It’s already June, how time flies right? Staying at home really got us all feel like time passes just in a blink of an eye. As you can read from the title, I’m going to share with you my top 5 reads so far in 2021 even though I’ve only read 20 books including children books, poetry, and general fictions. In no chronological order, let’s get into it!
“Kurasa guru yang baik adalah guru yang dapat memacu kecerdasan muridnya. Guru yang lebih baik adalah guru yang dapat menemukan kecerdasan muridnya. Guru terbaik adalah guru yang tak kenal lelah mencari cara agar muridnya mengerti!”
— Andrea Hirata, Guru Aini
Prequel to Orang-Orang Biasa, a book that tackles on a very important issue: education. A book that is close to heart and still relevant until today, and it also applies to the education system in Malaysia. A well written book with thought provoking issues and discussions.
2. My Brilliant Life by Ae-ran Kim
My Brilliant Life is about a boy with progeria syndrome. Another book that is very close to me, a well written piece with how progeria patient dealing with his feelings and his surroundings as well as his family and friends. A book that will definitely touch every heart and soul. Simply stunning!
3. Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo
My very first novel read this year and the story line still lingers in my thought. A book about polygamy, difficulty to have a child and mental health. It’s also about love, family and understanding oneself. Stay With Me, without any doubt, is a worth reading story!
4. TEATIME Around The World by Denyse Waissbluth
I got this illustrated book as a birthday present and I couldn’t be more grateful. This is a book I’m thankful for its existence as I know every child in every corner of the world would say, “That tea is from MY place!” and for that itself, I highly recommend this book as it provides you aesthetically pleasing illustrations, meaningful knowledge and diversity.
5. Orang-Orang Biasa by Andrea Hirata
I’m forever glad that I start reading Hirata’s works with this book. Filled with humour, reality of life and friendship. Nothing can go wrong with this book. The way the 10 friends live their life doing what’s right despite being caught in a very difficult situation is so admirable. A story that you don’t want to miss.
“… Kita ini buka merampok, Dinah! Kita ini melawan ketidakadilan! Tengoklah banyaknya anak-anak pintar miskin yang Tak dipedulikan Pemerintah! Tengoklah jurusan tertentu hanya dapat dimasuki orang-orang kaya! Tengoklah langkanya anak-anak orang miskin jadi dokter. Mendaftar ke fakultas itu saja mereka tak berani. Padahal, kecergasan mereka siap diadu!”
— Andrea Hirata, Orang-Orang Biasa
That’s it for this time around! I hope I’ll be able to post my year-end wrap up on time this year, but we shall see! Until next time.