Tag: Fiction

Ru by Kim Thúy

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

“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 Amazon.ca First Novel Award.

Here Are the Nominees for Best Picture

You know what they say: never judge a book by its movie. However this year, we may see quite a few exceptions as 7 of the 8 nominated movies for Best Picture at the Oscars are based on novels and publications. Whether it’s due to the performance by the cast or adaptation into screenplay, these films should satisfy readers and book-to-movie critics.

Are You Ready for “Go Set a Watchman”?

It has been 55 years since Harper Lee’s debut and only novel “To Kill a Mockingbird”, and she stated that it would be her last. It was an instant success and has been a beloved piece of literature that taught us about social inequality, the importance of moral education, and the coexistence of good and evil. When the author announced the publication of her second book earlier this year, it brought much excitement to most bookworms. “Go Set a Watchman” has been said to be a sequel set 20 years after the events of Lee’s previous book though in reality, it was written a decade before. Her editor back then suggested that she write another book telling the story that we all know instead of having this one published. The original manuscript was then lost for years until Lee’s lawyer discovered it in 2014.

For One More Day by Mitch Albom

For One More Day by Mitch Albom
Publication date: September 26, 2006
Publisher: Hachette Books
Pages: 208
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

For One More Day is the story of a mother and a son, and relationship that lasts a lifetime and beyond. It explores the question: What would you do if you could spend one more day with a lost loved one?”

I’m sure it’s something that we have all thought of at some point. What if we could spend more time with our grandfather before he passes away? What if we are able to cook our grandmother’s favourite dish one last time? What if we have a chance to reconcile with our siblings before it’s too late? What if we are able to say our goodbyes?

New Reads, Used Books

Used booksLast month, I received an email at work from one of the office coordinators announcing…a book sale. I was ecstatic. Some employees had been collecting used books and magazines for the past few months from colleagues, friends and family in order to raise money for a non-profit organization. Getting books for cheaper while helping a good cause? Count me in! I made sure to save the event in my Outlook calendar so that I don’t forget and miss this opportunity to get more books. And just to make sure that I don’t miss the calendar reminder the day before, I’ve had this bright pink sticky note on my computer monitor for a month now.