Category: Book Reviews

Aug 28

The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa

The Housekeeper and the Professor
by Yoko Ogawa

Contemporary Fiction/Japanese Fiction
Publisher: Vintage
First Published in August 2003


This is one of my favourite books that I have read this year. It’s actually turning out to be a bit of a Japanese reading year for me, with Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84 trilogy keeping me busy from January to March.

I had read a favourite books of the year newspaper article in January and along with 1Q84,  The House Keeper and the Professor was among the chosen few. It’s a heartwarming story about a housekeeper, a professor and the housekeeper’s ten year old son. Using the word ‘heartwarming’ to describe this story may cause it to sound trite and mushy, but having just finished this short novel just an hour ago, that’s how my heart feels – warmed.


Jan 08

Switched By Amanda Hocking Part 1 of the Trylle Trilogy


By Amanda Hocking

Part 1 of the Trylle Trilogy


Switched By Amanda Hocking

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

Click here to buy the book Switched by Amanda Hocking form The Book Depository (with free delivery)

Book Synopsis:

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.


Jul 19

And Furthermore by Judi Dench

And Furthermore

by Judi Dench

as told to John Miller


Autobiography: And Furthermore by Judi Dench

Autobiography / Biography / Memoir / Non-Fiction
Publisher: Phoenix
First Published in 2010

Click here to buy the book And Furthermore by Judi Dench (with free delivery)

Book Review:

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!


Dec 08

Mao’s Last Dancer

Mao’s Last Dancer

by Li Cunxin

Autobiography / Biography / Memoir / Non-Fiction
Publisher: Penguin Books
First Published in 2003

Click here to buy the book Mao’s Last Dancer (with free delivery)

Here’s Reading Like Rabbit’s first guest review by a good friend of mine, Naazli Somjee, who being such a fast reader, probably gets through more book than I do!

Thanks for your recommendation Naaz!

x Julie

Book Review:

A book you have to read is Mao’s Last Dancer by Li Cunxin! It is lovely, touching story about the author’s growing up years in China towards the end of Chairman Mao’s rule. He talks about the abject poverty of his childhood and his feelings for his family and the opportunities he is given. It could all become very melancholic but he writes with a combination of humour and matter-of-factness that you need to keep turning the pages till you reach the end. You will then feel the need to youtube the author to watch him dance, and go out and watch a ballet, and hug your parents all at the same time :)

x Naazli

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Dec 05

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly:

A Memoir of Life in Death

by Jean-Dominique Bauby

Translated from the French by Jeremy Leggatt


Memoir / Non-Fiction / Inspirational
First Published in 1998
Publisher: Random House
International Bestseller

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Book Synopsis:

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.


Oct 11

Coming Soon: The Peabody Academy and the Cheese Incident

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+.

Book Synopsis:

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.


Aug 14

Rich Dad’s Cashflow Quadrant

Rich Dad’s Cashflow Quadrant

by Robert T. Kiyosaki


Financial Advice /Investment / Non-Fiction
First Published in: 2000
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

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x Julie

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Jul 16

Audio Book: Total Recall by Sara Paretsky

Total Recall

by Sara Paretsky


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.


Jul 15

Desert Children by Waris Dirie

Desert Children

by Waris Dirie

with Corinna Milborne

Translated by Sheelagh Alabaster


Non-Fiction / Memoir
First Published in: 2005
Publisher: Virago

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Book Synopsis:

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.


Jul 15

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin


by Colm Toibin


First Published in 2009
Publisher: Penguin Viking

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Book Synopsis:

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?


Jul 01

Five Point Someone

Five Point Someone

by Chetan Bhagat


Fiction / Light Reading
First Published in 2004
Publisher: Rupa & Co
National Bestseller in India

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Book Synopsis:

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:


Jun 15

The Supernaturalist

The Supernaturalist

by Eoin Colfer

Science Fiction / Children’s Books / Young Fiction Ages 8-12
First Published in 2005
Publisher: Puffin

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Book Synopsis:

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…


Jun 10

Nomad by Ayaan Hirsi Ali


by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

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

Click here to buy a book by Ayaan Hirsi Ali (free delivery worldwide)

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,


Jun 09

Meet the Author: Blood on the Moon by S.M. De Silva

Julie Wee meets author S.M. De Silva to talk about her debut novel Blood on the Moon – The Daywalker Chronicles Volume 1

Reading Like Rabbits Book Review’s Meet the Author with S.M. De Silva Part 1

Reading Like Rabbits Book Review’s Meet the Author with S.M. De Silva Part 2

x Julie

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Jun 09

Best Fiction for Story Book Readers

I enjoy browsing through bookshops online through Reading Like Rabbits and the Book Depository. Don’t forget that you get Free Delivery Worldwide for books purchased through my site!

Here are the best of my fiction book list reviews:

For Fiction  Storybook Readers looking for the best story book, I recommend:

The Help by Kathryn Stockett (5/5)

This was my first audio book purchase and I absolutely loved it. The Help was not only’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.


Jun 08

Recommended Thriller Fiction Reviews

Come to Reading Like Rabbits to find a good book review that is linked to a bestseller book store and a fantastic audio book shop. This is a real readers book review site.

For the best book reviews recommendations in the Fiction Prose Genre, I recommend:

For Recommended Mystery Books / Crime Books / Thrillers:

Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin (4/5)

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.


Jun 07

Recommended Non-Fiction Book Reviews

All About Book Reviews

Come to Reading Like Rabbits to find a good book review that is linked to a bestseller book store and a fantastic [audio book shop].

It’s fun to browse through bookshops online through Reading Like Rabbits and The Book Depository. And I have to say again, books are much cheaper when you buy through bookshops online, especially with Free Delivery Worldwide.

Here are my best book review recommendations from across the book list review pages:


Autobiography Story / Biography Memoir / Non-Fiction Biography / Contemporary Biography

I love a great autobiographical story.

Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali (5/5)

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.


Jun 07

Audio Book Shop: Best Audio Books

Best Audio Book Award:

The Help by Katheryn Stockett (5/5)

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.

[Click here to buy the audiobook of The Help]

The Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson (5/5)

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…


Jun 04

Flowers for Algernon

Flowers for Algernon

by Daniel Keyes


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)

Book Synopsis:

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.


Jun 02

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