No matter what season of life we’re in, there’s always time to enjoy a book.
Local mum, avid reader, and former magazine sub-editor Eileen Sim would agree; she has written over 2,000 book reviews on Instagram in the last four years, and it’s no surprise that she’s raised her children to be “hungry book caterpillars” too.
Below, she talks about the titles that have captured her attention in the last two months.
Favourite picture book? “Grace Hopper: Queen Of Computer Code” by Laurie Wallmark and Katy Wu. I’m trying to get the kids to read more nonfiction and picture books are a great way to engage them. This was an inspiring read and we also learned how the term “computer bug” came about!
Favourite read for middle graders (8–12 yrs)? “Save Me A Seat” by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan. My son was recently the target of some bullies in class so this was a timely read for both of us, as it deals with the subjects of friendship and standing up for yourself and others.
Favourite read for young adults (12–18 yrs)? A recent favourite is “The Perks Of Being A Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky. I like that the entire book is written in the form of anonymous letters, and that the author managed to capture a lot of the angst that everyone experiences while growing up and discovering their own identities.
Favourite mom read? “Britt-Marie Was Here” by Fredrik Backman. I love Fredrik Backman’s writing and am slowly working my way through all his books. I like how his characters are all regular folks getting through life in their own ways, and the insightful nuggets of wisdom that he weaves into the stories.
Do share your noteworthy reads with us too, and tell us why they’ve moved you.