Tag: book review

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving My rating: 5 of 5 stars “Without somehow destroying me in the process, how could God reveal himself in a way that would leave no room for doubt? If there was no room for doubt, there would be no room for me.” – Frederick Buechner, quoted at […]

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien My rating: 5 of 5 stars The first time I read LOTR was in Primary school. Back then, my key takeaway was the pride of finishing a piece of proper literature. I don’t think I even knew how legit it was, until a 16-year-old family friend (as […]

Never the Sinner by John Logan My rating: 4 of 5 stars Loeb and Leopold have always been the stuff of drama – here is the epitome of reality being stranger than fiction. And John Logan has captured this drama wonderfully. The penultimate scene – wherein the teenage criminal masterminds finally reveal their insecurities – […]

On the Romance of Unbelonging, the Sabbath of Work-Life, and the Slowness of Love In another life, I would be a dancer. I would come alive – physically, spiritually, passionately. Then I would retreat to a solitary haven for my soul to find its sabbath. I would ponder about life and about God. I would […]

Spirit’s End by Rachel Aaron My rating: 4 of 5 stars I encountered this series first as an audiobook; listening to it while marathon training force fed me hours of Eli’s patter at a go. Otherwise, I might have summarily rejected the mediocre characters and the less-than-epic world earlier on. Nevertheless, the magic system is […]

The Art of Asking; or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help by Amanda Palmer My rating: 4 of 5 stars Apart from her thesis that people can and should ask for help, Amanda Palmer makes a collateral point: that her social media relationships are real and authentic. Although she “tightens the […]

Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us about Ourselves by James Nestor My rating: 4 of 5 stars “In a world of seven billion people, where every inch of land has been mapped, much of it developed, and too much of it destroyed, the sea remains the final unseen, untouched, and undiscovered […]