This book made me realize the cost of war & it’s not just the loss of humanity

My first reaction after reading Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five is that the 215 pages of text are very readable, but the narrative is not simple. Any story about the effects of war is not simple. This book is also a metafiction----the first chapter, for instance, is a preface, a long one. So expect to be rewarded by the intimacy of the author explaining to the reader why he wrote Slaughterhouse-Five and how he wrote it in such a way that makes sense to him.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

I like psychological thrillers. There's something thrilling and forbidden in being inside one's head, sort of like inhabiting another body, which in itself defies all laws of physics. In reading this book, at least I get to escape with the author's permission and without the hassle of physically losing myself.

The Pull of the Ocean by Jean-Claude Mourlevat

Yes, I'm an adult who reads children's books like Mourlevat's The Pull of the Ocean. I can't help it. As a kid, I've only read Disney classics sent directly by my aunties from the States, the Ladybird books available at the biggest bookstore chain (The Princess and the Pea was my favorite), The Sweet Valley… Continue reading The Pull of the Ocean by Jean-Claude Mourlevat

Emily Dickinson (Selected Poems by Ted Hughes)

My first reading of Emily Dickinson is not actually in this collection selected by Ted Hughes. They were love poems called Wild Nights! Wild Nights!¬†and I cannot live with you. I knew then that this poet is going to be one of my favorites. The imagery she paints is just too unique and original that… Continue reading Emily Dickinson (Selected Poems by Ted Hughes)


There's something about a first-person narrative that always satisfies me as a reader, especially when the narrator is an outsider or trying to fit in, with good or bad intentions notwithstanding. It's easier to feel some kinship, some loyalty to a character who is less than perfect. We do prefer suffering because it's familiar. A… Continue reading Rebecca

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter is about the deaf-mute, silverware engraver, Mr. John Singer who, after losing his only friend to an institution, finds himself in the company of four lonely strangers: an adolescent girl who dreams of becoming a successful pianist, a jack of all trades who hates the capitalist system, a colored doctor who believes that his race must uplift themselves, and a cafe owner who doesn't say much, but has longings of his own.