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the-random-number-surveyI read this challenge in Mbak Fanda‘s blog and decided to do one myself since it looks so much fun 🙂 It’s been created by Harley Bear Book and the rules are pretty simple:

1. Pick a number.  (You can use random.org or simply pick your favorite. I picked 3, my favorite number!)

2. Go to your bookshelf and count that many books until you reach your number.  Answer the first question with that book.

3. Count the same number of books from where you left off and answer the next question.

4. Repeat until you finish the survey

(If you land on a book you haven’t read yet pick the closest book to the left that you have read and then count on from there for the next question.)

Here we go!

1. What do you think of the cover?

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

MissPeregrineThe cover is so creepy, I almost didn’t dare to start the book. It shows a girl who are standing – in the air! I have the hardback version of the book and sometimes, when I read it at night, I just opened the book jacket and put it somewhere else, so I didn’t have to see the girl’s face. But actually, the book is not as scary as its cover 🙂

2. Write a review in 140 characters or less

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

A dark comedy about the end of the world, with superb characters, chaotic plots and twisted ending. Brilliantly crazy -in a good way.

3.How or where did you get this book?

Dracula Dossier by James Reese

I got this book in a Periplus discount in Setiabudi, Bandung, hidden under the table among lots and lots of bargain books.

4. Who’s your favorite character in this book, and why?

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

My favorite character in this book is Isobel, the fortune teller. Despite her broken heart, having rejected by Marco, she’s the one who actually saved the day. And in my opinion, she’s worth more than the melancholy Celia!

5. Recommend this book to a fellow blogger you think would like it.

Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

Huh? It’s pretty hard since I guess almost all book bloggers have read the series. Especially this book, which is one of the best in the whole series. If I’m not mistaken, Rahib aka Tanzil hasn’t read the series yet, so I guess I can recommend this to him 🙂

6. How long ago did you read this book?

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

The last time I read this book (yep, I’ve reread it a couple of times already) was before the final installment, Mockingjay, came out in Indonesia. So it’s about the beginning of 2012, or 1,5 years ago. I plan to reread the whole series again while waiting for the second movie to be released 🙂

7. Name a favorite scene in this book (no spoilers).

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

Definitely the epilogue, where the author explained the unthinkable mystery that still remained unsolved til the end of the book. It was a very heartbreaking epilogue, and just like that, in a split second, your life would never be the same again.

8.Open to page 87 of this book and pick a random quote to share (no spoilers).

The History of Love by Nicole Krauss (translated edition)

 Dia mundur dan memandangi laki-laki itu dengan ekspresi terluka, dan kemudian laki-laki itu hampir saja -tapi tidak dilakukannya- mengucapkan dua kalimat yang sudah bertahun-tahun ingin dikatakannya: sebagian dari diriku terbuat dari kaca, dan juga “aku mencintaimu”... This is a very heartbreaking scene, capturing so well the tone of this book: unrequited love, broken heart, gloomy past…

9. How did you hear about or discover this book?

Klik! by Eoin Colfer, etc

I read some good reviews about this book – one book written by ten great fantasy writers. And I was really happy when one of my fellow bloggers, Mbak Maria, gave me this book for my birthday present. Yeay!

10. If you could redesign this cover, what would you do?

Wilma Tenderfoot dan Kasus Jantung yang Beku by Emma Kennedy

wilma tenderfoot

The translated version of this book, published by Matahati (RIP), already had a good cover. Cute, eye catching, and swanky, just like the story itself. Maybe the only thing I would change is the tone – I’d prefer green or blue than red – because of the title (Jantung yang Beku or Frozen Heart – blue or green is more suitable, yes?)

11.Name your least favorite character in this book, and why.

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

My most un-favorite character in this book is Grace Windsor Wexler, one of the tenants in Sunset Towers, because she is a snob, likes to push people around, a bit hypocrite and especially not a good mom. She pushes her oldest daughter to marry a rich guy – even though the daughter does not love him, and she doesn’t care at all about her youngest daughter – who’s actually the pure genius in the book.

12. If you like (fill in the blank) then you should try (this book).

The Sorceress by Michael Scott

If you like fantasy stories mixed with mitology and great urban settings, you should try The Sorceress and all Nicholas Flamel series. Yes, it does not yet live the Harry Potter expectation, but it’s one of the best so far.

13. Name one cool thing about this book.

Cat Among the Pigeons by Julia Golding

This is the second installment of Diamond of the Drury Lane series, and the coolest thing about this book is the setting. It was set in London (1790) and told the story of theatrical life in that era. Plus, it’s a YA book too! The other thing that is cool? Its cover, of course!

cat among pigeons2

14. Where is it set, and would you ever want to visit that world or place?

Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath

This is one of the Newbery books, setting in Coal Harbour, British Columbia, Canada. A small town on a seashore, this place is famous of the whaling. This is a cozy, peaceful little place and I’d love to go there one day.

coal harbour

15.Who is it dedicated to?

Kelas Memasak Lilian (The School of Essential Ingredients) by Erica Baurermeister

This book is dedicated to: Heidi, Karin and Dad