Rainy Day Book Tag

Rainy Day Book Tag

It’s November and that means rainy season here. Thanks to melodious rain drops and the dark cloud that blowing the cold wind into the house, I decided to update this blog with something related to the rain and then, found this rainy day book tag from Lauren’s Bookshelf blog. Big thanks to Lauren.

I love book tag posts although I don’t post regularly. Because I found it kinda makes me feel relaxed to post something on the blog compared to another type of posts. So if you want to post something on your blog but don’t know what it is, I surely would recommend to write something about tag-types post. Freely to google about it.

Rainy Day Book Tag

Question 1: Where do you like to read when it’s raining?

When I’m at home, I like reading in my bedroom and sit comfortably on the bed. And of course trying harder not to lie down because I’m pretty sure I’ll fall asleep pretty fast.

I tried to read on the couch at living room, but I found it less comfortable compared to my room. Because of I’m a type of person who easily distracted by the others things happen around me, like the TV shows, food and the cats in the house, I definitely can’t focus on the book. Plus I hate when someone stare at me when I’m reading, so for the best, I better just stick in the room until I’m done with the reading.

Question 2: Best book to read on a rainy day?

Rooftop Rant by Hlovate and Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell.

Actually there’s more than two books but if I can choose, I’ll choose these two although it was hard to do so.

Question 3: Book with rain? In the book or on the cover?

I don’t have any book with rain on the cover. I don’t remember any book that has a rainy scene (seriously I forgot a lot of things) but when I found it (reread the book) I will change the answer, because I’m sure, there were.

Question 4: Book that made you cry?

I am a last person when it comes to cry because I’m not a cry baby. I don’t cry over a book. I even don’t cry over a boy. When I read a book, I am read a book. When it comes to the sad part of the story, others might or might not sad and cry over it, I’ll just find myself feeling sad but not completely cry.

I thought it definitely normal when at some moments, you just don’t feel you need to cry over a something.

But I know one thing. If you cry over some part of the story, that means the writer of the book really great at writing a book and win your heart. Is that good ?

Now, I’m curious what kind of book that will make I cry, someday. But not over of silly part of the story, please?

Question 5: Least favorite book?

Awak Sungguh ‘Perfect’ by Nurul Syahida and Street Vendetta by Mazni Aznita.

I love Nurul Syahida. I definitely in love with her writing style, how laid back she is. Among all her books, Awak Sungguh Perfect is the last one I will choose to reread haha. And Street Vendetta because of the plot (migraine attack) , as I can remember but the scene between Anabella and Kojie are hilarious and funny.

Let’s be real, it’s a hard to give an answer to this kind of question. But I kept reminding myself that least favorite thing is not something I hate. So, nothing is wrong about having something the ‘least favorite‘ things. It’s not only book, but more than that. Least favorite perfume, skincare products, songs, dramas or movies, not forget anime.

Question 6: Favorite drink for a rainy day?

Black coffee. The hot one. Large cup. I am typical woman who loves drink hot drinks during rainy day, drink something hot definitely make me feel comfortable and relax.

Drink hot coffee while taking a break from reading or while watching some good shows on Netflix unquestionably the best for ‘me time’.

I hope you will enjoy yourself while reading this post.

It is Allah who sends the winds, and they stir the clouds and spread them in the sky however He wills, and He makes them fragments so you see the rain emerge from within them. And when He causes it to fall upon whom He wills of His servants, immediately they rejoice.

Surah Ar-Rum, 30:48

Three Bookish Things Book Tag

Salam and greetings to all. Welcome back to my blog, how are you doing? I really wanted to write something related to the book (not only book review) but I don’t have any idea what is. But I stumbled across this amazing Three Bookish Things Book Tag by one of books blogger, Lixie from Reading in the Wings. I don’t know who started this book tag, but I want to say thanks for creating this kind of book tag. I loves reading, so this post obviously suit with me.

Three Bookish Things Book Tag

READ ALSO : Books I Want To Read This Year


Three Read Once and Loved Authors

  • Hlovate : Shall I come with any explanation? Once I read Tunas and Rooftop Rant, I love Hlovate although he/she is anonymous writer and I know nothing about him/her. Enough by reading the books, I know how unique this writer is. Some people can’t put an interested with his/her writing style, but surprisingly, I can. Thank goodness.
  • Nurul Syahida : Purchased and read Aku Kan Novelis literally a turning point into my bookish life. I got to know an amazing writer who not write a book about a cliche love story. Plus with a laid back storyline and dialogue, I totally enjoyed my time while reading her book.
  • Teme Abdullah : A lot of people around me recommend Teme Abdullah’s book. But before I ‘met’ Pelukis Jalanan, I discovered his blog first. Teme always leave a good impression through his posts on his blog, so do with his books. I’m really proud of him. How he’s amazing can c

Three Titles I’ve Watched But Haven’t Read

  • Chandelier : I read this Chandelier book review and its story line’s quite different from the drama. But I know both of them sure be great.
  • Narnia : Hi Peter, are you there? I love Narnia. I love Peter so much. I love the siblings but Susan really turn me off. I love the 1st and 2nd movies, I’m not watch the 3rd movie and I don’t know when I will watch it. But to be honest, I want read the books like so much because reading the book itself is more satisfying than watching the movies.
  • Princess Diaries : I still remember the part of the first film when the stylist’s brush broken because of Mia’s hair and when she tried to act like a princess. I know Princess Diaries is based on book, but I think watching the movie alone is good for me, so far. Unless if you keep persuade me how good the books are. But the second movie really don’t get my attention, I only love the first one ヘ(^_^)ヘ

Three Characters You Love

  • Roul from Aku Kan Novelis! & Aku Keliru : I knew Roul from Aku Kan Novelis and the only things that makes I love Roul even more is red hair color, his passion towards art and of course how he prefer called Safiah, his girlfriend as ‘Lulu’ and himself ‘Gua’ (stand for lu and gua) which is makes it not only sweet but cool.
  • Trisy from Rooftop Rant : Honestly, I’d never read any books which the protagonist is having a depression and broken family. I don’t have depression, my relationship with my family is the best ever and I’m not from a rich family, I am nothing like her but I still like her. Trisy is rather a sweet damsel in distress character. No matter how miserable her life is, she’s still show appreciation for people who’s caring for her, like Jade, Buk Jah, her Pak Su and Irah.
  • Houtarou from Hyouka / Classic Literature Club Series : Because I love how laid back he is. But no matter how lazy he is, he still does the chores, homeworks and needs to give the answers to all Chitanda Eru’s curiosity. I loves how he looks and the way he treats others but I really hope he can confess to Chitanda Eru how much he likes her. Houtarou has an interest in reading and has never seen laughing but he’s a clever guy who enable to find a solution to mysteries if he gives enough thought.

Three Series Binged

I will not answer this because I’m not so into series so much. But reading the series sure be good. I’m eyeing the Tombiruo and Laksamanan Sunan Series by Ramlee Awang Murshid right now. If you have any suggestions of any good series, feel free to leave a comment below.

Three Current Favourite Book Covers

  • Anthem from Hlovate : Anthem cover literally a desk with a note pads with a motivation words on the cork board, a red rose, a headphone. On the cork board, there’s also Taj Mahal’s photo, violin and trombone photos to shows Dash enthusiast with music. While those motivation words on the note pads is to show what she learned when she trying to change to a new, better Dash.
  • Katerer Cinta by Nurul Syahida : I can’t lie to myself how much I love cake. I know how skeptical of this, but a caterer life story, before and after she’s a caterer really match with the cover. I don’t know how the illustrator got an idea to pair the tiered white wedding cake with a pinkish background color and there are some purplish color too. Simple but beautiful. The most beautiful cover from Nurul Syahida’s book, I must say.
  • Aku Keliru by Nurul Syahida : I don’t know how to describe this book’s cover but I love the colorful one and how it’s look like a painting (at least, through my eyes) and there’s Roul, without his red hair color. If you read Aku Keliru, Roul’s hair already black because he’s trying harder to change to be better for Safi, Zara and himself. Yes, the white shirt guy who stand in the cover definitely Roul.

Three Goals for the Year

  • Finished my To-Be-Read list – I’m not have a ton of TBR, but whether there’s only not even ten books, I’d feel bad and guilty for the books, my money I had spent on the books and my bookshelf too. Sometimes, I imagine my bookshelf crying and shouting at me like a crazy woman ‘WHY YOU BEING REALLY RUDE TO ME BY BOUGHT ALL THESE BOOKS, PUT THEM HERE BUT YOU DON’T EVER BOTHER TO READ THEM??!!’ Hmm need to read them or this guilty feeling will stuck with me forever.
  • Avoid books with a heavy plot twist – When I started reading novel, especially lovey dicey ones, there’s always comes with heavy plot twist. Sometimes though, in real life, there no such so heavy plot twist, unlike the books and I admit that makes me feel tired. Plus right now, I really need a rest for my mental health. Nothing much help me while reading a book with such a no-good plot twist (some of them are weird and ridiculous). But when I find a book with a really great plot twist, nothing can’t stop me from reading it over and over.
  • Being more relaxed while reading – While ago, I always rushing to finish a book and sometimes I forced myself to finished it as fast as I can. As a result, I don’t understand a thing about what I read. So, now I take my time to finish any book I read without forced myself very hard.

I shall tag three blogger now :

And you guys who read this post and interested to join this three bookish things book tag, you’re welcome to. And to the bloggers I tagged, it’s up to yourself whether to join or not, there’s no obligation to do this because me myself, do it for fun. Because blogging should be fun, right?

See you next time.

Books I Want to Read This Year

Wednesday Wishlist #2 – Books I Want to Read This Year

First, I revert all my book reviews posts back to draft to re-write it because I think there’s a lot of flaws in those posts. I enjoy reading others book reviews on their blogs and just enjoy the moment to read the all of them as much as I can because I know how hard it is to write it. Writing a review is not an easy task. ‘Okay, now what?’, that’s always in my head v_v like literally hate it. I wish I just can smoothly writing without any hardship.

This year I will read 50 books. This is not me. If I said this, I’m sure a ghost take over my body. Haha. For real guys. I just a person who buy something if I really need it, something that really worth it. If I want to read any of books, I will make sure whether it really worth it by read any review on the net. Now you know how hard to write a review to make sure others can make a good choice in their life without waste any of penny, whether it comes to books, cosmetics and any films/movies. Kudos to every bloggers who put the any of greatness reviews together and never ever underestimate the power of review (⌒o⌒)

Books I Want to Read This Year

Below are some of the books I want to read this year (when I typing this, there two cats have been fighting outside and it’s sounds creepy, yeah I hate it so much, so scary)

Uncle Bos Mama by Nurul Syahida

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Letters to GodRough DiamondDear God by Norhafsah Hamid

Signature Jalanan by Teme Abdullah

The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf

And maybe some of books from another authors. I don’t mind. But Haruki Murakami’s books sound great.

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.

Dr. Seuss

To be honest, I always adores a book with a good, simple but catchy title and I wish the story is as good as the title is. I never read any books from Norhafsah Hamid but I really want to, in shaa Allah. I don’t remember where I knew about her books, maybe from blogger who wrote a review of those books, since then I fascinated with the title and the cover of the books. And feel free to add her on Facebook >> https://www.facebook.com/norhafsah.hamid <<

I already read three of Siri Jalanan Collection by Teme Abdullah which is Pelukis Jalanan, Arkitek Jalanan and Impian Jalanan and I’ll try my best to write a review of those books. Kudos he is a blogger like me but what makes his different from mine is the content. As you know how good his books are, so do his blog. I envy him. I am. I’m not jealous of how many comments he got on his posts but how good his posts are. As a blogger, I believe in writing a good contents thats bring benefits to others shows how good they are.

Aku Kan Novelis! by Nurul Syahida Review

Today I’ll be happy to write a review of Aku Kan Novelis, a third book from Nurul Syahida c:. To describe how I feel about this book and as a appreciate post to Kak Syai who write this funny book and made me feel like ‘It’s totally worth it’ when I purchased this book on the rainy day that day.

aku kan novelis
  • Title : Aku Kan Novelis!
  • Author : Nurul Syahida
  • Published by : Buku Prima Sdn Bhd on 2010

Aku tersenyum bangga melihat mereka. Hasil kehebatanku. Hasil kekuatanku menghasilkan perasaan cinta dan mewujudkan perhubungan. Hasil seorang novelis terulung.

Apa salah aku pada kedua makhluk ini sampai mereka sanggup memperlakukan aku begini? Adakah kerana aku berlagak dengan mereka bahawa aku dapat menyelesaikan masalah mereka? Memang logik pun kan? Sudah berapa lama Iza terbelenggu dengan masalah cintanya dgn Hisham yang tak berkesudahan. Akhirnya aku mempertemukan dia dengan Helmi. Kini mereka memperkenalkan aku dengan lelaki yg serupa ini. Dengan niat apa? Supaya aku tidak mengganggu percintaan mereka dengan membelenggukan aku dgn masalah lain pula?

Aku benci dengan keresahan ini dan aku tahu mengapa. Membenci Roul menjadi sesuatu yang amat sukar. Membenci warna rambutnya sudah kurasa kurang relevan kerana ia tidak lagi mengganggu tumpuanku, malah kini aku boleh berbicara dengannya tanpa memikirkan betapa hodohnya warna itu. Membenci bicaranya yang penuh dengan carutan juga sudah kurang penting kerana ia sudah sebati dengan telingaku. Rasa benci pada mata kanannya juga makin berkurangan kerana kini aku hanya perlu merenung pandangan mata kirinya yang hitam dan mendalam itu dan hatiku akan terasa berdebar

My Honest Review

Firstly, let’s me remind you that my opinions of the book might be different from yours and others. So bear with me. I bought this book around 2010 (it’s six years ago) using the money I got from helping my Umi sell her kuih-muih to my schoolmates. Looking and reading Aku Kan Novelis countless times never make me feel bored or burned out because of the sentimental value and how funny the book is.

On the other hand, I feel quite tough to typing this review because I think no one else will read a review of the stuff you bought long time ago. But Bayan said in this post, saying it doesn’t matter at all whether you write a review of the new book or the old ones because your review might be able to change the book popularity. As long as I write something about I loves, it really doesn’t matter except if I write something dreadful and nasty.

Reading Aku Kan Novelis made me thinking about how people hide their own despair secret with laughter. How they can do it because I don’t think I can do like they are. No matter how fast and far we tried to run from reality, we’re still need to face it no matter how much hurting it is. In fact, everyone will die and will leave the people around them. We know that very well. No matter how hurtful it is, no matter how much we tried to deny it, we still will face it, sooner or later. But more important, people around us. Will they accept it? Can they be able to continue to live without us? Things will turn different after we gone, for sure.

If any of you see someone around you who always be humble and laughing and smiling around, will you think how hard she/he trying to hide anything or something saddest thing ever happened to her/him, thats giving a deep effect and trauma in her life? This book made me thinking about that a lot. Most of my time. I always thought that if I can help people overcome their sadness, I’ll do it, though as a stranger.

The greatness of the book is through its own style of writing and different from the others. As a matter of fact, Safi as the main POV of the book really made it more better besides I know how the way Safiyyah thinking and as well as the way she observed anything happens around her (she is a writer, of course she observing what’s going on around her to put down on her books) like, hey we really need to know what a writer like Safi thought about.

However, let’s me be honest. No matter how funny Safi is, no matter how sarcastic she is, there’s still a little despise feeling towards her because she keeps saying to her best friends, Iza & Helmi which happened to be in a relationship (thanks to her actually) how great she is as a ‘problem solver when it comes to love’ with her full-time job as a novelist who mostly write about love story. Did I mention that she said Iza & Helmi should mention her name when both of them get married soon as appreciation for her because she’s the one who made both of them met and fall in love? Urghh please Safi.

But what you give you got it back, huh? Because of the annoying side of Safi and the way she loves to sticking around with them, the lovely couple decided to give a new problem to Safi. Problems that come in the form of a weirdo named Roul. Of course I’ll call him weirdo, I bet that’s what everyone else will call him. But Safi called him ‘Makhluk Middle Earth’. Wanna know why? Just read it.

Nurul Syahida wrote this story thoroughly, relaxed and simple. Simple as I mean Safi, Roul, Iza and Helmi are middle class people like me, like us. We use public transport. We’re lepaking at mamak restaurant and drinks iced tea. We’re not talking about hundred million projects like how other writers always wrote about. When you write about a story about a normal life of middle class people, that means you’re a good writer, because nowadays, people obsessed with reading of the book there’s always rich people. I really need a break from the kind of those books.

Quotes of Aku Kan Novelis!

“Dia kata awak ni kreatif dan selalu cakap sesuatu yang tidak terfikir di akal orang lain. Macam teori awak tentang otak dan… “
“Otak dan cirit-birit, ya saya tahu,” balasku.
Teori otak dan cirit-biritku berbunyi, ‘Sesungguhnya akal manusia ini amat berkuasa kerana belum pun najis itu keluar dari badan, ia sudah boleh mengagak sama ada najisnya keras ataupun berbentuk cirit birit.”
Ketika kali pertama aku keluarkan idea itu, Masni hampir tersembur mi segera yang sedang dinikmatinya. – page 128

“Stalking bukan benda yang elok, Roul.”
“Lulu keluar dengan lelaki yang baru Lulu kenal selama sejam. Gua cuma ikut untuk pastikan Lulu selamat dan mangkuk tadi bukan perogol bersiri,” jelas Roul.
Aku hentikan langkahku.
“Seriously? Keluar dengan kau lagi nampak macam keluar dengan perogol bersiri.” – page 343