Saturday, December 13, 2003


Martin Amis' Yellow Dog
Amy Tan's The Opposite Of Fate
Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake
Charles Baxter's SAul And Patsy
Paul Auster's The Book Of Illusions
Dave Egger's You Shall Know Our Velocity
JM Coetzee's Elizabeth Costello
DBC PIerre's Vernon God Little
Salman Rushdie's Step Across This Line

Thursday, December 11, 2003

Books read in 2003

The year is coming to a close (unfortunately!!) and here's the list of books i've read this year. For some reason, my list only starts in February and for the life of me I can't remember why that's so! Some, like the Bridget Jones series, were read for a second time.

Looking through the list I realise it's a more varied listing than in previous years. There are more non-fiction books, more Asian writers (mostly thanks to the pile of books a colleague lent me, some good some bad!). It was also the year I picked up a book, attracted solely by the cover and found a genius of a writer within! But then of course the world already knew of him as Jose Saramago was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1998.

Some of the memorable books are (this list doesn't include read-agains):
Mario Vargas Llosa - The Feast Of The Goat
John Steinbeck's East Of Eden
Iris Murdoch's The Sea The Sea
Jose Saramago's Blindness
Gerard Jones' Killing Monsters
Katherine Graham's A Personal History
Phillip Hensher's The Mulberry Empire
Yan Geling's Lost Daughter Of Happiness
Jasper Fforde's Lost In A Good Book

My goal for next year: to read more, to read more variedly and to also include notes! (I can barely remember the plot of many of the books read this year) And also to write more in this bookbound blog.

It's strange to write down my reading goals, ocme to think of it. But I like to take my reading seriously. There are so many many books out there that I've yet to lay my hands on and my list of To Be Reads keeps growing and growing!

THE LIST (in case you're wondering, it's a total of 52 ie a book a week)
Author and Title
John Cheever - Stories of John Cheever
Mary Ann Taylor Hall - Come And Go Molly Snow
John Irving - The Fourth Hand
Peter Carey - True History of the Kelly Gang
Joanne Harris - Blackberry Wine
Dennis Mcfarland - The Music Room
Mario Vagas Llosa - The Feast of the Goat
H. G. Wellls - The Invisible Man
James Nagel et al - Hemmingway in Love and War
Franz Kafka - The Trial
William Styron - Sophie's Choice
Somerset Maugham - Far Eastern Tales
E. Annie Proloux - The Shipping News
Emma Forrest - Thin Skin
Virginia Woolf - Mrs Dalloway
Helen Fielding - Bridget Jones' Diary
Dave Eggers - A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Helen Fielding - Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
Nigel Slater - Real Good Food
Stephen Carter - The Emperor of Ocean's Park
Katherine Graham- Personal History
Jasper Fforde - Lost In A Good Book
Jose Saramango- Blindness
Iris Murdoch - The Sea, The Sea
Alberto Manguel- A History Of Reading
Bill Bryson - Down Under
Fay Weldon - The Bulgari Connection
John Irving - My Movie Business
John Steinbeck - East Of Eden
Suzanne Keyes - The Camera My Mother Gave Me
Ann Packer - The Dive From Clausen's Pier
Robert S McNamara - In Retrospect
Jose Saramango - The Cave
Mineko Iwasaki - Geisha of Gion
Haruki Murakami - Sputnik Sweetheart
Harper Lee - To Kill a Mockingbird
May-Lee Chai, Winberg Chai - Girl From Purple Mountain
Andrei Codrescu - The Dog With A Chip In His Neck
Margaret Atwood - Oryx And Crake
Tim Winton - Dirt Music
Gerard Jones - Killing Monsters: Why Children Need Fantasy, Super Heroes and Make-Believe Violence
Betty S mith - A Tree Grows In Brooklyn
Liza Dalby - Tale of Murasaki
Martin Scorsese - Scorsese on Scorsese
Haruki Murakami - After The Quake
Jon McGregor - If Nobody Speaks Of Remarkable Things
Philip Roth - Letting Go
Yan Geling - Lost Daughter of Happiness
Alice Sebold - The Lovely Bones
Ahdaf Soueif - Map Of Love
Loida Maritza Perez - Geographies Of Home
Phillip Hensher - The Mulberry Empire

Sunday, October 26, 2003

Lost daughter of happiness

I've heard of this book, well the title at least, for quite a while now but never was interested enough to pick it up.

I dont know what made me pick it up at the library last week but i'm glad i did. it was a good read.

kinda expected it to be the usual ''in my days' type of chinese novel. which i am frankly very sick of. but it wasn't . it was interestingly abt a chinese prostitute in san francisco in the 1860s.

i'm terrible at writing book reviews. mostly cos it seems like work. u know what i mean?

i like to read, i really do and reading something and writing a review after that kinda puts me off the book.

so all i want to say about this book is that it was a good read. i liked it. there.

Thursday, October 23, 2003


I am a big fan of libraries - after all, where else can u read books for free?

And I do want to applaud the National Library Board for extending their reach. I mean, libraries in shopping malls? That's a brilliant idea!

However, I do have something to complain about.

Just how is it that the library will only stock certain books in certain libraries?
And in some cases, a library will only have one copy of a book?

I'm not talking of some obscure book here. Take for example Monica Ali's Brick Lane. It's been much hyped-up and was a nominee for the Man Booker Prize, one of the biggest book prizes in the world. And yet, there is only one book that resides in the Bukit Batok library (which happens to be the library I frequent the most)

I do recall searching for a book via the online catalogue and realising that I would have to go to either Sengkang, Geylang or some other similarly far library.

Heck I'd rather just buy the book!

Which actually leads me on to another thing: the Word Shop has disappeared from Marina Square!!!

No More Cheap Books!

Sigh, i fondly recall the day I purchased The Eyre Affair from them at less than ten dollars. So what if it was a little bent? At that price, who cares?

I enjoyed searching the shelves, finding a name I recognised. It's where I picked up books by Salman Rushdie, Kate Greenville and Alice Hoffman for that same low low price.

Now where do i get books at those prices?

Friday, October 17, 2003


The Guardian has a list of the top 100 novels of all time. Not everyone agrees with them I'm sure.
how many have you read? Find out here

My count's 22. but then i can't remember whether i've read a few of them. i guess then i can't count them if i can't remember them!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2003

if nobody speaks

of remarkable things

isn't that a gorgeous title? I think i'd heard of it somewher else before and it caught my eye at the library.

I'm just starting on it but I do like the way he opens the book. With sound. To further illustrate what i mean here's a sentence from the second paragraph of the book.

'The low soothing hum of air-conditioners, fanning out the heat and the smells of shops and cafes and offices across the city, winding up and winding down, long breaths layered upon each other, a lullaby hum for tired streets.'

He's quite poetic but loses me a little at times as he does write about a whole lot of things that are going on. I do like the bits where he's more of an observer looking down on the various goings-on in the street below and writing about them.

Then he switches to a first-person narrative and stupid me, thought it was a guy. Turns out to be a girl. Maybe i was just sleepy when i was reading that. (!)

Saturday, October 04, 2003

bout time

I figured it's about time I posted something to this blog, this poor neglected blog.

So let me tell you what I've been reading. All about it.

In the morning I get up and read the newspapers -- the Straits Times (skimming thru really cos i already know what's in the papers the night before), Streats and Today. On Wednesdays I also do a quick flip of the computer times.

I have been trying to catch up with the Newsweek subscription. I've just started with this week's issue so not too bad. Should be able to get that through before the next one comes.

The one that's lagging behind is The Atlantic -- the new issue has been sitting on my footstool (ok, it's a box) for about a week and i still haven't finished the previous one!

Dont get me wrong, it's a great magazine. last month's copy had a great story on shipping. I know, shipping! It's not the most exciting thing in the world but it was well-written and personalised so it was a good read.

I also read: The New York Times online, The Guardian unlimited, the BBC news online at work. Those are the three I rely on most. Occasionally I will see what ChannelNewsAsia has on their website, to make sure we are as updated as they are!

Thursday, September 04, 2003

do the shawshank

Reading Different Seasons for the umpteenth time. It's Stephen King's most brilliant book. A collection of 4 novella (they're really too long to be called short stories so i think novella is the right word? but please correct me if i'm wrong)

My favourite of the four is the Shawshank Redemption. It's a well-crafted story, narrated by Red, who's Shawshank's get-man. He gets whatever the inmates want, except for weapons. And that's how he befriends Andy Dufresne, in jail for allegedly killing his wife and her lover. Andy asks for a rock hammer, a tiny thing beloved by rock collectors. he later asks for a poster of Rita Hayworth, and we find out in the end just how important that poster was to him.

terrible summary i know, but it's the hand, the hand!!

Also picked up Tim Winton's Dirt Music from the library. Will see how that goes after I'm done with the magazines (NG Traveler and Book)

I've decided that before I die i would like to visit Portland, Oregon. And why? that's the home of Powells. It's supposed to be an excellent (and huge bookstore).
I like their website and their newsletter even more. Very quirky newsletter which always includes a short on Fup. Store cat.

and that line: 'Just one serving of today's edition provides 100% of the recommended daily allowance of news from Portland, Oregon.'


Saturday, August 30, 2003


am abt half way thru margaret atwood's latest boo - courtesy o me sis who bought it 4 me bday pressie. Oryx And Crake is its name - havent heard muchgood abt it tho so bit apprehensive but quite like it. i guess it cld b called sci-fi somewat. it's set in the future n has a lot 2 do with cloning n stuff.

short post. hand still hurts

Tuesday, August 19, 2003

Tuesday, August 12, 2003

same ole story

a colleague recently loaned me a whole stack of books. written by various asian writers.

the one i'm reading now is The Girl From Purple Mountain by May-lee Chai and Winberg Chai

it's your typical chinese-american exploration of family ancestry and in turn, learning more about oneself tale.

similar perhaps to the most famous of all chinese-american authors, amy tan.

but barely half as entertaining, and that's saying a lot as i'm not a fan of tan. (couldn't resist)

anyway, the thing is this family actually has a pretty interesting history. one of the ancestors (the grandma i think) was one of the few women to attend a university (at that time and in china too!) and she also got a masters in something in the US.

but the way the story is told is mighty confusing.

there is an explanation in the introduction. that the story is told from both may-lee and her father winberg's points of view. but these points of view do tend to jump a little here and there like in one chapter which is told mostly by winberg and at the end, there seems to be an anecdote tacked on, by may-lee.

the story is mostly of winberg's mother (may-lee's grandma) and their journey across the seas to the US.

the story on the whole is interesting, but badly written.

i just feel like it's the selling of your soul, the marketing of your family history, milking it for all its worth. but no use lah. i've never heard of the book!

Sunday, August 03, 2003

Reading online

Here's a great link to free books. might get tiring, after all, who's got the patience to read a whole book on the computer?

But here it is anyway, Bibliomania

Friday, August 01, 2003

In Retrospect

Another attempt at reading an autobiography. The other more recent one was the Katharine Graham book. which gave an interesting insight into the world of newspaper publishing. and that she was acquainted with Truman Capote. I did pick up a book yesterday in the library that mentioned that some author had Capote as a neighbour when she was young. He appears everywhere!

anyhoo...In Retrospect is Robert McNamara's book. the former US Secretary of Defense (Kennedy''s time, that is)
why his book? he writes on the Vietnam War. Something which i probably should know more about but i don't. so i'm hoping to learn more about it.
it's not too bad so far, he writes in quite a conversational way, or at least Brian VanDeMark, who is credited alongside McNamara, does.

a little heavy and slow-going so i hopefully i won't have to renew it...

The Camera My Mother Gave Me

I picked up this book at the SPH sale for charity. i think it cost $5. It was an intriguing blurb at the back which reads:
'If you have a vagina you know that most of hte time it is without do your kidneys feel? How does your pancreas feel? Luckily we have no idea how these things feel. The vagina is mostly like a pancreas and feels nothing. If it feels something, it is either erotically engaged or ill.

'All this is obvious if you have one. But half of us don't.

'i have one, and something went wrong with it.'

Well plus it was five bucks....

it did seem promising. i liked the cover. it was simple, no pictures and a calming shade of green. Also, The Camera My Mother Gave Me was an intriguing title. it still is.

and i guess Susanna Kaysen's name did stick in my mind. she did write Girl, Interrupted after all. i read that. i think.
unfortunately at this moment i only recall the movie n that Angelina Jolie stole the show from Winona Ryder. Deservingly. Winona Ryder acts exactly the same in every movie.
Here's my first attempt at a book review. Be nice.

The Dive From Clausen’s Pier

My library copy of The Dive From Clausen’s Pier came with a bright sticker stamped loudly with ‘Good Morning America’and ‘Read This!’. Ouch.

Carrie Bell, recently out of college, needs to grow up faster than she can imagine. Her relationship with high school sweetheart Mike Mayer (the Mr Congeniality type) is stagnating but before she does anything about but drop not-so-subtle hints, he dives into shallow water and fractures his spine, leaving him a quadriplegic.

Carrie doesn’t know how to cope with this tragedy and she ups and leaves for New York City. For a new life, far away from the sleepy town of Madison, Wisconsin.

There she meets the mysterious, sardonic Kilroy. He consumes her, yet she doesn’t know anything about him. Not even how he got his nickname.

It is also in New York that she begins to take design lessons. It all seems to bode well for her. She is happy with Kilroy, though the relationship is mostly under his terms and the design classes seem to be pushing Carrie in the right direction.

Yet after this glimpse of a fulfilling future, Packer sends Carrie scurrying back to Madison.

Are we meant to approve of her decision to return?

Packer tends to get caught up in weird descriptions, for example: ‘I crossed my room and sat on the futon. My legs jutted out in a way that reminded me of the dead witch’s legs in The Wizard Of Oz, sticking out from under the crushing weight of Dorothy’s house’.

And Carrie isn’t exactly a sympathetic character. She’s rather shallow and self-absorbed. She doesn’t know what she wants, although it’s staring her right in her face (Use the sewing machine, Carrie! Be a designer!! The though kept screaming from me, not matter how not obvious it was to her)

Friday, June 06, 2003

Oh man wld u believe. someonés compiled a list of BOOK REVIEW sites.

Tuesday, May 27, 2003

Tuesday, May 20, 2003

Saturday, May 17, 2003

Michael Ruhlman. The Soul of a Chef English 641.50922 RUH -[COO] (orch, cck, jw)

Friday, May 16, 2003

some reading suggestions

The Sea, The Sea, by Iris Murdoch.
Virginia Woolf-- The Voyage Out
Non-fiction: Nickle and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenbach
Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities
19th century: The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

Graham Swift: Last Orders.
Jeffrey Eugenides: Middlesex
Tim O'Brian: July, July
Leif Enger: Peace Like a River
Sebastian Faulkes: Birdsong
Margaret Drabble: Seven Sisters
Iris Murdoch: Jackson's Dilemma

Here's a couple of oldies:
George Eliot: Daniel Deronda (big novel)
William Faulkner: The Hamlet (shorter, NOT experimental style)
Dickens: Oliver Twist

Sunday, May 11, 2003

currently reading: The Emperor Of Ocean Park. just finished with Dave Eggers' Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Genius. i will have to disput e the 'staggering genius' bit. i think he did a good job and it was an interesting work but staggering genius. ha.

Thursday, April 03, 2003

had to return the books so was only about 3/4 of the way thru Sophie's Choice and about 1/4 thru The Invisible Man (The Wells' one) and then had to say goodbye. when they were returned, discovered to my horror that The Trial was still sitting on my table, looking all forlorn by its lonesome self. so i dashed to the PC, got onto the Internet and clicked on the RENEW slot, suffering a 50cent fine in the process. but it's better than if i had actually already read the book and then discovered it. this way iget another miserly 3 weeks to read it. 3 weeks!!! and one borrower only gets 4 books!!! i think it's good to have a limit .... some pp might borrow heaps of books (like i already do ....having 'stolen' 2 other cards) and never let others have a chance to read them.
but this sudden dearth (is that the right word?) of library books have given me a chance to focus on the books that have been lying in my room waiting to be read. there's a good side to everything!!

Monday, March 10, 2003

Ok finished that lot of books! (except the John Cheever) he's got a heap of stories in there and almost all of them are brilliant so i'm just taking my time to finish it. heck even if it means paying the 50cent renewal fee at the library!
also just picked up The Music Room by Dennis Macfarland. haven't really begun it yet but it seems to open with the suicide of the main character's brother. depressing? hardly!

Sunday, March 02, 2003

it's not as if i haven't been reading. i just haven't been posting. currently attacking three books and wondering if i can get them back to the library on time! Stories Of John Cheever, COme And Go Molly Snow, The Fourth Hand
Definitely relishing the John Cheever. He is so brilliant! I savour each word, each description that i'm reading so slowly. And it is quite a thick book. I guess it's good in some way that it is a collection of short stories cos if i really can't finish i can return it and let it be. it won't be as if i didn't find out the ending of the book.
and The Fourth Hand is more of Irving's really strange ideas. i guess he was inspired by that guy who got the hand transplant in ....Austr? NZ? and it turns out he was a convict. well the book isn't like that but it does mention that. and interestingly, it does not have a bear in the book, only a lion.

Saturday, February 22, 2003

read Kelly Gang. now why did i hesitate to read this book for so long? it's excellent. i took only 2 days to read this. i would rate it a 9er!
now gettin to work on John Cheever's short stories. the first i read so far is good. he's got this way of describing things, people, places that i admire. nothing too long-winded or confusing. his choice of words is simple yet very pleasing. i wish i could say more but can't

Thursday, February 20, 2003

took my books in and took another five out.
Finally readin: Peter Carey's True History of the Kelly Gang
Mary-Ann Taylor Hall's Come and go Molly Snow
Stories of JOhn Cheever
JOanne Harris' Blackberry Wine
JOhn Irving's The Fourth Hand (one of my fave authors but doesn't look as interesting as his other books - but then again what could beat The World According To Garp?)

Tuesday, February 18, 2003

alrighty! books due tomoro. luckily i've got almost everything read. yah managed to finish Brothers K. mazing story. that's unfortunately all i can say about it.

also managed to finish Happenstance by Carol Shields. Fell in love with her Stone Diaries ages ago when it was done in my practical criticism class in jc. this novel was vastly different less rich description-wise but also pretty good. less complicated actually.

Monday, February 10, 2003

CR: the Brothers K
i didn't expect it to be that long, and it is pretty long. yet i've managed to stay with it so far, being about halfway through at the moment.
unfortunately, i don't understand some parts of it, those that refer to baseball (and that's a whole lot).

i'm from a non-baseball nation. i've never played it, never seen it bein played. (also cos i don't have cable)
so it's kinda hard to comprehend the obsession that the family has with it.
yet Duncan's writing style, and his compelling characters keeps me going. i love the brothers, how different they all are and yet similar.

i just hope that i can finish it before it's due back at the library! (which is unfortunately pretty soon)

Wednesday, January 08, 2003

Have decided to be lame and post the books i read in 2002.
long list. well not that long. could be much longer, if i wasn't glued to the TV/Computer!
January/02 A. S. Byatt - The Biographer's Tale (Unfinished)
January/02 Charles Dickens - A Tale of 2 Cities (Unfinished)
January/02 Garrison Keillor - Lake Woebegone Days (7)
January/02 Haruki Murakami - south of the border, West of the Sun (7)
January/02 Joanne Harris - Chocolat (8)
January/02 Kate Atkinson - Emotionally Weird (6 1/2)
January/02 Mervyn Peake - Gormenghast (8 1/2)
January/02 Michael Chabon - The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (7)
January/02 Wallace Stegner - Angle of Repose (7 1/2)
January/02 Wei Hui - Shanghai Baby (7)
February/02 Elizabeth Berg - Open House (7 1/2)
February/02 Ha Jin - In the Pond (8)
February/02 Jim Crace - Being dead (8 1/2)
February/02 Kate Walbert - Gardens of Kyoto (7)
February/02 Nick Hornby - How to be Good (7)
February/02 Peter Carey - Oscar and Lucinda (7)
February/02 William Gibson - Idoru (8)
March/02 Deborah Moggach - Tulip Fever (8)
March/02 Ernest Hemmingway - A Moveable Feast (9)
March/02 Fannie Flagg - Welcome to the world baby girl! (7)
March/02 James Welch - The Heartsong of Charging Elk (6)
March/02 Peter Hoeg - Miss Smila's Feeling for Snow (7 1/2)
March/02 William Gibson - The Neuromancer (8)
March/02 Zadie Smith -White Teeth (7 1/2)
March/02 Zora Neale Hurston - Their Eyes Were Watching God (8)
April/02 Anne Tyler The Clock Winder 8
April/02 Douglas Coupland Miss Wyoming 7 1/2
April/02 Graham Swift The Sweet Shop Owner 8
April/02 Helen Fielding Cause Celeb 7
April/02 James Eugenides The Virgin Suicides 8
April/02 Joyce Carol Oates Man Crazy 8
April/02 Milan Kundera Unbearable Lightness of Being 7 1/2
May/02 Andre Dubus III House of Sand and Fog 8 1/2
May/02 Charles Dickens The Prince and the Pauper 8
May/02 Richard Adams Watership Down 9 1/2
May/02 Alice Walker Local Girls 8
June/02 Bernard MacLaverty Grace Notes 7 1/2
June/02 Hans Koning Pursuit of a Woman on the Hinge of History 7 1/2
June/02 Virginia Woolf To the Lighthouse 7 1/2
June/02 Richard Russo Empire Falls 8
June/02 Joseph Heller Catch 22 8 1/2
June/02 W. Somerset Maugham Don Fernando 9
June/02 Julian Barnes England England 6
July/02 Christina Schwarz Drowning Ruth 7 1/2
July/02 Jasper Fforde The Eyre Affair 9
July/02 Julia Alvarez Yo! 8
July/02 Mona Simpson A Regular Guy 4
July/02 Tom Robbins Skinny Legs and All 8
July/02 Kent Haruf Plainsong 8
July/02 W. Somerset Maugham The Moon and Sixpence 9
July/02 Amitav Ghosh The Glass Palace 8 1/2
August/02 Breena Clarke River Cross My Heart 7 1/2
August/02 Edmund White Forgetting Elena 4
August/02 Jonathon Lethem motherless brooklyn 7
August/02 Louis De Bernieres Captain Corelli's Mandolin 8 1/2
August/02 Mo Yan Shifu You'll Do Anything for a Laugh 8
August/02 Peter Mayle A Dog' Life 8
August/02 Sinclair Lewis Babbitt 7 1/2
September/02 Deborah Moggach Porky 8
September/02 Haruki Murakami The Elephant Disappears 7 1/2
September/02 Isabel Allende Daughter of Fortune 8 1/2
September/02 Willa Cather My Antonia 8
September/02 Terry Pratchett The Truth 8 1/2
September/02 Edgar Rice Burroughs Tarzan of the Apes 7 1/2
September/02 Graham Swift Waterland 7
September/02 Louis Begley About Schmidt 8
October/02 Schlumer The Soul of a Chef 7 1/2
October/02 Alexander Dumas The Three Musketeers 8 1/2
October/02 J. D. Salinger The Catcher in the Rye 8 1/2
October/02 Laura Esquieval Swift as Desire 7 1/2
October/02 Jonathon Franzen The Corrections 8 1/2
October/02 Charlotte Bronte Jane Eyre 9 1/2
October/02 Anita Brookner Altered States 8
October/02 Julian Barnes Metroland 8
October/02 Richard Rayner The Cloud Sketcher 9
October/02 Pat Barker Border Crossing 8 1/2
November/02 Julian Barnes Love Etc 5
November/02 Katie Singer The Wholeness of a Broken Heart 8 1/2
November/02 Greogry Maguire Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West 8 1/2
November/02 Charles Baxter Feast of Love 8 1/2
November/02 Gail Anderson-Dargatz Recipe for Bees 6
November/02 Joyce Carol Oates Wonderland 6 1/2
November/02 Alice Adams Caroline's Daughters 5
November/02 Richard Russo - Nobody's Fool (9)
November/02 Hanif Kureishi - Gabriel's Gift (8 1/2)
December/02 Sebastian Faulks - Bird Song (7 1/2)
December/02 Glenn David Gold - Carter Beats the Devil (9)
December/02 Michael Chabon - The Mysteries of Pittsburg (8 1/2)
December/02 Saul Bellow - Ravelstein (8)
December/02 Elizabeth McCracken - The Giant's House (8)
December/02 Susan Orlean - The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup (8 1/2)
December/02 Terry Pratchett - Hogswatch (8 1/2)
December/02 J.R.R. Tolkien - The Two Towers (9 1/2)

Sunday, January 05, 2003

Currently reading: Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee by Meera Syal. Her name might sound familiar to non-readers...but probably only if you are a fan of Goodness Gracious Me. I do believe she plays the wonderfully catty Smita Smitten.... the woman with the means to get into celebrity circles, or so she'd have us believe.
Delightful story bout 3 Asian women in the UK. her characters are funny and quite well-developed. Only about 1/5 of the way through though.