Anime, the best kind of distraction…

Took some days off to catch up on some reading (among other things), so of course, I was distracted right away by this… On the bright side, it’s kinda book/reading related… It’s about a manga writer, Kishibe Rohan, who goes to interesting places to look for inspiration for his next one-shot manga. In the anime,…

2020 Reading Year

I have more or less neglected this blog, and more than once was even tempted to delete it completely. Though I am still reading books and can’t leave the house because of the pandemic, I have been pretty busy with work and don’t have a lot of time to blog. I did not “review” any…

Book haul!

My latest book haul, this time from Kinokuniya Singapore. I have been ordering from them since September 2020, but this is the fastest delivery to date, only 4 days! Ordered some books I wanted to read last year, as well as the last books of The Wheel of Time, completing the series! Now…which book to…

Bookstore Discovery

I recently learned about Books Actually, which is an independent bookstore in Singapore, and tried their online store. The books I ordered came individually wrapped in cute paper wrapper with color coordinated bookmarks. And the shipping was pretty fast, just a full week! They have a wide selection of Western and Asian fiction. Will definitely…

Booker International Winners

I recently completed my collection of post-2016 Booker International winners: The Vegetarian – Han Kang A Horse Walks into a Bar – David Grossman Flights – Olga Tokarczuk Celestial Bodies – Jokha al-Harthi So far the one I’ve read is The Vegetarian, which, I’m not gonna lie, I didn’t love. Up next, A Horse Walks…

Four Classical Novels of Chinese Literature

I’m just one book away from completing my collection of the Four Classical Novels of Chinese Literature.  The editions of the three of the four novels I have are not the best translations, but as I am not a scholar of Chinese or Asian literature or any kind of literature for that matter, I am…

The Nine Cloud Dream

The Nine Cloud Dream is a 17th century Korean novel attributed to Kim Man Jung about a young Buddhist monk from a sacred mountain who falls from grace by obsessing over earthly pleasures. One day, upon returning drunk from the kingdom of the Dragon King, the young monk Hsing-chen meets eight beautiful fairies barring his…

The Mirror and the Light

After more than 10 years, the third and final installment of Hilary Mantel’s twice Booker-winning trilogy about Thomas Cromwell has finally been published. The first and second books were only around three years apart (2009 and 2012), but it took Mantel eight years to finish the concluding novel, The Mirror and the Light, which continues…

Hotel du Lac

I don’t really know how I feel about this book, which is about a romance writer who stays at a Swiss hotel to escape a scandal. A short novel that is funny and intriguing at times but far from amazing and compelling. Surprisingly, Hotel du Lac won the Booker prize in 1984 (beating JG Ballard’s…

The Princess Bride

I can’t believe I waited this long to read The Princess Bride. I watched the movie hundreds of times as a kid, but William Goldman’s novel is funnier and more entertaining (if that’s even possible) than the film. I am sure most of you know what The Princess Bride is all about thanks to the…