I am fascinated by the phrase, "Writers read. Writers read all the time." 
So as a beginning writer, I want to read as much as possible. Here are some of the books I have finished during the Khmer New Year. But be noted that, I'm not doing a  review of these books, just some personal blurts.

Tulip Touch: This story is categorized as children book, but the story is mind-blowing. It is narrated in a child's voice, full of psychological twists and turns. No wonder most of the children books win literacy awards all the time. Reading Tulip Touch, I gain more understanding about the horror of childhood. It's not always a pleasant, sweet, innocent time for some people. At first glance, I thought the book was a horror or some paranormal one, but it's just about an ordinary life of a girl who is stuck with a manipulative friend.

 If I don't get it wrong, the writer is British, because the style of language is quite different. Even I'm more used to American literature, British lit is also the best and worth reading. Sometime it affects my own English writing, because I'm not a native, so I tend to use both British and American English at the same time. Well, can't blame me for that.

Straydog: A teen novel about a girl and a dog named 'Grrl'. I think the writer has the ability to put you into a dog's mind. It's a great read. The proses are very smart and sometime sarcastically funny, the kind that you wish to say when you get mad, which is so teenage.

The Great Gatsby: It's time for me to dive into classic novels once in a while. We learned a lot of classic work when I was in my Creative Writing course. And I figure that I have to read a wide rang of books to learn from those master story-tellers, how to write a damn good book and stuff like that. So maybe reading the classics helps me understand more about the art of writing. And I chose this book, because of its reputation. The book proves itself to be not so great. Period.

The Time Machine: Believe it or not, I'm also a Time-Machine Fantasizer. Only I have a different point of view if I write about science theories at all. I remember my first time-traveling theory is written in my novel, so I guess I want to know what other writers come up with regarding their own time machines. Then I got this science fiction story to read. If someday I'm terribly bored, I might want to write another short sci-fi and let my bloggie friends read it for fun. 
Who knows?
Reeeaaad!!! Reeeaaad!!! Reviewed by Sovathary Bon on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 Rating: 5


  1. Wow!! You read 4 books during New Year?

    I'm interested in the tulip touch. Can I borrow that? :D

  2. Yeah I read 4 books, when I'm in my super-reading-drive. Let see if I still remember to bring it next time. Lol...tulip touch is a bit hard to understand at first, but the story is brilliant.

  3. I haven't read those book but i am interested (if i find them)to read 'the great gatsby' and 'the time machine' :p

  4. @Puput: Lol...the great gatsby is a difficult read, I have to admit it's not everyone's favorite though. But the time machine is good, you can read it for fun :D

  5. I somehow lose my passion of reading book. I'm not sure I'm losing it, or just a matter of time. Sigh

  6. It's not the first time I've heard that. Don't worry, no reading is better for you, or you'll get your mind exploded.


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