Posts Tagged "Orange"

16.Feb.2014 The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

After my trip to the site of Troy in Turkey, I finally got to reading The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. I intended to read it before the trip, but didn’t get around to. It’s a question I often ask myself, is it better to read a related book before or after the trip? […]

26.Jan.2013 Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

Fingersmith was a really fun book to read from beginning to the end, though I thought it almost touched the borderline of being “wordy” (being 550 pages). The first twist (probably the biggest too) left me in a state of euphoria, as I got so excited that I did not see it coming at all. […]

26.May.2010 The History of Love by Nicole Krauss

I loved this book. I really really loved it. Hopelessly fell in love with it. There, I need to get that off my chest. There’s something about the writing that just hit me at all the right places. My funny bones, my melancholy bones, and all the bones I have that possibly evoke feelings. I […]

22.Mar.2010 About the Orange Prize List 2010

The Orange Prize for fiction has just released its longlist. I was excited to find that I have 2 of the books on the list! Both books were obtained last year (I wrote about them here and here). I was interested by Secret Son because it’s Moroccan (author and setting) and The White Woman on […]

29.Aug.2009 Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie

(left is my advanced copy and right is the published cover) Burnt Shadows is a pot mix of everything. Setting in various countries, check. People from different culture who speak different languages, check. Mix them up. Mix them up as much as possible, check. A German has relationship with a Japanese in Japan. The Japanese […]

09.Jun.2009 Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Purple Hibiscus’s heroine is 15 year-old Kambili who is raised in a very uptight, almost delusional, rich Catholic family in Nigeria. The family that is run by tyrannical Papa, who is truthfully a very frustrating and depressing character, because he doesn’t just abuse. He abuses in the name of God and cries like he’s forced […]

12.Jun.2008 A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary For Lovers by Xiaolu Guo

This book is shortlisted for the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction 2007, interestingly. I was flipping through the first few pages at Borders and was intrigued, so I borrowed the book not long after from the library. As funny and interesting the main character’s thoughts were, I quickly got annoyed with the deliberate writing of […]

19.Nov.2007 The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

I picked up the book from Moonriver Cafe (Singapore Official Bookcrossing Zone). It was registered by birmingham-rose in UK, and has got 9 journalers across 5 countries since. This is the type of book I read because everybody reads it. Quite unexpectedly though, I enjoyed it. It’s quite an easy reading. I’m not sure if […]

18.Oct.2007 The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

This book is my first bookring that I got. It had 10 journalers and 26 journals before I got it. A well traveled book :). You can see it here and join the ring if you want. I’m sending this book to the next person in Australia. Got it from: followdream, US (bookring) Rating: 3.5 […]

01.Aug.2007 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 […]

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