Category Archives: Books

Adult Coloring Book

First of all… yes, I’m at home. And yes, I’m procrastinating. I’m so sorry, dear work, research, and… similar stuff :(.

How am I procrastinating –besides writing a blog post, of course–? The answer is… coloring!

A friend *hi, Jen!* introduces me to this new addictive activity. It was addictive when I was a child, but then I moved on to drawing and painting, the more ‘grown-up’ stuff :p. The problem with drawing or painting is that sketching takes quite some time. Most of the time I abandoned my drawing project in the middle of the sketching stage.

I actually knew about the hype of coloring book for adults quite some time ago. I was like, “Awesome!” but didn’t really do anything about it. Just recently, my friend was really excited when she saw a huge collection of this kind of books in Kinokuniya, a bookstore, in Singapore. Hence, I was too :). I bought some and brought them back to home, introduced them to my family. Now they are also addicted :D.

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Books: 4-Hour Workweek

picture is taken from here

I have to confess.. I don’t read non-fiction books, except for –of course– books for the courses that I attend. Those books about self-help or self improvement or time management never attract me. Well, I read Chicken Soup for the Soul a long long time ago, perhaps they could be considered as non-fiction? Oh, and I also did read these books as a child, did you? Or Seri Tokoh Dunia? :).

Anyway, I stumbled upon this book, titled The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Tim Ferriss. Not a recent book, published 6 years ago, so maybe you knew and read it already. The only reason why I read it was because.. that is the only book in English among those German books that I found during my last vacation ;). However, it turns out that the book is quite interesting, the author is pretty skillful in writing the methods he proposes not in the boring way.

I haven’t finished the book, but I really like the last 2 chapters that I read: The End of Time Management and The Low-Information Diet. Both of them are about how to increase productivity, something that I really need right now.

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Hobi Yang Terlupakan

Masih ingat tradisi zaman dahulu kala? Zaman saya SD tepatnya, yaitu… tradisi tukar-menukar diary lucu, untuk diisi dengan biodata ^^. Sekarang sudah ga zaman lah ya, dengan begitu banyaknya social media. Sejak dulu itu saya selalu menulis “membaca” sebagai hobi, dan “paramitha rusadi” sebagai artis favorit :)).

Sayangnya sekarang hobi yang satu itu terlupakan, digantikan oleh “menonton”, “browsing internet, “membaca komik online”, dan “blogging/blogwalking”. Well, sebenarnya sih semua melibatkan aktivitas membaca yaa, menonton kan kadang harus membaca subtitle juga ;p. Tapi “membaca” yang saya maksud sebagai ‘hobi yang terlupakan’ di sini adalah ketika objeknya berwujud buku, fisik, bukan dalam bentuk kode biner. Dan tentu saja fiksi ;p.

Sepertinya sejak saya dulu ngantor itu deh, jadi jarang *buanget* ke toko buku. Dan keinginan beli buku pun menghilang begitu saja. Paling kalau pas pulang ke rumah dan nemu novel dan komik yang dibeli si adek atau bude, baru deh diboyong ke kosan untuk dibaca ketika ada waktu luang, plus niat membaca *yang amat sangat jarang terjadi*.

Selama di sini, saya baru beli satu novel: Ken Follett – The Pillars of The Earth, yang tebalnya naudzubillah. Maksudnya buat nemenin jalan-jalan, sengaja beli yang tebal biar ga habis-habis gitu. Kadang kalau lagi di jalan, kalau sudah bosan tidur atau foto-foto, satu-satunya hiburan ya ini. Ga mungkin bawa laptop kan, atau bacaan tugas kuliah *hoekk*, dan hape offline karena ga dapat sinyal. Kecuali kalau ada wifi tentunya, hohoho *teteuuup*.

Waktu jalan-jalan kemarin, sempat mampir ke toko buku, demi mencari buku percakapan praktis bahasa Italia. Dan tiba-tiba saya melihat novel bahasa Inggris, Artemis Fowl! Huwaaa, langsung deh teringat kalau dulu waktu kuliah sempat koleksi. Baru baca sampai buku keempat, padahal ceritanya sudah sampai buku ketujuh. Jadi pengen beli *di Nancy novel bahasa Inggrisnya cuma seuprit sih -_-*, tapi karena ingat koper bisa-bisa jebol, batal deh. Beli online saja.

Terus jadi ingat, ya ampun, belum sempat baca Brisingr, cerita terakhir triloginya Eragon. Lalu, gimana ya nasib si Torak, dari Chronicles of Ancient Darkness, baru baca tiga dari enam judul. Semangat hobi yang terlupakan itupun jadi membara lagi *tsahhh*. Habis, saya penasaran dengan aksi si jenius Artemis Fowl ^^.

Jadi… mari membaca! Karena buku adalah jendela dunia…

Oh, btw, ada rekomendasi judul novel yang menarik? ;p Sudah lama ga update nih…