TTT: Characters of my Heart

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People that don’t read often express confusion as to the attraction of the hobby. Why read? Why not be social and have friends?

First-off, bookworms have friends. They do tend to be more picky though, in my experience. But here’s part of the real attraction in books: they introduce you to a wide array of characters you might never have met in real life. Yeah, we know they’re not REALLY real (sort-of), but that doesn’t make their quirks any less enjoyable, or their lessons any less valuable.

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TTT: How to be a Great Blogger of Books

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The blogosphere is weird. I’m still not sure how I feel about it, but here I am another week. I had a blog once before, it didn’t work out too well. Then I moved to this blog, and it hasn’t exactly skyrocketed, but I enjoy it.

This week, The Broke and the Bookish talks about tips for new book bloggers. I think my tips are kind of for any bloggers –  does one decide from the get-go to blog about books? I don’t know. But here goes.

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Book Review: The Garden of Evening Mists

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A few months ago, an awesome thing happened: I was contacted by Myrmidon Books to participate in a Virtual Book Tour (my first time ever). Very exciting, and nice to get to read a book without buying it too (you were all thinking it, no lies).

The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng follows the metamorphosis of Malaysia through World War II, the fight for independence to where the country finds herself today.

With an non-chronological narrative, the protagonist (suffering from primary progressive aphasia) travels with us through the past of her country, her family and herself.

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TTT: Books to Read in a Day

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When I was little(r), I used to pack a backpack full of books and cycle to our local library. I would replenish my stock and return the next day (or the next), having finished several books in a single day.

Things are a little different now – we read thicker books, more complicated books, books that exhaust us. But there is still value in those short books you can read in a day – and that’s The Broke and the Bookish‘s question this week.

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Top Ten Books I’d Play Hooky With

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It is Spring Madness in the Northern Hemisphere, it seems, and The Broke and the Bookish are looking for partners in crime.

On my side of the globe it is getting cold. The days are still warmish, but the mornings are crisp and the evening bite. So, whether it’s class or hospital or meetings, I would generally rather curl up  in my bed (or in front of a fireplace, if I had such a thing) and read until I fall asleep.

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Top Ten Books I would recommend to someone who doesn’t read…

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This week’s meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish asks for the Top Ten Books you would recommend to someone who says they don’t like to read. I have quite a few of those in my life.

Basically I’m choosing some of the best of the widest spectrum I can imagine, hoping that at least one sparks a flame for them. I really do believe that people who do not read are missing out.


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