Finding Comfort in Books and Coffee

I am not a bookworm. Even though HG is one, I’d rather spend time watching TV series than reading books. Heck, I even used to think that reading books is a form of torture. Back in high school, they made us read a book every morning for 15 minutes before the class starts. What do you call that other than mental torture?

Well, that was before I started applying the discipline of reading books. A few months ago, a friend told me that most successful people in life like Oprah and Jobs spend some time to read anything before and after sleep. With that kind of information, and a huge drive in me to be successful (ambitious me), I started the habit of munching books everyday.

It’s not that I never read anything before. I try to read once in a while, but lately, my reading habit had grown quite intense. I am reading 7 books a week, 1 book for each day. It’s amazing to see how much influenced I am and how different my perspective changes about reading once I set up a pattern of reading.

Here are some of the books that I am reading:

  • Andy Stanley’s Love, Sex and Dating
  • Ravi Zacharias’ The Cries of the Heart
  • Larry King’s How to Talk to Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere
  • Tina Seelig’s What I wish I knew When I was 20
  • Joel Osteen’s Your Best Life Now
  • Patricia T’ O Connor’s Woe Is I
  • Steve Harvey’s Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man

As you can see from its titles, these books are about relationship and communication, which I am very much interested in. My next goal is to read more books that are out of my area of expertise. Why read books that doesn’t enrich you?

By the way, I don’t just read books before and after sleep, I would even read during lunch time. Perhaps, it is because of Blackseed Coffee, which is quite a nice place to read.



Located in Ruko Taman Hijau, Jl. Gedung Hijau, Pondok Indah, Jakarta, Blackseed Coffee has always been a familiar place since I was in school. But I never knew of its existence until a few months ago. Since then, I have been visiting this place over and over again for its fast wifi connection and books. They have tons of interesting books placed all over the cafe, I wish I could take them home!




There is nothing much special from the menu. But everything is served with a reasonable price. I would usually sit from morning till evening with only accompanied by a cup of coffee and a glass of lychee ice tea. It would cost me much or less Rp 50k.

Other than its wifi and book collections, I am in love of its decoration. Like written before, I have nothing but huge love towards vintage decorations. It makes a cafe less intimidating for an old soul like me. No offense towards modern and artsy cafes, but sometimes they look terrifying.


With all of that combine, Blackseed Coffee is a place I visit 3 to 4 times a week. If you ever find yourself here, you might actually bumped unto me. Which is a good thing, we could probably talk about books since I am (now) such a geek.

Oh, I’m giving Blackseed Coffee a 9 out 10. Yes, I love it that much and I wish it will stay that way.

Keep exploring,

DR. (@demasryan)


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