Sunday, August 20, 2017

Reading - Girl with a Pearl Earring

Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier


It tells the story of sixteen-year-old Griet, whose life is transformed by her brief encounter with genius . . . even as she herself is immortalized in canvas and oil.

When Griet goes to work as a maid in the home of the city's most renowned painter, she is expected to know her place.  But in the Vermeer household, dominated by his mercurial wife and her formidable mother, Griet soon catches the eye of the master.  Captivated by Griet's quiet manner, intuitive spirit, and fascination with art, Vermeer begins to draw her into his world - a rarefied place of exotic color and dazzling light, shifting shadows, and unimaginable beauty.

As Griet becomes a vital part of Vermeer's work, their growing intimacy spreads tension and deception in the ordered household and even, as the scandal seeps out, ripples in the town beyond.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Reading - The Road of Bones

The Road of Bones by Anne Fine



In school, Yuri is taught that the revolution liberated his country. He learns how the new leaders are always working for the greater good. But the truth is that life for his family and those around him is a brutal, poverty-stricken struggle. The government does nothing except punish those who protest. And one day, to his shock and horror, Yuri himself is branded an “enemy of the state” simply for dropping a few careless words.

The Road of Bones as an adventure-escape story set in “a sort-of Russia, in a sort-of 1930s, under a Stalin-type leader.” This chilling political thriller follows the frantic footsteps of a teenager on the run, a criminal who hasn’t committed a crime, a young man on a path to discovering the truth about how far he will go in order to survive.

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Reading - Still Alice

Still Alice by Lisa Genova



Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At fifty years old, she’s a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband and three grown children. When she becomes increasingly disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis changes her life—and her relationship with her family and the world—forever.

At once beautiful and terrifying, Still Alice is a moving and vivid depiction of life with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease that is as compelling as A Beautiful Mind and as unforgettable as Ordinary People.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Reading - Little Nothings 2: The Prisoner Syndrome

Little Nothings 2: The Prisoner Syndrome by Lewis Trondheim

A Comic Strips



More of the acclaimed comics blog musings of one of the greatest comic artists alive today. From weird and funny experiences during his travels to ridiculous every days fears, Trondheim give us plenty of very truthful little nothings.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Reading - Little Nothings 1: The Curse of the Umbrella

Little Nothings 1: The Curse of the Umbrella by Lewis Trondheim

A Comic Strips


The great talent behind the new generation in Europe, the Dungeon series, A.L.I.E.E.E.N. and Mr. O, pours his heart out in funny snippets of everyday life. His paranoia, little annoyances, big annoyances, chase of rainbows, love of comics, travel impressions from around the world, dealing with kids, being a kid: it’s all about life as we know it. A collection from his comics blog that expands his palette with full color painting, one can only be awed at Trondheim’s uncanny sense of observation and relate to all his experiences closely. Another touch of genius by one of today’s best and most influential comic artists.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Reading - The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

A Junior Fiction



Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Reading - The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow

The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow by Katherine Woodfine

A Junior Fiction


You are cordially invited to attend the Grand Opening of Sinclair's department store!

Enter a world of bonbons, hats, perfumes and MYSTERIES around every corner. WONDER at the daring theft of the priceless CLOCKWORK SPARROW! TREMBLE as the most DASTARDLY criminals in London enact their wicked plans! GASP as our bold heroines, Miss Sophie Taylor and Miss Lilian Rose, CRACK CODES, DEVOUR ICED BUNS and vow to bring the villains to justice..