In My Life
My planner is filling up fast for the coming months. One of my tutees is preparing for O Levels, so that means I’ll have more to do as well. Plus, leagues are starting this month, which means not only will I be training two to three times a week, I will also have two matches on the weekends. Thankfully none of my matches clash, though more than half are going to be on the same days. What that means blogging-wise, I’ll have to figure out — mostly get into the groove of schedule posts much earlier in advance.
Earlier this week I blogged about the SG50 warehouse book sale. I made it a point to pop by and obviously didn’t leave without books. All in all I hauled twenty books of which eighteen were for myself and two were for my dad. That stack is so massively heavy, I’m glad my parents suggested that I take along a hand carry luggage. Since I don’t drive, that saved me a lot of grief because weight no longer became an issue when selecting books.
There is a substantive YA fiction section with lots of great books. However, since I had already read or own most of the books that interested me, I made a beeline for the cookbooks. I checked out other non-fiction as well but it turns out that even the sociology and philosophy books that caught my eye already reside in my bookshelves. Just as well because I wanted to take home all the books on food and drinks!
It is definitely worth going down for the sale seeing how the full retail price of the books I selected would’ve been about S$500 (US$375) through Book Depository and Kinokuniya. Sales price should’ve been about S$100 but with the special S$50 box sale the prices are beyond unbeatable. Yes, some books at the sale have nicks but that’s akin to the Amazon bargain books — new books with very slight defects. It’s so worth it, my dad and I plan go down again together to share a box.
- Vivian versus the Apocalypse by Katie Coyle
- Tall, Dark and Distant by Julie Fison
- Beauty and the Beat by Kate Forster
- Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
- As Right as Rain: The Meaning and Origins of Popular Expressions by Caroline Taggart
- Banksy: The Man Behind the Wall by Will Ellsworth-Jones
- Mobile Revolution: The Power of the Consumer in the Marketplace by Chuck Martin
Food & Drink
- Crussh: Juice, Smoothie and Booster Recipes by Crussh
- The Complete Soda Making Book by Jill Houk
- Pie: 80+ Pies and Pastry Delights by Dean Brettschneider
- Celebrate Every Day: Recipes for Making the Most of Special Moments with Your Family by Jaime Richardson
- Adventures with Chocolate by Paul A. Young
- Sweets and Treats to Give Away by Diana & Rebecca Peacock
- Gennaro’s Italian Home Cooking: Quick and Easy Meals to Feed Family and Friends by Gennaro Contaldo
- Express Meals: 175 Delicious Dishes You Can Make in 30 Minutes or Less by Liz Franklin
- Yummy: Desserts You Can Make in 5 to 30 Minutes by Caroline Brewester
- Simply Baking by Sybil Kapoor
- Sauces & Shapes: Pasta the Italian Way by Oretta Zanini De Vita & Maureen B Fant
Photos from the Book Sale
On the Blog
I shared some love for my local library over digital magazine subscriptions with Zinio and shared a photo I took for Mise-en-scène at library@orchard. I also expanded my photography tutorials by explaining how to change specific colours. And as I already mentioned, I shared details of a Singapore-based warehouse book sale in line with the nation’s fiftieth anniversary of independence.
No new book reviews went live over the past two weeks.
Around the Blogosphere
- Christina @ Christina Reads YA talked about why Audiobook SYNC is awesome. If you haven’t heard of the programme before, you should check it out! Two free audiobooks are available every week over the summer. Perfect for audiobook lovers and as well as anyone who has ever wanted to try listening to one.
- Stephanie @ These Paper Hearts considers why authors leave Twitter and if it’s really their only option. She offers some advice on how to avoid negativity. The way I see it, as public figures, it’s important to be prepared for disagreements and to deal with them in the least disruptive manner possible. That’s why I agree with Stephanie that leaving Twitter may not be the best solution.
- Ashley @ Nose Graze explains how to send the right image to Facebook. When linking up blog posts on Facebook sometimes an image different from the preferred one will show up. If you’ve been wondering how to overcome this problem, here’s help.