Armchair BEA – Day One

Armchair BEA
I’ve never taken part in the BEA or the Armchair BEA before. Not sure why but  it’s never too late to join in!

1.  What is the name you prefer to use?
2.  How long have you been a book blogger?
Well, let’s see I migrated my blogspot blog (which was more of a Singapore food blog) to WordPress about six years ago and it pretty much became a book blog.
3.  Have you participated in ABEA before?
First time!

1.  Do you have a favorite book? If you cannot choose a favorite book of all time, pick your favorite book today – just this second. Remember that favorites are allowed to change if something affects you deeply enough.

One of my current favourite books is The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye by the amazing Sonny Liew. It is a graphic novel about a forgotten comic artist in Singapore, who started out in the years before Singapore’s independence. And it is very much a story of Singapore as it is of Charlie Chan. Also, the Singapore government grant for this book was pulled just before the launch because of so-called sensitive content. And so Singaporeans went out to buy it!

What is your favorite genre and why?
Goodness, that is actually a more difficult question to answer. I enjoy different genres, literary, contemporary, SF and fantasy, and lots of comics. Some non-fiction too.

If you could recommend one other book blogger, who would it be and why?
Bina of If You Can Read This. She highlights some great non-fiction reads most weeks and also posts about an interesting variety of diverse books.

How do you arrange your bookshelves? Is there a rhyme or reason? Or not at all? (#ABEAShelfie)

Right now I’m just trying to place the books I haven’t read in more obvious locations around my bedroom, in the hope that I will actually read them!

What book are you most excited for on your TBR? What are you most intimidated by?

I recently bought Nnedi Okorafor’s Lagoon and can’t wait to read that. And am intimidated by the size of MFK Fisher’s The Art of Eating which my mother-in-law got me for Christmas last year.

What is the most interesting thing that you have learned through your reading this year so far?

Plenty of interesting things about dating today in this tech-driven world from Aziz Ansari’s Modern Romance. Like how more than half of 18 to 30-year-olds surveyed have dumped someone via text or social media!


  1. I joined in the Armchair version twice and also acted as a host once. I haven’t participated recently though because although it was fun, it seemed most of the participants were into YA literature which isn’t my thing

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    1. You hosted Armchair BEA? Yeah I think there are quite a lot of YA bloggers and it seems to be the case with many of the weekly memes. I sometimes click on a random new to me link but a lot of them are YA or romance blogs. Nothing wrong w that of course but not really my thing either


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