Showing posts with label book. Show all posts
Showing posts with label book. Show all posts
Friday, 11 May 2018

Books for Vietnam & Thailand

In the blink of an eye, almost half the year has flown by and I am down to single digits until my trip. I originally had plans to create a really funky packing video. But alas, I couldn't find the energy or the will to do it. Instead, I thought it would be fun to create another travel reading list, similar to what I did before my trip to Mongolia.
Sunday, 7 August 2016

Books for Mongolia

What does one do when spending 11 days on a tour in Mongolia, with no access to internet and in the middle of a country. Why stock up on books for my Kindle! One of my exes bought me a Kindle Paperwhite for my birthday. At the time, I was a little irritated (embarrassingly) as I was adamant that I didn't need one. But it has now changed my life and I am so glad that he made that purchase for me. He used to read my blog (not sure if he still does) so Hello! Thank you! :) 

I have tried to branch out from my usual novels (read: thrillers) and have a bunch of different novels. These include:

A Curious Beginning - Deanna Raybourn
My Grandmother Asked me to Tell you She's Sorry - Fredrik Backman
The Versions of Us - Laura Barnett
Instructions for a Heatwave - Maggie O'Farrell
Luck, Love & Lemon Pie - Amy Reichert
The One Plus One - Jojo Moyes
The Choices We Make - Karma Brown
First Comes Love - Emily Giffin
The Camel Club - David Baldacci (a "safe" novel)
Harry Potter & The Cursed Child

Have you read any novels lately that you would recommend? Add me on Goodreads to see what I am reading! 
Thursday, 12 June 2014


I only have one final exam next Wednesday and I feel like I am already in holiday mode. A. and I went out for lunch in Dee Why as we had plans to stay at the Dee Why carpark (more on that later). We go to Dee Why quite a bit because it is really the only place on the northern beaches where there are a lot of restaurants aside from Manly (which is incredibly difficult to find parking). Quite a few places had lunch deals but we settled on Deck. It was actually a gorgeous day with, surprisingly, a lot of people around.




We both ordered the Wagyu beef burger with chips and a ginger beer ($12 w/ any drink purchase). The chips were amazing! Each one was super crispy and I suspect they were fried twice. The aioli was also very tasty. A lovely lunch on a very lovely day.

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So remember how I mentioned that I wasn't a fan of Game of Thrones two months ago in this post.Well I sort of take it back. Sort of. I am currently a quarter through the fifth novel, A Dance with Dragons, and have been quite enjoying the stories since the third novel. Still not a fan of some characters and their stories - even though I know that it will be very important at some stage- but I guess that is to be expected. Back to the carpark! So we were in the car watching the first two episodes of season 4. In the carpark and next to a lagoon. Shortly going to have a tv Skype night to watch the next episode. I wouldn't say that I am hooked on the series, but I want to know how it all ends.

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Books of April

I can't believe that the month of April is over. Hello May. April has been a very stressful month. Perhaps I will talk about that in another post. Maybe. Nothing too much has happened this month however I did read a few books that I will briefly comment on.

I have always been an avid reader ever since I was a child. It started because my family was quite poor hence we spent a lot of time over the summer break and the weekend at home. I have always been a fast reader and over the course of my law degree, the speed that I read has dramatically increased. The downside is that I read very fast now because I skim; I can't not skim anymore which is actually quite bad. I am also quite particular about my novels and if a novel doesn't capture my interest within 5 chapters or so, I abandon it. I usually read around 40 new novels a year, although last year it was only 34.

These are actually the first books that I have read all year. Like most things, I am all-or-nothing. I will read half a dozen books within a week and then never open another one for a few months.

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriaty
This novel was so disappointing! I picked it up because Amarixe had recently purchased it in her book haul, the cover was really pretty and the synopsis seemed very interesting. It was a very slow novel, predictable, the characters were so boring and around 3/4 in, I gave up and massively skimmed the rest.

The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham
Disclaimer. I am a major Veronica Mars fan and I love the show but hated the movie (why Veronica why?!). The book was pretty good and I loved the pace of it. Very impressed considering the let-down of the previous novel.

Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell
This book's premise was quite interesting and I have to admit, it kept me engaged for most of the novel until the very end then it became very blah.

Unlucky 13 (Women's Murder Club #13) by James Patterson
I am a fan of James Patterson and the Women's Murder Club (still unhappy that the show got cancelled) and this novel was what I expected and I was quite pleased with it.

The Roman Hat Mystery by Ellery Queen
A yawn-fest.

Growing Up Duggar: It's All About Relationships
Okay, most people laugh at me when I say this but I am a huge fan of 19 Kids and Counting. It is my guilty pleasure and I love that show. I actually get very excited when I find a new episode on YouTube. This book was what I expected, but it was quite enjoyable actually.

Vanished by Sheela Chari
Quite a good read although I think it is aimed at people considerably younger than me (around the age of the protagonist who is 11. Whoops).

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) by George R.R. Martin
I must be one of the few people who isn't a fan of HBO's Game of Thrones. I really thought I would enjoy it considering I do enjoy the fantasy genre, but the show makes me really sad and unhappy. I guess it's almost to the point where I am depressed about how cruel people can be to others. Perhaps I am overthinking it. I have watched 2.5 seasons but I stopped because it just wasn't worth it to me. But I do want to give the series a try and started with the first novel. It was alright; I've already seen the first season so nothing was new but I do enjoy the writing style.

I started using my GoodReads account again so add me if you have one! Do you have any book recommendations? One of my newly found favourites is The Light Between Oceans by M.L Stedman.
Sunday, 18 September 2011


On Saturday I went to Manly for my volunteer position and it was such a lovely day; blue skies and warm temperatures and yet standing right next to the water at the wharf it was so cool. I forgot I missed the sea salt smell.
Manly Beach

Manly Wharf 1

Manly Wharf 2

I am a fan of Cecelia Ahern's novels; there is something quirky about them and just different to other romance/chick-lit novels that I have read. They almost remind me of a fable (minus the animals) crossed with a fairytale; her stories are more substantial and less fluffy than they appear on the surface.

At work a week ago, I came across her new novel, 'The Time of my Life'  and I finished it earlier tonight.

Lying on Lucy Silchester’s carpet one day when she returns from work is a gold envelope. Inside is an invitation – to a meeting with Life. Her life. It turns out she's been ignoring it and it needs to meet with her face to face. It sounds peculiar, but Lucy’s heard of this before. Anyway, she can’t make the date: she’s much too busy despising her job, lying to her friends and avoiding her family. It turns out that Lucy’s life isn’t what it seems. Some of the choices she’s made – and stories she’s told – aren’t what they seem either. From the moment she meets the man who introduces himself as her life, some of these stubborn half-truths are going to be revealed in all their glory – unless Lucy learns to tell the truth about what really matters to her. From a big family dinner to an extraordinary work crisis, from chasing after a long-lost boyfriend to learning what home really is, Lucy Silchester has an appointment with her life – and she’s going to have to keep it.
I believed that Life would be a God-like figure who would lead Lucy to the right path. Rather to my surprise, he was just an average person who was so intrinscially connected with Lucy and her emotions and mental state. Overall, just a lovely read and her novels always make me feel so inspired.