Book review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman

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Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Title: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Author: Neil Gaiman

Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Magical Realism

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It’s a hard no from me.

Ah you know what? It’s been days (DAYS, I tell you) since I last post a rant in this blog. As much as I have enjoyed writing book reviews and monthly updates about my life, by the very nature of my own existence, I’m a serial complainer who loves to rant. That being said, I do feel like I need to throw in a ranting post into the mix. But, then the question arise, what should I be ranting about?

Why, of course, why don’t I rant about my childless marriage?

Why? Must we? Aren’t you bored already? We all get it, you don’t want kids, dilchh.

Oh yeah, I heard you alright. But, hold up, let me explain the reasoning behind the writing of this post. This morning (on my part of the world) I was gossiping away in the group chat with my uni friends about a local celebrity who campaigns about raising your kids naturally (whatever that means). A lot of people hates the way this local celebrity simplifies raising a child in this world. I went into the rabbit hole of going through one particular IG account that exposes her lies and her laziness. Boy, that takes commitment, I tell you.

I can tell you I’m just glad I have no kids. Right, not the point. Moving along.

I remembered an aunt of mine who is not married and has no children of her own. She told me that she considers my siblings and I as her next of kin, so should anything happened to her, she would want to give everything she has for me. Which made me think about my own self. I once told my sister to go and get married and have kid(s), because I would also need a next of kin for which I will give my will to.

Let’s get real here, I don’t think neither my brother nor me would produce our offspring anyway, so the likelihood of that happening is zero. The closest one would be my sister. Okay, I’m rambling now. Anyway, when I got to work today, I saw this on BuzzFeed, Things People Without Children Are Very, Very Tired Of Hearing. Safe to say I read 24 of those things and honestly I’ve had most if not all 24 of those things thrown at me. And that is why, I will do commentary as if this was said to me.

See? Not all of my rants aren’t fun. Sometimes I can be fun too.

So, without further ado, here’s my rant. Also, do stop by here for my very first rant about not wanting to have kids. #ShamelessPromotion

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Book review: The Garden of Three Hundred Flowers, by E. K. Johnston

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Rating: ⭐️⭐️☆☆☆

Title: The Garden of Three Hundred Flowers (A Thousand Nights #1.5)

Author: E. K. Johnston

Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Retellings, Short Stories, Young Adult

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August, what’s good?

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Happy 73rd Independence Day, Indonesia! For years, I have not been paying attention to my own country’s independence. It always seems like an empty rhetoric. I mean, I have always been a pessimist celebrator of big holidays, so it wasn’t a surprise. But the past three years, for some reason I have been trying to be more involved in the spirit of independence day. I will never fully embody the fiery spirit of the people before me, fighting for our independence after being colonised for so many years by so many different nations, but I would like to believe that I still have a fighting spirit in me to fight for independence, because let’s get real here; we might be independent as a nation, but there are still many aspects of our lives that are still being colonised. That being said, this month is my fighting month. I fought and I lost, but it will not deter my fighting spirit. Without further ado, Augusts, what’s good?

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Book review: The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, by Theodora Goss

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Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️☆☆

Title: The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter (The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club #1)

Author: Theodora Goss

Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Science Fiction, Young Adult

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