[Book Review] Love, Rosie by Cecilia Ahern

Rosie and Alex are classmates and the best of friends since they were 5 years old. They love to hang out with each other, tell each other everything and have decided they will be best friends for life. They don’t seem to need other good friends to spend time with or anyone else they can pour their hearts out to. All up to the age of 17 when Alex has to move to the U.S. because his father got a job there. Hence, distance comes between them as best friends and possible romantic interests for now, but not before making a pact to apply to colleges in the same city of Boston together. Until Rosie gets pregnant at 18 and everything changes.

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[Book Review] Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell

‘Everybody likes everything these days. The whole world is a nerd.’

‘Are you mad because other people like Star Wars? Are you mad because people like me like Star Wars?’
‘Maybe.’

If you broke Elena’s heart, Star Wars would spill out. So when she decides to queue outside her local cinema to see the new movie, she’s expecting a celebration with crowds of people who love Han, Luke and Leia just as much as she does. What she’s not expecting is to be last in a line of only three people; to have to pee into a collectible Star Wars soda cup behind a dumpster or to meet that unlikely someone who just might truly understand the way she feels.

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[Book Review] The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket

There’s nothing unusual about the Brockets. Normal, respectable, and proud of it, they turn up their noses at anyone strange or different. But from the moment Barnaby Brocket comes into the world, it’s clear he’s anything but ordinary. To his parents’ horror, Barnaby defies the laws of gravity – and floats.

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/Book Discussion Summary/ Station Eleven

Book title: Station Eleven
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic
Author: Emily St. John Mandel
Date of discussion: 25 October 2015
Venue: Zest Cafe & Restaurant, Bangsar South
Average rating: 7.2/10

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This book discussion summary was originally written by Vivian Ong for members of The KL Book Appreciation Club, published in the group on November 3, 2015.

A novel of art, memory and ambition, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the fleeting nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it. Spanning decades, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, this suspenseful novel is told in a beautiful, dreamy prose.

The thread that connects these stories is Arthur Leander, an aging Hollywood star who, on the same night that the plague began destroying civilization, was trying to reboot his career when he died on stage in Toronto during King Lear. As Arthur falls in and out of love, as Jeevan watches the newscasters say their final good-byes, and as Kirsten finds herself caught in the path of the prophet, we see the strange twists of fate that connect them all.

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[Book Review] Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffeneger

I read The Time Traveller’s Wife (TTW) a few years ago and it wowed me. I couldn’t stop thinking about the book for days. The love story, Sci-Fi elements, characters and well-told story lived in my memories as I slowly absorbed it into my psyche. That’s one thing I loved about Audrey Niffenegger’s writing. It was always unexpected, with twists and turns, and through the pages you begin to know each character deeper and deeper and love them deeply.

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/Book Discussion Summary/ The Girl on the Train

Book title: The Girl on the Train
Genre: Fiction, Mystey, Trailer
Author: Paula Hawkins
Date of discussion: 28 June 2015
Venue: Zest Cafe & Restaurant, Bangsar South
Average rating: 6.7/10

11542044_10153119552198922_4235805434387765587_nThis book discussion summary was originally written by Vivian Ong for members of The KL Book Appreciation Club, published in the group on June 29, 2015.

 

Described as a debut psychological thriller that will change the way you look at other people’s lives, The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins begins in a mundane kind of way.

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple having breakfast on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved.

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/Book Discussion Summary/ Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Book title: Wild
Genre: Memoir
Author: Cheryl Strayed
Date of discussion: 26 April 2015
Venue: Zest Cafe & Restaurant, Bangsar South
Average rating: 7/10

I originally wrote this summary of a book discussion on the book ‘Wild’ for members of KL Book Appreciation Club, published in the group on April 28, 2015.

Since the majority of us have finished the book, we all took turns to rate the memoir and everyone talked about what they liked and could / could not relate to in Cheryl Strayed’s writing. We also tackled some discussion questions from Oprah’s Reading Guide.

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[Book Review] The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion

Disclaimer: An unexpected side effect of being in KLBAC book discussions and hanging out with the likes of literary critiques is my own change in rating books. I have become more critical (harder to please?) and though I must admit the book has great entertainment value, I expected more from Graeme Simsion’s sequel. Read the following with a pinch of salt and do make your own judgments… To each their own!

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