Book Reviews

I’d Rather Be Reading – Anne Bogel Book Review

This was a fairly short book and considering that at 112 pages, 10% is just the introduction, I wasn’t expecting to be met with a life-changing story or at least one to provide some insight in my own thinking like “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck”

I haven’t been blown away but I can’t say I hated it either. It’s short and would have been better suited to a series of blog posts rather than a published artefact. Maybe I got it wrong and I’m blooking at a blook (a book based on a blog!).

Stephen King

Stephen King * UR – Short Story

“ Does this gadget of yours have a smell?” “Nope,” Henderson replied. “Not really. But when you turn the pages…here, with this button…they kind of flutter, like in a real book, and I can go to any page I want, and when it sleeps, it shows pictures of famous writers, and it holds a charge”

What would you do if you’d have a Kindle and you could download the works of all the authors from all the parallel worlds? I honestly would starve to death because, really, who needs food?

“The gadget had come with The New Oxford American Dictionary preloaded. You only had to begin typing your word and the Kindle found it for you. It was, he thought, TiVo for bookworms.”

200369-amazon-kindle-2-stephen-king-s-urI loved the concept of this book, and it thrilled me to no end seeing the King universe tied into the story. The connection didn’t feel as unplanned as some of his other books do, more like he sought to write a book that tied in the Dark Tower series with a story about a Kindle, but even so it was pretty cool. I loved the concept of what the UR edition Kindle could do. I would absolutely be searching out more of King’s works… I would have to cover the Kindle in plastic to avoid ruining it by drool, but still… I would be in heaven.

“Kindle, isn’t it?” the waitress asked. “I got one for Christmas, and I love it. I’m reading my way through all of Jodi Picoult’s books.” “Oh, probably not all of them,” Wesley said. “Huh? Why not?” “She’s probably got another one done already. That’s all I meant.” “And James Patterson’s probably written one since he got up this morning!” she said, and went off chortling.”

UR-Stephen-KingImagine having 3 other Harry Potter books, The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring and the last book in The Kingkiller Chronicles. By the way, have you checked Rothfuss’ review of the last one? It’s one of the most popular reviews on Goodreads and it talks about time travelers. But I know they aren’t time travelers. They’re people who own an UR Kindle and Stephen King is to blame because all things serve the Tower.

“The Tower trembles; the worlds shudder in their courses. The rose feels a chill, as of winter.”

Book Reviews

17 Books you should consider this Christmas


The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez
Cristina Henríquez’s debut novel tells the story of immigration in America by following the lives two teenagers in love and their families.

Euphoria by Lily King
Euphoria is a historical novel that imagines the details of iconic anthropologist Margaret Meade’s love triangle while researching in New Guinea.

A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
A Brief History of Seven Killings is a fictional account of turbulent times in Jamaica that begins with the 1976 assassination attempt on Bob Marley and spans three decades.


Book Reviews

Kafka on the Shore * Haruki Murakami


It took me close to two weeks to finish this colossal book. Not because it was a drag to read but because every sentence was filled with meaning and every turn in the book drove me deeper into a labyrinth that transcended death. Having only read before “Norwegian Wood”, I found this book having some parallels – the naked lady coming into the room to seduce the hero, the older lady getting in on with the younger man and also chance encounters on a train that lead to people staying together.

Dean Koontz Excerpts

About Books – from Dean Koontz


I recently read The Door to December (1985) by Dean Koontz and I loved this little excerpt about books.

Frowning at the box in Dan’s hands, Padrakis raised his voice above the shrieking engine of the nature lovers’ vehicle. ‘What’s that you’ve got there?’
‘Assembled sheets of paper with words on them, for the purpose of conveying information or providing entertainment. Now what about the squawk-box? What’s Mondale,want?’
‘You taking those books with you?’
‘That’s right.’
‘Don’t know if you can do that.’
‘Don’t worry. I can manage. They aren’t that heavy.’
[..]Padrakis followed him. ‘Hey, about those books—’
‘Do you read, George?’
‘They’re the property of the deceased—’
‘Nothing like curling up with a good book, though they’re not nearly so entertaining when you’re deceased.’
‘And this isn’t like a crime scene where we can just cart away anything that might be evidence.’
Dan balanced the box on the bumper of his car, unlocked the trunk, put the box inside, and said, ‘”The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.” Mark Twain said that, George.’
‘Listen, until a member of his family has been located and gives approval, I really don’t think you should—’
Slamming the lid of the trunk, Dan said, ‘”There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates’ loot on Treasure Island.” Walt Disney. He was right, George. You should read more.’
‘”Books are not merely lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves.” Gilbert Highet.’ He clapped George Padrakis on the shoulder. ‘Expand your narrow existence, George. Bring color to this drab life as a detective. Read, George, read!’
Dan got in the car, closed the door, and started the engine. Padrakis frowned at him through the window. Dan waved as he drove away.


People are reading all over the world… Are you?

Growing Up

Reading activities

In a world that is slowly but surely turning away from books and getting glued to monitors or television screens, the importance of developing a passion for reading cannot be overlooked. Reading is a habit and should be established when the child is relatively young. What can you do to foster this habit?
Enroll your child for reading classes:
There are many well structured after school reading classes that aim to draw the children to books. They help kids with diction, idioms and phrases. For young children, these classes can be fun with animated characters and pictures. Illustrated picture books, rhymes, silly songs and pretend stories all attract the young child. Use creativity to capture the child’s vivid imagination.
Pique your child’s interest:
If your child has a favorite character, pick a series of books that features this character. For my son, it was Spiderman. Thanks to friendly neighborhood spidey, my son latched on to comics fairly early in his childhood.
Build a home-library:
A skill like reading cannot be learnt in isolation. Do not leave all the hard work to the after school program. Pick up books that you think your child will like. The Internet is also a rich resource of reading games that will attract little children to the fine art of reading.

Spiderman! He can help your child read
Spiderman! He can help your child read


Learning The Rewards Of Reading

What have you been reading lately?
When was the last time you read a book?
Are you a wide reader?

In a gathering, you can tell who the wide readers are. Wide readers think and speak well. They win the admiration, respect, and good opinion of others.
Reading expands the mind. In fact, many people consider it as one of the satisfying pleasures of humans, for it involves physical as well as mental activities.
Reading is primarily a mental activity. After all, you read with your mind and use your imagination to paint the setting of the detective thriller you are reading. You use you mind to imagine the pain that the main character experiences as the story unfolds. You bring into play the different arguments and ideas brought up by the author in that self-help book you are holding.
To read effectively, reading helps you develop a wide vocabulary through extensive reading. A skillful reader has a wide recognition vocabulary. He may not know exactly what every word means, but he will have a good general idea of the meaning of the sentence.
Reading makes you alert and curious about new words. Other readers develop the dictionary habit. Every time they come across a strange word, they try to figure out what it can possibly mean by the context. If they cannot do this, they refer to the dictionary.
Likewise, reading develops intellectual curiosity by exposing you to a variety of materials. You learn to read by reading books of increasing difficulty and variety. As in other forms of activity, you learn by actually doing.
Reading trains you to have an active and open mind. Merely grasping the writer’s idea is not enough. You must make a positive response to what you read. Be an active, not a passive, reader. Develop the habit of drawing your own conclusions, the habit of active thinking, of agreeing or disagreeing with the author. Keep your mind open; understand and weigh the ideas that you read. A practical part of active reading is the drawing of conclusions.
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Allow me to share four basic rules for effective reading and better comprehension:

  1. Try to read more and more. Remember the saying that practice makes perfect. Practicing in the correct way makes perfect.
  2. Develop the habit of reading for main ideas. Look for the subject and predicate. Do not waste time on details or little words.
  3. Learn to read with focus and concentration. Think of what you are reading. Do not let your attention wander somewhere else. Good readers read with understanding.
  4. Learn to budget your time. Experiment with your reading time. Try purposely to read faster. Give yourself a time limit on specific material that you read.

Reading is a stimulating mental activity. It expands your reality and capability. You have so much to gain in discovering the joys of reading.
Go ahead; grab a book right now!