Category Booktalk

On Vacation Reading Lists

One of my favorite parts of traveling is and has always been what I call the administrative bits. Making packing lists, packing, preparing the contents of my purse, last minute buying of toiletries and essentials and best of all, the compiling of Books To Read In The Airplane And On Vacation. If all the capitalization […]

On My Love for Terry Pratchett

This is more of a note-to-self kind of post than anything else.  A list of Terry Pratchett books I’ve read, a list of ones I haven’t and overall excitement about the one I’m going to read next after stumbling upon this amazingly well-written review. Read: The Colour of Magic Equal Rites Wyrd Sisters Guards! Guards! […]

On The Cider House Rules and Nostalgic Recollections of My Adolescence

  Good night, you Princes of Maine, you Kings of New England. I’ve been reading The Cider House Rules. Or rather, re-reading it. Has this ever happened to you? You can’t remember actually reading a book, but as you read it becomes more and more familiar, as if this is a terrain you have crossed […]

Liebster Award (Questions! Answers! Bookish Links!)

I’d never heard of the Liebster Award until Bookpapercut kindly nominated me. It’s an award/meme/Q&A handed around by bloggers to new blogs worth reading (with less than 200 followers). So here goes. Basically, those nominated for the award must: List 11 random facts about themselves Answer the questions that were asked of them (by the […]

The Power of Comfort Reading

So here’s the thing: the world of my reading is generally composed of what I call ‘comfort books’. Comfort books are the books that you reach for on days when life seems to tilt its balance and spill you over to the edge of a dark place that closely resembles fear. On days like these, […]

In Which I Read and Drool and Contemplate My Increasing Age

The first time I went to Black Sesame Kitchen, a small private kitchen here in Beijing, I was extremely apprehensive. Oh, not about the food, which I had heard was scrumptious (people need to bring back this word and retire delicious) but because it was to be a communal dinner. Just me, my boyfriend and […]

Why I Started a Book Blog

In the summer of 2011, I received a Kindle as a birthday present. Now, to understand the impact that the Kindle made on my life, it’s necessary to know one pertinent fact: I live in Beijing.  At the time, (conditions have since improved) my book sources were limited to pirated street-peddler copies of Barack Obama’s […]