New Book Review: Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Crazy Rich Asians is a charming romance novel about young lovers. Rachel Chu falls for the dashing young Nick Young who unbeknownst to her, comes from a super wealthy, heavily influential family in Singapore. When these completely smitten love birds visit Nick’s family in Asia for his best friend Colin Khoo’s wedding, Rachel must learn to survive in a world of excessive decadence and vicious snobbery.

The story is a very carbon copied take on the whole star crossed lovers routine. Rachel and Nick fall in love despite coming from two opposing social classes. It’s an age-old premise that precedes even the unsurpassing Romeo and Juliet and we can’t help falling for it every time.

The story-telling is undeniably seamless. I loved the picture of excess that Kwan drew when he spoke of manicured gardens, gowns of iridescent silk and silver-leaf latticework.

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New Book Review: The End We Start From By Megan Hunter

The End We Start From is the award-winning debut by Megan Hunter published in 2017 by Picador Books. Some time in the future, London is completely submerged by floodwaters forcing the protagonist and her family, including her newborn son, Z, to flee northwards to in search of refuge.

The story-telling is imaginatively distinctive and seems to carry a flavour of poeticism. Hunter creates a story that is uniquely her own with sparse prose, unnamed characters and animal symbolism. I thought this latter use of symbolism was both prolific and thought-provoking. It was as though the reader was being reminded of their insignificance especially in the face of natural disasters which we can never tame nor overcome…

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Such Is Love by Petra Hassall

Such Is Love is a self-help book written by London based psychotherapist and writer Petra Hassall. It was published in 2018 by Troubador Publishing. This book is a fantastic read for anyone interested in the human psche and how it plays out in our intimate relationships, however it is specifically geared at those who are looking for the key to finding a successful relationship.

Such Is Love is written in an accessible and structured way that is easy to connect with. It debunks psychoanalytical jargon such as Displacement Theory and Transactional Analysis and applies such terms practically to situations we can all identify with, if not having experienced them ourselves.

The book is structured in a way that it explores five different scenarios in light of the games we play in love. From Come On In to House Of Cards, this book sheds light on how our unconscious interacts with others as a result of the lessons we have learned from the emotional bonds we formed at the earliest stage in our lives, or from our experience with former relationships. 

I found Such Is Love to be a stirring and penetrating read that is very  knowledgeable and accessible to all readers, but particularly those of us who have been romantically involved in some way. What makes this read engaging is its easy-to-read interactability. I’ve always been fascinated by the human psyche and as such plunged headlong into the cryptic verbiage of Friedrich Nietzsche and Sigmund Freud during my college days, but this book is neither cryptic nor is it full of verbiage. It provides simply stated yet thought-provoking insight that is practical and for that reason I rate Such Is Love..

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Thank you for reading this review! Please share your comments and tell me what’s the last self-help or non-fiction book you read? Until next time! 📚

What’s Your Hogwarts House?

Hello Readers!

I hope you’re having a wonderful week whatever you’re doing, or reading! I’ve finally decided to start reading what is without doubt one of the most famous and widely sold books of all time. And no it’s not Quotations from the Works of Mao Tse-tung…

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I first read Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone when I was in primary school, but that was also the time when my Harry Potter journey unfortunately ended. Instead my childhood was defined by such children’s novels as A Series Of Unfortunate Events and anything written by Jacqueline Wilson. So when I finally signed up for a free trial with Audible, I thought I’d mark the novelty of never having listened to an audio book before with a book I’ve essentially never read before. And what better than with an epic fantasy filled with magic and adventure!

Now it’s over to you fellow readers. Have you ever listened to an audio book before? Which one was it and what did you think? And tell me what your Hogwarts House is and why?

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Happy reading Bibliophiles!

 

New Book Review: Wonder Valley by Ivy Pochoda

Hey Bibliophiles!

I was fortunate enough to meet the wonderful Ivy Pochoda whilst she was touring in London for her book, Wonder Valley and it’s signed! If you love contemporary urban fiction then you’ll want to read the review I’ve just written about this book especially since I awarded it 5 stars! Which is a rating I am loathe to award unless the book is absolutely outstanding. Are you sold yet?.. Great! Please read my review by clicking here. 😊😊📚 Don’t forget I’m wide open to reading suggestions so if you can recommend another 5-star read, I am all for it! 📚

Happy reading friends x.

wonder valley signed @lochanreads

 

October Classic Read: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Hey Bibliophiles!

Let me start off with the question I ended my review with; Do you have a perfect Halloween read? If so, please tell me what it is in the comments as well as anything else you’ll be reading this October.

I kicked off this macabre month with the gruesomely ghoulish Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. (Alliteration aside, it’s not that gruesome..) Please do have a read and share your thoughts with me! You can do so by clicking >>here<< ~~(^O^)~~

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New Book Review: People In The Trees by Hanya Yanagihara

People in the trees by Hanya YanagiharaPeople In The Trees is the 2013 debut by American novelist Hanya Yanagihara. It is a retrospective account detailing the life story of esteemed scientist Abraham Norton Perina and the events that led to his eventual arrest. The story has a fantastic premise that is both original and unique and discusses very universally relevant themes; that of man’s obssession with eternal youth and the corrupting effects of capitalism.

But that, unfortunately is where all the pros end. In its attempt to evoke the authenticity of a real life edited transcript, it comes off as very dull as a result. I also had a problem with the heavily congested syntax throughout which is a shame as there were admittedly bits of prosaic magic in this read.

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