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…

Reading the Pulitzer Winning Works

My upcoming project – reading the Pulitzer Prize winning works of fiction. The following is the action plan in order to accomplish this ambitious feat. List the books to be read (winners, followed by finalists). It will be in order of newest to oldest, and most probably it will be read in that order too…

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…

Read: Letter to My Daughter

I first heard of Maya Angelou when I read the news of her passing away last year. I am embarrassed to admit that I did not know of her until then. A few months later, I saw a collection of her books at the neighbourhood book exchange programme, yet I did not pick any of…

The Night Circus: Falling In Love In A Cafe

In The Night Circus, Isobel Martin laughed and told Marco that the cafe is lovely. She described it to be “like an oasis”. Where can I find such an oasis here? Makes me long to be a barrista who serves great coffee and watch young couples falling in love at first sight on a rainy…

Who I Am, Why I’m Here

I missed several first few days of Blogging 101. I was all exhausted fighting a high fever and swallowing painful gulps due to tonsillitis, and any form of reading or writing was the last thing on my mind. Now I am inching slowly back into blogosphere, and trying to catch up with some missed homework…

Happy New Year 2015

The new year came and it’s already the second day of 2015. Something unexpected happened, so my schedule was thrown off board. I intended to write a review on my year 2014 in reading, but I didn’t make it. I wanted to reflect on my year 2014, overall, as well as on my writing journey…

My Reading Challenge in 2015

Hooray! I met my target of publishing four posts last week! So that’s the power of an editorial calendar and, of course, self-discipline. I digressed. We’re now in the final one week of year 2014. It’s the season of celebrating, reflecting and planning. I’ve been working on the planning bit for the past three weeks,…