“You don’t feel like smiling? Then what? Force yourself to smile. Act as if you were already happy, and that will tend to make you happy.”
This debut novel by Celeste Ng tells the story of an Asian-American parents; Marilyn and James Lee, and their three teenage children. There’s Nath, the oldest son who is undeniably talented, and Hannah, the youngest daughter of the family. But whatever they’re doing, it’s often put aside by their parents because of Lydia, the middle child. Though she never asked for it, Lydia’s described as the golden child of the family who’s holding up all of the expectations from her parents. From the expectation to be a successful doctor in the future, expectation to have a good social skill, up to the hinted expectation for her to always follow what Marilyn and James say. Without realizing how Lydia is mentally and emotionally exhausted because of it.
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To realize one’s destiny is a person’s only obligation
Last time on my blog, I wrote about my trip in the United States. And I mentioned the books I bought in the Coop Bookstore at Harvard. One of it being The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.
In the shortest description possible, the whole story is a beautiful enactment of one’s journey to reach their dream. The story itself focuses on Santiago, a young Andalusian shepherd who had a strong connection with his sheep. The only companion in his life which its simplicity taught the boy (Santiago) about important life lessons. One day, he got dreams about a treasure in the pyramid. And his devotion in reaching this dream is shown throughout the book.
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For me, becoming isn’t about arriving somewhere or achieving a certain aim. I see it instead as a forwards motion, a means of evolving, a way to reach continuously toward a better self.
– Michelle Obama
I’m sure by now, there’s not a single person who doesn’t know about Michelle Obama. The former First Lady of the United States, who played a big role in advocating public health and education. Making her an important role model to many people around the world.
So it’s not a surprise when her autobiography was released last year, people were so eager to buy it. And I was lucky enough to be able to buy it a few months ago. But because of my packed schedule this past week, I’ve just finished reading it two days ago and thought that I would like to share what I think of this book.
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After a month, I finally have a chance to update this blog. This months I’ve been so busy with my school assignments and works until it was kind of hard for me to write on this blog. Now, since it’s still the beginning of mid-term break, I have a lot of time to do whatever I want and I choose to update my blog with a book review of The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery.
I’ve been wanting to write a review about this book since several years ago. The Little Prince is one of the most famous classic book, and many people has mistaken it as a children book. For me, it make sense why people thought that way. The book itself is really thin, the word choices are relatively easy to understand, and there are so many illustrations in it. But actually, the writer; Antoine De Saint-Exupery, wrote in the foreword that The Little Prince is a book made for ‘adults who have been children before’.
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The One Who Walks Away From Omelas is a short fictional story that was made by Ursula K. Le Guin back in October 1973. I first know about this short story from one of BTS’ Spring Day music video. In that music video, they put up a big ‘Omelas’ sign in one scene. Then there are ARMYs (BTS fans) who shared that BTS use ‘The One Who Walk Away From Omelas’ book for their inspiration.
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Sudah lama aku tidak meresensi buku dan aku akan menulisnya sekarang. Resensi kali ini adalah tentang buku Diamond in the Rough. Diamond in the Rough ialah buku non-fiksi yang ditulis oleh Nathania Christy. Buku ini kudapatkan di Cuci Gudang Gramedia yang kuceritakan beberapa hari yang lalu. Meski hanya berharga 5000 rupiah, namun ternyata isi buku ini menurutku sangat bagus, memuat banyak pelajaran penting yang juga memotivasi pembacanya.
Bukunya sendiri bercerita tentang Nia yang tidak lain adalah si penulis, seorang pelajar SMP Indonesia yang berhasil memperoleh beasiswa pendidikan selama 4 tahun di Singapura. Ia menceritakan pengalamannya selama menempuh pendidikan di Singapura yang sangat berbeda dari Indonesia. Judul buku ini diambil dari kata-kata Nia saat wawancara seleksi beasiswa yang menyebut dirinya sebagai Diamond in the Rough. Ia mengumpamakan dirinya sebagai sebuah berlian yang saat itu belum dipoles. Dan pendidikan di Singapura yang keras membuatnya menjadi berlian yang terasah indah.
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Teman-teman, kali ini aku akan meresensi buku Bocah Penjinak Angin yang baru saja selesai kubaca. Tepatnya, baru tadi malam aku selesai membacanya.
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