Dear John

I thought that I am too old for romantic love stories of young adults until the day I started reading Dear John by Nicholas Sparks. I finished the first 120 pages in one sitting (while getting my hair cut) and read on right until the end within one week. Now, that is satisfying, considering that…

The Elusive Miniaturist

I haven’t been reading well (to be interpreted as not reading as much as I would like to) this year. I set a goal of reading 20 books this year, but as of today I only managed to finish a miserable amount of 2 books. It has been four months since I last posted, which…

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

I finished reading Cheryl Strayed’s Wild two weeks ago. It’s been a long, long time since I am so into a book. Lying on my bedside table is a tall stack of unfinishables, but within a month’s time, amidst the frantic busyness, I read page after page of Wild. The most incredible thing about reading…

Goodbye, 2015

It’s the last day of year 2015. As the last post for this year, I compiled some of the photos which I have taken as part of my Project 365. I know, the quantity (and quality) is miserable, but this is all that I managed to do. Of course, I took many other photographs as…

My 2015 in Books, and What to Look Forward in 2016

Last year, I set a target of 18 books to read in year 2015. I was feeling very ambitious when I chose that particular number. I even wrote a pretty detailed reading plan for 2015, categorized by month, genre, book clubs and reading challenges. It started off well but quickly went downhill as life catches…

16 Before 2016

The year 2015 is coming to an end. About a week ago, I stumbled upon a goal-setting blog post by Lisa Jacobs – 16 things to do before 2016. It caught my eyes because instead of the usual start-the-new-year-with-a-list thing, this is an end-the-year-with-a-list thing. I decided to jump on the bandwagon. The main motivation…

Lying or Manic Depression?

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart is most likely to be the last book that I am able to finish this year. Being in the young adult genre, I never expected the book to have such a gloomy tone to it. Reading the book is meant to be like listening to the protagonist telling the…

Room, with a capital R

I have a feeling that I might not have enjoyed Room by Emma Donoghue so much if I am not a mother of a four-year-old boy. More often than not, I found myself wondering what is going on in the mind of my boy who laughs at a cartoon joke, cries when his defiant younger…

Where’d You Go, Bernadette

I am a great fan of Gilmore Girls. I am not really a TV person, therefore not many TV serials managed to capture my attention as much as Gilmore Girls. It’s been years since I last followed Lorelai and Rory’s stories, and I am sad to say that I didn’t manage to finish all the…

The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Wicked Witch.” The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis is a collection of letters from “a senior to a junior devil”. The letters are a total opposite of the Holy Bible with God being regarded as “The Enemy”. Whatever that is extolled in the book is actually…

Home Is Where The Heart Is?

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Home Turf.” How I wish that “Home Is Where The Heart Is” is true. Perhaps there is a certain degree of truth to this phrase. A home is where our heart would like to be, after a long day at work. A home is where we can…

A Thousand Splendid Suns

Women in burqas. Men with long beard in long white robes. The war. The desert. Those were my impression of Afghanistan before reading Khaled Hosseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns. They were superficial and I did not bother to find out more. So to say that reading this book changed my perspective on this country is…