Big Bad Wolf 2016

This year is the first time I went to the largest book sale in Malaysia held in Selangor: Big Bad Wolf. The previous times I took part in the book sale was when it was held in my home state, Perak. The Big Bad Wolf book sale in Selangor is really one of a kind because it is held for 24 hours for ten days from the ninth of December till the nineteenth of December. Talk about the best time to do some Christmas shopping.

There was a large variety of books ranging from children’s books to general fiction to cookery books and architect and design books. I had to put a stopper to my ever growing pile of books and to my ever lessening purse. My year end book haul this year consists of only 14 books.

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I bought three novels and the rest were reference books and scientific books. I was especially in love with the encyclopedia of Dogs and Puppies. The only problem now is finding a place in my cramped space to put these books until the semester break.

The star of the book sale was definitely this display of the complete boxed set of the tales of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter. I had my eyes on it but the whole set cost a staggering RM350 which, is definitely more than I could afford.

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Now that I’m going to be considerably near to where they hold the yearly Big Bad Wolf Sale, hopefully I can get my hands on some even more interesting books next year. The titles for sale aren’t the latest but there is always a chance I can find a hidden gem in there somewhere. It’s a treasure trove of knowledge at the book sale and it’s a great event to cheer me up now that finals are approaching.

Now to go on revising and studying.

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Book Review: The Case of the Restless Redhead

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Author: Erle Stanley Gardner

Published: 1969 by Mayflower Books

What began as a friendly advice from Perry Mason to Frank Neely, a young lawyer, turned out to be a complex affair after Neely’s client, Evelyn Bagby, went to Mason to thank him for his help. Evelyn Bagby, was caught in a mess after she was caught by the authorities with a stolen diamond bracelet. With Mason’s help, Neely’s managed to get Evelyn acquitted. Much to her dismay, she soon finds herself tangled up in another messy affair in which she was the prime suspect to the murder of a man.

Perry Mason, with only his trust in Evelyn Bagby, must now obtain enough information and facts to free her from a crime which allegedly, she insists wasn’t of her doing.

This book was lent to me by a librarian friend of mine and I was interested to read about law and mystery rolled into one. To be honest, this is the first time I have ever heard of the fictional and exceptional lawyer, Perry Mason so I have no idea what to expect.

What I got, though, was how lawyers word their questions so precisely and so subtle that it can easily confuse the person at the witness stand. I wouldn’t know if lawyers in reality could fire off question after question successively in cross-examination but Perry Mason certainly can. Continue reading

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Book Review: Six-Gun Snow White

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Author: Catherynne M. Valente

Published: November 10th 2015 by Saga Press (First published February 28th 2013)

Blurb:

Forget the dark, enchanted forest. Picture instead a masterfully evoked Old West where you are more likely to find coyotes as the seven dwarves. Insert into this scene a plain-spoken, appealing narrator who relates the history of our heroine’s parents—a Nevada silver baron who forced the Crow people to give up one of their most beautiful daughters, Gun That Sings, in marriage to him. Although her mother’s life ended as hers began, so begins a remarkable tale: equal parts heartbreak and strength. This girl has been born into a world with no place for a half-native, half-white child. After being hidden for years, a very wicked stepmother finally gifts her with the name Snow White, referring to the pale skin she will never have. Filled with fascinating glimpses through the fabled looking glass and a close-up look at hard living in the gritty gun-slinging West, this is an utterly enchanting story…at once familiar and entirely new.

Review:

“She put jasper-and-pearl combs in my hair and yanked them so tight I cried – There, now you are a lady, she said… She put me in her own corsets like nooses strangling my waist till I was sick, my breath gone and my stomach shoved up into my ribs – There, now you’re civilized, she said… She forbade me to eat sweets or any good thing till I got thin as a dog and could hardly stand I was so damn hungry – There, now you’re beautiful, she said…” Continue reading

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One of the Few: A Marine Fighter Pilot’s Reconnaissance of the Christian Worldview

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Author: Jason B. Ladd

Published: 2015 by Boone Shepherd

Blurb:

Everyone dies. Young or old, whether by accident, murder, natural disaster, or illness, death comes to every human being, and only rarely does the dealer show his hand. When the flame of life is extinguished, we exit the realm of time and enter into eternity.

For centuries, the great thinkers have labored to understand man’s purpose.

Can there be true meaning and significance in our lives no if there is no ultimate, objective meaning and existence now if there is no ultimate, objective meaning and existence after death? If our species is just a cosmic blip of evolved energy and matter, then will it matter what we were when our energy runs out? Human beings are either very special or very deluded. What do you believe about God? Your answer will lead to a worldview that shapes your thinking about humanity, the world, and what exists beyond. This question is a matter of life and death. A life pursuing the answer is well spent.

While this book will connect strongly with parents, it will benefit a wide group of readers. It will help the student struggling to make sense of the world. It will encourage men on a mission to find their faith and women desiring to share their convictions. It will help seekers exploring the concept of Christians struggling with doubt. It will help older Christians understand the new generation of skeptics and the youth to understand the faithfulness of their elders. It will help anyone tired of floating through life without direction, purpose, of hope. Continue reading

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Book Review: It’s Not About You, Mr. Pumpkin: A Love Letter About the True Meaning of Halloween

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Author: Soraya Diase Coffelt

Illustrator: Tea Seroya

Published: 2015 by Morgan James Publishing

Blurb: 

Halloween has become one of the most popular and commercially profitable holidays in America, yet the true origin of the day is often missed. Almost everyone equates “trick or treat” with Halloween, but what events were the catalyst behind this centuries-old tradition?

This delightfully illustrated children’s story is sure to become a tradition for you and your family as October rolls around each year. It will be a helpful tool to instruct children on the important historical background behind this holiday and to reflect on what is most important.

Review:

I live in a country where we don’t exactly celebrate Halloween. There’re a few events here and there towards the end of October but it’s not nationally acknowledged. The only way I found out about Halloween was through books and the television so reading this children’s book gave me a sense of excitement because I knew that I could get to know more about this popular event.

This illustrated children’s book serves to teach children, with their young and highly imaginative minds the background of Halloween and where it originated. I was quite surprised as well when I read how Halloween started in the past and how it transitioned from something frightening to something seemingly harmless.

Although It’s Not About You, Mr. Pumpkin talks about the history of Halloween, it also encourages the intended readers to put their feet in the shoes of the people of olden times and to feel how they felt. I loved how the author managed to slip in a short geography talk as well.

The illustration in the book was really beautiful and well-thought out. The colourful pictures drew my attention and my only regret was that this book was far too short for me but long enough for younger readers.

 

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Guest Post: Andrew Joyce

Hi everyone! Today I’m so glad to have the author of Yellow Hair, Andrew Joyce here with his guest post! I would like to thank him for offering to write a guest post for my blog, Rainbow of Books!

A little information about Andrew Joyce:

Andrew Joyce left high school at seventeen to hitchhike throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico. He wouldn’t return from his journey until decades later when he decided to become a writer. Joyce has written five books, including a two-volume collection of one hundred and fifty short stories comprised of his hitching adventures called BEDTIME STORIES FOR GROWN-UPS (as yet unpublished), and his latest novel, YELLOW HAIR. He now lives aboard a boat in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with his dog, Danny, where he is busy working on his next book, tentatively entitled, MICK REILLY.

Here is the cover of his novel, Yellow Hair:

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Now for the long-awaited guest post!

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Book Review: The Ringmaster’s Daughter

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Author: Jostein Gaarder (Translater by James Anderson)

Published: March 27th 2012 by Phoenix

Blurb:

Panina Manina, a trapeze artist, falls and breaks her neck. As the ringmaster bends over her, he notices an amulet of amber around her neck, the same trinket he had given his own lost child, who was swept away in a torrent some sixteen years earlier.

This tale is narrated by Petter, a precocious child and fantasist, and perhaps Jostein Gaarder’s most intriguing character since Sophie. As an adult, Petter makes his living selling stories and ideas to professionals suffering from writer’s block. But as Petter sits spinning his tales, he finds himself in a trap of his own making.

Review: Continue reading

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Book Review: Paradise Lost

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Author: Katie Fforde

Published: April 1st 2004 by Arrow

Nel Innes thinks of herself as an overweight and unattractive widow. With all her three children grown up and almost leaving the nest, Nel is content to be with Simon, her real estate boyfriend. Everything changes when she was kissed by a very handsome stranger under the mistletoe who turns out to be a solicitor named Jake Demerand. Unfortunately for Nel, he is working for the couple who inherited the Hunstanton Manor and who are also planning to turn the water meadows into a building site. Nel, horrified by the very prospect intends to prevent that from happening at all costs. Continue reading

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September Wrap-up

This month was a really hectic month for me. I can’t believe that I’ve already been in university for a whole month! But the stacks of assignments serve to remind me of how busy my has been lately and how even more busier it’s bound to be in the future. I really miss my books especially the books I bought from a recent book sale which are now lying serenely in a bag under my bed.

I hope, then, it’s understandable why I’m lately so inactive on my blog and that I hardly participated in the Top Ten Tuesday weekly meme. I’ve already skipped two weeks of TTT (or was it three weeks?), but once I’ve got my studies and my assignments under control, I intend to get my reading habits and my blog posts back on track.

This month, I’ve managed to post two book reviews which are:

  1. Pedigree Mum by Fiona Gibson
  2. The Ultimate Book of Body Language by Lillian Glass, Gregory Hartley & Maryann Karinch

That’s all from me today.

Happy reading!

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Top Ten Favourite Authors

Hi everyone! I’m so honored to have a top ten list from Tara today! M. Tara Crowl is the author of Eden’s Wish and Eden’ts Escape, both published by Disney Hyperion.


My Top Ten Favorite Authors

M. Tara Crowl

Roald Dahl

Wholly original, endlessly playful, and dark around the edges. Like millions of others, I adore Roald Dahl’s writing. He has probably influenced me more than any other writer.

Patricia Highsmith

First, I read Strangers on a Train; then, The Talented Mr. Ripley and the rest of the Ripley series, then This Sweet Sickness, then The Cry of the Owl. The more Highsmith I read, the more I had to read. Her writing is crisp and spare; her characters are captivating; the way she builds tension is flawless.

Madeleine L’Engle

I read A Wrinkle in Time for the first time when I was in the first grade. My teacher saw that I loved to read, and she gave it to me as a challenge. It changed me forever. I love L’Engle’s other books too, but A Wrinkle in Time is pure magic; in my opinion, it’s just about perfect. I’ll be reading it again and again for my whole life.

J.K. Rowling

So much has been said about the Harry Potter books, and rightly so. I feel honored to have been a reader when they were written. I think, in a way, they changed the world. It astounds me that Quidditch, Hogwarts, and Muggles were all created in J.K. Rowling’s head, and now the whole world is familiar with them.  Continue reading

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