Last month, I had a book haul from The Readers Fest 2018 which held by Gramedia at Kota Tua, Jakarta, but haven’t really got a chance to share my findings here! I also feel devastated because I just found out about this event couple days before they held it, so I don’t really have much preparation. It’s a shame, though, because aside from the incredible book sales, where everything is below IDR 30K (USD 1.98), they also had talk shows for creative writing along with literature and music performance. Sounds awesome, right? Luckily, they will hold the same event next year, so I got another chance!

So, these are my findings! I got 10 books with the total amount of IDR 190K (USD 12.49). Are you jealous of me now? 😜

The Lost City of Z by David Grann

Genre: Adventure, Biography, History, Non-fiction, Travel Release Date: February 24, 2009 Publisher: Gramedia Pustaka Utama Pages: 352 pages ISBN: 9780385513531

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Summary: A grand mystery reaching back centuries. A sensational disappearance that made headlines around the world. A quest for truth that leads to death, madness or disappearance for those who seek to solve it. The Lost City of Z is a blockbuster adventure narrative about what lies beneath the impenetrable jungle canopy of the Amazon.

After stumbling upon a hidden trove of diaries, New Yorker writer David Grann set out to solve “the greatest exploration mystery of the 20th century”: What happened to the British explorer Percy Fawcett & his quest for the Lost City of Z?

In 1925, Fawcett ventured into the Amazon to find an ancient civilization, hoping to make one of the most important discoveries in history. For centuries Europeans believed the world’s largest jungle concealed the glittering kingdom of El Dorado. Thousands had died looking for it, leaving many scientists convinced that the Amazon was truly inimical to humans. But Fawcett, whose daring expeditions inspired Conan Doyle’s The Lost World, had spent years building his scientific case. Captivating the imagination of millions round the globe, Fawcett embarked with his 21-year-old son, determined to prove that this ancient civilisation–which he dubbed Z–existed. Then his expedition vanished. Fawcett’s fate, & the tantalizing clues he left behind about Z, became an obsession for hundreds who followed him into the uncharted wilderness. 

For decades scientists & adventurers have searched for evidence of Fawcett’s party & the lost City of Z. Countless have perished, been captured by tribes or gone mad. As Grann delved ever deeper into the mystery surrounding Fawcett’s quest, & the greater mystery of what lies within the Amazon, he found himself, like the generations who preceded him, being irresistibly drawn into the jungle’s green hell. His quest for the truth & discoveries about Fawcett’s fate & Z form the heart of this complexly enthralling narrative. 

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Little Men by Louisa May Alcott

Genre: Classic, Fiction, Young Adult Release Date: November 19, 2015 (Or.1871) Publisher: Gramedia Pustaka Utama Pages: 432 pages ISBN: 9786020322735

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Summary: Did you ever wonder what happened to Jo March from Little Women? She grew up, of course, and followed her dream to become a writer. In addition, she opened a school, home to her two children and twelve other boys. There’s accident-prone Tommy, bookish Demi, and greedy Stuffy. Into this large, unusual family arrives Nat – a skinny, nervous orphan boy with no schooling, just a fearless talent for the violin. Amid all the scrapes and japes of twelve rambunctious boys, can little Nat find his place at Plumfield?

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Victor Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Genre: Classic, Fiction, Horror, Science Fiction Release Date: Or.1818 Publisher: Gramedia Pustaka Utama Pages: 288 pages ISBN: 9780143131847

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Summary: Mary Shelley began writing Frankenstein when she was only eighteen. At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but; upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature’s hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein.

Frankenstein, an instant bestseller and an important ancestor of both the horror and science fiction genres, not only tells a terrifying story, but also raises profound, disturbing questions about the very nature of life and the place of humankind within the cosmos: What does it mean to be human? What responsibilities do we have to each other? How far can we go in tampering with Nature? In our age, filled with news of organ donation genetic engineering, and bio-terrorism, these questions are more relevant than ever.

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The Nearest Exit by Olen Steinhauer

Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller Release Date: December 10, 2015 Publisher: Gramedia Pustaka Utama Pages: 552 pages ISBN: 9786020321356

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Summary: Now faced with the end of his quiet, settled life, reluctant spy Milo Weaver has no choice but to turn back to his old job as a “tourist.” Before he can get back to the CIA’s dirty work, he has to prove his loyalty to his new bosses, who know little of Milo’s background and less about who is really pulling the strings in the government above the Department of Tourism—or in the outside world, which is beginning to believe the legend of its existence. Milo is suddenly in a dangerous position, between right and wrong, between powerful self-interested men, between patriots and traitors—especially as a man who has nothing left to lose.

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The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers by Lynn Weingarten

Genre: Contemporary, Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult Release Date: January 26, 2015 Publisher: Bhuana Sastra Pages: 388 pages ISBN: 9786022498612

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Summary: If there’s an upside to having your heart broken, it’s this: A broken heart makes you brave.

The first day of sophomore year doesn’t go the way Lucy planned. After a summer apart from her boyfriend, she’s ready to greet him with a special surprise and instead gets a shocking one in return: He’s breaking up with her. Beyond devestated, Lucy has no idea how she’s going to make it through homeroom, let alone the rest of her life.

Enter three stunning girls with the unnatural ability to attract boys and an offer Lucy can’t refuse: They can heal her heart in an instant. And then she’ll be one of them – a member of a sisterhood that is impervious to heartbreak and has access to magic distilled from the tears of brokenhearted boys. But to gain their power, Lucy must get a guy to fall in love with her the old-fashioned way, and then break his heart in the next seven days.

While the sisterhood may need another Heartbreaker, Lucy’s only desire is to get her ex back. But how far is she willing to go, and who is she willing to cross to get what she wants?

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Confession of A Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

Genre: Adult Fiction, Chicklit, Romance Release Date: 2004 Publisher: Gramedia Pustaka Utama Pages: 472 pages ISBN: 9792202366

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Summary: Becky Bloomwood has a fabulous flat in London’s trendiest neighborhood, a troupe of glamorous socialite friends, and a closet brimming with the season’s must-haves. The only trouble is, she can’t actually afford it—not any of it. Her job writing at Successful Saving magazine not only bores her to tears, it doesn’t pay much at all. And lately Becky’s been chased by dismal letters from the bank—letters with large red sums she can’t bear to read. She tries cutting back. But none of her efforts succeeds. Her only consolation is to buy herself something . . . just a little something. Finally a story arises that Becky actually cares about, and her front-page article catalyzes a chain of events that will transform her life—and the lives of those around her—forever.

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Shopaholic Abroad by Sophie Kinsella

Genre: Adult Fiction, Chicklit, Romance Release Date: 2004 Publisher: Gramedia Pustaka Utama Pages: 387 pages ISBN: 9792203222

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Summary: The irresistible heroine of Confessions of a Shopaholic and Shopaholic Ties the Knot is back! And this time Becky Bloomwood and her credit cards are headed across the Atlantic….

With her shopping excesses (somewhat) in check and her career as a TV financial guru thriving, Becky’s biggest problem seems to be tearing her entrepreneur boyfriend, Luke, away from work for a romantic country weekend. And worse, figuring out how to pack light. But packing takes on a whole new meaning when Luke announces he’s moving to New York for business–and he asks Becky to go with him! Before you can say “Prada sample sale,” Becky has landed in the Big Apple, home of Park Avenue penthouses and luxury boutiques. 

Surely it’s only a matter of time until she becomes an American TV celebrity, and she and Luke are the toast of Gotham society. Nothing can stand in their way, especially with Becky’s bills miles away in London. But then an unexpected disaster threatens her career prospects, her relationship with Luke, and her available credit line! Shopaholic Takes Manhattan–but will she have to return it?

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Shopaholic Ties the Knot by Sophie Kinsella

Genre: Adult Fiction, Chicklit, Romance Release Date: 2004 Publisher: Gramedia Pustaka Utama Pages: 576 pages ISBN: 9792206604

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Summary: Life has been good for Becky Bloomwood: She’s become the best personal shopper at Barneys, she and her successful entrepreneurial boyfriend, Luke, are living happily in Manhattan’s West Village, and her new next-door neighbor is a fashion designer! But with her best friend, Suze, engaged, how can Becky fail to notice that her own ring finger is bare? Not that she’s been thinking of marriage (or diamonds) or anything . . . Then Luke proposes! Bridal registries dance in Becky’s head. Problem is, two other people are planning her wedding: Becky’s overjoyed mother has been waiting forever to host a backyard wedding, with the bride resplendent in Mum’s frilly old gown. While Luke’s high-society mother is insisting on a glamorous, all-expenses-paid affair at the Plaza. Both weddings for the same day. And Becky can’t seem to turn down either one. Can everyone’s favorite shopaholic tie the knot before everything unravels?

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Shopaholic and Sister by Sophie Kinsella

Genre: Adult Fiction, Chicklit, Romance Release Date: 2005 Publisher: Gramedia Pustaka Utama Pages: 496 pages ISBN: 9792213716

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Summary: Irresistible, one-woman shopping phenomenon Becky Bloomwood is back in this hilarious, heartwarming, New York Times bestselling tale of married life, best friends, and long-lost sisters (and the perils of simply having to own an Angel handbag!).

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Keterasingan by Priska Siagian

Genre: Young Adult Release Date: October 27, 2014 Publisher: Gramedia Widya Sarana Indonesia Pages: 256 pages ISBN: 9786022517221

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Summary: Apa kau yakin tubuhmu adalah milikmu? Apakah kau yakin betul kalau kedua tangan dengan sepuluh jari jemarinya adalah kepunyaanmu? Dan apakah kau benar-benar menyakini kalau kedua kakimu adalah kepunyaanmu? Aku, aku tidak!

Ya aku tidak yakin tubuh ini milikku. Khususnya kaki kananku, dia bukanlah milikku. Lebih spesifik lagi, 7 sentimeter di bawah dengkul kananku, ITU BUKANLAH MILIKKU!

Setiap pagi aku mengutuki diriku. Aku mengutuki diri yang menjadi pencuri kaki. Setiap langkah kaki yang aku buat adalah langkah penolakan. Aku tidak pernah merasa menyatu dengan kaki kanan ini. Tidak seperti kaki kiri yang setiap kali ia melangkah, aku tahu bahwa itu atas perintahku. Kami bekerja sama untuk menjejakkan kaki ditahan. Tapi kaki kanan ini… ia seolah menempel tanpa mengetahui tubuh siapa yang ia tempati.

Karena itu aku harus mengamputasinya. Dan kali ini aku harus benar-benar berhasil memutusnya dari kaki kananku. Demi menghapus cap Sang Pencuri Kaki di jidatku!

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So, those are everything that I got! I’m really upset that I can’t get my hands on all the books in Shopaholic series, though, because there’s so many different cover and edition out there and I just really want to collect the same ones! Now, the hunt begins!

Now, my questions are:

  • Have you read any of these books?
  • If so, what do you think about them?

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    1. I haven’t finished the series but I used to read her books multiple times during high school! And now I’m determined to finished the whole series lol

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