It’s @boroughpress’s turn to host #bookadayuk this month

Hashtag #bookadayuk is back on Twitter after a month of absence. In case you have forgotten, #bookadayuk is a Twitter campaign to discuss about books. There is a different topic of to talk about every day.

In February 2015, the hashtag is hosted by The Borough Press. If you would like to tweet your book suggestions, don’t forget to include hashtag #bookadayuk and @BoroughPress. Here is a list of topics:

#bookadayuk topics for February 2015p

Check out my tweet for today. 🙂 Which author would you like to meet? Tell me in the comment box below!

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How you can get involved in the Romance Festival

If you are a fan of romance novels, be sure to check out Romance Festival. I participated in last year’s events and it was really fun to chat with authors & fellow bloggers.

Starts: 7th February 2015 at 2 pm GMT
Ends: 8th February 2015 at 8 pm GMT

Sign up for the free event here

For more details, read this reblogged post!

romance festival

We are very excited to announce our next virtual festival and we’d love you to be involved. For those who took part last time, you will know that we have a program of events on Twitter, Facebook and a few Google Hangouts.

Again we plan for the Saturday to be a professional development day for authors (last time we had Script Doctor sessions with editors, Goodreads, tips on getting reviews and much more.)

On the Sunday, we will focus the programme for romance fans which last time included author interviews, romance in YA, discussion around romantic places, steampunk, the men of romance etc.

This event is open and inclusive; everyone is welcome.

If you are an aspiring or established author and you’d like to get involved in a live event, then do let us know. Or if you aren’t around that weekend, we also have a Q&A you can complete…

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Ten Books I’d Love to Read With My Book Club

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are mine and do not necessarily reflect those of SS Readers Corner. This post contains spoilers so kindly skim it to avoid too much information.

Top Ten Tuesday is an original meme started by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week there is a specific bookish topic, which will be discussed and shared among bloggers. Today’s topic excites me because my friends & I initiated a book club for a youth organisation close to our hearts. We have wonderful discussion on a particular book every month. I always look forward to our book discussion.

My choice of Ten Books I’d Love to Read with My Book Club are…

‘The Rosie Project’ by Graeme Simsion

Cover by Simon & Schuster; published in 2013

I noticed this novel a couple of months ago when Sony Pictures bought the rights to adapt the novel. My interest piqued when Bill Gates posted about the book on his Facebook. I got a copy at a book sale and am looking forward to reading it next year.

Possible topics of discussion:

  • Is there any difference of writing styles between male and female romance author?
  • Can true love be found using a formula? What about matchmaking websites?
  • Don Tillman’s peculiarity

 

 

‘The Hunger Games’ trilogy by Suzanne Collins

Cover by Scholastic; published in 2011

I enjoy reading novels with dystopia theme and ‘The Hunger Games’ trilogy is one of my favourites. I believe the books need to be discussed individually. ‘Mockingjay’ is my favourite book because of its darker themes. Therefore I would love to hear other people’s views on:

  • Reality tv shows – compare them to ‘The Hunger Games’
  • Propaganda & tokenism – Katniss as a “symbol” to unite other districts
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder after winning the Hunger Games – I’d love to read more about Haymitch’s point of view

 

‘Animal Farm’ by George Orwell

Cover by Penguin; published in 2008

 

George Orwell’s books are popular for book club discussions and some consider this as a children’s book. So why not use this book to lure more members to come to a book discussion?

Possible topics of discussion:

  • Propaganda against communism / Russia
  • If George Orwell had used human characters instead of animals, would the novel still be influential?
  • How do young readers comprehend the political aspects of the novel? (I’m intrigued that this novel is marketed as a children’s book)

 

 

‘My Sister’s Keeper’ by Jodi Picoult

Cover by Washington Square Press; published in 2005

This novel provokes a lot of after-thoughts, such as:

  • The novel is told from many different viewpoints. What do you think if it was written in just single (Anna’s) or double viewpoints (Anna’s & Sarah’s)?
  • What do you think of designer baby? In this case, a baby was conceived to save an older sibling.
  • What do you think of the parenting style?

 

 

 

Cover by Harper Perennial, published in 2006

 

‘We Need to Talk about Kevin’ by Lionel Shriver

I was emotionally exhausted when I finished reading this book. Nevertheless, I would love to spend 1-2 hours talking about this book. Questions that still linger in my mind:

  • Did Kevin respect and love Eva at all?
  • Who do you blame for Kevin’s atrocious behaviour? Himself or the parents?
  • Contrast the parenting styles of Franklin and those of Eva.

 

 

‘Looking for Alaska’ by John Green

Cover by Speak; published in 2006

I have only read ‘Looking for Alaska’ and ‘The Fault in Our Stars’. I really enjoyed the former than the latter even though ‘Looking for Alaska’ is a much older work and less popular work (this might change once the movie goes into production). I like how human existence is dealt in this book. Some questions I would ask in a book discussion are:

  • John Green divided the story into two parts: ‘before’ and ‘after’. What do you think of this structure of storytelling?
  • What happened the night Alaska died? Did she kill herself or was it an accident?
  • What is the most important question human beings must answer? Choose your question wisely, and then examine how Islam, Buddhism and Christianity attempt to answer it.

 

‘In Cold Blood’ by Truman Capote

Cover by Penguin; published in 2012

I watched ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ a couple of years ago when I was in a ‘Hepburn’ phase. After watching the movie, I assumed he wrote fluff pieces. Whoa, I was so wrong. This book was compelling – I couldn’t believe that ‘In Cold Blood’ is a true crime! There are many questions that I’d like to explore:

  • What kind of men were Richard Hickock and Perry Smith? Compare and contrast their backgrounds.
  • Do you think Mr Capote give a just/unbiased representation of Richard Hickock and Perry Smith?
  • If the murder victims weren’t as white, prosperous, or well-liked as the Clutter family, do you think this book would be well-received and adapted into a movie?

 

‘The Ocean at the End of the Lane’ by Neil Gaiman

Cover by Headline Publishing Group; published in 2014

 

I have only read one of the author’s work – ‘Neverwhere’. I enjoyed the depictions of London but I dislike Richard Mayhew and the pacing of the story. Nevertheless, I am keen to give Mr Gaiman another go.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘A Monster Calls’ by Patrick Ness 

Cover by Candlewick Press; published in 2013

 

This is another book in my ‘to-be-read’ list. I have never read Patrick Ness’s work before but I purchased this novel after reading about its book-to-movie adaptation. I’d like to recommend this book to my reading group because of (1) the adaptation and (2) the genre – we don’t have a horror book in our list!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘The Little Prince’ by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Cover by Harcourt, Inc. Published in 2000

 

My former housemate gave me a Spanish copy of ‘The Little Prince’ as a parting gift (hablo un poco español :)). I was curious about the book so I searched for it via Google. The book seems to be a favourite choice amongst book lovers. By adding this book to my book club’s reading list, I hope more members will attend the monthly discussions.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Are you part of a book club/reading group? What questions should I ask during a discussion? I would love to read your book suggestions as well as discussion questions. Please share them in the comment box below.

The DUFF: Coming to cinemas near you

Another young adult book is adapted for the big screen. ‘The Duff’ is based on a book titled ‘The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend’ by Kody Keplinger’. Here is how the story goes:

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face.

But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.

Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

‘The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend’ by Kody Koplinger

The movie stars Mae Whitman and Robbie Amell and is expected to be released in US cinemas on 20th of February 2015. It will be released in Malaysia tentatively on 9th of April 2015. For a sneak peak, watch the trailer below.

For more news, visit the official link of the movie.

Do you observe print book readers when you commute?

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are mine and do not necessarily reflect those of SS Readers Corner.

I read an exciting article a couple of minutes ago: a. Reinier Gerritsen photographed print book readers on New York subways. Click here to read the whole article.

I do agree with the photographer on the dwindling numbers of print book readers. When I lived in London 3 years ago, there were many Kindle users on London tubes. It was rare to see commuters reading print books even though there were many libraries in London. It’s a much sadder situation here in Kuala Lumpur. It is very uncommon to see people reading a book while on a train or a bus.

‘Emotional Ride’ by Stefano Corso / Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Another point I like about Gerritsen’s social experiment is his observation of readers’ book choices. Three years ago, ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ was a popular choice among female commuters because it was the most talked about book in the UK that year. I don’t know what Malaysians read that year. I don’t see a clear trend in Kuala Lumpur/Selangor unless you count Lonely Planet’s Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei guide books. They are popular among tourists.

Do you enjoy observing people’s choice of novels/books? Feel free to share your observation/analysis in the comment box below.

Top Ten Most Anticipated Debut Novels For 2015

Happy New Year, readers!

Let’s start the year with a fun post – a ‘Top Ten Tuesday’ post. ‘Top Ten Tuesday’ is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish in an effort to encourage bloggers to talk about books.

The topic for the first Tuesday in 2015 is ‘ Top Ten Most Anticipated Debut Novels For 2015’. Here is a list of books that would be a great addition to SS Readers Corner:

‘Private Vegas’ by James Patterson

Expected release date: 26th of January 2015
Genre: Thriller

‘Private Vegas’ by James Patterson

‘We are Pirates’ by Daniel Handler

Expected release date: 3rd of February 2015
Genre: General fiction

‘We are Pirates’ by Daniel Handler

‘Mightier than The Sword’ by Jeffrey Archer

Expected release date: 24th of February 2015
Genre: Thriller

‘Mightier than the Sword’ by Jeffrey Archer

‘Prodigal Son’ by Danielle Steel

Expected release date: 24th of February 2015
Genre: General Fiction

‘Prodigal Son’ by Danielle Steel

‘The Buried Giant’ by Kazuo Ishiguro

Expected publication: 5th of March 2015
Genre: General Fiction

‘The Buried Giant’ by Kazuo Ishiguro

‘Memory Man’ by David Baldacci

Expected release date: 21st of April 2015
Genre: Thriller

‘Memory Man’ by David Baldacci

‘Darkest Before Dawn’ by Maya Banks

Expected release: 2nd of June 2015
Genre: Romantic suspense

‘Darkest before Dawn’ by Maya Banks

‘In The Unlikely Event’ by Judy Blume

Expected release date: 2nd of June 2015
Genre: General fiction

‘In the Unlikely Event’ by Judy Blume

‘Hard to Let Go’ by Laura Kaye

Expected release date: 30th of June 2015
Genre: Romantic Suspense

‘Hard to Let Go’ by Laura Kaye

‘Brown-Eyed Girl’ by Lisa Kleypas

Expected release date: 11th of August 2015
Genre: Contemporary romance

‘Brown-Eyed Girl’ by Lisa Kleypas


Are any of these eagerly-awaited books in your list? What other books that you cannot wait to purchase and read? Share your comments in the comment box below.

Bailey’s Women Prize for Fiction hosts hashtag #bookadayuk this December

#bookadayuk is a Twitter campaign to encourage tweets about books. There is a different topic of discussion every day.

This month, the hashtag will be hosted by Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction. Check out the topics below! If you would like to tweet your book suggestions, don’t forget to include hashtag #bookadayuk and @BaileysPrize.

#Bookadayuk topics for the month of December

1st: The book you began your year with

2nd: The book you tell everyone about

3rd: Favourite classic by a female author

4th: The book you re-read at least once a year

5th: The best-looking book on your shelf

6th: Your favourite female author

7th: The female author you’d most like to meet

8th: The book you’d choose if you could only read one again

9th: The book you’ve been meaning to read for awhile

10th: The book you’d give your best friend

11th: The book that makes you cry

12th: The book your mum passed on to you

13th: The book with the best advice

14th: Favourite winner from the Bailey’s Prize

15th: Your favourite book with ambiguous ending

16th: Which @SpinelessClass you’d most like in your stocking

 

17th: The bookshop you’ll be buying your Christmas presents from

18th: The literary character you’d most like to kiss under the mistletoe

19th: The book that gets you in the festive spirit

20th: Your favourite Christmas film that was adapted from a book

21st: Your favourite fictional family

22nd: Favourite festive character

23rd: The book you’ll be giving for Christmas

24th: The book that you want for Christmas

25th: The literary house that you’d most like to spend Christmas at

26th: The best book you got for Christmas

27th: The biggest book on your bookshelf

28th: The 3 authors you’d invite to your ultimate literary dinner party

29th: The book you’re ending the year with

30th: The first book you’ll be reading in 2015

31st: The character you’d most like to be with at midnight

I posted this quite late so today is the 10th topic. I would give a Hello Kitty version of World Atlas to my best friend because both of us enjoy travelling. Don’t judge a book by it’s cover, the content is really educational regardless of the age of readers.

What book would you give your best friend? Share your book suggestions in the comment box below. 🙂

This World Atlas was a bargain at RM10

This World Atlas was a bargain at RM10