Book Review: Educated by Tara Westover

Rating:
Page count: 334 pages
Format: Hardcover
Publication date: 20th February 2018
Published by: Random House

Summary:

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her “head-for-the-hills bag”. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father’s junkyard.

Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education and no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent.

Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. She taught herself enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University, where she studied history, learning for the first time about important world events like the Holocaust and the civil rights movement. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.

Educated is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty and of the grief that comes with severing the closest of ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one’s life through new eyes and the will to change it.

Review:

Educated is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty and of the grief that comes with severing the closest of ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one’s life through new eyes and the will to change it (taken from the synopsis on Goodreads).

This is SUCH an eye-opening book on the life of Tara Westover, who grew up in a survivalist and extremist Mormon family. For a little bit of context, her father refused to let his children attend school or go to a hospital (even when they suffered from serious injuries) because he believed that government-funded agencies are all part of the Illuminati. Tara and her siblings suffered many wounds, burns, and various fractures throughout their childhoods, while working alongside their father in a junk yard. They never went to a hospital for treatment, leaving everything in their mother’s hands, which were themselves guided by “the hands of God”. & yes, the children worked in a junk yard to earn money to support their family, and they “homeschooled” (very) occasionally.

Despite her parents’ objections and distrust of the system, I really admire how Tara managed to educate herself, get her GED, attend university, and even earn a PhD. It must’ve been such a hard journey, especially when you consider she knew nothing about the history of the world, societal constructs, and basic notions, such as math. This demonstrates that lack of education does NOT mean stupid. But it could’ve turned out very differently… like her older sister, who has a 4th grade education level and who herself “homeschools” her children.

I was curious as to what people would say about this book, so I did a little bit of research. Some readers, who grew up in similar conditions (ex: Mormon family, abusive relationships), attest that Tara’s experience is very believable to them. On the other hand, some bloggers wrote that she clearly exaggerated her story, since her family members denied the accuracy of her memoir. However, the author added quite a few notes throughout her book, admitting that some of her memories might differ from the experience of her siblings. Since she was born with a vagina, and she has many brothers, I have no trouble believing that. Especially with the extremely conservative mindset of her parents. After all, if her parents admitted that her book was accurate, then they’d also admit that they were aware of the abuse Tara and her sister suffered under their older brother’s hand… and that they did nothing to stop it.

To conclude, Educated is such an insightful book on Tara Westover’s life. I’m relieved, for her sake, that she was finally able to distance herself from the toxicity of her family, no matter how hard it was. She is such an amazing, strong, and persevering woman.

Review by Geneviève (@thefreckledbookworm)

Book of the Month (November 2019)

Hello Untitled. fam!

We’re happy to present you our November’s Book of the Month!

Book blurb:

Award-winning author and poet Lang Leav presents a YA novel that is an absolute fan pleaser!

Verity Wolf dreams of being a poet—not that she’d ever admit it to anyone. Her best friend Jess thinks she’s definitely got what it takes, while her cat, Zorro is characteristically indifferent. As for the cute boy she’s just met, he’s about to discover her best kept secret.

When Verity stumbles on an old, mysterious book, Poemsia, she finds herself suddenly thrust into the dizzying world of social media stardom, where poets are the new rock stars and fame is sometimes just a click away.   

International bestselling author, Lang Leav takes you into the shadowy world of contemporary poetry in this revealing and emotionally charged story about friendship, first love, betrayal, and the courage to follow your dreams.  

The Untitled. team wishes you happy reading! (Cheers!)

Bookstagram Challenge (November 2019)

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Here we present to you our Bookstagram Challenge for November! Yay! From our observation we realized that some bookstagrammers may not be able to join our daily bookstagram challenge due to tight schedules or time constraints, so we have decided to make a weekly challenge this time round.

We hope that many of you will participate and we can’t wait to see your amazing photos! Happy Bookstagramming! (Cheers!)

Hashtag: #ubcnovemberbookchallenge19

Book Review: The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson

Rating:
Page count: 352 pages
Format: Paperback
Publication date: 9th July 2019
Published by: Sourcebooks Fire

Summary:

In the tropical kingdom of Rhodaire, magical, elemental Crows are part of every aspect of life…until the Illucian empire invades, destroying everything.

That terrible night has thrown Princess Anthia into a deep depression. Her sister Caliza is busy running the kingdom after their mother’s death, but all Thia can do is think of all she has lost.

But when Caliza is forced to agree to a marriage between Thia and the crown prince of Illucia, Thia is finally spurred into action. And after stumbling upon a hidden Crow egg in the rubble of a rookery, she and her sister devise a dangerous plan to hatch the egg in secret and get back what was taken from them.

Review:

The Storm Crow was an exciting read for me. I was very caught up in the drama in every scene even though I evidently felt like something was lacking that could have made it even more exciting.

One of the first things that caught my attention was the world building. I just love the idea of magic crows with different powers that help the citizens of a kingdom handle different tasks. It just fascinates me as to how the author came up with this idea to use crows that are usually referred to as a bad omen and turn them into working partners with people.

I also enjoyed the relationships and the unpredictability of the characters in this story. I mean, because the characters did not always turn out to be who they seem at first, I was always second guessing their true character and motives at every turn. Alas, all my predictions were wrong but I have come to terms with what the author had planned for them.

I loved all the characters with some biases towards Ericen. He’s just hot stuff and bad news but with a good heart. I’m sorry, but I have a weakness for these kind of characters (including females).

The plot was pretty good with spikes here and there to keep things exciting and moving quickly while the writing was smooth, light and easy to read.

Overall, I think it was a good debut novel though the ending did not evoke an overwhelming anticipation for the sequel. Don’t get me wrong, I still very much want to know what happens next but this anti-climatic ending would most probably trigger an indifferent response for many others. Anyhow, I’m still looking forward to the sequel.

Review by Lois (Blog)

Book Review: One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Rating: 4 Stars
Page count: 361 pages
Format: Hardcover
Publication date: 30th May 2017
Published by: Delacorte Press

Summary:

The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little LiarsOne of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.

Pay close attention and you might solve this.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule. 
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess. 
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
AndSimon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose? 
Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

Review (Spoiler-free):

When I saw One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus on the bookstore’s shelf, I was beyond excited!

This book is such a page turner! Every page urged me on wanting to know and read more.

Moreover, each characters have different personas. The characters are well represented. As it represents most characteristics of teenagers in high school and people in general.

Furthermore, this book gives readers simple introduction to example of crimes. Which indirectly provides us general knowledge in Criminal Law. Example, aiding, abetting, obstruction of justice and evidence tampering.

Besides that, Karen M. McManus also managed to amaze me with various types human characteristics exists. Therefore, the only person that truly knows who someone is, is themselves.

The book also highlighted for us to never judge and discriminate anyone.

However, my only dislikes is that the book took so long to uncover who committed the crime.

Overall, the book was a good read. The book may also impact and helps you to identify your weakness and negativity in yourself and to be a better person.

Review by Natasha (Blog)

Book Review: The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo

Rating:
Page count: 368 pages
Format: Hardcover
Publication date: 6th August 2013
Published by: William Morrow

Summary:

“One evening, my father asked me if I would like to become a ghost bride…”

Though ruled by British overlords, the Chinese of colonial Malaya still cling to ancient customs. And in the sleepy port town of Malacca, ghosts and superstitions abound.

Li Lan, the daughter of a genteel but bankrupt family, has few prospects. But fate intervenes when she receives an unusual proposal from the wealthy and powerful Lim family. They want her to become a ghost bride for the family’s only son, who recently died under mysterious circumstances. Rarely practiced, a traditional ghost marriage is used to placate a restless spirit. Such a union would guarantee Li Lan a home for the rest of her days, but at a terrible price.

After an ominous visit to the opulent Lim mansion, Li Lan finds herself haunted not only by her ghostly would-be suitor, but also by her desire for the Lim’s handsome new heir, Tian Bai. Night after night, she is drawn into the shadowy parallel world of the Chinese afterlife, with its ghost cities, paper funeral offerings, vengeful spirits and monstrous bureaucracy—including the mysterious Er Lang, a charming but unpredictable guardian spirit. Li Lan must uncover the Lim family’s darkest secrets—and the truth about her own family—before she is trapped in this ghostly world forever.

Review:

I really like to read a book where I have no idea what it’s about, without no clue whatsoever on the plot of the story and just briefly glimpsed through the synopsis. The title for this particular book is The Ghost Bride and though the story is somewhat in the main point of what exactly is about yet it was nothing like I was expecting it to be. It was was so different and beyond my imagination which was actually great.

I like how the story began, where Li Lan’s father asking her if she wanted to be a ghost bride and anyone with a state of mind would immediately refuse. I can see that she wavered at times when things were though and it might actually felt like an action but it was so honourable for her not to yield. She remained firm and true to what she wants which was saying a lot, especially in her day and age.

This story is like reading a mythology where it is based on Chinese folklore, culture and religion. Also set in the late 1800’s Malaya so that would consider it to be Historical Fiction and I find that it is rare to find a book like this one. I’m sure there are a lot of books somewhat similar like this but I’m just not yet exposed to it. As always, some of the words uttered and the places were mentioned are so familiar to me and I’m sure Malaysians out there can say the same too.

I find it unfair that even in the afterlife, if you have a lot of money and wealth, you’re bound to be successful and powerful amongst everyone else. Those, in the exact opposite of that situation would grow weaker, become angry ghosts and go astray until it is time for them to move forward and face judgement. This is merely my opinion after all and humans tend to vary in opinions, beliefs, cultures and religions.

Honestly I mainly picked this book up and grown interested in it ever since it picked up on popularity after it was announced that there is going to be an adaptation for this book. I wish there was more hype revolving this story and other readers out there would be interested to pick up this book too. This story was all in all a fascinating read and exciting. It made me realise that life can be unfair, hard and harsh but we need to pave our path in this reality until the day it comes when we release our last breath and die.

Review by Naadhira (Goodreads)

Temu Bual Bersama Alis Padasian, Penulis Sinarut 1994

Hello Untitled fam!

Beberapa bulan yang lalu, Untitled mengadakan suatu program, iaitu Program Review Sinarut 1994. Kami amat berbangga kerana penulis buku ini, Alis Padasian, telah bersetuju untuk ditemu bual oleh pihak Untitled. Jadi, ayuh, kita lihat apakah jawapan yang diberikan oleh beliau terhadap soalan yang dilontarkan.

Untitled (UBC): Mengapakah anda ingin menjadi seorang penulis?

Alis Padasian (Alis): Setelah puas berfikir, saya rasa jawapan yang paling tepat untuk soalan ini adalah takdir.  

UBC: Bilakah anda membuat keputusan untuk menjadi seorang penulis?

Alis: Mungkin ketika berusia sembilan atau sepuluh tahun. Ada masanya keputusan ini ditenggelami oleh aspek-aspek lain dalam kehidupan. Bagaimanapun, sekitar tahun 2015 saya mengambil keputusan untuk menceburi bidang ini secara serius.

UBC: Bagaimanakah anda membahagikan masa dalam dunia penulisan dengan rutin harian atau pekerjaan anda?

Alis: Boleh dikatakan saya mampu menguasai disiplin kerja dengan baik. Fokus diri juga adalah sangat penting untuk memastikan semua tugas atau aktiviti berjalan seperti yang dirancang. Memang ada perkara lain yang terpaksa dikorbankan tapi saya akan memastikan apa yang perlu dikorbankan itu tidak sia-sia.   

UBC: Apakah perkara yang paling anda gemari sebagai seorang penulis?

Alis: Terapung-apung di dalam dunia rekaan sendiri. Begitu mengasyikkan. Shamelessly addictive. Ia juga amat menggembirakan bila karya yang dihasilkan dapat memberi impak positif kepada pembaca atau mungkin memberi inspirasi kepada aspired writers di luar sana.

UBC: Siapakah inspirasi anda apabila menulis sesuatu cerita?

Alis: Jeffrey Archer? J.R.R Tolkien? Bagi saya, teknik penceritaan Jeffrey Archer adalah hampir flawless. Novel-novel beliau adalah guru nombor satu saya dalam bidang ini. Dalam masa yang sama, saya juga sangat mengkagumi daya imaginasi yang dimiliki oleh J.R.R Tolkien. It’s a long way to go tapi mudah-mudahan satu hari nanti, saya dapat menghasilkan karya yang boleh berada sebaris dengan naskhah-naskhah dua penulis tersohor itu.

UBC: Dari manakah datangnya idea untuk menulis Sinarut 1994?

Alis: Satu perasaan ganjil (tidak dapat dijelaskan) yang tiba-tiba timbul ketika saya sedang mencuci pinggan, selepas menonton sedutan pendek dari filem IT (Stephen King). Saat itu, I felt the urge to write about human vulnerability – mengenai kekalahan dan kekecewaan serta bagaimana manusia menangani atau menghadapinya.

UBC: Berapa lamakah masa yang diambil untuk menulis Sinarut 1994?

Alis: Naskhah ini mula ditulis pada 4 Oktober 2017 dan mengambil masa hampir tiga bulan untuk disiapkan. Kemudian ia melalui satu tempoh yang saya panggil pickling period- di mana saya akan membiarkan manuskrip tersebut ‘terjeruk’ selama hampir setahun.Proses suntingan pertama dilakukan pada September 2018 dan disiarkan secara berperingkat di laman Facebook. Melalui Claver Writer, saya mengambil keputusan untuk menjadikan Sinarut 1994 sebagai novel pertama untuk diterbitkan. Selepas menyiapkan draf Sinarut 2005 pada bulan Mac baru-baru ini, saya berbalik semula kepada Sinarut 1994 untuk menyambung kerja-kerja penyuntingan serta penambahbaikan kepada manuskrip itu – beratus kali, hampir setiap hari sehinggalah ia dihantar kepada syarikat pencetak.

UBC: Apakah yang anda harap dapat dicapai dengan menulis buku ini?

Alis: Seperti kebanyakan penulis lain, saya mengharapkan debut ini mampu membeli kepercayaan para pembaca supaya terus mengikuti perjalanan karier saya. Saya juga suka untuk meletakkan Sinarut 1994 sebagai benchmark, di mana karya-karya yang dihasilkan selepas ini sewajibnya hanya akan menjadi lebih baik.  

UBC: Projek terbaru selepas Sinarut 1994?

Alis: Sebuah kompilasi cerita-cerita pendek yang bertajuk Donni Mencari Pelangi.  

UBC: Seperti yang kita tahu, anda terbitkan buku sendiri. Apakah cabaran yang dihadapi semasa proses penerbitan buku?

Alis: To get people to read your book. And that’s not a joke. Hahaha.    

UBC: Mungkin ramai yang bercita-cita untuk jadi macam anda. Tips yang anda boleh berikan kepada mereka yang ingin menceburi bidang penulisan?

Alis: Membaca dan menulis setiap hari. Ia sangat membantu. Penulis yang baik juga seharusnya sentiasa bersikap terbuka dan bersedia untuk mempelajari perkara baru. Saya pernah melakukan satu kesilapan dan berharap ia tidak diulangi oleh para penulis lain. Jangan sesekali meragui cita-cita atau kebolehan anda. If at first you don’t succeed, try try again. Baca sajak Try Again nukilan T. H. Palmer dan hadam isinya. Bidang penulisan tidak semudah yang disangka. Seperti belayar di lautan. Ada hari yang baik dan ada hari yang sangat-sangat mencabar. Jika melalui hari yang sukar saya akan sentiasa ingatkan diri supaya tidak berputus asa. Pada hari-hari yang menggembirakan, saya akan berpegang pada cebisan dari sajak Rudyard Kipling – If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster, And treat those two imposters just the same;.

Interviewed by Elvina Zafril

Written by Jessica

Book of the Month (October 2019)

Hello Untitled. fam!

We’re happy to present you our October’s Book of the Month!

Book blurb:

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her “head-for-the-hills bag”. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father’s junkyard.

Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education and no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent.

Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. She taught herself enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University, where she studied history, learning for the first time about important world events like the Holocaust and the civil rights movement. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.

Educated is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty and of the grief that comes with severing the closest of ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one’s life through new eyes and the will to change it.

The Untitled. team wishes you happy reading! (Cheers!)

Bookstagram Challenge (October 2019)

Hello UNTITLED. fam!

Here we present to you our Bookstagram Challenge for October! We are back with another daily challenge, are you excited? Don’t worry, you can join whenever you want. Just pick a prompt from the list, take your shot and post it on your Instagram with our hashtag #UBCOctoberBookChallenge19!

We hope that many of you will participate and we can’t wait to see your amazing photos! Happy Bookstagramming! (Cheers!)

Hashtag: #ubcoctoberbookchallenge19

Author’s Interview with Debut Author — Kalyn Josephson

Hello Untitled fam!

We have a surprise for you as by now I think you can guess what is it.. YES! We had interview with our September Book of the Month “The Storm Crow” author Kalyn Josephson herself! Let’s get into it, shall we?

Untitled (UBC): How does it feel like to finally be a published author?

Kalyn Josephson (Kalyn): Relieving! Getting here was such a long, arduous process, that to finally be able to say I’m an author is really rewarding and a huge relief. Of course, it’s also very exciting! I’ve had such a great time getting to know other authors and readers.

UBC: What inspired you to write this story?

Kalyn: I read an article about a little girl who fed her neighborhood crows and in return they brought her gifts. It gave me the idea for a kingdom whose way of life was based on magical crows, raising the question, what would happen if they were taken away?

UBC: Why did you choose crows as the magical creature in this book?

Kalyn: I love crows! I think they’re adorable. But they’re also very intelligent and have a lot of interesting myth and lore behind them.

UBC: “The Storm Crow” is a YA Fantasy book, do you plan on venturing into other genres once this duology is completed? 

Kalyn: Probably not for a while. There are other subgenres of fantasy I’m interested in, like contemporary fantasy, but for now, high fantasy has my heart.

UBC: Did you create a playlist or listen to any when you were writing this book?

Kalyn: I didn’t! I can’t listen to music when I write. The words get in my head and I start thinking them instead of what I meant to be. I did find some songs that really fit the book though, like Alive by Sia.

UBC: What is your number one tip for aspiring authors?

Kalyn: Find good critique partners! Not only are the invaluable when it comes to getting your manuscript query ready, but you need that moral support from people who understand the industry and are going through the same thing as you.

UBC: What is the one ultimate message you wish to convey to readers through this story?

Kalyn: For those struggling with depression, you’re not alone, and it’s not a reflection on who you are. It’s a real illness that deserves respect and attention.


It was an honored to have this interview session with Kalyn, on behalf of the team, we thank you for your time.

Interviewed by Deidre
Written by Kar Man

Untitled. Book Donation Drive in Collaboration with Book Fairies Malaysia

Hello Untitled. fam!

On Saturday, September 14th 2019, we had a book donation drive at the Coffee Bean, NU Sentral. It is an honour to have this event as a collaboration with the one and only, Book Fairies Malaysia. We had this planned out weeks earlier and was hoping to collect some books to be donated to Book Fairies Malaysia, so that these books could find a new loving home.

Untitled. committee

The committee arrived to the venue 30 minutes earlier to make preparation, including getting the big box done to put in all the books donated by kind folks. While waiting for readers to come by and donate their books, Untitled. members had the chance to catch up with each other. We had coffee and tea while having conversations as well as sneaking in some reading.

Thank you folks for donating your books!

By the end of the session, there were 77 books altogether donated by the members and all the books will be sent to Book Fairies Malaysia. It was indeed a fruitful day. We hope that someone will find the books useful and give them the love they deserve! Besides that, we also hope to organize such event again in the future and get more books to be donated so that everyone gets to read!

That’s a wrap!

See you again on our next event!

Written by Jessica

Program Buku Sinarut 1994 Bersama Alis Padasian

Tentang Program

Program Sinarut ialah program kolaborasi antara Kelab Buku Untitled. dan Alis Padasian. Ianya di mana para pengulas akan mengulas buku yang ditulis oleh penulis buku lokal, Alis Padasian dalam tempoh sebulan. Program ini mula dijalankan dari 7 Ogos hingga 6 September 2019.

Kenapa?

Program ini diadakan bertujuan untuk mempromosikan buku yang ditulis oleh penulis lokal. Di samping itu, program ini bertujuan untuk menarik perhatian pembaca buku untuk membaca lebih buku-buku yang diterbitkan oleh penulis buku di Malaysia.

Bagaimana?

Program ini dijalankan selama sebulan. Setiap peserta hendaklah membaca dan mengulas buku ini dalam tempoh sebulan dari tarikh buku diterima. Ulasan hendaklah dimuat naik di Goodreads dan di salah satu laman social media yang selalu digunakan seperti di Instagram, Twitter atau Facebook beserta gambar buku dan hashtag #programbukusinarut1994. Pengulas juga boleh memuat naik gambar buku di Instagram Story. Namun ianya tidak wajib. Ulasan buku boleh ditulis dalam Bahasa Melayu atau Bahasa Inggeris atau kedua-duanya sekali. Di akhir ulasan, pengulas perlu memasukkan kata-kata ini, “Terima kasih penulis, Alis Padasian kerana memberi buku ini sebagai pertukaran untuk ulasan buku.”

Tentang Penulis

Alis Padasian berasal dari daerah Ranau, Sabah. Antara daerah yang terletak berdekatan dengan kaki Gunung Kinabalu. Beliau mula berkecimpung dalam bidang penulisan kreatif sejak tahun 2007, tetapi hanya menghasilkan karya dalam Bahasa Inggeris.

Karya pertama yang dihasilkan dalam Bahasa Melayu ialah Penebusan yang diterbitkan di media social. Dari situ, beliau memperoleh keyakinan untuk menerbitkan kisah mengenai kampung halaman tempat beliau dibesarkan. Maka lahirlah Sinarut. Berlatarbelakangkan budaya tempatan, mengambil inspirasi daripada karya IT oleh Stephen King, diilhamkan sewaktu mencuci pinggan.

Sinopsis

Lebih kurang tiga minggu sebelum berlakunya kejadian tragik tersebut, Bubin, ibu dan tiga adik-beradiknya yang lain berpindah ke sebuah rumah sewa di Sinarut untuk memulakan hidup baru. Namun baru saja dua malam berpindah, dia mula mengalami mimpi buruk.

Dari hanya sebuah mimpi, ia bertukar menjadi igauan yang mengubah hidup. Tidak kira siang atau malam, lembaga hitam berbulu dan bermata merah itu sentiasa mencari peluang untuk membuatkannya berasa takut.

Rakan baiknya, Deh juga mulai mengalami gangguan yang serupa. Bermula dari mimpi biasa, sehinggalah tingkah-laku dan aktiviti seharian mulai terjejas.

Mereka bertemu Saipol, mengharapkan lelaki itu dapat membantu mereka menghentikan gangguan yang dialami. Adakah mereka berjaya menghentikan tragedi yang akan berlaku setiap sembilan tahun itu? Atau mungkinkah mereka bakal menjadi mangsa yang seterusnya?

Senarai Ulasan Buku Dari Para Pengulas

  1. Natasha
  2. Nur Amirah Aris
  3. Nur Atiqah Zakariah
  4. Eshween
  5. Rabilatul Adawiyah Zakaria
  6. Nur Athirah Mohamad Salleh
  7. Nurul Sufina Omar
  8. Nadiah Izzaty Azmi
  9. Nur Safuhah Sapien
  10. Ika S
  11. Nurulsiqah Husin
  12. Dayang Norhayati Abang Nordin
  13. Jessica Tay
  14. Rusazziana Ahmad
  15. Khairunnisa’ Mohd Azman
  16. Rosnah
  17. Nur Aina Latiff
  18. Elvina Zafril
  19. Nazirul Izzat
  20. Natasha Halid

Aktiviti di Instagram

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Penutup

Pihak Untitled ingin mengucapkan ribuan terima kasih kepada penulis dan para pengulas buku kerana menyertai dan menjayakan program ini. Semoga kita dapat berkerjasama lagi pada masa hadapan. Sekian, terima kasih.

Ditulis oleh Elvina Zafril

Book of the Month (September 2019)

Hello Untitled. fam!

We’re happy to present you our September’s Book of the Month in collaboration with Duality Box‘s recent subscription box, Rebirth!

Book blurb:

In the tropical kingdom of Rhodaire, magical, elemental Crows are part of every aspect of life…until the Illucian empire invades, destroying everything.

That terrible night has thrown Princess Anthia into a deep depression. Her sister Caliza is busy running the kingdom after their mother’s death, but all Thia can do is think of all she has lost.

But when Caliza is forced to agree to a marriage between Thia and the crown prince of Illucia, Thia is finally spurred into action. And after stumbling upon a hidden Crow egg in the rubble of a rookery, she and her sister devise a dangerous plan to hatch the egg in secret and get back what was taken from them.

The Untitled. team wishes you happy reading! (Cheers!)

Bookstagram Challenge (September 2019)

Hello UNTITLED. fam!

Here we present to you our Bookstagram Challenge for September! We are back with another daily challenge, are you excited? Don’t worry, you can join whenever you want. Just pick a prompt from the list, take your shot and post it on your Instagram with our hashtag #UBCSeptemberBookChallenge19!

We hope that many of you will participate and we can’t wait to see your amazing photos! Happy Bookstagramming! (Cheers!)

Hashtag: #ubcseptemberchallenge19

Book Review: Normal People by Sally Rooney

Rating: 4 Stars
Page count: 266 pages
Format: Hardcover
Publication date: 28th August 2018
Published by: Faber & Faber

Summary:

At school Connell and Marianne pretend not to know each other. He’s popular and well-adjusted, star of the school soccer team while she is lonely, proud, and intensely private. But when Connell comes to pick his mother up from her housekeeping job at Marianne’s house, a strange and indelible connection grows between the two teenagers—one they are determined to conceal.

A year later, they’re both studying at Trinity College in Dublin. Marianne has found her feet in a new social world while Connell hangs at the sidelines, shy and uncertain. Throughout their years in college, Marianne and Connell circle one another, straying toward other people and possibilities but always magnetically, irresistibly drawn back together. Then, as she veers into self-destruction and he begins to search for meaning elsewhere, each must confront how far they are willing to go to save the other.

Sally Rooney brings her brilliant psychological acuity and perfectly spare prose to a story that explores the subtleties of class, the electricity of first love, and the complex entanglements of family and friendship.

Review (Spoiler-free):

This marketed-as-a-love-story novel is about the bizarre yet sensual friendship between two young adults, Marienne and Connell. Some says it lacks of romance, but that is exactly what makes this couple so special in so many ways. How normal friendly conversations over emails can be more intimate than kissing and touching each other (Simon Vs anyone?).

At first I was really invested in their relationship, rooting for them to be together and live happily as a young, suitable couple. But that is not going to be a great plot for a good book. While Connell slowly lost into a pool of anxiety and self-hate due to social standards, Marienne also has to deal with her masochistic desire and guilt towards Connell.

There’s no doubt that Rooney can beautifully articulate human’s feelings at the slightest gesture and face expression, but there are parts when the writing is flat and dry. But I believe it is somehow on purpose so that Rooney could ambush readers with plot twists and unexpected circumstances. I might assume that the usage of simple sentences repeatedly is a new technique to deliver impactful writing afterwards, but honestly at times I didn’t even realise the bluntness of some of insignificant scenes for I was so absorbed in the story.

This book is a potential powerhouse if everyone can relate to its complex, vulnerable characters. Marienne who seems to befriend no one including her own family, plus different perspectives she shares with no one, and Connell, a boy who has access to girls and popularity but ends up choosing to be with Marienne. Misunderstanding is something human never gets away from and in Normal People, it happens all the time. It could be the lack of communication, the unsuitable spoken words and the unspoken ones too. It points out that telling the truth is always the hardest and the best choice, and people’s opinions doesn’t matter, no matter if you believe it or not. It took a while for Connell and Marienne to realise it though.

All in all, new book into my Favourite of the Year list! 4 stars

Review by Dayana (Blog)

Book Review: Becoming by Michelle Obama

Rating: 5 Stars
Page count: 426 pages
Format: Hardcover
Publication date: 13th Novermber 2018
Published by: Crown 

Summary:

An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States.

In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare. 

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.

Review (Spoiler-free):

The world knows Michelle Obama as the first black First Lady of America, wife to President Obama, a mother of two daughters and an inspiration to women of all colour around the globe. After reading her book, I now know her as Michelle Robinson, the girl from the South Side of Chicago.

There are many things that must be praised with her book. The way of writing showcases her personality, it was like reading her personal journals written throughout her life, collected and bound into one. I can only explain this as candid. We start off at her childhood life where she grew up with her brother and parents as a working-class family.

Even though they were not well off, Michelle and her brother had all the love from her parents. I loved reading about her childhood as it is what was taught in the early stages of life that will shape a person for the rest of it. I teared up at some quotes and words of wisdom. The most important was “You Matter”.

I’d been lucky to have parents, teachers, and mentors who’d fed me with a consistent, simple message: You matter.
As an adult, I wanted to pass those words to a new generation.

Before starting this book. I was worried that it would be overly political, the politics are there but it was not overbearing. The stories that were told with it made politics just a part of daily life, which happens to be Michelle Obama’s life. When we think of Michelle Obama, we think of all the inspiring words, the world has put her on a pedestal of a paragon of a First Lady. Those are what you see on the outside, on the inside between the pages of her book. You will read about a different person. You will read about the life of Michelle Robinson; a down to earth girl from the South Side who loves her family, a devoted wife, an excellent loving mother, an intelligent person who knows her worth, someone who treats everyone with the same kindness and respect, but most of all – a woman who changed our thinking forever.

Her story is authentic and straight from a modern Cinderella tale. Except, this Cinderella tale doesn’t include a prince saving a princess, it was not a rag to riches story. It is a story of how an ordinary girl became a one-of-a-kind soul to change to history and rewrite the rules of a nation and society. This book is a source of inspiration to women all around the world. Michelle Obama is not a life-changer. Her success and achievements are not embedded in history, it lives on forever in her-story.

Review by Elynn (Goodreads)

Book Review: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Rating: 4 Stars
Page count: 502 pages
Format: Paperback
Publication date: 24th May 2012
Published by: Vintage Books, Random House 

Summary:

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love – a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.

Review (Spoiler-free):

The Night Circus is roller coaster ride for me. I stopped reading this book last few years because I still remember how slow the starting of the book was. Maybe I was busy with college stuff and I didn’t get the time to enjoy and understand it.

But WOW! Can’t believe that this book really is AMAZING and ENCHANTING!

To be honest, this is my first time reading a book with a Circus theme. And I can’t wait to finally pick up Caraval. I’ve heard so many good things about that book. Anyway, now we are going to talk about The Night Circus.

The title itself pretty much explains what this book is about. A circus at night, Le Cirque des Reves. The Circus of Dreams. Le Cirque des Reves is not an ordinary circus. It’s magical. “The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.” It shows up just like that. It’s like magic and the people fall in love with this circus because they only want to come back for the show. These people still can’t believe that the circus is real; they thought it was only in their dreams. How cool is that?

This book really has a slow pace at the beginning. I think what I felt a few years ago is true. It’s the book, it’s not me. It took me a long time to understand the book at the beginning because some of the thing were just not clear enough to me.

Hector is the first magician who disguised as an illusionist to the public and introduced his daughter, Celia, a 6 years old girl. He discovered that Celia has a natural talent and he summoned Alexander to play a game where Celia is to be his player and Alexander accepted it. The game is so full of magic and that’s my favorite part of the book.

The writing style was good and the ideas were fresh. But sometimes I felt like I couldn’t understand the characters. Some of the new characters weren’t introduced enough. I mean, it’s not necessary to be so detailed in the introduction of the characters but I felt that maybe that author could have described them a bit more so readers could enjoy and possibly hear their thoughts.

Overall, this book was really magical and starts to get interesting when the game begin. I enjoyed reading this book even though the starting was very slow. My advice is that if you want to read this book, you need to be patient during the start of the book.

Review by Elvina (Goodreads)

Book of the Month (August 2019)

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We’re happy to present you our August’s Book of the Month!

Book blurb:

What happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.

Pay close attention and you might solve this.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention. Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule. Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess. Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing. Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher and Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose? 

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

The Untitled. team wishes you happy reading! (Cheers!)

Bookstagram Challenge (August 2019)

Hello UNTITLED. fam!

Here we present to you our Bookstagram Challenge for August! We are back with another daily challenge, are you excited? Don’t worry, you can join whenever you want. Just pick a prompt from the list, take your shot and post it on your Instagram with our hashtag #UBCAugustBookChallenge2019!

We hope that many of you will participate and we can’t wait to see your amazing photos! Happy Bookstagramming! (Cheers!)

Hashtag: #ubcaugustchallenge2019

Book of the Month (July 2019)

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We’re happy to present you our July’s Book of the Month!

Book blurb:

“One evening, my father asked me if I would like to become a ghost bride…”

Though ruled by British overlords, the Chinese of colonial Malaya still cling to ancient customs. And in the sleepy port town of Malacca, ghosts and superstitions abound.

Li Lan, the daughter of a genteel but bankrupt family, has few prospects. But fate intervenes when she receives an unusual proposal from the wealthy and powerful Lim family. They want her to become a ghost bride for the family’s only son, who recently died under mysterious circumstances. Rarely practiced, a traditional ghost marriage is used to placate a restless spirit. Such a union would guarantee Li Lan a home for the rest of her days, but at a terrible price.

After an ominous visit to the opulent Lim mansion, Li Lan finds herself haunted not only by her ghostly would-be suitor, but also by her desire for the Lim’s handsome new heir, Tian Bai. Night after night, she is drawn into the shadowy parallel world of the Chinese afterlife, with its ghost cities, paper funeral offerings, vengeful spirits and monstrous bureaucracy—including the mysterious Er Lang, a charming but unpredictable guardian spirit. Li Lan must uncover the Lim family’s darkest secrets—and the truth about her own family—before she is trapped in this ghostly world forever.

Bookstagram Challenge (July 2019)

Hello UNTITLED. fam!

Here we present to you our Bookstagram Challenge for July! Yay! This month, we decided to change things up and start a daily challenge instead. But don’t worry. You can join whenever you want. Just pick a prompt from the list, take your shot and post it on your Instagram with our hashtag #UBCJulyBookChallenge2019!

We hope that many of you will participate and we can’t wait to see your amazing photos! Happy Bookstagramming! (Cheers!)

Hashtag: #ubcjulybookchallenge2019

Book of the Month (June 2019)

Hello Untitled. fam!

We’re happy to present you our June’s Book of the Month!

Book blurb:

At school Connell and Marianne pretend not to know each other. He’s popular and well-adjusted, star of the school soccer team while she is lonely, proud, and intensely private. But when Connell comes to pick his mother up from her housekeeping job at Marianne’s house, a strange and indelible connection grows between the two teenagers—one they are determined to conceal.

A year later, they’re both studying at Trinity College in Dublin. Marianne has found her feet in a new social world while Connell hangs at the sidelines, shy and uncertain. Throughout their years in college, Marianne and Connell circle one another, straying toward other people and possibilities but always magnetically, irresistibly drawn back together. Then, as she veers into self-destruction and he begins to search for meaning elsewhere, each must confront how far they are willing to go to save the other.

Sally Rooney brings her brilliant psychological acuity and perfectly spare prose to a story that explores the subtleties of class, the electricity of first love, and the complex entanglements of family and friendship.

Bookstagram Challenge (June 2019)

Hello UNTITLED. fam!

Here we present to you our Bookstagram Challenge for June! Yay! From our observation we realized that some bookstagrammers may not be able to join our daily bookstagram challenge due to tight schedules or time constraints, so we have decided to make a weekly challenge this time round.

We hope that many of you will participate and we can’t wait to see your amazing photos! Happy Bookstagramming! (Cheers!)

Hashtag: #ubcjunebookchallenge2019

Untitled. Ramadhan Project 2019: A Month to Remember

Greetings UNTITLED. Fam! How have you been doing this Ramadhan season?

We, over at Untitled. Book Club, had an amazing time not only observing this holy month with extra diligence but also took this opportunity to celebrate and support Muslim authors. With that thought in mind, we decided to organise a few activities for everyone to participate.

1. Ramadhan Readathon

First up, we hosted a Ramadhan Readathon from 6 May to 4 June 2019. This initiative is to encourage readers to pick up books beautifully written by Muslim authors. Here were some suggestions for our readers to choose from:

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

It’s 2002, a year after 9/11. It’s an extremely turbulent time politically, but especially so for someone like Shirin, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl who’s tired of being stereotyped.

Shirin is never surprised by how horrible people can be. She’s tired of the rude stares, the degrading comments—even the physical violence—she endures as a result of her race, her religion, and the hijab she wears every day. So she’s built up protective walls and refuses to let anyone close enough to hurt her. Instead, she drowns her frustrations in music and spends her afternoons break-dancing with her brother.

But then she meets Ocean James. He’s the first person in forever who really seems to want to get to know Shirin. It terrifies her—they seem to come from two irreconcilable worlds—and Shirin has had her guard up for so long that she’s not sure she’ll ever be able to let it down. 

Love From A to Z by S.K Ali

marvel: something you find amazing. Even ordinary-amazing. Like potatoes—because they make French fries happen. Like the perfect fries Adam and his mom used to make together.

An oddity: whatever gives you pause. Like the fact that there are hateful people in the world. Like Zayneb’s teacher, who won’t stop reminding the class how “bad” Muslims are.

But Zayneb, the only Muslim in class, isn’t bad. She’s angry. When she gets suspended for confronting her teacher, and he begins investigating her activist friends, Zayneb heads to her aunt’s house in Doha, Qatar, for an early start to spring break. Fueled by the guilt of getting her friends in trouble, she resolves to try out a newer, “nicer” version of herself in a place where no one knows her.

Then her path crosses with Adam’s. Since he got diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in November, Adam’s stopped going to classes, intent, instead, on perfecting the making of things. Intent on keeping the memory of his mom alive for his little sister. Adam’s also intent on keeping his diagnosis a secret from his grieving father.

Alone, Adam and Zayneb are playing roles for others, keeping their real thoughts locked away in their journals.

Until a marvel and an oddity occurs…

Marvel: Adam and Zayneb meeting.

Oddity: Adam and Zayneb meeting

Saints and Misfits by S.K Ali

8 Hours and 5 Minutes

There are three kinds of people in my world:

1. Saints, those special people moving the world forward. Sometimes you glaze over them. Or, at least, I do. They’re in your face so much, you can’t see them, like how you can’t see your nose.

2. Misfits, people who don’t belong. Like me—the way I don’t fit into Dad’s brand-new family or in the leftover one composed of Mom and my older brother, Mama’s-Boy-Muhammad.

Also, there’s Jeremy and me. Misfits. Because although, alliteratively speaking, Janna and Jeremy sound good together, we don’t go together. Same planet, different worlds. But sometimes worlds collide and beautiful things happen, right?

3. Monsters. Well, monsters wearing saint masks, like in Flannery O’Connor’s stories. Like the monster at my mosque. People think he’s holy, untouchable, but nobody has seen under the mask. Except me.

I Am Muslim by Dina Zaman

This book (which is heartbreaking, angry, and downright funny) could have been named Islam 101 by a Practising Imperfect Muslim, or Sex and the Burqa, or Islam and Black Magic.

Dina Zaman meets shamans, (race and religious) facists, sexual athletes (her interview with a hijab-clad lesbian is priceless) and gets into all sorts of scrapes in her bid to understand the bizarre nature of Islam in Malaysia (the good Muslim country according to Western media).

After the publication of I am Muslim in 2007, Dina Zaman was inundated with bouquets for daring to speak out, and subjected to harassment and threats of bodily harm to her (often of a sexual nature) and her family.

Rough Diamond by Norhafsah Hamid


Linda is a rich heiress who seems to have it all; beauty, brains, wealth and social standing.

Desired by men and envied by women, Linda’s life seems perfect. But, deep down inside, Linda longs for true love and contentment.

Trapped between the glamorous world that she was brought up in and the overwhelming desire to find solace, Linda finds herself lost. Misery became her companion.

Will Linda continue her pretentious socialite life or will she find the hidden path to happiness?

Ari by Mahizan Husain

“Aku yang mastermind. Kau cuma simulasi yang aku cipta. Kau berada di mana aku mahu kau berada.” – Narong

Memilih untuk masuk ke dalam dunia gengster ketika berusia 17 tahun dengan tujuan untuk mencari pembunuh ibu kawan baiknya, ARI HARAPAN dilatih untuk menjadi yang terbaik di antara yang terbaik. Hasilnya, dia digeruni pada usia yang masih mentah.

Namun… Semua itu tidak kekal lama. Dia dikhianati. Diperguna dalam diam. 

Ari lari menyembunyikan diri. Dia perlu kembali kepada tujuan asalnya masuk ke dunia gengster. Kekasihnya Ria yang ditinggalkan dahulu perlu dicari dengan harapan Ria mahu menyambung kisah mereka. Pada masa yang sama, Ari juga diburu dan hanya tunggu masa sahaja untuk dia dihapuskan.

Bertahun-tahun dia hidup seperti orang nomad, serata dunia dijelajah. Berpindah dari satu negara ke satu negara supaya dirinya sukar dikesan. Ari menerima pelbagai kejutan yang memang tidak disangka-sangka sepanjang tempoh itu. Tentang ibunya. Tentang ayahnya. Tentang dirinya sendiri.

Saat Ari menemui Ria semula, hatinya berbunga. Namun, jawapan yang diterima tidak seperti yang diharapkan. Kasihnya nyata tidak boleh disambung lagi. 

“Masa lalu dah mati. Tak perlu nak diingat lagi.” – Ria 

Ari lalu membawa diri. Cuba menerima ketentuan Ilahi. Ari bertemu dengan Afni setelah lama merawat luka dalam hati. Afni cuba untuk didekati. Dalam diam pemburunya semakin menjelmakan diri.

Siapakah Afni yang sebenarnya? Apakah takdir yang menanti Ari pada saat nyawanya berada di hujung tanduk? Adakah masih ada kesempatan untuk Ari melarikan diri? Dan pembunuh ibu kawan baiknya? Adakah akan ditemui?

Tak semua orang mahu jadi baik macam kau. Perlu kau ingat juga, tidak semua orang jahat itu insaf. – Ari

I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai

I come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday.

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive. 

Instead, Malala’s miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

I Am Malala is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls’ education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.

The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf

A music-loving teen with OCD does everything she can to find her way back to her mother during the historic race riots in 1969 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in this heart-pounding literary debut.

Melati Ahmad looks like your typical moviegoing, Beatles-obsessed sixteen-year-old. Unlike most other sixteen-year-olds though, Mel also believes that she harbors a djinn inside her, one who threatens her with horrific images of her mother’s death unless she adheres to an elaborate ritual of counting and tapping to keep him satisfied.

But there are things that Melati can’t protect her mother from. On the evening of May 13th, 1969, racial tensions in her home city of Kuala Lumpur boil over. The Chinese and Malays are at war, and Mel and her mother become separated by a city in flames. 

With a 24-hour curfew in place and all lines of communication down, it will take the help of a Chinese boy named Vincent and all of the courage and grit in Melati’s arsenal to overcome the violence on the streets, her own prejudices, and her djinn’s surging power to make it back to the one person she can’t risk losing.

2. Ramadhan Photo Challenge

Since most of our members are bookstagrammers, we wanted to spice things up by throwing in a photo challenge for those who joined the readathon. Of course, this is not limited to just those participating in the readathon. Others are welcome to join as well!

Here are some beautiful shots we’ve received from the photo challenge:

3. Muslim Author’s Interview

Our team also worked on getting an interview with a Muslim author. We were so lucky to have Mahizan Husain to be our honoured guest. It was a very insightful Q&A session as he shared his thoughts on Ramadhan and his work as an author. Check out his inspiring and interesting stories by CLICKING HERE.

Thank you everyone for participating in this project and showing your heartfelt support for various Muslim authors during this Ramadhan. May God bless you abundantly. Have a great and meaningful Ramadhan!

RAMADAN KAREEM ♥

Written by Lois Lim

Temu Bual Bersama Penulis Muslim – Mahizan Husain

Salam sejahtera buat warga Untitled.!

Bersempena bulan Ramadhan yang mulia ini, kami telah menjalankan Projek Ramadhan Readathon di mana kami menggalakkan pembaca untuk membaca dan menyokong buku-buku yang ditulis oleh para penulis muslim. Oleh itu, kami telah menemu bual salah seorang penulis untuk memeriahkan lagi projek Ramadhan kami yang pertama. Penulis pilihan kami kali ini ialah Mahizan Husain, penulis kepada sebuah novel Fixi, Raka.

Berikut adalah soalan-soalan yang telah diajukan kepada penulis berserta jawapan daripada beliau:

Untitled.: Apakah makna Ramadhan bagi anda?

Mahizan Husain: Ramadan adalah bulan yang sarat makna bagi saya. Ramadan selalu memberikan saya satu rasa kesyukuran yang berganda kerana bulan penuh berkah dan kemenangan ini mengajar saya tentang kekuatan diri, tentang kesabaran, tentang keseimbangan  hidup antara duniawi dan ukhrawi.

UBC: Apakah perkara yang paling best tentang Ramadhan?

MH: Tentulah nikmat bertarawih, berbuka dan bersahur.

UBC: Mengapakah anda ingin menjadi seorang penulis?

MH: Kerana saya mahu orang membaca pemikiran saya dan mendengar cerita saya tanpa perlu saya bersuara. Lagi pun, satu-satunya kerja yang saya boleh lakukan dengan baik tanpa rasa ingin berhenti ialah menulis. Saya fikir, tanpa bakat saya sebagai penulis, saya hanyalah sekadar ruang kosong.

UBC: Bilakah anda membuat keputusan untuk menjadi seorang penulis?

MH: Seingat saya, saya sudah menyemat niat mahu menjadi penulis ketika di tingkatan tiga ketika saya mula gila membaca karya-karya sastera walaupun saya bukan pelajar aliran sastera.

UBC: Bagaimanakah anda membahagikan masa dalam dunia penulisan dengan rutin harian atau pekerjaan anda?

MH: Saya penulis sepenuh masa sejak lebih daripada 10 tahun. Jadi tiada masalah saya membahagikan masa untuk rutin harian. Ada kalanya saya menulis seharian dan ada kalanya saya bermalas-malasan seharian. Saya tidak pernah ada jadual menulis kecuali jika saya menulis untuk sayembara yang ada tarikh tutup atau menulis skrip TV yang perlu disiapkan untuk mengikut jadual pengambaran.

UBC: Apakah perkara paling anda gemari sebagai seorang penulis?

MH: Saya berkuasa melakukan apa sahaja dalam karya saya, menjadi siapa sahaja dan berada dalam kehidupan yang bermacam-macam samada  secara realis, surealis atau realisma magis. Seorang penulis memang mempunyai kehidupan yang banyak selain daripada kehidupannya sendiri. Sebagai penulis, saya gemar menulis ending tergantung kerana saya mahu pembaca membuat tafsiran sendiri tanpa perlu saya  menyuap jawapan. Hidup tidak selalunya ada jawapan, bukan?

UBC: Siapakah inspirasi anda apabila menulis sesuatu cerita?

MH: Saya hanya meletakkan sasaran untuk menulis karya bagus yang diingati pembaca. Dalam penulisan, saya menyukai gaya penulis Pramoedya Ananta Toer, A. Samad Said, A. Samad Ismail, Iwan Simatupang dan Seno Gumira Ajidarma.

UBC: Dari manakah datangnya idea untuk menulis Ari?

MH: Saya suka bereksperimen. Saya tidak suka menghad diri saya pada satu genre.  Saya sudah lama berhasrat mahu menulis sebuah novel thriller  iaitu sebuah thriller yang gelap dan tebal.  Saya mengumpul idea menulis  Ari dalam kepala saya seperti sebuah peta kecil. Saya bina plot dan watak-wataknya yang semakin hari menjadi bertambah rumit.  Ada watak-watak tambahan yang tiba-tiba datang  dengan kekuatan sendiri. Dan plotnya menjadi kian berbelit. Sehingga ada masanya saya sendiri tidak tahu bagaimanakah endingnya nanti. Saya tidak tahu apa akan jadi kepada Ari. Saya biarkan penceritaannya mengalir sendiri.

UBC: Berapa lamakah masa yang diambil untuk menulis Ari?

MH: Saya mengambil masa selama  4 tahun untuk menyiapkan Ari kerana saya menulis berselang-seli dengan sebuah novel lain dan beberapa buah skrip TV. Ada satu ketika, saya tinggalkan Ari hampir setahun dan kemudian menyambung semula. Beberapa kali penulisan Ari terhenti dan itu yang membuatkan Ari lambat selesai. Dalam masa empat tahun itu saya telah mengedit Ari beratus kali.

UBC: Apakah yang anda harap dapat dicapai dengan menulis buku ini?

MH: Saya berharap pembaca dan peminat novel thriller dapat menerima Ari dengan cara penulisan saya yang mungkin sedikit berbeza.

UBC: Projek terbaru selepas Ari?

MH: Sedang menyiapkan sebuah novel remaja.

UBC: Mungkin ramai yang bercita-cita untuk jadi macam anda. Tips yang  anda boleh berikan kepada mereka yang ingin menceburi bidang penulisan?

MH: Saya selalu ditanya, best ke jadi penulis? Tentulah best kalau kita minat. Penulisan mempunyai magis dan pengaruhnya sendiri. Tapi menjadi penulis  bukanlah senang. Banyak cabarannya, tambah-tambah lagi bagi penulis sepenuh masa seperti saya. Profesi sebagai penulis sebetulnya memerlukan ketahanan mental dan fizikal yang kuat. Kadang-kadang anda perlu duduk berjam-jam menghadapi tulisan dan diri anda sendiri. Realitinya, dunia penulisan adalah untuk orang-orang yang berjiwa keluli, tidak gentar menghadapi kegagalan, tak mudah patah dan menyerah. Menjadi penulis itu adalah ambisi orang yang berani.


Terima kasih kepada penulis, Mahizan Husain, atas kesudian beliau untuk menjawab soalan temu bual kami. Kami mendoakan semoga penulis tidak berhenti berkarya serta sentiasa menghasilkan tulisan yang bagus dan disukai ramai. Kami juga ingin mengucapkan tahniah atas kelahiran buku Ari terbitan Penulisan2u pada awal tahun ini. Pembaca boleh mengenali penulis dengan lebih lanjut melalui Instagram beliau, @mahizanhusain

Selamat menunaikan ibadah puasa buat pembaca muslim! Semoga hari-hari terakhir ini terisi dengan penuh makna.

Ditulis oleh Nur Basyirah

Book of the Month (May 2019)

Hello Untitled. fam!

We’re happy to present you our May’s Book of the Month!

Book blurb:

An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States.

In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare. 

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.

Bookstagram Challenge (May 2019)

Hello UNTITLED. fam!

Here we present to you our Bookstagram Challenge for May! Yay! From our observation we realized that some bookstagrammers may not be able to join our daily bookstagram challenge due to tight schedules or time constraints, so we have decided to make a weekly challenge this time round.

We hope that many of you will participate and we can’t wait to see your amazing photos! Happy Bookstagramming! (Cheers!)

Hashtag: #ubcmaybookchallenge2019

Temu Bual Bersama Penulis Buku Tempatan – Hasrul Rizwan

Hasrul Rizwan

Salam sejahtera buat warga Untitled.!

Sekali lagi kami ingin menampilkan temu bual bersama penulis tempatan, dan kali ini beliau ialah Hasrul Rizwan, atau lebih mesra dikenali sebagai Mat Gorn. Penulis ini merupakan salah seorang penulis kegemaran saya sendiri dan antara karya beliau yang amat diminati adalah Murtad, Bercakap dengan Jun dan Lelaki Yang Tak Punya Apa-Apa Untuk Dipersia.

Berikut adalah soalan-soalan yang telah diajukan kepada penulis berserta jawapan daripada beliau:

Untitled.: Mengapakah anda ingin menjadi seorang penulis?

Mat Gorn: Saya ada terfikir juga tentang ni. Kenapa saya menulis. Namun saya tiada jawapan yang kukuh melainkan satu perkara yang saya tahu, saya menulis sebab saya tak boleh berhenti menulis. Sentiasa ada sesuatu yang kurang dan mengganggu kalau saya tak menceritakan apa yang saya fikir dan bermain di dalam kepala. Saya menceritakan apa yang mengganggu fikiran saya dan gangguan itu sebenarnya menghiburkan untuk dibaca.

UBC: Bilakah anda membuat keputusan untuk menjadi seorang penulis?

MG: Ia datang sendiri dan tiada keputusan yang tepat bila saya bercadang untuk mula menulis. Saya menyiapkan novel pertama dalam keadaan yang tak terjangka pun sebenarnya…Hahaha. Tapi sebenarnya mungkin sebelum dari tu lagi saya dah terbiasa menulis di blog dan tau momentum saya. Saya tau bagaimana untuk mengatur jalan cerita dan membuat pecahan plot bla-bla-bla, dan saya kata, OK, this is it… Apa yang saya perlukan hanyalah satu benda saja. Saya perlu duduk, tulis dan teruskan sahaja hingga habis. Istikomah. Duduk dan tulis sehingga siap. Biarkan ia mengalir macam air yang dilepaskan dari empangan. Ia akan berakhir dan seorang penulis hanya dikira menulis bila ia menyiapkan manuskripnya. Begitu kan? Jadi ia berlaku… Bam-Bam-Bam… Tap-Tap-Tap… Siap! Ia tidak dijangka dan saya terus submit karya pertama itu ke FIXI. Ketika tu FIXI baru sahaja bertapak dan mereka mempunyai 10 orang panel penilai manuskrip. Saya tidak tahu siapa mereka dan mereka juga tidak tahu siapa kesepuluh penilai yang lain. Jadi ia adalah benda yang misterius gila…Hahaha. Saya tak meletakkan harapan yang besar untuk diterima bahkan saya tak fikir langsung pun sebab ketika itu saya sibuk dengan kerja dan abaikan saja macam tak pernah berlaku pun benda tu. Saya sambung menulis di blog macam biasa sehinggalah dapat email dari penerbit mengatakan manuskrip saya diterima.  Waktu tu saya tak merasa gembira sangat melainkan kata, ‘Hmmm….Ok…Hmmm…Ada ker orang nak baca ni?’ Kah kah kah… Sebab cerita dia dangkal gila. Novel kisah sepasang adik beradik kembar (kacak sudah tentu) yang membunuh orang murtad dan mereka adalah hero dalam cerita tu. Bunyi macam kasar tapi charming dalam masa yang sama.  Beberapa tahun lepas novel tu diterbitkan, saya baru tahu bila Amir, bos FIXI dedahkan di FB yang novel Murtad adalah satu-satunya novel yang diterima oleh kesepuluh panel penilai. Yang mana kesemua penilai jempul ibu jari kata bagus. Itu pertama kali saya berasa gembira kerana menulis. Itu yang pertama. Bukan kali pertama buku saya diterbitkan.

UBC: Boleh ceritakan sikit tentang penulisan di blog dahulu?

MG: Blog ni macam sekolah yang mengajar saya dalam banyak hal. Walaupun hanya untuk mengisi masa lapang dan suka-suka jer tapi ia membina kekuatan dalam bidang penulisan. Waktu itu saya bukan menulis sesuatu yang berat atau sastera melainkan kisah-kisah komedi dan satira yang santai. Saya menulis tentang 4 sahabat yang gila-gila dan lucu, yang kini dibukukan menjadi novel Budak Hostel Otaknya Sewel dan Misteri Kem Motivasi. Cerita tu mungkin lawak tapi ia bermula dari kepahitan dan keterasingan saya sebenarnya. Saya baru tamat pengajian masa tu dan rasa terpisah ke dunia yang lain. Dunia student dan alam pekerjaan. Saya berpindah dari satu tempat ke tempat yang lain dan berhijrah ke negeri yang berlaian dialek, budaya dan sunyi. Suasananya agak berbeza. Saya agak down sikit dan kecelaruan itu membentuk kerinduan, dan kerinduan itu mencetuskan fantasi liar dan lucu. Kelucuan mengubatkan hati, dan hati yang gembira adalah apa yang saya perlukan waktu tu. Tulisan saya menghidupkan kembali nostalgia dahulu dan saya bertambah gembira bila ada orang yang suka dengan tulisan saya tersebut dan mereka membaca dan berkongsi kegembiraan yang sama. Bermula dari situ saya terus menulis dan tak berhenti sampai sekarang.

UBC: Bagaimanakah anda membahagikan masa dalam dunia penulisan dengan rutin harian atau pekerjaan anda?

MG: Saya menulis hanya pada waktu malam. Kerja dilakukan waktu siang dan ketika semua orang dah tidur, saya akan mula menulis. Tiada halangan dan kekangan.

UBC: Apakah perkara yang paling anda gemari sebagai seorang penulis?

MG: Menulis ni lebih banyak kepahitan berbanding kegembiraan sebenarnya…Hahaha. Saya perlu mengorbankan waktu tidur hanya untuk menaip dan bersengkang mata melihat skrin komputer, kejar deadline dan bertikai dengan editor. Dicemuh oleh pembaca yang merasa rengsa, dikritik dan dihentam. Sentiasa ada bahagian pahit dan manis dalam dunia penulisan. Kebaikan para pembaca, bahkan kritikan itu sendiri menggerakkan saya untuk menjadi penulis yang lebih baik. Saya masih lagi bergelut kerana komuniti membaca di malaysia agak kecil tak seperti di negara-negara maju yang lain. Dan semakin lama, dari tahun ke tahun bilangan ini semakin berkurangan dan mengecil. Begitu juga penulis yang sudah mula cuci tangan, berhenti menulis dan mengabaikan dunia penulisan. Ekonomi negara yang merudum dan kepesatan teknologi yang mendadak menjadikan dunia buku semakin terpinggir. Kita ada siaran filem tanpa henti di hujung jari tanpa perlu bersusah payah memerah otak mengadap buku. Ini sebenarnya menyedihkan tapi ia juga adalah kenyataan yang perlu ditelan apabila jualan buku semakin berkurangan dari tahun ke tahun. Bermula dari itu, saya cuba untuk menulis cerita-cerita yang ringan dan santai, memasukkan elemen komedi agar dapat menarik lebih ramai pembaca muda untuk meminati dunia buku ini. Kini saya mempunyai kelompok pembaca saya yang tersendiri dan mereka masih lagi setia membaca karya-karya baharu saya setiap kali diterbitkan. Ada sesetengahnya yang sebelum ini tidak pernah memegang novel, mula membaca karya saya untuk merasai sendiri dunia yang saya ciptakan untuk mereka. Saya tumpang gembira bila pembaca terhibur membaca karya-karya saya. Itu sudah cukup. Tak menang award pun tak apa…hehehe.

UBC: Siapakah inspirasi anda apabila menulis sesuatu cerita?

MG: Hmmm… Saya mendengar lagu ketika menulis. Ikut mood dan tempo dalam manuskrip yang dihasilkan. Jadi ianya berubah-ubah mengikut apa yang sedang saya tulis.

UBC: Dari manakah datangnya idea untuk menulis Fantastik?

MG: Wahhh…Hahahaha. Banyak sebenarnya. Orang selalu tanya tentang idea datang dari mana menulis sesuatu buku ni. Idea itu sebenarnya dia takkan datang secara menyeluruh dari mula sampai habis. Dia selalu datang ciput-ciput jer. Boleh jadi idea tu untuk digunakan pada babak awal, boleh jadi babak klimaks dan boleh jadi babak terakhir. Sukar untuk membayangkan idea tu datang sejelepuk terus dari mula sampai habis menjadi sebuah novel kecuali dapat wahyu…Hahaha. Jadi untuk novel Fantastik ni, idea datang ketika saya menulis satu cerpen tentang seorang lelaki yang nak bunuh diri dan ditakdirkan berjumpa seorang gadis yang turut nak bunuh diri di tempat yang sama. Bermula dari situ saya fikir cerita ni berpotensi dijadikan novel kerana mempunyai elemen yang chaos, komedi, cinta dan misteri. Jadi saya mula tuliskan sinopsis, watak, latar, masa dan akhirnya membuat outline dalam bentuk poin sebelum ke proses seterusnya iaitu mengembangkan setiap poin menjadi plot-plot yang besar. Setiap plot ini dirangka kembali dan diasingkan menjadi bab-bab yang kemudiannya disusun dengan teliti. Ia memakan masa yang panjang dan renyah. Tapi ia memberikan ganjaran yang lumayan apabila semuanya sudah lengkap dan tersedia. Saya hanya perlu mengikut kembali pada input yang disiapkan dan ini akan memakan masa yang pendek untuk ditulis. Segalanya telah tersedia dan apa yang perlu saya lakukan adalah duduk dan menulis.

UBC: Berapa lamakah masa yang diambil untuk menulis Fantastik?

MG: Tiga bulan lebih macam tu. Seperti yang saya bagitau sebentar tadi, untuk draft pertama saya tak mengambil masa yang panjang. Cukup dalam sebulan sahaja. Yang lamanya adalah proses suntingan yang memakan masa yang panjang dan melelahkan. Saya mengubah jalan cerita sebanyak tiga kali dan novel Fantastik adalah satu-satunya novel saya yang menggunakan khidmat tiga orang editor bagi melancarkan proses suntingan. Ketiga-tiga mereka adalah yang terbaik.

UBC: Apakah yang anda harap dapat dicapai dengan menulis buku ini?

MG: Saya harap ada orang yang faham dengan apa yang saya cuba sampaikan….Hahahaha. Sebab pembaca mungkin ingat ini hanyalah satu lagi novel komedi seperti karya saya yang terdahulu tapi sebenarnya ini adalah karya yang berbeza sama sekali. Ia mempunyai beberapa layer yang subtle dan harus diteliti untuk memahami keseluruhan cerita dari mula hingga ke penamat.  

UBC: Projek terbaru selepas Fantastik?

MG: InsyaAllah ada sebuah lagi karya terbaru kesinambungan Bercakap Dengan Jun yang kini dalam proses semakan pihak editor. Buat masa ini saya sedang menulis satu lagi karya terbaru dalam genre fantasi yang dicadangkan untuk terbitan pada tahun hadapan.

UBC: Mungkin ramai yang bercita-cita untuk jadi macam anda. Tips yang anda boleh berikan kepada mereka yang ingin menceburi bidang penulisan?

MG: Duduk dan menulislah.


Terima kasih buat penulis, Hasrul Rizwan, atas kesudian beliau untuk menjawab soalan temu bual bersama kami. Diharapkan agar penulis terus menghasilkan karya yang unik dan kelakar pada masa akan datang. Tahniah sekali lagi atas kelahiran buku Fantastik terbitan FIXI. Sekiranya pembaca ingin berinteraksi dengan penulis, beliau sering aktif di laman Twitter beliau, @hasrulrizwan

Ditulis oleh Nur Basyirah

Untitled. Iftar Ramadhan: A Month To Remember

How’s it going out there UNTITLED. FAM?

First and foremost, we, from the Untitled. Book Club, would like to wish everyone a blessed Ramadhan to all our Muslim brothers and sisters. May you find peace and happiness during this holy fasting month.

As you should have noticed by now, we love finding excuses to organise gatherings with our Untitledlings. Hence, we could not miss this incredible opportunity to observe this important month together at Iftar. And so, it was decided that everyone who wanted to join, meet at Nando’s Nu Sentral on Wednesday, 22 May 2019 at 6:30pm.

The gathering received quite a nice turnout with even our non-Muslim sisters joining the break fast dinner. Once everyone arrived, our founder, Elvina, welcomed everyone with some warm and friendly words.

They then quickly moved on, opening up the time to our Muslim sisters to share about what they have gained and experienced during this Ramadhan season. It was an uplifting session for everyone to identify and learn from each other while our non-Muslim sister gained better insight and understanding of Ramadhan.

After that, the girls carried on with an activity called “A Letter To Remember”. As cute as that activity sounds, everyone was really blessed by it. This is how the activity was done:

If you caught the stories on our Instagram @untitledbc, you would have seen their happy faces opening their cards and gifts.

Now when it was time for Iftar, everyone said their short prayers, giving thanks to God before eating and broke their fast. It was a very meaningful hour being able to share each other’s friendship over a meal, building stronger bonds between the book club members.

After that wonderful, satisfying meal, our Muslim sisters went off to perform the Maghrib prayers. Then, everyone made their way to MPH Bookstore for a long winded photo session. I’m kidding! They probably got excited over books and started raving about them like all crazy book loving humans do. But from the photos, there were only evidence of group photos after group photos instead of book nerds gawking at books. So…hmm…

Then, everyone adjourned to The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf to “gossip” over coffee and tea and CAKE! They shared their life stories and thrown in ideas for the extension and expansion of the book club. It was the most exciting discussion ever!

Finally, it was time to go home. Everyone left with an evening well spent, hearts filled with happiness, fully refreshed with passion, motivation and inspiration to face the remaining days of Ramadhan.

Here are the evidence of the gathering ↡

These are the girls during dinner ♥

And these are the girls taking endless group photos ✦

I told you the evidence clearly showed a long winded photo session instead of admiring books (haha)

I have no idea why the staff at the bookstore did nothing about this (hahaha)

RAMADAN MUBARAK ♥

Written by Lois Lim

Untitled. Readmob 2019

Howdy UNTITLED. FAM !

How did you celebrate Labour Day this year? As obsessed book lovers, we decided to embrace that crazy love to catch up on our reading during this short break. And what better way to do that than with friends!

With that in mind, we decided to organise a READMOB! Get it? Flashmob — Readmob. As one of our members said, “we are moving cafes with our books!”.

So, this time, we invaded Craft Origin @ TTDI on 1st May 2019 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm. The ambience of that cafe was absolutely perfect which created the right atmosphere for our reading session. The food and drinks served were amazing as well. Our founder recommends the burned cheesecake. She says that it was delicious!!

We were so blessed to have 9 book lovers join us for this event. It’s always wonderful to see people from diverse cultures coming together who share the same passion.

The Readmob kickstarted with the incredible Elynn giving us a breakdown of the activities that would be happening during the event. We also took this time to introduce ourselves to break the ice.

After that, we entered into a 45 minutes Reading Session where everyone read their own books they have brought along. It was very motivating to be able to read together with others knowing that we were not the only passionate reader at the table.

Once the time was up, we moved on to share about what we were reading. It was really interesting listening to each one introducing and giving their opinion about their reads. I believe many received and took home some book recommendations to add to their TBR list which is forever and ever growing.

Finally, it was time for the most exciting activity of the Readmob. Yes, it was time for the BOOK EXCHANGE! Everyone was buzzing with excitement and ready to discover what they received. But first, let me explain how it worked.

Upon arrival, every wrapped up book was labelled with a number. Each person was then required to draw a random number from a pot containing the numbers that were already labelled on the books. The random number drawn was then that labelled number mystery book received.

After the book exchange, everyone unwrapped their mystery books on the spot. It was so entertaining to see everyone’s reaction at discovering what books they received.

With that, our Readmob came to a happy ending but most of us still did not want to leave. Those who stayed back started taking photos after photos like crazy bookstagrammers do. It was really fun and I think it also indirectly strengthen our friendship bonds.

We want to thank everyone who came and participated in this Readmob / reading session. We are so glad that everyone had so much fun. We look forward to meeting all of you and hopefully new faces too in the future. Can’t wait to organise our next event. Stay tuned to our socials for more updates on exciting activities. See you again soon!

Written by Lois Lim

Temu Bual Bersama Penulis Buku Tempatan – Syafiq Aizat

Syafiq Aizat

Salam sejahtera buat warga Untitled.!

Kali ini kami ingin menampilkan seorang lagi penulis buku tempatan yang agak terkenal dalam kalangan pembaca buku hasil terbitan FIXI, Syafiq Aizat. Antara buku beliau yang sering menjadi sebutan peminat adalah Trilogi Ajaib, Kampus dan Entiti.

Berikut adalah soalan-soalan yang telah diajukan kepada penulis berserta jawapan daripada beliau:

Untitled.: Mengapakah anda ingin menjadi seorang penulis?

Syafiq Aizat: Sejujurnya saya jadi penulis secara tidak dirancang. Walau bagaimanapun, jawapan rasmi bagi soalan ini adalah, saya ingin menjadi penulis kerana saya ada cerita yang ingin diceritakan kepada mereka-mereka yang sudi baca.

UBC: Bilakah anda membuat keputusan untuk menjadi seorang penulis?

SA: Apabila manuskrip diterima oleh penerbit, dan mendapat sambutan daripada pembaca, di situlah datangnya satu suara dalam diri saya, “yup, this is it!”

UBC: Bagaimanakah anda membahagikan masa dalam dunia penulisan dengan rutin harian atau pekerjaan anda?

SA: Sama macam hobi dan perkara-perkara lain; dengan mendisiplinkan masa sebaik mungkin. Jika idea datang ketika bekerja, saya akan catatkan idea tersebut, dan sambung kerja. Bila masa untuk menulis sampai, saya rujuk semula catatan tadi.

UBC: Apakah perkara yang paling anda gemari sebagai seorang penulis?

SA: Sambutan dan reaksi pembaca yang sememangnya luar biasa bagi saya.

UBC: Siapakah inspirasi anda apabila menulis sesuatu cerita?

SA: Stephen King, JK Rowling, dan Oba Tsugumi.

UBC: Dari manakah datangnya idea untuk menulis Anomali?

SA: Idea Anomali sudah lama ada, sejak menulis buku ke-tiga lagi (Aksara). Satu idea yang mana adanya watak-watak dari buku-buku yang berbeza disatukan dalam satu buku baru. Boleh dikatakan seperti ‘Avengers’, tetapi juga dibuat oleh Stephen King dan Ramlee Awang Mursyid. Jadi perlahan-lahan saya ambil masa untuk create ‘dunia’ sendiri menuju ke Anomali.

UBC: Berapa lamakah masa yang diambil untuk menulis Anomali?

SA: Idea sudah mula ada sejak tiga tahun lepas. Foreshadow dan hint dah drop dalam buku-buku yang ditulis sebelum Anomali. Tapi tempoh menulis Anomali bermula perkataan pertama sehingga terakhir, berserta semakan, lebih kurang tiga ke empat bulan.

UBC: Apakah yang anda harap dapat dicapai dengan menulis buku ini?

SA: Harapan saya sama macam buku-buku sebelum ini – supaya pembaca dapat nikmati karya ini dan memuaskan hati mereka bagaimana cerita panjang ini menemui pengakhiran.

UBC: Projek terbaru selepas Anomali?

SA: Cuma baru ada idea yang samar-samar. Belum ada yang muktamad.

UBC: Mungkin ramai yang bercita-cita untuk jadi macam anda. Tips yang anda boleh berikan kepada mereka yang ingin menceburi bidang penulisan?

SA: Banyakkan membaca. Kemudian, belajar tentang apa yang anda ingin tulis. Jika nak tulis pasal time travel, belajar semua teori time travel yang ada. Yang paling penting, jangan terlalu mengharap kerana sambutannya kadang kala tidak berapa ada dan itu normal. Yang paling penting, jangan menulis untuk populariti dan duit, kerana sejujurnya, kedua-dua itu memang tak akan ada.


Terima kasih buat penulis, Syafiq Aizat, atas kesudian beliau untuk menjawab soalan temu bual bersama kami. Kami berharap agar penulis terus sukses dalam bidang penulisan dan ingin mengucapkan tahniah atas kelahiran Anomali, terbitan FIXI. Sekiranya anda ingin mengenali penulis dengan lebih dekat, anda boleh mengikuti perkembangan beliau melalui Twitter @yo_sapit

Ditulis oleh Nur Basyirah

Temu Bual Bersama Penulis Buku Tempatan – Nadia Khan

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Salam sejahtera buat warga Untitled.!

Baru-baru ini, kami telah menemu bual beberapa penulis buku tempatan melalui e-mel. Salah seorang daripada mereka ialah Nadia Khan. Beliau terkenal dengan hasil tulisannya yang digemari ramai, iaitu Kelabu, Gantung, dan Gantung 2. Buku Gantung terbitan FIXI itu juga telah diadaptasi menjadi Gantung The Series.

Berikut merupakan soalan-soalan yang telah diajukan kepada penulis, berserta jawapan daripada beliau:

Untitled.: Mengapakah anda ingin menjadi seorang penulis?

Nadia Khan: Saya percaya bahawa setiap manusia ada true calling yang tersendiri – dan bagi saya ia adalah menulis. I am very much a writer as I am a human being – ia sebahagian daripada jiwa saya. A core fibre that I can’t deny. Mungkin berbunyi pretentious tapi memang itu yang saya rasakan – I was made to be a storyteller.

UBC: Bilakah anda membuat keputusan untuk menjadi seorang penulis?

NK: Sejak sekolah rendah. Saya ingat lagi ketika mendapat keputusan 4A (masa tu, 4 paling maksimum – kesian anak-anak zaman sekarang) untuk UPSR, saya ditemuramah oleh akhbar Borneo Post yang bertanyakan tentang cita-cita saya – saya jawab “Penulis” dan jawapan saya tidak diterbitkan 😂

UBC: Bagaimanakah anda membahagikan masa dalam dunia penulisan dengan rutin harian atau pekerjaan anda?

NK: Kalau dulu (sebelum Nikina) saya akan jawab “Bila-bila ada mood, saya akan selitkan waktu menulis” tetapi dalam proses menulis Nikina, saya belajar menjadi lebih berdisiplin. Saya bukan lagi menulis semata-mata untuk suka-suka – I need to treat it as a profession. Jadi untuk menulis sesebuah novel, saya akan tetapkan deadline untuk diri saya sendiri, dan cuba untuk menulis setiap hari. Tak kiralah kalau sekadar 200 patah perkataan but there must be some progress. My husband always says – you can edit a bad page, not a blank one.

UBC: Apakah perkara yang paling anda gemari sebagai seorang penulis?

NK: Everything! Dari saat kemunculan idea sehinggalah ke peringkat cerita saya dinikmati pembaca. Tapi perkara yang saya gemari ialah proses penulisan itu sendiri – creating plot twists, “talking” to my characters. Tiada apa yang tidak saya gemari tentang menulis.

UBC: Siapakah inspirasi anda apabila menulis sesuatu cerita?

NK: Watak-watak saya. Ketika menulis, tiada apa yang lebih penting daripada watak-watak yang sedang saya tulis. They’re my inspiration – they decide where the story is going.

UBC: Dari manakah datangnya idea untuk menulis Nikina?

NK: When I found my soulmate 😊

UBC: Berapa lamakah masa yang diambil untuk menulis Nikina?

NK: Idea untuk Nikina sebenarnya muncul tahun 2015, selepas saya mendirikan rumahtangga. Proses world-buildingnya yang lama – saya bayangkan, saya peram, saya tulis sedikit latarbelakang, peram lagi, bayang lagi. Setelah segala-galanya jelas, saya mula menulis pada akhir bulan Disember 2018 dan siap tepat 20 Januari 2019.

UBC: Apakah yang anda harap dapat dicapai dengan menulis buku ini?

NK: Setiap kali saya menulis buku, harapan utama saya ialah berkongsi cerita dengan pembaca – semudah itu. Khusus untuk Nikina, saya berharap yang pembaca kembali yakin dengan cerita cinta. Love stories don’t have to be typical and love stories should always have a place in everyone’s heart.

UBC: Projek terbaru selepas Nikina.

NK: Buku baru yang ada elemen supernatural dan historical fiction.

UBC: Mungkin ramai yang bercita-cita untuk jadi seperti anda. Tips yang anda boleh berikan kepada mereka yang ingin menceburi bidang penulisan?

NK: Banyakkan membaca. You can’t write if you don’t read. Dan keinginan untuk menulis harus lebih kuat daripada keinginan untuk bergelar penulis.


Kami sekali lagi ingin mengucapkan terima kasih kepada penulis kerana sudi untuk menjawab soalan temu bual kami, dan kami ingin mengucapkan tahniah atas kelahiran buku terbaru beliau, juga hasil terbitan FIXI, Nikina. Sekiranya anda ingin mengenali penulis dengan lebih dekat, anda boleh mengikuti perkembangan beliau melalui Twitter @neddokhan

Ditulis oleh Nur Basyirah

Untitled. Book Club’s Soft Launch

What’s Up UNTITLED. FAM !!

Did you know UNTITLED. had its soft launch two weeks ago? Yup, you heard me right. We had our FIRST EVER book club meet up at Tryst Cafe SS15 on 30th March 2019 from 12:30pm to 2:00pm. Huge shoutout to Tryst Cafe for allowing a bunch of book loving freaks like us to invade part of their space and make some noise while we’re at it (it was mostly unintentional if you get our drift).

The soft launch was a very successful event. We were able to accomplish everything we had set out to do during the gathering. What made this event even more successful were the people that graced us with their presence. We were so honoured to have 12 guests join us for this very significant and historical date (don’t judge me…it was our very first meet up!). As our guests started arriving and friendly greetings exchanged, the atmosphere was charged up with great anticipation.

To kick things off, our founder, Elvina Zafril, broke the ice by giving a warm and friendly welcome to the club. Following after, she proceeded to introduce the history and essence of the club, including the activities and future plans that will be organised. Everyone was very excited and looked forward to be apart of the club.

Next, we were guided into a book discussion on The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf which was the Book of The Month (BOTM) for March. Leading this discussion was our own BOTM handler, Naadhira, who laid out some very interesting questions that got everyone eager to participate. The discussion ended with a great takeaway, leaving everyone with a closer bond of friendship.

Right after the deep discussion, it was time to lighten up and have fun. And what better way to do that than with a LUCKY DRAW?! I mean, the prizes that were prepared were to die for and I was praying so hard that I’ll be one of the lucky ones. Haha.. I’m kidding. I was not even in the draw. But anyway, congratulations to those who won the lucky draws. We hope you love your prizes.

With that, our soft launch / first book club meet up came to an end. We had so many wonderful feedback about how much they enjoyed the gathering and how keen they are to attend more meet ups in the future.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who were present at the soft launch for making it a successful event. It would not have come into fruition without you guys. We hope to see you again as well as new ones join us on our next meet up adventure!

Here are some photos in case you missed the event:

Written by Lois Lim

Ulasan Buku: Fantastik oleh Hasrul Rizwan

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Rating: 4 Bintang
Bilangan Halaman: 252 pages
Format: Paperback
Tarikh penerbitan: 29 Mac 2019
Diterbit oleh: Buku Fixi

Ringkasan:

Cinta tidak pernah memihak kepada Ali walau bagaimana pun dia mencuba. Dia bagaikan terkena sumpahan. Ali kini mengetahui silapnya. Bukan karma, sial atau saka keturunan yang menempel di tubuhnya. Ali menyedari dirinya terlalu baik untuk gadis.

Bermula malam tahun baru, pada detik yang menghimpunkan segala kedukaan setelah ditinggalkan kekasihnya, Anita (Instafemes sendu suam-suam kuku), Ali berazam untuk menjadi lelaki baru yang bangkit dari abu. Ali mahu jadi bad boy. Menjadi lelaki paling liar dan fantastik yang merobohkan hati gadis yang pernah menolak cintanya dahulu.

Ulasan:

Fantastik! Wow!

Cover sendiri. Fuh cun! Boleh la pakai macam gadis muka hadapan ni untuk next cosplay!

Buku ini mengisahkan tentang seorang lelaki bernama Ali yang baru putus cinta. Lepas girlfriend Ali minta clash atas sebab yang “cliche” terus Ali berazam untuk berubah. Ali nak jadi bad boy. Tapi sejauh mana dapat Ali berubah? Betul betul jadi lelaki paling liar ke tak? Nak tahu kenalah baca.

Pendapat saya tentang Fantastik semestinya Fantastik! Yang paling saya suka ialah humor dalam tu lah of course. But one thing I feel about this book is that it is kind of heavy to me. Tapi masa baca sebab banyak jokes kan so tak rasa sangat berat tu.

Semua karakter dalam buku ni semua saya suka. Terutamanya Mak Minah dan Alma. Satu je saya tak suka iaitu Anita. Entah kenapa, sebab macam gedik kot.

Jalan cerita ni memang sangat menarik lebih-lebih lagi part bila Ali dah start jadi bad boy. Macam-macam benda terjadi dan cara penulis susun cerita ni sangat konsisten. Power!

Gaya bahasa yang digunakan pun sangat okay. Lebih-lebih lagi bila menggunakan panggilan Aku untuk first point of view. Bila baca pun seronok. Tapi ada ayat-ayat yang kurang sesuai atau kurang menyenangkan untuk pembaca bawah umur. Nasib baik dekat cover buku dah awal-awal tulis untuk pembaca matang.

Penulis ni ada daya imaginasi yang tinggi sampai boleh imagine benda yang pelik tapi seronok bila baca sebab saya pun turut membayangkan semua benda yang terjadi (sambil ketawa). Tak silap pengalaman saya dalam membayangkan situasi dalam bacaan kali ni lebih kurang dengan previous book yang saya baca.

Lagi satu perkara penting yang diketengahkan ialah tentang LGBT dan mengapa kita tak perlu takut dengan golongan mereka kerana mereka juga adalah manusia. “Kau tak perlu takut dengan golongan songsang ni. Mereka sama seperti kau. Dosa mereka sama seperti dosa-dosa manusia yang lain. Neraka mereka adalah sama dan syurga mereka juga adalah sama.” Baca lah quote ni. Paling saya suka quote ni. Baca satu perenggan tu sampai habis. Ianya sangat bermanfaat dan ingatlah wahai manusia, apa kita buat, baik atau buruk kita yang tentukan tapi yang judge kita hanyalah Tuhan.

Dan pengakhiran cerita.. you gotta read this book guys.

Akhir sekali, walaupun nampak seperti cerita yang simple tapi sebenarnya agak heavy. Semoga Hasrul Rizwan dapat terus menghasilkan karya-karya sebegini. Walaupun banyak humor tapi bermanfaat. Highly recommended!

Diulas oleh Elvina (Goodreads)

Book of the Month (April 2019)

Hello Untitled. fam!

We’re happy to present you our April’s Book of the Month!


Book Blurb:

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands. 

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead. 

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.

The Untitled. team wishes you happy reading!

Book Review: The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf

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Rating: 5 Stars
Page count: 288 pages
Format: Paperback
Publication date: 5th February 2019
Published by: Simon Schuster Children’s Publishing

Summary:

A music-loving teen with OCD does everything she can to find her way back to her mother during the historic race riots in 1969 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in this heart-pounding literary debut.

Melati Ahmad looks like your typical moviegoing, Beatles-obsessed sixteen-year-old. Unlike most other sixteen-year-olds though, Mel also believes that she harbors a djinn inside her, one who threatens her with horrific images of her mother’s death unless she adheres to an elaborate ritual of counting and tapping to keep him satisfied.

But there are things that Melati can’t protect her mother from. On the evening of May 13th, 1969, racial tensions in her home city of Kuala Lumpur boil over. The Chinese and Malays are at war, and Mel and her mother become separated by a city in flames.

With a 24-hour curfew in place and all lines of communication down, it will take the help of a Chinese boy named Vincent and all of the courage and grit in Melati’s arsenal to overcome the violence on the streets, her own prejudices, and her djinn’s surging power to make it back to the one person she can’t risk losing.

Review (Spoiler-free):

I was always intrigued by the events of 13 May. Anyone who has learned history in high school are very well aware of what happened then. A part of me has always wondered how one would go through when it all happened and this book has helped me try to imagine what it was like. Not only that, this book is so important and it has struck so much for me as a Malaysian that so far, nothing could be compared to how special this book will be etched in my heart. It is so rare to read an English YA book with so much of our lives’ representation that it really felt like I was there with Melati.

This book has it all—pain, heartbreak, guilt, violence between two races, sympathy, kindness and so much more. It’s also very important when Melati did that speech at the spur of the moment that we shouldn’t be divided because we are united as one nation. We are all the same and we are proud to be Malaysians.

I didn’t think I could be more excited when I find Malay words in the book. My heart always skipped a beat harder when I stumble upon familiar names that are actually living around me, they are people I know in real life, familiar places that I’ve been going to and hearing about all my life and also the unfamiliarity of what it was like living in the 60’s. It is all just painstakingly beautiful and I would no doubt read this book again.

People like Auntie Bee and Vince are so kind and important to keep around that Melati really is lucky to have met them. They don’t care about races and aren’t prejudiced towards the others whether someone is Malay, Chinese or Indian. Everyone is the same and should be treated just the same way.

I don’t think that I can say much about the OCD, anxiety and mental illness that Melati experienced throughout the story since my knowledge of that are still little but it’s enough to encourage me to find out more and to create awareness of how important it really is. I can see why they might thought it was the Djinn that are haunting her because here it is a normal thing to hear about.

I finally understand the reason behind the title of this book and it makes it even more special. I won’t say much about it but It really does make everything about it even more sense and just so special.

I have been so hyped about this book and it has been one of my most anticipated reads ever since I heard about it and the book totally has not disappointed me. I was expecting so much from the author and she has successfully delivered it with succession. I would totally recommend everyone to read this book to understand our country a bit better, our cultures and especially to my fellow Malaysians who read this book and feel like home.

Review by Naadhira (Goodreads)

Bookstagram Challenge (April 2019)

Hello UNTITLED. fam!

Here we present to you our Bookstagram Challenge for April! Yay! This is something new from us as from our observation we realized that some bookstagrammers may not be able to join our daily bookstagram challenge due to tight schedules or time constraints, so we have decided to make a weekly challenge this time round.

We hope that many of you will participate and we can’t wait to see your amazing photos! Happy Bookstagramming! (Cheers!)

Theme: Pop Songs Inspired.

Hashtag: #UBCAprilBookChallenge2019

Book Review: A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews

Rating: 5 Stars
Page count: 282 pages
Format: Paperback
Publication date: 7th June 2018
Published by: Orchard Books

Summary:

An emotionally charged story of music, abuse and, ultimately, hope.

Beck hates his life. He hates his violent mother. He hates his home. Most of all, he hates the piano that his mother forces him to play hour after hour, day after day. He will never play as she did before illness ended her career and left her bitter and broken. But Beck is too scared to stand up to his mother, and tell her his true passion, which is composing his own music – because the least suggestion of rebellion on his part ends in violence.

When Beck meets August, a girl full of life, energy and laughter, love begins to awaken within him and he glimpses a way to escape his painful existence. But dare he reach for it?

Review (Spoiler-free):

Every page of this book gave me a deep heartache. I couldn’t understand why it had to be this sad but I just know that it had to be sad. That’s how it should be. It tugged on your heart, threatening to rip it out of your chest and leave you bleeding on the floor. That’s how I felt when I read the story of Beck and his little sister, Joey. They’re born into an unfortunate fate of life and Beck was trying and doing his best so that he’d be the only one who faced the beatings. But to the Maestro, he was barely trying. To her, he’d brought shame to her name. He could play the piano till his fingers bleed but it could still be for nothing.

But Beck had music in him. When he was supposed to memorise the etude, he had this whole other music in him. The ones that he composed on his own.

Then, he met August and everything started to change.

I love the friendship formed between Beck and August. August led such a different life from Beck and for a bit I think Beck really envied her for that. But still the two of them came above their differences and formed an odd kind of bond. I don’t think this story centered around Beck and August. It only centered around Beck and his life and August was there and she gave him a whole other meaning to life and music, and I loved that.

The ending almost broke me to pieces and ashes. I almost lost it when sweet little Joey was dragged into the mess. I really thought my poor heart was about to stop beating altogether. I’m just just being dramatic, of course. But it really was such a sad tale about little children who wanted love but got nothing in return. I would recommend for everyone to read this and get their hearts broken the same way mine did. I promise you, you’d shed at least a single tear at the ending. Nah, scratch that, you’d sob.

Review by Bax (Goodreads)

Book of the Month (March 2019)

Hello UNTITLED. fam!

We are excited to present to you our Book of the Month for March!

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Book Blurb:

A music-loving teen with OCD does everything she can to find her way back to her mother during the historic race riots in 1969 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in this heart-pounding literary debut.

Melati Ahmad looks like your typical moviegoing, Beatles-obsessed sixteen-year-old. Unlike most other sixteen-year-olds though, Mel also believes that she harbors a djinn inside her, one who threatens her with horrific images of her mother’s death unless she adheres to an elaborate ritual of counting and tapping to keep him satisfied.

But there are things that Melati can’t protect her mother from. On the evening of May 13th, 1969, racial tensions in her home city of Kuala Lumpur boil over. The Chinese and Malays are at war, and Mel and her mother become separated by a city in flames.

With a 24-hour curfew in place and all lines of communication down, it will take the help of a Chinese boy named Vincent and all of the courage and grit in Melati’s arsenal to overcome the violence on the streets, her own prejudices, and her djinn’s surging power to make it back to the one person she can’t risk losing.

**Content warnings: Racism, graphic violence, on-page death, OCD and anxiety triggers.**

The Untitled. team wishes you happy reading!

Bookstagram Challenge (March 2019)

Hello UNTITLED. fam!

Here we present to you our Bookstagram Challenge for March!

March '19 Bookstagram Challenge

Theme: Majority The Weight of Our Sky Inspired.

Hashtag: #UBCMarchBookChallenge2019

We hope that many of you will participate and we can’t wait to see your amazing photos! Happy Bookstagramming!

Book of the Month (February 2019)

Hello UNTITLED. fam!

What is Book of the Month?

Book of the Month aka BOTM is a monthly readalong where we will spend some time to read and thoroughly discuss each and every aspect (from plot to characters to writing style to what we like and dislike) of the book in a podcast session.

And so we present to you our very first Book of the Month this February!

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Book Blurb:

An emotionally charged story of music, abuse and, ultimately, hope.

Beck hates his life. He hates his violent mother. He hates his home. Most of all, he hates the piano that his mother forces him to play hour after hour, day after day. He will never play as she did before illness ended her career and left her bitter and broken. But Beck is too scared to stand up to his mother, and tell her his true passion, which is composing his own music – because the least suggestion of rebellion on his part ends in violence.

When Beck meets August, a girl full of life, energy and laughter, love begins to awaken within him and he glimpses a way to escape his painful existence. But dare he reach for it?

The Untitled. team wishes you happy reading!

Bookstagram Challenge (February 2019)

Hello UNTITLED. fam!

Bookstagram — “It is a word combination of a community of readers devote to the passion for books and photography”.

Here we introduce our very first Bookstagram Challenge of the year of 2019!

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Bookstagrammers — “A bookish community where readers share their passion for books with a theme related of their own via photography.”

Theme: Valentine’s Day Inspired.
Hashtag: #UBCFebBookChallenge19

We hope that many of you will participate and we can’t wait to see your amazing photos! Happy Bookstagramming!

Hello there!

Hi, everyone! Welcome to UNTITLED.

We are, as you can already guess, a book club! (maybe we should work on some puns for a better introductory next time, haha) Here’s to a group of passionate readers who came together as one in establishing this book club. We will not only focus on read-alongs and online book discussions, but also some other fun activities such as writing prompts and movie discussions!

We have also established platforms to reach out to y’all amazing readers out there via Instagram and Twitter! (Do give us a follow!) A place where we will have monthly bookish challenges, monthly wrap-ups and sharing our current reads (CR).

As a book club based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, we are currently in the planning stage of making offline bookish gatherings too in broadening, promoting and encouraging the public community to read. We are always open to look for ways to make UNTITLED. an active and lively book club with our many activities.

Thank you for being here with us! For the love of books and written words, welcome to UNTITLED.!

Love from the UNTITLED. team!