My Best Book I Read in 2017

As I said in the previous post that I want to share my best book I read in 2017. These are 5 books I recommend to read to everyone 


How To Be Parisian: Wherever You Are by Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret, Sophie Mas

This is my second book about Parisian after French Women Don’t Get Facelifts: The Secret of Aging with Style & Attitude by Mireille Guiliano. If you are down and want to feel like a true lady with Parisian style, I suggest to read this book to boost your mood. It is full with beautiful photos and practical suggestion which is great for weekend reading in sunny day.


Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

An empowering and practical book for any women or male reader with feminism interest. This is surely the most powerful book I ever read this year. It can be used as your guide how to balance you work-life particularly in the male dominated work environment. It is also have a great notes for everybody to understand evolution of man and woman’s traditional roles in modern day. Luckily found this book at my school library. If you like book something like this you probably will like Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder by Arianna Huffington.


The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well by Meik Wiking

This is not your typical coffee-table book. For me it is a wonderful book about the art of Scandinavian living that you always want to be found near your bedside.


Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

I heard this book a lot from listening podcast and later from my best friend. As he stated it is beautifully written. Gorgeous and fair inside and out. It is definitely one of the most touching books I have ever read. I remember The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956 by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, or The Mute’s Soliloquy: a Memoir by Pramoedya Ananta Toer about life in exile and being prisoners without formal accusation or trial when reading this book. It is vintage book but its take-home-message still relevant to nowadays situation on how to keep positive to find meaning of life.


Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport

I bought this book after following Cal Newport’s blog, Study Hacks, about making productive, valuable, and meaningful work in an increasingly distracted digital age. Totally a recommended book if you have interest to improve your work-life balance.

Other books that is currently in my reading list and wish list

Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World
by Timothy Ferriss

Lagom: Not Too Little, Not Too Much, Just Right: The Swedish Guide to Creating Balance in Your Life by Niki Brantmark

Elon Musk: Inventing the Future by Ashlee Vance

The Lost Species: Great Expeditions in the Collections of Natural History Museums
by Christopher Kemp

Photo is a Buddha head from Big Garder Corner in Sanur. It is a pretty place, famous for photospot and most likely visited by locals. Maybe it is a bit touristy sometime. But it worthed to visit since you only need to pay Rp 25,000 (+drinks included). It is intended as an art gallery where you can buy rock carvings or statues or probably have your future wedding/party here.

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