Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Mornings in Jenin; A Book Review

 
 
 
 
 
It has been a week now and still when I turn on a news channel there are still terrorising clips with the current Gaza conflict. The worse I have seen was a photo of Palestinian men on motorbikes dragging an assumed dead body of a fellow Palestinian suspected of being a spy for the Israelites. Morbid. Deadly. Barbaric. Sad. Heart wrenching. These are only a few words that can describe the book “Mornings in Jenin” by Susan Abulhawa.

How does one survive a land filled with death and fear all around you? How can one wake up every day and face the reality of the possibility of losing your family and of losing your own life? One must have courage and a lot of hope.

Once upon a time the Abulheja family woke to summers filled with eagerness of the olive harvest. There was celebration filled with laughter and joy and in an instant the Israelites decided to change all of that. A people (Israelites) who were hardened by the holocaust they ended up claiming Palestine as their home and country. Claiming it in an atrocious way. Mothers and Fathers wailed as their sons and daughters get massacred before their very eyes. Sons turned terrorists. Daughters raped. How can a family like the Abulheja survive? They did for they must.

Amal, one Palestinian daughter reshaped her future but not forgetting her past. She will define the face of the Palestinian woman scared but beautiful. This is her story and the story of her beloved family.

This book will give readers a window to how a simple Palestinian family struggled with life in the face of terror and how it changed all their lives for the better and for the worse. Reading this novel gave me a better understanding to the unending brutal battle between the Israelites and the Palestinians.

I give this novel a four out of five stars.
 
 
M.

N.B. The view of the blogger regarding this delicate matter is subjective.
 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Bliss is Here

 
 
 
Hello Bookies,
 
 
I know it has been quite a while since I have posted a new book review. I must admit that though I have not stopped reading I seem to have lost time in putting a review for you. Rest assured that I will be posting it real soon.
 
I simply believe that writing even if it is only a review comes to me like an inspiration. I just do not want to write a book review for the sake of writing one. I want to write a book review to inspire people to read as reading and writing has inspired me tremendously. I find my bliss in the sanctuary I call HOME and the sanctuary I find in the pages of a good book.
 
 
I hope all of you who find time to read my reviews will also find simple inspirations in whatever book that you are reading.
 
Always,
M. xxx
 
 
 
 


Monday, September 24, 2012

The Chase- A Book Review



 
 
WOW! What a thrilling “CHASE”! This book review for Clive Cussler’s novel “The Chase” is abosulutely superb readers will hold onto each page, flipping it terribly as a detective is out on a “fox hunt” for a vicious bank robber and murderer out on a spree robbing one bank at a time and leaving dead bodies for the sake of the thrill and pyshcological high.

1906, Western America: Detective Isaac Bell is up for a challenge, considered to The best of his time he is now given the task by the government to apprehend the vicious “Butcher Bandit”. If Detective Bell is the best of his field the criminal is no ordinary criminal as he has the mind, power and connection to wring detective Bell’s neck more than he expected. The “Butcher Bandit” is more slippery than a catfish and more cunning and dangerous than a tiger. Isaac Bell sets himself off to hunt the criminal but as the story unfolds he is slowly trapped in a web where he gets hunted himself! Will he catch his prey or will the prey devour him?

This would be my first Cussler novel and I must say it wont be my last! A complete adventure set in the “wild west” this novel would have to be one of my best read under “suspense and thrilling”. It is gripping and full of twists that I was driven away with “The Chase”.

I give this novel a five out of five stars.

Enjoy the indulgence of reading a book for not a lot us now have the luxury to do so.

M.


Saturday, September 15, 2012

Life of Pi




"Life of Pi" novel by Yann Martel is not one of favourite read. I expected too much from it I must admit and it dissapointed me BUT...............the film version looks very promising especially that it is directed by Ang Lee! I must say I am a bias with anything Indian and so the (Indian) colours of the trailer are simply enchanting. I hope I wont get dissapointed.  

M :)

Sunday, September 2, 2012

10 Must Read Novels

Not a lot of us are given the chance to pick up a book and entirely savour it from start to finish. I have come across those books I must admit, so given the chance to read I am going to write about my Top 10 novels that I highly recommend. I want to put a variation into these choices as much as I can.
 
 


Fall of Giants by Ken Follet: Current and out and about. This is one reason why I am putting this novel on top of my list (aside from it is written by Ken Follet). You can pick this up in any bookstore online or not but more than that this novel has SUBSTANCE! Early 20th century when everything in the world is rapidly changing, World War I erupts and sends myriad characters into complete chaos needed for all of them to change. A conservative English Earl and his headstrong sister, two rugged Russian brothers, a liberal German officer longing for love and an American intellect aiming for influential political seat. How do their lives intertwined with each other? How do their lives change? Another MUST READ!
 
 


Beneath A Marble Sky by John Shors: My personal favourite. I have always been fascinated with the Taj Mahal and this novel brought so much life and colour to the grandeur and subtle opulence that is the Taj Mahal. We know the historical facts behind its walls but the fictional story behind it as John Shors wrote will bring any reader turning pages. This novel does not only revolve around the building of Taj Mahal but it also revolves around the strength of a Muslim Princess named Jahanara and how she remained strong for her father and mother, brothers, friends, for her country and for the man she loves who carved Taj Mahal into a "A Tear drop On The Cheek Of Time", Isa.
 
 
 
 



Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez: My pick for a romance novel. Love is Patient as we all know but how patient can it be? Florentino lost himself after his undying love for Fermina has been rejected, still he continues to wait patiently for her love with time. Will Florentino wait earnestly to be loved back by Fermina? Will Fermina see how Florentino passionately love her? Or will all turn to dust with time?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Monsoon by Wilbur Smith: ARRGGHHHH!! Who doesnt enjoy a Pirate novel?! “Monsoon” is about the lives of four English brothers who have been separated by the sea. These four brothers who love and hate each other brought themselves to part ways embarking on a life journey filled with superb adventures thrusting themselves into gruelling peril and the reward of conquest.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert: Chic lit pick. This doesnt need a lot of introduction, right? Easy, fun, witty, and surprisingly a poignant read. It is a beach read that any chic would want to bring with her on a holiday either out on the beach or on one’s couch this is one refreshing “light” read.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis: My book series pick. A mash up of ADVENTURES! Would be the best description I can give the chronicles. A witch, a lion, and a wardrobe is so limited after reading the seven books. It is novel of an elated world filled with so much life and colour that any child and adult with a thirst for curios adventures will love. Cliché as it may sound when someone opens these books it draws the reader straight into its pages making you part of the adventure.
 
 
 
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho: All of us are dreamers there is no doubting on that. When we were young we were always asked what do we want “To Be” when we grow up? Eventually as we grow old we tend to simply go with the flow and sometimes some of us loose lustre on dreaming. This is one of the poignant messages that this novel want to transcend from. Never stop dreaming. This is my pick for anyone who is drawn to metaphysical novel.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Cry to Heaven by Anne Rice: How I wish I can pick a sonata or an aria for this novel for I want to describe all the words written for the sake of the voices behind this book. A passionate story behind the voice of a castrato in one of Anne Rice’s novel “Cry To Heaven”. This novel all took place in beautiful Italy, where art and passion never cease. Within the canals of Venice a boy named Tonio born to the Doge is trapped within the walls of a castle and the secrets of his family which lead him to become one of the most sought after castrati in the whole of Italy. A voice with so much passion, love and sadness. And as Tonio brought everyone into their knees as he open his mouth to sing, he on the other hand sings for his consumed longing of freedom, revenge and love. This is a wild card pick.


Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. This would have to be one of the best classics that I ever read and I think everyone should read once. For Mr. Darcy’s sake do read this novel and more than that this is utterly witty and filled with sarcastic humour!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 


The Odyssey by Homer: For one reason this is an age old tale that defies time itself. More than that this would be one of the most exhilarating tales ever written and told.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

These are my top 10 novels that everyone should read. I enjoyed reading these books, page turners, poignant, gripping and more, both old and new for you to indulge in.
 
Enjoy the indulgence of reading a book for not a lot us now have the luxury to do so.
 
M.
 
 

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Hasty Death - A Book Review

DELECTABLE!!!





That would be the perfect description of my current read "Hasty Death" by M.C. Beaton. This is book two of Ms. Beaton's Edwardian Murder Mystery and it is pure delight! Book Review for Book One -- Snobbery with Violence

My last read was no doubting one heavy read and after such a read, yes I do prefer to always dissect something light and entertaining and this book doesn't disappoint even if it is a light read.

On "Hasty Death" or feisty heroine Lady Rose Summer got bored with everything trivial that the aristocracy brings. She then decides that it would be a challenge for her character to be one of the working class, and she thought she can manage as a typist with her ever loyal maid Daisy. Being one of the working class really didn't suit her until a murder of Mr. Pomfret who has tight connections with society brought her back to work yet again as a detective with Captain Harry Cathcart. A scrumptious blackmail plot is all it needs to keep you turning pages with this witty book!

Another five out of five stars!

I end this book review with my favourite quote from the book.

"Two weeks had passed since the return from Farthings, and Rose felt she had entered again into a type of luxurious convent. Once more she has to change at least six times a day and make calls with her mother or various ladies society. She had to remember all the trivial things not to do, such as never opening the door herself, never looking around when she sat down- one had to assume a footman would be there to place the chair- and never to sit down on a chair still warm from a gentleman's bottom"

HILARIOUS!!

Enjoy the indulgence of reading a book for not a lot us now have the luxury to do so.

M.


Friday, August 10, 2012

Fall of Giants; A Book Review

Hello Bookies!

After a month of reading I am now ready to reveal my current book review and this is one magnanimous read is the first book of a trilogy authored by one of the best authors of the 21st century Ken Follet.




Fall of Giants.

The start of 20th century and everything is rapidly changing. Changes that can draw evolution and changes that can draw destruction. "Fall of Giants" starts at the start of World War I with characters drawn from a conservative Earl of England and his liaison with his estate maid, his strong willed sister fighting for women's rights, to rugged Russian brothers who want to change their fate and a liberal German officer who will do anything for love. The war has changed their lives dramatically, the war has drawn their fate, can they bend with all of these changes or will they loose faith?

Only one author can face a challenge to write a trilogy base on (20th century) history and we readers can only trust one author who can surpass his last work and I give all praises to this author, Ken Follet. Book one "Fall of Giants" is filled not only with historical facts but it is filled with intrigue, suspense, twists and yes even of romance.

Now a word of caution. This is a heavy read but it doesn't mean that readers should be intimidated by it, readers just need to be ready for it. I started reading it about four months ago but I have to put it down because I need to know more "outside source" with regards to European history. Prior to re-reading this book I read a few historical base novels and watched tons of period dramas so for the second time around I submerged myself into reading this novel and I honestly savoured and enjoyed it much.

I highly recommend this book for everybody especially for readers who enjoy historical fiction.

A Five out of five stars --- as expected from Ken Follet.  


Enjoy the indulgence of reading a book for not a lot us now have the luxury to do so.

M.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

My Devotion; Yoga




Hi Bookies :)

I am about to finish my current read but before I do and write my book review for it I want to share something personal about my life.

YOGA.

I have been doing Yoga for almost eight years now. I started practicing it out of curiosity and simply because I want to indulge myself into an "exercise" that doesnt involve lifting weights and so I introduced myself into Yoga. Introduce myself means I am self taught. I read and bought a Yoga video and from there my Yoga devotion started. It is not easy to start it without a teacher or as they are known these days as "gurus".

At first it was simply a weekly "exercise" which involves a lot of asanas and stretching but as the years transcend I also transcend deeper into the practice. Since it has always been my life's dream to grow as a person Yoga helped me to evolve. Before it was only a weekly exercise now it is a spiritual devotion.

I really do not want to go hippy with this blog, I just want to share my thoughts about Yoga. At present it is considered "in" if someone practices Yoga. I honestly feel sad when anyone only practices Yoga for bandwagon sake. Yoga is a 3000 year old practice which aims for us to grow inside out. Buddha practiced Yoga to help him reach Nirvana. Today Yoga is mostly used or practiced for the sake of pop culture and commercialism.

Yoga is not and will never be limited within a Yoga mat. True Yoga happens when you take your devotion into real life. True Yoga encourages the student to eliminate ones ego, to be grounded, to be content, and to savour life. Yoga encourages the student to practice and evolve but it doesnt encourages perfection.

In connection to reading I must admit that I wont know anything about Yoga if I have not read about it. With reading I am growing and evolving as a person just like Yoga.


M.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Tom Ford; Creative Mind

As a lot of us know Tom Ford made headlines when he made Gucci the "IT" brand. He is the "IT" designer. After that he later made his own luxury brand "Tom Ford" and it is no doubting know what luxury is. I only thought Tom Ford as a luxury designer until I saw this special on his Bio. He is more than a "IT" designer now.

I am putting this clip as one little diversion from book reviews for now. This is a very interesting watch as well. A lot can be learned from Tom Ford. You need to watch to know how this man defines ---- Style.


TOM FORD:

Creative....Perfectionist.....Intellect.....Crazy....Driven....Visionary.....




"We (fashion world) promote materialism which really doesn't bring happiness in the world. We do live in a material world, velvet feels good so there is an enjoyment to be gained in the material world.  but you have to put it into perspective because really it is nothing because we do not own anything in this world. For it really doesn't have any lack of  value and the important things in life are your connection with other people".


Tom Ford:

Dreamer.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Just Being Audrey :)

This is one book that I NEED TO HAVE!!! I simply love her. Beautiful inside and out.


Friday, July 27, 2012

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Lost In Austen

Hi Bookies!


I am not really a big fan of the television but I am a big fan of the modern television which we all know to be Youtube. Good thing about Youtube is we can simply type what we are looking for and it gives us options or chanels to watch. Now since I have been indulging myself with classic literature I am lucky enough to have found this marvelous series in Youtube entitled "Lost in Austen".



So if you are into romantic comedy...you NEED to watch this series of how a modern London girl ended up inside Pride & Prejudice! Total catastrophe but entirely funny!! There are a lot of twists in the story line as well so it surely is captivating! Here is the first episode and simply click onto the next. 

ENJOY!!!!


M.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

A Game Of Thrones - Book Two & Three - Book Review

This book review that I am writing is way overdue but better late than never. Like most of you I have been drawn to the HBO series “A Game Of Thrones” and yes I quite enjoy it that it got me started with reading the books as well. Click on the link below for my book review for the first book :





The Second book “A Clash of Kings” is full of twist and turns readers will always end up for a surprise. The second season for the “Game of Thrones” has been out already and the book is much better considering imaginations are better than the sets they made for the series. My favourite character for book two would have to be Daenery for everything and everyone is against her but she still battles on for her right to the Iron Throne. I think she feels herself lucky considering she bore the dragons. Other Kings from north to south, east and west are battling each other not realising that their worst enemy from the land of Westeros is raising her children who can breathe fire ready to fight a battle which will eventually burn everything and everyone. I give Book Two – a five out of five stars!





The Third book “A Storm of Swords” left me quite disappointed, which is my personal opinion. There are still interesting and unexpected twists but I felt that the author George R.R. Martin got tired with what to add into the middle of the book and just .... “blabber” so to speak. It got tedious to a certain extent but then I have to push myself to finish the book as there is no point not finishing the third book considering I already read the other two books which were a good read! Still the end of book three will leave readers A SHOCK!!! I give book three a three out of five stars.


Enjoy the indulgence of reading a book for not a lot us now have the luxury to do so.

M.








Sunday, July 15, 2012

Parisian Chic

Once upon a time I wanted to be a fashion blogger. Now it really sounds a bit trivial for me anyway. I have been following fashion bloggers quite recently and the young has so much vigor in them, so much creativity it is inspiring. With that said I am not turning my pages and be a fashion blogger once again I did that before and I think it is not meant for moi. I'll stick to books...for now. I guess age and maturity has taught me little tricks of the fashion world and I want to share them with anyone who might be stopping by to read my blog.

This is my style philosophy. C'est Si Bon xxx

M.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Persuasion- A Book Review




"I can listen no longer in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years and a half ago. Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you. Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have been, but never inconstant. You alone have brought me to Bath. For you alone, I think and plan. Have you not seen this? Can you fail to have understood my wishes? I had not waited even these ten days, could I have read your feelings, as I think you must have penetrated mine. I can hardly write. I am every instant hearing something which overpowers me. You sink your voice, but I can distinguish the tones of that voice when they would be lost on others. Too good, too excellent creature! You do us justice, indeed. You do believe that there is true attachment and constancy among men. Believe it to be most fervent, most undeviating, in

F. W.

"I must go, uncertain of my fate; but I shall return hither, or follow your party, as soon as possible. A word, a look, will be enough to decide whether I enter your father's house this evening or never."

- Jane Austen, Persuasion


I have never read such a beautiful love letter.

How do you rekindle a lost love? How do you bare to look and be with someone who has broken your heart terribly? Is it all lost? Is it all too late? Or is there still hope?

“Persuasion” by Jane Austen tells the story of Anne and Frederick, lovers once and separated by unfortunate circumstances. Pain bears hatred at times and so Frederick chooses to leave and be away from Anne but then again fortunate circumstances brought them back together. Is there love left? Or is love all lost?

This Austen novel was clearly written by a mature Jane. “Pride and Prejudice” was full of humour and wit while “Persuasion” is filled with maturity and character. I like the female protagonist as she is a complete wallflower and does not know how to give herself enough credit, one of the traits that our dashing male protagonist Captain Wentworth has always been drawn to. She let people around her take the lead for the sake of non aversion in the end she regretted a decision of leaving the one man she loves and adores.

It also gives us the picture of unnecessary vanity. On how some people in this case Anne’s father Sir Walter Elliot a snobbish, vain Baronet is so wrapped up with himself he scarcely sees anything including his dwindling finances and only sees his title, prestige and his entitlement as a Baronet as more significant to him than anything else. It also gives readers a picture of peerage and devilish ambition in the face of Mr. William Elliot- the heir presumptive to Sir Walter Elliot. Born poor he would do everything and anything to succeed the Baronet and the estate. It makes one wonder how people change for the sake of money which is a common theme in Austen novel.

 It is quite amusing to finish the book and realise that some of us do say ” if you are meant for someone time and tide might separate you but life and love will bring you back together.” In this story, old as it may it just proves that indeed life and love will always have a chance. 

A classic love story that I highly recommend for anyone to read.

Another five out of five stars.

Enjoy the indulgence of reading a book for not a lot us now have the luxury to do so.

M. 





Monday, July 9, 2012

It Is



Reading is Sexy...simply because it is.

M.

Friday, July 6, 2012

My Book Shelf

Hi Bookies!!

Not much going on for except savouring a good book. As a little breather from writing book reviews. I just want to share with you my little collection of books. In an island this collection is already considered a "mini library". We are very proud of it as our good friends do come to us for book recommendations and yes they somehow go home with a book or two. No library cards here yet just sharing our love for books and reading.




We have a wide range of book selection in the house. From classical literature to fiction and non-

fiction. My favourite genre is of course fiction. This is the paper back section.



This is the hard bound section. Our book collection is growing :)





Have a good weekend bookies and indulge in that book!



M.


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Pride and Prejudice - A Book Review

There is a sharp contrast if one is reading classic literature from the popular best-seller books today. I always believe that anyone should put a mind set before picking up a good classic like Jane Austen novels. I must admit that I was hesitant to pick up Austen books for the mere reason that the type of writing is totally different in comparison to how authors write now. Take for example this quote:

“If a woman is partial to a man, and does not endeavour to conceal it, he must find it out.”
Pride & Prejudice

I am used to reading simple verses if I may say. So if this quote is written today it would be:

“If a woman likes a man and she is not hesitant to show him her interest, he must obviously know and oblige her.”

Hahahaha! Or something like that. Close to that if I am not mistaken.

You see it is quite a challenge to read classics because for obvious reasons that the plot of classical literature is base on the “pop culture” at that time on what was considered to be “IN”.

So I was up for a challenge as I ran out of reading a good book and “Pride & Prejudice" was lounging for too long in our bookshelf so finally I decided to flip its pages. Now before you read any Jane Austen novel one must consider that women those days are expected to marry within their class, or even marry their relatives for the sake of succession and wealth. If not one must marry for convenience, security was more important than love. Love was trivial!



And so “Pride and Prejudice” starts with this quote:

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be on his first entering a neighbourhood, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of the surrounding families, that he is considered the rightful property of some one or other of their daughters.”

And so when a handsome and handsomely wealthy gentleman moved into a quiet English town of Meryton the Bennets were up for a surprise especially because the Bennets is comprised of the Mr. & Mrs. and five daughters which can only mean that all five are in search and in need of a suitable husband. Wealth was the top priority that Mrs. Bennet needed for any future husbands to be for her five daughters and comically stubborn as she is Mrs. Bennet is not taking NO for an answer. He needs to have at least 4000 pounds a year for him to be considered as appealing. 4000 a year was indeed a vast amount of money which this handsomely wealthy gentlemen have and so the Mrs. was keen, indeed very keen to “auction” her daughters to the new comer in town, and so our story begins.

Mr. Bingley settles in Meryton with him he brings the upper class air of London society but more importantly he brought with him the ever indignant and full of pride and infamous Mr. Darcy. So will these gentlemen ever find a suitable match enough for their wealth and stature? Or will they find that country girls are too drab or even uncompromising, as uncompromising as our protagonist Elizabeth.
I find the whole novel very interesting! Comical and romantic at the same time. How people change their views of someone simple because they have wealth and status in society. Some marry for love but when the tides get rough will they end up having regrets of marrying for sentiment, and preferring to marry for security sake instead? Will our protagonist marry for love? Or will Elizabeth marry for security? Which weighs in better?

After reading the novel I obviously went into “youtube research” and luckily found films/series dedicated to “Pride & Prejudice” and so it put more definition into the book. I think it has become rewarding to read “Pride & Prejudice” simply because it gave me a good contrast of how authors write then and now. I must admit I prefer classical authors they are so refined in their work and they take so much pride in their stories.

This would not be my last Jane Austen read, because of “Pride & Prejudice” I am now in a quest for more classical read.

I give this book a 4 out of 5.

Enjoy the indulgence of reading a book for not a lot us now have the luxury to do so.

M.









Monday, July 2, 2012

The Hours- MUST READ & WATCH

Most films today are based on well written books and it might not be recent but “The Hours” would have to be one of my favourite film adaptations. A MUST READ & WATCH!




Please read my book review for this book here:

The Hours- Book review






Enjoy the indulgence of reading a book as not a lot us now have the luxury to do so.



M.






Sunday, July 1, 2012

Value of Classical Literature



Many of us when we enter a bookshop the first thing that welcomes us are the best sellers of the month. Like you, I too would have a good look at some of them preferably on the fiction genre. I would grab a particular book and read its synopsis. Some of them to be honest with you.....well what can I say.....I couldn’t comprehend on why they end up on the “Best Sellers” list. Actually I really do not believe in the term. It is more like the “Band wagon” list.

I have no qualms about it but some of the books these days are a little bit shallow and mediocre, for me anyway, some books today lack meat in them. Anyone can write and have their work publish even a blonde Hollywood starlet can write and be an author. It has become too commercialised.

So a few of us go to thrift books shops which is my preference compared to the pretty, sanitised commercialised book stores. What I love about these book thrift shops aside from value for money is that the books you are buying have its own history already. Someone has read it which makes it valuable, plus it is a very good way to recycle too. I barely buy new books these days unless it is a MUST READ. Actually most of my owned books are second hand and I am very proud that they are. Gives them character!

What got me thinking about this topic is because for a long time that I have spent in bookstores thrift or not I always had ignored Jane Austen. I do understand the value of good classic authors but sometimes they can get very tedious and if you have to re wire your brain (so to speak) if you read something written by Jane Austen because the manner of writing then is absolutely different from today. I was up for a challenge as I ran out of a good book to read and “Pride and Prejudice” was lounging in my bookshelf for a quite some time and so I decided to read it. In fact I got this copy from a book thrift shop. I have to be honest I wanted to read it because I wanted to know who is this infamous Mr. Darcy which later on I was properly introduced and yes he does have a lot of pride.

This blog would be my prequel to my review for “Pride and Prejudice”. Reading classic literature makes me realise how and why these classical books and authors lasted for years and generations. This would not be my first classic book but I can always compare the works of authors then and now. There is no doubting that writing then was a profound type of art form. The only books that were published at that time were the ones that triggered human emotions and intellect and sadly today these books are a challenge to find.

I also find it a previledge to read classic literature as one must consider even Kings and Queens then and now have been drawn to read these literary masterpeice.

So I am on a book journey now on good literary classics starting with Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”. Do await my book review for it.

Please read this interesting insight of Mr. Darcy and a brief look of author Ms. Jane Austen as well.

What Mr. Darcy's really thinking....

M.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

What's Inside A Book Lover Bag?

I must admit that I rely on youtube these days for my daily fix of sensible television if you can call youtube the modern television. I am aware as well of the world of video blogging and quite fascinated with it too but absolutely not for me as I am not keen to having my identity exposed for the whole world to be deciphered and perhaps scrutinized by mere strangers.

One of the things that video bloggers love to do is to show “what’s inside my bag?”. I have thought about this “segment” in my blog whether I should write about it or not. I thought why not? It would be something different and also fun to write aside from writing book reviews.

So without further ado I give to you the segment:

“What’s inside a book lover bag?”






I love easy no fuss bags and satchel bags are one of my favourite types aside from the tote bags because they are very flexible and useful too. So what is inside my satchel bag? Counter clockwise:
  • Soduko. Another past time of mine just in case I need a break from reading. Very cheap and easy to get in any bookstore.
  • Notebook/notepad. My to do lists.
  • Handkerchief/scarf
  • Cellphone
  • Book. Of course a book lover bag can never be complete without it. Right now I am into Austen classics.
  • Pen
  • Fan since living in the tropics can get very hot & humid
  • MP3player
  • Wallet


So this is what is inside a book lover bag, well my bag. I do try to edit on what I bring or put into my bag. ESSENTIALS is the key word.


Who said book lovers cant be chic as well?

M.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Snobbery With Violence- A Book Review



This book review is for anybody who is drawn to books that are classified as an easy read but nonetheless filled with complete British wit and humour, a dash of upper class snobbery, an intriguing murder and wilful protagonist.

“Snobbery With Violence” by M.C Beaton (Edwardian Mystery Series 1) is a delight it is like having ice cream by the beach. Honestly, this one is a no fuss, funny, yet page turner book. Our very wilful protagonist is Lady Rose Summer who thinks her class -which is the English upper class- is a complete  bore and tries her best to shake things up by puttering with the Suffragette movement not realising that she is on for a shakeup herself when she gets involved in a murder mystery. Will this be interesting enough for Lady Rose? Will a wilful aristocrat lady find the courage to solve a murder mystery or will she end up as the next victim simply because she loves to putter about?

I honestly am not a big reader of Crime Fiction books but I must say I certainly don’t mind reading these series. It is superb! This book has a simple plot with interesting characters and well written. What more can you ask for? It is uncomplicated read which I love plus of course one must need to know who the culprit of the murder which makes one turn the page. Don’t you agree, what?

I highly recommend for this book to bring on a beach holiday.

For an easy read I give this a five out of five stars.

Enjoy the indulgence of reading a book as not a lot us now have the luxury to do so.

M.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

A Good Book & Music

Now that I have the time to be writing or as the internet world calls it – blogging – I am indulging myself into it. I am still reading and about to share my reviews with you soon. I have four books waiting to be reviewed but for now I am going to divert into something else other than books and book reviews.

Aside from books one of my other “like” is music. I know some of us really couldn’t read with music playing on background but there are a lot of soothing tunes to go with a good read. Allow me to share them with you.

My favourite reading background music/artist is Dan Gibson. He incorporates nature’s best sound to a very relax repertoire. My favourite album of Dan Gibson would have to be “Rhythms of the Sea”. Even if you are in your bedroom reading your book you would definitely feel that you are in a summer isle, in the warm sand and sun while getting lost in the pages of a book.




My second recommendation for a good reading background is Enya. Every time I put Enya on I always drift myself to a European countryside while reading. My favourite Enya album suited for reading is “A Day Without Rain” .

My last pick is Madeleine Peyroux. If you love Parisian jazz and warm coffee with your book Madeleine Peyroux is the one to play. This music is best for book lovers who enjoy the cafe life. My favourite Madeleine Peyroux album is “Half the Perfect World”.

The key to playing background music while reading is keeping in mind that it needs to stay in the background. I always believe that music enhances my reading to a certain extent, as my imagination runs with the pages of the book the background music playing paints characters, plots, and perhaps even emotions.

Enjoy the indulgence of reading a book as not a lot us now have the luxury to do so.

M.

Monday, June 25, 2012

"The Rice Mother" - A Book Review



I havent been blogging sadly though I have been reading so now I hope to get back into writing more book reviews which means I have to catch up with a few books. Well better late then never. Enjoy reading as much as I am!



Mangoes. Ripe mangoes would be the best description I could define “The Rice Mother” by Rani Manicka. Ripe mangoes for me has always been succulent, fresh, and exotic. This is what this novel is all rolled up into one.
 
An intoxicating story of a migrant Indian family blown away by fate and brought them into Malaysia where their lives intertwined ferociously.  Lakshmi the family’s empress unyielding to life’s cruelty brought her children as best she could burying her own pain in the end her constant but misinterpreted love for her children transformed all of their lives. An inevitable tragedy shook the family, death took someone away yet Lakshmi stands firm but at the end will her children be like her as well? Firm and unyielding to life’s cruelty? Has fate been unfair to them? Will they succumb to trials or will they bend like the bamboo?


"My uncle said, My heart is my bamboo, and if I treat it kindly and listen for its song, the highest, biggest nest will surely be mine." —Lakshmi, The Rice Mother
 
I fell in love with the novel immediately as it is very close to my culture and I can very much relate to it. The landscapes with its Malaysian backdrop brings readers to an exotic place where this story has moulded the characters perfectly. Dusty streets, huts, rambutans and durians, snakes, voodoos, ancestral ghost stories, incense & mantras makes the pages more vibrant and interesting.

The novel is all about deep Love and the very thin line that separates it from pure hatred. Sometimes the people we love the most end up as someone we hate mercilessly. It is about women who are in their subtle way became the back bone of families that they might stand upright and strong or they might bend and yield to a chronic disease of pain, of envy, of lost. More importantly it is about family that whatever happens, the world might turn upside down, we might lose everything in this world and beyond but one thing will remain.....where we come from and that is our family.

Another book for unyielding women, a book for all mothers, for all wives and daughters.

I give this book a five out of five stars.
 
Thanks to Anne Marie for the recommendation. Merci Beaucoup.


M.