Thursday, June 2, 2016

A big thank you to my readers

Hi there my dear readers,

This is to inform you that I will not be updating this blog with new posts.

It shall be maintained as it is, and I have no desire to close it down as it was through this blog that I discovered the wonderful world of book blogging back in 2006. It holds many memories.

I thank you so much for visiting this blog, posting your comments here and sharing your love of books and reading with me.

Keep reading and do connect with me on Goodreads. :)


Thursday, January 30, 2014

Book Giveaway: The Eye of God by James Rollins

The Eye of God by James Rollins
on Jan 28, 2014 
Pages: 576 
Format: Paperback

About the book:
The Eye of God finds Sigma Force on the hunt for a crashed U.S. military research satellite in the remote wilds of Mongolia. The last blurry image from the falling satellite displayed the eastern seaboard of the United States smoldering and in utter ruin.

At the same time, a mysterious package arrives at the Vatican containing two artifacts: a skull scrawled with ancient Aramaic and a tome bound in human skin. DNA confirms they both came from a single body— the long-dead Mongol king, Genghis Khan. It is up to Commander Gray Pierce, aided by a pair of Vatican historians, to discover a truth tied to the fall of the Roman Empire, to a mystery going back to the very roots of Christianity, and to a weapon hidden for centuries that holds the true fate of humanity.

You may enter this book giveaway over at my other blog, Books Love Me. Contest ends on Feb 7. Only open to US residents.

I will also be blogging mainly from that blog from now on so do please update your blog feeder so as not to miss any future posts, book reviews and book giveaways!

Thanks so much! :)

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Introducing Bookurve – A Malaysian Online Bookstore

It is that time of the year again when all you want to do is shop. However, for book lovers like me, shopping for books happens all year round unfortunately. There is no such thing as too many books. Right???

But if you are looking for something new to read or to search for that book that you could not find at your nearest bookstore or you just want to buy a book for someone this Christmas, you can do so at the newly launched Bookurve.

Bookurve is a Malaysian online bookstore that offers free delivery for the books which are sold at low prices.

I have had the opportunity to conduct an e-mail interview with one of the guys behind the startup. Here is the interview with Lian Shen:

1. How did the website's name "Bookurve" come about?
It is a combination of the words "Book" and "Curve". 

2. How is Bookurve different from other online bookstores, for example local bookstore MPHonline and international ones like Book Depository?

We want Malaysian readers to find any book they want and buy it at the lowest price. We also want to introduce more of the latest book titles to readers who would not be able to find them in MPH.

In comparison with Book Depository, we are able to deliver the books in a shorter period of time, say, two to three weeks, with a tracking code for the order.

3. How many books are there in the store? What genre of books do you offer?

Currently, we have 20,000 book titles that we can ship out within a day. As long as the book is an English title and the book is still in print, we will try our best to get the book out to our readers.

4. How did Bookurve come about?

We started this idea when we found that readers could actually have a wider selection of book titles, a feature not met by MPH and Kinokuniya. Some readers do not even realise it, including me before we started Bookurve.

The prices of the books are also quite expensive. So these were the two reasons that inspired us to create Bookurve to give greater benefits to avid readers.

5. When was Bookurve launched? Any increase in visitors and sales until now?

We launched it six months ago to get any feedback and response from readers who eventually found us via Google. We also recently launched a new layout on the Bookurve website with a message to our customers that goes like this: "Find any book you want in Bookurve".

6. Free delivery on all orders? No minimum purchase required?

We initially provided free delivery within Malaysia with no minimum purchase. Now, due to the increase of shipping costs, we only provide free delivery with a minimum order of RM25. For East Malaysia, there is a minor shipping fee.

7. Where do you get the books to sell on Bookurve?

We sourced the books from an overseas distributor as well as a local market distributor.

8. Any other information that you would like to highlight?

We found that there are many places in Malaysia that are lacking in physical bookstores and this makes it difficult for readers to find and buy books. So, we want to provide an opportunity to Malaysian readers to discover, find and buy books no matter where they are, as long as they have access to the Internet and visit Bookurve.

Thanks Lian Shen for the interview.

So that was the interview and I hope you enjoyed getting to know more about Bookurve. As it is now December and Christmas is approaching, Bookurve has a special Christmas deal for its customers.

Click this link for the Christmas deal. The promotion ends on Dec 31. Do take note that delivery is within Malaysia only.

Happy book-buying everybody!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

10 Books from My Bookshelf that I Really Need to Read

My blog turned seven yesterday and I had the idea of going over the titles in my bookshelf to remind myself of what books I have. It is also to urge myself to get going on reading books that I should have read a long, long time ago. Here are the 10 books that I feel I should make time to read as soon as I can.

It does not snow here in Malaysia but I would love to curl up with these books before December ends. It is great weather anyway with the occasional Christmas breeze.

1. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

I began reading this book in July and stopped after page 60. Not that it got boring or anything but life got in the way and I also started reading other books. It was pretty unusual for me because I always aim to finish a book before starting on a new one. But I saw that Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando was available on Net Galley so I jumped right in to that book! Thus, I have to continue reading Beautiful Creatures now because I am so behind in this series. Love the movie though.

2. Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella

My most recent purchase of a Sophie Kinsella book, bought back in May this year. She has a few new books out since then so I need to read this before getting her newer ones such as I’ve Got Your Number and Wedding Night.

3. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer

I do not remember when I bought the book but it was most probably about the time it was published. The pages have already turned brown since then and I still have not read it yet. I have read the first three books and also watched all the Twilight movies. I’m not really an ardent fan of this series but it is good if I can finish reading all the books in it.

4. The Host by Stephenie Meyer

I have watched the movie and I think Saoirse Ronan is a great actress. Loved her role in Hanna. When The Host novel came out, I was a bit skeptical about its science fiction theme but still received a copy from a Secret Santa blog event. The movie cleared my doubts and I’m looking forward to reading the book.

5. The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

You can call me a fan of the Harry Potter books so anything by J.K. Rowling should be a must-read for me. Before I go out and buy The Cuckoo’s Calling, I need to read The Casual Vacancy first.

I bought this book three years ago and now I’m already 26. It is high time I began reading this book for its finance tips before it is too late!

7. Nation by Terry Pratchett

Over the seven years as a book blogger and visiting other book blogs, I came across many rave reviews on this book and also on Pratchett’s other books. I received Nation from a Secret Santa blog event as well.

I decided to buy this book in July when I became a worrywart of sorts on work and life stuff. Was hoping to delve into this book but I didn’t realise that it has been five months since the month of purchase!

9. Atonement by Ian McEwan

Again, another highly acclaimed book that I have yet to read. I enjoyed the movie even though it is all sadness and tragedy. Hope to start reading the book soon. Before the year ends, at least!

10. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

I’m wondering if there is any connection between this book and George Orwell’s 1984 but there are some online discussions on this topic. At over 1,300 pages, this book is super-thick to me. I do not mind having one or two weeks off just to lose myself in this story.

Have you read of these titles? What are your thoughts on them?

Random: A day without a perdurable is like a day without sunshine

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Top 10 Books I'd Recommend to X Person

This is the first time I'm participating in Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. For this week's Top 10 books, check mine out...

The Book I’d Recommend To:

A person who does not read books

I won’t recommend the whole series yet but just let him/her start with the first book. Several friends have told me before that the Harry Potter series were the only books they have ever read, so I guess this could be a good start for non-readers. As for me, I think I first read this book at the age of 11.

A person who wants to read a book like no other
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

This book was not mind-blowing nor was it an eye-opener. When I read it, I felt like I could relate to the main character despite his rants and all. On our worst days, it does feel that the world and everything else is “phony” but oh well. You will either love or hate this book.

A person who loves shopping and something fun to read
Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

I look forward to light, fun reads after a long day at work and the Shopaholic books are the perfect books to help me unwind. The main character, Becky Bloomwood may be silly and ignorant at times but her adventures are certainly hilarious. You could not have met a more clueless character.

A young person who wants to be motivated

This is a rather unknown book even though it won a Book of the Year award in Australia in 1985. I remember how I used to read this book during my teens and it left me feeling positive and motivated after finishing it. I wanted to be a great, cultured reader like Lilli, the main character, too!

A person who loves a good love story
Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern (also published as Love, Rosie)

A love story like no other, Where Rainbows End makes you root for the main characters who never seem to get together throughout the book. You will be like, “What??! They only get together when they are 50 and they met when they were five??” I have only read two books by Ahern and I thought this was better than P.S. I Love You.

A person who likes a good book with humour

I wonder if this book will ever be turned into a movie. It is about an autistic 15-year-old boy and how he tries to find out who killed a neighbour’s dog. The last time I read this book was in 2006 (wow, seven years ago!). I think it is time for me to read it again (and write a better review).

A person who loves well-written short stories with the most unexpected twist
Skin and Other Stories by Roald Dahl

Short stories come in handy when you don’t feel like diving into a novel. What better than stories by Roald Dahl, whose dark tales with unexpected endings would leave you wanting more.

A person who wants to read about bullying and everything else gone bad
Carrie by Stephen King

I will never forget how after reading the first 20 pages of this book, I had a nightmare while taking a nap. Poor Carrie. To be gifted with powers no one else has but to be misguided along the way. I have watched the 1976 and 2013 versions of the movie and I think Sissy Spacek makes a better Carrie!

A person who wants to read beautiful writing
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

Beautiful, descriptive writing is what you will find when you read this book. It could be a great book for aspiring writers and if you want to keep a journal. The book is from 17-year-old Cassandra’s point of view. She records her life and observations of the people around her. The cover of the book is just so pretty too. That is reason enough to get the book.

A person who wants to tackle the greatest reads of all time
Read, Remember, Recommend by Rachelle Rogers Knight

If you want to be a well-read reader, this reading journal and its numerous lists would make a wonderful start. You can write notes, track your reading and get new ideas on what to read next. Perfect for any book lover.

Do let me know if you have any suggestions for each category! Enjoy!

Winners - When Love Never Ends by J. Alec Keaton

pic from here

Thank you so much to those who entered my book giveaway where three copies of When Love Never Ends, the debut novel by J. Alec Keaton was up for grabs.

Here are the three lucky winners:

1. petite
2. Mollydee
3. my heart is here

I have already sent out e-mail to you guys for your mailing addresses. Please reply as soon as you can. Congratulations to all of you!

Do keep a lookout as I will hold another book giveaway soon. :)
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