Author Archives: Vic Books

WHITE MALE AMERICAN vs. EVERYBODY ELSE

A few months ago I went on a trip to Malaysia with my parents. My mother insists on doing everything ‘el cheapo’ (a term she appropriated from my father) so I knew what to expect: a lot of time waiting … Continue reading

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My Perfect Time for Audio Books

I have always been resistant to audio books. I’m not certain, but I think this is mostly because I have rarely encountered a moment in my life when I could listen to an audio book where I wouldn’t rather read a … Continue reading

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Reading, Place and Memory

I’m not certain if this is a wide-ranging phenomenon or simply a strange working of my own mind, but I find that whether I’ve read them yet or not, my memory has irrevocably connected some books to certain physical places. … Continue reading

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Food in Fiction

Story and character development are often considered the two main goals of good fiction.  Partly for this reason, we often speak of writers’ work as been plot-driven or character-driven. Authors can even be criticised if they focus too much attention … Continue reading

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Reading Outdoors

Reading is often considered an indoor activity — something children do on rainy days, when they can’t run about outside. However, many of my favourite times have involved reading outdoors and there are quite a few outdoor settings which reading … Continue reading

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Relationship-based Reading

Recently a post by Book Riot contributor Rachel Manwill discussed her new way of choosing books for her To Be Read (TBR) list:  basing the choices on the books she associates with close individual friends and family members. Taking Rachel’s cue, here are the books … Continue reading

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Why I Re-read

  The first chapter book that I ever read twice was The BFG by Roald Dahl. Perhaps eight years old at the time, I remember I was captivated by the characters (the Giant in particular) and also by the concept of dreams … Continue reading

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