Love in Literature: 5 unconventional romances in books

“Your resistance to my existence is futile.”

In 384 pages, S. K. Ali brought together the yearning of my oh-so representation-hungry heart; a love story of two expat kids coincidentally meeting at the airport. The cover should tell you that much, but what it does hide under the cover is a beautifully crafted narrative written through the diary entries of Adam and Zayneb (‘A to Z’) as they record the marvels and oddities that dot their chaotically, vibrant lives as migrants, siblings and activists. Adam; recording more marvels, Zayneb; recording more oddities, what happens when the two meet…? A love story of three parts: 1. Adam, 2. Zayneb and 3. Adam & Zayneb together. Continue reading Love in Literature: 5 unconventional romances in books

5 Novels Born During NaNoWriMo

The term “NaNoWriMo” might confuse you if you’re not too deep into the writing scene. For starters, this abbreviation stands for National Novel Writing Month, which takes place annually in the month of November. Participants are required to write a manuscript of 50,000 words from the 1st of November up until the 30th. Since its launch on the 1st of July a decade ago, NaNoWriMo has fostered a thriving community of active writers. NaNoWriMo has also established itself as a non-profit organisation with many esteemed donors such as Wattpad and Scribd (yes, the money you use to buy their adorable merchandise goes to charity!). Continue reading 5 Novels Born During NaNoWriMo

Book Review: The Weight of Our Sky

It’s definitely uncommon to see an English fiction book by a local author published and promoted on shelves of mainstream bookstores nationwide and even worldwide, even more so a book based on Malaysian history and culture! Hanna Alkaf has broken the boundaries of Malaysian literature with the skyrocketing international and local popularity of her first book, The Weight of Our Sky.  Continue reading Book Review: The Weight of Our Sky

Top 5 Non-Fiction Reads to Carry You Through Life

The challenges of life, especially at the brink of adulthood, often tend to be tough and depressing. There’s so much to do and so little time. Doors that once seemed as open as a mother’s arms have suddenly sealed shut, and the ones that remain open beckon towards a path with fewer helping hands. It does seem like a lonely trek, doesn’t it? Continue reading Top 5 Non-Fiction Reads to Carry You Through Life

Portrayals of Females for the Young

A month dedicated to publishing content that celebrates womanhood while also highlighting some serious aspects of it… It took me a while to carve my endless thoughts on the topic down to one article in particular but here I am and I’m going to start with a story.

“In a land far far away, there lived a beautiful princess, locked in a tower…”

Wait, wait, I have to stop myself right there. Let’s face it, you know where this story goes and so do I. We’ve heard it a thousand times before. Continue reading Portrayals of Females for the Young

Book Review: Renegades

Written by Shuvern Yeoh   Renegades Author: Marissa Meyer Publisher: 2017, Macmillan Children’s Book “If people wanted to stand up for themselves or protect their loved ones or do what they believe in their hearts is the right thing to do, then they would do it. If they wanted to be heroic, they would find ways to be heroic, even without supernatural powers.” Calling out … Continue reading Book Review: Renegades

You Won’t Believe What Reading A Book A Day Has Done To Me

Source: Tumblr Written by Chua Jia Ying   Two weeks into my semester break in November, I started going through an awfully repetitive routine each day. Eventually, being the hyperactive energizer bunny that I am, I was bored out of my brains (I cleaned the entire house, twice) and in desperate need of a change to my lifestyle. I was a girl on a mission. … Continue reading You Won’t Believe What Reading A Book A Day Has Done To Me

Book Review: The Calligrapher’s Daughter

 Written by Shuvern Yeoh   The Calligrapher’s Daughter Author: Eugenia Kim Publisher: Bloomsbury, 2009 “Without having to confine my dreams to the destiny outlined in one’s name and the expectations bestowed during one’s naming, I was left free to embrace the natural turns of my character and to determine my own future, drawing from the deepest well on unnamed possibilities.”   The Calligrapher’s Daughter is a … Continue reading Book Review: The Calligrapher’s Daughter