Hankering for mee pok and other links for a hot Wednesday

It’s currently 74F/24C and forecasted to hit a high of 90C/32C today! *ahem, despite four years of living in the US, Farenheit numbers still never quite make sense to me.*

I’m currently very absorbed in a Noel Streatfeild e-book I found in the Singapore Overdrive library! I am thrilled to bits because I adore adore Adore Noel Streatfeild despite my constant difficulty in typing her name (‘e’ before ‘a’?, ‘e’ before ‘i’?) , and it always reminds me of the movie You’ve Got Mail. But it has been so very long since I’ve read her books. My sister and I owned quite a few of her books, Ballet Shoes still being my favourite but I also like Curtain Up and Apple Bough. The one I’m currently reading is Ballet Shoes for Anna, not quite as huggable as the other books but it’s Noel Streatfeild! It has kicked me back into a good reading zone again. I was faltering a little after the Readathon, and it didn’t help that the 1yo had a really bad couple of nights/naptimes, probably due to a runny nose he’s been having. He’s knocked out right now for his morning nap, and slept well last night again so hopefully things are back to normal.

Anyway, here are some links I’ve been saving on Feedly

I love reading Design of the Picture Book. Every post makes me want to go browse the children’s section in a bookstore/library. This gorgeous book featured in her latest post is Collect Raindrops.

Have you heard of #WeNeedDiverseBooks yet (here’s mine)? Book Riot tells us all about it

It’s a post from last week but I wanted to highlight Thomas at My Porch’s idea of a Reading Revolution, where you “spend some time at the library and check out as many overlooked books as our lending limit allowed”.

Added some books to my TBR List:

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, which Claire from Word by Word says “caresses the mind like the sea cradling the body as if it were weightless”.

Vasilly says Mr Loverman by Bernadine Evaristo is one of the best books she’s read this year. Ok I’m sold!

I really like the sound of Shotgun Love Songs, thanks to The Book Catapult’s post

Foodie stuff:

I’m hankering for some fish ball mee pok now... Sigh…

I’m on the book tour for Ruth Reichl’s Delicious! but I just have to point you to Kahakai Kitchen’s recipe of a lovely simple kale salad that goes along with her review. Much as I love kale (we devour homemade kale chips here!), I’ve never actually made a kale salad before, so this sounds great!

Links for a sunny Wednesday



An actual review of some books I’ve read will be up soon. (Amazing huh!). But here are some links that I’ve been admiring recently:

Lisa at ANZ LitLovers has a great post on The Abandoned Book

Pooja at Notabilia points us to the online bookstores in Singapore

Love the artwork and story in this children’s picture book (via Bookriot)

There are just so many books to look out for in June says A Life in Books

If you haven’t yet checked them out, Shiny New Books has been plenty of reviews of books, both brand new and reprints. That TBR list of mine is growing…

A post on how one book blogger manages to read so much. I’m in awe!

If you live in California, it’s California Bookstore Day on May 3!


Food-wise, a great idea for spinach and red pepper bacon wrapped eggs from How Sweet Eats. Pretty!

I tend to be a tomato sauce kind of pasta person, but this Fettucine Alfredo from Nigel Slater that Kahakai Kitchen cooked up sounds simply delicious.

Wee Reader loves these Japanese biscuits called Tamago Boro (I didn’t know what they were called till today!), I’m not sure I’ll actually make them but it’s still a fun read.


Neither bookish nor foodish, but something that’s been on my mind for a while now. The kids sharing a room. Currently, Wee Reader sleeps in his own room. Wee-er Reader (turning one next week!) is in the loft. No door so we installed two sets of curtains to separate the loft from the corridor and the staircase. It was a bit drafty in the winter but luckily it was a warm winter. They both sleep great in separate rooms. But I’m wondering whether they should sleep in the same room. Can they sleep in the same room? Might work better when Wee Reader no longer needs an afternoon nap (he goes to bed from 2-4 everyday, but he doesn’t necessarily nap). But it sure is good to read others’ experiences!

I should be writing a proper post but here are some links instead

So not new news but Eleanor & Park beat out The Lowland in one of the ToB’s opening rounds:

Rowell’s prose is simple, nothing fancy, nothing extra, yet is still pretty special as-is. It’s like running a cross-country race with someone, and you can hear their breathing, and their footsteps, and you’re with them, you’re side by side with them every step of the way, breathing that same breath. It’s all very human and connected.

I quite enjoyed this conversation between Phil Klay (author of Redeployment) and Bill Cheng (author of Southern Cross the Dog):

I’ll go through periods of writing at home, then writing in places that are distinctly not at home. Dunkin’ Donuts. Chinese bakeries. Coffee shops. Subway cars. When I was doing the last edits on the book, I was ducking in to hotel lobbies. I’ll write on my computer, on my iPad, in composition notebooks. Whatever feels right at the time. Eventually I’ll burn up whatever juice I’m getting from these different devices and venues, then move on like I’m trying to stay one step ahead of the universe or something.

Dorothy Parker on bad books:

“It may be that this autobiography [In the Service of the King by Aimee Semple McPherson] is set down in sincerity, frankness, and simple effort. It may be, too, that the Statue of Liberty is situated in Lake Ontario.”

Love this darling little picture book, Out the Window

The Nonfiction Recommendation Machine at Sophisticated Dorkiness is back!

I make banana bread every other month or so, but I’m always looking for that perfect recipe, and with three bananas in the freezer right now, maybe I’ll give this brown butter banana bread from Joy the Baker a try.

Ok the baby is up and it’s time to go. Have a good Thursday!

Links for a rainy Wednesday

It’s actually been raining since early this morning! And there is hope for more rain later and tomorrow too. Perhaps there is some light at the end of this drought tunnel… if it rains enough….

Anyway, here are some links I’ve been saving on my feedly:

I want to read Lorrie Moore’s books now

Great stuff shortlisted for the Nebula Awards

Pickle Me This has a list of children’s books celebrating families

I’ve never thought of picking up Jill Dawson’s books but after reading this review on My Life in Books, I think I ought to.

And adding to my list is Buried in Print and her review of Alice Hoffman’s The Museum of Extraordinary Things

Mmm never thought of making falafels before but this sounds easy and yummy. And that dip!!

And to tie those posts together. Books and food. Or rather food in books. Or is it books that have food in them?



Bookish (and not bookish at all) links (17 July 2013)

Right, so these are the recent blog posts/articles that I’ve been hitting the ‘save for later’ button on Feedly for recently, in case anyone is interested!


I have yet to read anything by Karin Slaughter but after this interview with Gillian Flynn on Omnivoracious, I am curious. Have you read Slaughter’s books before?

Added Raising a Reader after reading Sunlit Pages’ review (via Avid Reader’s Musings)

Dewey Decimal jewellery! Cute!

“The more important a book is, the less likely there is to be anything at all on its cover (look at most editions of “Ulysses”).”

– The New Yorker on the decline and fall of the book cover

Ok I so have to make these monstrously large cookies from Levain bakery that Brown Eyed Baker posted.

What’s better than fried chicken? Ayam goreng! Ayam = chicken. Goreng=fried (in Malay). It has the addition of curry powder and spices in the marinade. The Food Canon’s recipe looks yummy!

Be prepared to drool when you click on David Lebovitz’s post about eclairs in Paris. Apparently it’s the new cupcake.


Bookish (and not bookish at all) links (June 30)

The Guardian has a great list for summer reading

Jamaica Kincaid interviewed by Guernica magazine:

“Guernica: What was your favorite part of writing See Now Then?

Jamaica Kincaid: Did you come across the reference I make in the book to OutKast? It’s toward the end. I was so pleased when I realized I could do that. The family lives in the Shirley Jackson house, and at some point, the mother is apologizing to the son about her failures. Somehow in that part of the book, the lyrics “So fresh, so clean,” and “I’m sorry Ms. Jackson” made their way into the writing. It made me laugh so hard when I included that. I thought it was so amusing. I’m afraid the reference has gone unnoticed by most. But when I read that part of the book to an audience, the younger people listening absolutely get it. That was my favorite thing: the fact the older people miss it and the younger people get it.”

That just makes me want to read everything she’s written – and listen to Outkast!

After reading this interview with author Michelle de Kretser, I added the Miles Franklin Award-winning book to my TBR list

A Bling Ring inspired reading list at Flavorwire

Jackie of Farm Lane Books has listed her favourite books of 2013

I love the sound of these matcha mochi cupcakes at Tiny Urban Kitchen

And this herbed potato salad with yoghurt at A Couple Cooks sounds like just the thing for a hot day

Adding to the list (16 March 2011)

I’m a little stuck on some reviews at the moment, so instead, here’s what I’ve plumped up my virtual TBR list with recently.

Kraken: The Curious, Exciting, and Slightly Disturbing Science of Squid
– Wendy Williams (via Omnivoracious)

How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming – Mike Brown (via Powell’s Books Review-A-Day)

Hunger: A Novel – Knut Hamsun (from reading The Ice Museum)

And finally, the Orange Longlist is here!

I’ve only read Emma Donoghue’s Room, which has won awards of all kinds already, so obviously I can’t say anything about what the shortlist/winner will be like! But I’m adding many of these to my TBR list, and some of them are already on the list, such as Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad, Krauss’ Great House (I’ve been on the waitlist since September… and I’m now No. 3 on the hold queue), Russell’s Swamplandia!, and Winter’s Annabel. Most of the authors are new to me, so I’m looking forward to seeing what their writing is like.

Leila Aboulela – Lyrics Alley
Carol Birch – Jamrach’s Menagerie
Emma Donoghue – Room
Tishani Doshi – The Pleasure Seekers
Louise Doughty – Whatever You Love
Jennifer Egan – A Visit from the Goon Squad
Aminatta Forna – The Memory of Love
Tessa Hadley – The London Train
Emma Henderson – Grace Williams Says it Loud
Samantha Hunt – The Seas
Joanna Kavenna – The Birth of Love
Nicole Krauss – Great House
Wendy Law-Yone – The Road to Wanting
Téa Obreht – The Tiger’s Wife
Julie Orringer – The Invisible Bridge
Anne Peile – Repeat it Today with Tears
Karen Russell – Swamplandia!
Lola Shoneyin – The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives
Roma Tearne – The Swimmer
Kathleen Winter – Annabel

What have you added to your list recently?


Bookish links (10 February 2011)

More articles on the literature gender gap (here’s the VIDA report, with pie charts)

Conventional wisdom among professionals in the children’s book business is that while girls will read books about either boys or girls, boys only want to read about boys. Could it be that this bias extends into adulthood, with the preference among boys for male characters evolving into the preference among men for male authors? Or it could be that many male readers simply doubt that women have anything interesting to say.

– Salon.com’s Laura Miller

I speculated that independents—more iconoclastic, publishing more work in translation, and perhaps less focused on the bottom line—would turn out to be more equitable than the big commercial houses. Boy, was I wrong.

– TNR’s Ruth Franklin weighs in

The lists give the impression of finitude, of the possibility of completion and coherence. Yet the prospect of completing them seems designed to be impossible.

– The lure of lists
(like the 1001 books one which of course I love to check off)