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End of Banned Book Challenge 2009

I joined Banned Book Challenge 2009 by Pelham Public Library in March and it ended on 30th June 2009. I vowed to read 2 books and managed to read 4. So yes I’m happy with myself 🙂 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling (finished 03/09, rating 5/5) The Color Purple by Alice […]

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Sunday Salon: A Day At Book Club TV Show

Jennifer Byrne, Marieke Hardy, Jason Steger I invited myself over to the shooting of First Tuesday Book Club in Sydney last Friday. The idea to be an audience in a TV show is quite exciting since it’s something I had never experienced before. First thing I noticed when I arrived at the waiting room was […]

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The Dream King Challenge

1 January 2009 – 31 December 2009 The Dream King Challenge is hosted by Jessi @ casual dread. I have unofficially joined this challenge a while ago, but must have forgotten to post about it. I had never read Neil Gaiman’s before this year, and I thought this year should be the year. He’s so […]

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Mailbox Monday – Three Very Very Different Books

Mailbox Monday on Tuesday… I totally forgot to post this yesterday. Anyhoo, I got three books into my house last week and they couldn’t be more different! First is Morning Breaks in the Elevator by Lemn Sissay which is the random book I got from being the first 100 members at Meet at the Gate. […]

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Sunday Salon: Once Upon a Time III Challenge Completed!

I read 12 books for Once Upon a Time III challenge! Granted, 9 of them are graphic novels while only 3 are novels, but still I’d say it’s pretty good :). I have definitely completed Quest the First that required us to read 5 books that could be fantasy, fairy tale, folklore or mythology. Quest […]

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Gaiman, Neil

The Sandman Vol 2: The Doll’s House by Neil Gaiman

Gory. Gruesome. Eerie. Made me sick to my stomach. I know now why Neil Gaiman no longer writes such sick stories. Because it’s going to scare his kids to death. (If they can first sneak in to get the book and understand the perversity.) Having said that, I kept reading. Perhaps I do like sick […]

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Coetzee, J. M.

Disgrace by J. M. Coetzee

A professor at a reputable University one day impulsively sleeps with a young girl who’s also his student. The events that follow push him to resign and temporarily leave the town. He goes to visit his daughter in rural South Africa. More unfortunate events befall to both that bring them to question everything– the issue […]

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Sunday Salon: Enid Blyton

I watched Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie interview with First Tuesday Book Club and she mentioned how she grew up with books by Enid Blyton. I did too! The series I loved so much were The Famous Five, Malory Towers, and St. Clare’s. Oh and Noddy. Who doesn’t love Noddy? I didn’t read the rest of her […]

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Tan, Shaun

The Arrival by Shaun Tan

Another lovely book from Shaun Tan. The Arrival has no words, it’s all pictures (must be the easiest book to translate). And I almost have no words to describe it, because it’s so overwhelmingly good. The drawings, the imagination, it’s so out of this world that you feel you are transported to this magical majestic […]

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Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi

Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Purple Hibiscus’s heroine is 15 year-old Kambili who is raised in a very uptight, almost delusional, rich Catholic family in Nigeria. The family that is run by tyrannical Papa, who is truthfully a very frustrating and depressing character, because he doesn’t just abuse. He abuses in the name of God and cries like he’s forced […]