Book Review : Shadow Princess By Indu Sundaresan

This is the 3rd novel in Indu Sundaresan's trilogy of Mughal India - the 1st two were "The Twentieth Wife" and "Feast Of Roses", both of which I read years ago and while the 1st...

Blast From The Past : Enid Blyton Books

My favourite childhood books were Ladybird books and Enid Blyton books of which I had many. Browsing at Popular a few days ago, I noticed a lot of Enid Blyton books which I had never...

Con Artists, Courtesans & Countryside : The Valley Of Amazement

It's been some time since my last book review, not that I haven't been reading in between. I've waited years for Amy Tan to come up with a new novel and it's finally here -...

An Encyclopaedia Of Beauty : Niu Er’s Beauty Studio

The first time I saw Niu Er on television (can't remember whether it was a local beauty programme or "Ladies First" on Channel 317), I was amazed. The man was demonstrating the best way to apply...

One Of The Best Books I’ve Read This Year Is Lotus By Lijia Zhang

When I read the first few pages of Lotus By Lijia Zhang at the book shop, I knew I had to get this novel as it's rather different from the stories I normally read. The...

The Empress Of Bright Moon By Weina Dai Randel

As we know, those lengthy dramas about Qing Dynasty concubines are very popular. I find myself rather engrossed in those dramas as they have so many plots and sub-plots, some concubine is always planning the...

The Lowdown On Brows & Everything In Between

When it comes to make-up, many of us put on the works but omit our eyebrows. I'm one of those because (a) I've never been particularly good or knowledgeable when it comes to drawing my...

In The Midst Of Winter By Isabel Allende

The last two books I read by Isabel Allende were The Japanese Lover and Ripper, both of which I didn't really enjoy as much as her previous books such as The Sum Of Our Days,...

Book Review : A Different Sky By Meira Chand

I finished reading this novel some time ago but only got round to this review today. It held my interest in the beginning but my attention to the novel started to wane towards the middle...

Book Review : Dreams Of Joy By Lisa See

I have been a huge fan of Lisa See's books ever since her memoir, On Gold Mountain. I thought her two crime novels set in China, "The Interior" and "Dragon Bones" were fantastic. Then came...