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Under the Net Book Review (# 90)

Book: Under the Net by Iris Murdoch

# 90 on the Telegraph’s 100 novels everyone should read.

Grade: D

What is the story about?

The story starts with Jake Donaghue being kicked out of his current living arrangement. He is almost broke and doesn’t hold a steady job as he is an ‘intellectual’, as he puts it. He sometimes translates book as a way to get money.

He then goes on a crazy journey that is filled with past loves and acquaintances, skinny dipping in the Thames, stealing a dog, some politics and some philosophy, only to find himself coming full circle and ending up where he started off: homeless and almost broke, just with a dog.


Why does one read books? To learn something? To be entertained? To follow an interesting story? To tick a title off a list?

Well I did tick the book off my list.

Was I entertained? For the first 100 pages yes, then it became very slow, and picked up a little at the end.

Did I follow an interesting story? It was a really crazy storyline with a lot of different episodes; but it might’ve been too crazy for me.

Did I learn anything? Not really. No wonder the philosophical book Jake published was a complete flop as the philosophy in this book was a bore to me and without any real substance or meaning.

Maybe the whole point of the story is to not be a lazy, immoral, opportunistic bum and to actually get a job (Jake decided to get a job at the end of the story).

And definitely get a dog (but not steal one). The only character I liked in this book is Max, the handsome loyal dog. Makes me kind of think of saying yes to my son when he keeps nagging to get one. On second thought, I don’t think I’m ready to take care of a fifth baby lol.

I can’t really say much about this book. It was a light read. It was entertaining for the most part. But will I recommend it to my loved ones? No.

Next book:

# 89 on the list: The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing.

The Telegraph explains it as having some communism, women’s liberation, and “inner space fiction.” No idea what that means .. should be interesting.

Till next time ❤



3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge: Day 2

I was tagged by an amazing book blogger, Abhinav’s Reads, to do the 3 day 3 quotes challenge. Go check out his blog, it’s wonderful!

Again, as with my first quote, my selection will come from the 100 books everyone should read list.

My second quote comes from book # 97 from the list: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.

This planet has – or rather had – a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movement of small green pieces of paper, which was odd because on the whole it wasn’t the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy.

Do you think these ‘small green pieces of paper’ make people happy or miserable? No doubt though, they rule the world.

I nominate:



Dee’s Rad Reads and Reviews

to complete this 3 days 3 quotes challenge.

Rules of the challenge:

  • Thank the person who challenged you. Thank you Abhinav!
  • Post one quote each day for three consecutive days.
  • Nominate three new bloggers each day

For more quotes on books I am reading from the Telegraph’s 100 list, please visit my instagram.

Happy reading!

Book Reviews · Reading · Uncategorized

Cold Comfort Farm Book Review (#92)

Book: Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons

#92 on the Telegraph’s 100 novels everyone should read.

Grade: C

What is the story about?

The story follows the adventure of Flora Poste, a 19 year old recently orphaned young woman, who decided to go live with her relatives, the Starkadder’s, on Cold Comfort Farm. She quickly took it upon herslef to clean up their gloomy lives and ‘make things right.’


I don’t really know what to make of this book really. Apparently, it is a satire. It is a parody on Jane Austen, D.H. Lawrence, and the Bronte sisters’ work although i can’t really see the connection at all. (I am very familiar with the Bronte sisters and Austen’s work, not so much Lawrence.)

Going through this book, you really do feel like the writer is trying to make a joke, but you don’t really know at who or why you should laugh. So yeah, I don’t get the joke really.

As for the storyline, Flora Poste makes herself out to be the Fairy God Mother of Cold Comfort Farm. She first transforms Elfine into Cinderella, helps Seth be a movie star, and sets everyone in the right direction so they can finally achieve their ‘happily ever after’. Then suddenly, at the end of the book, she remembers that she is only 19 years old and sadly, did not get her happily ever after and calls her lover to come whisk her away to find her own happiness.

I would’ve given this book a D except that it was an easy and pleasant read. So Gibbons’ writing style is the only thing that pushes my rating to a C .. barely though.

————————- Next Read —————————-

#91 on the list: The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shibiku.

This is the 3rd bok on this list that can be used as a weapon as well (1000+ pages). The first I loved and still holds the top ranking of books I read in this list, the second I refused to finish (1001 Arabian Nights) because of its vulgarity and racism, and actually gave it away as I do not want it anywhere in my house.

And this is my thrid. We’ll see how it goes .. though being written 1000 years ago makes me a bit worried lol..

Happy reading!


Happy Mother’s Day!

To everyone who is celebrating on March 21st, Happy Mother’s Day!!

I love this day! Mostly because of the cute things the kids make for me at school. And also the celebration at my son’s kindergarten. He goes to grade 1 next year hopefully, so I will enjoy it to the max. Let me tell you more about my day.

 I slept last night past midnight. My one year old baby (DB) is still breastfeeding, sleeps with me in my room, and wakes up every two hours maybe. I don’t really know I lost count. So she woke up at 4:50, we went to the rocking chair, exhausted, trying to feed and rock her back to sleep. We both dozed off a bit, 5:30 she is wide awake. I usually wake up dear daughter (DD) and dear son (DS) at 6 am for school so that gives me half an hour. I brought DB in bed with me and gave her a water bottle to play with while I lied down next to her. I think I closed my eyes for a second and BAM, hit by the water bottle smack on my face. Why oh why didn’t I give her an empty one?

So got up, woke up my eldest two and got them ready for school. I stayed for the morning assembly of my DD as they were singing a song for Mothers Day. My DS’ celebration starts later on. Went back home, made me a quick breakfast, showered quickly, changed, did my hair and tried to put on a bit of makeup so I can look half decent in the photos.

Quick quick quick we are late as always. Dropped my baby at my mothers house and went quickly to school. Of course, DS was close to tears because I was “late” (they didn’t even start). So anyways after the performance (without any stuttering .. yaay) and a million selfies, went to my mom’s house again, dropped off DS and went to buy things we need (wipes, pampers and the whole lot) before it was pick up time for my DD. Then we all had lunch with my mother, and finally went back home.

I was exhausted and couldn’t think straight. One of the things my DS’ class did for mothers day was a coupon flower vase. Every flower is a coupon with a request written on it that you can use. One of them said: “Good for letting my mom sleep.” That must’ve been the best mothers day gift ever! Or so I thought.


I asked DS’ if I can use the coupon today and he said of course. My husband will take them to the park so I can sleep a bit. Hugs and kisses and I went to bed. I slept for a good 1 hour and a half maybe. I thought I would wake up refreshed. I thought I would wake up happy. I thought I would wake up ready to tackle the night time routine and all night feeding.

 I was very wrong. I woke up frazzled and scared. It took me awhile to register what time it was. It was kids dinner time. I ran down quickly and they are in the middle of having dinner. Everything was ok. No one was hurt and they all had fun. Then I was hit with this enormous feeling of guilt. I slept on mothers day. I didn’t spend it with my kids, I didn’t spend it my mom. I slept. And I cant seem to shake the guilt away.

After a bath, change, and bedtime story, kids went to sleep fairly quickly. It is now night time, the day is over, all three kids are asleep, and I feel terrible. I could’ve slept now when they were sleeping, I should’ve went with them to the park. What kind of mother sleeps on mothers day?! Now excuse me while I go kiss my kids again while they are sleeping. Maybe one will wake up and I can tell them how much I love them again before they nod off to sleep.

 Happy mothers day to all moms who feel guilty about having an hour’s sleep. Happy mothers day to all moms who are exhausted beyond belief. Happy mothers day to all moms who are trying their best. Happy mothers day to all you super moms out there. And even though at this moment I feel anything but a super mom, I hope my kids see my as one.

Good night.