Category: Books

Kindle Oasis: My First Official E-Reader

Kindle Oasis“Welcome to the 21st century!” That’s how everyone responded when I told them I finally decided to get myself a Kindle Oasis. I think I resisted the idea of an e-reader for as long as I could because I just love the feeling of holding a book in my hands, the texture of its cover underneath my finger tips and the smell of the pages that swallow you whole in an unexpected and unforgettable journey. I felt like I would be betraying my love for hard copies if I went electronic.

So why the sudden change of heart? Why opt for an impersonal piece of technology instead? Aside from the lack of shelf space as I acquire more books day by day, I scream in terror (internally) when the corner of a book gets folded accidentally in my handbag or gets wet by sudden rain. An e-reader would solve most of my problems.

RECO, Indigo’s New Recommendation App

Indigo, the largest bookstore chain in Canada, launched a recommendation app last week called RECO. Similar to the beloved Goodreads, this new app allows its users to “share, discover, capture and discuss the books you love with friends and trusted experts.” Is it an app worth downloading to your smartphone?

Since Indigo is my favourite book retailer and I love everything that they do, I obviously had to try RECO. After only a week of playing with it, I think I’ve made up my mind whether it’s an app I’ll be keeping on my phone or not.

A Case of Wanderlust: Great Books That Will Inspire You to Travel

Travel Wanderlust

Books have a fantastic power to transport readers to other worlds, places or times—so much so that often the best-printed adventures can have us ready to pull on our boots, grab a backpack and jet off ourselves.

There are so many wonderful travel novels out there that will have you lusting after faraway lands and ready for exploration. Along with beautifully showcasing countries you may have never visited; they provide poignant reflections on the act of travel and the positive transformations it can instigate. These five are some of my favourite, and all great examples of the true inspirational power of the written word.

Monsieur Linh and His Child by Philippe Claudel

Monsieur Linh and His Child by Philippe Claudel
Publication date: 2005
Publisher: Le Livre de Poche
Originally published by Éditions Stock
Pages: 183
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

In a previous book review, I shared with you my thoughts on Ru by Canadian author Kim Thúy (click here to read the review). I sincerely wanted to fall in love with her debut novel but ended up being disappointed due to the lack of…heart. The story was told in a perspective that I wasn’t able to connect with; the story felt like sunshine and butterflies when in reality, Vietnamese refugees did not experience an easy and poetic journey as the author made her character’s to be. This week, I thought I’d revisit another novel that shares a similar topic. It was never stated throughout the novel that the story was based on the Vietnam War but you can speculate by the name used for the main character and the circumstances.

Ru by Kim Thúy

Ru by Kim Thúy
Publication date: October 2009
Publisher: Libre Expression (French edition)
Random House Canada (English edition)
Pages: 145

“Kim Thúy’s Ru is nothing short of exquisite – a beautiful and lyrically written book that quietly takes your breath away.” – Heather Reisman, Chief Executive Office of Indigo

Not only did the good reviews had me very excited to get my hands on this book but the author is a Vietnamese-born Canadian. I was so proud to see someone from my community be recognized for something other than being a doctor, pharmacist or accountant. No disrespect of course. Though Kim Thúy is a lawyer by profession, she is now known as an award-winning author. Her debut novel won the Governor General’s Award for French Language fiction in 2010 and recently, the 2015 edition of Canada Reads. It was also shortlisted nominee for the 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize and the 2013 First Novel Award.