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?


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.


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.


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.