Review: Bonjour Tristesse by Françoise Sagan

As a personal project I am reading (and sometimes re-reading) modern classics in literature, in particular Penguin’s selection of modern classics. With their cool minty green, minimalistic design, it’s a colour and aesthetic (at least in books) I am most partial to and therefore greatly attracted me… and excited me! Just imagine a bookshelf with that cool green hue. I thought of buying the 50-book collection set they offer, however, I think due to time constraints and funds (I am a full time mother after all) I shall pick and choose as I please.

One book that has been on my mind is Bonjour Tristesse, and is the start to my little modern-classic-lit project —and what a great start it was. I had actually avoided this novella because I kept reading how “scandalous” and “explicit” it was, and I cannot be bothered with such texts in the slightest. I believe that a writer should have better vocabulary and an arsenal of words to describe something other than explicit languages or scenes because what is it for, exactly? But I relented, eventually, as I was curious because the author, Francois Sagan, wrote this book at 19 (!) years old, and it become an instant success: I had to see what the fuss was all about. And there was nothing scandalous, no real explicit scene, if not no more than a sentence, so that was nice (this was written in the 50’s, so I assume the descriptions of lasciviousness was highly controversial back then).

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Five Books That Impacted Me

Thinking of my absolute, top 5 favourite books that impacted and inspired both the bookworm and writer in me was surprisingly easy, as they are, after all these years — and decades — they are still close to my heart. (Although calling myself a writer seems pretentious, I refer to myself as a blogger here, but then again are “bloggers” even a thing anymore?) In my past life, though, I was a writer and I did actually get paid for it.

Still, it’s feels strange, disconnected to claim that I am a writer, like I flattering myself. And I suppose this post as a whole is also me flattering myself, assuming anyone would be mildly interested as to what my favourite books are, however, in an effort to be a little more open to those reading (and there are actually quite a few people reading!); here are some of my favourite books of all time, books that really ignited my love for reading, writing and words in general.

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Living with Misophonia

Misophonia is a brain disorder described as having an intense anger and irritation over sounds made by other people, such as chewing loudly, lip smacking, or breathing heavy.

It’s a brain disorder I didn’t even knew existed until someone I met said to suffer from it; while at a dinner party, witnessing their face as we all sat down to eat. This person, whom we all know to be confident, loud, the life of a party, was suddenly silent. Deep in thought. Tortured, somehow. I got curious and we got talking. I then proceeded to ask if I could interview them for my blog, to spread more awareness to those, like me, who may be ignorant to this very real, but very misunderstood disorder.

They happily obliged. This is our conversation.

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A chat with Linda Collins, author of Loss Adjustment

Introducing the best book I read in 2021: Loss Adjustment, the memoir of Linda Collins after her daughter’s suicide. I first read it in January this year and haven’t stopped thinking about her raw, heartbreaking account of loss and grief – and also the importance this book brings in preventing even more loss and grief.

As playwright Haresh Sharma says, “I wish this book didn’t have to be written, but it has and it will save lives.”

Linda kindly took the time to talk to me about the process of writing her memoir, gives us a personal look into how she became a writer and explains why society’s view on suicide needs to change.

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Lemon, Ginger & Orange Immune Booster Juice

Don’t know if you’ve heard, but there’s a really nasty flu going around.

Allow me to introduce the best immune booster juice in the world (correct, I’m claiming that this one is literally the best). I wholeheartedly standby this recipe, which has personally helped me countless times, and constantly surprises me.

Pandemic or not, if you feel like you might be coming down with something, a couple of mornings of drinking this juice, you’ll be back to normal. Seriously. (And that’s being generous, somedays it will just take one small shot glass of this drink for us to feel so much better.) I am living proof – in all those scenarios, this immune booster juice has prevented me from falling ill.

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The Introvert’s Guide to Parties

‘Tis the season for endless celebration and parties… and a much needed introvert’s guide to parties.

With Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, and then Chinese New Year pretty much all one after the other, I, self-confessed Super Introvert, am usually spent by the end of January and need a good break.

Whether you’re an introvert by nature, or a super introvert or simply exhausted from entertaining, here’s my nifty little introvert’s guide on surviving parties of all kind – holiday parties, work parties, children’s parties – when you’re running on low energy.

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Holistic Homemaking with Lisa Clark

With chronic disease and various health issues rising with each passing generation, we have to ask ourselves – why?

From the creator of one of my most favourite Instagram accounts; a treasure trove of easy, digestible nutritional knowledge we can all understand; holistic homemaker Lisa Clark speaks to me about why going back to basics is necessary, how to get started, and her go-to meal ideas.

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10 Best Thrift Shopping Tips

I believe joy can be found anywhere: even in a pile of musty, old clothes.

These days, though, thrift shops, op shops, charity shops, second hand shops – whatever you may call it in your part of the world – are so well loved and this little best-kept-secret has gone mainstream, that they are but proper, professional looking shops fixed with changing rooms, return options and more. 

I myself have been an avid thrifter since I was a teen. Not only do you seriously get some unique finds, it’s sustainable and you save money – sometimes, a lot of money. If you’re looking for a new way to spend the day, or are looking for some unique items, flea markets and thrift shops are the way to go. It is one of my favourite things to do, either as a weekend morning and/or especially when travelling overseas – you just never know what treasure you may find.

Even better, when say, you’re in a flea market in Paris or London, my personal faves. Below, I share my top thrifting tips, if you too are an avid thrifter, perhaps you can get a few more tips, or if you’re new and want to take full advantage of your new interest. Be warned though: thrifting is seriously addictive! 

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A Chat with… Aditi Khosla, Compositor

Aditi Khosla may know a thing or two about your favourite superhero movie; having worked on some of the biggest ones in recent years.

I find her work fascinating, and wanted to know more about her line of work – I speak to the digital artist about her line of work, from what’s it like behind the scenes on some of the biggest comic book shows and films, the challenges on the job and what’s it like being a woman in the film industry.

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