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Joined May 2016

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Mrs. Fletcher: A Novel by Tom Perrotta
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Mrs. Fletcher: A Novel | Tom Perrotta
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I used to be so self-conscious about going to a bar or restaurant, ordering a solitary beer and whipping out a book from one of my bottomless handbags. SO glad I've finally reached the stage where I couldn't give a damn anymore. Here's to the best company a girl could ask for!

emilyhaldi Love this book!! 12mo
magictoyshop @emilyhaldi yes! It's actually really good and super funny! I'll never look at FB status updates in the same way again. Perrotta has a new fan in me. 12mo
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The Wedding Date | Jasmine Guillory
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If it's good enough for Roxane Gay, it's good enough for me. #romance #chicklit

RaimeyGallant I'm tempted... 14mo
magictoyshop @RaimeyGallant Dooooo eeeeet 14mo
RaimeyGallant So weird. It's like I'm hearing voices, long, drawn-out words. Did you hear something? 14mo
Beata Did Roxane Gay recommend this? Looks intriguing... 14mo
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Madonna in a Fur Coat | Sabahattin Ali
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Must I really truly return this to the library? I don't want to...

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Library | Sarah Stewart
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When you work 5 minutes away from this thing of beauty, lunch breaks double up as #library runs.

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It's been YONKS since I've fired up this good ol app. 12 months what's up? So I changed jobs and got civilly wedded. That's right, folks. Your girl is married as heck! 💏 (Y'know, I haven't got the slightest clue who I'm talking to but I'm going to plow ahead anyway...)

Started on this powerful #blackauthor a week back. She was sittin' pretty on my shelf for months. Finally cracked that spine! Krrrrk! My first #MayaAngelou! Is good, baby. 💙

ReadingSusan Welcome back! 14mo
magictoyshop @ReadingSusan thanks Susan! Feels good to be back! 14mo
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Saga Volume 1 | Brian K Vaughan
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The past few days have been spent in this whirling genius of a #spaceopera. Because of all the hype, I had high hopes for #Saga. It's shattered every expectation. So flipping good, I can't even. #graphicnovel #comics

Serotonin It's a very good series 👍 2y
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Every Man a Menace: A Novel | Patrick Hoffman
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New read! This was well reviewed on http://lithub.com/bookmarks, a website that aggregates reviews. I consult it when looking for a new read, authors I would normally skip or if I'm simply in a ~mood~ #crime #thriller #junkiesandjails

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Crash: A Novel | J. G. Ballard

Litsy! Stop crashing! 😡

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About 30 pages in and I'm trying my best to pace myself. This is quickly becoming one of those novels that you wish you could read for the first time, over and over again. #chicklit #romance #happybook

Reviewsbylola I keep forcing myself to slow down with my current book too. It's a great problem to have! 2y
magictoyshop @Reviewsbylola I like the synopsis! Happily added to my TBR list 😁 2y
Reviewsbylola I finished it today and gave it five stars! 2y
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😂😂😂 #trump #poetry #satire

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Children of Time | Adrian Tchaikovsky
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Friday night with some choice Indian classical music and this incredibly surprisingly good #spaceopera. Epic #scifi & my first by this author who I bought only because his last name is the same as one of my favourite composers! 😂

TobeyTheScavengerMonk Mega-Adrian Tchaikovsky fan here. I haven't read this one but his epic fantasy/steam series about races of people with insect powers is ridiculously good 2y
magictoyshop @TobeyTheScavengerMonk there seems to be a theme here: Children of Time is about races of insects with human powers. 😁 2y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk Haha, yeah, he's kind of got his niche, doesn't he? 2y
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Last year, I discovered Mary Oliver through a blog post on Brainpickings. Her poem, Wild Geese, was the first of hers I'd read. It offered me solace in a difficult time. Over these last months, I find myself returning to her words over and over. So I did the obvious thing. #bookmail #poetry

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The best way to end a #Monday, if you've survived it. #mondayblues

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I've not been reading all that much because all my time has been occupied with writing #poetry every day for #SingPoWriMo or Singapore Poetry Writing Month. Because, you know, April is the cruellest month.

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Halfway through this super lovely read. Another #blameitonlitsy moment. Everyone was positively raving about this book the month I joined Litsy. I know now why! This is a library copy but I sure won't mind owning my own.

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Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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Finally finally finally received my first #botm parcel ever! I'm so excited I can't even! It took ages to get to me, so I may not continue after my 3 month subscription is over -- but nothing beats the feeling of getting new books 💙 and that tote! Loveitloveloveitloveit 😍

emilyhaldi Pachinko is so good! ❤ 2y
Reviewsbylola Yes, Pachinko is amazing! It's too bad it took so long to get to you! 2y
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Outlander: A Novel | Diana Gabaldon
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Okay, I'm done with the chick lit (for now). Nipped out to the library on this lovely Sunday afternoon and checked out #Outlander, which I've heard sooo much about from fellow readers on Litsy. Accompanied here by a delicious bowl of ramen. 🍲 #blameitonlitsy #dianagabaldon

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I decided to have shashuka for lunch today, with a side of #SophieKinsella. That's right, folks. I'm officially hooked. 🙃 #chicklit #currentlyreading

P.s. that's a library copy

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Private Delhi | James Patterson, Ashwin Sanghi
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It's been some time since I've read a page turner like this. A great palate cleanser! Bonus: it's set in crazy, political, chaotic Delhi. #thriller #currentlyreading

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Can You Keep A Secret? | Sophie Kinsella
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Came in to office to this surprise on my table from my #chicklit loving colleague. The post-it says "Don't judge". Can't wait to start on my first Sophie Kinsella story!

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Private Delhi | James Patterson, Ashwin Sanghi
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Waking up to grey skies and wet roads at 7.30am on a Monday morning. Perfect skip-work-stay-home-and-read conditions. Alas, responsibility, you scurvy companion.

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Assata: An Autobiography | Assata Shakur
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This autobiography is incredibly moving. I love how there's a poem at the end of every chapter, relevant to the story, but also hopeful, with one eye on the future. #poetry #blackauthors

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Assata: An Autobiography | Assata Shakur
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Chapter 6 is a massive trigger. Awful, awful, awful.

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Assata: An Autobiography | Assata Shakur
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I cannot even begin to imagine what this feels like. And to just have to tolerate it! Makes my blood boil. #blackauthors #blackhistory

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Assata: An Autobiography | Assata Shakur
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Friday evening ft. Assata Shakur & some lovely Japanese whiskey. #blackauthors #blackhistoryreads #autobiography

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I was listening to a podcast this morning when I found out that the amazing #sciencefiction movie #arrival was adapted from this glorious #shortstory by Ted Chiang! Of course I had to read it immediately 💥💣💥

GatheringBooks one of my favourite short story collections - so cerebral, this one 2y
tournevis Not only is it Ted Chiang. It's one of his best!👍👍👍💕💕💕 2y
magictoyshop @tournevis @GatheringBooks it's the first short story of his that I've read, lucky me! 🤗 It's really good and quite unlike other sci-fi shorts I read in the past... something literary about it. And the movie was pretty faithful in its adaptation, too! 2y
tournevis I have not read anything by him that I didn't like. I also met him once (long story) and he is a wonderful person. 2y
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Assata: An Autobiography | Assata Shakur
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Starting on this amazing #memoir. Goosebumps everywhere. #blackhistory #blackauthors

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Hamlet, Prince of Denmark | William Shakespeare

"Give me that man that is not passion's slave, and I will wear him in my heart's core."

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Hamlet, Prince of Denmark | William Shakespeare
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Not at all part of March's reading list but rather, an impromptu choice inspired by a slow, dreary afternoon at work. It's my first reading of #hamlet made alive by an excellent audiobook found on YouTube! #shakespeare

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Exit West: A Novel | Mohsin Hamid
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My very first #botm box is on it's way to Singapore via a forwarding service. I! Cannot! Wait! #bookofthemonthclub

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I read one article and add 5 books to my TBR list. It's quite amazing. #crime #crimefiction #india

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Sugarbread | Balli Kaur Jaswal
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Well. I want to like this book very badly. And, for the most part, I do. I think it's much better organized than Inheritance. There is a purposefulness (is that a word? hah) to the way the themes are explored. But I can't get over the way the word "Singapore" keeps appearing everywhere. On page 70 alone, it appears 5 times. It's reaaaaally bugging me. #singlit

GatheringBooks precisely my issue, but i promise it gets better. 2y
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Sugarbread | Balli Kaur Jaswal
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#TRUTH 😂😂😂 #desiproblems

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Popiah (a sort of spring roll/wrap with egg, prawns, lettuce, beans sprouts and crushed peanuts) and #shortstories for lunch. I'm loving this debut collection by Amy Gustine. Complex characters, vivid prose. It's short stories like these that reward rereading.

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Let the Right One In | John Ajvide Lindqvist
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Slaying the last 10% of this ultra amazing #horror novel at my neighbourhood izakaya. #booksandbeer

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The Code of the Woosters | P. G. Wodehouse
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Day 6: Sir Terry Pratchett and dear old Wodehouse, always. #happyreads #marchintoreading

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Geek Love | Katherine Dunn

I have nothing to blame Litsy for, except for an ever-burgeoning TBR pile, which I'm coming to realize is a sign of any good Litten. I'm just glad that I've finally found a community of warm, kind people who are as excited about books as I am. #geeklove #marchintoreading #blameitonlitsy

GatheringBooks agree to that wholeheartedly! always love celebrating books! :) 2y
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Let the Right One In | John Ajvide Lindqvist
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Awwww.

Marchpane Oskar + Eli ♥️ 2y
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Let the Right One In | John Ajvide Lindqvist

Really really really wish Singapore had a #bookriot type of giveaway website or a subscription program like #botm. Soooo much envy for all U.S. based readers 😣👽

CouronneDhiver I hear ya! No decent BOTM clubs here either 🇨🇦 2y
magictoyshop @CouronneDhiver I'm surprised! I'd have thought in an English-speaking country as large as Canada.. 2y
CouronneDhiver @magictoyshop I think the trouble is that we're so sparsely populated... we can participate in some subscriptions from the US but the postage and exchange rate makes it much too pricey. 2y
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Blackass: A Novel | A. Igoni Barrett
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For day 4 of #marchintoreading, I offer for your consideration "Blackass". Based on Kafka's The Metamorphosis, the protagonist in Blackass wakes up one morning in #Lagos to find himself transformed into a white man, with the exception of his ass, which remains black. What a premise, right? Imagine my disappointment when I realized the whole thing was about white privilege and nothing else. #didntlikeitstillfinished #blackauthors

magictoyshop I didn't have space to add that the female characters were poorly drawn as well. One was a Twitter-crazy airhead, another was a rich man's mistress and yet another was a pining mother. Gah. Why. 2y
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all it took was a weekend of festivities to make me miss Day 3 of #marchintoreading -- but no more! My #recentnonfictionread was almost 2 years ago 😲 After calling it quits with my on-again-off-again ex, I bought this at the airport before hopping on a flight to Krabi, Thailand. Quite possibly the best airport read I've ever bought. Witty and illuminating, it taught me that having too many choices is as good as having none at all. Loved it!

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Let the Right One In | John Ajvide Lindqvist
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One thing I'm really enjoying about this book about #vampires is that the word itself is never mentioned. Not once. There's just all this vague alluding to blood but the writer doesn't quite come out and say it. Love it. #horror

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N-W | Zadie Smith
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Oh, here's another one #judgedbyitscover. I've not even read it yet 😦 but I know I should! I've only ever heard wonderful things about #zadiesmith ! #marchintoreading

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Day 2 of #marchintoreading organized by @RealLifeReading While I absolutely adore William Dalrymple (I am a superfan) and will buy anything by him, I will admit that I bought this for the gorgeous #Mughal painting on its cover and the many stunning commissioned paintings reprinted in this volume. This treasure I will rescue in a fire. ❤ #judgedbyitscover

RealLifeReading Wow that is a great cover 2y
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Negroland: A Memoir | Margo Jefferson
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#bookmail bitchesssss 😍 i've been waiting for these babies to show up for 3 weeks now! nothing beats a slow afternoon at the office like getting a #bookparcel with your name on it! #nonfiction

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Let the Right One In | John Ajvide Lindqvist
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#lunchtime reads accompanying my fish congee that's offstage. my first #vampire fiction since Anne Rice is off to a really promising start! #horror

readinginthedark I need to read this! The movie (the original; I haven't seen the American version) is amazing! 2y
magictoyshop @readinginthedark yes, the movie was so good! so far, I'm liking the book a lot. there's a deliciously sinister atmosphere about it all and I'm positively lapping it up! 2y
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The Story of Layla and Majnun | Niẓāmī Ganjavī, Nizami, Rudolf Gelpke
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Day 1 #marchintoreading #marchtbr Hope to complete Han Kang today. I'm really excited about Nizami--a classic 12th century tragic love story about the Romeo and Juliet of Iran. Till today, the names Layla-Majnun are uttered in the same breath when speaking about star-crossed lovers (in my part of the world anyway). Maya Angelou and Assata Shakur's books are otw from BookDepository. Lindqvist is a book club pick!

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I like how this surreal sentence captures the in-betweenness of the protagonist, that straddling of two worlds. #hankang #asianauthors #fictionintranslation

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"Before my wife turned vegetarian, I'd always thought of her as unremarkable in every way."

Powerful #firstsentence ! Currently reading this #awardwinning #novella. Using it to cross out the '2016 award winner' tile on the #LitsyChallenge2017 #LitsyReadingChallenge. #asianauthors #fictionintranslation

Yes, I jacket wrap my books! Zero dog ears!

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Inheritance | Balli Kaur Jaswal
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So I decided that 2017 will be the year I actively seek out and read more literature by Singaporean authors. Inheritance, which I bought and read last month, was a pretty perfect start to this journey.
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#singlit #asianauthors #punjabi #readlocal

Edit: Recently committed to the #LitsyChallenge2017 & going to use this for the square 'Set in the 1970s'.

RealLifeReading Ooh that's a nice cover. I have the other version that looks like HDB flats 2y
magictoyshop @RealLifeReading I wanted the HDB flats version so badly 😂😂 this version is by local publisher Epigram Books 2y
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