[Just a little bit of] my reading history…

Happy world book day everyone 🙂 (Opps… a little bit late)

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So, how is it? How many books you already read this month?
I am the one who believe that you don’t need to be hurry in reading, the most important thing from reading is you can contemplate what the writer wants to deliver. Reading is not a competition, you no need to hurry for that. Read is feed for your brain, and as we do a “right and healthy eating“, we never eat in hurry and we eat from varied sources.
You may love fiction books, but read non-fiction as another “multi-vitamins” for your brain. You may rarely read fiction, but read it sometimes to let your brain relax and have another kind of entertainment, just like us who really love to eat chocolate and ice creams sometimes.

But, well… just like foods, we might also have some books we really don’t like. I don’t like young adult genre just the way I hate banana (yes, I don’t like banana). But, hmmm… I still eat banana in some case. However, not kind of fruits I will buy often. I read young adult and romance genre when they have very unique and special story, but well I rarely choose it by default.

People always ask me why I keep reading books, and spend a lot of money for those. Personally, books are my first friends… along with cats. I don’t have lots of friends since I was kids, and while my family are really love to read, and they gave me books. I sleep with my books and cats. When I am alone, books accompany me, and help me to create my own world.

My family also not such a rich family, and another sad fact is I was living in such a remote village when I was kid. we can’t travel far… Books helped me to see the world outside my home windows.  I even read my grandfather’s Encyclopedia Americana although I didn’t understand English. My Dad gave me some comics, then along with my reading ability increased he bought me a novel by Alan Lightman: Einstein’s Dream. My mom told me that the outside world is full with adventures and quite tough… the she introduce me with all Detective Novels like Sherlock Holmes and bought me all series of Agatha Cristie’s Novel. She also introduced me with Winnetou and Kara ben Nemsi by Karl May.

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But did reading always give a good experience for me? Not really… at least in Indonesia.
People kept thinking that I am such a weird person. I remember once, people in my classroom laughing so hard to me because I told them, in front of everyone, that formerly toothpaste was made by using urine. Then people said I am stupid, just because I read something that no one in that classroom ever read.

I also remember, in a class, the teacher asked all students to mention any terms in music and art. I remember I raised my hand and answered “SONNET”, and everybody again…again… and again laughing on me. They said I am very “dangdut” person, because in Indonesia there is a Dangdut Band “Soneta Group” which lead by the King of Dangdut in Indonesia: Rhoma Irama. No one in that class ever read that “sonnet” itself means a kind of poem.

Books is my best friends, read is my hobby… but in the same time it is also make me looks strange sometimes.

Am I mad with that? Yes! At first…
Because it was hard to look and sounds “stupid” while you believe that you are right.
But then I realize that in my country, where reading is not such a national hobby, it is very hard to find a good book. The themes… the genre…. everything are so limited. In my village, when I was kid, if I want to read something we should wait second-hand books from the schools in the town. Lucky me because my parent routinely bring me to the bookstores in the town, at least once a month.

Not like Japan or China for example, they translate almost all great literature from all around the world to their language. In my country, yes… of course there are several translation of worldwide books, but not much.
We still have limited non-fiction books…
limited books for kids….
Everything!

And like the vicious circle, because of limited good books, limited good readers, then there are also limited good writers.
If teenlit is become a trend this month, then everyone will write teenlit.
If a handsome vampire is a trend, then everyone will write about the vampire.
If a romance is the trend, then everyone write about romance.
So, if our taste is far away from the recent trend, then it will be very hard to find an alternative for us to read.

In this opportunity, I wish for nothing except I hope the literacy awareness in my home country can be increase.
I hope people start to realize that, reading is cheaper way to travel around the world.
This year, I think I am already read much classics so my reading target I want to read books from all around the world. Finally in the end of my PhD study, I want to go travel and visit the place from my favorite books 🙂

I think it is kind of motivation also for me ^O^b don’t you think so?

(sstt… a bit of my want-to-read list)

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Book review: The Sustainability Secret: Rethinking our Diet to Transform the World (and a little bit review about Willoughby Book club) 

So it is my first time trying subscription box and my first try is book subscription box.

To be honest it was very hard for me to find a nice book subscription box which fits my reading taste 😦 majority are only provide fiction books and to be specific: young adult genre. Unfortunately, I am too old for young adult books (although I really love kids books hahhahha).

So, last time I tried Willoughby Book Club. To be honest I just try randomly at first 😋 because they offer “Natural History” shelf. As you know I am now doing research related to environment, so it will suit me very much. While I am an avid reader of non-fiction books, I keep wondering what else can surprise me? Oh Marissa you are so big-headed 🤓

But really, even my best friends rarely buy books for me although they know I really love reading “You are nothing but so picky, Marissa.” That’s what they said on me.

So, hahhahha… Okay let’s see what kind of new books the “curator” will send me 😎

A little bit about Willoughby Book Club

As what they said in their website (Oh you are such a lazy reviewer, Marissa 😛). I use my cellphone to type this so I am a bit tired to type too long *could it become an excuse*

Based on information provided by you, we’ll deliver a new, hand selected book once a month to a gift recipient of your choice. Beautifully wrapped with a personal message and tailored to their reading tastes by our team of literary experts, our book subscription box makes the perfect gift for any book worm – young or old!

We offer a range of book subscription box gifts for a variety of ages and interests – from picture books for babies and children, to books for young adults, fiction lovers, budding chefs and even couples – all available in 3, 6 or 12 month packages.

Well if you are like me, your main concern must be the price HAHHAHAHAHA! Below, I will share you the price for 3 months subscription (it is minimum period if you decide to do subscription).

As I am counted as international buyer, I should pay more for delivery fee. But if you are in UK it will be free postage.


And while the first book I got is originally priced USD 24,95, assuming all of my books will be in the same price, then it was a quite good deal I think.

Unboxing The Incoming Package

Last week, finally their package arrived. It was wrapped beautifully and super simple package IMO. You got your book, a tiny pin, a simple bookmark, a sticker, and a welcome card.

They need to choose hi-quality book, otherwise they can’t beat other “book subscription box” which are usually more “fancy”. But well, whose care about being fancy! We need to read the book!


So, are you ready for unboxing time? It is always one of the most interesting part of opening your package.

Tadaaaaaaaa and this month book for me is: The Sustainability Secret: Rethinking our Diet to Transform the World 


And this is amazing! Lucky me I almost bought this one, but leave it because I still have some books un-readed.

I am so happy! It is my first time other people choose a book for me and I really like the theme 🤗

The Book Review: Great Opinion, but I am not Interested to be a Vegetarian, Vegan, or something similar 

If you ever watch a documentary movie tittle “Cowspiracy” and you can enjoy it, then you can continue to read this book to get more details information.

The first chapter is quite similiar with what I watched in cowspiracy. But after you turn the pages you will got further information about what really happened inside the farm. You will got an information about how much a farmer should spend just to take care their farm. How long and tough the journey of a cattle from being a cattle until they become a hamburger patty and ready on your dining table. How much the methan emission. And if you interested to learn about cruelty inside the farm, then this book is also recommended for you.

However, as a researcher… and an omnivore… I know it is really sad about what happened in some farm, but I think this book try to persuade the reader to be a vegan or vegetarian to reduce the demand of meat and livestock products and at last reduce industrialization of livestock. mmmm…cool,  I am not really agree for that.

I believe that there always a reason why God design us as omnivore, some animals as carnivore, and some animals as herbivore. Somehow, this planet should be in equilibrium, and to do so everyone needs to keep on track of their role.

If we all become a vegan it will also bad for our herbivore friends, because the demand of agriculture and plants will be increase and getting higher. There will be a high soil exploitation, and trust me it is not good because it will reduce the productivity of the soil. Not only us will face the trouble, but also all of the herbivore friends.

Make all human being become a vegan is as bad as make all human being become a carnivore.

I am not saying it is bad if you are a vegan. No way, that’s really cool and healthy. But everything that “too much” always not really good. I just can’t agree if human should totally become a vegan to be a better person. So, if you are a vegan… go on track and good luck. And if you are an omnivore like me, let’s become a wise omnivore.

We should consume both meat and vegetables in reasonable amount. Not eat meat too much and if possible find meat with “no-cruelty” label (including if you cosmetic geek, I suggest you to try organic or at least cruelty free cosmetic). Start to plant some herbs and vegetables by yourself.

Remember that in this planet, we have a right to enjoy and consume edible stuff in this planet, but as a human with brain and heart, we all have a responsibility to take care this planet. Yes! It is our big mission, don’t you think so?

Ssssttt…as a little treat for you, here you got a greeting from my babbies. Yes, I do love gardening, eat vegetables and fruits, and still a meat lover 😘