Book Review: The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin.

Title: The Immortalists Author: Chloe Benjamin Format: eBook Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Contemporary Setting: New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas No. of Pages: 352 Publication: Tinder Press Publication Date: January 4th, 2018           If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life? It’s 1969 in New York…

Book Review: The Boat Runner by Devin Murphy.

Title: The Book Runner Author: Devin Murphy Edition: Kindle Genre: Historical Fiction Setting: Delfzijl, the Netherlands No. of Pages: 380 Publication, Date: Harper Perennial, September 2017           In the tradition of All The Light We Cannot See and The Nightingale, comes an incandescent debut novel about a young Dutch man who comes of age during…

Book Review: Leah On The Offbeat by Becky Albertalli.

No. of Pages: 364 pages Edition: Kindle Author: Becky Albertalli Publisher, Date: Balzer and Bray, April 2018 Setting: Atlanta, Georgia (United States) Synopsis: Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst. When it comes…

Terrible! That’s What It Was.

There are many things that can frustrate me and drive me up the wall. One of it is an online game that my husband introduced me to. Often, I’d find my character being killed off over and over again, despite the endless streams of health and mana potions. I end up telling myself that if…

Book Review: The Last Innocent Hour by Margot Abbott.

No. of Pages: 599 pages (although in iBooks, it was shown as 1,251 pages) Publisher, Date: Sand Hill Review Press, June 2017 Author: Margot Abbott Setting: Berlin, Germany Synopsis: It is 1946 and Berlin is a ruined city, the Nazis vanquished, but memories of the city in 1934 haunt Sally as she returns to investigate war…

There’s No Such Thing As Having Too Many Books!

You know what they say, Not enough shelf space? No problem. Just shove a thing or two here, rearrange that vase, move some of the figurines aside… and voila! I think there should be enough room for at least two or three books. It’s not a lot but it’ll have to do. Sounds familiar? When…

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: 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: 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 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: 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…

Book Review: The Vacationers by Emma Straub.

Type: Paperback, 293 pages Publisher: Picador, June 5, 2014 (first published in 2014) Setting: Mallorca, Spain The Vacationers by Emma Straub is probably one of the few books that I’d buy on a whim online or at the bookstore. Simply because the book’s title may have appeared online as an ad in relation to something I’ve…

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…

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

Type: Paperback, 372 pages Publisher: Pan Macmillan, October 1, 2013 (first published in November 6, 2012) Original Title: Il mio nome è Nessuno: Il giuramento Odysseus: The Oath was written by Valerio Massimo Manfredi and translated into English by his wife, Christine Feddersen-Manfredi. The Oath is the first book in a three-part series which also include the second book, Odysseus:…

The A-Z of a Book Lover’s Glossary.

Who else agrees with me on this? That no matter where we are, it will always feel like we have been transported to a new destination whenever we pick up a book to read. I feel that way all the time when I had my nose buried between the pages of a book. Carlos Ruiz Zafon…

I Love (Big) Books, and I Cannot Lie.

Do you know what piques your interest? Do you know what tickles your fancy? Do you know what catches your eye, and makes you go “Ooh!” and “Aah!”? For me, it’s books. I love books, and I love to read. I love reading so much that when I’m in a bookstore, I can say with…

Book Review: Homecoming by Cathy Kelly.

After having tortured myself with the earlier chapters of The Splintered Kingdom by James Aitcheson, you can only imagine my relief when I decided to abandon it and start reading Homecoming by Cathy Kelly instead. This is the second book written by an Irish author, and the next book I’m about to read also happens…

Book Review: The Splintered Kingdom.

I don’t often leave books unfinished but when I do, it is usually for one reason and one reason only: The story was boring. But this book wasn’t boring. No, boring was the least of my concerns. I stopped reading The Splintered Kingdom because the plot thickened so much that it was denser than my…

Book Review: Sworn Sword by James Aitcheson.

You know, I always try not to buy books that come in a series or a trilogy because I almost always never find the subsequent books that follow up with the first one. I consider myself lucky only if the bookstore or warehouse sale happens to sell all the books required in a series which,…

If Only Buying Books were Easy…

How many times have you skipped happily into a bookstore with one hand clutching your purse and the other hand skimming and feeling all the spines on the shelves? How many times would that be, where you have only one goal in mind — and that is to buy the book you have been yearning…

What Kind of Reader Are You?

After many years of reading and enjoying the sight and smell of new books, I’ve often wondered what sort of reader have I turned out to be. And whether who I am is common and ordinary or rare and unique. Not sure where you lie? Maybe this will help you: The Classification of Book Lovers…

New Year, New Challenges.

I’m sure many of you have Tumblr and/or Pinterest accounts at some point in your life, but would you have stumbled upon the infographics above for a reading challenge? I saw this on Pinterest but more often than not, I see it on Tumblr. I’ve never taken up the challenge as I’m not interested in…

When Reading Takes Precedence.

There will be but a short post today. A post that outlines my love for books and reading. There are many important areas of my life, from my marriage to my job. But only one thing stands out tall and bright, and they are my books. There’s something about reading that I cannot explain to…

Book Review: Landline by Rainbow Rowell.

If you found a magic telephone in your closet, attic or store room, and it allows you to turn back time. Which means that you have the chance to go back into the past and meet your teenaged self to right the wrongs of your life, would you take it? If yes, which areas of…