Sunday, January 11, 2015

If You Like This Book By A Man, You’ll Love This Book By A Woman

Came across this wonderful Buzzfeed article by Jennifer Schaffer. I especially appreciate the multicultural selection of authors:

1. Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud & Incredible Close → NoViolet Bulawayo, We Need New Names

2. F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby → Dorothy Parker, Complete Stories

5. Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita → Marguerite Duras, The Lover

8. James Joyce, Ulysses → Doris Lessing, The Golden Notebook

10. D. H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterley’s Lover → Anais Nin, The Unexpurgated Diary

11. John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath → Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Half Of A Yellow Sun

13. Justin Torres, We The Animals → Julie Otsuka, The Buddha in the Attic

15. David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas → Octavia Butler, Parable of the Sower

21. Art Spiegelman, Maus → Alison Bechdel, Fun Home

22. Haruki Murakami, 1Q84 → Eleanor Catton, The Luminaries

Someday, maybe I'll read only women for a year, just to find out what it's like...

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Happy New Year! On #sgreads

It's a New Year! I suppose I should be making up new resolutions about how I'm going to save money, write in a more disciplined way, and generally be more focussed about achieving my long-term goals.

But I think I'll just begin a habit of tweeting every new book I finish instead. Here's my first for the year:

I'm not a big user of Twitter, but I have been using the app to publicise my (sadly rare) sightings of people reading books on Singaporean public transport.

It's a trend started by the Straits Times journalist Corrie Tan aka @corrietan, and every tweet is hashtagged #sgreads. 

If you wanna join in, please, be my guest - I hardly ever take any MRT line but the East-West one, and my pickings have been decidedly slim.

(No idea why more people don't read on the bus. Do you?)