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Bookstagram!

Hi everyone, how has your week been? Welcome back to my blog, Tea and Paperbacks! In this post I just wanna give a small announcement to you guys and to ask for your opinions about something that is probably very familiar to you all: bookstagram.

For those of you who don’t know, a bookstagram is an Instagram account focusing on books as their content. I’ve seen and followed so many bookstagrammers ever since I joined Instagram years and years ago, but recently the community has really expanded and you can really see a lot of excellent accounts.

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In the past I would post book-related posts on my personal Instagram, @ayundabs. But I have finally decided that I would create a new Instagram account that is solely related to books. Therefore, I created @teaandpaperbacks! It’s a new bookstagram account I made, and I hope you all will check out my profile and give me a follow or some likes. I’m still trying to gain more followers since I’m very new, but I hope you’d trust me that I will post high quality posts for the pleasure of your Instagram feed!

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One of my biggest concerns is for me to run out of material to post, as in I don’t have enough bookish photos for me to post regularly on the account. Especially since I don’t own that many books anyways and I rarely buy new books so I’d never post a book haul or anything. So if you have any thoughts and tips, don’t hesitate to let me know!

Let me know your thoughts on bookstagram – do you own one, or do you only have a personal account? Who are your favourite bookstagram accounts? What’s your account? Follow me and I’ll follow you back! And any tips for book photography and general tips for maintaining a successful Instagram account? Let’s talk about it in the comments ūüôā

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An Introduction to: Indonesian Literature

Selamat pagi! So some of you may already know about the fact that I am an Indonesian. If you’re still not very sure where Indonesia is and what it is about, here’s a little summary for you: Indonesia is the fourth most populated country located in¬†Asia, whose main language is Indonesian, or commonly called Bahasa. It has a lot of different cultures in art, music, food, clothing, language, and of course, literature.

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I love the Indonesian language. It is ranked as one of the most difficult language to learn, but it is so beautiful and when used properly, it’s such a lyrical and meaningful language. I’m pretty sure most of you have never read a single Indonesian book in your life. Now in this post, I’d like to introduce you to Indonesian literature, and where to begin. I myself rarely read Indonesian books – and¬†I do feel like I need to do it more. But¬†from my own reading history, I think I have read enough books to create this guide.

Now just like the English literature, Indonesian literature has been going on for centuries. And of course, we have different eras for our fictional work. But because this is a guide for you non-Indonesians to start reading Indonesian books, let me start with the books that are only recently released.

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Laskar Pelangicover1 by Andrea Hirata. This is one of the most popular books in Indonesia in the 21st century. I think this is a great place for you to start. Translated into The Rainbow Troops, this novel is the first in a series that is set in Belitung, a small island in the west of our country. It tells you about a group of poor children struggling to live and study in a small rural school. It’s heartwarming and beautiful, and it teaches a lot about Indonesian culture. Or, if you’re interested to watch the movie, go and search it! You’ll probably find a movie with subtitles in it.

Pulang by Leila S. Chudori. I would highly recommend this book because of its wonderful language and it gives you a great insight into Indonesia’s history. I heard a lot of Leila Chudori’s books are very good, so you should check them all out! But in this novel, pulang means going home. It is a novel about family and discovering yourself, and it is set in¬†the 20th century and depicts a very important national history, about Indonesia’s political¬†tragedy. Haven’t read the translated version of this book, but I heard it’s fantastic.

Sitti Nurbayacover3 by Marah Rusli. One of Indonesia’s most famous classical literature, this is a novel published in the 1960s about a girl living in a forced marriage and her struggles. It is basically the heart of Indonesia’s literature at that time. The language is older than the earlier works I mentioned, but the story has always been very famous in my country.

Habis Gelap Terbitlah Terang by RA Kartini. Kartini is considered Indonesia’s greatest women in history. She was one of the first women who promoted feminism and tried to create equality between men and women in Indonesia. On “dress up as a hero” day in primary school, a lot of people would dress up as her. This novel is translated and titled Letters of a Javanese Princess, even though the real translation of the title means “after the dark, there will be light“. It involves a lot of history and feminism and is a great read.

cover4Burung-Burung Manyar by YB Mangunwijaya. This is another old but priceless historical fiction novel. Entitled The Weavebirds (called manyar in Indonesia), it is a story of love and friendship but also about the love for your country. I loved this book, because of its beautiful language and lovely setting. I would highly recommend you reading this one.

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Still want more recommendations, or not interested in the books above? Here are some additional bonus books you can check out.

Dewi Lestari or Dee. Dewi Lestari is one of Indonesia’s most popular and prominent authors and she has been around the industry for quite a while. Her famous novel is probably Perahu Kertas (Paper Boats) and her series called Supernova. I loved Perahu Kertas, it’s a beautiful book that is perfect for you YA lovers, but unfortunately it hasn’t been translated into English yet. But Supernova: The Knight, the Princess and the Falling Star has been translated and it’s quite good. Not amazing, but I would give it a try if I were you.

Ronggeng Dukuh Paruk by Ahmad Tohari. I’ve only read one of Ahmad Tohari’s work but I really enjoyed it. I haven’t read this one: The Dancer in English, but this is his most famous work. Ahmad Tohari is another famous Indonesian writer, who focuses a lot on the economical aspect of Indonesian society. This novel is about a lot of themes: from romance to history with a bit of drama. Or, try out his short-story collections!

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Now of course, even though this is quite a lengthy post, this barely even scratched the surface of the vast and varied Indonesian literature. There are so many beautiful works out there written by amazing people, who just happen to come from my home country. I feel like this is enough, for now. If you are interested in this post, I might create another similar post! I have already a list in my head for Indonesian poetry and excellent Indonesian movies. Not to mention the more recent Indonesian fiction that are more popular and easier to read. I would love to share my culture to you guys and let you be more informed about my country. For more information, check out the Goodreads genre.

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What are your thoughts on Indonsian literature? Have you read any of the books I mentioned above? Which books are you most interested in? Let me know in the comments and we can talk about books together, as always. Sampai jumpa kembali!

#ReadInto16: What Is On My Bedside Table

So I stumbled upon Booker Talk‘s post about Reading Into 2016, and I was quite interested to join, so why not? In this post I will be showing you a book that is on my bedside table (even though I don’t own a bedside table lol), and is at the same time a book that I will immediately dive into on the first few days of 2016.

And that book is Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell!

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You all have probably known about this book and have read it: it is a young adult novel about Cath, who is a fangirl and a fanfiction writer and her story.

I am ashamed to say that I have never read a single book by Rainbow Rowell and I’m very excited to change that very soon. Of course, I have heard nothing but good things about this book and I just sort of know I will love it!

I feel like this will be a great way to start off the year, to start it with a book from an author I’ve never read, and I hope with a good book to start the year, 2016 will be a great reading year for me.

Have you read Fangirl before? What are your thoughts about it? What book is on your bedside table this new year’s eve? Let me know in the comments down below, and don’t hesitate to join in Booker Talk‘s #ReadInto16 as well!

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