Monthly Roundup ↪ March 📚⛅

This month has been crazy tiring work wise and THEN I got sick and spent a bit of time in hospital, and as all chronic illness kids know, is the fun place to be.

I did manage to read a shit load more than I thought I would which is awesome!! I’m even past the half way point for my 40 book reading goal for the year!!!

Although my new mini goal is to try and read at least half of the books that I currently own before I head back to the UK for my masters in the fall. Which is actually a lot of books as well. So uh, that should prove to be an interesting challenge…

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All Saints Home Charity Carnival [IRL Adventures]

In which I befriend a bunch of 10 year olds, get hit on by one, do the lords work by getting them to read Calvin and Hobbes and Roald Dahl, and get asked to take selfies with a bunch of others.

Honestly I loved getting to shoot this story even if it was a small article. It gave me such a warm fuzzy feeling to know that elementary school kids still get excited over books AND reading them!!

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Monthly Roundup ↪ Feb 👄🌹🍊🍊

Ahh. The second month of the year. Also known as “the season of buying overpriced roses and buying discount chocolate”. Also, Chinese New Year! 🈷️🍊🍊🈸

🎆🏮 (belated) GONG XI FA CAI & XIN NIAN KUAI LE! 🏮🎆

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Didn’t finish my stack of short books again… But I was reading longer books too so I think that’s a good enough reason!!!!!!!! Maybe March will be the month I finish the stack and finally get to dive headfirst into my Unread section of my home library, as well as local library.

I also thought of doing a mid month book haul post, as I got a bunch of library books as -*well as bought a few second hand ones, but it’s now march so… it doesn’t…. feel like… there’s…. much……. point…………

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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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New Year Book Hype: 2016 [Literary Lists]

HOW IS IT 2016 ALREADY???!?!?

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I still forget that the 90s were not 15 years ago, but 20!!!!! Someone even complimented me for having a “vintage” iPod??? As in the ones that were black or white with a click wheel?!?? HOW IS THAT VINTAGE????!!!!!??!

SIGH. Anyway, I digress. Here’s a look at some of the books that are coming out this year that I’m super psyched for. SO EXCITING!!!

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Monthly Roundup ↪ Nov ☔

This November I had quite a terrible first couple of weeks that involved having surgery and much bed-rest that made me very bored. And most of my friends that are in town are busy a lot of the time which leaves me feeling quite lonely. But thankfully my local library lets me take out something like 20-50 books, which is RIDICULOUS but I’m not complaining. 😎

It’s also now “Winter” time in Singapore which means, heavy and loud thunderstorms, which is also very ideal weather for staying in bed, under the covers, with a snack at my right hand and a book in my left.

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‘The SEA Is Ours’ by Jaymee Goh and Joyce Chng [Review] Release: Nov 1st 2015

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The stories in this collection merge technological wonder with the everyday. Children upgrade their fighting spiders with armor, and toymakers create punchcard-driven marionettes. Large fish lumber across the skies, while boat people find a new home on the edge of a different dimension. Technology and tradition meld as the people adapt to the changing forces of their world. The Sea Is Ours is an exciting new anthology that features stories infused with the spirits of Southeast Asia’s diverse peoples, legends, and geography. 

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The Ayam Curtain [Local Loves]

For my inaugural post on this here blog, I’m going to recommend a book that has earned a special place in my heart for certain reasons.

At the start of 2014, I was not in a good place. I had not taken care of myself and as a result, it was decided that redoing my final year at uni would be the best course of action. I was soon diagnosed with clinical depression and anxiety, which made sense as to why it felt like my entire life came to a screeching halt and all the colours had washed out.

All the things that used to be enjoyable for me, became things that I could no longer bring myself to do, and even if I did, it was a chore and no longer brought me any joy.

This included reading. I’ve always been a reader, and even if I’m not balancing several books at once, I am still reading SOMETHING.

Because you see, the thing with depression isn’t that you’re always sad, it’s often that you just do not have enough energy to do things. The things you have to do, the things you want to do, need to do. So not being able to resort to an activity that was guaranteed to make me feel better, was a massive sucker punch to say the least.

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