Game of Thrones 3D Mask Book – Direwolf

I was offered by Carlton Books one of the Game of Thrones 3D Mask and and Wall Mount Books. I chose Direwolf from the House of Stark (of course). I hadn’t done any handcraft thing for a while and had to buy a couple of glue tubes. (I do recommend getting a good strong glue […]

Dick, Philip K.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – Philip K. Dick

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is the book that the movie Blade Runner (1982) is based of, and it’s Philip K. Dick’s first book I read, though I’ve watched many movie adaptations of his work, like Minority Report and The Adjustment Bureau. I watched Blade Runner pretty late, only a few years ago, but […]

Capote, Truman

In Cold Blood – Truman Capote

In Cold Blood is said to be the original non-fiction novel, based on a true crime in a small town called Holcomb, in Kansas, USA, in which a family of four were killed without apparent purpose – hence “in cold blood”. In light of recent political events, it seemed like an apt time to read […]

Duras, Marguerite

The Lover – Marguerite Duras

The Lover (French:L’Amant) – Marguerite Duras, 123pp, translated from French by Barbara Bray, first published in 1984   The Lover is a novella by French writer Marguerita Duras. Both the book and the author piqued my interest because of their setting and background. Duras (a pen name of Marguerite Donnadieu) was born in 1914 near Saigon, […]

Forster, E. M.

A Room with a View – E. M. Forster

  A Room with a View was published in 1908, and my copy is the above beautiful Penguin English Library edition. I read this following the Edx course with BerkeleyX Book Club. BerkeleyX has focused on a few books for their book club programme, but this is the first time when the timing was right […]

Maroh, Julie Talbot, Bryan Talbot, Mary M.

Blue is the Warmest Color / Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes

Two graphic novels I read most recently: Blue is the Warmest Color – Julie Maroh I watched Blue is the Warmest Color film 2 years ago and really liked it, and since then I’d been meaning to read the graphic novel it was based on. A visit to the library offered this opportunity. I don’t read […]

Kipling, Rudyard

The Jungle Book – Rudyard Kipling

The Jungle Book is a collection of short stories by Nobel Prize in Literature winner Rudyard Kipling. A lot of us probably know The Jungle Book from the Disney cartoon — I did. I remember my dad telling me that The Jungle Book is his favorite Disney movie. And talking about movie, there’s a good […]

Chang, Eileen

Lust, Caution – Eileen Chang

I watched Lust, Caution the movie at the end of 2013. It was so good that shortly afterwards I was rushing to buy and read the short story it is based on. The story is more compact than the movie — Ang Lee took the liberty to add a few details, but the story is […]

Foer, Jonathan Safran

Everything Is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer

I’m going to say it upfront. I have mixed feelings about Everything is Illuminated. The book has been on my to-read list for ages, especially ever since Claire told me that I would like his book if I liked her wife’s book (which I did, I absolutely loved The History of Love). And yes I […]

Dickens, Charles

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

I started reading Great Expectations back in late June 2013, by signing up to That way a piece would be sent to my email every day, and I just needed to read that part for that day. If I stuck through it, I would get through Great Expectations in 229 installments – or 229 […]