No. of pages: 332 pages Publisher: Ballantine Books Published Date: 30 April 1990 Author: Amy Tan Setting: China and California, United States Synopsis Four mothers, four daughters, four families whose histories shift with the four winds depending on who's "saying" the stories. In 1949 four Chinese women, recent immigrants to San Francisco, begin meeting to … Continue reading Book Review: The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan.
No. of pages: 289 pages Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books Publication Date: 16 October 2012 Setting: Collingswood, New Jersey (United States) Author: Matthew Quick Goodreads Meet Pat. Pat has a theory: his life is a movie produced by God. And his God-given mission is to become physically fit and emotionally literate, whereupon God will ensure a happy … Continue reading Book Review: The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick.
In this day and age, we live in a constant and consistent updatable (if there's even such a word) lifestyle of connection and being "in-the-know". The moment we feel as though we're missing out on something important, we feel the pinch. Similar to what addicts feel when drugs and/or sex are out of their reach. … Continue reading What I Learned From My Weekend Social Media Detox.
I don't know about you guys but sometimes I feel as if I could do with a reboot. You know how hard you slog at your job to the point of exhaustion and collapse. Your brain is tired from all that thinking and squeezing. And you just want to jumpstart your brain with the very … Continue reading Can We Be Reprogrammed Not To Feel?
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.
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 … Continue reading An Endless Cycle of Cause and Confusion.
Sorry for the long absence from blogging. That's because I've been struggling with stress lately (mostly from work) and I've been trying to find ways to cope. Stress is something many people face, yet not many know how to cope with it. I know positive stress is good for us as it encourages us to … Continue reading Art Therapy: My Way of Learning to Cope with Stress.
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 … Continue reading Book Review: Summer’s Child by Diane Chamberlain.
Sometimes I wonder if modern technology today is good for us. Technology has helped to save lives, complete tasks, build machines, design skyscrapers and manufacture various modes of transportation. Yet at the same time, technology can also destroy what we have worked so hard to create. It can turn round any time and stab us … Continue reading A Costly Convenience for the Digital Savvy.
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.
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 … Continue reading Book Review: The Chocolate Run by Dorothy Koomson.
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 … Continue reading Book Review: The Vacationers by Emma Straub.