What’s Up Wednesday: New York, Weddings, & Lying Low

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I suck at blogging.

This What’s Up Wednesday thing was supposed to put me on a schedule so that I could start blogging regularly again. And then I missed a month worth of Wednesdays. Fail.

But I’m back. I imagine this is because I’ve just spent the last two days at home, lounging about in my PJs, trying to get over the last of my jetlag, so I finally have free time to just blabber on.

The biggest thing that happened in the last few weeks is that I flew to New York for my girl, Cerena’s, wedding.

I haven’t seen the professional pictures yet and I, stupidly, didn’t bother to take any photos throughout the day because I was too busy sobbing and then drinking and then dancing but I managed to snag one that the happy couple was tagged in on Facebook:

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What’s Up Wednesday: Vesak Day, Theatre, & Awkwardness

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Happy Vesak Day!

Singapore is enjoying this midweek public holiday and flocking to their nearest temple to take part in celebrations. I have yet to shower and get dressed so … you know … priorities.

I completely missed writing a WUW last week thanks to my utter laziness. I woke up late and then spent the rest of the afternoon getting ready to go out for the evening. But this wasn’t any normal going out.

I’d treated myself to theatre tickets.

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What’s Up Wednesday: Wedding Fever, Giant Moths, & Booktube

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What’s new?

I am in full wedding mode and it’s not even my wedding.

In 4 weeks time, I’ll be flying to New York for my friend Cerena’s wedding. I will be her Maid of (Dis)Honour. Let’s be honest, though – I’m doing a pretty shitty job of that already as I live on the other side of the world and can’t be there for any of the planning.

I will also be the token Welsh girl in a sea of New Yorkers. Me at 8am:

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Teaser Tuesday – 25/04/17

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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme, hosted by The Purple Booker, that wants you to add books to your TBR or just share what you are currently reading. How it works:

+ Grab your current read
+ Open to a random page
+ Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
+ Be careful not to include spoilers
+ Share the title & author so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers

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“She took his money and went out with other men, and she lied to the student – who was certainly a fool. He limped about, looking soft and sad, and soon all John’s sympathy was given to this violent and unhappy woman.” – Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin

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I Dare You – Book Tag

I got this tag from Kirsty over at Kirsty’s Book Reviews. She didn’t tag me but it looked fun and I’m trying to get back into the habit of blogging again so I thought I’d go ahead and do it.

Rules

+ You must be honest

+ You must answer all the questions

+ You must tag at least 4 people

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1. What book has been on your shelf the longest?

I’ve had War and Peace sitting in a box at my parents’ house for almost 10 years now and I’ve still not read it. I don’t tend to keep many books though because they take up too much space when you’re constantly moving around.

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One Year Later & a Return to Blogging

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It’s been a year.

A whole year since I packed my bags, left Korea, and moved to Singapore.

The last time I properly blogged, I was 3 days in to my new life. I was living in a hotel in the red light district, getting adjusted to the heat and new atmosphere, preparing myself for a new job, hoping & praying that this move would heal my depression, and that I’d eventually find some happiness.

Thirteen months have passed and I’m here to tell you that Singapore has been good to me. Living has been easy and kind to my mind. I feel like me again and I’m enjoying everything I surround myself with.

I love the feel of the sun on my skin every day. I love the ease with which I can get around on this island. I love the sounds of the Singlish ‘lah’, ‘lor’, ‘ah’, and ‘leh’ that roll off the tongues of my neighbours and colleagues. I love that I’ve discovered how good I am at working with children and that it drives me to work hard and give it my all.

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Books Read in 2016

I broke my own reading record and hit a total of 70 books this year. The most I’d previously read in a year was 50 (back in 2009).

This year, I can proudly say I killed it. 😀

And, before I list the book titles, here are some figures …

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And here go the titles. The ones in bold were my favourites …

1) Just Kids by Patti Smith

2) Are You Experienced? by William Sutcliffe

3) Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

4) Sex and the Beatles by Jeff Walker

5) Daddy Long Legs by Jean Webster

6) Without You, There is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea’s Elite by Suki Kim

7) Yes Please by Amy Poehler

8) Nana Vol. 2 by Ai Yazawa

9) Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

10) Miss O’Dell by Chris O’Dell (re-read)

11) Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

12) Shoot Down the Wendy Bird by Julie Zantopoulos

13) I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (re-read)

14) Yes I Can by Sammy Davis Jr.

15) Dear Enemy by Jean Webster

16) Why Me? by Sammy Davis Jr.

17) Forget You Had a Daughter: Doing Time in the Bangkok Hilton by Sandra Gregory

18) Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

19) Play It as It Lays by Joan Didion

20) Born into Slavery: Voices from the Past by Stephen Braxton Thompson

21) Mercury and Me by Jim Hutton

22) A Book of Common Prayer by Joan Didion

23) Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty by Diane Keaton

24) A Night in with Marilyn Monroe by Lucy Holliday

25) Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

26) Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

27) The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger by Stephen King

28) Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin by John D’Emilio

29) The Vegetarian by Han Kang

30) Life After Death by Damien Echols

31) Run River by Joan Didion

32) Maya Angelou: The Complete Poetry by Maya Angelou

33) Letter to My Daughter by Maya Angelou

34) An Untamed State by Roxane Gay

35) The Dream Keeper and Other Poems by Langston Hughes

36) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (re-read)

37) Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh

38) The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

39) Once by Alice Walker

40) You Can’t Keep a Good Woman Down by Alice Walker

41) I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts About On Being a Woman by Nora Ephron

42) Does This Bible Belt Make Me Look Gay? by Krista Doyle

43) Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs

44) The Confessions of Nat Turner by Nat Turner

45) Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass

46) We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

47) The History of Mary Prince: A West Indian Slave by Mary Prince (re-read)

48) One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

49) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

50) The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah

51) The Girls by Emma Cline

52) Gather Together in my Name by Maya Angelou

53) You Can’t Touch my Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson

54) Agorafabulous!: Dispatches from my Bedroom by Sara Benincasa

55) Where Am I Now? by Mara Wilson

56) A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

57) Bloodchild by Octavia E. Butler

58) A Night in with Audrey Hepburn by Lucy Holliday

59) Passing by Nella Larsen

60) Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

61) Ayiti by Roxane Gay

62) The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie

63) I Hate Myselfie by Shane Dawson

64) Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

65) The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez

66) Down the Rabbit Hole by Juan Pablo Villalobos

67) Faces in the Crowd by Valeria Luiselli

68) Signs Preceding the End of the World by Yuri Herrera

69) A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

70) Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel