Category Archives: Books

#16. Simple Joys: Reading Books with Kids

Reading books with the best kids. Books they actually enjoy. I get so much out of it and their comments and things they observe are so interesting. I appreciate good illustrations as well. Children’s books are very therapeutic and calming … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Simple Joys | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

‘The Possession’ by Annie Ernaux (Audiobook)

These lines were arresting and expressed what I have thought a countless number of times. Oh the liberty to write with such freedom. But the author has bravely done so even when alive. She is shockingly honest. She speaks of … Continue reading

Posted in Blogging & Writing, Books | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

I Listened to ‘I Remain in Darkness’ by Annie Ernaux

That was the first book (audio book) I got after placing some on hold at the electronic library. I use the app Libby on my phone and need to sign in with my library account details. It was brilliant. Stark … Continue reading

Posted in Blogging & Writing, Books | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

French Writer Annie Ernaux has Won the Nobel Prize in Literature

When I heard that Annie Ernaux was awarded the 2022 Nobel Prize in Literature I was ashamed and embarrassed that I hadn’t read any of her work and immediately went to my library app to borrow her books. Many readers … Continue reading

Posted in Blogging & Writing, Books | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Worse Case Scenario

Many passages in Salman Rushdie’s Autobiography ‘Joseph Anton’ stood out for me, but this passage in particular. He would not live his life by the worse-case scenario. That would turn him into their prisoner. He was nobody’s prisoner. Salman Rushdie … Continue reading

Posted in Anxiety, Books, Midlife Musings | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Best Books I’ve Read So Far in 2022

They are The Return by Hisham Matar, Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt and Joseph Anton by Salman Rushdie. I highly recommend all three. The first two have won the Pulitzer. These three books all happen to be memoirs or autobiographies. … Continue reading

Posted in Books | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Salman Rushdie’s Writing Routine & Mastery of the English Language

I’ve always been fascinated by the routines of people I admire. Especially what makes a writer tick. And since I’ve always been fascinated by the author Salman Rushdie I googled to find these gems. The great thing about the writing … Continue reading

Posted in Blogging & Writing, Books, Midlife Musings, Singapore Living | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Absolutely Transfixed by this Audiobook – Joseph Anton by Salman Rushdie

How I wished Salman Rushdie narrated the whole book and not just the prologue. I always desire to hear the story in the writer’s own voice. I am fascinated by his biography as I’m a great admirer of his genious. … Continue reading

Posted in Blogging & Writing, Books | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Best & Most Useful Gift from My Partner

I can clip this to my bed post to listen to my audiobooks. The sound is much better than the tinny sound from my phone itself. I try to get the speaker as close to me as possible, so that … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Joy, Singapore Living | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How I’m Attempting to Improve My Writing Skills

I aim to write every day in an effort to improve my writing. Another thing that helps is reading good literature. Because my eyes hurt with too much screen time, I mostly listen to audiobooks. I wish my eyesight was … Continue reading

Posted in Blogging & Writing, Books | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Horrified by the attack on Salman Rushdie

In my life there are certain events that have shocked me to the core. When I was a kid it was news about Princess Diana’s death (heart wrenching to think of her young boys) and later the assassination of Indira … Continue reading

Posted in Blogging & Writing, Books | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

Books I Love: Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

I’m in the midst of the audio book brilliantly narrated by the author himself, but I long to read it as well, to really take it all in at leisure. No surprise that this is one of the best memoirs … Continue reading

Posted in Books | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Audio Books: Black Flags

I’m utterly fascinated by this throughly researched book by Joby Warrick . No surprise that it won a Pulitzer. I’m still in the midst of it, but it’s truly educating my ignorant self, who understands only a fraction about the … Continue reading

Posted in Books | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Return by Hisham Matar

I randomly searched for a Pulitzer Prize winning audio book and found this at the library (I use the Libby App). I am still within the first few chapters of this audio book narrated by the author himself. I’m blown … Continue reading

Posted in Books | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Hard to Concentrate

It’s been so hard to concentrate. I bring a book to my chemo sessions and so far after 8 sessions I haven’t read a single word. Somehow the brain fog is even worse during the session. It feels like a … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Cancer, Midlife Musings | Tagged , , , , , | 4 Comments

Emily Gravett

I adore illustrations by Emily Gravett. She’s an English children’s book writer and illustrator who is in her fourties like me. To me her’s is the dream career and her talent is what I admire as opposed to careers where … Continue reading

Posted in Books | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Peekaboo Books

I love Children’s Books that are well made. Gonna start writing about my favourite ones.

Posted in Books, White as Milk | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

Enchanted by ‘A Room with a View’: Both the Book & the Movie

Am in the middle of the novel ‘A Room with a View’ and the trailer on Youtube of the 1985 movie brought back lovely memories. Would love to watch this movie again and if only our theatres screened old movies. … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Movies | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

A Stolen Life

The book ‘A Stolen Life’ moved me tremendously. I talk about it my latest post.

Posted in Books, White as Milk | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Some Days this World is Hard to Fathom

I watched the movie The Dark Knight Rises and felt a chill when the random shooting scene came on. I can’t even begin to imagine how terrifying it must have been for the victims. The horrifying mass murder in a … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Culture & Society | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

A Book I Could Not Put Down

I have been having trouble concentrating lately, but this was one book I could not put down. Reading it made me happier as well. It’s one of those books where you want it to go on for a bit more. … Continue reading

Posted in Books, White as Milk | Tagged , , , , , | 6 Comments

Toffee Cider at The Pigeonhole (Duxton Hill)

My second time at the Pigeon Hole and it won’t be my last. Loved the gracious welcome we get here and the delicious toffee cider. It’s a haven when it’s packed to the gills everywhere else. Felt so at ease … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Food in Singapore | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment