4 Horror Books To Read This Halloween

“What do you usually read?” is a question I often get whenever people find out that I like reading. And when I reply that I like horror, there’s always this funny expression on their faces, as if I have just committed social suicide by daring to admit this in public lol. I mean, I get it. Horror movies and books have always been considered ‘low … Continue reading 4 Horror Books To Read This Halloween

Book Review: The Lady Of The Rivers by Philippa Gregory

Most tales in history tell the stories of men, who ride to wars for gospel, glory and gold, or scheme and plot against their political rivals. Little is said of the women who lived in these times, except as ‘commodities’ – pawns to be married off to cement alliances, bring wealth into a family, or treated as baby-making machines. But historians and storytellers often forget … Continue reading Book Review: The Lady Of The Rivers by Philippa Gregory

Book Review: Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

Japan is a fascinating place, but it is also one that can seem rather… unusual to outsiders. Like how they’re insane sticklers for punctuality (the management of a train service issued an official apology ‘for the inconvenience caused’, after the train departed 20 seconds early). Or their crazy dedication to order and their need for conformity (there’s a Japanese saying that goes ‘the nail that … Continue reading Book Review: Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

Book Review: And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

Khaled Hosseini is a brilliant writer. His vivid descriptions and complex characters spring from the pages, and he is unafraid to write about things that most authors  shy away from. His stories often revolve around his homeland, Afghanistan, and the hardship of everyday Afghans. But in the midst of this pain and suffering, Hosseini offers up rare glimpses of beauty and hope in a land … Continue reading Book Review: And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

Book Review: The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seiersad

For many of us before 2001, Afghanistan was simply another dot on the map in the Middle East – one of those poor, problematic countries torn apart by a long history of war. Until September 11 happened. Suddenly, everyone wanted to know more about Afghanistan. What were the Taliban? Was the Islam they adopted the real Islam? Were Muslims really violent? Why were they attacking … Continue reading Book Review: The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seiersad

Book Review: Shanghai Girls by Lisa See

I’ve always found novels that revolve around Chinese culture fascinating – especially if the stories are set in the olden days. Maybe I’m compensating for my lack of connection to my Chinese roots. Growing up fourth generation Malaysian Chinese, it was always hard to fit in : my Chinese peers shunned me because I attended Malay school and never picked up Mandarin (what most of … Continue reading Book Review: Shanghai Girls by Lisa See