Thursday, December 26, 2013

Lucky No.14 Reading Challenge

Frankly when my friends said they're joining this Reading Challenges, I've checked Indah's master post for this RC and I was like "so complicated, eh?", but then someone on the group [we have a BBI Jabo group for chatting over WhatsApp] said that if you want to visit Tunisia or French, you can read Fatima's Good Fortune as one of the categories on The Lucky No.14 Reading Challenge… and here again I was intrigued by this RC and decided that I want to join too… :D

Let's get starting… by the way, I need to warn you that many of my books are from my 2014 TBRR RC list, because my only reason for joining the RC is to read all of my books especially my old ones...

Here are the 14 categories:

1. Visit The Country: Read a book that has setting in a country that you really want to visit in real life. Make sure the setting has a big role in the book and it can make you know a little bit more about your dream destination. ==> I choose Fatima's Good Fortune by Joanne Dryansky as suggested, I was buying the book based on Indah's suggestion… and I need more reasons to read it :D
Not that I want to go to Tunisia... but I'm dying to go to France... ^^

2. Cover Lust: Pick a book from your shelf that you bought because you fell in love with the cover. Is the content as good as the cover? ==> Actually I have and ARC that I choose because of the cover, but I'm currently reading it…

so I better choose something else, so I choose The Dark Heroine: Dinner With a Vampire (The Dark Heroine #1) by Abigail Gibbs, when I first saw it at a bookstore, I read the excerpt on the back cover and said… "aahh… another vampire books, i don't want to read… " then my friend listed as one of a giveaway books… and posted them on twitter, I saw the cover of the book and I asked her, what's the tittle… after I looked for it on GR, I really wanted to read it… and I have red it, the first 20 chapters on Wattpad, then the author, without warning, said it was just a sample… damned sample! Now I want to know the rest of the story...

The translated book's cover is more tempting than the original one, right? ;-)

Or can be this one too...

I guess we can consider me as the one who's most get hook up by the cover... :d

[Update] : I have red The Echoes of Love by Hannah Fielding ;-)

3. Blame it on Bloggers: Read a book because you’ve read the sparkling reviews from other bloggers. Don’t forget to mention the blogger’s names too! ==> I haven't had the priviledge… :D I want to say that they're The Hobbit & The Lord of The Rings… but I want to read them as The Movies vs Books category, that I don't even have them yet and I was planning on just borrowing them… can we read on borrowing books? do we have to own the books?
But, wait... can I just read These Broken Stars (Starbound #1) by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner?The review by Tirta Pangestu is very good! :D I don't have it either, but I can always buy the ebook, right?

[Update] : The book I red for this category was The Invention of Hugo Cabret and I blame my BBI fellow blogger for it... :D

4. Bargain All The Way: Ever buying a book because it’s so cheap you don’t really care about the content? Now it’s time to open the book and find out whether it’s really worth your cents. ==> We'll have a lot of books on this category… but I have chosen one, I just bought it last night, so cheap for an English book, though the condition is not fit anymore, and why I choose the book? Because sometimes ago a friend [my following friends on twitter actually] said the series are good, I have looked for them but I couldn't find one… so when I saw it last night, I just had to buy it… and read it of course :D
It's Blue Blood (Blue Blood #1) by Melissa de la Cruz and it's vampires again [forget what I said earlier about vampire's book :d ]

5. (Not So) Fresh From the Oven: Do you remember you bought/got a new released book last year but never had a chance to read it? Dig it from your pile and bring back the 2013. ==> Definitely 1Q84 Book 1 & Book 2 by Haruki Murakami, when they got translated to Indonesian, I bought them right away… but after months, I haven't read any of them yet...

6. First Letter’s Rule: Read a book which title begins with the same letter as your name (for me, Astrid means A, and I can read anything that started with the letter A). Remember: Articles like “a”, “an” or “the” doesn’t count.  ==> Quite rare to find a book which title begins with an "R" but there's Raging Star (Dust Lands Trilogy #3) by Moira Young. It's going to be published on May 13th, 2014 and I will definitely read it... ;-)

7. Once Upon a Time: Choose a book that’s been published for the first time before you were born (not necessarily has to be a classic book, just something a little bit older than you is okay. You can read the most recent edition if you want to). ==> I want to read Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov for this category...

8. Chunky Brick: Take a deep breath, and read a book that has more than 500 pages. Yep, the one that you’ve always been afraid of! ==> You must to be kidding me… I have lots of them… maybe after I finish any, I just pick any…

9.  Favorite Author: You like their books, but there are too many titles. This is your chance, choose a book that’s been written by your fave author but you haven’t got time to read it before. ==> I want to choose Gabriel's Redemption by Sylvain Reynard for this… but I already read the ARC, and it's not that there are too many of them or something… I guess I want to read One Hundred Names by Cecelia Ahern instead...

10. It’s Been There Forever: Pick up a book that has been there on your shelf for more than a year, clean up the dust and start to read it now.  ==> Wow! I have a lot too for this category… Let's just pick one later… :D

11. Movies vs Books: You’ve seen the movie adaptation (or planned to see it soon) but never had time to read the book. It’s time to read it now, so you can compare the book vs the movie. ==> Just like I said previously, I want to choose The Hobbit & The Lord of The Rings (Middle-Earth Universe) by J.R.R. Tolkien… but there are many books into movies nowadays, maybe I find something later...

12. Freebies Time: What’s the LAST free book you’ve got? Whether it’s from giveaway, a birthday gift or a surprise from someone special, don’t hold back any longer. Open the book and start reading it now.  ==> This must be The Cuckoo's Calling - Dekut Burung Kukuk (Cormoran Strike #1) by Robert Galbraith, I got it from my gracious Santa

13. Not My Cup of Tea: Reach out to a genre that you’ve never tried (or probably just disliked) before. Whether it’s a romance, horror or non fiction, maybe you will find a hidden gem! ==> I can't pick this one yet… I've always considered my self with a broad book genres reader… but still I cannot picture my self to read a religious background novel such as Ayat-ayat Cinta by Habiburrahman El Shirazy… but again, can we just borrow one? XD [kesannya gak rela banget yak? :d ]

14. Walking Down The Memory Lane: Ever had a book that you loved so much as a kid? Or a book that you wish you could read when you were just a child? Grab it now and prepare for a wonderful journey to the past  Comic books or graphic novels are allowed! ==> I guess I'll just read one of my Roald Dahl's book since I just bough a box set of his… actually I want to read Cewek Paling Badung di Sekolah (The Naughtiest Girl #1) by Enid Blyton, since I love her so much… but I can't remember if I still have the book at my mom's house or not… maybe if I have the chance to visit Malang, I'll look for it… :D or maybe let's read Candy Candy by Yumiko Igarashi & Kyoko Mizuki :D

so that's it… we'll see again during the 2014… I really look forward to have an exciting year of reading… since I've already got so many to read, yet so many other planning, yet so little time as always… yay!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Riddle Secret Santa BBI 2013

[credit to ms. Peni]

ihiy… setelah berharap2 cemas selama beberapa minggu ini… akhirnya yang ditunggu2 datang juga… dan sesuai harapan [I feel so blessed, thank you my Santa]… aku dapet…

hihi… sebenernya entah kenapa, sejak awal, aku ngerasa dengan yakin kalo aku bakalan dapet buku ini… secara buku ini kan happening banget… kebetulan waktu ada yang nawarin ebook-nya, aku kelewatan dan waktu aku cari gratisannya, semua link sudah di-banned… eh, anyway…

I love Harry Potter, and I want to read JK Rowling's other books… tapi ehem… mahal ya buku2 sekarang… dan The Casual Vacancy kenapa koq diterbitinnya cuma hard cover, gak ada yang paperback ya? walau didiskon 50% aja mikir2 belinya… ribet ah baca HC, berat… :d

jadi waktu ada Cuckoo's Calling terjemahan, I really want to read, but… pengen gratisan aja… jiiiaahhh… dan ternyata the universe granted me with one… [thanks again ya Santa… :3 ]

dan kenapa khusus untuk buku ini aku prefer terjemahan? karena hihi… terus terang sepertinya my English proficiency not enough for reading JK Rowling's book… I gave up my HP and The Order of The Phoenix… dan beli terjemahannya (lagi), though, I still read other 2 HPs in English… anyhow, I guess I want to enjoy Cuckoo's Calling… so better read the translated book…

aku baru ikutan BBI tahun ini, jadi baru tau yang namanya event Secret Santa juga tahun ini… dan aku bahagia… :D

walaupun masih harus nebak riddle-nya Santa, again… my Santa is wonderful, dia sangat ngertiin aku… tau banget kalo aku pengen Cuckoo's Calling, aku dipilihin Cuckoo's Calling… trus dikasih riddle sederhana banget, mungkin pertimbangan dia karena aku anggota baru, belum banyak kenal anggota BBI… I might even feel a little bit dissapointed, yah mbak… koq gampang banget yaaaa…

Dear Riri… 
Semoga kado buku ini memberimu secercah 
kebahagiaan di penghujung tahun, karena salah
satu keinginanmu tahun ini boleh terkabul. 
Selamat baca bukunya deh, ini salah satu 
favoritku juga, lho. 
~ Dari blogger buku yang selalu bangga 
   mengabadikan namanya nan secantik anggrek
   untuk blog-blognya ~

my mom's love orchids very much and your name is mom's favorite orchid… [I feel we're so destined together… ;-)  #lebay], so I guess I could say that I know my Santa already… and I will always remember that I thank her for this gift… the nicest gift for me this year… 

thank you, thank you, thank you… :D

ps. oh iya, aku gak bakalan baca bukunya mulai sekarang... mau dipajang dulu, mau diliat2 riddlenya sambil senyum2 bahagia... dan disimpen untuk dibaca awal tahun, jadi buku pembuka di awal tahun 2014... buku pertama dari puluhan buku yang akan aku baca... aadduuhh senangnya... :D
pss. and i'm forgetting to thanks Maria - yes! she's been busy sending my books and my santa's book for me... thank you so much yaaa... :3

Wrap Up - New Authors Reading Challenge 2013

uhuyy… gaya yah… ikutan challenge mulu, secara challenge di aja udah keteteran… >.<

anyway, gak ada salahnya ah meng-challenge diri sendiri! semangat!

so, ini adalah challenge ketiga yang aku ikutin… syarat2 gimana challenge-nya baca di blog host-nya aja yaaa… klik banner-nya yang ada di sebelah kanan deh… :D

yang jelas sih emang aku telat banget ikutannya… yaaa gak pa2 juga sih… karena kan masih ada waktu setengah tahun lagi, dan sepertinya sudah ada beberapa buku yang aku baca tahun ini yang bisa dimasukkin ke list buku yang bisa ikut dinilai di akhir tahun, kan cuma gak bisa ikutan yang monthly update aja ;-)


see you guys at the end of this year, and let's see which challenge I can achieve… :D

[UPDATE] as at 21 December 2013

Looks like that I failed this challenge... hihi... males bikin review-nya bo' :d
Kalo review 1 paragraf di GR bisa masuk kategori review... hihi itu mah bukan review kali... tapi kesan & pesan... XD

Anyway... berikut pencapaian sayah...

My New Authors Book List:

  1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, ebook, 313 pages - Read from February 02 to 09, 2013
  2. In Flight (Up In the Air #1) by R.K. Lilley, ebook, 263 pages - Read from March 24 to 31, March
  3. The Proposition (The Proposition #1) by Katie Ashley, ebook, 232 pages - Read from April 05 to 08, 2013
  4. Gabriel's Inferno (Gabriel's Inferno #1) by Sylvain Reynard, Paperback, 550 pages - Read from May 20 to June 09, 2013
  5. The Perfect Game (The Perfect Game #1) by J. Sterling, ebook, 386 pages - Read from May 09 to June 19, 2013
  6. Me Before You (Sebelum Mengenalmu) by Jojo Moyes, Paperback, 656 pages - Read from September 30 to October 02, 2013
  7. My Boyfriend's Wedding Dress by Kim Eun Jeong, Paperback, 444 pages - Read from October 04 to 05, 2013

Sunday, December 15, 2013

nasib penimbun & personal readathon

dilema seneng buku, gak tahan pengen baca buku, padahal kecepatan baca buku gak sebanding sama kecepatan beli buku… hasilnya... timbunan sodara2…

jadi anggota BBI, mungkin gak sah kalo gak punya timbunan segambreng… coba deh tanyain sama anggota BBI lain, tapi aku, entah kenapa, gak nyaman sama timbunanku sendiri… soalnya merasa bersalah aja gitu… beli buku terus tapi gak jelas kapan bacanya…

apalagi setelah kemaren sempet beli beberapa buku second, hhhmmm… koq kaya'nya aku impulsive buyer banget sih… emang yakin mau baca semua buku ini?

hiks! padahal jatoh2nya jadi lumayan mahal juga… karena beli online, dikirim… yang jualan bukan di Jakarta, ongkirnya ya lumayan juga…

tadinya bertekad mau gak beli2 buku sebelum timbunan berkurang, lebih bagus kalo bisa abis, tapi ternyata…

setelah kemaren ngumpulin buku2 yang belum dibaca dan bongkar2 sebagian kontainer, masih ada 3 yang belum dibongkar… hasilnya…

sebelum jadi anggota BBI, stok timbunan paling cuma sekitar 30an buku (kemungkinan udah termasuk yang di kontainer yang belum disortir)… entah hasil menimbun dalam berapa tahun…
setelah jadi anggota BBI, stok timbunan ada 40an buku… cuma dalam waktu setahun…

pphhiiieewwwhhh… tapi belum termasuk non fiksi… XD

i used to love reading non fictions, non fictions were my between reading books…
now my between reading books are fantasy (YA fictions) between romance… :d

jadi kepikiran itu stok timbunan buku lama mau diapain, ya karena udah lama juga gak dibaca, apa mungkin mau dipaksain dimasukin TBRR RC… hhhmmm… kaya'nya gak deehhh…

pilihannya adalah tetep disimpen dalam kontainer (rencana awal), atau dijual/swap… atau… disumbangin...

kemaren coba swap, eeehh… ternyata lumayan complicated juga… yang diajakin swap bingung, buku apa yang mau dituker… aku sendiri jadi limited juga kan pilihannya… iya kalo aku suka sama buku tukerannya, kalo gak… laaahh… timbul masalah baru timbunan buku yang aku gak suka dong…

at least masalahku sekarang cuma timbunan buku (yang dulunya aku tertarik baca tapi belum sempat dibaca dan sekarang jadi gak pengen baca), bukan buku yang… aku gak tau sebenernya aku pengen baca apa gak…

jadi option pilihan yang tersisa adalah jual atau sumbang…

sebenernya sayang juga ngejual buku yang "belum dibaca atau belum selesai dibaca"… what if those books are actually good ones… >.<

lah secara kemaren ngejualin buku yang sudah dibaca aja masih berasa sayang sebenernya… but i have decided that i won't keep my Indonesian novel…

kalo buku2 impor second yang kondisinya kurang OK sih aku udah mutusin mau aku bawa ke DBNC (Drive Books Not Cars) event, jadi mau diprioritasin dibaca mulai awal tahun depan… jadi pas ada event DBNC mau aku masukin kesana dan tentu aku bakalan mengadopsi buku2 second dari sana lagi… kemaren rasanya kurang optimal… hihi… tenang… semoga sih gak kalap dan terbatas untuk buku2 John Connolly & Cecelia Ahern aja…

hihi… entah kenapa aku jadi sedikit terobsesi sama kedua pengarang ini… hhhmm… i guess i kind of having crush with Charlie Parker (from John Connolly) and i love Irish background of Cecelia Ahern's… ;-)

anyway, sepertinya aku harus mencoba berpisah sama2 buku ini… buku2 yang sebagian pernah aku baca dan gak selesai, atau buku2 yang sama sekali belum tersentuh dan masih segelan… atau buku2 yang aku lupa, sebenernya sudah aku baca atau belum yaaa… [llhhaahh… :d ]

- Ahaaa! The Wonder Spot by Melissa Bank
- Anansi Boys (American Gods #2) by Neil Gaiman
- Balthasar's Odyssey: Nama Tuhan yang Keseratus by Amin Maalouf
- Botchan by Natsume Soseki
- Cecilia & Malaikat Ariel: Kisah Indah Dialog Surga dan Bumi by Jostein Gaarder
Drachenreiter: Sang Penunggang Naga by Cornelia Funke
- Identity - Identitas by Milan Kundera
- Inkheart (Inkworld #1) by Cornelia Funke
- Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (Indonesian) #1) Book 1 by Susanna Clarke
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (Indonesian) #2) Book 2 by Susanna Clarke
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (Indonesian) #3) Book 1 by Susanna Clarke
- Kiki's Delivery Service: Titipan Kilat Penyihir (Kiki's Delivery Service #1) by Eiko Kadono
- Kisah-kisah Tengah Malam by Edgar Allan Poe
- Kunci Rahasia George ke Alam Semesta (George #1) by Lucy & Steven Hawking
- Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
- Orang Aneh by Albert Camus (Nobel Price Author)
Sang Raja Jin: Novel tentang Cinta, Doa dan Impian by Irving Karchmar
- Sejarah Cinta (The History of Love) by Nicole Krauss (Book Award Winners)
- Seratus Tahun Kesunyian by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Book Award Winners)
- Siddharta by Herman Hesse
- Snow Country: Daerah Salju by Yasunari Kawabata (Nobel Price Author)
The Celestine Prophecy (Celestine Prophecy #1) by James Redfield
- The Good Earth (House of Earth #1) by Pearl S. Buck (Book Award Winners)
- The Unfortunate Miss Fortunes by Jennifer Crusie, Eileen Dreyer & Anne Stuart
- Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre (Book Award Winners)

eh tapi setelah diliat lagi… kaya'nya yang kurang pengen aku baca itu cuma Anansi Boys, Vernon God Little sama Inkheart aja deh…
Anansi Boys & Inkheart kaya'nya emang agak aneh… tapi mungkin bisa ditawarin di grup BBI, sisa Vernon God Little… hhhmmm…

see… how i cling with my books… >.<

mungkin aku bikin personal reading challenge aja… 2014 Second TBRR - The books more than 2 years in pile.. :D

di pile kemaren sebenernya ada juga yang lebih dari 2 tahun, The Story Girl, The Mysterious of Benedict Society Book 1 & Book 2, A Spot of Bother, Kitchen sama Le Petit Prince…
dan gak harus dipisah juga sih sama pile yang sebelumnya…
yah kita lihat nanti deh… semoga sih list yang ini bisa berkurang juga eventually...

i guess, i just have to live with all of my books and try to get them away just after i have read them…

aanndd… i want to do my personal readathon on these Christmas & New Years holidays, we'll have 2 days vacation for each… my targets are my borrowed books… I have 5 books…

i hope i can finished them before the new years… :D

and maybe… if my husband don't mind, i can have more readathons on next years, since we have several long weekends… if we are not going anywhere, why don't i just read and read and read… or maybe it doesn't have to be a readathon… but i just have to make more time to read and read faster… >.<

and i didn't even mention my ebooks, my ilegal ebooks… or the legal ones… :D

btw, do you notice that my old books more colorful in the genres... and several of them are really good... i mean... at least they are famous! so i guess i just have to read them all, right? ;-)

Saturday, December 14, 2013


2013 is not over yet, but since I kind of amaze of my pile of books, let's just challenge ourself with To-Be-Read-and-Review Pile Challenge… yay!

Here is my pile (not really as a schedule)… my reading really depends on my mood :D

1Q84 Book 1 & Book 2 by Haruki Murakami
5cm by Donny Dhirgantoro 
A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon - restart reading
Abarat (Abarat #1) by Clive Baker
Bad Men by John Connolly
Be Careful What You Wish For by Alexandra Potter 
Fatima's Good Fortune by Joanne & Gerry Dryansky
Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto by Banana Yoshimoto
Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery (Classics)
Let The Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist (Books into Movies)
One Hundred Names by Cecelia Ahern
Pengakuan si Gila Belanja (Shopaholic #1) by Sophie Kinsella (Books into Movies)
Rispondimi (Jawablah Aku) by Susanna Tamaro
Stardust (Serbuk Bintang) by Neil Gaiman
The Appeal - Naik Banding by John Grisham
The Associate by John Grisham 
The Broker by John Grisham 
The Help by Kathryn Stockett (Book Award Winners)
The Litigators by John Grisham
The Passage by Justin Cronin (Book Award Winners)
The Reapers by John Connolly
The Story Girl: Gadis Pendongeng (The Story Girl #1) by Lucy M. Montgomery (Classics)
The Yearling: Jody dan Anak Rusa by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (Classics)
Wonderful Radio by Lee Jae-ik

I will update the list with numbers after I read the book… and the list also will be updated after I open and short listed my books in the containers :D

I don't really have books for Historical Fiction, but I don't know if I can find something in my containers… looks like Barbara Cartland is eligible for romance, the tricky part is I guess I have read all books (which are all my sister's) I have with me... I guess I will pass this category... but they don't have to be romance right? right? hhhhmmmm... 

Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery is my personal challenge to read the book in the original language which is French ;-)

I have 30+ books on my pile, so I really determined my self to read all the books before really buy something new… or instead I just have to find the ebook… :D

Still, I have books I want to read which already there in the book store...

ps. this post with so much links is so complicated XD

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Blog Tour: Gabriel’s Redemption (Gabriel’s Inferno Series #3)

Gabriel’s Redemption (Gabriel’s Inferno Series #3)
by Sylvain Reynard

ebook, 495 pages
ARC from Penguin Berkley

From the author of the New York Times bestsellers Gabriel’s Rapture and Gabriel’s Inferno comes the epic conclusion to the captivating romantic trilogy.

Professor Gabriel Emerson has left his position at the University of Toronto to embark on a new life with his beloved Julianne. Together, he’s confident that they can face any challenge. And he’s eager to become a father.

But Julianne’s graduate program threatens Gabriel’s plans, as the pressures of being a student become all consuming. When she is given the honor of presenting an academic lecture at Oxford, Gabriel is forced to confront Julianne about the subject of her presentation—research that conflicts with his own. And in Oxford, several individuals from their past appear, including an old nemesis intent on humiliating Julia and exposing one of Gabriel’s darkest secrets.

In an effort to confront his remaining demons, Gabriel begins a quest to discover more about his biological parents, beginning a chain of events that has startling repercussions for himself, Julianne, and his hope of having a family.

my review
this is my first ever ARC and i'm joining my first ever blog tour of Gabriel's Redemption book… :D

after Gabriel's Inferno and Gabriel's Rapture, i'm surely fall in love with Mr. Sylvain Reynard, he really is a gifted writer, he writes beautifully and though English is not my first language (surely there are several words i don't know), but i just know how remarkable his works are, for me at least, and for every body else i hope…

before his books, i'm not into poetry, i don't understand them, after his books, i want to understand poetry and i wish i was studying literature… and understand Italian... :D

and i follow him on twitter too… sometimes, i read his twits about his philanthrophique activities, he even replied my twit… :D

after i got to know, that we get bookplate if we pre-order Gabriel's Redemption, i pre-ordered, and after i learned that his publisher's giving away ARC for his blog tour, i jumped on my desk and entered my email, even though, i'm not quite sure what on earth blog tour was about… the only thing, i didn't do was reading extras before i eventually read the book... [ and of course, now that i have read the ARC, i will look for all of the available extras and i will read the book again, once my paperback comes... ;-) ]

when the day finally arrived, Enn, his publisher gave link to the ARC, and i saw the number of pages, i became nervous if i could meet the date line on December 4th for my blog tour, to have finished my reading and write my review…

and here i am… a couple of days later, finished reading the ebook and ready to write my review…


what can i tell?

i love Mr. Reynard's piece of art as much as his previous books… in this last book of the series, we get to know everyone's happy ending or almost happy ending…

we surely know how the Emersons', i'm glad that i can be part of Gabriel & Julia's journey of finding one another, especially our beloved Professor Gabriel, whom finally have his peace… how their prayers got answered… in this book, i'd said that the professor became more intense… sometimes, he even get me pissed for being stubborn, but by that way, i can feel him and understand him more…

i'm glad that Julia can compromise eventually…

but i think Mr. Reynard has put too much worry to Gabriel in this last book… i got carried away and being worried with him in every words, until i read the word "fin"… haha…

though i didn't really catch the snarky narrator in the previous books, in this book, i found him really amusing with his various comments…

my personal comments about the book, i love how Mr. Reynard was building his opinion of the importance of the family… and he took us to witness Gabriel and Julia's transformation in their perspective of the family's meaning to their life…

about the feeling of wanting to have children, but couldn't, wanting to have children but later, have children but there's illness, died children, abandoned children, traumatized children, abused children… eventually, it's not the parent's decision when to have a child or how… but it's the responsibility of the parents to rise him/her with love…
to teach them the importances, to prepare them for having a good life on their own…

i just hope that God will answer our prayer to have a child in our family in his time… and we will be able to teach him/her about the charity, faith and hope as Gabriel and Julia will teach theirs…

i give this book a remarkable tantalizing four stars as my return thank you to Mr. Reynard to have written such a beautiful story for me… yes, i know it's for me… i love you Mr. Reynard… :3

btw, Superman & Lois Lane? Man of Steel's special seeds? nice way to talk about the alternative answer of the unusual, eh? i wish i have my superman... ;-)
and Mr. Reynard, why are you making Gabriel seems old? he's just 35 years old for God's sake...


Sylvain Reynard Bio: I'm interested in the way literature can help us explore aspects of the human condition - particularly suffering, sex, love, faith, and redemption. My favourite stories are those in which a character takes a journey, either a physical journey to a new and exciting place, or a personal journey in which he or she learns something about himself/herself.

I'm also interested in how aesthetic elements such as art, architecture, and music can be used to tell a story or to illuminate the traits of a particular character. In my writing, I combine all of these elements with the themes of redemption, forgiveness, and the transformative power of goodness.

I try to use my platform as an author to raise awareness about the following charities: Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation, WorldVision, Alex's Lemonade Stand, and Covenant House. For more information, see my Twitter account.

Buy his books:
Amazon Kindle
Amazon Paperback
Barnes & Nobel Nook
Barnes & Nobel Paperback
iTunes iBook
Chapters Indigo Paperback
Chapters Indigo Kobo
Open Trolley - Indonesia [ where I pre-order ;-) ]

Get to know him better:

Twitter @sylvainreynard

Special Gift from Mr. Reynard: 
a Rafflecopter giveaway - FYI, the Louboutin winner will be gifted a Neiman Marcus gift card with shipping included. All prizes are international.