Stoner – John Williams

It’s safe to say that I’m back on track with my reading and it feels just like the old days. Mind you, there was one “incident” in my adolescent years where I scavenged the Singapore Changi airport for Stephenie Meyer’s final instalment of the Twilight saga. For as long as I remember, books have been accompanying my days as a dangly little girl with short, sprouting curls on her head; looking at the world around her with a quiet, wide-eyed curiosity. Diving into countless worlds and adventures of fictional characters helped me to catch a glimpse of the deepest realms of human nature. From joy, anguish to greed, to betrayal; I know I want to feel it all when I let my eyes glaze over words on the crisp pieces […]

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Infinite

On one Friday afternoon, my mother and I went to the grocery store with the sense of everyday normalcy. I was casually scanning the snack aisle like I would often do until I see an elderly figure at the end of the cookies section that looked strangely familiar. With his thin figure and that signature newsboy cap I thought to myself, “No, it couldn’t be.” So I rushed to her, brimming with excitement until she told me to go up to him and introduce myself. Then that’s what I did, I set aside any concerns for my disheveled look and went up to the one and only creator of in my humble opinion, two most earth-staggering sentences in the world of literature, “Aku ingin mencintaimu dengan sederhana” “I want to […]

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I’ll Be Right There by Kyung-Shook Shin

  This emotionally explosive read has left me with a book hangover that I can’t seem to budge that easily. “I’ll Be Right There” has also made its way as a first Korean read and was I glad to have stumbled upon it at one of my favorite bookstores in the capital. Here we have four college friends as they deal with their own personal scars against the backdrop of an unsettled South Korean capital of Seoul in the 80’s that reminded me of what my own country experienced back in ’98. Constant student protests were no stranger to them, but this book has proven that sometimes unresolved pain and mistakes of the past could take a bigger toll than the sharp tang of tear gas could do to the […]

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