Books: The Rape of Nanking

Hey you guys!

My interests in reading is pretty much like my consistency. Consistently inconsistent. I used to love reading personal development then book about human relationships and psychology. Well, I guess my interests now changed into history.

I recently just finished a book titled The Rape of Nanking (Goodreads review here) by Iris Chang. So basically the story is about the Nanking (Nanjing) Massacre in 1937. I would say that this book is not a book that you just grab and expect a easy light reading. But is the book worth it? Oh yes.

Now, let me tell you what I found in this book and why it’s really great.

Just a bit disclaimer though. So, I am a fast reader. I usually read 200pages book in one day, well two days max. This book is around 200 pages and I spent one week to finish reading the book? Why? Well I’ll tell you why: it is brutal. Basically the story itself is about the history of Nanking from three point of views: Japan, Nanking and the International Safety Camp. Apart from its vivid description and explanation of the whole situation in Nanking (and pictures by the way), I find this book really great because you can feel the raw emotions while reading the book. The writing is very detailed, so yeah you can vividly feel the horror.

Again, this is not an easy book to read but it is very worth reading! My whole emotions were in shambled while reading the book: the disgust, the horror, the hatred, the despair and the anger well, I can feel all of those emotions at the same time. If you wanna know more about history of World War II, especially between Japan and China, this is one of the books that you should read. Or if you just love history, go read this book!

Lemme know if you decided to give this book a go or if you have read this book. I would love to discuss it with you 🙂

Cheers,

Kemmy

# 13 Momo

Hey you guys!

I am back with my 30 days writing challenge with 7 months of delay. HAHA.

Eh. I just gonna post the challenge whenever i want.

I have posted about my number 1 favorite book actually it’s the Book of Lost Things. It’s literally my favorite as I have bought it again when I am in Germany. I could not find it in ID so I was so happy when I found it on amazon!

Well, since I have talked about it before I guess I could just post about other book. It’s an old novel by Michael Ende (1973) called Momo or The Grey Gentlemen or The Men in Grey. I first found out about this book from a friend during our class in last summer term. So we had to bring one thing and explain it why it correlates with you. And he showed this book. At that time, I was heart broken (uwu~) and I just bury my sorrow with books. Yea, when I was heart-broken I accomplished more than now. ahahaha sad.

Anywaaay, I dont usually read novel and I dont particularly enjoy novel (though my fave book is a novel (????)) but this book seemed interesting. So i just gave it a try. And oh boy, the story is just muach. *chef’s kiss.*

I wont say many about this book so you can check it out yourselves but if you have read the Little Prince, then yea, the lessons kinda remind you of Little Prince. You can reaaaally relate the story with your life especially when you’re currently adulting. Momo is telling you the concept of time and how it is used. I have many fave quotes from this book, but I’ll pick three of them:

People never seemed to notice that, by saving time, they were losing something else

Most of us take for granted and never think twice about, is time

Why should I care as long as I get my wages at the end of the week

For me these quotes relate with my daily life. A LOT. Oh how I just go with my life without paying attention of time, thinking as long as my work is done and i’m paid a decent amount of money everything will be fine.

So, what do you think? I hope you’re interested in the book as I am! Lemme know if you read the book and tell me what do you think 😀

Cheers,

Kemmy

The Book Of Lost Things

For every adult there dwells the child that was, and in every child there lies the adult that will be – John Connolly, The Book of Lost Things

Hey you guys!

So I want to talk about my all time favorite novel. I read this book when I was in Junior High School and just fell in love with the story and the characters. I borrowed it from my friend but because I like it way too much, I actually bought the book so I could read it again and again.

The author of this book is John Connolly and it was published in 2006. I think I read this book in 2008 or 2009. So what’s the story is all about and why I like this so much? (Yes I still reread the book until now hahaha)

So the story involves around a 12 years old boy named David who is mourning of her mother’s death. He, then, loses in his imagination as his refugee and soon reality and fantasy start to meld together.

I find this story interestingly dark. It might use a kid as the main character and combine fairy tales in the story, but the whole story itself is really dark. This is definitely not a book for kids. I think this is more suitable for young adult, oh well I read this when I was 14 hahaha. This book is like a roller-coaster ride in my opinion, scary but you cant help but wanting more and more and mooorrreeee!

Hell, this book is my love at the first read! 

For someone who loves dark fairy tale (eh basically I like any dark stories which involves psychological, tragedy, twisted mind and story), this book, of course, one of my favorites! Hell, this book is my love at the first read!  John managed to build an incredible dark story based on many familiar fairy tale characters and stories. The way he gave twists, surprising plot and exciting development is just amazing.

Okay Kem, we get it, you love a dark story.

What I love about this book as well is the way the author tells the story. It develops slowly and not in a rush, which is the way I love it. John really does an amazing job in developing the story. He makes the transition between the reality and fantasy feel more real and authentic and you are slowly engulf in the story itself. Not only that, the characters are well described which makes them come alive. His writing captives me right away.

So anyway guys, I am really recommending this book if you are into dark and twisted story. This book is very well written and you cant help but being pulled in into the story.

Let me know what you think about this book if you have read this!

Cheers,

Kemmy