[Review] Tak Bersalah - John Grisham

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Title of Book: Tak Bersalah (The Innocent Man)
Author: John Grisham
Publisher: Gramedia Pustaka Utama
Publication Year: 2011
Language: Bahasa Indonesia
Translator: Jonathan & Hanna Lesmana
Format: Paperback
Pages: 552



Dalam perekrutan liga besar bisbol pada 1971, Ron Wiliamson pemain yang pertama terpilih dari Negara Bagian Oklahoma. Begitu menandatangani kesepakatan dengan Oakland A, Ron meninggalkan Ada, kampung halamannya, untuk mengejar impiannya, kemenangan liga besar.
Enam tahun kemudian ia kembali, impiannya buyar karena cedera pada lengan dan kebiasaan buruknya––mabuk, narkoba, dan wanita. Ia mulai menunjukkan tanda-tanda sakit jiwa. Karena tak mampu bekerja, ia pindah tinggal bersama ibunya dan tidur sepanjang hari di sofa.
Pada 1982, Debra Sue Carter, 21 tahun, bekerja di bar di Ada, diperkosa dan dibunuh. Selama lima tahun berikutnya, polisi tidak dapat mengungkap kejahatan itu. Karena beberapa alasan yang tak pernah jelas, polisi mencurigai Ron Williamson dan temannya Dennis Fritz. Keduanya akhirnya ditangkap pada 1987 dan didakwa melakukan pembunuhan dengan ancaman pidana mati.
Tanpa bukti fisik, kasus itu dibangun berdasarkan omong kosong ilmiah serta kesaksian para pengadu di penjara dan narapidana. Dennis Fritz dinyatakan bersalah dan dijatuhi hukuman penjara seumur hidup. Ron Wiliamson mendapat hukuman mati.
Jika kau percaya bahwa di Amerika orang tak bersalah sampai dinyatakan bersalah, buku ini akan mengejutkanmu. Jika kau percaya hukuman mati, buku ini akan mengusikmu. Jika kau percaya sistem peradilan pidana adil, buku ini akan menyulut kemarahanmu. 


Oy with the Poodles Already! It's a Gilmore Girls Book Tag

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I've just finished watching Bunheads a few days ago. I binge-watched it. I didn't mean to but the show is so engaging that I ended up doing so. Bunheads is created by the one and only Amy Sherman-Palladino. She is also the one who created Gilmore Girls. See, I love Gilmore Girls. Though I watched it 15 years after it's first aired, that's okay. Better late than never, right? because the show is soooo good. I'm obsessed with it. I like the whole fast talking and pop culture references. Not to mention that Rory, one of the main characters, is an avid reader. I was so hungover with the show I tried to find out more about Amy Sherman-Palladino. That's how I discovered Bunheads. I need TV shows which is kind of similar with Gilmore Girls.
Anyway, I'm still obsessed with Gilmore Girls (and Bunheads, btw). Sometimes I even re-watched a few episodes now and then. I was so excited when I got the news that Netflix is going to revive Gilmore Girls. So, in honor of the revival I'm doing the Gilmore Girls Book Tag. This book tag is created by Pucksandpaperbacks. This tag is basically associating Gilmore Girls characters with books. Let's get started!

[Review] Yes Please - Amy Poehler

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Title of Book: Yes Please
Author: Amy Poehler
Publisher: Picador
Publication Year: 2014
Language: English
Format: Hardback
Pages: 329




In Amy Poehler's highly anticipated first book, Yes Please, she offers up a big juicy stew of personal stories, funny bits on sex and love and friendship and parenthood and real life advice (some useful, some not so much). Powered by Amy's charming and hilarious, biting yet wise voice, Yes Please is a book full of words to live by. 


[Review] Tugas-Tugas Hercules - Agatha Christie

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Title of Book: The Labours of Hercules (Tugas-Tugas Hercules)
Author: Agatha Christie
Publisher: PT Gramedia Pustaka Utama
Publication Year: 2002
Language: Bahasa Indonesia
Translator: Widya Kirana
Format: Paperback
Pages: 446



"Tugas-tugas Hercules" versi modern.
Gagasan itu mengusik keangkuhan Hercule Poirot. Sebelum pensiun dan mengisi waktunya dengan merekayasa sumsum sayuran yang istimewa, dia ingin menyelesaikan dua belas kasus lagi... kasus yang amat terpilih. Masing-masing kasus itu harus merupakan simbol pameran kekuatan otot yang diperagakan pahlawan dalam legenda Yunani Kuno, yaitu Hercules yang perkasa. Tetapi ketika Hercule Poirot yang amat cerdas dan suka kerapian harus menghadapi monster-monster di zaman modern, satu-satunya senjatanya adalah kekuatan otaknya dan kemampuan deduksinya yang luar biasa.


5 Series I Want to Start in 2016

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source. edited by me

It's 2016 already. I must say 2015 probably was not my best reading year. I did read some good books. Some of them are series. I enjoy reading series and I realized that I haven't read many of them. I know a lot of popular series that I'm willing to read for sure and I do want to read more series. Below are my list of series that I prioritize to read in 2016.

[Review] Lost River - David Fulmer

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Title of Book: Lost River
Series: Storyville #4
Author: David Fulmer
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Year: 2009
Language: English
Format: Hardback
Pages: 352



The next heart-pounding chapter in Fulmer’s Storyville series featuring New Orleans detective Valentin St. Cyr Autumn 1913. Valentin St. Cyr has been absent from his Storyville stomping grounds for some months, trying to make it in the straight detective world and make a go of it with his longtime love, Justine. But then a man is found dead in a Storyville brothel.The madam immediately turns to the creole detective for help.He resists, but when several more bodies turn up in Storyville, Valentin can’t help but come to the aid of the place—and the people—he tried to leave behind.
Just when he has the case wrapped around his finger, it turns out Valentin has been played.The police captain thinks he’s meddling and may be guilty of murder.He’s on the run, and Justine has turned her back on him, retaliating with a handsome young fellow in a very sporty car. But is she being lured into a trap too?