Hihi! Last night following a brief fling with Mr Migraine, Mrs Fever decides to play house thus I will try to keep this entry brief.

It's been a while since I've brought up about the books I've purchased or been reading. To be honest, I haven't been doing much of it this past year, mainly because the titles I chose to buy were so hard to get into. In terms of story flow, when the author fails to actively engage you, well, that pretty much sums up 2010. A special shout out to Kitty from Australia, who had expressed interest in my reading. I hereby dedicate this post to you, mate!

The other day saw me clawing through my stash for a particular title when I stumbled across a Haruki Murakami novel. A forgotten gem only to be dug up few years later; it was still in mint condition thus no harm done. I have now learn to never buy things in bulk, especially books, for distraction is a flaw that I'm struggling to correct but to no avail. Before I could go into depth as to how the relationships between the lead male character and the circumstances of his life -past and present- that drove him along to the inevitable outcomes, my package from Amazon arrived...

"Life changes fast.
  Life changes in the instant.
  You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends.
"

The Year Of Magical Thinking
is an account of American author, Joan Didion's attempt to cope with the unexpected death of her husband of almost forty years. At the same time, their daughter was in a medically-induced coma. Standing at a little over 200 pages, she reveals how her inner turmoil of grieving and fending off uncontrollable vortices of emotional pain led her to a state of 'magical thinking.'

This is, by far, one of the most engaging book I have read, even though I haven't gone too far into the author's 'magical journey.' Every detail of every situation was intricately described; the first chapter had already got me bawling. Get your copy via Amazon because it's neither available at Kinokuniya nor Borders. F!@#$%

I have 3 more titles to pick up before self-imposing a book ban. Is it so difficult to wish for more than 24 hours in a day?

Here's Milo signing off on my behalf. "Woof Woof!"


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  • I like how vivid your camera is, especially with those adorable Milo pics! I haven't read much at all during 2010 myself. I really need to get back into it. I'm going to look for those novels, thanks! What genre are you most interested in? Or are you open to read anything?
  • That's because I've switched to an actual digital camera lmao!

    Check out "The Queen's Gambit" by Walter Tevis, and "The Pact" by Jodi Picoult. I will be posting a bunch of my must-read list of titles. I am picky when it comes to books, so I normally get what catches my attention.

    AtelierGal 於 2011/01/21 08:13 回覆

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  • Hey Kitty! Nice to see you again ^_^

    I haven't read "Perfect Match" yet. I strongly recommend "The Pact" and "Nineteen Minutes" if you have not checked those out.

    I used to purchase books from The Little Black Dress too! One of the titles I'd first purchased was "How To Sleep With A Move Star" by Kristin Harmel.

    Thank You for your concern, Happy New Year to you too!
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  • Hey Kitty,

    I had that book too, but I gave it away along with other titles to the Salvation Army couple years ago.

    Other titles I enjoyed:
    Can You Keep a Secret? - Sophie Kinsella
    The First Assistant + 2nd Assistant(sequel) - Clare Naylor, Mimi Hare
    The Thirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield *Highly Recommended!
    Bad Behaviour - Sheila O'Flanagan
    Middlesex + Virgin Suicides - Jeffrey Eugenides
    Any titles by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

    And the list goes on :D