[Review] Selection Days - Aravind Adiga

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Title of Book: Selection Day
Author: Aravind Adiga
Publisher: Scribner
Publication Year: 2017
Language: English
Format: ARC
Pages: 215

From Aravind Adiga, the bestselling, Booker Prize­–winning author of The White Tiger, a dazzling new novel about two brothers in a Mumbai slum who are raised by their obsessive father to become cricket stars, and whose coming of age threatens their relationship, future, and sense of themselves.
Manjunath Kumar is fourteen and living in a slum in Mumbai. He knows he is good at cricket—if not as good as his older brother, Radha. He knows that he fears and resents his domineering and cricket-obsessed father, admires his brilliantly talented sibling, and is fascinated by curious scientific facts and the world of CSI. But there are many things, about himself and about the world, that he doesn’t know. Sometimes it even seems as though everyone has a clear idea of who Manju should be, except Manju himself. When Manju meets Radha’s great rival, a mysterious Muslim boy privileged and confident in all the ways Manju is not, everything in Manju’s world begins to change, and he is faced by decisions that will challenge his understanding of it, as well as his own self.
Filled with unforgettable characters from across India’s social strata—the old scout everyone calls Tommy Sir; Anand Mehta, the big-dreaming investor; Sofia, a wealthy, beautiful girl and the boys’ biggest fan—this book combines the best of The Art of Fielding and Slumdog Millionaire for a compulsive, moving story of adolescence and ambition, fathers, sons, and brothers. Selection Day is Adiga’s most absorbing, big-hearted novel to date, and proves why “with his gripping, amusing glimpse into the contradictions and perils of modern India, Aravind Adiga has cemented his reputation as the preeminent chronicler of his country’s messy present” (Newsweek).

Thanks to the publisher for providing me a copy of this ARC via Netgalley.

February 2017 Wrap-Up & Favorites

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 February Wrap-Up & Favorites

Hello! It’s March! I’m trying to be positive here even though I didn’t read much on February. It sucks, but that’s fine. At least the books that I did read didn’t disappoint me. So, that’s a plus. Without further ado, here’s the books that I read in February.

[Review] George - Alex Gino

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Title of Book: George
Author: Alex Gino
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Year: 2015
Language: English
Format: Hardback
Pages: 215

When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she's not a boy. She knows she's a girl.
George thinks she'll have to keep this a secret for ever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte's Web. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can't even try out for the part... because she's a boy.
With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte - but so everyone can see who she truly is.

Top 5 Favorite Non-Written Novels

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Hi! Hello! Finally, I'm back with bookish list! It's been quite a while since I write this kind of post, hasn't it. As usual, this post is a part of Top Five Wednesday, which is a weekly feature created by Lainey from Gingerreadslainey but now is hosted by Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes. More information about T5W is provided at its Goodreads group page. This week's topic is favorite non-written novels, which means what books that are not in the usual written word format that are your favorite. This could include mangas, graphic novels, audiobooks, and so on. Does my explanation make sense? I hope it does. If you've been following this blog for a while, you'll notice that I love reading mangas and lately I've been into graphic novels and superhero comics too. You'll see that this list reflects that.

[Review] Mata Hari - Paulo Coelho

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Title of Book: Mata Hari
Author: Paulo Coelho
Publisher: Gramedia Pustaka Utama
Publication Year: 2016
Language: Bahasa Indonesia
Format: paperback
Pages: 192

Dalam novel terbarunya ini, Paulo Coelho, penulis buku terlaris Sang Alkemis, menghidupkan kembali cerita tentang salah satu wanita paling misterius dalam sejarah: Mata Hari.
Ketika tiba di Paris, Mata Hari tidak memiliki uang sepeser pun, tetapi dalam beberapa bulan saja dia telah menjadi wanita paling terkenal di kota itu. Sebagai penari, dia membuat para penontonnya syok dan berdebar-debar; sebagai wanita penghibur, daya tariknya membius pria-pria paling kaya dan berkuasa pada zaman itu.
Tetapi ketika perang melanda, paranoia menyelimuti seantero negeri. Gaya hidup Mata Hari membuat dia dicurigai. Pada tahun 1917, dia ditangkap di kamar hotelnya di Champs Elysees dan dituduh melakukan kegiatan mata-mata.
Disampaikan dalam suara Mata Hari melalui surat terakhirnya, novel Mata Hari merupakan kisah tak terlupakan tentang wanita yang berani melawan arus pada zamannya dan mesti membayar mahal untuk semua itu.