Qita in the Park : Book Swap Cafe [IRL Adventures]

For the last month or so I’ve been working as a temp/intern at the national newspaper here in Singapore (The Straits Times) as a Photojournalist. It has been way more hectic than I anticipated BUT I am enjoying it all the same!!

Anyway, I have been lucky enough to shoot several book related jobs and stories and I thought I’d feature them here!

QITA IN THE PARK

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Miasma by Greg Cox [Review] Release: Feb 22 2016

The Enterprise-A is transporting a party of diplomats when it picks up a mysterious alien signal emanating from a nearby world. The planet’s dense, impenetrable atmosphere makes it unclear if the beacon is a distress signal, an invitation—or a warning to stay away. Spock, Doctor McCoy, and Chekov are part of a team sent to investigate, but an unexpected catastrophe forces a crash landing. Now the landing party is stranded on a hostile world, unable to communicate with the Enterprise. While Captain Kirk and Saavik race to locate the lost crew, a badly wounded Spock struggles to keep McCoy and the others alive until they can be rescued, even if that means making an unthinkable sacrifice…

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Otto Fong and Sir Fong : Science Comics [IRL Adventures]

As all three of you dear readers (or not, maybe I’m just yelling into the void that is cyberspace…) may or may not know, I have been working at The Straits Times, which is the national newspaper here in Singapore, as a temp/intern Photojournalist.

I’ve been able to shoot at least two book related jobs and as a result I thought it would be a good idea to feature them here!! Especially since they are both what I would call, “Local Loves”.

Otto Fong & Sir Fong

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Monthly Roundup ↪ Jan ⌚😫

I really really REALLY underestimated how busy I would get working at the national paper as a photojournalist intern/temp… Working a 10 hour day is the norm and getting to come home at 6-7pm for dinner is a lucky break. And I’m not even doing early or late night shifts yet!!

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It’s madness but I’m enjoying it so there’s that. I’ve also been able to shoot a few stories that are book related and I’ll eventually post them up here since they are what I’d call a “Local Love”. One is a restaurant and the other is an author!

Despite my hectic schedule I managed to read 4 of my short books from my January TBR post, which even though is not even close to what my goal was, I also read 2 books that were longer than 200 pages. So I guess it’s not all bad. I’m just going to transfer that TBR challenge to February and try and read more in-between travelling to jobs during the week.

OK BOOK TIME!

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Reading Affirmations [Thinky Talky Thoughts]

This is not my own text but a sweet lil’ post I found a while back on Tumblr and felt the need to re-post it and spread the good word and good feels.

So I dedicate this post and the re-posted message to anyone who has been made to feel bad about what they enjoy reading, whether it be cheap paperback romance, a novel that touched you deeply even though it was written by a total asshole of a human being, or corny SFF and Fanfic.

💙 BAR MITVAH DOG HAS BLESSED THIS POST 💙

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I, your Friendly Neighborhood Librarian absolve you from all literary sins and encourage you to go and read what you like on the platform of your choosing.

Never feel guilty for reading fan fic at 3am. Everything is fanfic in the end.
From fanfic you were made, to fanfic you shall return.

Read that which has been panned by literary snobs.
Read novels churned out by the dozen by authors with a dozen pseudonyms.

Read your US and People. Flip through Popular Science just for the gadgets section.
Read articles about the perfect chocolate chip cookie.

Read books outside your comfort zone. Don’t finish them if you don’t want.
It’s the book’s fault, not yours.

Read in your comfort zone. Read a YA and romance and science and fantasy.

Skip over the boring bits. Read it because you heard about it from Oprah or because everyone else is reading it.

Giggle yourself silly at something so poorly written and full of author wish fulfillment that you just can’t stop reading it.

Don’t listen to the keepers of taste and culture.
Their reward comes every time they pat themselves on the back for their superior taste.

Don’t listen to the academics that bemoan the downfall of society and learning.
They have been doing that since Socrates’ time.

Don’t listen to the TV presenters who insist you are not cultured if you haven’t read from this list of books.

Audio books count as reading.
Ebooks count as reading.
Fanfic of questionable quality counts as reading.
Rereading books for the third time counts as reading.
Reading to your child counts as reading.
Reading from the back of the cereal box (and doing the puzzle) counts as reading.

TL;DR: read what you want. Don’t be ashamed.

Never let someone try to make you feel bad for how or what you read and enjoy.

Tell them that I, your Friendly Neighborhood Librarian have absolved you from your guilt and have given you special blessings.

Go forth and read, my child.

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