Archive for "Aug 2007"

21.Aug.2007 Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami

Note: I used to write about books I read on my book site, but then I’m getting uncomfortable with a few functions (or lack thereof), and I’m so busy, or lazy, whatever you wanna call it, to fix it. So I’m trying this new format of writing about them on this blog. I’m still not […]

01.Aug.2007 Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki with Sharon L. Lechter

1st pass: Honestly, I’m reading it now mainly to know what the hype is all about. I know, it’s a bit late, it’s kind of old news, but somehow a few people around me recommended it almost at the same time. So let’s see what I can get ;> 2nd pass: Okay, finished reading it! […]

Battle Royale by Koushun Takami

Battle Royale is a controversial story about 44 ninth-grade Japanese students. They’re taken to a small isolated island, left individually with some survival items, one random weapon, and forced to kill each other until one winner remains. It’s an allegory of what it means to survive in today’s “kill or be killed” world. If you […]

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

This is a story about Henry and Clare, who met when Clare was 6 and Henry was 36, and were married when Clare was 22 and Henry 30. Henry periodically finds himself pulled suddenly into his past or future. They can neither prevent or control the force. I struggled to go through the first chapter […]

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Got this book from Wai Ming, says it’s his favorite book of all time. It’s a kids book if you want to categorize it, but may give stronger resonance to adults. Its narrator is an adult who thinks he’s still a child inside. Something that I believe we all can relate once in a while […]

Leaving Microsoft to Change the World by John Wood

I’ve been following Room to Read for a while before they published this book. Such a good book for more insights about how things came to be. John Wood himself fits my perfect image of a 20th century hero. He worked at Microsoft as the Marketing Director for Asia Pacific region when one day he […]

Memories of My Melancholy Whores by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Gabriel Garcia Marquez is an author from Colombia, so the book is originally in Spanish. Both my friends from Colombia and Spain recommended his other book (most famous), One Hundred Years of Solitude. Although I already have it on my shelf, I was kinda terrified of its ‘classic’ label and thickness, so I decided to […]

The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan

This is the 3rd book from Amy Tan, her first book that I read. It’s about Olivia, a half Chinese-American, that meets her half sister from China, Kwan. A lot of stuff about ghosts, reincarnation, and basically all Chinese superstitions. There are two parallel stories going on, this life and previous life. Both’s equally interesting […]

Boy Meets Girl by Joshua Harris

Joshua Harris’s second book (first being I Kissed Dating Goodbye). Whereas IKDG talks about single life, Boy Meets Girl talks about the next phase, when you actually meet someone and pursue marriage through biblical courtship. I don’t know why I read the book. I knew I wasn’t gonna follow whatever things he’s trying to teach. […]

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

This book is so beautifully written. I almost cannot believe that the author is a man, because he sure could capture all that feminine sense. For those who never got a really clear perspective on Geisha: They’re not prostitutes. (Well this I already knew before. But some people simply misunderstand.) In fact there are so […]

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