November 16, 2016

Oh My!!

Filed under: Books, Uncategorized — Tags: — rvchua @ 11:24 am

30841109I am sorely tempted to get this. Or is it a repeat of the tv series? Releases on Nov 22, 2016.


November 12, 2016

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Filed under: Books, Uncategorized — Tags: — rvchua @ 8:16 am

32605051Hi Mjolnir, you look good! I am interested to read on Gaiman’s take on Odin, Thor, Loki and Ragnarok. Didn’t Odin appear in the Sandman series. I kinda miss Gaiman’s books, it has been a while since I was blown away by his stories.

The book is set to release in 2017.

November 7, 2016

Historical Non-Fiction I Want to Read

Filed under: Books, Uncategorized — Tags: — rvchua @ 12:21 pm

I just finished the love story of Princess Charlotte and Prince Leopold so I am in the mood right now to read more biographies of English royalty like Empress Victoria of Prussia and her father Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (I need to remind myself he isn’t like Tom Hughes in the tv series Victoria). Also I want to learn more of women’s lives during Georgian England.

November 3, 2016

Books I Have Read (October 2016)

Filed under: Books — Tags: — rvchua @ 10:17 am
  1. No Fond Return of Love by Barbara Pym – This was so disappointing! Characters that I just did not like. A woman who intentionally meddles in other people’s lives for reasons I cannot understand. A separated man who makes advances to a 19 year old girl. The only scene I enjoyed was when Dulcie realizes that Aylwin has fallen for her niece! And in the end it looks Dulcie ends up with Aylwin who I can’t find anything redeemable about him.
  2. Angel CatBird Vol 1 by Margaret Atwood – Don’t be fooled that this is written by Atwood because it read like a campy B-comic.
  3. The Beige Man by Helene Tursten – Finally a Nordic detective not as screwed as Hole or Wallander. Interesting working relationship with the team. I need to find more from this author.
  4. The Diving Pool: Three Novellas by Yoko Ogawa – Since I haven’t read a lot of Japanese authors, I had to compare this to Murakami. We do get the female perspective but still dysfunctional characters in ordinary situations. I found it creepy in some ways.
  5. Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie – This was a better constructed book that Americanah and I wished I read this first. However I still feel distant from the story. Maybe because being Filipino I have a different experience?
  6. The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo – One of my dreams is to visit one of the Nordic countries but reading all of these Nordic crime books don’t give a very good picture of those countries. Neo-Nazism, assaults, assassinations, etc. In this book, Harry has a very interesting relationship with his partner Ellen which was unfortunately cut short. I wished there were more books with Ellen since they make a good team.
  7. Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan – This was still fun but if I didn’t read this right after it was released some of the pop culture references would fall flat. If I want to distract myself and need a quick book, this series would be it. I enjoyed that there wasn’t any big romance in it like most YA.
  8. Silent in the Sanctuary by Deanna Raybourn – This was a good combination of Victorian mystery interspersed with smoldering scenes between Julia and Nicholas. If this was a regular historical romance, the mystery would most likely be sub-par. I do wish I read this quickly instead of putting it down for a couple of days because I lost the momentum of the story. This would be a wonderful series to go back to if I can find more books!
  9. Ten Years in the Tub: A Decade Soaking in Great Books by Nick Hornby – I am always fascinated with what people read. This book is a collection of columns that Nick Hornby wrote about the books he bought and read. Just like any ordinary person, Hornby also has a tendency to buy aspirational books, things he wants to read but probably will never read. Most of the books he talked about don’t interest me (music, sports, etc) but I always look forward for his reviews on books that I have read. Interesting to note that he was introduced to YA and enjoyed it! I wish I did not read this book as a novel but as a collection of short stories because it took me forever to finish.
  10. Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West – There were essays that I liked and could relate however there were those that I was ambivalent with.

October 22, 2016

October 2016 Book Haul

Filed under: Books — Tags: , — rvchua @ 11:58 am

I was feeling bad last night so finding a lot of good books today was a thrill for me. I also found Jeanette Winterson’s Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, Robin McKinley’s Beauty and Tamora Pierce’s First Test.

I really got lucky finding these books and I want to savor reading them!


October 15, 2016

Books I Will Never Read

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I have read three memoirs by three funny ladies: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Felicia Day. The first two were underwhelming, the last one was slightly better because I have a soft heart for Felicia Day who I have religiously followed her Vaginal Fantasy podcasts for more than 4 years.

Mindy Kaling’s book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? has been released for quite some time and her third book was just released last month. I used to read her blog before but my unfortunate encounter with memoirs from comediennes have turned me off from reading any of Kaling’s books. Also recently released was Amy Schumer’s book while Anna Kendrick is coming out next month. I have learned my lesson, no more memoirs from funny people who are still alive because I don’t them funny at all!


October 6, 2016

Books I Have Read (September 2016)

Filed under: Books — Tags: — rvchua @ 12:23 am
  1. Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews – I was disappointed that Andrea’s point of view was almost the same as Kate’s, sometimes I find myself forgetting that it is Andrea’s story. However I did enjoy Anubis appearance in that world. Also, I wished the romance between Andrea and Raphael was handled differently.
  2. Magic Gifts by Ilona Andrews – I made a mistake of reading this after Gunmetal Magic because the two stories actually overlaps. Also, nothing can compare to Kate and Curran’s relationship and dynamics. It was good to be back in Kate’s world.
  3. Lady Susan by Jane Austen – It took a while to get back to Austen’s writing. This was a bit short and I think watching Love and Friendship would make me enjoy the main character a bit more. In this tale, not everything ends up happily ever after.
  4. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope – I suddenly picked this up because of Booktube and because I saw there was an old tv series The Barchester Chronicles with Alan Rickman as Obadiah Slope. I really disliked the early chapters of the book because I just didn’t care about all the intrigues of the clergy. It became interesting when the female characters came in especially the romance part. There were some frustrating characters like Mr Harding who always remind me of the quote “the meek shall inherit the earth”. However I don’t think he will inherit the earth. Around the half-way point I was starting to enjoy the book and can’t wait to read the next one Doctor Thorne which also has a new tv adaptation. However the book took forever to read, it just went on and on and made me fall into a reading slump.
  5. Age of Myth by Michael J. Sullivan – It took me a while to find a book that I could push through with my reading slump. I haven’t read any Michael J. Sullivan before so I wasn’t sure with his style. Fortunately I found the book engaging, unexpected and filled with interesting characters. Because I knew the book was just the beginning of a long series, I did not expect the events to happen in such a way. I think this is the first time in years that I eagerly await the next book of a new series!
  6. A Suitable Vengeance by Elizabeth George – I was excited to read this because the series was highly recommended by Booktuber Kate Howe. The writing was easy read however I felt distanced from the characters. I think the tension between Lynley, St James and Deborah just overwhelmed everything else. Also I don’t think it was the best book to start the series since Lynley wasn’t doing real detective work in the story. Also, his partner Detective Havers is not present and I have heard that there is a lot of tension between them which is not something I am eager to read about. I will probably read another book from the series if I ran out of books to read.

September 29, 2016

2016 Wishlist#4

Filed under: Books, Shopping — Tags: — rvchua @ 12:14 am

kindleReading from my iPad mini is a strain on the eyes, I really need to move on to another device. Since 95% of the time I use my iPad mini as an ereader, I might as well get a Kindle right? However I have never physically come across a Kindle so I don’t know if I would like it. Can I still open the ebooks I have in my laptop? I am still thinking and thinking.

September 24, 2016

Vision Board #2

Filed under: Books, Travel — Tags: , — rvchua @ 11:17 am

Do vision boards really work? I don’t know so this is my experiment.

I already posted my the first picture for my vision board in Facebook. What does it mean, I am not exactly sure. Is it coffee? Work? Or?

One thing I really want do again is travel. I want to travel again. I am inspired to go to any of the Nordic countries. One is Sweden. I don’t really have an idea of what Sweden looks like except for two. The first one is Nyhavn where I saw a video of Kino McGregor doing Ashtanga in front of the people who just ignored her. That video also showcased her chanting the opening chant.

Another Swedish image implanted in my mind is the rapeseed field in the first Wallander episode, the one with Kenneth Branagh. I would love to visit the countryside: Ystad, Malmo, Skane, Smaland, etc. All those places mentioned in the books!


September 19, 2016

2016 Wishlist#3

Filed under: Books, Shopping — Tags: — rvchua @ 1:35 pm

I usually only buy used books but because I was impressed with Michael J. Sullivan’s Age of Myth that I want to buy the entire The Riyria Revelations. I must be mad!


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