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Here’s to the Year of The Tiger

What happens if you’re Chinese raised Catholic in a Muslim country? In my case, we either have family gathering on Christmas, Chinese New Year, or Lebaran. (oh, and New Year) I’m going back to Indonesia for Chinese New Year so I’ll be offline for 2 weeks. I’ll see you all in March! Image from Sydney CNY […]

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Invitation for The Good Earth

A new venture has begun. A new book group has been formed. My partners in crime are David of Absorbed in Words, Michelle of su[shu], and Claire of kiss of cloud. We are going to pick a book every quarter on Asian literature–books set in Asia or by Asians. Hence the name: The Asian Book […]

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Mailbox Monday – 3 Months Acquisition

You can relax, because I didn’t acquire that many books in 3 months 🙂 Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off: Love Quarrels from Anton Chekhov to ZZ Packer, Selected by Kasia Boddy, Ali Smith, and Sarah Wood — from Basement Books for $9.95. Isn’t the cover the cutest?! I first saw it at Paperback Reader, […]

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Bone: Treasure Hunters and Crown of Horns (Last 2 Volumes)

Like all good adventure story, Bone is ended with a great battle between good and evil ala The Lord of the Rings (not that I’ve read or watched LOTR). Bone series has been such a fun journey and I’m sad that it has ended, though the ending is pretty open to possibility of a sequel. […]

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Short Saturday: Borges and Nabokov

In Short Saturday I will journal my journey to find 5-star quality short stories, whose virtual trophy right now is held by Truman Capote and Haruki Murakami. Unlike my book reviews, I will talk more about my thoughts and what I learn, why I choose the story and how I come upon it. Unlike books, […]

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Japanese Season Has Ended, For Now

Can you believe we have gone through the third round of Japanese Literature Challenge, and it has again, ended? I did a lot better this time around than last year. Funny. Last round I intended to read a lot and ended up reading much less. This round I intended to read one or two, and […]