Category: Book Reviews

Raffles Reads: This Book Will Change Your Mind About Mental Health

By Ng Ziqin

Raffles Reads is a collaboration between Raffles Press and Times Reads which aims to promote a reading culture among Singaporean students.

Rating: 4.5/5

Non-fiction has a bad rep for being too stuffy, too boring, too educational. How could anyone possibly feel engaged in a book with neither a plot nor a plucky protagonist to root for? Many non-fiction authors—and readers—seem to have forgotten that we read books to be entertained, not just to look or sound impressive when posed the commonplace question of ‘what are you reading now?’

It might be clear by this point that I have a slight vendetta against non-fiction. This might also have been what put me off finishing the book and submitting my review—originally due December 2020—in a timely manner. But while I don’t usually make a habit of reading non-fiction, I must say that This Book Will Change Your Mind About Mental Health was quite unlike any other non-fiction book I’ve ever read.

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Raffles Reads: Wonder Woman: Warbringer

By Ms Nicole Magno

Raffles Reads is a collaboration between Raffles Press and Times Reads which aims to promote a reading culture among Singaporean students.

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Before she was known as Wonder Woman—donned in her iconic red and blue armor and vanquishing villains with her Lasso of Truth—she was simply known as Diana, a young woman struggling to define her own worth.

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Raffles Reads: The Night of Legends

By Clarice Tan (21A01C)

Raffles Reads is a collaboration between Raffles Press and Times Reads which aims to promote a reading culture among Singaporean students.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

A military organisation (Atros) bent on world domination, evil ghosts, powerful warriors (Kulcans), ferocious beasts (Odats), and mind-readers (Ifarls). And in the midst of it all, there’s Keix—our half-human, half-Kulcan protagonist.

The Night of Legends weaves a dystopian-like setting together with fantastical elements into an action-packed tale of Keix’s journey. After being imprisoned and tortured for two years by the very organisation she devoted her life to, Keix escapes—only to find the world that she knows has changed drastically. 

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Raffles Reads: The Authenticity Project

By Max Chwa (21A01B) and Samyak Jain (21S03A)

Raffles Reads is a collaboration between Raffles Press and Times Reads which aims to promote a reading culture among Singaporean students.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

What would happen if we were all honest about our true selves?

That’s the question The Authenticity Project seeks to answer. In this novel, Julian Jessop, a once prolific artist, leaves the eponymous notebook in his local cafe. He has penned his deepest secrets in the notebook, leaving instructions for the next person who finds it to write down their deepest secrets as well. The notebook changes hands multiple times, with each owner baring their souls through writing. 

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Raffles Reads: The Good Day I Died

By Tan Yu You (21S03H)

Raffles Reads is a collaboration between Raffles Press and Times Reads which aims to promote a reading culture among Singaporean students.

Rating: ★★★★★

The answer to life, the universe and everything may be 42 (a reference to Douglas Adams’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy)—but is there an answer to death?

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