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RealLifeReading

Joined February 2016

Can't stop reading. Blog: reallifereading.com | GR: goodreads.com/reallifereading 🇸🇬🇺🇸
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Excited to read this!

bookishdawg I‘m waiting on my library hold for this one! 😊 3w
shanaqui It's really fun! I tore right through it. 3w
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The Cat Who Saved Books | S?suke Natsukawa
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First day of summer break (yes last day of school was weirdly a Monday). And it‘s a nice day for a swim and a read by the pool!

Leag01 It looks like a relaxing afternoon! Hope you enjoyed it! 3w
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Sorrow and Bliss | Meg Mason
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Negronis chasing me around, book after book. (See previous post)

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Before the first chapter begins, he‘s already making me want a Negroni

BarbaraBB And now that you mention it, you make me! 4w
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When there‘s a new Jasmine Guillory book out, it‘s time to drop everything and read!

Liatrek Loved this one so much ❤️❤️ 1mo
KristiAhlers I have yet to read her. 1mo
janeycanuck I‘m at the top of the list at the library for this but somehow, they haven‘t gotten their copies yet. It‘s driving me mad!! 4w
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RealLifeReading @Liatrek it was delightful! 3w
RealLifeReading @KristiAhlers i love her books! 3w
RealLifeReading @janeycanuck hope you got your book! 3w
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Yesterday, making chocolate chip cookies and listening to this audiobook.

BookBabe Those cookies look delicious! 😋 The book sounds interesting too 1mo
Maria514626 @RealLifeReading Yum! After seeing your beautiful photo, I think I‘ll have to do a little audio baking this afternoon! 1mo
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What a book! A girl and her mom head home to Last Chance, Minnesota, where her grandparents live and run a Chinese restaurant. She learns how to play poker from her sick grandpa, writes new fortunes for the fortune cookies, and hears the story about her g-g-grandfather‘s journey to the US (effectively lessons on Chinese emigrants‘ history, told as story within story!). Heartfelt and charming, this book needs to be read by more people.

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Made chocolate swirl milk bread - an adaptation of the recipes of Mother Of All Milk Bread plus chocolate milk bread plus marble loaf in this fantastic book. Love all the details and recipes (so many to try out - red bean swirl buns, brown sugar shao bing, mo) as well as the stories that she shares about her journey to baking and the features of some Asian bakeries in the US.

LeahBergen That looks wonderful! 2mo
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Ministry of Moral Panic | Amanda Lee Koe
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A topic about Asian diaspora for Asian heritage month had me thinking about how Singaporeans are Asian diaspora too, although Singapore is located in Asia. For instance, my great-grandparents migrated from China to Singapore and while I may still have distant relatives in China, I haven‘t been there and have no plans to. Anyway, just highlighting some Singapore lit from shelves today.

BarbaraBB Interesting! 2mo
Jeg Singapore, one of my favourite places to visit. Hoping to get there when we are travelling again. We were booked to go and covid happened. 2mo
RealLifeReading @Jeg hope you guys get to travel again soon! 1mo
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Ministry of Moral Panic | Amanda Lee Koe
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A topic about Asian diaspora for Asian heritage month had me thinking about how Singaporeans are Asian diaspora too, although Singapore is located in Asia. For instance, my great-grandparents migrated from China to Singapore and while I may still have distant relatives in China, I haven‘t been there and have no plans to. Anyway, just highlighting some Singapore lit from shelves today.

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Some books by Asian diaspora as we head towards AAPI Heritage Month. I realize that I don‘t own any books by Pacific Islanders so I hope to remedy that!

BarbaraBB What a great collection they make! (edited) 2mo
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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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While I didn‘t like her previous book, this pandemic time travel novel held onto me and didn‘t let me go. I loved this: “Pandemics don‘t approach like wars, with the distant thud of artillery growing louder every day and flashes of bombs on the horizon. They arrive in retrospect, essentially. It‘s disorientating. The pandemic is far away and then it‘s all around you, with seemingly no intermediate step.”

CuriousG I just started this last night - can't wait to really dig in this weekend! 2mo
AmyG I really enjoyed this, too. I love her writing. 2mo
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Maid | Nita Prose
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On a walk this morning while listening to this audiobook, a bee buzzed past and I stopped to watch

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It‘s said that when you read a spicy book like A Lot Like Adios, the steaminess of it burns off enough calories so that you can indeed have Black Forest cake for breakfast.

LapReader I‘m about to do the same thing. 3mo
Dragon Totally agree! Especially Black Forest Cake 🍰 💚🐉 3mo
Bookzombie That cake looks delicious!! 3mo
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RealLifeReading @LapReader cake for breakfast? 3mo
RealLifeReading @Dragon my son‘s favorite! 3mo
RealLifeReading @Bookzombie thanks! I made it for my son‘s birthday 3mo
Dragon Belated happy birthday 🎂 for your son 💚🐉 3mo
LapReader Yep. Then you have all day to work it off. 3mo
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Grass | Keum Suk Gendry-Kim
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Why read a story like this one? To never forget. Not just the horrors faced by those who fought during the war but also those who were not soldiers yet fought their own wars. How terrifying it must have been to be taken at such a young age, to be abused in this way. These are stories that need to be told and read and remembered. Your heart will break over and over when you read this powerful and necessary graphic memoir.

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Grass | Keum Suk Gendry-Kim
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Why read a story like this one? To never forget. Not just the horrors faced by those who fought during the war but also those who were not soldiers yet fought their own wars. How terrifying it must have been to be taken at such a young age, to be abused in this way. These are stories that need to be told and read and remembered. Your heart will break over and over when you read this powerful and necessary graphic memoir.

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The Turning Pointe | Vanessa L. Torres
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Rosa is a student at a ballet academy, where her father is ballet master. She‘s obsessed with Prince, who happens to be training upstairs for a performance. And the ballet students get a chance to audition for the very concert that Prince is headlining.

I loved Rosa and following along with her struggles as she tries to figure out her own path. This was an incredible debut. Loved all the 80s vibes and all the diverse characters.

Megabooks Is this based on Misty Copland? She used to do ballet with Prince. 3mo
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Donut Fall in Love | Jackie Lau
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Ah the things that one does for a book photo. Like picking out doughnut flavors, buying doughnuts, and eating doughnuts, all because of a book about a baker and a meet-cute where a movie star causes some matcha tiramisu doughnuts to fall on the floor. Alas, we didn‘t have matcha tiramisu doughnuts. So regular doughnuts will have to do.

LeahBergen Mmmm 🍩 3mo
MaureenMc We suffer for our art. 😂 3mo
Aims42 Lol! Love the dedication 🤩🍩📖 3mo
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BooknerdsLife LOL Now I want both!!! 😍🍩😂 3mo
Jeg One thing I miss about the US — the doughnuts! Aussie ones don‘t quite do it. 3mo
muscogulus Matcha wha–?! 3mo
RealLifeReading @MaureenMc someone has to 🤣 3mo
RealLifeReading @Aims42 😆😆 thanks 3mo
RealLifeReading @Jeg oh how interesting! 3mo
RealLifeReading @BooknerdsLife doughnuts are so good 3mo
RealLifeReading @muscogulus it was described as a matcha doughnut filled with matcha mascarpone cream and topped with a matcha glaze. So not quite “tiramisu” as in it doesn‘t have espresso. Still sounds great though 3mo
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The Waiting | Keum Suk Gendry-Kim
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Lunch of leftover pork meatballs and watercress soup, fried tofu, instant noodles tossed in soy sauce and sesame oil. And this beautiful and sad graphic novel about families separated during the Korean War.

Lindy I just read Grass last week, her biography of a comfort woman. So good! Must add this one to my TBR. 3mo
BarbaraBB Your lunch sounds delicious! 3mo
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Ghost Forest: A Novel | Pik-Shuen Fung
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Good things come in small packages. Like dim sum. Siu Mai and Har Gow are perfect one or two bite dumplings, any bigger and they just seem a bit too much. And in Ghost Forest, the scenes and vignettes, are often just a few paragraphs long. But they convey so much. Ghost Forest is a quiet and soft read but it managed to wring out all these emotions from me via its spare prose and blank space.

LeahBergen Mmm…dim sum! 3mo
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Book and breakfast: pulut hitam (black glutinous rice) with a drizzle of coconut milk. And this book about a fictional interracial Afro-punk band. I‘m still waiting for my hold on the audiobook to come in but thought I‘d start reading the ebook first. What are some books about music and musicians that you‘ve loved?

AWahle I loved Daisy Jones & the Six. I really couldn‘t get into Opal & Nev, but I am in the minority. 4mo
UwannaPublishme Loved Daisy Jones plus many memoirs by women who rock like Carole King, Tina Turner and Cyndi Lauper. 🎸🎼 4mo
ChaoticMissAdventures I really enjoyed Opal and Nev! The audio is so good. I don't read a lot of fiction of music/bands but I loved Elton John's 4mo
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rwmg Now I'm feeling hungry 4mo
VioletBramble I loved Mary Jane by Jessica Anya Blau. 4mo
JamieArc I second the tagged book. I enjoyed the audio of it. 4mo
Kitta I have Opal and Nev on my TBR! Glad to hear it is good from others in the comments here. I‘d recommend (edited) 4mo
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Almond: A Novel | Won-pyung Sohn
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I probably had too high expectations of this one, about a boy who doesn‘t quite feel emotions. He has a disorder called alexithymia because of underdeveloped amygdalae.
But while I enjoyed the first part of the book, the ending seemed too…easy. Also, the main character just never quite drew me into his story.

Overall, an interesting read but I just wanted more.

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Bluebeard's First Wife | Seong-nan Ha
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Some books I borrowed for #koreanmarch

jlhammar The Gendry-Kim graphic novels are so good (though absolutely heartbreaking). Haven't read the short story collection yet, but sounds great. 4mo
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Biscuit Loves the Library | Alyssa Satin Capucilli
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Library day!

BittersweetBooks The best days! 4mo
BarbaraBB Supercool pic! 4mo
RealLifeReading @BittersweetBooks yes and best part is I don‘t have to spend money 😁 4mo
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The Shimmering State: A Novel | Meredith Westgate
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I kept thinking of the movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, as I read this book. Except that instead of a procedure to erase memories, there is a drug in which you can store your memories. One that holds not just memories but also all your feelings about those moments. Initially an Alzheimer‘s treatment, it‘s now being abused as people take it to get high. Quite fascinating.

CaroPi Very spooky premise I will have a look to it 4mo
Librariana The front cover design choice is also quite interesting! 4mo
BarbaraBB This sounds interesting! Stacked. 4mo
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Worked on these crewmates while listening to this audiobook. A very impressive list of voices make up this oral biography of Anthony Bourdain.

Julsmarshall So cute! 4mo
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Not an easy nonfiction read. A son‘s search for answers about his father‘s abduction & imprisonment by the Libyan govt. But I wondered, why do women not seem to exist in this book? His mother was his sole parent for most of his life and he even travels to Libya with her, but we never learn about her thoughts on her husband‘s disappearance.

DivineDiana Your meal looks like a photograph for a magazine! And it looks delicious! ❤️ 4mo
MK_Liddiard Perhaps his mother is not included because, well, women just aren‘t recognized. 4mo
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I read more than I thought I did last month!

Bookzombie Great month! 4mo
RealLifeReading @Bookzombie thank you 😄 4mo
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Fiona and Jane | Jean Chen Ho
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Today‘s read: Fiona and Jane, stories about two young Taiwanese-American women who have been best friends since second grade

Today‘s snack: sesame balls with red bean filling

Today‘s drink: lemongrass tea

Blaire I love red bean filling! Lately have been eating a lot of red bean mochi 4mo
RealLifeReading @Blaire funny thing is that I couldn‘t stand it when I was a kid 🤣 4mo
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This book was just magical to read. The world building was fabulous and I always appreciate when writers include food and drink into a story, as it helps to complete a reader‘s journey into a fantasy story. It was a lush and immersive experience. There is a romance in this story but I didn‘t feel be very invested in it. I was surprised by a plot twist and do hope that the second book explores more about one of the characters involved.

LeahBergen I love your tea set! 4mo
BiblioLitten Beautiful tea set💖 4mo
DivineDiana Agree with @BiblioLitten Beautiful tea set! ❤️ 4mo
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This worked well for me as an audiobook. It might have been a bit repetitive as a print read since it‘s told from three perspectives, but as I can be a bit distracted when it comes to fictional audiobooks, it didn‘t come off that way to me. I loved the very distinct voices by the three narrators. The audiobook was very compelling and kept me hanging on. I tend not to do well with fiction audiobooks but I enjoyed this one greatly.

Megabooks Sold! 4mo
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This novella is quite different from The Black Tides of Heaven, reflecting the differences in personality between the twins Mokoya and Akeha. I found that I enjoyed this one more, perhaps because I was already familiar with the world building and the characters, whom we first meet as children in Black Tides. Just behold this magnificent cover. I can't wait to read the rest of the series

RealLifeReading Pictured with Singapore dishes: the bottom is a plate of char kway teow or fried rice noodles with bean sprouts and seafood. The top is hor fun, also rice noodles but with a gravy poured over. 4mo
Emilymdxn That food looks so gorgeous! 4mo
batsy Mmm char kway teow!! 4mo
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BobsWifeAmy This is my first introduction to Singapore food. Thanks for sharing and also for the pics of the dishes! Very enlightening. This isn‘t a genre of book that I enjoy reading, but that‘s ok. I‘ve never really used this site before- I‘m active on GoodReads- but I decided to give this a try. Have a great day my friends on the other side of the world! 4mo
RealLifeReading @Emilymdxn it‘s delicious! 4mo
RealLifeReading @batsy I love the food at this Malaysian-Burmese eatery 4mo
RealLifeReading @BobsWifeAmy you‘re welcome! Hope you get to try Singapore food one day. I actually live in California but am from Singapore. There are a few Malaysian and Singaporean restaurants around here. 4mo
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Taking a walk and listening to this book that‘s read by Richard Armitage, Georgia Maguire, and Emily Watson. I reckon I wouldn‘t have liked this book if I read it myself. But this audiobook narration is superb. And not just because of Richard Armitage!

bookishdawg Armitage! Stacked 👍🏻 4mo
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Love in the Big City | Sang Young Park
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LOVE IN THE BIG CITY is a funny and thoughtful story about Young, a gay Korean student who lives in Seoul. The narrative flits back and forth between present and past. If you‘re looking for a plot-driven book, this isn‘t exactly it. It‘s maybe more like an exploration of a queer man‘s life in Seoul. Nightlife. College. His mother‘s illness. His relationships. All its vibrant highs and heartbreaking lows.

rwmg Wishlisted 4mo
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The Echo Wife | Sarah Gailey
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Book and popcorn while the boys watch the Super Bowl

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Hydrating and luxuriating in this gorgeous book

readordierachel That *is* gorgeous! 5mo
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The Guncle | Steven Rowley
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KellyK I ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ this book!! 5mo
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As Japanese lit goes, this one is low on the weird scale (which for me goes from a bit absurd to completely bonkers). But it does offer the reader a chance to reflect on what life would be without some essential items in a bid for an extra day of life. Then as the title goes, would remove cats from this world for that extra day? Either I‘m an unfeeling bot or this book didn‘t delve deeply enough into the character‘s life that it‘s just a soso read

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Love in the Big City | Sang Young Park
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Waiting for the kids‘ tennis class to finish. It‘s been bright enough for me to read longer in the car these days. Reading this translated book and listening to Map Of The Soul: 7.

BarbaraBB Great picture! 5mo
TrishB I have heard that album many times 😁 5mo
RealLifeReading @TrishB it‘s such a good one! 5mo
TrishB My daughter is obsessed with BTS ❤️ 5mo
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Grabbed a couple of books from the library! Excited to read them this weekend. Have you read these?

booksellerofyourdiscontent “Daughter of the Moon Goddess” keeps catching my eye every time I see it at a bookstore. I can‘t wait to hear what you think! 5mo
mdemanatee Reading Daughter of the Moon Goddess right now and loving it! Definitely has a fairy tale feel in the voice. 5mo
mhillis Yes 🙌 Love in the Big City—looking forward to your review! 5mo
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This Must Be the Place | Maggie O'Farrell
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The story is told from multiple points of view, from different time frames, different countries. It‘s like putting together one of those jigsaw puzzles where each puzzle piece is a complete shape in itself. Each chapter is complex and satisfying, even the minor characters like a woman whom Daniel meets on a bus in South America. She‘s so well created and whole that I felt like I knew her in just a few pages.

MallenNC I‘ve had this on my TBR forever and need to finally read it! Great review. 5mo
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Happy Year of the Tiger! Here are some red covers for good luck, happiness, and prosperity for the new year. 新年快乐!xinniankuaile! Happy new year!

BennettBookworm Happy New Year!! 5mo
LeahBergen Beautiful! Happy New Year! 5mo
Dragon Happy New Year 🧧 5mo
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erzascarletbookgasm 新年好 , 身体健康! 🧧🍊 5mo
Bookzombie Happy New Year! 5mo
RealLifeReading @BennettBookworm happy new year! 5mo
RealLifeReading @LeahBergen happy new year! 5mo
RealLifeReading @Dragon happy new year to you! 5mo
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Jeg Happy New Year. 🐯🐯 5mo
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How‘s your Goodreads challenge going?

BarbaraJean I'm at 10/100 over here - 2 books ahead of schedule! I also have a pages goal set up on StoryGraph, where I'm sitting at 2524 out of 30,000 pages. 😊 5mo
sprainedbrain I have 20/185 done! I may need to raise my goal a bit. 5mo
Bookzombie I switched to Storygraph this year, but I‘m at 18/120. I set my number lower because as always I want to read some longer books this year. 5mo
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Zuhkeeyah I‘ve read 13/100 so far. I‘m 5 books ahead of schedule but am reluctant to up my number in case I hit the mood for chunksters. 5mo
RealLifeReading @BarbaraJean I didn‘t do a pages goal on StoryGraph. Maybe I should! 5mo
RealLifeReading @Bookzombie I use both StoryGraph and Goodreads 😁 5mo
RealLifeReading @Zuhkeeyah ah yes those chunksters. There are some I‘m eyeing this year. Hopefully I‘ll get to them. 5mo
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Made this tangzhong half-whole-wheat bread yesterday while listening to Lin-Manuel Miranda narrating this great audiobook.

What celebrity-narrated audiobooks have you enjoyed?

DivineDiana This looks fantastic! 👏🏻 👩‍🍳👏🏻 Dan Stevens reading “The Angel‘s Game”. Superb! 5mo
Cathythoughts Yum yum yum 5mo
Simona 😋🤤Looks perfect and delicious! 5mo
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Juliev Loved Will (will Smith), Greenlights (Matthew mccoughnahey), The Storyteller (Dave Grohl) 5mo
bookishdawg A Man Called Ove, narrated by George Newbern & A Monster Calls, narrated by Jason Isaacs ❤️👍🏻 5mo
RealLifeReading @Cathythoughts I love bread 😄 5mo
RealLifeReading @Simona thank you 😊 5mo
RealLifeReading @Juliev oh I recently listened to Storyteller. What a great audiobook! 5mo
RealLifeReading @bookishdawg I already read A Monster Calls but Jason Isaacs?? definitely calls for a listen! 5mo
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Huda F Are You? | Huda Fahmy
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Oh I loved this one! A funny and relatable graphic novel about trying to fit in. Huda‘s family moves to Dearborn where she realizes she‘s no longer the only hijabi in class. She doesn‘t seem to belong to the gamers or the athletes or the fashionistas. Can Huda figure out who she is and learn to accept herself? The author blends self-discovery with heavier topics like Islamophobia and microagressions. Honest and charming

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Woman in the Purple Skirt | Natsuko Imamura
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The Woman in the Purple Skirt is an ordinary woman who only ever wears a purple-colored skirt. She doesn‘t do anything unusual or unique. Our narrator is the woman in the yellow cardigan, who watches the woman in the purple skirt, and knows her life thoroughly. Some say it‘s disturbing but I feel sad for the narrator. The loneliness of living in a city leads her to longing for a friend, into voyeurism and idolization of an everyday person.

sprainedbrain So great to see your reviews again! ❤️ 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm 👋 Sharlene! How are you, miss you here. Happy preparations for Lunar New Year 🧧 5mo
BarbaraBB So good to see you and your reviews again!! 5mo
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tpixie Welcome back! ❤️ 5mo
RealLifeReading @sprainedbrain thank you! I hope to be more regular here again 5mo
RealLifeReading @erzascarletbookgasm missed you all too! Happy almost year of the tiger! 5mo
RealLifeReading @BarbaraBB thank you 😊 5mo
RealLifeReading @tpixie glad to be back! 5mo
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Himawari House | Harmony Becker
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I loved how the different languages were used – casually, yet effectively showing us how it is to struggle in this multilingual world. It feels weird to write this but it shows that Asian people are different, are distinct. The Korean girl is unique, the Singaporean girl is unique, the Japanese-American girl is unique. We are Asian, and to many people we may look similar, but we are so different from each other.

Bookzombie Great to see you and great review! 🙂 5mo
TrishB Hi 👋 5mo
JamieArc Great to see back on Litsy! 5mo
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LeahBergen This is such a tasty-looking photo! 5mo
RealLifeReading @Bookzombie hello and thanks! It‘s been a while! 5mo
RealLifeReading @TrishB hi Trish! 5mo
RealLifeReading @JamieArc thank you 😊 5mo
RealLifeReading @LeahBergen thanks! It‘s full of Lunar New Year snacks! 😀 5mo
mhillis This looks really good! 5mo
Lunakay I picked it up after your review and I absolutely loved it! Anyone who spent time abroad will really feel the struggles! Thanks so much for the recommendation!🌸 5mo
RealLifeReading @Lunakay that‘s great to hear! Also thanks for letting me know 😀 5mo
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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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What is a funfetti cake? A vanilla cake with sprinkles in it. What is a cupcake? A small cake with a mound of frosting on the top.
And what is this book? Adorable. With a side of snarkiness and a hint of politics. Just that fun read that brightens up your day, just like these funfetti cupcakes I made for the 9yo‘s mini birthday celebration.
And just like a funfetti cupcake, it leaves you with a sugar high from how fun and cute a read this is.

Bookzombie Great review and your cupcakes look delicious! 1y
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Sushi and a book. This is A Pho Love Story by Loan Le, about two rival pho restaurants and teens who fall in love.

BarbaraBB Both look delicious! 1y
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The Shadow King | Maaza Mengiste
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Book and breakfast - I‘m having niangao dipped in egg and pan fried. It‘s a sweet sticky cake made of sugar, water, glutinous rice flour. The fourth grader made it (I helped him with the steaming part) for his class assignment.

Texreader Mmm yum 1y
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