Books and me – we’re till death do us part. As in fiction or semi-fiction lah. The studying kinds knock me out like an anesthetic. When sleep wasn’t as precious as it is now, I used to stay up all night reading. These days, I read whenever I can grab a few minutes to myself, especially before bedtime. Here are four of my favorite books (in no particular order).
- The Remains of the Day
I’m obsessed with books that are very “British” (I’m pretty sure I can trace it to my childhood Enid Blyton collection). This one is decadently British, about a stiff upper lipped butler in a “Downtown Abbey” kinda world. Ironically the story is about letting go of the past and moving on as butlers lose their relevance in society.
- Three Wishes
When a story starts with a fork accidently being stuck into a pregnant belly at the birthday celebration of triplet sisters, trust me, you’ve hit the chick lit jackpot. And that’s why Liane Moriarty is my go-to chick lit author.
- The Child Whisperer
This book! It was just a random buy that took me completely by surprise. I keep going back and rereading different passages as my girls grow and their personalities emerge because it explains how to adapt parenting styles to the four temperaments (sanguine, choleric, melancholy and phlegmatic). The best part – my inner child had a lot of questions answered too.
- Only the Innocent
Sometimes I’m in the mood for some goosebumpy, blood-chilling reading and this one certainly delivers. It was one of those stories that I couldn’t outsmart and gripped me from start to finish.
Sometimes I come across books that make me drop my head into my hands and groan why, oh why this torture! Sex and the City was one of them. Life lesson: when 99% percent of book reviews say the TV series is like a trillion times better than the book, believe it.
I’m always on the lookout for the next good thing to read. Care to share your recommendations?