2016 Book Challenge – June update

WOW it’s been almost three months since my last reading update. The 6 books completed were all read in the last two weeks (granted 3 were short stories and 1 was a children’s book but still!!!). It’s amazing what a beach holiday can do for you.

KIV for now – red house by mark haddon. I have no idea where this was going. and just no.

Thinking of Giving Up – Yes Please! by Amy Poehler. – Think because don’t watch a lot of SNL, I don’t get a lot of what or who she’s talking about. Maybe.

Completed (yay!) – Kitchen, Moonlight Shadow & Lake by Banana Yoshimoto. Yes Three books by her. I think I liked Moonlight Shadow the most and Kitchen the least. But they are all beautifully written. All three tales still resonate with me.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury –  This has on my to read list for so long but I felt the ending was very odd. Like the book starts out so strong and was going somewhere. And then it didn’t.

Perks of being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – it’s um. there’s a lot going on in this book and the ending is quite.. rushed. I don’t like the way it was written, i know it’s meant to be a teenager writing it but it’s very.. flat. I don’t get why there’s such a huge following for this book. I mean I don’t hate it but it’s not great lah.

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell – This was my absolute favourite book growing up and I decided to reread it because it was there. Now reading it again as an adult, I keep wondering if the writer is being passive aggressive about how she thinks people should be. HMMM.

Currently reading –  Audition by Ryu Murakami. Not related to Haruki Murakami. I’ve only read 10 pages but I like what I’ve read so far. And can you tell I am going through a Japanese author roll? Also i have no idea which one this will fall under but don’t care. Read first.

  1. Book based on fairy tale
  2. National Book Award winner 
  3. YA bestseller
  4. Book you haven’t read since high school
  5. Book set in your home state
  6. Book translated to English – *THIS IS DONE* Moonlight Shadow by Banana Yoshimoto
  7. Romance set in the future
  8. Book set in Europe
  9. Book that’s under 150 pages – *THIS IS DONE* Kitchen By Banana Yoshimoto 
  10. New York Times’ bestseller – *THIS IS DONE* Perks of being a Wall Flower by Stephen Chbosky
  11. Book that’s becoming a movie this year 
  12. Book recommended by someone you just met
  13. A self-improvement book
  14. A book you can finish in a day – *THIS IS DONE* Lake by Banana Yoshimoto
  15. a book written by a celebrity –. Yes, my accent is real by Kunal Nayer. Good stuff.
  16. a political memoir
  17. a book at least 100 years older than you – *THIS IS DONE* Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
  18. a book that’s more than 600 pages
  19. a book from oprah’s book club
  20. A science fiction novel – I read Parasite by Mira Grant  and it was awesome (it’s also a reread cause I wanted to read the sequel and could not remember much of it, and I don’t care. It still counts).
  21. a book recommended by a family member
  22. a graphic novel
  23. a book that is published in 2016
  24. a book with a protaganist who has your occupation – er…
  25. a book that takes place during Summer
  26. a book and its prequel
  27. a murder mystery
  28. a book written by a comedian
  29. a dystopian novel
  30. a book with a blue coverSymbiont by Mira Grant. Sequel to Parasite (book 20 on this list)
  31. a book of poetry
  32. the first book you see in a bookstore
  33. a classic from the 20th century – *THIS IS DONE* Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  34. a book from the library
  35. an autobiography
  36. a book about a road trip
  37. a book about a culture you’re unfamiliar with
  38. a satirical book – terry pratchett counts right? i have the last few of his books left to read.
  39. a book that takes place on an island
  40. a book that’s guaranteed to bring you joy

HMMM 9 books in 6 months. Oh well. let’s see if we can pick up the pace.


What do you value most in a friendship?

Oh wow it’s been an entire month since I’ve last updated this. Life has been keeping me busy.  New job and new priorities. That’s a post for another time.

Ok so back to the qn.

Genuineness. I think it’s important to have friends that are real and sincere. They don’t always have to agree with you but they will always be straight up with you. I appreciate my friends for their ability to say, hello wake up your idea understand? UNDERSTAND?!  

And even if they still don’t get why you are doing what you’re doing. or understand but don’t agree. they will be there for you regardless.

Recent life events has made me so much more appreciative of my nearest and dearest. You know who you are. Thank you.

This is part of my on-going mini project to answer all 36 questions that would apparently accelerate intimacy between two strangers by asking a specific series of personal questions. I’m just doing this as a writing exercise and answering one each Sunday. 


What is the greatest accomplishment of your life?

silly as it sounds, it’s adopting Mao and having him come out of his shell.

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draw me like one of your french girls

If you’ve read my earlier posts (here and here) on what he was like when we first got him, you’ll understand how incredibly hard it was for us and him for the first couple of months. We barely got any sleep, melvin lost a tooth and no one was happy. And then you have him now, 2.5 yrs later, less fearful (less but he’s still a fraidy cat) and asking for attention, demanding for food, cuddling with me or jet and even playing with melvin when it suits him (he is, at the end of a day, a cat).

 

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Is that fud?

This year, he’s started to hang out with me more and just chill with me in the mornings while I do work in the living room and even occasionally giving me a head bump to ask for attention.

fud fud fud?

FUD?

And just two nights ago, I had some friends come over and he didn’t immediately run off which is such a big milestone for us. he hissed but he stayed where he was. And even after he walked off (not ran), he came back to observe us. It’s been almost 3 years since we’ve adopted him and I am so proud of how far he’s come.

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#oldmanmao

 

This is part of my on-going mini project to answer all 36 questions that would apparently accelerate intimacy between two strangers by asking a specific series of personal questions. I’m just doing this as a writing exercise and answering one each Sunday. 


we all go through the same thing differently

that’s what someone wise beyond her years told me this morning.

I’m going to try to remember that and try hard not to pass judgement so quickly on others. TRY anyway. Or at least maybe keep my mouth shut when I have nothing good to say. It’s well known that I don’t suffer fools. Jet always says I have zero EQ. That’s very true. If I think you’re an idiot, you’ll prob see it on my face without me having to say anything. There’s really only a small circle of important people that get a somewhat judgement free card with me. Everyone else is held to my standard. Failing which you get judged, rated and ranked by my standards.

See it’s not that I don’t have empathy. It’s that my way of showing empathy is putting myself in their shoes, only maybe cause I deal with things completely differently, I can’t understand what they are going through. I know I don’t deal with emotions well, in fact I’m super good at compartmentalising things and emotions.  My way of dealing with things is just to solve it or not deal with it. It’s probably some kind of defence mechanism and the things I don’t want to deal with get buried deep in the reccesses of my brain and never gets dealt with. Just buried and forgotten.

So because I don’t deal, I don’t get what some people go through and it’s as if I see the world in black and white when it really is shades of grey. Oh well. I will try to remember this. I think it’s good advice.

I think life is about to throw me some curve balls and this is a reminder to myself to be kinder to the world out there. I remember reading somewhere a long time ago that when it doubt, assume good intentions. I think that’s good advice too.

*takes a breath and that plunge*


Is there something that you’ve dreamed of doing for a long time? Why haven’t you done it?

Yes. Getting a tattoo. I’ve always liked the idea of getting one. [before this, it would have been getting a cat and then two cats! achievement unlocked!]

Why haven’t I done it?

Finding a pattern / phrase you like that will be on your body permanently is not something I want to get on impulse. So I’ve been taking my time to mull over this. Over the last two years I’ve whittled it down to two designs and I think I’ve finally decided what and where. When? well. stay tuned!

This is part of my on-going mini project to answer all 36 questions that would apparently accelerate intimacy between two strangers by asking a specific series of personal questions. I’m just doing this as a writing exercise and answering one each Sunday. 


If a crystal ball could tell you the truth about yourself, your life, the future or anything else, what would you want to know?

HMMM

[also OH in the Au-Chew household : 4D numbers!! / will liverpool ever win the premiership (NEVER!)]

aside from work which has been keeping me busy, this question has had me stumped for weeks.

I have no idea man. I think i might want to know when my nearest and dearest will be leaving me so I can be prepared but other than that, I don’t think there’s anything I’d need to know about myself or my life that I don’t already know or want to know. I was literally just telling a friend today, I don’t like lying and that includes lying to myself. as in i physically get squirmish over a lie so at best, I’ll lie by omission but if asked point blank about something, it’s unlikely I’d lie about it. So in this way, I don’t think I consciously hide things from myself.

I suppose knowing what stocks / shares / lottery numbers to buy etc wouldn’t be a bad idea. Who would say no to more free money?

would you want to know anything?

This is part of my on-going mini project to answer all 36 questions that would apparently accelerate intimacy between two strangers by asking a specific series of personal questions. I’m just doing this as a writing exercise and answering one each Sunday. 

 


If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one quality or ability, what would it be?

This is easy. I would like the ability to  be clean at a blink of an eye.

Most people who know me know that I don’t like to shower. Before you give me that look of horror, let me be very clear: I like being clean I just don’t like the process of getting clean. For the record, that doesn’t mean I don’t do it. Let me say this again. I STILL SHOWER OK? I just feel one can do other things instead of shower. like write. or surf web, or read a book.

Now that I think about it, I think the main reason I don’t like showers is because I can’t do anything else while I’m showering. WOW. that’s quite a major breakthrough actually. hur hur hur. All this while, some people [you know who you are] kept saying I was just being gross (ONE JUST CALLED ME UNSANITARY!). BUT SEE! it’s not true! I am quite pleased with this revelation btw. Cause stupid people keep calling me gross and stinky.

So anyway, yes I would basically like to be clean without any effort. Blink my eyes and smell like roses? hell yeah.

This is part of my on-going mini project to answer all 36 questions that would apparently accelerate intimacy between two strangers by asking a specific series of personal questions. I’m just doing this as a writing exercise and answer one each Sunday. except this time. it’s on a Monday because reasons. 


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