Sunday, July 19, 2020

Review: Ku Cium Haruman Syurga / Ainun Mardhiah Ismail



Penerbit: Daie Millenia
Harga: RM35
Blurb:

Inilah titipan syahid suami kepada Almrhumah Nurhamizah pada saat isteri dicintainya kembali bertemu Pencipta. Selesai sudah tugasnya di dunia dan beliau pergi dalam keadaan reda seorang suami. Subhanallah!

Buku Ku Cium Haruman Syurga menceritakan kisahh seorang wanita solehah yang bernama Nurhamzah binti Mohd Shariff ketika hayatnya.

Buku ini sarat dengan pengajaran dan perkongsian yang dapat memberi inspirasi kepada para wanita untuk menjdai hamba Allah, isteri, ibu dan menantu yang cemerlang di dunia dan akhirat.

Jika anda ingin mengubah diri menjadi manusia yang bermanfaat buat keluarga dan ummah, buku ini sangat sesuai dibaca oleh anda dan keluarga. InsyaAllah.

Resensi saya:
Alhamdulillah. Habis baca. Saya membaca buku ini tatkala bosan menunggu Internet yang tak kunjung tiba. Saya bekerja dari rumah kampung sudah beberapa bulan kerana PKP dan mula rasa selesa, sehinggalah masalah Internet melanda. Suasana yang menekankan bagi semua orang yang "work from home".

Bagi saya, buku ini bacaan pantas. Saya dapat habiskannya dalam masa sejam lebih saja. Di dalam buku ini terdapat kisah ringkas Almarhumah Nurhamizah nukilan insan-insan yang mengenalinya, keluarga dan kawan-kawan. 

Sebagai seorang pelajar sekolah aliran dunia (apa ya, lawanan aliran agama, lupa) saya rasa begitu kerdil dan mulia cita-cita beliau, seorang hafizah yang menjadi isteri dan ibu pada usia muda dan meninggal pula pada usia muda di saat iman dan amalan baik cukup tinggi. Sungguh cemburu. Sudah tentulah, kematiannya dirindui insan sekeliling. "Orang baik, Allah sayang," kata Ustaz Ebit Liew.

Semoga rohnya dirahmati Allah.

Pernah dulu keluar satu buku tentang kematian seorang pemuda di Turki, Cerita Cinta Ahmad Ammar.
Saya boleh klasifikasikan buku ini sepertinya. Mungkin kisah Nurhamizah tidak tular seperti Ahmad Ammar, tapi mereka memiliki jiwa yang serupa. Penerbitannya pula bukanlah sebaik Karangkraf, isinya saya rasakan boleh dimantapkan dari segi pengisian dan susunannya.

Saya ingin melepaskan buku ini kepada sesiapa yang mahu tanpa bayaran kecuali kos pos. Saya takut buku ini terus dilupakan dalam rak saya lama-kelamaan. Kandungannya bagus, tapi baiklah orang lain pula memanfaatkannya.

Teringat kawan sekolah yang Nur Hazwani Hasnan yang meninggal dunia awal tahun ini. Seperti Nurhamizah, dia meninggal pada usia muda dengan anak yang masih kecil. Kami sama-sama selalu melepak di bilik belajar dahulu, teringat senyuman dan tutur sopannya. Malah, tak pernah saya dengar dia bercakap kasar aku-kau, semua saya-awak. Pesanan ibu, katanya. Dia memiliki kawan-kawan baik yang sentiasa bersamanya dalam susah senang. Cemburu pun ada. Tapi saya begini, dia begitu. Semoga Allah rahmati dia juga.

Semakin menginjak usia, baru kita sedar. Keluarga dan kawan akan meninggalkan kita satu-persatu. Hal yang tinggal hanya amal baik dan kenangan saja. Jadi, jangan sedih jika kita sendiri.

xoxo
S
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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Review: Romancing Mister Bridgerton (Bridgertons, #4) / Julia Quinn



Synopsis:

Penelope Featherington has secretly adored her best friend's brother for... well, it feels like forever. After half a lifetime of watching Colin Bridgerton from afar, she thinks she knows everything about him until she stumbles across his deepest secret... and fears she doesn't know him at all.

Colin Bridgerton is tired of being thought nothing but an empty-headed charmer, tired of everyone's preoccupation with the notorious gossip columnist Lady Whistledown, who can't seem to publish an edition without mentioning him in the first paragraph.

But when Colin returns to London from a trip aboard, he discovers nothing in his life is quite the same, especially Penelope Featherington, the girl haunting his dreams!

And when he discovers that Penelope has secrets of her own, this elusive bachelor must decide... is she his biggest threat, or his promise of a happy ending? 


My Review from GR:

A story of a Plain Jane with something more than meet the eyes. I couldn't be happier than now. 💟 The experience of reading one Bridgerton after another is blissful. Beyond that, to think that I love the new book more than the previous one over and over again. All in all, I love JQ. I need to devise a plan to visit London some day, just because.


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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Review: To Sir Phillip, With Love (Bridgertons, #5)




I found this family tree online, just for my reference if one day I'll need to refer back to the book characters. I wonder, if some day Oliver and Amanda will get their own stories. I love those kids so much.




Through this book, I've discovered a new book rental near my office. I make my resolution this year I will bring myself to the shop. (If it still exist-lah)
https://www.leabooks.com.my

I bought the book myself on early 2018, though I've read the book around 2017. My love for the Bridgerton series become my motivation for collecting the book. Since the Duke and I will be in Netflix, we'll need to wait for a while to see Eloise and Sir Philip Crane.

I find Eloise the most daring among the Bridgerton's sister. Who will just dash out to the countryside and finding her man, in that particular time and setting? I couldn't. I would not jump into that kind of situation, she's really brave. Sir Philip is a botanist and that reminds me of my mother. She adores plants. I've been to a lot of greenhouse, I'm eager to see the kind of greenhouse in 18th century. Also excited about the setting, they have ponds which Amanda and Oliver love to go, also the place where their mother suicide. The twins attempts to send her away was very wicked but she manage to outwit them. Having seven siblings sure brings good experiences. Reading someone outsmart kids, is like watching The Pacifier, replace the bald guy with Eloise. That's one of my favourite movie and I love young human. They'll say whatever in their heart. Moreover, this is the only book in JQ series with the most kid involvement in present time in it. In other book in the series, kids always mention in the past (as Simon's past) or just in the background.

When Eloise's scheme running away to the country had been found out by her brother's, Anthony and Colin didn't straight away marry her to the fellow. They have strong love for their sister. In other way, she'll have her say in it, thank god, at the moment she's already in love with Sir Philip, despite his overbearing ways. That scene was also very entertaining. There's a lot of good memories in the book, but I can't recall straight away. I'll read it again some other time since I've the paper book copy now.

I need to start working now. Adios.

15/01/2020







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Friday, January 3, 2020

The Final Day Year 2019

Sudah 2020, tapi kereta terbang tak ada lagi. Joke tahun ini. Tahun ini genap lima tahun aku berhenti kerja sebagai librarian. Omg, am i still talking about this? Seriously, Sol. Stop living in the past. Hence that was I always said. Yeah, life been great. Honestly, my language (BM) has been better. Now I know the difference between "dari" and "daripada". Even using the proper punctuation. 

I've got more sense of money and relationship. Family come first. I even got 3 years in a row, well not whole year but I manage to save money to travel to four countries. That being said, includes six months being homeless in 2018, living in office, sleeping in car and yada yada. Though I manage to rent a house just before ramadan because that's just too sad. Eating alone.

Sebenarnya saya nak tulis dalam bahasa, dari mana datangnya bahasa asing di atas pun tak tahu. Mungkin sebab kepala otak ni berfikir dalam bahasa Inggeris. Saya merindui kawan baik saya. Masih ingat kawan sekolah saya, Jah? Dia dah tiada. Malam ini, tiba-tiba saya teringatkan dia. Saya jahat, dia baik. Dan orang baik selalu Tuhan ambil dahulu.

Kalau dia masih ada, kami mungkin akan makan malam tahun baru bersama. Sambil saya meluahkan masalah kerja di syarikat yang tak memberikan bonus tahun ini. Dengan segala penat lelah, jerih payah bersengkang mata menyiapkan beratus-ratus item setahun, akhirnya diberikan berita bonus yilek. Tapi jangan risau, anda boleh bekerja dari rumah seminggu akhir. Luangkan masa bersama keluarga. "Tapi jangan lupa kerja." Tapi jangan risau, saya masih makan tahun baru bersama kawan lain. Cumanya soul itu kurang. 

Funny thing. Tiga bulan, sprint reading demi mencukupkan kuota membaca tahun ini, saya banyak membaca buku tentang kahwin. Maybe, I secretly wants to know, How Do People Get Together. Serius. Tak adalah susah mana. Fiksyen and realiti sangat berbeda. Ms. Beribiru, now Mrs. sudah pun jadi ibu. Hud namanya. That boy, sooooo seriously cute.

Adik saya, another Sol sudah tinggal bersama umi. Saya nak balik kampung dan buat kerja di rumah saja, tapi selepas fikir semula. Tak mungkin saya boleh tinggal lama dalam suasana kampung lagi. Saya bukan party girl, jauh sekali suka akan suasana hiruk-pikuk kota raya. Bahkan, saya bertukar syif malam sebab saya suka tenang. Saya cuma sukakan kemudahan, access to everything I need just on my fingetips, gitu... Di kampung misalnya, saya perlu memandu ke Teluk Intan untuk beli Domino's/ McD, itu memerlukan dua jam masa pergi dan balik. Belum kira lagi duit minyak kereta dan kelaparan semasa pergi dan balik. Sedangkan dua jam itu saya boleh guna untuk baca sebuah buku! I rest my case.

Dulu, saya rasa memandu adalah perkara paling membuang masa. Anda perlu fokus semasa memandu. Tak boleh membaca, sakit badan. Kenapalah saya beli kereta dan perlu memandu? Tapi itu lebih baik daripada menaiki motor. Sekurang-kurangnya saya boleh melayan audiobook atau menonton drama masa memandu (jangan tiru aksi no. 2). Setakat ni, masih selamat. 

Itu saja untuk kali ini. 

Harapan tahun 2020. Saya akan menulis lebih banyak entri. Mungkin review atau sekadar carutan. Selepas terdiam 2-3 tahun, mungkin sudah tiada orang datang ke blog ini. Saya tak perlu mengagumkan sesiapa. Mungkin saya masih baru dalam mencarut semasa menulis, tapi saya boleh cuba. :) Oh no. I can't.


2019, thanks anyway.


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Friday, September 13, 2019

Review: The Viscount Who Loved Me (Bridgertons, #2) / Julia Quinn



First publication: December 2000/ Piatkus Books
Pages: 384.
Rating: 4/5

Blurb:
1814 promises to be another eventful season, but not, This Author believes, for Anthony Bridgerton, London's most elusive bachelor, who has shown no indication that he plans to marry. And in all truth, why should he? When it comes to playing the consummate rake, nobody does it better...
--Lady Whistledown's Society Papers, April 1814
But this time the gossip columnists have it wrong. Anthony Bridgerton hasn't just decided to marry--he's even chosen a wife! The only obstacle is his intended's older sister, Kate Sheffield--the most meddlesome woman ever to grace a London ballroom. The spirited schemer is driving Anthony mad with her determination to stop the betrothal, but when he closes his eyes at night, Kate's the woman haunting his increasingly erotic dreams...
Contrary to popular belief, Kate is quite sure that reformed rakes to not make the best husbands--and Anthony Bridgerton is the most wicked rogue of them all. Kate's determined to protect her sister--but she fears her own heart is vulnerable. And when Anthony's lips touch hers, she's suddenly afraid she might not be able to resist the reprehensible rake herself...

Quote:
"Before she knew what she was about, she was jumping about like a crazy woman, yelling, “Yes! Yes! I win!”

“You don’t win,” Anthony snapped.

“Oh, it feels like I’ve won,” she reveled."
— Julia Quinn (The Viscount Who Loved Me (Bridgertons, #2))

"The unexpected moment [is] always sweeter."
— Julia Quinn (The Viscount Who Loved Me (Bridgertons, #2))

"Sometimes there are reasons for our fears that we can’t
quite explain. Sometimes it’s just something we feel in our bones, something we know to be true, but
would sound foolish to anyone else."
— Julia Quinn (The Viscount Who Loved Me (Bridgertons, #2))

Review:

I read this soon after I finished reading The Duke and I. I'm almost forgetting Anthony's character in Bridgerton Series. Maybe because he's not charming enough? Or maybe I'm seeing him a protective brother that I will never have. By all means, he's said to be the famous rake (to Kate especially, since she's so against the idea of her sister marrying Anthony), but I can't picture him that way. Before reading this novel, I didn't know that human could die from a single bee sting and there are people who allergic to bee sting. I've only heard (read: watched documentaries) that a lot of bee sting will poison human blood, etc. I had to say Kate is the most stubborn lady I've met. This is the classic 'fall for your sister' story. Glad this story ends well without complicated 'jealous sister' drama etc. That is one of the reason I like JQ. 

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Movie Review: Ready or Not (2019)







Description from Wikipedia:
Ready or Not is a 2019 American black comedy horror film directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett from a screenplay by Guy Busick and R. Christopher Murphy. The film stars Samara Weaving as a newlywed who becomes hunted by her spouse's family as part of their wedding night ritual. Mark O'Brien portrays her husband, with Adam BrodyHenry Czerny, and Andie MacDowell as members of his family.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Review: An Offer From a Gentleman (Bridgertons, #3) / Julia Quinn



First publication: 2001 / Piatkus
Pages: 354.
Rating: 4/5

Blurb:Will she accept his offer before the clock strikes midnight?

Sophie Beckett never dreamed she'd be able to sneak into Lady Bridgerton's famed masquerade ball—or that "Prince Charming" would be waiting there for her! Though the daughter of an earl, Sophie has been relegated to the role of servant by her disdainful stepmother. But now, spinning in the strong arms of the debonair and devastatingly handsome Benedict Bridgerton, she feels like royalty. Alas, she knows all enchantments must end when the clock strikes midnight.

Who was that extraordinary woman? Ever since that magical night, a radiant vision in silver has blinded Benedict to the attractions of any other—except, perhaps this alluring and oddly familiar beauty dressed in housemaid's garb whom he feels compelled to rescue from a most disagreeable situation. He has sworn to find and wed his mystery miss, but this breathtaking maid makes him weak with wanting her. Yet, if he offers his heart, will Benedict sacrifice his only chance for a fairy tale love?

Review:

I'm in the midst of sorting books in my library. There's a total of 1742 ebooks and counting in my TBR. I don't know when I have time to read all of this! Panic start to rush :) I have this weird addiction. Stacking piles of books to read.

The other day, I talked to Kak Mai about this book. She's just starting reading JQ series after months of us (read: Bonetarians) persuading her. Not really persuaded, but you understand... If 2/3 of us talking about this in group, who would've resist the temptation, right? Peer pressure is real. Anyway, she complained this book pace is very slow to the point it become so boring as compared to other previous two books. I said to her, for me, Benedict is not an alpha male. He's like the advisor in the Bridgerton, a very sensible second child, though I do not remember whether he's the second child or not. Haish~

Sophie & Benedict reminds us to the Cinderella story sets in 1800's, minus the fairy godmother. With Sophie as the Cinderella & Benedict as the Prince Charming aka the savior. Just like Cinderella, Sophie's life is a tragedy that unveils into romantic journey with a twist. I like the way Benedict solves Sophie's problem in jail. Reader might think Sophie is very indecisive (just like Cinderella) which make this novel a very slow burn indeed. Luckily we have moms. Who need a fairy godmother when you have Lady Violet Bridgerton? I think in this story, she is bad ass mother of all. 

Love,
S





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