Monday, August 23, 2010

Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen

This is such a great book. Reminds me why I love Jane Austen so much. Bought it at a sale at NUS earlier this year and it proved to be a great read.

Slightly shorter than Pride and Prejudice, the story's about a girl, Catherine and her many adventures in 18th century England. Awesome read. And now I realise I write like Jane Austen - in a style that my English teachers abhorred - that is, long, rambling sentences.

So anyway, if you like Sherlock Holmes, Agatha Christie and Pride and Prejudice, this will be a book to chill to. I love all the detail too!

I adore the style of writing too. Very conversational and all. Can feel Austen's voice and personality coming through strong and clear.

And I know, just like Pride and Prejudice, it's gonna be like good wine, growing better with age. I kinda sped through it, wanting to know the ending asap. Yet none of the poetic language and imagery are lost. So I'm sure it'll be even better the second time around.

Enjoy!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Marley and Me - Josh Grogan



Got this book from a small bookstore at Coronation Plaza last year when the film came out. Was an impulse buy cos I knew the owner and I thought since the movie was such a hit, the book shouldn't be too bad either.

Got through only chapter 1 last year, and finished it in one sleepless night a couple weeks ago. Not too bad. But I think dog lovers would like it more than me. Heartwarming though.

Too Busy Not to Pray - Bill Hybels



Bought this book at Attributes just before the week of morning prayer meetings at City Harvest Church. Did so cos I felt a little dried up in my prayer life.

Pastor Bill Hybels never fails to deliver. Love his conversational style and reading was a breeze. It was highly applicable too, immediately used ACTS - Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication to jumpstart my prayers. So that they can be balanced.

Love his humour too. Dispersed throughout the book, it'll bring a grin to the most depressed person.

Grab a copy today. The 20th anniversary one :) Tells you it's one evergreen book.
My tip is to read and pray as you feel led instead of finishing the whole book at one sitting like I did. Chapters, like meals, are always easier digested in bite sized portions and exercised.