Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Books Read in 2018

Another new year. Cepat sekali ya. Tahu-tahu saya sudah harus bikin daftar buku yang dibaca tahun 2018. Wow!

Oh, ya. Happy New Year 2019! Semoga tahun baru ini akan lebih baik lagi bagi semua orang. Amin!

Tahun 2018 adalah tahun di mana saya lagi gila-gilanya baca buku bergenre fantasi. Sebenarnya sih dari tahun-tahun sebelumnya juga sudah kelihatan kalau saya akhirnya menemukan bahwa fantasi adalah genre favorit saya. Tapi tahun 2018 jauh lebih kelihatan lagi.

Jadi, berikut adalah daftar buku yang dibaca tahun 2018, dikelompokkan ke dalam genre masing-masing.

A.   Young Adult Science Fiction & Fantasy
1.    Unite Me (Shatter Me #1.5, #2.5) - Tahereh Mafi
2.    The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy #2) - Marie Rutkoski
3.    The Winner's Kiss (The Winner's Trilogy #3) - Marie Rutkoski
4.    Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) - Amy Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
5.    This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1) - Victoria Schwab
6.    Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2) - Victoria Schwab
7.    The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) - Maggie Stiefvater
8.    Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms #1) - Morgan Rhodes
9.    The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds #1) - Alexandra Bracken
10.  Never Fade (The Darkerst Minds #2) - Alexandra Bracken
11.  War Storm (Red Queen #4) - Victoria Aveyard
12.  Smoke in the Sun (Flame in the Mist #2) - Renee Ahdieh
13.  The Assassin's Blade (Throne of Glass #0.5) - Sarah J. Maas
14.  Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) - Sarah J. Maas
15.  Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) - Sarah J. Maas
16.  Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6) - Sarah J. Maas
17.  The Siren - Kiera Cass
18.  End of Days (Penryn & The End of Days #3) - Susan Ee
19.  Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) - Cassandra Clare
20.  One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns #2) - Kendare Blake
21.  The Fever Code (The Maze Runner #0.6) - James Dashner

B.   Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction
1.    The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling #1) - Erika Johansen
2.    The Invasion of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling #2) - Erika Johansen
3.    The Fate of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling #3) - Erika Johansen
4.    A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic #2) - V.E. Schwab
5.    A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3) - V.E. Schwab
6.    The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1) - N.K. Jemisin
7.    The Obelisk Gate (The Broken Earth #2) - N.K. Jemisin
8.    The Stone Sky (The Broken Earth #3) - N.K. Jemisin
9.    A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) - Sarah J. Maas
10.  A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) - Sarah J. Maas
11.  A Court of Wings and Ruins (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) - Sarah J. Maas
12.  Red Rising (Red Rising Saga #1) - Pierce Brown
13.  Golden Son (Red Rising Saga #2) - Pierce Brown
14.  Morning Star (Red Rising Saga #3) - Pierce Brown
15.  The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) - Brandon Sanderson
16.  The Well of Ascension (Mistborn #2) - Brandon Sanderson
17.  The Hero of Ages (Mistborn #3) - Brandon Sanderson
18.  Vicious (Villains #1) - V.E. Schwab
19.  Elantris - Brandon Sanderson
20.  Warbreaker - Brandon Sanderson

C.   Teenlit and Young Adult
1.    Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda - Becky Albertalli
2.    The Hate You Give - Angie Thomas
3.    See You at Harry's - Jo Knowles
4.    Eliza and Her Monsters - Francesca Zappia
5.    I'll Give You the Sun - Jandy Nelson
6.    The Sun is Also A Star - Nicola Yoon
7.    Geekerella (Starfield #1) - Ashley Poshton
8.    Forgotten - Nay Sharaya
9.    One Little Thing Called Hope - Winna Efendi

D.   Historical Fiction
1.    A House Divided (House of Earth #3) - Pearl S. Buck
2.    The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah
3.    The Light Between Oceans - M.L. Stedman

E.   Historical Romance
1.    Almost Heaven (Sequels #3) - Judith McNaught
2.    Cold-Hearted Rake (The Ravenels #1) - Lisa Kleypas
3.    Marrying Winterborne (The Ravenels #2) - Lisa Kleypas

F.   Contemporary Romance
1.   Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians #1) - Kevin Kwan
2.   All the Ugly and Wonderful Things - Bryn Greenwood
3.   PS, I Love You - Cecelia Ahern

G.  Nonfiction
1.   Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind - Yuval Noah Harari

Hmm... Saya baru sadar kalau fantasi yang saya baca sudah mulai bergeser ke arah yang lebih epik dan ditujukan untuk Adult. Sepertinya umur tidak bisa bohong. Tapi tetap saja Young Adult Fantasy yang paling banyak seperti tahun sebelumnya.

Nah, karena semakin lama kecepatan baca saya makin lambat, saya memasang target hanya 58 buku untuk tahun 2019. Semoga saja berhasil!

Top 10 best books I read in 2018 (not in order):
1.   A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) - Sarah J. Maas - young adult fantasy
2.   Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind - Yuval Noah Harari - nonfiction
3.   The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy #2) - Marie Rutkoski - young adult fantasy
4.   The Winner's Kiss (The Winner's Trilogy #3) - Marie Rutkoski - young adult fantasy
5.   Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) - Cassandra Clare - young adult fantasy
6.   The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) - Brandon Sanderson - epic fantasy
7.   The Well of Ascension (Mistborn #2) - Brandon Sanderson - epic fantasy
8.   The Hero of Ages (Mistborn #3) - Brandon Sanderson - epic fantasy
9.   All the Ugly and Wonderful Things - Bryn Greenwood - contemporary romance
10. Eliza and Her Monsters - Francesca Zappia - young adult

Sunday, 30 December 2018

PS, I Love You

Judul : PS, I Love You
Penulis : Cecelia Ahern
Tebal : 384 halaman
Penerbit : HarperCollins

Holly couldn't live without her husband Gerry, until the day she had to. They were the kind of young couple who could finish each other's sentences. When Gerry succumbs to a terminal illness and dies, 30-year-old Holly is set adrift, unable to pick up the pieces. But with the help of a series of letters her husband left her before he died and a little nudging from an eccentric assortment of family and friends, she learns to laugh, overcome her fears, and discover a world she never knew existed.

Tower of Dawn

Judul : Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6)
Penulis : Sarah J. Maas
Tebal : 660 halaman
Penerbit : Bloomsbury

Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.

His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent's mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.

But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.

Saturday, 29 December 2018

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Judul : Sapiens (A Brief History of Humankind)
Penulis : Yuval Noah Harari
Tebal : 443 halaman
Penerbit : Harvill Secker

100,000 years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens.

How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations and human rights; to trust money, books and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables and consumerism? And what will our world be like in the millennia to come?

In Sapiens, Dr Yuval Noah Harari spans the whole of human history, from the very first humans to walk the earth to the radical – and sometimes devastating – breakthroughs of the Cognitive, Agricultural and Scientific Revolutions. Drawing on insights from biology, anthropology, paleontology and economics, he explores how the currents of history have shaped our human societies, the animals and plants around us, and even our personalities. Have we become happier as history has unfolded? Can we ever free our behaviour from the heritage of our ancestors? And what, if anything, can we do to influence the course of the centuries to come?

Bold, wide-ranging and provocative, Sapiens challenges everything we thought we knew about being human: our thoughts, our actions, our power ... and our future.

The Fever Code

Judul : The Fever Code (The Maze Runner #0.6)
Penulis : James Dashner
Tebal : 384 halaman
Penerbit : Delacorte Press

Once there was a world's end.
The forests burned, the lakes and rivers dried up, and the oceans swelled.
Then came a plague, and fever spread across the globe. Families died, violence reigned, and man killed man.
Next came WICKED, who were looking for an answer. And then they found the perfect boy.
The boy's name was Thomas, and Thomas built a maze.
Now there are secrets.
There are lies.
And there are loyalties history could never have foreseen.
This is the story of that boy, Thomas, and how he built a maze that only he could tear down.
All will be revealed.

Marrying Winterborne

Judul : Marrying Winterborne (The Ravenels #2)
Penulis : Lisa Kleypas
Tebal : 416 halaman
Penerbit : Avon

A ruthless tycoon

Savage ambition has brought common-born Rhys Winterborne vast wealth and success. In business and beyond, Rhys gets exactly what he wants. And from the moment he meets the shy, aristocratic Lady Helen Ravenel, he is determined to possess her. If he must take her virtue to ensure she marries him, so much the better…

A sheltered beauty

Helen has had little contact with the glittering, cynical world of London society. Yet Rhys’s determined seduction awakens an intense mutual passion. Helen’s gentle upbringing belies a stubborn conviction that only she can tame her unruly husband. As Rhys’s enemies conspire against them, Helen must trust him with her darkest secret. The risks are unthinkable… the reward, a lifetime of incomparable bliss. And it all begins with…

Marrying Mr. Winterborne

Empire of Storms

Judul : Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5)
Penulis : Sarah J. Maas
Tebal : 693 halaman
Penerbit : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius as war looms on the horizon. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don't.

With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.