The Last Tsar

Romanov  by Nadine Brandes Finished a good part of this book on my nice and pleasant trip @ Tanoa & Pullman in Nadi. It’s not really our place to judge Russian history or the royal blood or the age of spell masters, still technically this novel is a well-written one. To Maria & Ivan Even […]

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Reaching the Throne

Catherine the Great – Portrait of a Woman  by Robert K. Massie Audiobook by Mark Deakins A bit too much fuss over her sexuality in spite of her marvelous accomplishments. But it is obvious the writer has done a huge mount of research for this book. It was a very vividly pictured one and was pictured […]

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New India

The Windfall  by Diksha Basu The Jha family got a website sold and thus became rich all of a sudden. It’s so oddly comforting to know that there’re so many similarities between Chinese society and Indian society, ie. the uncomfortable after social climbing, the brutal and pathetic rivalry on amost everything and widespread anxiety over money.

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Crystals

Salt  by Mark Kurlansky Audiobook read by Scott Brick An interesting way to view through the world history by the history of salt. It’s amazing to know how cities and country relationships changed and how historically famous celebrities’ life got affected by salt industry.

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Not That Significant

Normal People  by Sally Rooney Life dramas in our own lives, no matter how devastating or significant they may look, may not be that important as we’d assumed. Being Judged may not last that long.  I never know just why is it so hard to speak out whole heartily.

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Trojan

The Silence of the Girls  by Pat Barker Audiobook by Kristin Atherton Achilles, Briseis the royal slave, Patroclus, Agamemnon, Hector, Priam “kiss the hands of the man who killed my son” begging Achilles for Hector’s dead body. It’s just kind of relieve to see the Trojan war from another perspective.To at least get to think of the fate of Troy’s […]

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What Love Is

Eleanor & Park  by Rainbow Rowell Red-hairred Eleanor and Park the half-Korean kid, love story about school bus, comic books  and  music tapes. Being young and being in love. Hopefully someday someone can make a movie out of it.

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Social Mobility

Hillbilly Elegy – A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis  by J. D. Vance Wish that I had encountered this book earlier. Felt and still feeling amazingly the same way, especially the latter part featuring social mobility, ie. moving upwards of the social ladder, which is honestly is pathetic in some way. Chinese children […]

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Filthy War

The Book Thief  by Markus Zusak I assumed from the title that the book might be a girl who loves reading. It turned out to be books marking a girl’s struggling through the terrifying war time. It never occurred to me what did ordinary Germans do during WWI and WWII? It turned out that they […]

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Everyday Chaos

Why Mummy Drinks  by Gill Sims Why is Motherhood so overwhelming. Why Mummy Drinks is actually an app run by the running-around-everyday-life mummy. This book is about daily life before and after this app, which is so real that it even seems exhausted and desperate,  only in an amusing way.

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