Book Stash Part I

by - July 11, 2017

Two years a in Singapore and I have acquired more than two dozen of books. I know, those are just a little number compared to others.

Do you know that in Japanese there's a word for someone who buys a ton of books but don't get to read them? It's called tsundoku. But no, I am not that kind of person. I may be a self-confessed book hoarder or book collector, but I make sure that I'd read whatever book I get. As much as possible, I see to it that I read at least one chapter a day. And besides, reading helps me stay away from insomnia. Probably, the best medicine for insomnia there is.

So without further daldal, here's a list of the books that I have read that I literally found myself lost into since moving in Singapore.

1. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

A remarkable story of Tsukuru Tazaki, a young man haunted by a great loss; of dreams and nightmares that have unintended consequences for the world around us; and of a journey into the past that is necessary to mend the present. It is a story of love, friendship, and heartbreak for the ages.

The first book I ever bought in SG, and it was at the Changi Airport. I have always been so curious about Murakami's novels and this one definitely did not fail. The story revolves around Tazaki who was always identified as "colorless". But then one day, his friends left him without any explanation. And today as a grown-up, he had to face his past and deal with the present in order for him to move on.

"No matter how quiet and conformist a person's life seems, there's always a time in the past when they reached an impasse. A time when they went a little crazy. I guess people need that sort of stage in their lives."

The novel can make the reader realized that in one's life, at some point, there's always gonna be a deadlock, and that is totally fine. It is a deeply affecting novel that tackles adolescent experiences, being an adult and how to "adult".

2. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Under the streets of London there's a place most people could never even dream of. A city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, knights in armour and pale girls in black velvet. This is the city of the people who have fallen between the cracks. 
Richard Mayhew, a young businessman, is going to find out more than enough about this other London. A single act of kindness catapults him out of his workday existence and into a world that is at once eerily familiar and utterly bizarre. And a strange destiny awaits him down here, beneath his native city: Neverwhere.

A friend knew well how big a fan I am of Benedict Cumberbatch. (Yes, that Sherlock Holmes guy who can't even pronounce penguins properly, but is freaking talented, can make a dozen of voice impersonations,  and portrayed Vincent Van Gogh in Painted with Words, voiced the Smaug in The Hobbit, Dr. Strange in the Marvel film adaptation of the same name. Oops, fan alert.)

Anyway, as I was saying, this friend forwarded me a BBC radio play of Neverwhere where Cumberbatch was the voice of Angel Islington, the novel's main antagonist. The fantasy story was so good which led me to reading the book and finishing it almost immediately. My copy was a last-in-the-shelf-find.

3. Memories by Lang Leav

This beautiful gift book is a must-have beloved pieces from Lullabies and Love & Misadventure are collected together in this illustrated treasury. In addition, 35 new poems that have not been published in any Lang Leav collection offer something new to discover. The author's original art is presented in lovely four-color illustrations.
My second Lang Leav's book and I must say, this is a poetry lover must have. My copy has always been sitting in my side table, my go-to book whenever my hopeless romantic self takes over.

4. Manuscript Found in Accra by Paulo Coelho

The wise man's answers are a record of the human values that have endured throughout time. And, in Paulo Coelho's hands, The Manuscript Found in Accra reveals that who we are, what we fear, and what we hope for the future come from the knowledge and belief that can be found within us, and not from the adversity that surrounds us.

Not entirely a novel, but rather more of a question and answer book about life in general. This book has a lot of calming thoughts and wisdom that definitely be considered as a guide to the wild ride that is life. Here are some of my favorites that ended up being highlighted in my copy:

"Only he who gives up is defeated. Everyone else is victorious."

"You will only be loved and respected if you love and respect yourself. Never try to please everyone; if you do, you will be respected by no one."

"Love does not need to be understood. It needs only to be shown."

"The world does not divide up into enemies and friends, but into the weak and strong."

5. Sad Girls by Lang Leav

Much has been said about this book. Go, and read this entry.


This is just the first part of my book series post. Read this post for the Part II!

*Photos are taken from Google images.

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