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Five Bookish Turn-Offs, and their exceptions

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is the opposite of last week’s, and we’re to talk about the things that make us NOT want to pick up a book. I don’t think I have that many bookish turn-offs, and the ones I have are mostly conditional – they make me less likely to pick up a book, but I guess I’d never say never. Continue reading “Five Bookish Turn-Offs, and their exceptions”

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Book House / Kitazawa Bookstore

Recently I was in Tokyo for the first time in about seven months, and I was shocked to find that one of my favourite bookstores, Book House (which I’ve written about here and here), had closed down. I was checking their site to see if I could make it there before closing, and found out that the site was no longer up. We (me, and my friends Kishiko and Iman) found out that Book House was closed, but because Kitazawa Shoten (another of my favourite bookstores) is on the second floor of Book House, we decided to go anyway. Continue reading “Book House / Kitazawa Bookstore”

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Ten Things That Make Me Want to Read a Book

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. I kind of forgot to schedule this post for yesterday, so here is my list on a Wednesday. The week’s theme is Top Ten Things That Will Make Us Instantly Want to Read a Book:

hate-to-love relationships
I’m not a fan of romance in my SFF, but I do enjoy contemporary romances. And I like a lot of rom-com tropes/cliches. And this is probably the one I like the most.

I also love stories where the character is either travelling in a different country, or is on a road trip. I’m really not super adventurous (I like the idea of road trips, but in reality I prefer the comforts of home) so I guess it’s fun to read about other people’s adventures. Continue reading “Ten Things That Make Me Want to Read a Book”

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Ten Books From My Favourite Shelf

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is really “Top Ten of the Most Unique Books I’ve Read”, but I find it hard to define what I consider unique, since it’s all relative anyway. So I’m doing ten books I love from a particular shelf in my personal library – the children’s lit criticism – because I recently went to one of my favourite bookstores to find that it closed down, and another of my favourite bookstores to discover that they had two whole columns dedicated to children’s lit criticism, and it made me think about all of the books I haven’t read/owned.

Today, instead of worrying about that I decided to celebrate the books I already have, and love:


The Wand in the Word: Conversations with Writers of Fantasy by Leonard S. Marcus

This book contains interviews with thirteen of the best writers of children’s fantasy, ranging “widely over questions of literary craft and moral vision… their pivotal life experiences, their literary influences and work routines, and their core beliefs about the place of fantasy in literature and in our lives.” Continue reading “Ten Books From My Favourite Shelf”

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Conrad’s Fate and The Pinhoe Egg

Since this may be my last #MarchMagics related post, I’m going to smush the Conrad’s Fate and Pinhoe Egg questions here. I haven’t got to either books in my reread project, so I don’t remember them as well as I do the others. All I remember is: Conrad’s Fate is about a young Christopher, when Gabriel de Witt was still Chrestomanci. It had more bad parents/guardians and like The Lives of Christopher Chant,  it’s told from the point of view of a kid who doesn’t have access to the right information, or is being manipulated, by the adults around him. I don’t remember much else, having read it only once before. I can’t wait to reread it now!

The Conrad’s Fate question is: If you were to discover a family secret, would you rather it be: a noble title, money, or magic? Continue reading “Conrad’s Fate and The Pinhoe Egg”

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Ten Authors I Wish I could Meet, and 2 I can’t Believe I’ve Met

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is on authors we’ve met, or want to meet. This subject is sometimes a sore spot for me, because I live in a country that is almost always skipped by authors even when they’re doing SEA tours. So the idea of meeting authors I love would fall under the “dream long long” (castle in the air) category, to quote a friend of mine. I do like dreaming out loud, though, so here are some authors I would love to meet:


* Diana Wynne Jones
Since we are talking about fantasies here, I figure I don’t have to stick to living authors. One of my two greatest regrets in life is not writing to her when she was still alive. I don’t even know why I never did – probably because her books were so brilliant and I couldn’t think of anything to say that wouldn’t just be silly fangirling. Continue reading “Ten Authors I Wish I could Meet, and 2 I can’t Believe I’ve Met”

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The Lives of Christopher Chant

I can never decide whether this or Charmed Life is my favourite Chrestomanci book. On the one hand, this book has a young Christopher Chant who thinks he will grow up to be an evil enchanter, and thinks he doesn’t want to be Chrestomanci, and then all these things happen in between and he learns otherwise. I really like that. I REALLY like that – the fact that early on, we realise what is going on even when Christopher doesn’t, and I loved following his story as he slowly learns all these truths about himself and the world/people around him. And, well. On the other hand, there’s Cat Chant, who is one of my favourite characters, and the fact that Charmed Life is the first DWJ book I’ve read. It’s so hard to choose, but I guess that’s okay because I can have both.

Our Christopher Chant question is…

When The Living Asheth gets to World Twelve-A, she needs a new name so that she can hide from The Arm of Asheth. She chooses Millie because of the boarding school books that she adored from Christopher’s world. If you needed a new name, which bookish moniker would you choose?

Continue reading “The Lives of Christopher Chant”