2013 California Book Haul

I was pretty excited by the fact that books are a lot more affordable in the States than in Singapore. Sometimes, books are even cheaper than their list prices when you order them off Amazon. I visited Barnes and Noble several times but didn’t get anything because I realized I would save more if I got them from Amazon. I had such a hard time deciding which books to get but finally narrowed it down to the following:

2013 California Book Haul

Star Crossed by Jennifer Echols
The Chocolate Thief by Laura Florand
The Chocolate Kiss by Laura Florand
House of Shadows by Rachel Neumeier
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery

I look forward to trying out Jennifer Echols’ adult novel, I hope it’s just as good as her YA books. The Laura Florand books were recommended by Michelle when we met up. I wanted to get a fantasy book in this stash and I’ve heard good things about House of Shadows so that made me curious. Eleanor & Park was a no-brainer given how much I enjoyed Attachments, I don’t have matching editions for these two but that doesn’t really matter. I’ve been looking for a copy of The Blue Castle for AGES but I was kind of disappointed when I saw that this edition isn’t a proper paperback – it looks kind of like a textbook.

These three I got during my meet ups with Maggie and Michelle:

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The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding
Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr
The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty

Last but not the least, guess who walked into a grocery store and came out with a book? I couldn’t resist when I saw The Best Man by Kristan Higgins.

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I think this is a pretty good haul, I didn’t have to worry about going beyond my luggage limit. I would have loved to get more but I had to be practical about the cost and how I’ll take these back to Singapore. I’m excited to read all of these!

Yosemite National Park a.k.a. My First Encounter With Snow

I’ve mentioned several times on previous reviews that I’ve never seen snow in person. Well, that changed when I went to Yosemite National Park this weekend. I got to see snow for the first time!









Yosemite National Park is a beautiful place, reminds me of the setting of quest-type fantasy novel. Makes me wish that I brought my lomo cameras with me so I could have taken nicer pictures. All of the pictures I posted were taken using my phone camera. I wouldn’t mind going back there but most definitely not during winter. I found it too cold, which isn’t surprising since I’ve always lived in a tropical country.

I got these Chiura Obata woodblock postcards as souvenirs:


I’m back in Singapore after a looong day of traveling yesterday. I haven’t had a chance to reply to comments on previous posts but I’ll try to do that as soon as I can. I’m also planning to put up a post about the books that I got while on vacation. Hope you’re all having a good week!

Blogger Meet Up: Maggie of Young Adult Anonymous

The other day I met up with my friend Michelle of See Michelle Read and yesterday, I was lucky enough to have dinner with another blogging buddy, Maggie of Young Adult Anonymous! I’m thrilled that I was able to meet two lovely ladies during my brief stay here in California. I had so much fun chatting about books with Maggie, no awkward silences at all. We talked about our mutual love for Megan Whalen Turner, some books and series that we recently enjoyed reading, the ups and downs of being a book blogger and so much more. We had dinner at Umami Burger, which I’ve never tried before:

Umami Burger

We both had the truffle burger and shared the thin fries. The food was delicious. Even the umami ketchup was good and I’m not usually a fan of ketchup.

Maggie was nice enpugh to get me a signed copy of The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding when she went to the launch:

The Reece Malcolm List Signed

I can’t wait to read it! I’ve been hearing good things about this book and I love that it’s set in LA. It will probably remind me of my vacation when I read it.

After dinner, we stopped by Downtown Disney because Maggie wanted me to try beignets but unfortunately, the store was closed. We did stop by a Disney store and I was able to get postcards and a keychain:

Disney 2013 postcard

I also took pictures of some of the artwork outside the Lego store:




All in all, a great way to spend time with a bookish friend. Thank you so much for meeting up with me, Maggie! If it isn’t obvious yet, I love hanging out and meeting book bloggers in person. I wish I could do it more often. If I was based in LA, I’d probably get an annual pass to Disneyland and join Maggie’s book club.

Just a note that I wrote this post on the WordPress app on my phone so I apologize if formatting is a bit wonky. I won’t have wifi access the whole weekend so I wanted to put this up before I lose connection from the interwebs.