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Love, or Something Like Love


It’s thesis time, the final lap of my MA creative writing course. It’s a luxury yet also a necessity to read as part of my research for my creative portion, which I’m doing a collection of short stories. O Thiam … Continue reading

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Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen


I signed up for a talk at my library on falling in love with classics and had to reacquaint myself with this book which I did for my O’levels literature when I was 16. I was curious too – how … Continue reading

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South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami


Unbelievable, but I’m being influenced by my eldest son into reading Haruki Murakami. Unbelievable because when he was younger, I had the most problem getting him to read. His two younger brothers devoured books and scored in English, but he … Continue reading

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Too Much Happiness by Alice Munro


Don’t you just love the title of this book? The title is taken from the last short story in this collection, where Munro writes a biography of Sophia Kovalevsky, a Russian mathematician novelist from nineteen century. The story is limited … Continue reading

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The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami


My son Andreas has an interest in Haruki Murakami’s book and borrowed this when he was searching for another of his book. I suspect this is written for children although it’s placed in the adults section. The book is short … Continue reading

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Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage


The long title of the book throws me off at first but after reading the book, I realise that the title actually gives a good summary of the story. Tsukuru Tazaki is the protagonist of the book. As a teenager … Continue reading

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If You’re so Smart, Why Aren’t You Happy/ by Raj Raghunathan


I had taken a MOOC by Prof Raj in 2015 before he published this book and thoroughly enjoyed it. The course is one of the most popular courses in Coursera and I highly recommend it to you. I also helped … Continue reading

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