Readings from Readings 2: A Review

The universe and you blog readers and twitter came together and answered the call I made last week asking for reading recommendations and I now have a stack of new and different things to enjoy! Thank you!

I have been given several new books from author friends, one book of poetry, and have a growing list of books to purchase. Yesterday, I finished reading this anthology of Malaysian work, which was passed along to me by a friend, and which I reviewed on Goodreads:

Readings from Readings 2: New Writing from Malaysia, Singapore and BeyondReadings from Readings 2: New Writing from Malaysia, Singapore and Beyond by Bernice Chauly

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As one who is new to Malaysian writing and culture, I found Readings from Readings 2 a delight. The collection features prose and poetry of various lengths that were read at a live event by the authors themselves. I wish I had been present to experience that; the emotional range going on in these pages would have been something to experience in person.

Full of beautiful imagery as found in the poem ‘Kuala Lumpur Trilogy’, heart-rending tension in the story ‘Of Snakes and Flower Cars’, and the cold, sad calculation of ‘An Orchestrated Ending’, this collection brought my heart to my throat and then sailed me along on whimsy, grief, questioning and understanding. As an American I enjoyed glimpses at these foreign cultures as I related to so much of what is universal, regardless of culture, across the globe.

With pride, fear, faith, duty, family, nature, and awe at the ‘quiet miracles’ that go on unseen in the world … Readings from Readings 2 is a gem among books which should be read and reread over time.

You can get it on Amazon here.

Enjoy!

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I’ve just dug into Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children as I mentioned here, and I have to say the photos inserted in the chapters make the story a bit eerie and exciting. I am totally hooked. I’ll let you know what I think when I’m done. Whenever I turn a page to find a photo I get all creeped out. I haven’t felt this freaked since I was a kid home sick from school, all alone at our apartment in the Bronx reading Salem’s Lot circa 1982. Every single noise made me start.

I just updated my goodreads and found that I totally blew it on my reading goal for 2012. I am sure I’ve read more books than I recorded… oh well.  This year I will take better care to document, lol.

2013 – the word of the year is: FOCUS!

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