10 best books in 2013

2013 almost pass by, and I’m glad that I had privileged to read some of the great books in this year, some of them I bought in local bookstores, some from ebook, and some I got from friends and family.

And now  it’s time to pick the best 10 books from all those books that I really like most, and here they are…… (drum rolls)

  1. Antifragile by Nassim Taleb, this is the most anticipated book of the year, what can I say ? Nassim “The Black Swan” Taleb is a great philosopher and free-thinker, this book is very difficult to summarize, yet some of the ideas are very genuine, I found myself hate and love this book very much
  2.  Madilog by Tan Malaka, I already read this book years ago, then I got the ebook and still this book is very relevant until now, Tan Malaka is our founding father, a revolutionist, a philosopher, a pure genius who took some revolutionary paths for the independence of our country.
  3. Max Havelaar by Multatuli , aka. Eduart Dowes Dekker. Although I didn’t enjoy reading this book since Multatuli’s writing style was very bad, still this book had the most heartbreaking and touching story about the dutch colonization during 19th century, this book was a revolutionary one that inspired many great people in my country to lead the revolutionary path with using non-physical struggle.
  4. How the World Works by Noam Chomsky, a great book to learn how the world really works, why some country can lead others while some poor countries get poorer than before. Nevertheless, Noam Chomsky is a brilliant thinker.
  5. Why Nation Fail by Acemoglu and Robinson, an interesting book that revealing why some nations can be prosperous while some other nations fail to grasp their glorify moment, I love how they took historical evidence from the Roman Empire, the Mayan city-states, medieval Venice, the Soviet Union, Latin America, England, Europe, the United States, and Africa to build a new theory of political economy, it’s really fun to learn some great lesson from our past.
  6. The Litigator, by John Grisham, I think this is one of the best book from Grisham, it has dark comedy about the courtroom drama, I was hoping there will be a movie from this book soon.
  7. Big Short by Michael Lewis, ooh yeah, the book about some people doing shorting during the fall of wall street in 2008, since Liar’s Poker, Michael Lewis is one of my favorite author.
  8.  Ghost in the Wires by Kevin Mitnick, after reading his previous book ; the art of deception, a friend gave me this ebook and it was really entertaining ! and I wonder if they already made a movie from this book ?
  9. Quiet by Susan Cain, as an introvert I can say this book is very relevant for me, and I don’t mind being an introvert and a weirdo, as long as I know how to deal with others without hurting myself.
  10. David and Goliath by Gladwell, after the Tipping Point, Blink and Outliers, again Gladwell surprised us by conveying how the weak can conquer the strong, I think this book could be one of his great book ever.

so those are my best ten books in this year, and still I re-read some books that I love very much, they are : How to win friends by Carnegie, and 7 Habits by Covey. I keep them as a ebook, so I can read them everytime I want.

And for the next year, I already have some “Wish List” books, and they are :

  • “S” by J.J. Abrams
  • any books by Sutan Sjahrir, Tan Malaka and Hatta.
  • any books by Michael Lewis, Nassim Taleb, Grisham and Gladwell

so that’s all from my collection of books, I hope I can read more great books in the year of 2014 🙂

happy reading !



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Max Havelaar by Multatuli – a review

Max Havelaar: Or the Coffee Auctions of the Dutch Trading CompanyMax Havelaar: Or the Coffee Auctions of the Dutch Trading Company by Multatuli

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I gave this book four stars because this is the book that had a great impact to my country,
it was written by a dutch “Multatuli” aka. Eduart Douwes Dekker.

why this book is very important ? because this is the one that describe the situation of Dutch colonization in Indonesia during 19th century through the eyes of a dutch, Multatuli, who worked as assistant governor.

without this book, there will be no Buru tetra-logy by Pramoedya, and Ernest Douwes Dekker – nephew of Eduart Dourwes Dekker, would never be the Indonesian freedom fighter.

Althought I must admit this book is not easy to read, at first I thought maybe because the translation is very bad, but then I knew it was because the author used many different layers, with hyper-informal tone, but I soon understood it, Eduart/Multatuli was actually not a writer, he actually just a clerk who worked for Dutch company, and so he used that style for his writing to add more drama, thus it added great impact in the end of this book.

and the most touching and dramatic part was the part of love story of “Saijah and Adinda”

I think this kind of epic love story that can be compare with Romeo and Julliet, this sad love story described how miserable the life of Indonesian people during the colonization of Dutch, many of Indonesian people starved to death while dutch gained great profit from this country and made dutch as one of the great country during that century.

There were many version fo Saijah and Adinda stories, one of them was the one that Saijah lead a struggle to fight for Dutch colonization, but all of them had the same sad and tragic ending, Saijah and Adinda were never be together because of the abuse of power during this colonization

Max Havelaar may not be the best book that I ever read, but this book had opened many eyes that there’s still something worth to fight for and it is the Humanity, and Freedom.

the english version of chapter of that love story can be found in this link :


and in bahasa :


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Life is about letting go

Recently I just watched film “Life of Pi”, a beautiful and most touching movie about an indian boy, Pi, who castaway in a lifeboat with a bengal tiger named Richard Parker, I didn’t know why I never watch this movie before since it was very famous and everyone was talking about this, but there are some very good lessons that I’ve learned from this movie.

During the lowest moment of their struggle to survive in the Pacific ocean when Pi had no food left and his fishing equipment had lost, and he already gave up and dying with Richard Parker, they arrived at a mysterious floating island that full with meerkats, fresh water and cassava fruits, they were both very happy for the first time but it wouldn’t last long because when the night came, the island turned into something different and the fresh water turned into acid, Pi found a human tooth inside a flower.

Pi realized if they stayed in the island, they would die and will be consumed by that carnivorous island, then he decided to leave the island with Richard Parker and after survive in the ocean, eventually they arrived at the mexican beach.

Sometimes bad things happen in our life, when we lost people that we love so much, and when we think that we can’t take that burden in our life anymore, somehow we find ourselves arrive at the “floating island” which seems very beautiful yet seems so wrong but we need to get up, to wake up and make some effort to embark for another journey in our life.

In life there will be many “floating island” that tempt us and hold our journey, if we choose the easy way, then we gonna stay forever in that island and eventually will die in there.

We meet with many people in life, some of them are nice, some are not, some will try to lure us with their charms, some will give us great lessons, some people are the “floating island” and only a few good people are our mexican beach.

Life is about letting go, to let go the “floating island” and to embark for the new journey until we find ourselves in the mexican beach.