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5 Books that Made me Feel Warm and Happy

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These are books I read and loved a little while ago.  Nothing makes me happier than a good book and a beverage or platter of food.  So I have paired each lovely and heart warming book with a delicious beverage or meal to devour while reading.  It’s not good for your mindfulness practice to read and eat/drink at the same time – but it’s good for your soul and happiness. 1. ‘The Help’ by Kathryn […]

5 Books Set in France to Read

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I was cleaning my bookshelf the other day and noticed that I have read a fair few books about France over the years. I loved France during my Europe adventure in 2012 because of the cuisine, the elegant language, the people, the culture, Paris as well as the countryside and villages. I think most girly girls fall in love with France because it’s just – well, very pretty! So it’s no wonder that there are […]

‘Rich People Problems’ by Kevin Kwan

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This is the third novel in Kevin Kwan’s trilogy about the saga of rich and powerful families in Singapore and Asia in general. I picked up the first novel in this trilogy called ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ because it was in a book list on Lauren Conrad’s website in 2015.  I’m glad I did because I enjoyed it thoroughly.  It’s a light beach or after-work read with plenty of hilarious characters, ridiculous situations and a heroine […]

‘When Breath Becomes Air’, Paul Kalanithi

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I heard all about this book at the time it was published through the blog A Cup of Jo because writer Jo was Paul Kalanithi’s  sister-in-law. But it sounded intense and depressing so I didn’t buy it. But I was interested and started reading a few pages at a bookstore in San Fran’s Ferry Building of all places. I was hooked. It was beautifully written. Reflective. Evocative. And that was the first 10 pages. I still […]

‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’, Khaled Hosseini

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‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ by Khaled Hosseini is a powerful, thought-provoking story told by a brilliant writer and story-teller. The story spans over 30 years from 1963 to 2003 during the Afghan war and revolves around two Afghani women who’s paths eventually cross. Mariam is an illegitimate child who suffers in her childhood as a result of her neglectful and wealthy father and later in her tumultuous marriage arranged by her father to a widowed shoemaker Rasheed.  Laila, born a generation later, grew up […]

‘The Expatriates’, Janice YK Lee

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‘The Expatriates’ by Janice YK Lee is a beautifully written novel that I read quickly within 5 days and stayed up till the early hours of the morning to finish it on the last day. I also thought about it for a day afterwards and googled every review I could find. The story is set in contemporary HK (where I was also an expat for 2 years) and tells a sad but beautiful tale of […]

‘Wildflower’ by Drew Barrymore

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I borrowed this book from my boyfriend’s mum.  I had high expectations as I began reading because she really enjoyed it.  But I was quickly swept away in a warm, insightful and funny story which ended up exceeding my (already) high expectations. ‘Wildflower’ is a lovely autobiography written by the bubbly, warm and funny actress Drew Barrymore.  She talks about her difficult childhood and teenage years, her tough relationship with her mother and her quest […]

‘The Tea Planter’s Wife’ by Dinah Jeffries

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This is a gorgeous book that I read in 2015 in less than a week.  It was so good.  I simply couldn’t put it down. This haunting and beautifully-written story is set in 1920s Ceylon.  The protagonist, Gwen, is a young, beautiful and likeable girl who moves to the tea country in Ceylon from England to be with her older, widowed husband who is a tea plantation owner.  She soon discovers that there’s more to her […]

‘Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe’ by Jenny Colgan

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I first read ‘Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe’ by Jenny Colgan just after I turned 26 years old.  It was a beautiful gift from a lovely, thoughtful friend whom I had only met months earlier.  I was living in Hong Kong at the time and (sadly) not loving it.  I was at a point in my life when I had just realised that the job and lifestyle there wasn’t suited to me at all, […]