A few days ago, I read the news online of a 14-year old student in Penang who committed suicide after being accused of stealing her teacher's iPhone. According to the report, the student firmly denied doing the dirty deed but her denials fell on deaf ears. She was also struck for failing to own up … Continue reading False Accusations and Suicides are Causes for Concern.
Last night, I dreamt I went to Manderley again... If there was a book to be written by R. L Stine in his famous Goosebumps series, it should include Mrs Danvers as one of its key characters. Heck, maybe she should be the key character and main ghost host in the story. Because she was, … Continue reading Mrs Danvers in ‘Goosebumps on Manderley’.
No. of pages: 348 pages Published: 20 June 2014 Publisher: Atlantic Books Settings: Minnesota, America Website: http://www.cherylstrayed.com I've read books where grief and sadness were concerned and I had to take short breaks for the sake of my emotions. I remember reading Red Lotus by Pai Kit Fai. The events were so painful they tore my … Continue reading Book Review: Torch by Cheryl Strayed.
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 … Continue reading Book Review: Goodnight, Beautiful 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 … Continue reading Book Review: The Ice Cream Girls by Dorothy Koomson.
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 … Continue reading Book Review: Odysseus: The Return by Valerio Massimo Manfredi.
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. & … Continue reading Book Review: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand.
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 … Continue reading Book Review: The Secret Ministry of Ag. & Fish by Noreen Riols.
Type: Paperback, 335 pages Publisher: Virago, May 1, 2013 (first published in 1951) Original Title: My Cousin Rachel Characters: Philip Ashley, Ambrose Ashley, Rachel Ashley, Signor Rainaldi, Nicholas Kendall, Louise Kendall, Father Pasco, Mrs Pascoe, Mary Pascoe, Seecombe, Tamlyn, and Wellington. So, here I am, back again with yet another book review. This time, it's of a … Continue reading Book Review: My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier.
I'm pretty sure by now you have all heard about the current mobile phone phenomenon, Pokemon Go. It was recently released in Malaysia and when it went live on the first day, everyone went nuts for it. Once upon a time when our parents fought hard to keep mobile phones away from the dinner table, … Continue reading Have You Caught ‘Em All Yet?
Remember the little one that we plucked right off the middle of a busy residential road? The little kitten we rescued on Father's Day? Yes, the very same. Just to be clear on what's been going on, the little one has passed away. She has gone to join her Maker in cat heaven (and maybe … Continue reading The Last Kitten Rescue Update
A short post today, after reading all the reports and post-mortem articles on the Orlando shooting: My condolences to the victims of the shooting, and their families. I pray that they will find some calm and peace amidst the rocky waves of terror and fear. No human being should ever have to go through this. … Continue reading My Heart Goes Out to the Orlando Victims.