Book 16 – 2014 – The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath

bell jar

The Bell Jar is a semi-autobiographer, which I found out after I finished reading it. Reading a book about depression or someone slowly losing her mind, written by an author who committed suicide at 30 adds a little bit of a chill factor to the whole experience.

I’m not familiar with clinical depression, and probably had been using the word casually over the years without actually understanding what it meant. I guess no one will really know how it feel if you’re not actually going through it. I guess reading books written by someone who went through it, eventhough they may or may not realized it at the moment, provides a little bit of insight in understanding it, just a little bit more.

The book is written quite nicely, and the story ends in a better way than I had expected. Hope you enjoy it too!

Related : Sylvia Plath on Wikipedia

Book 15 – The Silkworm – Robert Galbraith

The-Silkworm-by-Robert-Galbraith-aka-JK-Rowling-book-cover

So this is the 2nd book by Robert Galbraith a.k.a JK Rowling in the Cormoran Strike series. The first one was The Cuckoo’s Calling. I feel that the title itself has certain appeal. Cormoran Strike is an ex-veteran turn private detective, solving murder cases, amongst other things, in the UK.

Silkworm is about a missing author, Owen Quine, who may or may not have published a novel, Bombyx Mori, filled with incriminating evidence about different kinds of famous people. We as the reader also will come across snippet of the novel itself. So it’s reading a novel within a novel. Isn’t it neat?

Anyhow, I like the series and I’m glad to know that JK Rowling plan to have at least 7 series of Cormoran Strike. I’m looking forward to reading more.

Book 14 – 2014 – Room – Emma Donoghue

Room

I’m gona try to not mention any spoiler here, but can’t promise. So the story was told in the perspective of a 5-year-old Jack. When I started reading it, I felt that there is something unusual about Jack, but I can’t quite figure it out. Until *bam* his mom told him her story and how both she and Jack got to where they are.

Personally I was a little bit bored in the beginning, as it was a little bit difficult to follow Jack’s way of thinking, but when you got a hold of his thought process, you begin to be aware of what’s happening, that’s when I find myself unable to put the book down. So my suggestion if you want to read this book, is to follow the quote there on the cover.

“Room is a book to read in one sitting…….” So find time when you can be undisturbed for 1-2 hour at the most. Depending on your reading speed. And enjoy!

Book 13 – 2014 – The Wolf of Wall Street – Jordan Belfort

Wolf

A memoir/biography book that did not put me to sleep, other than Steve Job. Frankly it’s hard to fall asleep when the story is filled with adrenaline. Not so much action-packed, although it’s not totally lack of it as well. The story is lined up with drug this drug that, so many f**k this and that. I was scared for him, eventhough somehow he managed to smoothly overcome everything unscathed, except of course when he got caught.

No, don’t worry I did not just drop a spoiler. It’s well known that he was a federal convict. Although from the article I read, it’s not so much prison, but like 5-star-hotel. Anyway, I heard of the movie (haven’t watched it yet), the book was not quite what I had in mind when I decided to read it.

I would suggest you read it first before watching the movie? You know If you are a reader, that is.

Book 12 – 2014 – The End of Your Life Book Club – Will Schwalbe

end of your life book club

Just in case you’re a little bit ‘ignorant’ like me, The End of Your Life Book Club, IS just it, a book club. I mean I hear the word, I understand the word, but somehow it did not really register in my brain.
At the start of reading this book, I recall thinking about Hellen Keller’s Memoir, which I have not finished reading. I was more bored than anything. The book talked about all these books and all these authors and all these literature which I have not heard of, ever. At least most of it anyway. But then as I was reading more and more of it (I refuse to ‘give up’ reading another book halfway), I found it more and more interesting how Will Schwalbe was able to convey his feelings and thoughts and his story with his mom, and at the same time aligned it with all these many many books that they are reading. I find myself writing down several books from their book club that I want to read eventually.

Another thing that did not register was that there are an abundance of books out there. I mean I kinda know it but I do not KNOW KNOW it, you know what I mean? But there are easily, I don’t know upward of 50 books mentioned in this book. And it’s also another insight to a different kind of family, different kind of people, who are outside my cultural background, who are doing totally different think from what I do, who are so closely-knit, who impacted people in such a way that they’ll be remembered.
The book was beautifully written. That’s all I’ll say.

 

What I suddenly understood was that a thank-you note isn’t the price you pay for receiving a gift, as so many children think it is, a kind of minimum tribute or toll, but an opportunity to count your blessings. And gratitude isn’t what you give in exchange for something; it’s what you feel when you are blessed – blessed to have family and friends who care about you, and who want to see you happy. Hence the joy from thanking.

99 Days of Freedom – CAN YOU QUIT FACEBOOK FOR 3 MONTHS?

99 Days of Freedom

I signed up for this social experiment approximately 1 week ago. Right about the time when Argentina beat Netherlands in World Cup 2014 semifinals. Yes, so I can’t post about Germany winning the World Cup. *boohoo*

I mean who hasn’t thought of quitting Facebook at least once since you started a Facebook account. The ‘movement’ started as a some-kind of protest against Facebook’s own social experiment that monitored user’s mood. It was a short-period experiment, but a lot of people have a strong feelings against it.

Me, I just thought that it’s a good ‘reason’ to finally try ‘quitting’ Facebook. I mean if you really want to quit FB you’ll deactivate your account. I just want to see if I can avoid loging in to FB.

I would not go so far as to say yea I ‘unplug’ and quit going online altogether. No, I still use Instagram to post my pictures and Twitter to read my news. But Facebook was my main go-to social networking hub. And we’ll see whether or not I can last the 3 months, and whether or not cutting Facebook improve my life; happiness or anything at all…

To join the movement click here.

 

Luxury Bag – Can I Justify It?

For the past week, I’ve been checking out LV website for their Neverfull GM. It is probably the cheapest out of the whole LV line, at the moment. But I feel that it’s quite versatile. It is leaning towards the more casual side, but I am more on casual-dresser-type-of-gal. And I thought if you ‘zipped’ up the side, the bag looks more ‘formal’. I am leaning towards GM, because I like big bags….

What blew my mind though, I ran across an article that says this particular bag can withstand 220lb of weights… I thought, WOW… I mean I definitely won’t fill the bag with 220lb of stuff, but just good to know that it could…
She also mentioned that she actually checked with the spokesperson of LV who confirms the testing done to these bags..

Now that the quality check is done, just the matter of the price… In CAD it cost $1,110 + 12% tax = $1,243.20. I was checking for price in, let’s say Paris, the bag cost EUR 740. At current rate, it is equivalent to CAD 1,074.87. And whatever tax that they have, I will definitely get some refund since I will be travelling as a tourist… so approximately $200 difference…. and on the big scheme of thing, it is kinda ONLY $200….

What to do, what to do?LV