Serena by Ron Rash

–          Set in the era of the early 1920’s, for me, the story had the same captivating feel as “Gone Girl”. This is one of the few really good books worthy of praise. I haven’t seen the movie yet, but this probably would be a great hit in film too.

The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom

–          The typical Mitch Albom storyline filled with inspiration, hope and love. Though the book was average for me, what I greatly appreciated is that it opened up to the chance of letting people remember heaven and God, which is something that tends to be “lost and non-existing” to some nowadays. At least this would somehow help bridge “lost faith” to where it should be.

In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner

–          I have this thing for the historical tragedies like Hitler and the Black American tortures. Though the characters and the plot of the story are fictional, they’re somehow weaved into the real horror of the “dreadful-Hitler-like” history of Cambodia. Really terrible, sad and gruesome, you would have a feel of the actual tragedies of early Cambodia. Two thumbs up for me.

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

–          Right after my Cambodia’s historical tragedies, I jumped into early American history. The early Black American tortures were the highlight of this book. This is quite similar to The Help but more tragic and depressing. It circled around the friendship of a white American lady and their household slave-Handful. Their fight against the inhumane outcast for the blacks and Sarah’s personal attempt to free Handful were unwavering against all odds.

Interview with the Vampire: Claudia’s Story by Anne Rice and Ashley Marie Witter

–          I am a sucker for good graphic novels. J Even with my extreme need to focus on my compre exams review, the night before my test, I read this just to fulfill my extreme hunger from my novels abstinence because of the comprehensive exams review. Haha. And it was worth it. Plot is just the same with the Interview with the Vampire movie, the only difference is this book focused on Claudia’s story. It was fun to read this too as the pages are in glossy paper and the cover is in velvety feel. And the smell. Oh, the smell of the book is divine. J

Why Didn’t I Think of That? 101 Inventions That Changed the World by Hardly Thinking by Anthony Rubino, Jr.

–          Funny and highly interesting. I was super entertained for an hour by reading this. J Who would have thought that my ever loved and highly commercialized Post-Its’ started also in humble, very simple and yeah, hardly thought-of beginnings!



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