Friday, November 20, 2009

Currently reading....

Brida - Paulo Coelho

'But how will I know who my Soulmate is?' 'By taking risk,' she said to Brida. 'By risking failure, dissapointment, disilussion, but never ceasing in your search for love. As long as you keep looking, you will triumph in the end.'
This is the story of Brida, a beautiful young Irish girl, and her quest for knowledge. On her   journey she meets a wise man who teaches her about overcoming her fears, who teaches   
her about over her fears, and a woman who teaches her how to dance to the hidden music
                        of the world. They see in her a gift, but must let her make her own voyage of discovery.

The five people you meet in heaven - Mitch Albom

In The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom gives us an astoundingly original story that will change everything you've ever thought about the afterlife -- and the meaning of our lives here on earth. With a timeless tale, appealing to all, this is a book that readers of fine fiction, and those who loved Tuesdays with Morrie, will treasure.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Book review: Freedom at midnight

For the past 2 weeks i was engrossed in reading freedom at midnight. Before going to lab, during lunchtime, after work i would be lost, immersed in reading it. If you love to read historical masterpiece you ought to get your hands on this book. The story written marvolously by Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre is a heart tugging story about the fight for freedom by indian nationalist. It is written from several viewpoints, from the Indian viceroy L. Mountbatten who is obliged to let india go, the unforgetable Mahatma Gandhi, congress leaders, Nehru and Patel, and finally the plotters of gandhi's assasination. The book is unputdownable and captivates and holds your attention from the start till the end. It starts with the meeting of British prime minister, Atlee with L. Mountbatten. Mountbatten reluctanly comes to India to start independence talks. With hurdles in every way he turns, from the stuborn Mahatma who refuses to partition India , to the tough negotiator Jinna and equally tough congress leaders,he single handedly manages to achieve common ground for independence talks. The colourful and tragic story unfailingly captures the turmoil of the people of all level of society and interestingly the maharaj and princes of India. The book touches on every aspect on Indian life, the geography, lifestyle, the caste system, the varied religion and the tension beneath the surface. The most touching part of the story is the painful struggle that gandhi goes through to make his people live in unity irrespective of religion and caste.  The frail 77 year old gandhi walks everywhere, cleans up after himself and practically lives a very simple live with minimal wastage of material. He quotes every now and then ' bread taken without labour is stolen bread'. The plot thickens when assasination plans get underway and with heart thudding i turned each page dreading for the tragic climax of the story. When i finally finished it, i had a sensation of stepping back into present time. The book is closed for the moment but i would definitly re-read it as it is absolutely fulfilling in every sense.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

book sale!!

Hi there,

For those who are not aware, there are 2 book sale currently happening and the details are below:

1. Pay less books warehouse  sale

Hotel hall, 3K Inn,
Jln SS13/1,
Persiaran Kewajipan, Subang Jaya.
9-11 Oct 2009

2. Penguin/Pearson Book Sale

Venue: Pearson Malaysia,
Lot 2 Jalan 215, Off Jalan Templer, PJ
Date: 2-11 Oct 2009
Time: 10am - 7pm

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Hari Raya Special Reads!!

For those who love thriller and romance these are the books for you. I would upload the synopsis of the stories soon.

1. Ken Follet- Dangerous fortune (RM 15)

2. Michelle Reid- 4 lovely stories in one novel , a   good bargain (RM10)
3. Sally Wentworth- 2 stories in one novel (RM 4)

Thursday, September 17, 2009

paradise lost

One of my all time favourite romance book was mills &boon's Inland paradise. But i lost the book and I cant remember who took it. It was not your typical romance story where the guy is extremely handsum and the girl is pretty with the most amazing blue eyes. However, the girl here is pretty normal looking and a tomboy, Georgina Brown. Down to her last scrap of savings she will apply for a job by declaring herself a male, in a remote ranch deep in some Australian desert. There she will work under a tough rancher, larry roger if im not mistaken. If you like humour, you'll love this romance. At the end of the story, the love between the hero and the unlikely heroin will blossom. Its a gem of a story, at least for me. I miss the book. It was a very old story book with hard cover binding and i found it in my school library. I was just not satisfied reading it, i had to have a copy for myself and so i photocopied it. Too bad i dont have it anymore. If i ever come across it i would be so glad. It would be like a long lost friend found at last. So for now, paradise is indeed lost.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

quotable quote!



if only books were cheaper...

If i had RM 100, i could only buy 3 books or even less, imagine that! As english story books are priced no less than RM30 its impossible sometimes for me to buy more than 1 book per mth.The irony is I'l finish reading it in a day. That's so frustrating sometimes. So, when i go scouting for books in pay less book fares or cheap sales im like a puppy chargin at squirrel. I wana take the whole lot. Even here the problem is the cream of the crop are taken by people and those that are not so interesting are left behind. But Im not complaining. By buying secondhand books, I get the equal amount of satisfaction minus the heartburn of paying through my nose for just one book. Lets keep the books going around shall we and at the same time reduce waste. I hope what Im doing contributes in a small way for preserving the environment. TC guys.

Monday, September 14, 2009

blossoming sale

Hi guys,

Its been a good weekend and I managed to sell my first book. :) I hope I can sell more. I've had requests from friends on what books they want. I hope to include more books soon. I have lots of mills & boon romance books which i intend to sell. Catch u guys soon. Till then keep checkin the quill. Adios.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Saturday morning breakfast

Hi guys,

Its a quiet saturday. I was reading the half-blood prince while having a cup of coffee with some cookies for breakfast. It is one of the best book among all H.P books and I cant help  feeling sad towards the end of the book where Dumbeldore will be killed. Its a pity that the latest harry potter movie , the half-blood prince failed to evoke these feelings in me. It would have been wonderfull if more emphasis were placed on exploring the emotions the book potrayed. Hopefully the next movie on deathly hallows would be much better than its predecessor. Anyway i've always liked books over their tie-in movies. I dont know about you, but i love rereading my story books and im never alone when my books are around. Cheers to all the book lovers out there.

Friday, September 11, 2009

something interesting

A quill pen is a writing implement made from a flight feather (preferably a primary wing-feather) of a large bird. Quills were used for writing with ink before the invention of the dip pen, metal-nibbed pens, the fountain pen, and, eventually, the ballpoint pen. The hand-cut goose quill is rarely still used as a calligraphy tool but it does provide a sharp stroke, and more flexibility than does a steel pen. The hollow shaft of the feather acts as an ink reservoir and ink flows to the tip by capillary action.
The strongest quills come from the primary flight feathers taken from living birds in the spring. The left wing is favored by the right-handed majority of writers because the feathers curve out to the right, away from the hand holding the pen. Goose feathers are most commonly used; scarcer, more expensive swan feathers are considered premium. Depending on availability and strength of the feather, as well as quality/characteristic of the line wanted by the writer, other feathers used for quill-pen making include feathers from the swan, goose, crow, eagle, owl, hawk, and turkey. Often the barbs are stripped off partially or completely to allow the writer to grip the shaft more securely.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

about this blog

Hi everyone, its been a week since i contemplated on starting a blog to talk about something pretty specific, which is books. Yup, i luv books, alwiz had and alwiz will. It's a never ending love affair, books and me, :). I'll be writing on my fav books of all time, new books that i want to check out and so on. So, hope to write more in the days to come. Happy reading everyone.