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…

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…

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. &…

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…

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…

Readers of the World, Unite!

Oh, for the love of books, this is (by far) the largest library in the world! I have not been to the library before but judging by the photos of it published online, it has to the largest in the world. This is definitely a bookworm’s paradise! A grand location where readers all over the world…

Why We Read and What Can Books Do For Us.

Have you often asked yourself why is it that you read? Why do you read what you read? Why do we even read in the first place? I suppose the simple answer would be for pleasure. We read because it pleases us. We read because it feels pleasurable to read. But what exactly is the…

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:…

A Change of Environment is Good for the Soul.

Starting a new job can be daunting. The environment is new. The people are new. The place itself is new. All the systems and processes that you’ll be using throughout your three- or six-month probation are all very new. The idea of working in a place where you’ll have to start familiarising yourself from scratch…

Spook Yourself Out This Halloween with These Books.

Another 5 more days and it’ll be October. How time has flown by so quickly, hasn’t it? And in a few days’ time, y’all will be preparing for the Oktoberfest and Halloween. Free flow fun, food and frolicking on the streets with pretty little ladies in skirts and pigtails. Not to mention, the beer as…

What’s the Most Unusual Bookmark You Have Ever Used?

I’m sure by now you all know how often I read. I read in the morning while having my breakfast. I read at lunch time while sipping my hot sencha and dipping crab maki (small rice-and-crabmeat-wrapped-in-seaweed) in wasabi and soy sauce. I read at night before bedtime. I even read at night way past my…

Literary Travels: Books to Bring When You’re Travelling.

Alright, I have a question for you guys. Do you often find yourself sitting on your sofa or in bed reading and daydreaming about being that character in your book? The one who’s busy exploring the world, having amazing adventures while meeting incredible people? If you said yes, then you’re just like me. I envy…

What’s Your Poison When You Read: Coffee, Tea or Booze?

  Once upon a time, I used to have my daily dose of caffeine in the morning, and probably another mug later on in the day when I want to read. Ever since my bowels went on strike after having a cappuccino, these days, a hot cup of freshly-brewed tea is the drink for me…