New arrivals – 28/09/2014

Dear customers,

These books are new arrivals at the store:

Title Author Genre
The Courier Andrew Britton Thriller
Blood Lies Richard Marcinko & Jim DeFelice Thriller
The October List Jeffery Deaver Thriller
Run to You Rachel Gibson Contemporary romance
What I Love about You Rachel Gibson Contemporary romance
Dangerous Refuge Elizabeth Lowell Romantic suspense
The Earl’s Mistress Liz Carlyle Historical romance

Please call Mr Sam if you would like to borrow the book(s).

American Association of Malaysia (AAM) Book Club: September 2014 meetup

American Association of Malaysia (AAM) Book Club is having a book discussion this month. Here are the details:

Date: 23rd of September 2014
Time: 11:00 am
Location: Starbucks, Great Eastern Mall, Ground Floor
Book: ‘The Ghost Bride’ by Yangsze Choo (synopsis below)

“One evening, my father asked me if I would like to become a ghost bride…”

Though ruled by British overlords, the Chinese of colonial Malaya still cling to ancient customs. And in the sleepy port town of Malacca, ghosts and superstitions abound.

Li Lan, the daughter of a genteel but bankrupt family, has few prospects. But fate intervenes when she receives an unusual proposal from the wealthy and powerful Lim family. They want her to become a ghost bride for the family’s only son, who recently died under mysterious circumstances. Rarely practiced, a traditional ghost marriage is used to placate a restless spirit. Such a union would guarantee Li Lan a home for the rest of her days, but at a terrible price.

After an ominous visit to the opulent Lim mansion, Li Lan finds herself haunted not only by her ghostly would-be suitor, but also by her desire for the Lim’s handsome new heir, Tian Bai. Night after night, she is drawn into the shadowy parallel world of the Chinese afterlife, with its ghost cities, paper funeral offerings, vengeful spirits and monstrous bureaucracy—including the mysterious Er Lang, a charming but unpredictable guardian spirit. Li Lan must uncover the Lim family’s darkest secrets—and the truth about her own family—before she is trapped in this ghostly world forever.

‘The Ghost Bride’ by Yangsze Choo

Non-members are welcomed to join the event as a guest for the first two visits only. They will have to be a member of AAM if they would like to participate after the complimentary visits have been used.

RSVP is kindly appreciated but not necessary. To get the latest information on the book club, visit their weblink or email to them.

New Arrivals – 30/08/2014

Dear Customers,

Sorry for the lack of updates on newly arrived books this month. I was only able to visit the store a few days ago.

Here is a list of new arrivals at SS Readers Corner:

Title Author Genre
Dark Lycan Christine Feehan Paranormal romance
Hotshot Julie Garwood Romantic suspense
Possession J.R. Ward Paranormal romance
The Valley of Amazement Amy Tan Historical fiction
How the Scoundrel Seduces Sabrina Jeffries Historical romance
Doctor Sleep Stephen King Horror
Tuesdays with Morrie Mitch Albom Non-fiction
Natchez Burning Greg Iles Thriller
Vixen in Velvet Loretta Chase Historical romance
Unbreakable Stephanie Tyler Romantic suspense
The Kill Order James Dashner Young adult
The Scorch Trials James Dashner Young adult
The Maze Runner James Dashner Young adult

Most of the books are on rent so I couldn’t take photos of the book except for the ones below. If you would like to rent any of the new books, please contact Mr Sam for their availability.

Have a good weekend!

James Dashner: The Kill Order (the prequel), The Scorch Trials (#2) & The Death Cure (#3)

James Dashner: The Kill Order (the prequel), The Scorch Trials (#2) & The Death Cure (#3)

When an author behaved badly to fans via social media

I have been writing a series of blog post on interactions between author and readers. Although my posts focus more on the how-to-use social media (Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram), overall I believe that the main aim for such interactions is to build relationships.

One news that has been trending this week is ‘Outlander’ television (tv) series, which is based on the book of the same name by Diana Gabaldon. The first episode, which debuted last week, garnered 3.7 million views in USA. That is pretty impressive for an adaptation of a time-travelling historical romance book. Despite the success, it seems that Ms Gabaldon was tactless in her responses to her fans’ comments on the show’s casting.

Diana Gabaldon's reactions to fans' comments on casting of 'Outlander'

Diana Gabaldon reacted to fans’ comments on ‘Outlander’ casting

In my humble opinion, only her third paragraph was nicely worded while others are a bunch of rants. I believe that Ms Gabaldon should have carefully-drafted a response to her unhappy fans. First, she could have acknowledged the surge of interest in the production of the tv series. We all know that it is hard to please everyone so that third paragraph would be great for her next sentence. Then she could write that she trusts the judgement of the casting director(s) and/or producers. The actors have been picked because they were brilliant at their audition(s). She could end her post with a good luck wish to the cast and crew.

The important lesson here is that you have to be careful with what you post online. An author is a public figure. Therefore s/he must keep their negative thoughts in check because any negativity is likely to affect the fanbase and/or potential readers. Case in point, Ms Gabaldon has already lost some of her fans.

New Arrivals – 26/07/2014

Hello.

Good news for SS Readers customers. There are 24 newly arrived books at the store!

Title Author Genre
Wicked Nights Gena Showalter Paranormal romance
Beauty Awakened Gena Showalter Paranormal romance
Burning Dawn Gena Showalter Paranormal romance
Air Bound Christine Feehan Paranormal romance
Steadfast Mercedes Lackey Fantasy
The Baron Next Door Erin Knightley Historical romance
How to School Your Scoundrel Juliana Gray Historical romance
Regency Sabotage Mary Nichols Historical romance
The Accidental Duchess Madeline Hunter Historical romance
When Day Breaks Maya Banks Romantic suspense
Concealed in Death J.D. Robb Romantic suspense
Bombshell Catherine Coulter Romantic suspense
Branded Laura Wright Contemporary romance
It Happened One Wedding Julie James Contemporary romance
Tangled Up Megan Hart, Sarah Morgan & Lauren Dane Contemporary romance
Zero Hour Clive Cussler & Graham Brown Thriller
The Widow’s Strike Brad Taylor Thriller
Hostage Chris Bradford Young Adult
Ransom Chris Bradford Young Adult
Dork Diaries: Holiday Heartbreak Rachel Renée Russell Young Adult
Dork Diaries: Dear Dork Rachel Renée Russell Young Adult
Dork Diaries: TV star Rachel Renée Russell Young Adult
Paper Towns John Green Young Adult
Fortunately, the Milk Neil Gaiman Children’s

I visited the store yesterday and the books had not been wrapped and price-tagged yet. So I am not sure when they will be ready for rent. If you are keen to borrow any of these books before the shop closes for ‘Hari Raya’, please call Mr Sam to avoid disappointment.

Thank you. Enjoy the long weekend.

New Arrivals – 18/07/2014

Hello.

Sorry for the lack of updates on new arrivals. It’s been awhile since I visited SS Readers Corner. Here are some new books:

Title Author Genre
Wedding Night Sophie Kinsella Chick literature
The Last Man on Earth Tracy Ann Warren Contemporary Romance
Forged in Steele Maya Banks Romantic Suspense
When the Marquess Met His Match Laura Lee Guhrke Historical Romance
Wallflower Gone Wild Maya Rodale Historical Romance
Never Go Back Lee Child Thriller

Please visit our store or contact Mr Sam to rent the books.

Thank you and enjoy your weekend.

Writes of Passage: 50 books that will change YOUR life

The United Kingdom (UK) and Ireland celebrated World Book Day on 6 March 2014. To celebrate the glorious day, readers were invited to nominate books that have rocked their worlds. Votes were cast and a list of ‘Writes of Passage: 50 books that will change YOUR life’ was created. Using ‘Writes of Passage’ instead of ‘Rites of Passages’ for the survey/campaign… that’s brilliant!

Writes of Passage: 50 books that will change Your life

Writes of Passage: 50 books that will change YOUR life

Out of 50 books, 10 were chosen as the most popular books (see below). There is even a poster of the ‘top 10’ poster (click here to view).

Title Author Genre
1 The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins Dystopic, Science Fiction
2 The Fault in Our Stars John Green Romance
3 To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee Fiction
4 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone J.K. Rowling Fantasy
5 Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell Dystopia, Science Fiction
6 The Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank Autobiography
7 A Street Cat Named Bob James Bowen Autobiography
8 Lord of The Rings J.R.R. Tolkien Fantasy
9 The Perks of Being a Wallflower Stephen Chbosky Fiction
10 Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë Historical romance

I am familiar with all the works (either by reading the books, watching book-to-film adaptations and/or visiting a memorial) except for ‘A Street Cat Named Bob’. I don’t usually read non-fiction but reviews seem good. Will read the book if my mood-for-something-different strikes.

Based on the ‘Writes of Passage’ list, is there any book that piques your interest? Share your thoughts in the comment box below.

If you have read any of the 50 books, like the page. 🙂