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.

Top Ten Most Eagerly-awaited Book-inspired Movies

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 if you don’t want too know in detail.

Top Ten Tuesday is an original meme started by The Broke and the Bookish in an effort to encourage bloggers to discuss about books. There is a new topic every Tuesday.

Today, bloggers can choose any topics that they’d like to write about. There are many book-inspired movies that will be released in 2015. Here is a list of ten book adaptations that I look forward to this year.

In the Heart of the Sea

Based on: ‘In the Heart of the Sea’ by Nathaniel Philbrick
Movie release date: 13th of March 2015
Reasons to watch:
1. Cast and/or crew – This Ron Howard-directed movie stars Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson & Ben Whishaw
2. Fascinating storyline – it’s a sea adventure that involves a whale!

Watch the trailer below.

Paper Towns

Based on: ‘Paper Towns’ by John Green
Movie release date: 19th of June 2015
Reasons to watch:
1. Cast and/or crew – The script is written by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber (the duo who wrote ‘(500) Days of Summer’ and ‘The Fault in Our Stars’). I also like Nat Wolff’s acting in ‘The Fault in Our Stars’.
2. John Green – I have read ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ and ‘Looking for Alaska but not this (yet). I’d like to explore more of his writing so I shall borrow from a friend.

There is no trailer yet but click here to read my blog post on the movie.

Me Before You

Based on: ‘Me Before You’ by Jojo Moyes
Movie release date: 21st of August 2015
Reasons to watch:
1. Fascinating storyline – a romance story involving a paralysed man. I haven’t read any of Ms Moyes’s work but this movie prompts me to put this book in my to-be-read pile.
2. Cast and/or crew – In an interview for ‘Love, Rosie’ (another book-turned-movie), Sam Claflin mentioned that he’d like to play a physically and emotionally challenged character. I look forward to seeing him in that role.

There is no trailer yet but click here to read my blog post on the movie.

Black Mass

Based on: ‘Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob’ by Dick Lehr and Gerard O’neill
Movie release date: 18th of September 2015
Reasons to watch:
1. Fascinating storyline – it’s based on a true story about 2 childhood friends who end up on opposite sides of the law – one is a FBI agent while the other is a part of an Irish mob.
2. Cast and/or crew – Benedict Cumberbatch.

Victor Frankenstein

Inspired by: ‘Frankenstein’ by Mary Shelley
Movie release date: 2nd of October 2015
Reasons to watch: 
1. Fascinating storyline – Told from Igor’s perspective, movie goers will get to see how Victor Frankenstein transforms from a medical student to the man who created The Monster.
2. Cast and/or crew – Igor is played by Daniel Radcliffe while James McAvoy takes on the role of Victor Frankenstein.

Mockingjay Part 2

Based on: ‘Mockingjay’ by Suzanne Collins
Movie release date: 20th of November 2015
Reasons to watch:
1. Fascinating storyline – It’s my favourite book out of the trilogy. I enjoyed reading the book because of its darker themes (war, post-traumatic stress disorder, displacement, tokenism etc.).
2. Cast and/or crew – Francis Lawrence did a great job directing ‘Catching Fire’ and ‘Mockingjay: Part 1’ – I dislike Gary Ross’s direction in ‘The Hunger Games’. As for the cast, I’d love to see more of Haymitch because he’s my favourite character in the book.

Macbeth

Based on: ‘Macbeth’ by William Shakespeare
Movie release date: 2015
Reasons to watch:
1. Cast and/or crew – Michael Fassbender. In my humble opinion, he’s the best actor in his generation.

Michael Fassbender as Macbeth

Dark Places

Based on: ‘Dark Places’ by Gillian Flynn
Movie release date: 2015
Reasons to watch:
1. Fascinating storyline – It’s about a woman who survived brutal killing of her parents. She meets crime enthusiasts, revisits the murder case and starts to see the case from a different angle. After reading the synopsis of the book, I am compelled to read the book. Book is now in my to-be-read list.

High-Rise

Based on: ‘High Rise’ by J.G. Ballard
Movie release date: 2015
Reasons to watch:
1. Fascinating storyline – The book has been described as ‘Lord of the Flies inside an apartment’. I’m going to read the book!
2. Cast and/or crew – Tom Hiddleston. As much as I enjoy watching him as Loki, I’d love to watch him in a meatier role.

The Secret Scripture

Based on: ‘The Secret Scripture’ by Sebastian Barry
Movie release date: 2015
Reasons to watch:
1. The book – I started reading this book a couple of weeks ago but put it on hold to start reading another book (for my monthly book club meets). I found out about the movie when I conducted research for this blog post.
2. Cast and/or crew – I haven’t watched Jim Sheridan’s works but I know he has an impressive portfolio. Now that I know about the casting of Vanessa Redgrave (as older Roseanne) Eric Bana (as Dr William Greene), it would be much easier to be immersed in the story.


Do you have any of these movies in your watchlist? What are your book-inspired movies that you look forward to this year? Check out the links for ideas and then let me know in the comment box below.

Bookworms Unite! 20th December Book Meet by KL Book Exchange Club

All bookworms in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor…unite! KL Book Exchange Club is bring another book sale:

Date: 20th of December 2014 (Saturday)
Time: 3 – 6 pm
Location: Fuwa Fuwa Bakery Cafe, Jaya One, Petaling Jaya (click here to view map)
What to expect: book bargains galore; reading & autograph session by Tutu Dutta Yean; lucky draw prizes; Childrens’ Picture book swap

If you would like to sell books, please contact event organiser. More details at the event page.

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KL Book Exchange Club is a members-only group for individuals who want to exchange and sell books. Become a member of KL Book Exchange Club by visiting this link.

Making the best book marketing campaigns for UK readers

Have you ever wondered the best way to market a book? The slideshow below reveals the most effective strategy for book promotion:


 

The slidewhow briefly describes the methodology used to collate data. It also gives insights on different types of book  buyers: 1) adult fiction, 2) young adult (YA) fiction, and 3) adult non-fiction.

If you would like to market an adult fiction for example ‘Gone Girl’ by Gillian Flynn, target 1) bestseller list, 2) places of work/study, and/or 3) reading group. Adult fiction readers are more likely to discover the book through those methods.

YA fiction readers are, in general, avid users of social media e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Goodreads. Therefore optimise the use of social media when you promote a YA fiction book. Research has also shown that YA fiction readers are more likely to discover the books through film, television and/or radio adaptation.

Are you trying to attract older women who lives in the country/rural areas to buy adult non-fiction books? The best way to reach them is via printed newspapers.

If you are author/bookseller/publisher, it might be best to invest in these book consumer data. For more details, visit Nielsen Market Research‘s online store.

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

Members of American Association of Malaysia (AAM) Book Club meet again end of November. This time around, the club has chosen ‘Bento Box in the Heartland‘ by Linda Furiya. Here is a synopsis of the book:

While growing up in Versailles, an Indiana farm community, Linda Furiya tried to balance the outside world of Midwestern America with the Japanese traditions of her home life. As the only Asian family in a tiny township, Furiya’s life revolved around Japanese food and the extraordinary lengths her parents went to in order to gather the ingredients needed to prepare it.
As immigrants, her parents approached the challenges of living in America, and maintaining their Japanese diets, with optimism and gusto. Furiva, meanwhile, was acutely aware of how food set her apart from her peers: She spent her first day of school hiding in the girls’ restroom, examining her rice balls and chopsticks, and longing for a Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich.

The cover of ‘Bento Box in the Heartland’ by Linda Furiyia

Here are details of the book discussion:

Date: 21st of October 2014
Time: 11:00 am
Location: Ambiance Coffee Café
Ambiance Ampang, 379A 4 Jalan Ampang,
First Floor (near Ampang Grocers)
Kuala Lumpur
Cost of drinks/food: Individual
RSVP: kindly appreciated but not necessary.

Please be informed that 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.

To get the latest information on the book club, visit their weblink or email to them.

@Penguinusa Twitter Book Club: Chat with Anaïs Bordier & Samantha Futerman

Penguin USA Twitter Book Club has chosen an interesting book for this month’s discussion: ‘Separated @ Birth: The Story of Identical Twin Sisters Who Grew Up an Ocean Apart Until Social Media Connected Them’ by Anaïs Bordier & Samantha Futerman. Here is a glimpse of the story:

It all began when design student Anaïs Bordier viewed a YouTube video and saw her own face staring back. After some research, Anaïs found that the Los Angeles actress Samantha Futerman was born in a South Korean port city called Busan on November 19, 1987—the exact same location and day that Anaïs was born. This propelled her to make contact—via Facebook. One message later, both girls wondered: Could they be twins?

Thus begins their remarkable journey to build a relationship as sisters, continents apart. Over Facebook, Twitter, and Skype, they learned that they shared much more than a strikingly similar appearance. Eventually, they traveled to Korea together to discover more about the land of their separation. Separated @ Birth is a story that spans the world and peels back some of the complex and emotional layers of foreign adoption.

‘Separated @ Birth: The Story of Identical Twin Sisters Who Grew Up an Ocean Apart Until Social Media Connected Them’

Want to chat with Anaïs Bordier & Samantha Futerman? @penguinUSA has organised 2 Twitter chat sessions with @samfuterman and @AnaisFBordier on these dates:

  • Tuesday, 4th of November
    3 – 4 PM USA Eastern Standard Time (4 am to 5 am Wednesday for those in Malaysia)
  • Tuesday, 18th of November
    3 – 4 PM USA Eastern Standard Time (4 am to 5 am Wednesday for those in Malaysia)

Make sure to include hashtag #readpenguin in your tweet(s) to @penguinUSA.

For more details on the book club, please visit this page and/or Twitter.

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

A new month means a new book for discussion. For the month of October, American Association of Malaysia (AAM) Book Club has chosen ‘Midnight in Peking’ by Paul French. Here is the synopsis:

Peking in 1937 is a heady mix of privilege and scandal, opulence and opium dens, rumors and superstition. The Japanese are encircling the city, and the discovery of Pamela Werner’s body sends a shiver through already nervous Peking. Is it the work of a madman? One of the ruthless Japanese soldiers now surrounding the city? Or perhaps the dreaded fox spirits? With the suspect list growing and clues sparse, two detectives—one British and one Chinese—race against the clock to solve the crime before the Japanese invade and Peking as they know it is gone forever. Can they find the killer in time, before the Japanese invade?

‘Midnight in Peking’ by Paul French

If you are keen to discuss the book, join this event:

Date: 21st of October 2014
Time: 11:00 am
Location: Ambiance Coffee Café
Ambiance Ampang, 379A 4 Jalan Ampang,
First Floor (near Ampang Grocers)
Kuala Lumpur
Cost of drinks/food: Individual

Please be informed that 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.

Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want To Visit

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 if you don’t want too know in detail.

Top Ten Tuesday is an original concept started by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week there is a specific bookish topic, which will be discussed among bloggers. The topic for today is ‘Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want to Visit’.

If I could go on a vacation any time soon, here are my chosen destinations:

Honeymoon spots

‘The Sisterhood of Travelling Pants’ by Ann Brashares

Out of the four main characters in the novel, my favourite is Tibby because of her emotional growth. However for adventure purposes, I’d like to follow Lena’s path because she visits Santorini, Greece. 🙂

‘Santorini’ by Edward Dalmulder / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

‘A Room with a View’ by E.M. Forster

I have travelled to Italy but didn’t have the opportunity to visit Florence & Tuscany. E.M. Forster described violets so beautifully:

“From her feet the ground sloped sharply into view, and violets ran down in rivulets and streams and cataracts, irrigating the hillside with blue, eddying round the tree stems collecting into pools in the hollows, covering the grass with spots of azure foam. But never again were they in such profusion; this terrace was the well-head, the primal source whence beauty gushed out to water the earth.”

Well actually I really love this scene:

“George had turned at the sound of her arrival. For a moment he contemplated her, as one who had fallen out of heaven. He saw radiant joy in her face, he saw the flowers beat against her dress in blue waves. The bushes above them closed. He stepped quickly forward and kissed her.”

‘The Beach’ by Alex Garland

I haven’t read ‘The Beach’ but have watched the movie. Since the movie’s screenplay was written by the author himself, I reckon the movie is a fair adaptation of the book.

I would love to take a break from daily stress by lounging in Koh Samui, Thailand. However if I knew about the location of that remote island, I don’t think I would pay a visit. I don’t want to risk my life for something illegal.

As seen in the movies/television series

‘The Lord of the Rings’ by J.R.R. Tolkien

Must go destination for LOTR fans! Click here to read more about LOTR tours!

I’d love to go on a road trip in New Zealand but must get fit first! There’ll be plenty of hiking I reckon.

‘Leaving Hobbiton’ by Jeff Hitchcock/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

‘Harry Potter’ series by J.K. Rowling

I would love to roam around the magnificent Hogwarts compound and check out the Griffindor hall, great hall, library and Hagrid’s hut. Then I would stop by Hogsmeade for a butter beer.

I didn’t go to Warner Bros. Studio Tour when I lived in the UK two years ago and when I went for my graduation ceremony in Canterbury last year. I shall plan a visit with my Harry Potter-loving friends. We could either go to Warner Bros. Studio Tour in the UK or to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in the USA.

‘Destination: Hogwarts’ by Scott Smith / Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

‘Outlander’ by Diana Gabaldon

I also didn’t get to visit Scotland when I lived in the UK. I want to visit Edinburgh, the highlands and the castles.

I know that ‘Outlander’ is very popular these days because of the tv series (shown on ‘Starz’ channel in the USA). Fans of the book/tv series, visit this link to explore the magical land of Scotland.

Houses with reputation

‘The Great Gatsby’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I’d love to dress up in a flapper dress and join a party at the Gatsby mansion. The mansion hosted the most lavish parties in 1920s. I read that the food and music at the party are way over the top:

“On buffet tables, garnished with glistening hors d’oeuvre, spiced baked hams crowded against salads of harlequin designs and pastry pigs and turkeys bewitched to a dark gold. In the main hall a bar with a real brass rail was set up, and stocked with gins and liquors and with cordials so long forgotten that most of his female guests were too young to know one from another.

By seven o’clock the orchestra has arrived, no thin five-piece affair, but a whole pitful of oboes and trombones and saxophones and viols and cornets and piccolos, and low and high drums.”

If you would like some visual aids, visit this link to view Baz Luhrmann’s interpretation of a Gatsby party.

‘Rebecca’ by Daphne du Maurier

I would like to visit the mysterious Manderley house and explore its secrets. This is what Mrs Danvers told to the narrator/readers of the novel:

“Sometimes, when I walk along the corridor here, I fancy I hear her just behind me. That quick, light footstep. I could not mistake it anywhere. And in the minstrel’s gallary above the hall. I’ve seen her leaning there, in the evenings in the old days, looking down at the hall below and calling to the dogs. I can fancy her there now from time to time. It’s almost as though I catch the sound of her dress sweeping the stairs as she comes down to dinner.”

Sounds like a haunted house to me. I’d go with ghostbusters.

Finding oneself

‘The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey’ by Ernesto Guevara

It is inspiring to read Ernesto Guevara’s journey from a privileged medical student to a charismatic and revolutionary leader. Mr Guevara and his friend Alberto Granado travelled to Argentina, Chile, Peru, Columbia, Venezuela by riding a motorcycle. During their journey, they interacted with the locals and discovered the social and economic injustice that happened there.

I’ve always wanted to stay in South America for a few months so I could improve my Spanish. I haven’t decided on the location. Any suggestions?

The diagram on the right is the route used by Ernesto Guevara & Alberto Gra

‘The Alchemist’ by Paulo Coelho

For those who haven’t read ‘The Alchemist’, the novel is about a boy who goes on a treasure hunt near the pyramids in Egypt. In essence, the book is not about the destination but actually about the (spiritual) journey.

As a person who photographs buildings and architectures more than selfie shots, I would love to capture the beauty of Egyptian pyramids.


What do you think of my desired vacation spots? What are the places that you would like to visit after reading a book? I would love to know so please share your comments and/or links below.

Writers’ food for thought

Have you ever wondered about the food/drinks that your favourite author consumes while writing? The New York Times has compiled a list of ‘Favourite Snacks of the Great Writers’ (click on the image for better view). The illustrations were done by Wendy MacNaughton and I love the comic strip look of it!

Food and drinks that fuel author's

Food and drinks that fuel authors’ writing

These writers need certain food and/or drinks to inspire their writing. Daniel Handler, who is more known for his work under the pseudonym ‘Lemony Snicket’, includes raw carrots in his writing rituals. In contrast, Truman Capote consumed a variety of drinks at different hours to fuel his thought processes. I’m slightly surprised that Mary Roach enjoys eating pho with rare beef. I assume someone who writes a non-fictional book about bodies donated to science would not want to eat rare meat.

Do you know other prolific writer who has distinctive food cravings as part of his/her writing ritual? Share with me in the comment box below.

Books to read on Malaysia Day

Two weeks ago, I suggested books to read on Malaysia’s Independence Day. On 16th of September, Malaysians will celebrate Malaysia Day to commemorate the establishment of Malaysia which includes Malaya, Sabah and Sarawak. Please do not confuse Merdeka (locally known) or Independence Day with Malaysia Day. If you are indeed confused, this article clearly explains the difference.

In my humble opinion, Malaysia Day signifies the present and the future of modern Malaysia because it  is a more inclusive national day. Therefore if you are looking for books to read, I’d like to suggest contemporary Malaysia books.

  • ‘Life in the Skies: Everything you want to know about flying’ by Captain Lim Khoy Hing

    Captain Lim provides insights into every aspect of air travel – informing passengers of all the hidden mysteries of airplane safety and regulations, enlightening those who wonder how someone trains and becomes an international airline pilot, and entertaining readers throughout with anecdotes, tales and jokes from his own personal experiences in the air. Complemented with more than 40 full-colour personal illustrations of the Captain, Life in the Skies will be a valuable and useful guide for air travellers and budding-pilots alike!

    Captain Lim Khoy Hing is an ex-airline pilot who is passionate about flying, having worked all his life high above the clouds since leaving college. Prior to his retirement from flag-carrier Malaysia Airlines, he was fortunate enough to fly the latest fly-by-wire planes such as the Boeing 777 and Airbus A320, A330 and A340. He has logged a total of 25,500 flying hours, or about 20 trips to the moon and back. Capt. Lim started his flying career in the Royal Malaysian Air Force, having been trained by the Royal Air Force in the United Kingdom in 1967. He served for about 12 years in the service before joining Malaysia Airlines and finished his career with the carrier AirAsia before retiring in 2011.

‘Life in the skies: Everything you want to know about flying’ by Captain Lim Khoy Hing

  • ‘Can or Not?’ by Reggie Lee

    Reggie Lee is a cartoonist whose work has been published in The Star and Sunday Star. ‘Can or Not?’ is a compilation of         cartoons about Malaysia’s quest to put an astronaut into space. This book is guaranteed to make you laugh.

‘Can or Not?’ by Reggie Lee

  • ‘Iban Dream’ by Golda Mowe

    Orphaned as a young boy in the rainforests of Borneo, Bujang is brought up by a family of orangutans, but his adult future has already been decided for him by Sengalang Burong, the Iban warpath god. On reaching adulthood, Bujang must leave his ape family and serve the warpath god as a warrior and a headhunter. Having survived his first assignment — to kill an ill-tempered demon in the form of a ferocious wild boar — subsequent adventures see Bujang converse with gods, shamans, animal spirits and with the nomadic people of Borneo as he battles evil spirits and demons to preserve the safety of those he holds dear to him. But Bujang’s greatest test is still to come and he must rally a large headhunting expedition to free his captured wife and those of his fellow villagers. In this unique work of fantasy fiction, author Golda Mowe — herself an Iban from Borneo — uses real beliefs, taboos and terminology of the Iban (a longhouse-dwelling indigenous group of people from Borneo who, until very recently, were renowned for practising headhunting) to weave an epic tale of good versus evil.

‘Iban Dream’ by Golda Mowe

  • ‘Karpal Singh: Tiger of Jelutong’ by Tim Donoghue

    Karpal Singh is widely regarded as the best criminal and constitutional lawyer practising in Malaysia today. Since graduating from the University of Singapore in 1969 he has been a fearless, intelligent advocate for justice and a defender of human rights in South East Asia, and has appeared in the Privy Council in London on a number of occasions before such appeals were abandoned by Malaysia.In his long and illustrious career, Karpal Singh has defended more people headed for death row in Malaysian jails than he cares to remember. More importantly he has developed an international reputation for his defence of many people from many nations who have faced the death penalty under Malaysia’s Dangerous Drugs Act. One of his biggest achievements in recent years has been his successful defence of former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim on two charges of sodomy. Indeed, without his steely involvement at the head of Anwar’s defence it is difficult to imagine the opposition coalition being in the position it is today of being able to realistically challenge the ruling United Malay National Organisation for power at the May 5, 2013 election.

    In this book, veteran journalist Tim Donoghue, who first met Karpal Singh in 1986 while based in Hong Kong, tells the remarkable story of a tenacious and principled lawyer and politician who has emerged as the kingmaker among the various Malaysian opposition political parties.

    Note: This biography won the non-fiction category of the Readers Choice Awards held by Bookfest@Malaysia 2014.

‘Karpal Singh: Tiger of Jelutong’ by Tim Donoghue

Do you know any other book that matches our ‘Malaysia Day’ theme? Share your suggestions with us in the comment box below.