Virna’s update: New Book Blog

Hi guys, how is it going?

By this title you already know that I….yup, I made a book blog. I’ve been thinking about this for awhile, until three days ago I asked my beloved twitter friend–Vanessa to help me made my own header for the new blog.

So the million dollar question: Will I still posting on this blog? Continue reading

TV SHOW: The Girlfriend Experience Season 1

The Girlfriend Experience

I spent my Saturday binge watching this. The Girlfriend Experience is about a law student–Christine Reade–in Chicago who just lands an internship at the law firm of Kirkland & Allen. She struggles between job, classes, and paying rent. The season started with Christine visit her friend–Avery–at the hotel ordering room service asking for the most expensive drinks. Later on, Avery reveals that she is an escort girl and encourage Christine to tag along and introduce her to a friend of her clients.

Christine eventually makes the decision to work as an escort initially working for Avery’s madam Jacqueline, until Jacqueline screw Avery over by cleaning out her bank account which resulted Avery took all of Christine’s jewelries and money. It pisses Christine off so she decided to do this escort thing on her own and left Jacqueline.

This show didn’t really catch my interest that much, the laws stuff bored me to death. At least not until episode 9. The moment when shit hits the fan. I mean, even with all the problems that had happened to Christine, I wasn’t satisfied with the way they solved it? I find it sexist. But that’s how it is in the real world and I understand that. BUT STILL.

I hope it gets better in Season 2 tho (If there’s any) because I still want to know what’s next for Christine??

Movie Sunday: Kungfu Panda 3

Kung fu Panda never disappoints. It just get better and better with each movie. I was blubbering mess after watching this movie.

So in this movie we get to see Po biological father – Li Shan. He’s going to help Po to become a master Chi, to defeat a supernatural villain—Kai, who has been defeating all kung fu masters across China. And to achieve that, Po has to learn how to be himself, a panda. Later we found out to master a chi, we don’t have to be as good as other people. We can’t. We just have to be the best person of ourselves. Do what you know best. Pursue that. If you could master it, you’ll have the chi.

This topic really hit me home, because until now, I’m still figuring out what I want to be in life, who I really am? I’m probably the only grown woman who’s crying in a theater full of kids. I’M NOT ASHAMED OF THAT. It gave me ALL THE FEELS.

I gave this movie  5 stars.

Funny panda story who loves to eat dumpling but has a great message behind it. I highly, highly recommended it!

Movie Sunday: Deadpool

I saw this movie last week with my mom and my brother. Deadpool has me right at the beginning of the movie. And it held throughout the movie. Unlike your typical superhero movie, Deadpool doesn’t want to be called a hero. He delivered all this funny lines and make fun of the other heroes or Ryan Reynolds…aka Mr. Deadpool himself! The movie started off with Deadpool chasing his enemy—Francis (played by Ed Skrein. Really hot, by the way! Go Google him!). He wanted to have his face fixed because the lab who made him a ‘hero’ had ruined his pretty face in the process.

I gotta admit tho, Ryan Reynolds is hella basic. I mean, it took him two (?) superhero movies to finally made a hit. But I gotta give it to him this time. He was freaking hilarious. I just can’t stop laughing. Kudos to the scriptwriters of this movie!

I gave Deadpool 4 stars. Great hero / romantic-comedy movie—perfect movie date. Great soundtrack too—yes I love those old school songs. Great cast! I highly recommended!

Book Review: The Girl from Everywhere (The Girl from Everywhere #1) By Heidi Heilig

Title: The Girl from Everywhere (The Girl from Everywhere #1)

Author: Heidi Heilig

Published: March 3rd 2016 by Hot Key Books

Page: 320

Summary: Sixteen-year-old Nix Song is a time-traveller. She, her father and their crew of time refugees travel the world aboard The Temptation, a glorious pirate ship stuffed with treasures both typical and mythical. Old maps allow Nix and her father to navigate not just to distant lands, but distant times – although a map will only take you somewhere once. And Nix’s father is only interested in one time, and one place: Honolulu 1868. A time before Nix was born, and her mother was alive. (Goodreads)

I received a free digital copy from Hot Key Books through NetGalley in exchange of honest review. This review might contains spoiler!

I was so excited when I saw this on ‘Read Now’ section on NetGalley because I’ve been wanting to read this book since I keep hearing people talk about it on Goodreads. So I don’t wanna miss my chance and read it right away.

This is my first time reading a time-traveler book. I must say it doesn’t disappointing, but it wasn’t mind-blowing either. I’m expecting a lot more of “time-traveling” (like jump from one place into another. Ykwim?) instead of just staying in one place to get a map that lead to Nix’s mother. And then we have Kashmir and Blake Hart—the main character’s potential love interest. Yep, another love triangle. It just like Katniss-Peeta-Gale all over again. I’m so over that. I really hope in the next book we won’t have to deal with this stuff. More time-traveler/pirate stuff please.

What I love about this book:

  • Kashmir. He’s so sassy, funny and intelligent. I love his banter with Nix. I wish we get to know more about him in the next book
  • It sets in Hawaii. I’ve never read a book that sets in Hawaii. It’s so cool to get to know some of history about Hawaii.
  • Diversity. I love that this book has lots of myths from other ethnicity. You can tell the author did her research really well.

What I don’t like about this book:

  • Love Triangle. It’s not that I hate the idea of it, but in this book, it just made me almost hate Nix. I don’t want that. Because I have the intention of reading the next book. How could I do that if I hate the main character? Also kissing the other guy while Kashmir is watching? I’ve had enough of that in Twilight when Bella kissed Jacob. lol bye
  • Nix. She was just so damn boring. Her presence oftentimes got out-shined by the secondary character.

Overall, I like the book as a whole and would like to continue on the next book. I would like to recommend it to people who like/just starting to read a book about time-traveler, this book might be a good start for you. It does for me at least.

Book Review: The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett

Title: The Anatomical Shape of a Heart

Author: Jenn Bennett

Published: November 3rd 2015 by Feiwel & Friends

Page: 304

Summary: Beatrix Adams knows exactly how she’s spending the summer before her senior year. Determined to follow in Da Vinci’s footsteps, she’s ready to tackle the one thing that will give her an advantage in a museum-sponsored scholarship contest: drawing actual cadavers. But when she tries to sneak her way into the hospital’s Willed Body program and misses the last metro train home, she meets a boy who turns her summer plans upside down.

Jack is charming, wildly attractive, and possibly one of San Francisco’s most notorious graffiti artists. On midnight buses and city rooftops, Beatrix begins to see who Jack really is—and tries to uncover what he’s hiding that leaves him so wounded. But will these secrets come back to haunt him? Or will the skeletons in her family’s closet tear them apart?

My first initial reaction after reading this book was ‘AHDHASHHABCNADVHDVSB THE FEEEEELSSSS‘ and then smiling like an idiot  for the rest of the day. This book is such an easy read. Jenn Bennett’s writing pulled me right into the story the moment i read the first paragraph. I finished it in one day and I have no regrets. I got attached with the characters. I feel what they are feeling and you just can’t help but rooting for them.  I love Bex and Jack. BEX.AND.JACK.

The story might sounds cliche to you but Bennett’s done such a great work. My favorite part was when Jack draws something  for Bex’s birthday. That’s just straight up cupcake sweet moment. Or when Bex’s Mom gave her boxes of almost-expired condom. LMAO.

I’d recommend it to anyone who wants to read something quick, sweet, cute, and little bit hints of angst.

Book Review: Pulang By Tere Liye

Title: Pulang

Author: Tere Liye

Published: September 20th 2015 by Republika

Page: 404

Summary: “Aku tahu sekarang, lebih banyak luka di hati bapakku dibanding di tubuhnya. Juga mamakku, lebih banyak tangis di hati Mamak dibanding di matanya.”

Sebuah kisah tentang perjalanan pulang, melalui pertarungan demi pertarungan, untuk memeluk erat semua kebencian dan rasa sakit.”

Kisah seorang anak yang akhirnya menemukan jalan ‘Pulang’-nya. Seru banget mengikuti kisah perjalanan si Bujang ini. Dan setuju banget sama pepatah “Orang yang tahu isi perut kita biasanya paling mudah berkhianat sama kita” Jadi pelajaran banget buat berhati-hati dalam memberikan kepercayaan kita kepada orang lain. Karena suatu saat, mereka bisa menggunakan kepercayaan itu untuk menyerang kita dari belakang.

Cara penulisan Tere Liye juga enak banget dibacanya. Alurnya ceritanya maju-mundur dan anehnya gak ngebosenin, karena kadang alur maju-mundur bisa bikin cepat jenuh. Yang saya suka dari Bujang adalah, walaupun dia sudah sukses dibidang yang dia kuasai, dia tetap memegang teguh wejangan dari Ibunya.

Saya kasih 4 bintang karena saya suka dengan jalan ceritanya serta tokoh-tokoh yang ada di buku. Saya rekomendasikan buat orang jarang baca buku Indo (kayak saya :p) coba baca buku ini. Apalagi kalo suka cerita tentang mafia gitu.

Gak sabar mau baca buku-buku Tere Liye yang lain!

Recent Reads 2016 | Books 6-9

Hi my beloved readers! I’ve been manage to read 4 books since my last Recent Reads update. *pats self on the back* I hope I can keep this up. Here are the books that I read:

  1. The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett. The reason I read this book is because I want to read something lovey-dovey for Valentine’s Day. Yes, I spent my V-Day reading a book. I am so cool like that. Anyway, this book is about Beatrix Adams who wants to get a scholarship by drawing an actual cadaver. Cross path with Jack while waiting on a midnight-bus, little did she knows, it will change her entire summer plan. I loooooove this book. It’s such an easy read but I guaranteed will you make shed a tear or two. I love how different Bea was from typical girl character in YA book. It was such a fresh breath of air.
  2. On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. Everyone and their unborn child seem to like this book so much. Unfortunately, I’m not one of them. This is such a surprise for me because I love Marchetta’s other book—Saving Francesca. This book is about a girl who is the leader of the boarders at the Jellicoe School. She has to keep the upper hand in the territory wars and deal with Jonah Griggs—the enigmatic leader of the cadets, and someone she thought she would never see again. The story began when Hannah—the person Taylor had come to rely on—gone missing. This book is confusing. I’ve been stuck on the same chapter for days because I keep re-reading as if I’m missing something. I don’t want to force myself reading this meanwhile I could read other books that are better than this one, so I decided to DNF it. I hate DNF-ing a book, even a book that I don’t like.
  3. True Love Story by Willow Aster. This book is about a girl who grew up in a Christian family (i think?) and then she met her favorite rock star and they fell in love. Bleeurgh. Usually I don’t mind insta-love. But this one is so typical and cheesy, I wonder how my eyes still intact given the amount of eyes rolling I’ve done while reading this book.
  4. Octopus Pie Vol 1 by Meredith Gran. Saw this comic book on Netgalley. The cover drawn me in so I decided to pick it up, also the description sounds so humorous. Even though, it’s not quite what I was expecting, Octopus Pie still entertaining enough. I got a lil bit attached to the characters.

Those are the books that I read. Now, I’m trying to finish this monster book called Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff this week. I think this is the biggest book I’ve read for a while now. The last time I read a book this big was The Host by Stephenie Meyer (lol!). After that I’ll pick up The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig. It’s on ‘Read Now’ section on NetGalley (yay! Review will be posted soon)

Comic Book Review: Octopus Pie: Volume 1 By Meredith Gran

Title: Octopus Pie: Volume 1

Author: Meredith Gran

Published: March 1st 2016 by Image Comics

Page: 200

Summary: In this first collected volume of the Octopus Pie series, we follow grumpy twenty-something Eve and her stoner roommate Hanna as they navigate post-college life. They’ll take on crazed childhood rivals, troubling art scenes, the discomfort of exes, and maybe even… friendship? All this and more in the fictional, totally made-up city of Brooklyn. Well paced and grounded, ranging from funny ha-ha to odd observational humor, Octopus Pie s ultimate hooks are its flawed but genuine characters. Booklist”

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The art caught my eyes when I saw it on NetGalley and the description sounded humorous. It’s entertaining enough. Although, I wouldn’t lie that I thought this would be as funny as I thought it would be. Somehow Eve remind me of the girl from Sarah Anderson’s comic. Maybe that’s just me tho.

It’s about Eve–twenty-something girl– who didn’t quite satisfied with her life. Her mom put on Craigslist that Eve needs a new roomate–who turned out to be her Pre-K friend, Hanna. I’d say Hanna is quite interesting. She’s a free-spirited girl which is the opposite of our main character. Hanna’s present significantly changed Eve’s life.

My favorite part of this book is when Eve and Hanna goes to the park and then Hanna talk about how her dream is to have a duck farm with her boyfriend. Her reasons oddly enough made me chuckle.

TV Show: The Big Bang Theory Season 9 Episode 15 “The Valentino Submergence”

I just finished watching the new episode of The Big Bang Theory. O boy, o boy.

So in this episode our beloved characters are spending their Valentine’s Day with their significant other. Penny and Leonard spending their Valentine by having a romantic dinner but…they got into a long waiting list. Penny told Leonard to bribe the Maître D with money and he failed miserably. Penny tried to flirt with the Maître D only to find the guy referred her as a “Ma’am” and it’s like a wakeup call to her that she’s not that young anymore. They got out of the restaurant and went to get Cheese Burger instead—while finding something on the internet how to spend Valentine’s Day like young people.

Meanwhile Raj, still have doubt about Emily now that he met a new girl—Claire—whom he went to had a coffee with. He ended up breaking up with Emily and go to the new girl only to found out that she just got back with her boyfriend. Raj was devastated over that and regretted his decision now that he’s going to be alone on Valentine’s Day.

From my beloved OTP ever aka Shamy, they spent their Valentine by hosting first-ever live-show ‘Fun with Flags’. And Sheldon gave Amy a gift by adding her name to the name of the show. But not quite what she’s hoping for. They minute they went Live, Raj called them and asking about relationship instead of flag questions. Sheldon was so bummed about it but then Amy called him out on that and tells him to be more sympathetic since he knows first-hand how hard breaking up can be. I love how Amy could put Sheldon in his place. Sheldon told Raj that he’s grateful he’s gone through the break up, because that’s what make his relationship with Amy stronger than ever. Awww.

In the Wolowitz household, Mr and Mrs spend their Valentine with breaking in the new hot tub. But when Howard set the temp of the tub, he saw a rabbit flopping around in it. They saved the rabbit and named it ‘Valentino Wolowitz Rabbit’. The rabbit bit Howard and he’s freaking out—afraid that he’s gonna catch rabies from the wild rabbit. He goes back to the house and get ready to go to the Hospital, that’s the moment Bernadette told the rabbit, wait for it, THAT SHE’S PREGNANT. Omgomgomgomgomg. This is huge. Howard had been wanted to have kids for so long, I can’t wait to see his reaction. I knew they would be the first couple who’s going to have a baby.

So what do you think about this episode? What is your favourite part? Mine is all of them.

Until next time,

Virna Aryanita