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…

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…

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…

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…

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

One particular edition of this book has a very cool cover: It glows in the dark. Penumbra is the so-called owner of a 24-hour bookstore in San Francisco. Clay is an ex-IT-media advertising guy who has just lost his job, and ended up working the midnight shift at Penumbra’s bookstore. The bookstore is not any…

I Am Intimidated by My Bookshelf

I had a glimpse of my bookshelf just now when I opened its doors to put something in, and for the first time, I felt scared. Intimidated. Throughout these seven years I have been buying and hoarding books. Many of those who love to read would be able to empathize with my obsession with books,…

Read: Of Mice and Men

I brought this book along with me when I had to see the dentist last Saturday, knowing that it would be a long wait before I could get to confirm the cause of my toothache. I chose John Steinback’s Of Mice and Men because it was thin, so I ambitiously hoped to finish it within…

Read: Me Before You

Initially I was hesitant about picking up this book. It looked like chick lit, and I was getting a bit tired of usual themes in chick lit. But Me Before You by Jojo Moyes has good reviews, and it’s one of the books to read in 2015 before its movie release. I was surprised to…

Fall in Love in a Book

I just finished reading Jojo Moyes’ Me Before You, and the quote above fits just right with the book. I can only imagine the characters’ looks, good looking or not. I can only imagine their physical appearances, their height, their stature, the way they carry themselves. But I fell in love with Will Traynor’s wittiness,…

Read: The Embassy of Cambodia

Mention of the word “embassy” triggers some childhood memories in me. Memories of my late mother. She was an Indonesian of Chinese ethnicity, and she married my father who is a Malaysian of Chinese ethnicity. Before she received her permanent resident status, she had to settle some of the matters related to immigration at the…