Review: Garam by Ruwi Meita

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Title: Garam

Author: Ruwi Meita

Publisher: Buku FIXI

Published: 8 July 2016

Rating: 4/5

Goodreads Summary

Seorang pemain piano di Surabaya ditemui mati, terduduk di depan pianonya, dengan bibir terjahit. Biji matanya dicungkil, meninggalkan lubang hitam yang amat mengerikan. Rambut palsu merah panjang menutupi kepalanya. Sementara otak dan organ-organ tubuhnya telah dikeluarkan secara paksa.

Kulitnya pucat seputih garam. Tidak, tidak sekadar seputih garam. Tapi, seluruh tubuhnya itu benar-benar dilumuri adunan garam.

Inspektor Kiri Lamari, penyiasat kes ini, terus dihantui lubang hitam mata pemain piano. Mata yang mengingatkan Kiri Lamari akan mata ibunya. Yang juga dia temui tak bernyawa puluhan tahun lalu.

Garam? Kenapa garam?

Review

I read this book months ago but it took me so long to actually review it because I honestly didn’t have much to say about it but since it is a Malay book, I thought that my two cents for this book would be appreciated especially since my intention is to shed more light on local books (although this book is written by an Indonesian author but hey whatever).

Garam (Salt in Malay) is a surprisingly good and easy read and I highly enjoyed my time reading it but because I have read an array of crime fiction novels, the plot for for Garam feels a dime a dozen and it is disappointing because although the plot twist was interesting and I did not anticipate it, it at the same time also feels anticipated if that makes any sort of sense. Another aspect of the book that I enjoyed was how the author inserts clues throughout the plot so the readers can figure out the true perpetrator of the killings along with the hero, Kiri Lamari.

So far those are all my thoughts regarding this book. Not much I know but honestly the book was just okay for me.

Review: The Duke With The Dragon Tattoo

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Title: The Duke With The Dragon Tattoo

Author: Kerrigan Byrne

Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks

Published: 28 August 2018

Rating: 3/5

Goodreads Summary

The bravest of heroes. The brashest of rebels. The boldest of lovers. These are the men who risk their hearts and their souls—for the passionate women who dare to love them…

He is known only as The Rook. A man with no name, no past, no memories. He awakens in a mass grave, a magnificent dragon tattoo on his muscled forearm the sole clue to his mysterious origins. His only hope for survival—and salvation—lies in the deep, fiery eyes of the beautiful stranger who finds him. Who nurses him back to health. And who calms the restless demons in his soul…

A LEGENDARY LOVE

Lorelei will never forget the night she rescued the broken dark angel in the woods, a devilishly handsome man who haunts her dreams to this day. Crippled as a child, she devoted herself to healing the poor tortured man. And when he left, he took a piece of her heart with him. Now, after all these years, The Rook has returned. Like a phantom, he sweeps back into her life and avenges those who wronged her. But can she trust a man who’s been branded a rebel, a thief, and a killer? And can she trust herself to resist him when he takes her in his arms?

Review

I have been busy with work and chatting up this guy from work although on this front it seems more like I am cornering myself into the dreaded friendzone which is such a shame because I would like to do the Devil’s tango with him if you get my drift so anyways back to the point, the point is that I just have been living life too much to be bothered to even read anything but when I received an email from a publisher asking me if I was interested in reading the next book from Kerrigan Byrne I was like…

“BITCH! You ain’t even gonna ask! It’s always YES to Kerrigan!”

Because girl, the last two books I read by her was just so bomb! I waited months to get the next book so as you can see my expectations are pretty high… pretttyyyy high so when I read it I was just so so confused by how disappointed I was.

The writing for this book felt so sub-par for me and the plot itself was flimsy AT BEST. Don’t even get me started on the atrocious dialogue present in this book. It

The first half of the book was great and I enjoyed the puppy love between Lorelai and Ash as it was so cute and innocent but towards the latter end of the book, the plot was borderline on non-existent and the dialogue/conversation happening between the two main characters were so repetitive and had no meaning nor resolution in sight.

Also, there were a lot of plot points in the book that in my opinion was written purely just for plot progression because honestly said plot point had no bearing whatsoever on the overall plot of the book one wonders why did the author even include it in the first place? One example for this is when Lorelai for some God damned reason fainted in a make out sesh with Ash and miraculously she never fainted again after that even though it was said that she does this FREQUENTLY as a way her body handles stress.

Another thing that annoyed me was how the author doesn’t show what happened to any of the characters and instead just tells us what happened as if that will satisfy our curiosity. By doing so, the author strips the readers empathy for the characters because I swear to God I could not give a shit about the characters whatsoever. I mean I can’t relate to Lorelai and her being a victim of abuse neither can I understand why Ash is so God damned pissed all the God damned time. Like bro, take a chill pill man. Jesus.

I think I was highly disappointed by the book because I waited months for it. MONTHS! Her other books were that good that I waited MONTHS! Will I continue to support the author, yeah definitely one disappointing book might just be a fluke because she is definitely talented.

* Book was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in return for an honest review

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I was supposed to upload this review on the 21st but my internet was down and I had to go for TBOSIET training and completely forgot so here it is hahahaha.

My Fitness Routine

Honestly, apologizing for being MIA from my blog at this point seems redundant as it will be a usual occurrence. Anyhoots that awkward intro to the blog post aside let me talk about my current fitness routine.

How I got back into fitness is beyond me. I think it was when I lost 6 kilos during Ramadhan that it gave me hope that with good diet and exercise I will get that dream body of mine (sounds so cliche’ but I swear this is what happened). It also helps that now compared to last year I am using the gym as a form of stress management;

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Heartbroken? Go to the gym.

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Frustrated because Jesus is in the way of your intent to do the Devil’s tango with a certain Christian co-worker? Go to the gym.

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Having confusing feelings for a guy you like but is also friends with whom you would want to do the horizontal tango with but also don’t want to lose the friendship? Go to the gym.

The gym does not discriminate. The gym does not judge. The gym will embrace you in its rib-cracking hug and with tough love and coercion will FORCE you to workout to your hearts content.

My usual routine are as follows:

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  • Cardio -> 3-4 times a week
    • Equipment/machine used:
      • Elliptical
      • Rowing machine
      • Treadmill
      • Cycling

Image result for cardio memeDepending on how I am feeling on that day, I would use different machines to target different parts of my body. If I feel like I want to do whole body then I would choose 3 machines usually the elliptical, rowing or cycling doing 30 minutes minimum on each but if I feel kind of lazy then I would choose one machine and just sweat it out for 45 – 60 minutes and whenever I use these machines I always do it on some sort of resistance as I feel its easier on my knees.

  • Lower Body, Upper body & Abs -> Twice a week

So, with my strength training I am looking to both tone up as well as get stronger. Currently, the heaviest I can leg press is just 280 pounds (127 kg) but I am aiming for 300 pounds (136 kg) in my next leg day session WHICH IS TODAAAAAAY! YAS!

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My upper body needs far more work though I can barely lift 7.5 kg (dumbbells) so what I usually do is I would use 10 kg’s for the first set then 7.5 kg’s then lastly 5 kg’s and right now I am really loving doing supersets. I feel like they save me time and just make me go absolute ham knowing I have a minute rest before the next rep and mind you a minute is plenty of time for your muscles to relax.

And that is pretty much it for my fitness routine and before long I will get that body and prance around the beach BUTT NAKED to show people dem GAINZZZZZ!