November 25, 2016

Sometimes You Just Need to Dare

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November 16, 2016

Oh My!!

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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

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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.

September 25, 2016

Blood Cleaning Hacks

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This is pretty useful for the problems that I always have every month. I wonder if these work on really old stains.

August 27, 2016

Sweden’s P.D. James

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730839P.D. James is one of my favorite authors and sadly I don’t have any more books of hers to read. I have been reading a lot of Nordic crime novels but most of them are written by men. However, recently I read a Camilla Lackberg novel which I really enjoyed. So it would be wonderful if I can get hold of Nordic women crime authors. While looking at the goodreads feeds, I came across this book Detective Inspector Huss. The author is Helene Tursten who has been described as the Swedish equivalent of P.D. James. I am intrigued. In what ways are they similar? There is a particular way that P.D. James write about lonely people that I just love. So now I am on the lookout for Helene Tursten!

June 5, 2016

All Is Right In The World

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Sometimes we experience a fleeting sense that everything is all right in the world. It can be drinking coffee, looking at the people around you going about their day, wishing that your life is spent hanging out in a cafe and a song playing in the background that captures the feeling. Then five seconds later, you reach the bottom of your paper cup, someone starts talking in a whiny voice, you notice the fly in the next table, you realize you have to carry your laundry home and that tomorrow is Monday.

June 4, 2016

The Coolest Prime Minister in the Planet

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If Justin Trudeau ever steps down as prime minister, he has a future in Bollywood!

April 11, 2016

Leftover Women

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For all the women in the world who are being pressured to marry by their parents, family, friends and work colleagues.

March 29, 2016

Books I Have Read (March 2016)

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  1. Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives by Gretchen Rubin – This was a better and more enlightening book than Rubin’s first one (The Happiness Project). I want to read this again so that I can find ways to change my habit of eating junk food. Overall an interesting book and hopefully I can make of good use in the near future
  2. Up and Down Stairs: The History of the Country House Servant by Jeremy Musson – Picking up this book was a no-brainer especially with my love for Downton Abbey and Lucy Worsley’s History of the Home.
  3. A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny – Another quick read while I take a break from all the non-fiction. Gamache and his squad is the most-well fed murder investigators in literary fiction! Surprisingly I liked this a bit better than the previous three books. Maybe it was the complicated family dynamics of the Morrows?
  4. The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny – I found the ending a bit confusing, was that really it? Still, I am planning to read the rest of the Three Pines books that I have on hand, three more to go!
  5. Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny – A continuation of the previous murder, a terrorist attack and a murder steeped in the first settlement of Quebec. The series has finally started to pick up with book four though the last one’s ending confused me but then was finally explained in this one!
  6. A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny – I liked this a bit less than the last one but very good character development in Beauvoir. I am only one book away from completing this series.
  7. The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny – This is the last book that I have from the series. I was a bit annoyed with Gamache and Beauvoir here, I know that they had zero religious background but there were times they came off as superior to the monks. I am sorely tempted to only give 3 stars to all the books in the series. All of them were quick reads and has improved by the fourth book but I don’t have any desire to read these again.
  8. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman – I came across a lot of youtubers loving this book. It was a YA book that used of transcripts of instant messages, memos, etc. to convey the story. However the book was just an amalgam of tropes that worked well but wasn’t enticing for me to care about the sequel. It is Battlestar Galactica meets 2001: A Space Oddysey meets Hackers.
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