Book Talk


Title: Succeed on your own terms by Herb Greenberg and Patrick Sweeney
Call number: BJ1611.2 G798
Location: L4 Centre Wing Lifestyle Shelves

Reviewed by: Agnes Liew (Librarian)

Imagine if you were blind, what do you think you would do? Do you think you would still have the drive to beat the odds and be successful? Herb Greenberg did just that. His blindness did not deter him, instead, he believed in his abilities. He obtained his Ph.D. and eventually became the founder, CEO of an international consulting firm.

In this book “Succeed on your own terms”, Herb Greenberg and the co-author Patrick Sweeney, collected a series of inspiring stories of many individuals, each with a different success story to share. In Part II of the book, you can easily select the chapters by qualities including perseverance, resilience, patience, confidence, passion and integrity, to name a few examples.

The book also highlighted one of the important factors: you have to define what success means to you.

I’m sure you will enjoy reading all the different stories, as they are not just inspiring but equally interesting too. Not surprisingly, this book is listed as one of the top ten titles of the month.

The Loop

Title: The loop by Nicolas Evans
Call number: EVA
Location: L4 Lifestyle Section

Reviewed by: Josephine Goh (SHS student)
Rating: 9/10

This book is an excellent read, somewhat different from what I expected in a good way.

It was not boring and the story is so interesting that it was able to hold me ‘captive’ from the first to the last page.

This book focuses on wolves (a different theme which I like), community, conflicts, relationships and family. Each character in the book is so well developed, you feel as though you are being pulled into their lives.

Give this excellent book a chance to be read and you will definitely agree with me that this is a superb book which you will also recommend to other avid readers.

Enjoy! 🙂


Title: Timeline by Michael Crichton

Call number: CRI

Location: L4 Lifestyle Section

Reviewed by: Josephine Goh (SHS student)

Rating: 9/10

This novel carries you back to the medieval era in the 13th century. I had to admit that for the first 100 pages I was having second thoughts about continuing because this novel uses a lot of facts about quantum physics and history. I held on to it, was patient, and totally did not regret spending my time finishing the book because it was worth it. The climax was when the group historians travelled back to the 13th century to rescue their professor and they totally had no idea of the dangers that were ahead of them. You’ll find out what they are when you’ve read it.

This is my first Crichton book and I totally fell in love with it. It’s an intelligent book, and I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a serious read. It’s both appealing and full of substance!

pride & prejudice
Title: Pride and prejudice by Jane Austen
Call number: AUS
Location: L5 Centre Wing Fiction Shelves

Reviewed by: Nurul, Huda Binte Jasmin (3rd year SBM student)
Rating: 8/10

Charmingly witty and alluring – simply beautiful.

Jane Austen succeeded in bringing the modern readers back to the era of 1800’s with perfect composition of love, life and family bonding. Two thumbs up, Pride & Prejudice is worth your time especially accompanied by a great cuppa and a comfy couch!

Pomegranate soup
Title: Pomegranate soup by Marsha Mehran
Call number: MEH
Location: L4 Lifestyle Section

Reviewed by: Ginny Lim (Ist year SHS student)
Rating: 8/10

If you’ve dreamed of opening a cafe, this is the book to indulge in. Three Iranian sisters descend on a tiny Irish village to open Cafe Bablyon. The descriptions of the various herbs and dishes are mouthwatering; the actual plot is however, a little thin.


Title: Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Call number: AND
Location: L5 Centre Wing Fiction Shelves

Reviewed by: Josephine Goh (3rd year SHS student)
Rating: 9/10

It’s a vividly compelling story about a ninth grader who attended a party with a group of friends, then ends up getting rape by a senior from the party. She is unable to report what had happened to her (you’ll find out why as you read the story). Eventually being tormented by self as friends, family misunderstood and ignores her, eventually becoming the school outcast. Her parents are not very helpful either. So pre- occupied with their own lives thus leaving her to suffer more in her own world. Soon, she found a way to express her feelings..through art. This is definitely a good read for anyone seeking to understand the woes and depair of a child in being left isolated in the depths of solitude with nobody to turn to in times of despair.