Tag Archives: books

Book du jour: Rosamund Lupton’s Afterwards

20 Oct

I’ve read Rosamund Lupton’s book Sister and I loved it.  It was a book that I loved reading…the story was a little macabre in the sense that it was set after the death of the main character’s sister.  But it described a wonderfully loving relationship of two very different individuals bound together by biology: sisters.  So when I saw a new book with the name Rosamund Lupton, I bought it, even after I’d vowed to not buy another traditional book (I’d been bitten by the Kindle bug, as you may well know!).

I love the way Rosamund Lupton writes.  It’s written in a style that makes you think she’s right there, speaking to you, telling you her story.  I’ve only read a few pages of it (I went to Warwick today to do a site visit and took the copy I’d bought with me as my Kindle was running low on batteries).  I’m already looking forward to going to bed so that I can start reading it again!


RosamundLupton, Afterwards



National Book Week

10 Aug

There’s something going around on Facebook for National Book Week.  Am not sure when National Book week was, sadly.  I think it was last week.  Ah well, my motto is, better late than never.

Anyway, the instructions were to grab the nearest book, go to page 56 and copy the fifth sentence as your status.

I salute, twice, and hope there’s a magpie watching.

I thought it’d be more interesting to do this on the blog.  Would any of you care to guess what this book is?  Who the author is?  🙂

My 5 books

25 Jul

Topic 199 suggested choosing the 5 most important books I’ve read.  Being a reader, this was not going to be an easy task because I was raised to read…and read a lot.

  1. The Bible – I grew up reading the Bible.  I grew up in church, I grew up going to Sunday School and Daily Vacation Church School, so naturally I grew up knowing how important the Bible was to my growth in faith.  It is my comfort when I need reassurance, it is my rule book when I need reining in, it is strength when my faith wanes.
  2. Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret by Judy Blume – I loved this book.  I started reading this book when I was 10.  I felt so connected to this book.  Margaret was 11 (she was a year older than me at the time, but hey, what’s 12 months eh?), Margaret’s mother was Christian (mine too!) and her father was Jewish (yes, my dad is Jewish, he’s Filipino but he converted to Judaism when he lived in Israel; you could say there’s something about those kibbutzes!).  It was a book that I read over and over and over again.  It helped me that I wasn’t the only one with conflicting thoughts and it reassured me that I wasn’t a weirdo.
  3. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – it made me love my little sissypooes more and made me understand my mother’s relationship with her sisters.  I used to wonder what it was like to be rich, and there would be times when I wondered why there were things we had to do without.  But after reading about the March girls, being able to enjoy things sometimes and do without things sometimes wasn’t bad after all!
  4. Julie & Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously by Julie Powell – when my desire to blog was waning and my cooking was uninspired, this book gave me the boost that I needed.  It helped reignite my love of writing (even if people didn’t read my blog, I still really wanted to put my thoughts out there) and it helped me look at cooking differently.  Even if Julie Powell never reads my blog, I owe her a lot.  She helped me shake off the inertia.
  5. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert – I read this book at a difficult time in my life.  It helped me start my soul-searching and it helped me strengthen my resolve to do what had to be done and to choose the path I wanted to take.  I gave my friends copies of this book (a la Julia Roberts) because it was such a powerful book for me.  I thought it was necessary to share.

Fan girl moments – Joanna Briscoe

11 Jul

I am and will always be a fan girl.  After the trial that was the weekend (I had a humdinger of a migraine!), I opened my email to find that I had a comment on my blog about the book I reviewed…from the author!  Joanna Briscoe found my review on Google and she came and paid my bloggie a visit (yes, I’m cooing and gushing like the fan girl that I am!)!!!

Oh wow!  What a way to start my Monday morning! 😀

1 down 9 to go!

23 Jun

So this was my book list a few months ago (inspired by a tweet from Daphne Oseña).  I’ve been reading via my Kindle (my excuse, being the lazy cow that I am, is that carrying an actual book is heavy! Ha!) so I haven’t been doing much in the way of chipping away at  my real book list (real book as opposed to e-books!).

  1. You by Joanna Briscoe
  2. Deeper Than The Dead by Tami Hoag
  3. The Jewel of St Petersburg by Kate Furnivall
  4. A Little History Of The World by E.H. Gombrich
  5. The Particular Sadness Of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
  6. Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert
  7. My Last Duchess by Daisy Goodwin
  8. From Notting Hill With Love…Actually by Ali McNamara
  9. Wicked by Gregory McGuire
  10. The Book Of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern

So now, I’m hoping I can find another quiet weekend so that I can lie down and read another book.  I’m trying to decide which one to read…might quite possibly be #5, The Particular Sadness Of Lemon Cake.

Wish me luck! 🙂

You by Joanna Briscoe – the epilogue

21 Jun

It’s such a simple thing really.  But I do get excited about these things.

Last month I wrote a review on the book You by Joanna Briscoe.  I’d been given the opportunity to read and review the book by Waterstones before the book hit the shelves.  As a sidebar, it does pay to get those cards that the people at the till constantly offer you!  So anyway, I procrastinated about reading the book, but once I had the time to stay in bed and read it (God bless bank holidays!), it was such a page turner!  Anyway, I finished the book, thought about how I felt about it and how it affected me and wrote my review and posted it on the Waterstones website.  And that, I thought, was the end of it.

Tonight, I got home from work, opened my laptop as soon as I got settled in and read my emails.  And lo, and behold, I see an email from someone from Bloomsbury, writing to me.  It was indirectly about my review.  It was to tell me about the YouTube video of the book trailer promoting the book.  Mind you, it wasn’t to say anything about my review.  It was just to say that they noticed that I wrote a review about the book and that they thought the video might interest me.  And me being me, well, I got all excited because in a teeny-tiny way, somehow, I registered in the Bloomsbury consciousness, that my review was somehow this tiny blip on their radar.  It made me feel warm and fuzzy inside.

And even as I write this, I feel sort of silly.  Because it wasn’t really an email of any consequence.  Not to anyone else in the world, maybe.  But it made me smile loads for the rest of the longest day of the year!


You by Joanna Briscoe

31 May

When I saw the writing suggestion for Topic #114, I just had to smile.  I had been struggling to finish a book which I had won from Waterstones.  The only thing I had to do was to read it and write a review that would appear on the Waterstones website.  I had until 10 June 2011 to read and post my review.  I managed to finish reading the book during the last bank holiday and post my review yesterday (Hurrah!  Over a week before the deadline!  My procrastination is not as bad as it used to be!).  I had to wait until the website allowed my review to be posted.

This is  an excerpt of what I wrote:

Joanna Briscoe writes with shocking but quite beautiful reality about family relations; the secrets, misunderstandings, unspoken personal guilt that drive family members’ actions.  The story draws you in, until turning each page to find out what happens next becomes a compulsion.  Her words draw you into sharing the life, the secrets and the foibles of the characters of the story…[I]n the midst of all the conflicts in the story, personal and otherwise, there is still that undeniable truth that no matter what happens, a relationship between a mother and her child is an unbreakable and inescapable bond. 

And you canread the full review on the Waterstones website, on the page for You by Joanna Briscoe under Customer Reviews.

And you know what the best part was?  It was an advanced copy because the book hasn’t been released yet! 🙂