Gripping Ebook

I hardly remember to read all the ebooks I borrow. The hard copies definitely remain more magnetic…
So I have gotten used to most of the digital titles being automatically returned when loan periods expired. Tis convenience attracts me to explore and borrow more titles rather recklessly.

Alexander McCall Smith’s 13th title in the No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency – The Limpopo Academy- was the first ebook I enjoyed thoroughly, and on time.

And now tis amazing title has ensured that I remain hooked to the digital pages….

The digital title page

The digital title page

I’m reading “The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd from Singapore National Library. Find this & more at

Thanks to the Overdrive app, and wide range of titles available online, I no longer see a need for other e-readers. Anyway purchasing titles for these gadgets still remain a mystery!

Be awesome! Be …

Be awesome! Be a Book Nut!Dr Seuss

Something inexplicable triggered the hunger to read more, read continuously, read widely…


And 2012 saw me borrowing more books for myself than the brood (*gasp*) I joined GoodReads last year, and followed several book bloggers on Twitter.

As 2013 neared, I came across reading challenges and few more in the first week- surely a sign! Not that I need additional incentive to read but its just so fun to have reading company…

So the last weekend of 2012 saw me hauling favourite authors and books from the past to welcome 2013. Here’s the precious stash from the local library-

PG Wodehouse, Agatha Christie and Alexander McCall Smith (top to bottom)


This especially made me so so happy! I had been looking forward to revisiting this timeless tale…

When I ‘remember’ to get off Twitter and other social media, I immerse myself between the pages especially when children are in school. Books are awesome company when I commute… one reason why I have been resisting smartphones. Do we really need to be that connected on the go? I rather get lost among pages of book…

So this year, I have committed to completing 30 books – a modest number but one I am very comfortable with. After all,  I need to be realistic about the time for magazines and social media ;p , among other priorities.

l will compile and post my list of to-read titles from GoodReads and elsewhere- this list is likely to have more than 30 titles. That is my way of keeping options open since I dont buy books, but mostly borrow them from the library. May look out for more on Freecycle or the local website for pre-loved books.

These are the places I will be sharing my read books-

LifeYourWay’s Weekly Reads Book Club (soon to be launched)

2013 TBR Pile Reading Challenge

GoodReads’ 2013 Reading Challenge – (really need to update the books I read here- my last year count of 8 books read is far from reality! 😉

Before I sign off, many wonder how I ‘find’ time to read amidst the usual ‘busy’ schedule. As they say, if its a priority and important enough, making time is not so difficult. It helps that all my children are much bigger and are in school longer. Not working full-time is another boon and commuting on public trains and buses is another blessing as I spend the traveling time reading. I now ensure my bag always has a book after a few disappointing solo and boring outings without one.

While the quote above describes me to a T, it also sets a fabulous tone for 2013. 

Hope you too make time read more…

Bookslove- January edition

Few of the books I read this first month of 2012. I had forgotten to take pix of some interesting ones before returning to the library. Though the double loan period wont return until mid-year holidays, I dont expect to be reading any less (especially after discovering shelves with call nos.’640′)

Those good ones I had not included in the photos- ‘The Storyteller’s Secret’ (poem stories for children), ‘The Secret Journey’ (meant for Princess but I tremendously enjoyed this juvenile literature about a stowaway girl)


As for those shown above-

The Wicked wit of Oscar Wilde reminded me of the sheer delight of his hit comedy ‘The Importance of being Earnest’. Now need to go look for ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ which has some intriguing quotes. ‘She is a peacock in everything but beauty’ was a hit with my P5 creative writing class.

The Bard- beautiful lines and the source of so many everyday phrases (I wear my heart on my sleeve). Really need to try read more of his works regularly.

Natural remedies- nothing really new but adds on to my growing pantry of treatments without drugs. This book also made me fall in love with lemons all over again! And I actually enjoy drinking pounded garlic in honey lemon water ;>

44 Scotland Street- Next to ‘The First Ladies’ Detective Agency’ series, this is my other fave from the esteemed author. These stories appear in a Scottish daily as running series, which make it easy for me to skip pages about characters I dont fancy and the frequent anthropological rambles. And reading the above sequels consecutively was another thrill for me. Now I wonder if I had returned/ read any of the Isabel Dalhousie titles by same author. Oh well… now back to the bags of books and magazines waiting to be featured in the Feb edition ;p