Wednesday, 1 January 2020

Books read in 2019

Happy New Year!!!

Tahun kembali berganti dan seperti biasa saya akan mendaftar bacaan yang berhasil saya selesaikan tahun sebelumnya. Rasanya selera saya masih sama. Tetap banyak mengacu ke genre fantasi. Tapi saya merasa cenderung lebih suka yang dark dan kejam. Bahkan saya mulai mencari buku-buku fantasi yang lebih epik dan tebal-tebal.

Daftar buku yang dibaca tahun 2019, dikelompokkan berdasarkan genre.

A.   Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy
1.    Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2) - Cassandra Clare
2.    Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices #3) - Cassandra Clare
3.    The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1) - Mary E. Pearson
4.    The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles #2) - Mary E. Pearson
5.    The Beauty of Darkness (The Remnant Chronicles #3) - Mary E. Pearson
6.    Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1) - Laini Taylor
7.    Muse of Nightmares (Strange the Dreamer #2) - Laini Taylor
8.    Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2) - Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman
9.    Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3) - Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman
10.  Flamecaster (Shattered Realms #1) - Cinda Williams Chima
11.  Shadowcaster (Shattered Realms #2) - Cinda Williams Chima
12.  Stormcaster (Shattered Realms #3) - Cinda Williams Chima
13.  Deathcaster (Shattered Realms #4) - Cinda Williams Chima
14.  The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave #2) - Rick Yancey
15.  The Last Star (The 5th Wave #3) - Rick Yancey
16.  The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns #1) - Rae Carson
17.  The Crown of Embers (Fire and Thorns #2) - Rae Carson
18.  The Bitter Kingdom (Fire and Thorns #3) - Rae Carson
19.  The Throne of Fire (The Kane Chronicles #2) - Rick Riordan
20.  The Serpent Shadows (The Kane Chronicles #3) - Rick Riordan
21.  Rebel Spring (Falling Kingdom #2) - Morgan Rhodes
22.  Gathering Darkness (Falling Kingdom #3) - Morgan Rhodes
23.  Frozen Tides (Falling Kingdom #4) - Morgan Rhodes
24.  Crystal Storm (Falling Kingdom #5) - Morgan Rhodes
25.  Immortal Reign (Falling Kingdom #6) - Morgan Rhodes
26.  Two Dark Reigns (Three Dark Crowns #3) - Kendare Blake
27.  Five Dark Fates (Three Dark Crowns #4) - Kendare Blake
28.  Rebel (Legend #4) - Marie Lu
29.  The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) - Holly Black

B.    Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy
1.    The Alloy of Law (Mistborn #4) - Brandon Sanderson
2.    The Poppy War (The Poppy War #1) - R.F. Kuang
3.    Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass #7) - Sarah J. Maas
4.    The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August - Claire North
5.    The Song of Achilles - Madeline Miller
6.    Spinning Silver - Naomi Novik
7.    The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive #1) - Brandon Sanderson
8.    Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive #2) - Brandon Sanderson
9.    Vengeful (Villains #2) - V.E. Schwab
10.  The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern

C.   Mystery and Suspense
1.    The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle - Stuart Turton
2.    We Were Liars - E. Lockhart
3.    Sadie - Courtney Summers
4.    Size 12 and Ready to Rock (Heather Wells #4) - Meg Cabot
5.    The Bride Wore Size 12 (Heather Wells #5) - Meg Cabot

D.   Contemporary Romance
1.    Up Close and Dangerous - Linda Howard
2.    The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo - Taylor Jenkins Reid
3.    Then & Now: Dulu & Sekarang - Arleen A.
4.    The Girl on Paper - Guillaumo Musso
5.    A Kiss in Time - Alex Flinn
6.    Five Feet Apart - Rachael Lippincott

E.   Historical Romance
1.    The Other Miss Bridgerton (Rokesbys #3) - Julia Quinn
2.    A Knight in Shining Armor (Montgomery/Taggert #13) - Jude Deveraux
3.    Devil in Spring (The Ravenels #3) - Lisa Kleypas
4.    The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie (Mackenzies & McBrides #1) - Jennifer Ashley

F.   Classic and General Fiction
1.    Watership Down - Richard Adams
2.    Homegoing - Yaa Gyasi
3.    The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry - Gabrielle Zevin

Jujur sih, tahun 2019 bukan tahun membaca yang bagus. Apalagi kalau dibandingkan tahun lalu. Mungkin saya hanya lagi banyak pikiran atau memang saya kurang pintar memilih bacaan yang cocok. Tahun 2020 saya akan mengurangi target membaca jadi 53 buku saja. Mulai terasa kecepatan membaca saya berkurang. Saya hampir saja tidak menyelesaikan target. Fiuh!!

Top 10 best books I read in 2019 (not in order):
1.    Homegoing - Yaa Gyasi (historical fiction)
2.   A Knight in Shining Armor - Jude Deveraux (historical romance)
3.   The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo - Taylor Jenkins Reid (historical romance)
4.   The Way of Kings - Brandon Sanderson (epic fantasy)
5.   Muse of Nightmares - Laini Taylor (young adult fantasy)
6.   Stormcaster - Cinda Williams Chima (young adult fantasy)
7.   The Crown of Embers - Rae Carson (young adult fantasy)
8.   Frozen Tides - Morgan Rhodes (young adult fantasy)
9.   Two Dark Reigns - Kendare Blake (young adult fantasy)
10. Words of Radiance - Brandon Sanderson (epic fantasy)

Saturday, 28 December 2019

Up Close and Dangerous


Judul : Up Close and Dangerous
Penulis : Linda Howard
Tebal : 408 halaman
Penerbit : Gramedia Pustaka Utama

Anak tiri Bailey Wingate yang licik dan sudah dewasa terkejut saat mengetahui almarhum ayah mereka menunjuk Bailey sebagai pelaksana surat wasiat dan mengendalikan seluruh warisan sang ayah. Dan sejak saat itu, perseteruan di antara mereka semakin runcing. Satu tahun kemudian, dalam penerbangan menggunakan pesawat kecil, Bailey nyaris tewas ketika mesin pesawat mati—dan pesawat itu jatuh. 

Cam Justice, sang pilot superseksi yang berasal dari Texas, berhasil mendaratkan pesawat tanpa menghancurkannya. Terdampar di tengah alam yang buas, berusaha sekuat tenaga untuk mematikan perasaan yang disimpannya untuk lelaki kasar dan tampan di dekatnya, Bailey mulai bertanya-tanya apakah kecelakaan mengerikan ini sungguh-sungguh merupakan usaha sabotase. 

Tercabut dari dunia, dan dengan sedikit harapan bisa selamat, Bailey harus memercayakan nyawanya—dan hatinya—kepada Cam, sementara mereka menghadapi medan yang tidak bersahabat untuk menemukan jalan keluar menuju peradaban… di mana sang pembunuh menunggu untuk menyelesaikan niat jahatnya. 

The Cruel Prince


Judul : The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1)
Penulis : Holly Black
Tebal : 370 halaman
Penerbit : Hot Key Books

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.


Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie


Judul : The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie (Mackenzies & McBrides #1)
Penulis : Jennifer Ashley
Tebal : 305 halaman
Penerbit: Berkley

The year is 1881. Meet the Mackenzie family--rich, powerful, dangerous, eccentric. A lady couldn't be seen with them without ruin. Rumors surround them--of tragic violence, of their mistresses, of their dark appetites, of scandals that set England and Scotland abuzz.

The youngest brother, Ian, known as the Mad Mackenzie, spent most of his young life in an asylum, and everyone agrees he is decidedly odd. He's also hard and handsome and has a penchant for Ming pottery and beautiful women.

Beth Ackerley, widow, has recently come into a fortune. She has decided that she wants no more drama in her life. She was raised in drama--an alcoholic father who drove them into the workhouse, a frail mother she had to nurse until her death, a fussy old lady she became constant companion to. No, she wants to take her money and find peace, to travel, to learn art, to sit back and fondly remember her brief but happy marriage to her late husband.

And then Ian Mackenzie decides he wants her.

Rebel


Judul : Rebel (Legend #4)
Penulis : Marie Lu
Tebal : 376 halaman
Penerbit : Roaring Brook Press

Respect the Legend. Idolize the Prodigy. Celebrate the Champion. But never underestimate the Rebel.

Eden Wing has been living in his brother’s shadow for years. Even though he’s a top student at his academy in Ross City, Antarctica, and a brilliant inventor, most people know him only as Daniel Wing’s little brother.

A decade ago, Daniel was known as Day, the boy from the streets who led a revolution that saved the Republic of America. But Day is no longer the same young man who was once a national hero. These days he’d rather hide out from the world and leave his past behind. All that matters to him now is keeping Eden safe―even if that also means giving up June, the great love of Daniel’s life.

As the two brothers struggle to accept who they’ve each become since their time in the Republic, a new danger creeps into the distance that’s grown between them. Eden soon finds himself drawn so far into Ross City’s dark side, even his legendary brother can’t save him. At least not on his own . . .

Five Dark Fates


Judul : Five Dark Fates (Three Dark Crowns #4)
Penulis : Kendare Blake
Tebal : 480 halaman
Penerbit : Macmillan Children Books

Three dark sisters rise to fight. Allegiances shift. Bonds break. Secrets surface.

Mirabella has returned to the capital, seemingly under a banner of truce.

Katherine maintains her rule over Fennbirn – for now – but at huge personal cost.

Arsinoe is lost, the responsibility of stopping the ravaging mist heavy on her shoulders.

As oldest and youngest circle each other, and Katharine begins to yearn for the closeness that Mirabella and Arsinoe share, the dead queens hiss caution. They whisper that Mirabella is not to be trusted. But even they are drawn to her power . . .

The fate of the island lies in the hands of its queens.

The epic conclusion to Kendare Blake's bestselling Three Dark Crowns series.

Immortal Reign


Judul : Immortal Reign (Falling Kingdom #6)
Penulis : Morgan Rhodes
Tebal : 400 halaman
Penerbit : Razorbill

As two lethal elemental gods set out to destroy Mytica, sworn enemies must become allies in the final fight to save the kingdoms.

Jonas continues to willfully defy his destiny, but the consequences of plotting his own course are drastic. As the fight for Mytica rages on, he must decide just how much more he's willing to sacrifice.

Lucia knows there's something special about her daughter and she'll do anything to protect her, even if that means facing Kyan alone.

Amara is called back home to Kraeshia. Grandma Cortas has her own plans for Mytica's future. She promises Amara power, revenge, and dominance if she agrees to be part of her scheme.

Magnus and Cleo's love will be put to the ultimate test. Dark magic is causing widespread destruction throughout the kingdom. Enemies across the sea are advancing. And unrest is stirring throughout the land. Is their love strong enough to withstand the outside forces tearing them apart.