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G’day & Apologies

Aaah…I’ve been feeling so bad about neglecting the blog though some of you would know the reason by now.  That first trimester which caught me by surprise and I was just too sick & too tired Fourto read, much less trying to maintain this blog.  Well, since I wasn’t reading, I really couldn’t post any book reviews, now, could I?

I was still carting books & ereader around for that slight chance that I wanted & could read but I usually only manage 1 or 2 chapters before the nausea overrode the desire to read 😦 😦  Nevertheless, I was counting my lucky stars that this time around (2nd pregnancy) I wasn’t vomiting very much.  I’m well into my second trimester now and when I went back onto GoodReads, I was greeted by a very sad sight…

Not reading

The last review book, Terms & Conditions, I read prior to being really sick, I haven’t reviewed 😦 (My apologies to Bloomsbury Publishing) Song of Susannah was an audiobook to which I’d probably fallen asleep to more often than actually listening to, oops! Then you could see a whole month’s gap before which I finished an audiobook of The Raven Boys which I totally enjoyed (very quirky characters that makes very interesting dynamics). Another month’s gap before I started to read at a more regular pace which brings us to the current month.  To sum up, I basically did NOT “read” for 2.5 months *GASPS*

That does mean that there were a few NetGalleys titles which expired (my apologies to Random House, Harlequin Books, Hachette Books & Harper Collins YA) but I’ve kept a list to which I will slowly work through this year, I hope.  I’ve bought the first one and it’s on its way to me, woot!

I managed a few fun things this month too… starting with finally seeing Divergent! Yes, pretty much in the final week but my excuse was that I was just feeling better then :p Can’t wait to see it again in blu-ray! Oh btw, it’s a boy, and am trying to get hubby to agree to call him “Four” 😉  Then a pre-screening of The Fault in Our Stars, thanks to Penguin Teen Australia.  Can I just say, oh, wow -I cry quite easily in movies and I expected to be a whole lot worse (what’s with being pregnant & hormonal and all…) but I think there were those more deeply affected than me!  How could that even be possible?!  Those loud sobs were totally heartbreaking!

The Sydney Writers Festival was on last week. I was a tad sad that I couldn’t volunteer this year, thanks to bub, but I managed to drag my bookclub for a session which just happened to fit in with our theme of adaptations this year.  The talk we went to was titled, “Once Upon A Time”, with Kate Forsyth, Tony Birch, Vikram Chandra, and Cornelia Funke on the panel.  We were suitably impressed that the session weren’t overly intellectual and were very engaging.  The last thing that Vikram Chandra said, prior to session being closed & in response to a question on advice for aspiring writers, is truly stuck in my head (even though I don’t share this aspiration at all). He said;

Read everything that give you pleasure; and

Write what hurts

I hope all of you is doing well and I look forward to caching up with you & your blogs in the coming months! xox


My reading (or rather bookish) week

I am amazed that I still managed to fit in my bookish events with how crazy life has been with moving, arranging rental, and just overall “life”!!  But then again, how could you not FIT in bookish events!  I don’t know about you but it’s how I keep my sanity 😉

The week before, I happily went shopping for my “Divergent” outfit for the Allegiant launch in Sydney this past week.  I had to be able to wear it to work (at a corporate office environment) then onto the launch.  Embarrassingly, my (male) manager noticed the matching bag & skirt! I don’t know whether that means I don’t usually match or the outfit was a total stand-out.  I still didn’t win best-dressed but I had a fun time hanging out with Divergent fans 😀

allegiant  dressup

Do you know your Divergent?  Which faction did I dress as?

We also had our bookclub meet this weekend and as we toured around Asia this year, we visited Indonesia via The Rainbow Troops by Andrea Hirata.  It was a busy weekend of cooking and eating Indonesia cuisine whilst somewhat discussing abovementioned book.  For the last 2 months, as each members took turn reading, I received feedback of how good it was but then it surprised me that the general consensus with the rating was only about 3/5 stars (disallowing the half-star).  Everyone found the book to be “inspiring” (it appears to be the Word of the Day) though there was a discussion as to whether the book was about the teachers or the children.  Everyone wonders though whether the rest of the books (a quartet) will be translated into English so I think an interest to progress in the series is a good indication of the book’s rating.

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Menu of the day:

Gado-gado (salad served with peanut sauce)

Sate (pork satays served with a salsa type of sauce)

Semur sapi (some sort of beef stew)

Tempe Kecap (tempeh is fermented soy beans, cooked with beans and lots of sweet soy sauce)

Biji Salak (a dessert made from sweet potatos –kumara with tapioca flour served with palm sugar and coconut cream)

Putu Ayu (pandan flavoured with lots of coconut topping)

This week, I’d be attempting to finish reading the following books:

antigoddess  clockwork heart  waterfell

I’m still trying to ‘recover’ from my Netgalley splurge a couple of months ago! 2 of these are due to expire this week, eep!

I really would not have a clue when my blog’s anniversary is however thanks to WordPress who informed me 6 days ago that it’s been 3 years since I first started blogging (wow, who would’ve thunk!?).  So, in celebration… *drum rolls*

GIVEAWAY – 3 random book parcels (AU mailing addresses only)

random parcel

Note: totally random books so neither you nor I will know exactly which one you’d be getting –I know which books they are but since they’re wrapped, I wouldn’t have a clue which I’m sending to whom!

Go to my Facebook page for the Rafflecopter entries (unfortunately, WP does not host this widget)

T & C:

  1. You are over 13 yo
  2. You have Australian mailing address
  3. If you are drawn as winner, you have 48 hours to respond to my notification email
  4. Giveaway ends midnight of 11th November 2013