Tapping Into My Inner Artist.

It has been quite awhile since I last did any painting. Or reading, for that matter. It also could be a reason why I’ve slacked off in the stress prevention department. I’ve put off painting for two weeks now and as a result, I allowed the stress at work to affect me. It caused me…

Tune In To Your Audiobooks This June!

Some of you may already know this but I most certainly didn’t! Did you guys know that June 2017 is Audiobook Month? I didn’t even if I happen to have the complete works of Dale Carnegie in audio format. I just haven’t found the motivation to listen to him tell his story because audiobooks aren’t…

An Endless Cycle of Cause and Confusion.

There hardly is a book that I’m not a fan of and there are hardly many books that I stop reading if I find them boring. But there are the books that do make me question myself once in awhile, why am I reading this book if I find it so difficult to digest? Life…

My Top 6 Favourite Books … And 3 More!

Clicking through the intricacies of the Internet on a blissful sunny Sunday evening led me to a few websites for readers and bookworms. If you understand avid readers like me, it usually doesn’t end there. One thing led to another and I took a short trip down memory lane with Goodreads and unearthed some books I’ve…

Book Review: Sinners by Jackie Collins.

There was just too much sex, lust and perversity in this book. Too much. So much so that once I was done with it, I had to detox my brain with another one that came with none of what I’ve read in Jackie Collins’ novel. Gosh. The History Behind Sinners The novel was originally titled Sunday Simmons &…

Book Review: The Far Side of The Sun by Kate Furnivall.

When I think of beaches, I think of the sun, sea, sand and surf. The soft white powdered sands sifting through my fingers. The blistering heat of the sun bearing down on my back. The warm sea water on my skin. The surf that has the children screaming with joy and happiness. Not quite the…

Book Review: Summer’s Child by Diane Chamberlain.

Let me tell you that this was the most complicated, most convoluted plot I have ever read in a book! Never mind that there were so many characters to keep track of but the story thickens as the book progresses! Phew. I’m glad I got that off my chest! But no, really, it was as…

The Never-Ending Debate of Books vs Movies.

It was a peaceful Saturday sit-in yesterday for my husband and I. We kicked off the day with some music from the 80s on YouTube and ended with The Bodyguard starring Kevin Costner as the titular character and Whitney Houston as singer-actress Rachel Marron, the client whom Costner’s character was paid to protect. After the movie…

Book Review: Past Secrets by Cathy Kelly.

No. of pages: 615 pages Publisher: HarperTorch Year: September 13, 2012 Setting: Ireland Official Website: Cathy Kelly Past Secrets by Cathy Kelly was quite a pleasant book to read but it just added more nights of sex, secrets, lies and betrayal to my misery. Which is a shame as I still have many more Cathy…

Book Review: The Cupid Effect by Dorothy Koomson.

Blurb on Goodreads: Ceri D’Altroy watches too much Oprah Winfrey – and it’s having serious repercussions. Bored with London life and writing yet another ‘have the perfect orgasm’ feature, she’s decided to take Oprah’s advice and follow her heart’s desire. Going back to college might not be everyone’s dream but all Ceri’s has ever wanted…

Book Review: Goodnight, Beautiful by Dorothy Koomson.

Blurb on Goodreads: Nova will do anything for her closest friend, Mal, whom she has known since childhood. So when Mal and his wife, Stephanie, ask Nova to be a surrogate mother, she agrees—despite her reservations about what it might mean for their friendship. Then Nova’s fears are realized. Halfway through the pregnancy, Stephanie finds…

Read a Book and Put Your Brain to Bed.

Did you know that six minutes of reading before bed can help you sleep, dream and live better? No? Well, neither did I but that’s not the reason why I read-before-my-bedtime routine anyway. I read because it helps me to relax and eases the day’s stress off my mind. But if you ask me, though,…

Book Review: The Ice Cream Girls by Dorothy Koomson.

Synopsis by Goodreads: As teenagers Poppy Carlisle and Serena Gorringe were the only witnesses to a tragic event. Amid heated public debate, the two seemingly glamorous teens were dubbed ‘The Ice Cream Girls’ by the press and were dealt with by the courts. Years later, having led very different lives, Poppy is keen to set…

Book Review: The Chocolate Run by Dorothy Koomson.

No. of Pages: 419 pages Date Published: February 7, 2008 (first published March 25, 2004) Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group Author’s Website: Dorothy Koomson So here’s the other book from the same friend who loaned me The Stepmothers’ Support Group by Sam Baker. Actually, that’s the same friend who loaned me two bags full of books…

Book Review: The Stepmothers’ Support Group by Sam Baker.

No. of Pages: 408 pages Date Published: January 1, 2010 (first published August 20, 2009) Publisher: HarperTorch Setting: Present-day London Alternative Title: The Other Mothers’ Club Sorry for the long hiatus, guys. It has been a rather bumpy rollercoaster ride at the office and what with all the deadlines at work, I just couldn’t bring…

Book Review: The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais.

No. of pages: 284 pages Date published: 2014 by Alma Books (first published 2008) Setting: Mumbai (India), London, Lumiere and Paris (France) Original Title: The Hundred-Foot Journey Because I’ve seen the movie, I knew what the story was about. At least, the story that was told in and by the movie. So when I saw the…

Book Review: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Deborah Moggach.

No. of pages: 281 pages Date published: February 16, 2012 (first published January 1, 2004) Setting: Britain, Bangalore (India) Original Title: These Foolish Things When I first saw The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Deborah Moggach at the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale, I thought, “Wow, this must be the most eccentric book title I’ve ever…

Book Review: Odysseus: The Return by Valerio Massimo Manfredi.

No. of pages: 400 pages Publisher: Macmillan, September 11, 2014 (first published in September 10, 2013) Setting: Ancient Greece (the vast open sea and all the surrounding islands) Original Title: Il mio nome è Nessuno: Il ritorno And so Odysseus: The Return by Valerio Massimo Manfredi was my 25th book of the year 2016 and marked the…

Merry Christmas, Everyone!

So it was Christmas for us yesterday (it’s Boxing Day today for Malaysians as I write this blog post). I would have loved to update my blog much earlier but I was busy preparing my R&R for the long Christmas weekend. I wanted to make sure that I had enough time to do all the…

Book Review: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand.

No. of pages: 500 pages Publisher: Fourth Estate, December 4, 2014 (first published in November 16, 2010) Setting: America, the Pacific Ocean, and Japan Original Title: Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand was not the first historical non-fiction book I’ve read (The Secret Ministry of Ag. &…

Book Review: French Rhapsody by Antoine Laurain.

Type: Paperback, 232 pages Publisher: Gallic Books, October 11, 2016 Setting: Paris, France Original Title: Rhapsodie française French Rhapsody by Antoine Laurain was, by far, the last of the short novels that I’ve read for the year. Sad to say, I didn’t feel that it was as great as The Red Notebook and The President’s Hat, also…

What Does Happiness Mean to You?

What is happiness? How does one define happiness? What is it that brings happiness to us?  Yeah. These questions have been on my mind since starting that new job. It has been a very hectic three months for me since starting my new job. I’m all stressed and stretched out on weekdays, and I fight…

Book Review: The Secret Ministry of Ag. & Fish by Noreen Riols.

My Life in Churchill’s School for Spies Type: Paperback, 320 pages Publisher: Pan, May 8, 2014 (first published in August 29, 2013) The Secret Ministry of Ag. & Fish was the first ever non-fiction memoir that I have ever read. Throughout my entire lifetime of reading, the books I’ve always read were fiction; science fiction, romance…

Top 10: What Every Reader is Aware Of.

This is a situation that every reader is probably aware of and will most likely understand too. Aren’t we all born to read? Yes we are! Aren’t we all forced to work? Well, sort of… After all, where would we get the money to buy our books, right? Being forced to work is just one…

Book Quote of the Day: Markus Zusak.

I know, I know, it’s only Wednesday… How I wish it was Friday. How I wish the weekend was already here. So to make things better, how about a book quote from our favourite author? Well, my favourite author at least. The brilliant man and mind behind The Book Thief and I Am The Messenger.

Of Work, Hot Chocolate and Reading.

Hey guys, It’s been awhile since I last posted anything here. I’ve been busy with work, that’s why. A marketing executive role for me has taken over three-parts of my life and by the time I get home, I’m too tired to do anything else. Also, after wading through heavy traffic from the office back…