Fiction / Teen fiction / Fantasy / Light Reading
First Published in ebook form in 2010
Hard copy release date for Singapore: January 2012
St Martin’s Press New York
Switched By Amanda Hocking
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Wendy Everly knew that there was something different about herself when her mother had tried to kill her on her sixth birthday. She accused her of being a monster that had been switched at birth with her real baby.
Wendy doesn’t feel like a monster, but she can’t help but feel that she doesn’t quite fit in. She is bored and frustrated with life in her small town, and to top it off, she’s the new girl in school. There is also a secret that she has discovered about herself that she can’t tell anyone…. Wendy has the mysterious ability to influence people’s decisions just by willing it to happen. Read more... (588 words, 19 images, estimated 2:21 mins reading time)
Autobiography / Biography / Memoir / Non-Fiction
Autobiography: And Furthermore by Judi Dench
First Published in 2010
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This autobiography of Judi Dench’s career was a fun and easy read. As an actor myself, I loved reading about her stage productions and the different experiences, directors and actors she encountered. Dench comes across extremely down to earth and hard working actor with a playful sense of humour. I read the book with a mixture of envy and awe – Dench was actually fought over to play Shakespeare’s Cleopatra by two directors, Peter Hall and Terry Hands, who had both decided to direct the play at the same time! Read more... (605 words, 19 images, estimated 2:25 mins reading time)
Memoir / Non-Fiction / Inspirational
First Published in 1998
Publisher: Random House
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At the age of 43, Jean-Dominique Bauby, the editor-in-chief for French Elle, survived a massive stroke which resulted in locked-in syndrome. Paralysed from head to toe, but with his mind still as alert as ever, Bauby wrote this book with the help of Claude Mendibil. Mendibil would recite the alphabet to him and when she arrived at the letter he wanted, Bauby would blink. Blinking his left eyelid was Bauby’s only means of communication with the outside world. This book was literally crafted letter by letter. Read more... (633 words, 19 images, estimated 2:32 mins reading time)
The Peabody Academy and the Cheese Incident
by Daphne Wong
Watch out for The Peabody Academy and the Cheese Incident, the new young peoples series coming out in January 2011!
This will be the first in a series of 5 books for ages 12+.
A knife that never needs sharpening. Flying Meringue Messages. Rocking and Rolling cheese. Bright orange beans that bring toys to life and make you blurt out the truth. This is the mad and tasty world of the Peabody Academy of Gastronomie.
When thirteen-year old Poppy Peabody sniffs out a rare purple truffle, she earns a place at the prestigious academy where youngsters, each Gifted in one of the five senses, are trained in the art of culinary wizardry. But things aren’t as they seem, and Poppy and her new best friend, Nigel Wingbolt, the knife-throwing son of a world-renowned knife-maker, find themselves in a deadly battle that will challenge their skills inside and outside the kitchen. Read more... (183 words, 12 images, estimated 44 secs reading time)
Fiction / Thriller / Crime
First Published in:2002
Publisher: Dell Publishing Company
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Audio Book Synopsis:
Lotty Herschel is caught up in a whirlwind of the past when a man who claims to be a Nazi death camp survivor, approaches her and her friends seeking his long lost family. Lotty is forced to confront a memory, a secret, from the war that she has long buried. Our heroine, V I Warshawski, sees the pain her friend and mentor is in, and is pulled into the saga though her investigation of the so-called survivor’s past.
V I is simultaneously investigating an insurance fraud case which has an unexpected link to an international conspiracy dating back to Nazi occupied Europe, as well as a means for VI to save her friend. Read more... (690 words, 23 images, estimated 2:46 mins reading time)
Non-Fiction / Memoir
First Published in: 2005
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Desert Children is about Waris Dirie and Corinna Milborn’s investigation into the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Europe. It is estimated that up to half a million girls and women have undergone or are at risk of FGM in Europe.
Presently, France is the only country that convicts offenders. What’s more the threat of female genital mutilation is not officially recognized by any European country as a reason for asylum.
Waris Dirie was a top model and UN ambassador. Her story, Desert Flower, of growing up in Somalia, enduring FGM at the age of 5, fleeing though the desert and being discovered as a model by Terence Donovan was an international bestseller. Read more... (1459 words, 20 images, estimated 5:50 mins reading time)
First Published in 2009
Publisher: Penguin Viking
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Work in 1950s Ireland is hard to find. Eilis Lacey does what she thinks is best and makes the long and arduous journey across the Atlantic to Brooklyn, America. For the first time, Eilis is on her own, in a strange city, living in a boarding house filled with other working girls and a scrutinizing landlady. Eilis is isolated and far away from home.
Gradually, however, as Eilis gets used to her new life, her job working in a department store, taking evening classes in book keeping, Friday night dances in the church hall, and maybe an American man… Eilis starts to realize, she’s found a kind of happiness.
But where does Eilis belong? In Ireland with her family or in her new found home, Brooklyn? Read more... (879 words, 19 images, estimated 3:31 mins reading time)
Fiction / Light Reading
First Published in 2004
Publisher: Rupa & Co
National Bestseller in India
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3 friends, Hari, Alok and Ryan, are students at IIT, India’s most prestigious technological university. Instead of mugging their lives away like the rest of the cohort, they decide to have the time of their lives.
All the things not to do at university and more: mess up your grades, drink vodka on the faculty rooftop, date a professor’s daughter…
A funny and dark story of friendship and trying to survive IIT with a five-point something GPA. Will they make it?
My Book Review:
I picked up this book at a bookshop in Mysore, India, when I was attending a wedding there last week. I thought, I’ve experienced this country, so I should experience more of its contemporary fiction. Chetan Bhagat is apparently a lauded writer in India having written 4 novels to date: Read more... (469 words, 19 images, estimated 1:53 mins reading time)
Science Fiction / Children’s Books / Young Fiction Ages 8-12
First Published in 2005
Click here to buy the Book: The Supernaturalists by Eoin Colfer
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Future, Satellite City.
Cosmo Hill is 13 years old and lives at the Clarissa Frayne Institute for Parentally Challenged Boys. Cosmo Hill is an orphan, otherwise known as a ‘no-sponsor’. No-sponsors are put to work by the government as human lab-rats. Day in and day out, they test dangerous products. Night in and night out, they sleep in their cardboard utility pipes covered in scars, sores and burns from their hard day’s work.
Cosmo Hill needs to escape. But how? Cosmo prepares for the day when he can make his daring getaway from Clarissa Frayne… Read more... (509 words, 15 images, estimated 2:02 mins reading time)
Memoir / Biography / Autobiography
First Published in 2010
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Sequel to Hirsi Ali’s autobiography Infidel (click here to read the book review of Infidel)
Hirsi Ali has also written The Caged Virgin: An Emancipation Proclamation for Women and Islam
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I have great respect for Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Against the odds, she is standing up and speaking out for what she believes in. Ayaan’s journey in her first memoir Infidel is fascinating. And I have just got my hands on Nomad, her follow up memoir about her new life in America, based on my friend Vani’s email, which she has allowed me to publish:
Hi friends, Read more... (574 words, 13 images, estimated 2:18 mins reading time)
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This was my first audio book purchase and I absolutely loved it. The Help was not only Audible.com’s the highest-rated audiobook of 2009, but it is also its highest-rated audiobook of all time. It’s also been on the New York Times bestseller list for 51 weeks and is presently at No.1. So I started with quality….click here to read the full book review.
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Winner of the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Award
England, 1171 and a child is in danger…In Cambridge a child has been hideously murdered and other children have disappeared. The Jews, who provide a large part of King Henry’s revenue, are being accused of the crimes by angry townspeople, therefore the king wants the real killer found, and quickly.…Click here to read the full book review.
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I love a great autobiographical story.
A famous memoir you should read. Ayaan Hirsi Ali is one of today’s most admired and controversial political figures. She burst into international headlines following the murder of Theo Van Gogh by an Islamist who threatened she would be next. An international bestseller, Infidel shows the coming of age of this elegant, distinguished – and sometimes reviled – political superstar and champion of free speech….Click here to read the full book review. Read more... (504 words, 44 images, estimated 2:01 mins reading time)
Best Audio Book Award:
The Help has been on the NYT best seller list for 61 weeks. (Incidentally, I have also been listening to the New York Times Book Review Podcast on my iPhone.) The Help was also the favourite audio book for audio book stores and won the fiction award at the Audies in 2010…Click here to read the full book review.
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The Millennium Trilogy is also a regular on the NYT best seller list, with The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo still on the list after 49 weeks. The narrator of this audiobook, Saul Reichlin, is awesome. He tells the story simply and manages to find a unique and distinctive voice for every single character. He also reads women superbly. The Millennium Trilogy is mysterious and alluring with complex characters… Read more... (225 words, 28 images, estimated 54 secs reading time)
Fiction / Science Fiction
First Published in 1966
Publisher: Harcourt, Brace & World
Flowers for Algernon won the Hugo Award for Best Short Story in 1960
and was joint winner of the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1966
Click here to buy the book Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes (free delivery worldwide)
With an IQ of 68, Charlie Gordon works as a sweeper in a bakery. He thinks has friends, but little does he know he is the butt of their jokes, an amusing plaything.
Charlie’s life changes radically when he undergoes an experimental operation that to enhance his intelligence. Charlie becomes a genius.
However, Algernon, the mouse who had been successfully enhanced before Charlie, dies. Charlie has to live with the knowledge that his new life and his insights into the world are only temporary. Read more... (914 words, 19 images, estimated 3:39 mins reading time)