In My Life
New Year’s Weekend
Long weekends are always great to relax and hang out with friends, which is exactly what I did to usher in the new year. We had dinner around town, after which we just checked out the happenings around the Singapore River. Every night this month there’re free open air performances organised by the Esplanade, so we listened in on one of the local bands.
And since a lot of you guys reading this don’t live in Singapore or have never been here, I thought I’d just show a snippet. Above you see the iconic Merlion set against the business district. Below is what you see on the other side of the water, which are the Marina Bay Sands and Singapore Flyer.
As I’ve done in the previous years, I baked challah for New Year’s. I always love weaving the strands of dough for the round bread loaf. It’s so simple yet never fails to impress. I also tried a twist on panna cotta by filling it with strawberry coulis. That worked out pretty well too. Photos aren’t fancy though because the food was gone almost as soon as I pressed the shutter.
On the Blog
Bookish Scene: Project 52
We started off with our first Project 52 theme, bucket list. If you’ve been unsure about participating in this weekly photo challenge, why not check out the contributions?
With regards to book reviews, I tried something new to me. I put together a collection of short reviews. All the books I picked had in some way to do with mental illness. The books I reviewed were Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen, Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella, The Law of Loving Others by Kate Axelrod and All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven.
Around the Blogosphere
Amidst all the sentimental reflections on 2015 and the 2016 resolutions everyone’s been sharing very eagerly, there still were a handful informative and entertaining posts that emerged last week. Other than those few, I’m sure the rest got lost amidst the new year revelries.
- Cait @ Paper Fury identified 14 YA books without romance.
- Aimee @ The Social Potato identified 5 holiday reading moods.
- Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction explained how to send book recommendations on Goodreads.
- Alex @ Fiery Reads wondered what makes a favourite book.
- Cait @ Paper Fury weighed the pros and cons of hype, demonstrating that hype isn’t all bad.
- Silvara @ Fantasy of Silver Dragon asked if you blog under your real name.
- Jen @ The Book Avid suggests switching to Disqus and not to use the native commenting system on Blogger. While I don’t use Blogger as my platform, as a visitor, I hate how many comments Blogger has swallowed. Disqus seems a whole lot more reliable.
- Lili @ Lili’s Reflections considered the downsides of ARCs.