Continue reading “Review buku Herr der Diebe (Pangeran Pencuri) karya Cornelia Funke (pengarang Inkheart)”