Kindle Surprise

June 21st, 2012

Hubby gave me a Kindle for my birthday in April.

For someone who loves books, I haven’t done much reading for a while. Ever since I had Little Bee, I just haven’t found the time to dedicate myself to reading. This could be good in one way as it saves me money as I haven’t been flicking through books in book shops for ages.

But not reading is also bad. It used to be my way to escape. Nowadays I’m so exhausted that I’d just fall asleep or park myself on the sofa to watch mindless TV. Not good at all.

However, I have started going to the library with Little Bee and reading to her during bedtime to instill the love of reading in her. She loves listening to stories but she knows she will have to learn to read by herself eventually.

Back to my original statement on the Kindle that Hubby bought for me.

I was skeptical at the beginning as I couldn’t bear the thought of substituting the feeling of holding a book but I could also see the benefits.

When we were away for our Malaysia trip, I didn’t have to haul six or seven books (which I never intended to read as I won’t have time) with me. All was in the very light Kindle.

I’ve also found myself browsing for free books on Amazon and ‘buying’ books that I don’t normally buy. And now, instead of having unread books everywhere in our every messy house, I have them neatly in my Kindle, ready for me to read when ever I choose to.

I might lose the pleasure of holding a book and turning the pages but I have now gained virtual space to keep the books in and discovering the pleasure of finding moments that I’m able to read.

One day, I will discover time to read again.

Yum Yum Bento Box

March 17th, 2012

At last I’ve got my hands on the book!!!

Yum Yum Bento Box Book

Before I had a look in the book, I did make some cute snack for Little Bee for when we went out for her play date ¬†yesterday but I was in a rush so I didn’t take any photo :(

The arrangements looks so cute in the book and feels like it’s going to be hard work but with current enthusiasm I am determined to make it happen! :)

Dark Matter – a ghost story

October 20th, 2011

Author: Michelle Paver

I picked this book up from the library. I didn’t spend time standing there and reading the excerpt as I had a toddler to chase after. It was just on the shelf and I just picked it up. I’m very glad that I did. It turned out to be a little page turner.

It’s written as a journal by Jack Miller offered a trip of a life time; an expedition to the Arctic, no man’s land. Poor and wanting a change in his life, he had nothing to lose.

The journal started with his meeting with Algie Carlisle, Hugo Charteris-Black, Teddy Wintringham and Gus Balfour. It was London, 1937.

Before the expedition even began, bad luck struck the team. First Teddy’s father passed away and with him being the heir in the family, had to pull out. Then, on the ship in Norway heading to Gruhuken, Hugo had an accident and broke his leg.

But instead of abandoning the expedition, the three remaining decided to continue.

The ship Captain Eriksson was apprehesive, trying to get the group to go elsewhere but Gruhuken all through the trip but not wanting to say why.

When they reached Gruhuken, the group was blown away by he beauty of the remote and uninhabited camp. Eriksson and the crew helped them build the cabin but never stayed on land, returning to the ship every evening.

On the day the ship was to leave and they wanted to leave before the ‘first dark’, Jack saw a figure standing in front of the cabin. Thinking it was a member of the crew, Jack called to him. He then mentioned this to Eriksson, who asked immediately if Jack spoke o him. Jack wanted to know more but they were interupted and the moment past.

The bad luck didn’t stop. Gus fell ill and after calling for help, Algie and Gus left the camp. Jack insisted on staying to keep the expedition alive, although uneasiness has started to creep on him.

Darkeness has descended. Will he survive for two week while Gus and Algie is away? What if Gus and Algie has to stay away longer and with the sea starting to freeze will they ever get back to camp?

I have to say that if you’re after gore, this is not the book.

The excitement of being in the Arctic wilderness is beautifully written. You could sense how wonderful it is being there.

But soon enough you start to sense Jack’s fear. How the isolation started to affect him mentally and physically. That thing out there, is it an ‘echo’ of the past? As he was a student of science, he tried to make sense of it.

Did he survive?

I love this book. It is not scary as such but I love the fact that I could sense fear in every word; and that, in my humble opinion, makes a good ghos story.

The Pencil

October 18th, 2011

Written by Allan Ahlberg; beautifully illustrated by Bruce Ingman.

“Once there was a pencil. A lonely little pencil…”

A beautiful start to a lovely simple story of a pencil that started to draw first a boy, then a dog for the boy and, as requested by the dog, a cat.

He then drew more things… only to get more requests and complaints!

But he kept on drawing, and giving them names as they request names, and with the paintbrush, Kitty (that he drew) adding colours.

And his drawings weren’t happy with their hat, ears, trainers, etc. So the pencil drew a rubber… only the rubber got excited with erasing and started to erase everything! The little pencil is clever and managed to stop the rubber and create again.

Such a clever little story which Little Bee loves. Nice little find from the library :)

We Need To Talk About Kevin

November 30th, 2008

I haven’t been reading much of late. I do carry a book in my bag and try to read when I commute home as I read te Metro on the way to work; but usually on the way home I’m tired and tend to fall asleep after reading a page or two.

Why do I bother to read a book if it will take me months and months to finish it? Because if the book catches my interest I will keep on reading it.

And this book caught my attention. There are times when I was reading it I had to stop and close it for a minute, take a breath and continue again. It is a very powerful book in its own right.

When I finished reading it, it posed more questions than answer but that’s what a good, thought provoking book will do to its reader.

I have to say it’s not a book that I have by the bedside during pregnancy. No, I’m not pregnant but, boy, did it make me think ‘could someone be born evil?’ and worry about the unborn child. I would check its head for horn or if there’s 666 tattooed on its head!

There has always been arguments on nurture v. nature. Some people say that if the a baby is influenced by its environment and not its genes. A baby can’t be born evil…

Kevin was born in a well to do family… but how did he ended up planning a well organised killing spree at his school? Why did he do it? Why couldn’t his dad see what he mom noticed in him? How much energy did he use up to keep the pretense of being daddy’s perfect boy and keeping mom on her toes without actually letting her see why she needed to be on her toes? How did he deliberately make people harm themselves without actually doing the deed (apart from the killing spree of course) so no one could actually point their finger at him? Was he really the bad person in the story or is the mom’s account of the story should be taken with a pinch (bucket) of salt?

What in the end drove the boy to kill?

If you are interested in having these questions play in your head, over and over again I urge you to read the book. If you’re the kind of person who likes the end of the book to be the end and not have any questions hanging in your head… then this book may not be for you.

I would like to say that I enjoyed reading this book but that would just be wrong. It’s not a book meant to entertain. It is a book that makes you… no, not think… it’s a book that will make you wonder.