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29 May 2024

Reading has always been one of my favourite hobbies. Not everyone can afford to go to many places, but with reading it takes you on wondrous escapism to everywhere; back to the past, to the future, to the wizardry realms and even the world full of knowledge (and ahem a world with the hottest dude). Reading is definitely a legal sorcery everyone can do.

men without women murakami

“Life is strange, isn’t it? You can be totally entranced by the glow of something one minute, be willing to sacrifice everything to make it yours, but then a little time passes, or your perspective changes a bit, and all of a sudden you’re shocked at how faded it appears. What was I looking at? You wonder.” 

This book is about men, written by a man for another men to read. Ada 7 short stories about men who have lost their loved one, yang dipermainkan dan yang sik pernah jumpa kekasih hati. Senang cerita buku tok tentang lelaki yang tersakiti and how it hurts them and how it changes them. 

All the story revolve around love & feelings but there is nothing romantic about it. Cuma hal hal yang menyedihkan but beautifully written at the same time. Ada part yang susah mok paham maksud sebenar sebab penulis tok memang suka suruh reader nya berfikir. Its my first time reading Haruki’s writing so it will take time to get used to it. 

Whatever disagreement i have upon few statements in this book, i cant really elaborate it sebab its 99.9% from lelaki punya pov. Contoh bila Dr Tokai cakap perempuan suka menipu. Bila menipu boleh tidur lena. Sik semua la perempuan camya. Dan lelaki pun camya bah. And they also have this so called independent organ that allows them to tell lies. It’s an individual behaviour that cannot be categorised based on gender. And yes i was damn flabbergasted about what happens to him. He utterly feeling frustrated to the point of starving himself to death. Dipermainkan oleh bini orang. Its kinda sad sebab dah tua bah baruk nya tauk rasa “in love” ya macam ne ๐Ÿฅน๐Ÿ’” Tapi salah nya juak lah sebab..sapa suruh bergerek dgn bini org? (do read this book mun mok tauk kenak) 

Each short stories has different character with different traits. They feel different things, experience different memories and tackling their love life in different ways. And their understanding about these life-changing events are very unalike. Para lelaki boleh la baca buku tok to understand what it truly feels like being the ‘men without women’. ๐Ÿ˜Œ 

“๐˜‰๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜บ ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ช๐˜ต ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜”๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ž๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ž๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ. ๐˜ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข ๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ-๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜—๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต, ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ข ๐˜‰๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ถ๐˜น ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ’๐˜ต ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต. ๐˜“๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ฃ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ ๐˜๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ, ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜”๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ฅ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜Œ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ต. ๐˜๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜”๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ž๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ž๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ, ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ข ๐˜ท๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ต, ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜น, ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜บ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ถ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ง๐˜ข๐˜ณ ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ.”

The Synopsis

A dazzling new collection of short stories—the first major new work of fiction from the beloved, internationally acclaimed, Haruki Murakami since his #1 best-selling Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage.

Across seven tales, Haruki Murakami brings his powers of observation to bear on the lives of men who, in their own ways, find themselves alone. Here are vanishing cats and smoky bars, lonely hearts and mysterious women, baseball and the Beatles, woven together to tell stories that speak to us all.

Marked by the same wry humor that has defined his entire body of work, in this collection Murakami has crafted another contemporary classic.

Title: Men Without Women
Author: Haruki Murakami
Publication Date: April 18, 2014
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

─── .・。.・゜✭・.・✫・゜・。. ─── 

 What is your current reading?

Reading has always been one of my favourite hobbies. Not everyone can afford to go to many places, but with reading it takes you on wondrous escapism to everywhere; back to the past, to the future, to the wizardry realms and even the world full of knowledge (and ahem a world with the hottest dude). Reading is definitely a legal sorcery everyone can do.

diary of a void review

“It doesn't need to be a big lie—just big enough for one person. And if I can hold on to that lie inside my heart, if I can keep repeating it to myself, it might lead me somewhere. Somewhere else, somewhere different. If I can do that, maybe I'll change a little, and maybe the world will, too.”

Penipuan yang memakan diri. Her declaration open a new world to her — the world of motherhood filled with loneliness. She wanted to save herself, wanted to be treated better by the company and colleagues at her workplace but in the end she got lost in her own deception. This book is about Shibata — a woman in her thirties yang dah menyampah dilayan kedak ‘bibik’ oleh colleague lelaki nya di opis. Nya dah fedup disuruh polah kopi, kemas pantry, buang sampah polah ya polah tok etc yang bukan kerja nya pun. She finally had enough bila ada one of her colleague merokok dekat nya and she decides to make a statement saying that she’s pregnant. But she’s not! But everyone simply believe it. 

The lies she's been fed to her colleagues has put her in such a good yet difficult situation at the same time. She’s getting into delulu/confusing state when she is now expecting the real baby in her tummy. Siap pergi real medical checkup lagik. Bergaruk palak juak aku how comeee? Doktor pun aok2 ajak aihh.

The fake pregnancy of Shibata unfold the new experience for her. Things getting harder and Shibata appeared unwell and mentally wrecked. From being a  lonely woman who is looking for a way out of her mundane life due to long working hours, she is now becoming the lonely pregnant woman that has to go through things alone. This part is sedih sebenarnya. The author kinda exposing the sad truth behind the journey of expecting mother yang buat semua benda sorang2 — terpaksa go through the pregnancy process tanpa suami disisi — sik kesahlah atas sebab kerja hakiki mahupun sebab lelaki ya siktauk erti ataupun tiba-tiba pregnant macam Shibata tok ๐Ÿ˜…

Such luxury, such loneliness. She begins to believe her own lie and she has to face the consequences. This book is weirdly interesting. It touches on many relatable things in life. Setiap apa yang kita polah pasti ada kesannya. Jadi fikirlah sebaik-baiknya sebelum buat sesuatu. 

The Synopsis

When thirty-four-year-old Ms. Shibata gets a new job in Tokyo to escape sexual harassment at her old one, she finds that, as the only woman at her new workplace--a company that manufactures cardboard tubes--she is expected to do all the menial tasks. One day she announces that she can't clear away her colleagues' dirty cups--because she's pregnant and the smell nauseates her. The only thing is . . . Ms. Shibata is not pregnant.

Pregnant Ms. Shibata doesn't have to serve coffee to anyone. Pregnant Ms. Shibata isn't forced to work overtime. Pregnant Ms. Shibata rests, watches TV, takes long baths, and even joins an aerobics class for expectant mothers. But pregnant Ms. Shibata also has a nine-month ruse to keep up. Helped along by towel-stuffed shirts and a diary app on which she can log every stage of her "pregnancy," she feels prepared to play the game for the long haul. Before long, though, the hoax becomes all-absorbing, and the boundary between her lie and her life begins to dissolve.

A surreal and wryly humorous cultural critique, Diary of a Void is bound to become a landmark in feminist world literature.

Title: Diary of A Void 
Author: Emi Yagi
Publication Date: January 1, 2020
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

─── .・。.・゜✭・.・✫・゜・。. ─── 

 What is your current reading?

18 February 2024

the woman before me

It’s sad but crazy at the same time or should I say it’s crazy but sad?

I just finished this book in one sitting yeay. It is The Woman Before Me by Natalia Aivy Dibit. Rasanya macam first time baca novel melayu yang genre psycho-thriller. Gotta say the lovey dovey part is a bit cringey padahal dialogue biasa jak pun. Tak biasa letteww.

But heres my honest review. I love the plot of the story. Intrigued enough and buat i keep on wanting to read the next page. Mok gilak tauk apa sebenarnya yang terjadi in that big house and with all the people especially to Tracy. Baca punya baca ternyata the truth is quite shocking. Like i did not expect any of it kecuali part main female character. Sampai begitu sekali penangannyaa.. Mary pulak menyakitkan hati bikin geram but ada few scenes quite funny, like eh whats this lady punya masalah eh? Oh rupa-rupanya ada sesuatu disebalik ke-annoying-an-nya. Actually ada few more scenes that will make you go “eh wait what?”, “jap jap what actually happened?”, “eh bodohnya perempuan tok..”.

I didnt read the synopsis jadi my brain work a little harder berfikir ‘why and how’ all the way through the book. I have no idea buku tok pasal apa but just a bit crumb ‘basah ketiak tunggu next part’ dari posting penulis. My curiosity rising at its best and i do love penulisan yang macam tok. It takes me on a rollercoaster of emotions. It’s sad but crazy at the same time or should i say its crazy but sad? Demi keinginan ada jak manusia yang sanggup buat benda yang sik sepatutnya. 

Overall, I enjoy reading the book! First sebab sik membosankan. Once you read terus rasa mok habiskan terus jak. Tak menyabar betolll. Second sebab psycho-thriller is one of my fav book genre.

─── .・。.・゜✭・.・✫・゜・。. ─── 

What is your current reading?

26 November 2023

Reading has always been one of my favourite hobbies. Not everyone can afford to go to many places, but with reading it takes you on wondrous escapism to everywhere; back to the past, to the future, to the wizardry realms and even the world full of knowledge (and ahem a world with the hottest dude). Reading is definitely a legal sorcery everyone can do.

ruthless knight

"You think love is perfect? Like one of those fairytales?" He shakes his head. 

"Hell no. Love is hard…difficult. It’s dealing with someone’s shit day in and day out but never giving up on them because your heart won’t let you. It’s having a million reasons to leave them…but always having one good reason to stay."

Ruthless Knight by Ashley Jade Review

Here comes my honest review of the Ruthless Knight by Ashley Jade. I really enjoy this book. It takes me on a roller coaster of feelings as sometimes it's funny that it makes me laugh, it's sad that it makes me wanna cry along, and it's kinda annoying making me feel like throwing my Kindle away. There is pretty much going on, but I am 98% trapped in the love bubble between Cole and Sawyer. Damn, their love story is so intensely heart-wrenching yet beautiful at the same time. 

Being the hottest dude in the RHA (Royal Heart Academy), Cole Covington ends up being in love with the fat-ass Sawyer Grace. I'm obsessed cause the possibility for this to happen in real life is only 5%. Hell yeah, Ashley Jade knows what kind of 'dreams and imagination' do we need. I won't describe the characters in detail but here's the clue: it's the grumpy vs the sunshine. Just like a typical enemy-to-lover love story that's how their journey begins. Except that it's uniquely intense on its own.

Cole and Sawyer are literally two broken souls seeking real love. From hating each other to liking each other, the banter between them is adorable even though it may be slightly harsh. Cole is carrying a dark history on his shoulder while Sawyer is struggling to deal with her body. They both have their own problem as if the world is about to crumble and everything changes when they start sharing feelings. How would I describe it? There might be a rainbow of happiness, but a storm is still coming upon them. What I love most about things happening in the book is I absolutely love how supportive and thoughtful are the people around Cole and Sawyer. Jace and Bianca are Cole's lifeline while Oakley and Dylan are Sawyer's. Being the siblings and the best friends, they never leave them alone. I would say they are the champs in the entire book despite their traits are actually, you know, somewhat a toxic person but the author still gives everyone a chance to shine.

As for the book itself, the topics revolving around it are relevant enough and are what we deal with in everyday life. Body shaming, suicide, dealing with toxic parents and all kinds of mental-destructing issues are happening in reality, and some of us surely are struggling with all those. Ashley Jade brought it to the table, unfolded every bit and piece of it but tackled it in a good way. There are lessons to be learned, words to be pondered and everything that makes us feel better again. 

I encouraged whoever stumbled upon this review to read the book. Trust me you won't regret especially the lovey-dovey scene between Cole and Sawyer tehee!

The Synopsis

Welcome to their kingdom...

Cole Covington is the most popular heartbreaker at school.

Every guy wants to be him and every girl wants to screw him.

Except me.

His devastatingly good looks, golden arm, and flirty smiles don't do it for me anymore...because I know what's lurking underneath the star quarterback's gorgeous armor.

At least I thought I did.

Sometimes the most beautiful people...hide the ugliest truths.

And sometimes the only way to save someone...

is to walk beside them through hell.

Sawyer Church is the bible-thumping nerd of Royal Hearts Academy.

Girls pick on her and guys don't notice her.

Except me.

Sweet, curvy, and sarcastic, she's impossible to ignore.

No matter how much I try.

Everyone at school has her pegged as the chubby, Jesus loving geek, but unlike them—Sawyer's real and never pretends to be someone she's not.

Until I ask her to be my fake girlfriend.

Sometimes the most beautiful souls...hide the greatest pain.

And sometimes the only way to save someone...

is to fight for them.

Title: Ruthless Knight (Royal Heart Academy #2)

Author: Ashley Jade

Publication Date: January 23, 2020

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

─── .・。.・゜✭・.・✫・゜・。. ─── 

What is your current reading?

24 April 2023

six of crows review

What's the easiest way to steal a man's wallet?" "Knife to the throat?" asked Inej. "Gun to the back?" said Jesper. "Poison in his cup?" suggested Nina. "You're all horrible," said Matthias.

I really really love this squad. I love them so so much! They are a bunch of miserable people with powerful skills that are super effective in their own way. I know this book supposed to be dangerous but they are super duper coooool! Before I rant about all my favourite things in details, let me tell you about what this book is about. Well, it's obviously about six misfits going on a deadly heist with a promising lavish lifestyle after that. They are Kaz -- the leader, Inej the Wraith, Nina, Matthias, Jesper and Wylan. They are going to break into the most insanely dangerous prison! I never felt so nervous about reading a book before. But this one completely got my sanity lost intact. Leigh Bardugo created such an epic scene and the world set up is fantastic despite the dark and moody vibes. Don't expect a rainbow in this book cause it's full of crap and criminals and treacherous thingy, but still, there's an irresistible romance and precious moments as well.

First of all, I am so amazed about how Leigh build the Ice Court, the safety protocol, the design of the place etc. Like what and how did she get an idea to do the setting? When Kaz and his crew are planning to enter the Ice Court, I keep on wondering will they succeed? Will everyone gonna be safe? Ain't nobody gonna die? So many thoughts for it cause hell, I'm not ready to mourn for any of them. Thus why I cannot wait to turn the pages quickly. I need to know what will happen and silently wishing for their safety. I know it sounds crazy but I did that. When the time has come, when they have reached their destination, I couldn't stay still, as you know, wondering if everything's gonna be okay or vice versa. It's so intense to the point you wanna skip to the last page haha but please don't do it cause you will miss the essence of this book.

What makes this book so interesting is the characters. I'm sorry but favouritism has no place in this book. I love them equally because each one of them is so precious, yeah, despite the fact that they are of rebellious and mischievous. Be it the revengeful Kaz, or the miserable Inej, or Nina the betrayer, I still couldn't choose. But at the beginning, I am so pissed off with Matthias actually. He is such a pain the ass. He annoyingly hates Nina though it's obvious he is so all over her and him never the "adorable" one thus the reason why it hards for me to like him. But surprisingly, there's this one line in the book that automatically makes me like him. It just few minutes before that I was cursing at him lol. As for Jesper and Wylan, the banter between them makes the humorous part of this book. Wylan is such a little munchkin!! I don't know what's going on between them but Jesper always annoyed with Wylan in a cute way. Really cute way!! And honestly, I don't know Jesper is gay until I watch the book review on Youtube. Like did any of that mentioned in the book? Or did I just miss out the character's traits?

Each of the characters has a distinct background. The author has put depths into her people by doing a flashback from the past for them. It's what I appreciate the most. During their journey on the sea, I love how they talk to each other to become closer; between Kaz and Inej, between Nina and Matthias, between Jesper and Wylan. They all take the moment to reveal their deepest secret. And again for the hundred times, I really really really ship their bonding situation. Tell me how can I choose only one of them?! From hatred to accepting each other, just how lovely and precious is that?!

I know my review might be overdramatic but it's what I feel about the book. If you asked me to reread it again, I definitely will with no second thought at all. It gives you numerous feelings; nervous, melancholic, happy, angry and all that. Six of Crows supposed to be an adventurous and brutal read. But to me, the content is so much more than that. About life, love and hate, the choices that we make, the people we choose to be with us and how we're gonna deal with those that await us.

Last but not least, just to let you know, it's okay to read Six of Crows duology if you haven't read the Grishaverse trilogy. This book can stand alone and you won't be confused with the plot. I truly recommend you to read this cause it worth the hype and you will love it. You will love the book, you will love all the characters and the author as well. And I can't wait for the series to start the show on Netflix!

12 April 2022

the story of arthur truluv

I will love you forever in darkness and sun, 

I'll love you past when my whole sweet life is done. — Arthur

I don't remember where did I see this book or what makes me want to read this book. I might found it while scrolling down the bookstagram and got interested in the review made by the person who posted it. The Story of Arthur Truluv -- Upon reading it, I'm wondering what's the story about and what will make me fall in love with this masterpiece? Let's keep on reading to know my thoughts on this book!

The Story of Arthur Truluv is written by Elizabeth Berg, an American novelist who was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA. She is one of the New York Times bestselling author of many novels, including The Year of Pleasures, Say When, The Art of Mending, True To Form and Never Change. Elizabeth Berg also writes non-fiction genre which is Escaping into the Open: The Art of Writing True.


A beautiful, life-affirming novel about a remarkably loving man who creates for himself and others second chances at happiness.

A moving novel about three people who find their way back from loss and loneliness to a different kind of happiness. Arthur, a widow, meets Maddy, a troubled teenage girl who is avoiding school by hiding out at the cemetery, where Arthur goes every day for lunch to have imaginary conversations with his late wife, and think about the lives of others. The two strike up a friendship that draws them out of isolation. Maddy gives Arthur the name Truluv, for his loving and positive responses to every outrageous thing she says or does. With Arthur’s nosy neighbor Lucille, they create a loving and unconventional family, proving that life’s most precious moments are sweeter when shared.

Published Date: July 25,2017 | Publisher: Random House

The Story of Arthur Truluv Review

Truly a beautiful book to read. Upon reading the snippet mentioned on the cover of the book, I keep on wondering what will make me fall in love with the story and the characters. Reading this book feels like cruising over a wonderful journey. No adrenaline rush, less curiosity but more pleasure. I love it! It's about the lost and lonely people who find their way to each other and create a new kind of happiness and hope. Despite the different situations, the age gap, and the personality, it proves that we still can connect with other people, and being kind and understanding is the key to everything. How I wish we could really create this kind of peace and warm place here in the real world. No hatred, no bitter heart, no negativity that stresses you out, only the little blessing we will cherish.

Arthur Moses is an incredibly old man who visits his wife’s grave every day for a chat because he believes she’s still there. Maddy, a broken teenager who lost her mother calls him Truluv for his devotion to his late wife and they eventually become friends. They, as well as Arthur’s nosy lonely neighbor named Lucille, have built an unconventional family together. Not biologically related but fully supportive and caring.

This book is full of sweetness and sentimental values and if you asked me to reread this book, I definitely will. A light book to read in between your fantasy and thriller book. I wish I could ask everyone to read this so we could be kind to each other even though we are all strangers regardless of what we are; black or white, poor or rich, pretty or ugly, and so on. And no matter how hard the world knocks you down, how people disappoint you, or how things don't go the way you want them to be, you could always create your own happiness. Not only twice or thrice but more than you are willing to do to make yourself happy.

Rating: ★★★★★

Isn’t life funny? It could drive you crazy if you thought about it too much. Turn this way and that happens. Turn that way and this happens. — Elizabeth Berg

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