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…

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 Collected Works

When I first saw the title “The Collected Works of A. J. Fikry“, I thought that this is a book about all the writings by this obscure author A.J. Fikry, compiled by this person Gabrielle Zevin. Then I read its review, and it turned out that this book is about a bookseller and the reviewer…

Tiptoeing Into The Fantasy Genre

I’ll be very, very honest here. The world of the fantasy genre has definitely not been my cup of tea. As much as I love books, I guess I have been too institutionalized to be able to appreciate the Middle-earth, the White Witch and the great powerful ring. I bought the Lord of the Rings…

The Storied Life of…

It’s been some time since I read a novel for hours on end. I started reading The Storied Life of AJ Fikry a couple of weeks ago but I took a break from it as I was occupied with my research work and the kids were not feeling well. This afternoon, both of my children…

Read: High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

Rob Fleming listed his top five most memorable split-ups after his latest (now) ex-girlfriend Laura walks out on him. Reading on I found out that he makes lists a lot – top five dream jobs, top five records of all time, etc etc. He was not a dream guy material; he had an affair when…

Anne of Green Gables Collection

My Anne of Green Gables series is finally complete! The two books which were added to complete the collection are Rilla of Ingleside and Rainbow Valley. They were bought last weekend at Kinokuniya KLCC. As for the first six books, my parents graciously bought them for me when I was in my teens. I have…

A Pale View of Hills

I started reading Kazuo Ishiguro’s A Pale View of Hills when I was taking a much needed break from the usual routine by spending the weekend at Avani Sepang Goldcoast Resort. This was our second time there, and my first time not spending the night at home since I checked out of the maternity ward…

Read: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

In The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Hazel Grace Lancaster is a sixteen-year-old cancer patient who met Augustus Waters, a seventeen-year-old teenager in a support group at a local church in “the 137th nicest city in America”. The story went on with Hazel and Augustus falling in love with each other, and together…

Kane and Abel by Jeffrey Archer

Jeffrey Archer’s novels never fail to keep me turning the pages, sometimes reading almost up to 100 a day. I just recently listed him as one of my favourite authors, and I am looking forward to reading more of his works. After “Shall We Tell The President?”, I laid my hands on Kane and Abel,…

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Many said that Life of Pi by Yann Martel is a book that makes you think about life after reading it. I picked this book up several times at the bookstore, only to put it back into its shelve after reading and re-reading its synopsis. Somehow the story of a boy who was stranded in…