Books I want to read again #TopTenTuesday

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is:

Books I Want to Read Again

(the truth though is I’ve probably reread these books a few times over already!)

The Earthsea Quartet by Ursula K Le Guin

Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild

The Sandman series by Neil Gaiman

Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson – I only just read this series in 2020 but I want to read it again!

Beastie Boys Book – I listened to this one and it such an awesome audiobook (so many amazing narrators!). I do however want to read the actual book so I can see all the photos

The Kingkiller Chronicle series by Patrick Rothfuss – is Rothfuss even still writing? What’s going on? He gave us book 2.5 but then nothing after that. I have kinda forgotten a lot of the first two books now…and so if the third ever comes out, a reread is definitely required.

My Brother’s Husband by Gengoroh Tagame

The Makioka Sisters by Junichiro Tanizaki

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – I reread every so often. I guess I’m due for a reread!

His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman

The Gormenghast series by Mervyn Peake – a series I haven’t read in ages. I don’t know how long it has been but it feels very long…

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

I’m thankful for…#TopTenTuesday

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is:

I’m Thankful for…

Gosh, this year… this year is a year to be thankful for all the little things.

I’m Thankful for…

Good health

I’m so glad that none of us have been sick, including our families in Singapore – which of today’s writing (November 22, 2020) had no local transmissions for more than a week now. Also, a total of just 28 deaths from this virus (the county I live in has 490 deaths – it also has a population of 1.67 million, compared to Singapore’s 5.6 million).

Good teachers

Our teachers have been working hard to teach the kids. They’ve been using fun online tools to teach, coming up with crafts that are doable at home and prepping the materials so parents can pick them up from school. It’s not easy having to teach 20+ students (my kids are in 2nd and 4th) via the Internet so I am grateful for them.

Good Internet

Speaking of which, I am grateful for the Internet, or specifically, good Internet. We recently switched to AT&T and hooray it comes with HBO Max so that’s a bonus!

A roof over our heads and food in the fridge

It’s so sad to see those news articles and news photos of cars in line for supplies given away at food banks. This Bay Area article is from a few months ago, but I can only imagine that the lines are the same, if not longer. And here’s one from Texas with thousands of cars in line. So I am grateful that we have a home and can afford to go grocery shopping.


Most of my reading is via ebooks these days. Our libraries are still closed although open for contact-free pick-ups, but I still haven’t yet used that service.

Getting a break from distance learning this week

Distance learning is HARD, you guys. It is hard to keep two boys motivated to stay on track, to pay attention to their Zoom classes. I am so glad we don’t have to do that this week!

All the streaming things

Netflix. HBO Max. Disney+ (I pre-signed up for this at a great discount!).

All the baking and cooking

I was already a person who baked and cooked before the pandemic started but in the past few months I have been trying out new recipes, such as:

Chocolate cherry loaf

Plum cake

Singapore-style carrot cake

Lemon Meringue Pie

Strawberry milk, and gula Melaka chiffon cake

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

10 (ok maybe more) characters I’d name a cat after #TopTenTuesday

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is:

Characters I’d Name a Pet After

We don’t have pets! But if I did, I’d have a cat, so here are top ten cat names!

Count Fosco (The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins) – because he has pet rats that he’s trained…

Inigo Montoya (The Princess Bride by William Goldman) – I just love the name and the book!

Merry, Pippin, Bilbo, Frodo, Samwise Gamgee (The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien) – really all the hobbits names make great pet names, but I’m partial to the Tooks, so I can say “Fool of a Took!”

Nicodemus, Mrs Frisby (Mrs Frisby and the Rats of Nimh) – I loved this book when I was a kid, although it might be odd naming a cat after a rat or mouse character!

Peregrine Overmantel (The Borrowers by Mary Norton) – Another series I loved as a kid. And I always secretly loved this character’s name!

Tybalt (Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare) – The “King of Cats”!

Serafina Pekkala (His Dark Materials series by Phillip Pullman) – her name sounds like a song

Octavian (The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing series by M.T. Anderson) – ok so partly because one of my favourite Animal Crossing characters is the grumpy octopus Octavian.

Buffy (Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics) – well they are comics right, so they kinda count??? I love Buffy and the rest of the Scooby gang.

Flavia de Luce (The Flavia de Luce series) – The precocious solver of murders with a fondness for poisons has a good cat name, also there was even a cat-related title in this series! 


Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

Book titles that would make great song titles #TopTenTuesday

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is:

Book Titles that Would Make Great Song Titles

I decided to go with books that are on my TBR list. So please let me know if you’d recommend any of these! Perhaps I should first explain that I tend to like bands that lean a bit more indie, and I especially enjoy unusual song titles like:

Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots by The Flaming Lips

They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back From the Dead!! Ahhhh! by Sufjan Stevens

Hail To Whatever You Found in the Sunlight That Surrounds You by Rilo Kiley

(Linking to another music-related TTT post – the one on titles that would make great band names)

Tarnished are the Stars – Rosiee Thor

The Drowning Eyes – Emily Foster

Beyond the Black Door – A.M. Strickland

When the Moon Was Ours – Anna-Marie McLemore

Gather the Daughters – Jennie Melamed

Dancing at the Pity Party – Tyler Feder

Useful Phrases for Immigrants – May-lee Chai

If I Had Your Face – Frances Cha

The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water – Zen Cho

Opposite of Always – Justin A Reynolds

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

Book Covers with Fall Vibes #TopTenTuesday

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is:

Book Covers with Fall Colors/Vibes

Reds, oranges, yellows! I love autumn. All the colours of the season, and the cooler weather.

Dirt: Adventures, with Family, in the Kitchens of Lyon, Looking for the Origins of French Cooking by Bill Buford (my review)

Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee (my review)

Grown by Tiffany D Jackson

A Taste of Sage by Yaffa S Santos

Sharks in the Time of Saviours by Kawai Strong Washburn

Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld

The Fall by Tracy Townsend

Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

The Beauty of My Face by Sahar Mustafah

Stargazing by Jen Wang

Pumpkin Heads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks

The Betel Nut Tree Mystery by Ovidia Yu

A Fire Story by Brian Fies

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

Gorgeous covers #TopTenTuesday

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is:

It’s a cover freebie!

So I’m just going to go ahead and pick some gorgeous cover art that has caught my eye recently.

These are all books on my TBR list and the links are to the Goodreads pages.

Grown by Tiffany D Jackson

This one definitely stood out for me. Love it! Especially the way the title is in the earring.

Instant Karma by Marissa Meyer

Adorable!! I love the fun use of the backward tandem bike and the heart-shaped bag! Although I later did a double-take as I realised this is a book by Marissa Meyer, who wrote the Lunar Chronicles series.

We Are Not Free by Traci Chee

Love how this is graffiti and real life (?) combined, which I only realised when I looked at it in larger size instead of the thumbnail.

Super Fake Love Song by David Yoon

Really fun cover, from the use of the font to the record.

Remote Control by Nnedi Okorafor

Ok I am just excited to learn that Okorafor has a new book coming!

Sisters by Daisy Johnson

Definitely an eye-catching one!

Pine by Francine Toon

I like how stark this one is, and with that missing back of the deer, gives me a somewhat eerie feeling, which according to the Goodreads synopsis, suits the book.

Bestiary by K-Ming Chang

I’m especially intrigued by why the tail is going down that hole….

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

Titles that would make great band names #TopTenTuesday

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is:

Titles That Would Make Good Band Names

This was a fun one. Where I can, I’m going to try to add names of actual bands so you can have an idea of what type of band this might be, with links to Youtube.


Bloodlust and Bonnets – Emily McGovern

Rilo Kiley

They Called Us Enemy – George Takei

Sharon Van Etten

An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good – Helene Tursten

I have no clue, but I still think this would be an awesome band name! Any suggestions?

Machines Like Me – Ian McEwan

The New Pornographers

Not Your Sidekick – CB Lee


The Siren Depths – Martha Wells

Florence and the Machine

The Beast Player – Nahoko Uehashi

My Morning Jacket

The next few seem like they would fit some kind of death metal or heavy metal, which I don’t listen to.

The Shadow Land – Elizabeth Kostova

Pumpkinheads – Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks

All Systems Red – Martha Wells


Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

Top Ten Tuesday: New-to-Me Authors I Read In 2018

I actually read A LOT of new-to-me authors last year – even more than the number of authors whose books I’d already read!

But here are my top 5

Ling Ma

Her debut Severance was SO GOOD (my thoughts) and it won the Kirkus Prize for fiction last year.

Here’s an interview the Paris Review did with her.

Michelle McNamara

Sadly, her book I’ll Be Gone in the Dark was only published after her death (my thoughts)

Kwame Alexander

Loved his book Swing, a YA story with a lovelorn young man as its main character.

Vivian Chien

A cozy mystery series set around a Chinese restaurant? Yes please (my thoughts). There are three books in this series – can’t wait to read the rest.

Ichigo Tanako


What a story! Orange is a manga series I’d recommend, especially if you’re new to manga (my thoughts).

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.