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RealLifeReading

Joined February 2016

Can't stop reading. Blog: reallifereading.com | GR: goodreads.com/reallifereading 🇸🇬🇺🇸
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The Electrical Venus by Julie Mayhew
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A Fire Story by Brian Fies
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The Heat Of The Day by Elizabeth Bowen
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Breakfast this morning - homemade scones (see my post about how Royal Holiday made me crave scones https://reallifereading.com/2019/11/16/royal-holiday-made-me-do-it-weekendcookin... ) and this interesting time travel read by Mike Chen. Bonus: set in the Bay Area!

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Royal Holiday | Jasmine Guillory
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Reading the first few chapters of Royal Holiday made me long for a good scone. And since I live in suburban USA, the best (perhaps only) scones around are my own (recipe from The Bread Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum). I don‘t mean to toot my own horn but there really isn‘t a place where one can get scones here.
I‘m about 60-odd pages into this book and scones have already been consumed several times. How can one resist the call of the scone?

mcctrish This is good to know 1mo
xicanti Now I desperately want a scone. 4w
batsy Those look so good! 4w
eraderneely Jasmine Guillory‘s books always make me so hungry! The one where they ate tacos was THE WORST because I live in the north of England and the taco selection is pretty thin. 4w
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A Clue to the Exit: A Novel | Edward St. Aubyn
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I‘m not quite sure why I thought this would be a serious book. Maybe because the main character is given only six months to live. Maybe because I thought of St Aubyn as a serious writer. As in serious, stern, frowning. How did I get that impression I have no clue. But maybe that was why I‘ve not picked up his books until today. It is witty and delightful despite the impending death that hangs over.

LibrarianRyan Hi. 👋 1mo
RealLifeReading @LibrarianRyan hey! How are you? 👋 1mo
LibrarianRyan @RealLifeReading pretty good. Hope your well. How are the boys. 1mo
RealLifeReading @LibrarianRyan busy being first and third graders! 1mo
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Audiobook plus big bar of chocolate = lots of chocolate shavings to top a black forest cake and a slightly sore hand. Also chocolate everywhere

marleed Oooh. It‘s going to be good! 1mo
chaoticgoodhufflepuff Black Forest cake?! ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
Leftcoastzen Looks so good ! 1mo
AlaMich Could be worse. Could be glitter everywhere! 1mo
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Giant Days Vol. 1 | John Allison
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didn‘t really manage to do a proper #readathon last weekend so here I am, with my pile of Giant Days, attempting my own mini readathon! Readathon snack of homemade matcha kasutera or green tea castella cake. Made this for the first time yesterday!
The castella cake is a fat-less sponge cake (no oil no butter) and no raising agents (you have to whisk the eggs to get the volume) and was brought to Japan by the Portuguese in the 16th century

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Happy Friday/Saturday!
I‘m working on a Ravenclaw scarf for the kids (one done already) and listening to The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy

The kids‘ school has a festival later today and my 6yo is going as a Ravenclaw student (the 8yo is a ninja) but of course I have to make two scarves to make it fair!
Are you all ready for Halloween?
#audiocrochet

SweetBooks OMG I am a TOTAL LUNA FAN! Anyone else? 1mo
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Giant Days #1 | John Allison
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Giant Days is a reread. At least of these five volumes. I first read them a few years ago but didn‘t keep up so I was thrilled to see all the volumes on the library shelves .

I hadn‘t heard of Hit-Girl before and the first volume wasn‘t available but hey the Canada volume is written by Jeff Lemire!

Diary of a Tokyo Teen was something I spotted while browsing the memoirs shelves. It looks cute!

xicanti I liked DIARY OF A TOKYO TEEN a lot! 1mo
Literary.Gem37 Are these like graphic novels/ comic books, or Manga? The covers are nice 1mo
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I had a nice wander around the library just before school pickup and it was so pleasant and quiet. Don‘t get me wrong, I love seeing kids at the library but sometimes it‘s nice to be able to browse in peace.
I snagged books from some authors whose works I‘ve previously enjoyed (Nakamura and Jaswal) & also a new-to-me author, Ji-Min Lee. I read Monica Ali‘s Brick Lane years ago. As for St Aubyn, I‘ve been meaning to read his works for so long!

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Latest #audiocrochet project done! I finished up this shiny magikarp hat while listening to I Am I Am I Am. It was a lot harder than I thought especially the tail which didn‘t turn out right and I‘m not sure if I was counting wrong or the pattern had issues (I had to frog it twice & still doesn‘t seem right). I haven‘t put in the barbels yet and was thinking of leaving it off as I imagine the 6yo might complain about it hanging about his face.

Butterfinger Gorgeous work. 2mo
LibrarianRyan I love this. It is so fun. 2mo
Leftcoastzen Adorable! 2mo
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saresmoore Too cute! 2mo
BooksAndTea97 This is way too cute! I love it. 2mo
Jeg So clever. 2mo
SaturnDoo Nice!!! 2mo
Lindy Adorable! What was your final decision on the barbels? 2mo
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The Hunger | Alma Katsu
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I just came back from a MixxedFit workout and I am starving and all my hunger wanted was a cookie. So I gave it two. Meanwhile I have just met Tamsen Donner (yes of that Donner Party) and her wagon train has been on the trail for 1.5 months, making very slow progress. I can‘t help wondering, how did people do this? Brave unknown (or little known) territory, for miles and miles and months and months?

RealLifeReading I tried these Neapolitan Joe-Joe‘s and they exceeded all my expectations! I thought nothing could beat a regular white cream (I never know, is it meant to be vanilla?) but this strawberry cream in the middle is delicious! I love that it‘s got little bits of freeze-dried strawberries in it
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AlaMich I‘m in awe of your restraint in only eating two! 🙇‍♀️ 2mo
Andra_library I enjoyed that book. 2mo
Bookzombie I thought about that when I was reading this and the nonfiction too. How did they decide to take their whole family, including infants, on such a journey? (edited) 2mo
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The Weight of Our Sky | Hanna Alkaf
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Yay #bookmail
It Would Be Night in Caracas by Karina Sainz Borgo - a work of translated fiction by a Venezuelan-born writer.
The ebook is You Beneath Your Skin by @damyantig and is set in New Delhi and promises a tale of murder and corruption. Its main character is a single mother with an autistic teenage son.
My friend sent me this copy of The Weight of Our Sky who was at the Asian Festival of Children‘s Content in Singapore.

GatheringBooks yes, we invited hanna alkaf for afcc and was so thrilled that she was able to make it. But I am sad to miss the event after helping organise it since 2011. 😭 2mo
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I'm a T. Rex! | Dennis Shealy
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Last night with my reading buddy

cathysaid That is ALL KINDS of adorable. 2mo
LeahBergen Cute!! 💕 2mo
mdm139 That is a favorite in our house 2mo
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Bride Test | Helen Hoang
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Last night‘s book and dinner. The drumsticks were marinated in a black bean-soy sauce-brown sugar concoction I made up. Asparagus and potatoes grilled in the oven.

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Tangzhong method raisin bread made while listening to Bill Nye read his book

Lindy 😍 3mo
Leftcoastzen That looks so tasty! 3mo
Lynnsoprano Oh, yum! 3mo
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AlaMich But where are the raisins? 🤔 3mo
RealLifeReading @AlaMich 😂 I realized later that this is the photo of the bread that has a kind of grilled pork in it 3mo
AlaMich 🤣🤣 3mo
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Abbott | Saladin Ahmed
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Starting Friday morning off with a coffee and a comic. Happy Friday!

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Abbott | Saladin Ahmed
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Some slightly darker comics fare for #ripxiv
I first read vol 1 of Monstress when it came out but didn‘t continue and I was thrilled to find the three volumes at the library. Abbott is set in 1972 Detroit and has a reporter investigating grisly crimes. I read previous volumes of X-23 and was surprised to see that this one is by Marino Tamaki. A new series? A reboot? Honestly I can never keep up with comics but I‘m just happy to start reading it

xicanti I haven‘t read this new X-23 series yet, but carries on from ALL-NEW WOLVERINE, an excellent series featuring the character and her younger clone sister. I highly recommend it. 3mo
Eyelit I read Abbott a while ago and really liked it. Your haul looks great! Have fun 😄 3mo
Coueriamb Monstress is SO GOOD 3mo
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Charging the car and reading this new-to-me author for #ripxiv
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It‘s set in South Africa in 1952 when the new apartheid laws have gone into effect and an Afrikaner police officer is found dead

Have you read Malla Nunn‘s books before?

Melissa_J I have several books in this series but haven‘t read any of them yet. I hope you like it. 3mo
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Bill Nye is keeping me company this Sunday morning. What are you up to?

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It‘s the first day of school and now the house seems is so quiet and peaceful without children. The boys are finally in school at the same time (PM kindergarten schedule last year made things rather tricky!). And I‘m celebrating with drip coffee (from a Singapore brand), almond biscuits from Marks and Spencer, and a great read. Happy first day of school everyone!

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Someone‘s taken over my spot tonight

Centique Beautiful chair and bookshelves AND beautiful kiddo! 😍 3mo
Bookzombie So cute! 3mo
SharonAlger You‘re definitely raising a reader right there. 3mo
Zelma And why wouldn‘t he want to steal that spot? Smart kid. 3mo
BooknerdsLife That‘s the most adorable photo 💗 3mo
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Skim | Mariko Tamaki
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Sunday is brought to you by the letter C - Comics (Skim and The Adventures of Superhero Girl), Coffee, and Chocolate from Singapore - Nanyang Kaya “traditional Singaporean breakfast in a bar” and one of things I love most is Kaya toast, Kaya being a delightfully delicious coconut jam and it‘s traditionally served between two crispy thin slices of toast and a slab of butter. Best with soft boiled eggs and dark soy sauce, and a milky sweet tea

BirdsandBelles Sounds delicious! 💕 3mo
RealLifeReading @BirdsandBelles it is! And so comforting 3mo
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Current audiobook and wip - a baby blanket using a Catherine wheel stitch. #audiocrochet

llwheeler Love the colours! 3mo
Oryx Pretty! 3mo
Lindy So pretty! 3mo
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Leftcoastzen Beautiful!👏 3mo
Bookzombie So pretty! 3mo
Johanna414 Love it! 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm Sweet colours! 3mo
BooknerdsLife Awww that‘s so pretty!!! 😍💗💗I‘ve just started crocheting recently too and it‘s so addictive! 3mo
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Book Love | Debbie Tung
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Also I have to add lugging two tote bags full of library books to and from my car

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Esio Trot | Roald Dahl
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Kids‘ library loot this week!

TheBookStacker I loved esio trot as a child! 💚 4mo
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Sunday morning bright and early with homemade banana pancakes and maple syrup and starting a new book that I hadn‘t heard of before until I browsed the library‘s ebook catalogue. It sounded devastating (bereavement) but because of its Sicilian setting, fascinating and possibly likely to induce pasta cravings. Have you read this yet?

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Lily and the Octopus | Steven Rowley
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Coincidentally I had seen an article on this very restaurant this morning (think it may have been in Bon Appetit magazine) and was thinking that it‘s been a year since I had a tiki cocktail, when I was in Phuket, Thailand.

Andra_library One of my all time favorites! 4mo
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Good morning! I am seriously jetlagging. I spent the last few hours awake (since 326am) tossing and turning, reading a bit, lying there practicing deep breathing and trying various things like counting backwards from 1000 in threes. And of course googling things like “how long does it take to get over jet lag”. Which isn‘t helpful as it takes 1-2 days to recover for each time zone crossed and Singapore is 15 hours ahead of CA

MrsMalaprop Hope you get over it soon 😴. 4mo
MicheleinPhilly Ugh. Hope you find a remedy soon. 4mo
MEGR Have you tried melatonin? That usually works for us. Good luck 👍🏼🍀! 4mo
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Haven‘t been doing as much reading as I was hoping on this 3 day mini vacation to Bintan (Riau islands, Indonesia). We had a 3 bedroom villa with my parents and sister. And it had its own private pool with this view of the sea. Lots of swimming, hunting the beach for shells, not so much reading but I did manage a few chapters of this Singaporean-written book.

Crazeedi Your getaway sounds absolutely delightful and perfect!❤ 4mo
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Sometimes it‘s nice to take a break from busy squeeze lots of things in days and sit down with a latte (this one from a Korean coffee chain) and read a book. I didn‘t bring a physical book so I was reading from my phone. Hope your week‘s going well!

Butterfinger I hope you also have a great week. 4mo
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At the Airport | Fay Robinson
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Not at all a bookish post but we had a fun time at Jewel, part of Changi Airport today. If you‘ve got a long transit in Singapore, this is a great place to visit!

Katerina That's the airport? 😮😮 That looks incredible! 4mo
BulkingBookie This looks like the stuff of eco sci-fi dreams 🌿 4mo
Sanjayyaduvansi Superb 4mo
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margreads we are planning a stopover in Singapore, just so that we can hang out in the airport!!
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Soubhiville That‘s incredible! Thanks for sharing! 4mo
Lindy 😍 4mo
BooknerdsLife Great photo! I want to visit Singapore again just to hang out at the airport too 😍🤗 4mo
LibrarianJen That‘s so gorgeous! Especially cool that it‘s in an airport. 4mo
Dolly Wow! 4mo
shellleigh33 Beautiful 4mo
tracey38 Wow, that is just gorgeous! 4mo
Jeg As with all things Singaporean — amazing. We only had a short time in the airport but managed a quick look. 4mo
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A Visit to the Library | Rosalyn Clark
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Another photo of the library at the Vivocity mall in Singapore. I love the lighting of the shelves!

kspenmoll I love all the white & green. Lovely 4mo
Blaire So cool and modern looking. 4mo
JennyM Very 😎 4mo
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Library with a view! Checking out the awesome library at Vivocity Singapore which has a view of Sentosa island and the roller coasters of Universal Studios Singapore .

charl08 Wow! 4mo
LibrarianJen I would never leave! 4mo
tracey38 💜💜💜 4mo
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BooknerdsLife Wow! I want to work there! 😱😍😍 4mo
Bookzombie Beautiful! It would probably distract me from reading. Lol 4mo
RealLifeReading @charl08 @LibrarianJen @tracey38 @BooknerdsLife @Bookzombie interestingly the adult and teen sections are run by volunteers! 4mo
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The Electrical Venus | Julie Mayhew
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Reading on the MRT is never easy. The seats are narrow and I have wide shoulders and I feel the need to compress myself a bit next to these strangers. Almost everyone, young and old, are on their phones. The 20-something guy next to me was watching Big Bang Theory, the 20-something girl next to me had some Korean TV show on her phone. No one is reading or at least I can‘t see anyone with a book, as I pull out mine

Lindy Show them how it‘s done. 📖 🚞 4mo
BethM Good for you! That cover is lovely! 4mo
RealLifeReading @Lindy 🙌🙌 yeah! 4mo
RealLifeReading @BethM it attracted me enough to pick it up! 4mo
Jeg I noticed on my last plane trip I was the only one in my view with a book. 4mo
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National Library Board - Central Lending Library | Singapore, Singapore, Singapore (Library)
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One of the best places in Singapore‘s Orchard Road shopping street is the library. Unfortunately there were more people on phones, tablets and computers, or taking photos of the place, than people reading books. But I spent a lovely 2 hours there browsing and reading.

AlaMich That‘s beautiful! 4mo
Scorpioseah I should make a trip down too. 4mo
RealLifeReading @AlaMich it‘s a very interesting place! 4mo
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The Overstory | Richard Powers
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Singapore was a former British settlement so we like our colours and favourites, “u”s and all. But it‘s also a country with lots of American influences (I grew up watching lots of American TV shows), and also quite a bit of Aussie influences. At any rate, in terms of books, I‘m always pleased to find different editions at the bookstores.

Jeg Loved Overstory. 4mo
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Books Kinokuniya - Bugis | Singapore, Singapore (Bookstore)
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Love seeing all the Enid Blytons on the shelves!

Curiouser_and_curiouser Ooooohhhh, I looovvve Enid Blyton books and I think I may have just as many! I must share a photo one day. I love the chance to read these stories from my own childhood books to my 2 little girls. Timeless stories they are. Thank you for sharing your collection, are they new? 4mo
Andrew65 Wow! 🙌😍 4mo
MayJasper Mallory Towers! 4mo
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RealLifeReading @Curiouser_and_curiouser sadly that‘s not mine but a bookstore in Singapore 4mo
CharismaRaven13 Oh that is so cool! I grew up with Enid Blyton! Love love love her! 4mo
Curiouser_and_curiouser @RealLifeReading oh, that is sad. But lovely to know they are still being sold! Did you read Enid Blyton when you were a child or have any of your own copies? I never knew my grandma very well but she used to send me Enid Blyton books for my 9 and 10th birthdays, then my mum finished off the collection for me. I used to eat them up! I still have them, they are a very precious treasure on my shelves 4mo
RealLifeReading @Curiouser_and_curiouser yes they are being sold! I grew up in Singapore and it was a former British settlement so Enid Blyton was a staple! I was rather pleased to spot these new editions and introduce some of my faves like The Magic Faraway Tree and the Wishing Chair to my boys. 4mo
RealLifeReading @Curiouser_and_curiouser unfortunately I don‘t have my old books anymore! 4mo
RealLifeReading @CharismaRaven13 what were some of your favourites? 4mo
RealLifeReading @MayJasper loved Malory Towers! Apparently there‘s going to be a new series! 4mo
CharismaRaven13 Adventures with the Twins: Hanni and Nanni.. and another one with the main character named Dolly I believe. I forgot the name of the series. It‘s been so long. I read them in the 80s... 4mo
RealLifeReading @CharismaRaven13 oh I don‘t think ive heard of the twins one before! 4mo
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Books Kinokuniya - Bugis | Singapore, Singapore (Bookstore)
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Wandering around Books Kinokuniya!

Kittygal Rule of many is incredible. One of my favorite books and it‘s a series. 4mo
Jeg Love that book shop. 4mo
RealLifeReading @Kittygal thanks for the recommendation! I hadn‘t heard of it before this 4mo
RealLifeReading @Jeg this is not the main one in Orchard Road so not as many books but still a great store! 4mo
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Cute displays at the library

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So many temptations!

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Scenes from one of the many suburban libraries in Singapore. This one recently opened last year (if I‘m not wrong). It was moved from a small building of its own to this massive complex that houses a sports hub (tennis courts, fitness studios, swimming pools), clinics and more.

LibrarianRyan Nice! 5mo
Eyelit That‘s just lovely! 5mo
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I reckon you don‘t get mangoes at the South Pole. I‘m enjoying my juicy breakfast with a side of freezing temps wafting from my read.

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The Last Human | Lee Bacon
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Yesterday‘s bookstore haul! The three books in the top row were books the kids bought with their $10 gift cards and the rest were ARCs they got to select after finishing their bingo cards as part of the bookstore‘s summer reading challenge!

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Books Inc. in Mountain View | Mountain View, CA (Bookstore)
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Hooray! The awesome Books Inc bookstores has a book bingo for kids each summer and this year both my boys managed a blackout. They each got a $10 gift card and got to pick from some ARCs!

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To Night Owl From Dogfish | Holly Goldberg Sloan
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Saturday doings: morning swim class for the kids (and reading this fun middle-grade novel for me), lunch at Super Duper burger, some Wizards Unite around the big mall, watching Goblet of Fire and crocheting this cupcake! How was your Saturday?

mrp27 Cute! 5mo
DebinHawaii Adorable! 💕 5mo
sudi So cute 💖 5mo
BooknerdsLife OMG This is so so cute!!!! 😱❤️🍰 5mo
RealBooks4ever That cupcake really is adorable! 💜 5mo
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Chocolate Cake for Breakfast | Danielle Hawkins
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Yesterday‘s birthday cake for breakfast = happy Friday

chaoticgoodhufflepuff That looks delicious! 🎉🎉 (edited) 5mo
BookishTrish Happy Birthday 🥳 5mo
Ddzmini Happy birthday 🎁🎉🎂🎈🎊 📖😋 5mo
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kellyann28 Happy birthday (yesterday!) That cake looks AMAZING! 5mo
batsy Happy birthday! 🎂🎈🎉 5mo
Liatrek Happy Birthday 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉 5mo
shaguffi Belated Happy Birthday dear🎂🎂🎉🎊🎁 5mo
MicheleinPhilly Happy Birthday! 5mo
Megabooks Happy birthday!! 5mo
Redwritinghood Happy birthday! 🎂🎂 5mo
wanderinglynn An excellent breakfast choice! 👍🏻👍🏻😋 5mo
mrp27 🎉📚🎂 5mo
xicanti Happy belated birthday! Your cake looks amazing. 5mo
Sarah83 Happy belated birthday 🎂 5mo
britt_brooke Yum! Happy birthday!! 5mo
sprainedbrain Happy birthday! ❤️ (edited) 5mo
Bookzombie Happy Birthday!! 5mo
Lady_Tigana_20 🥳 Happy birthday! 5mo
RealLifeReading @wanderinglynn luckily this is a once-a-year only cake because it‘s so sinful! 5mo
Jeg Happy birthday. Cake for breakfast. Perfect.🎂🎂🎂 5mo
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I was reading Ballet Shoes for Anna by Noel Streatfeild, a book I did not know existed until I found it in a secondhand bookstore in Gold Beach, Oregon, when the 6yo asks me to read The Little Prince to him. This copy of The Little Prince is one I‘ve read since I was a kid. And which my mum brought over from Singapore for me. And there‘s something special about reading a book I once read as a kid to my own kids

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An octopus cupcake 🐙 🧁 made while listening to DFW talk about how lobsters are cooked. #audiocrochet

DGRachel That‘s so cute! 5mo
MusicallyMorgan I love this more than I have ever loved anything!! 5mo
EH2018 Nice! I wish i could make this! 5mo
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CrowCAH He‘s adorable! 🐙 5mo
mhillis This is the cutest thing ever!! 5mo
AnneCecilie So cute 😍😍😍 5mo
sudi Soo cute 💙💙💙 5mo
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Today‘s playground read is this interesting translated book by a Brazilian woman writer and is set in 1940s Rio de Janeiro

Leftcoastzen I love that cover! 5mo
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Tiare in Bloom | Clestine Vaite
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A bit late of a wrap-up but here are some books I finished reading in June. I traveled far in my reading in June - Alaska, Tahiti, India, Germany, Korea
Total: 16
3 comics (2 of which were nonfiction)
1 NF audiobook
2 YA
1 classic
11 books by women writers
6 books by POC writers

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego An excellent month. 💖📖💖 Which book was set in Tahiti? 5mo
RealLifeReading @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego it‘s not the first book in the series but it was the only one my library has 5mo
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Latest #audiocrochet project - a short-sleeved cardigan using Jeans yarn from Lion Brand yarn. Cute and relatively easy to make! Also, I‘ve been wanting to read Consider the Lobster for a while and the push was listening to Ruth Reichl‘s Save Me the Plums where she talks about that very essay that was published in Gourmet magazine.

IamIamIam 😍😍😍 Gorgeous!!!!! 5mo
llwheeler Looks great! 5mo
mydearwatson Very nice! 5mo
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Leftcoastzen Beautiful! 5mo
Butterfinger It is gorgeous. 5mo
krayoncolorz Impressive! 5mo
julesG Suits and fits the model. Well done! 👏👏 5mo
Johanna414 Nice! I haven‘t mastered the knack of making garments that actually fit anyone... 5mo
sebrittainclark Impressive! 5mo
Jeg Very nice.👍👍 5mo
AnneCecilie Love it 😍 5mo
8little_paws Looks great, fits well and is practical! I often end making stuff then realize.... I'm never going to wear it! Lol 5mo
sudi Looks pretty 😍 5mo
Bookzombie It‘s beautiful! 5mo
RealLifeReading @julesG that‘s me in the photo 😂 thanks! 5mo
RealLifeReading @Johanna414 I made it for myself so I could easy adjust it 😂 I had to redo it though as it was smaller than I expected at first 5mo
RealLifeReading @8little_paws I made a couple of tops that I haven‘t worn yet! 5mo
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