Post Birthday Post: A visit to Tsutaya Books, largest bookstore chain in Japan, recently opened in Pavilion Bukit Jalil, Malaysia – Is it worth the hype? #TsutayaBooks #TsutayaBooksMalaysia #events #bookstore #Malaysia #PavilionBukitJalil #MalaysiaBookstore #MalaysiaOnlineBookstores

*This post is best read from a webpage, one that’s opened separately in another window if you want to zoom into the pictures.* My birthday was about less than 2 weeks ago and yes, we headed to a bookstore to ‘celebrate’, as is the tradition LOL Coincidentally, one just opened a day before my birthday….

Jee reviews ‘Thank You, Mr. Nixon’ by @GishJen @aaknopf #bookreview #shortstories #shortstorycollection #GishJen #ThankYouMrNixon #fiction #racism #class #identity #family #Mao #CulturalRevolution #ChinaUSA #China #USA #ARC #booksbypoc

Title/Author: Thank you, Mr. Nixon by Gish Jen Publisher: Knopf Publishing Pages: 272 In a nutshell (Publisher): The acclaimed, award-winning author of The Resisters takes measure of the fifty years since the opening of China and its unexpected effects on the lives of ordinary people. It is a unique book that only Jen could write—a story collection…

Comparing ‘Klara and the Sun’ and ‘Never Let Me Go’ by Kazuo Ishiguro #bookreview #UnpopularOpinion #speculativefiction #dystopian #scifi #humanity #cloning #AI #AF #friendship #loyalty #lovestory #KlaraAndTheSun #NeverLetMeGo #asianauthor

Question of the day, Klara or Kathy? For me, it was an easy choice. Klara. And yes, I believe I’m in the minority or possibly the only one in the entire bibliography world 😅 But I wasn’t so surprised because it took me three times to start and finish ‘Never Let Me Go’, while I…

Jee reviews ‘Lim Kit Siang: None But the Bold’ by Kee Thuan Chye @ktchye #bookreview #biography #nonfiction #politician #Malaysia #politics #LandmarkBookSingapore

Title/Author: Lim Kit Siang: None But The Bold by Kee Thuan Chye Pages: 400 Publisher: Landmark Books In a nutshell (Publisher): Lim Kit Siang, doyen of the Democratic Action Party (DAP), is a much misunderstood and littleknown man. To some, he is a scourge because his political opponents falsely proclaim him to be anti-Malay and…

Jee reviews ‘People From My Neighborhood’ by Hiromi Kawakami translated by Ted Goossen #PeopleFromMyNeighborhood @softskull #bookreview #ARC #HiromiKawakami #shortstories #shortstorycollection #magicalrealism #fables #myths #AsianAuthor #AsianLit #JapaneseLit #Japan #SoftSkullPress #JapaneseAuthor #translatedbook

Title/Author: People From My Neighborhood by Hiromi Kawakami Publisher: Soft Skull Press Pages: 176 In a nutshell (Publisher): From the author of the internationally bestselling Strange Weather in Tokyo, a collection of interlinking stories that masterfully blend the mundane and the mythical—”fairy tales in the best Brothers Grimm tradition: naïf, magical, and frequently veering into the…

Jee reviews, ‘In the Weeds: Around the World and Behind the Scenes with Anthony Bourdain’ by Tom Vitale @HachetteBooks #AnthonyBordain #InTheWeeds #memoir #bookreview #TomVitale #PartsUnknown #NoReservations #NetGalley #eARC #top10booksof2021

Title/Author: In the Weeds: Around the World and Behind the Scenes with Anthony Bordain Publisher:  Hachette Books Pages: 304 In a nutshell (Publisher): Anthony Bourdain’s long time director and producer takes readers behind the scenes to reveal the insanity of filming television in some of the most volatile places in the world and what it…

Looking for peace, calm and mindfulness? Jee reviews ‘Senbazuru: One Thousand Steps to Happiness, Fold by Fold’ by Michael James Wong #bookreview #selfhelp #meditation #mindfulness #origami #papercranes #senbazuru #onethousandcranes #1000cranes #booksbypoc #ARC #galley

Title/Author: Senbazuru: One Thousand Steps to Happiness, Fold by Fold by Michael James Wong Publisher: Chronicle Books Pages: 208 In a nutshell (Publisher): Fold your way to happiness through the inspiring philosophy of Senbazuru—the tradition of folding one thousand paper cranes—with a leading voice in the global mindfulness movement as your guide. In Japan, the…

Jee reviews ‘The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times’ by Jane Goodall and Douglas Abrams with Gail Hudson @JaneGoodallInst @CeladonBooks #bookreview #CeladonBooks #CeladonReads #Partner #nonfiction #thebookofhope #inspiring #mothernature #series #GlobalIconSeries

Title/Author: The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times by Jane Goodall and Douglas Abrams with Gail Hudson Publisher: Celadon Books Pages: 272 In a nutshell (Publisher): My thoughts: This is another brilliant book! I mean, how can it not be when it’s by Jane Goodall, right! Definitely adding this to my top…

Of haunted jungles, macabre mansions, possessed lands and bodies…Jee reviews ‘Build Your House Around My Body’ by Violet Kupersmith @oneworldnews @randomhouse #bookreview #fiction #asianlit #booksbypoc #bookreview #magicalrealism #asianfolklore #Vietnam #FrenchWar #buildyourhousearoundmybody

Title/Author: Build Your House Around My Body by Violet Kupersmith Publisher: Random House Pages: 400 In a nutshell (Publisher): Two young women go missing decades apart. Both are fearless, both are lost. And both will have their revenge.1986: The teenage daughter of a wealthy Vietnamese family loses her way in an abandoned rubber plantation while…