Does my recent frequent updates hype you up a bit? Cherish & savor it while you can cause I'm mysteriously planning to abandon my blog after this month. Ok, obviously it's no longer a secret :p Just so you know. And also to kinda give you a heads up so that you won't feel awkwardly abandoned when I abruptly vanish into thin air or leave this place unannounced... I'll definitely miss you all. Although the interaction between us has been decreased dramatically (why ah?), I know you all are still hitting, clicking and reading BS. Thank you. I think I also ran out of reasons to keep you around since I myself have been experiencing some sort of writer's block. Well, I'm not really a writer kinda writer but I do write (a bit, BS is photo-heavy in case you are a newbie) so maybe now is a good time to divert your attention to something I've been real engaging with...
Nothing too fancy. Just books. As straightforward as it sounds. Not many but worth sharing still.
#1 Spent most of my days reading while stuffing myself like a pig at home. This book, as many of you have asked about, is called...
#2 Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua (from Amazon.com). It's hilarious yet intense and I personally find the cultures dilemmas as well as the motherhood's emotional roller coaster ride Amy experienced intriguingly fun. Jeez, I can totally relate myself to what she'd been through. Finished this one in just T.W.O days, need I say more?
#3 And you've requested me to share about this book too...
#4 Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella. Just finished it this noon, a little heavyhearted though, I'm still lingering on Sadie's cheerful & feisty spirit, I think Lara Lington feels the same too. Should have taken my own sweet time on this... Btw, I picked this book at Goodwill (when I stopped by that area for Sunday brunch) for only a dollar, yup, US$1, tra la la la (^__^)V
#5 sMothering by Wendy French. Ok, Also grabbed this one, nothing can beat a dollar-deal :D Haven't flicked on this yet, guess I'm going after this next. The plot builds around a twenty-something American girl living in Portland, Oregon... It's Portland, you see!!! I just have to grab it. No doubt.
#6 Last Night at Chateau Marmont by Lauren Weisberger (from Barnes & Noble). Hastily bought this the night before my Cancun trip, with an image of myself enjoying an easy read while listening the soothing sounds of ocean waves from the Caribbean... Obviously, I think too much; it didn't happen as I planned and this book is all new still.
#7 Looking Glass: A Special Edition of The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (from Barnes & Noble). I'm half way through this one and I stopped reading it at page 62. Honestly don't think I can ever finish it, especially now that I'm preggie with a baby girl. Just too much for me, sorry Susie Salmon (T____T)
#8 Savannah Breeze by Mary Kay Andrews (from Barnes & Noble). It was on sales, like 50% off or so, no wrong to add it in my book collection I thought and yup, it's brand new still, I haven't get any chance to gaze at it yet :p
I know you're probably raising your eyebrows at me right now, why buying when you don't even have time to read? Ah ha... I do have time to read and I read everyday, just that I'm prioritizing on different genre instead...
#9 From Vogue, Vanity Fair, ViVi, Popteen to all these mama magazines... It's quite a dramatic change I'd say in terms of mentality and lifestyle. But hey, these magazines are free copies, picked them up at my OB's office, Y.A.H.O.O~~ See, always look on the bright side of life :D
#10 Then from The Devil Wears Prada and That Extra Half an Inch to this one... Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5 (from Amazon.com).
What the hell, I know, please excuse me for a moment. %$#%^&*^%$#@$%^&%$#@%^&
It feels so much better after blurping it out. Ok, let's get serious now. This book is recommended by Marsha, a mother of two and a real good friend of mine. It's super insightful and informative, be prepared to familiarize yourself with new medical terms and vocabs though. It preps me for in-depth conversations with OB & pediatrician, and this significant knowledge eventually led to conscious decisions... Truly think it's a bible to all first-time-parents. Thanks Marsha ;)
#11 The book is about 2 inches thick, covering basic knowledge and advanced finding that will answer all common medical and parenting questions.
#12 Apgar Scores.
#13 Vaccinations and shots. I actually snapped this page and showed it to the pediatrician I chose for BB during our vaccinations discussion, guess what, she's having the same copy too. Not to my surprise, but it's a total reassurance to know that this book is a reliable guide.
#14 Before I Say "Yes, I Do" by Angelica Lee. 《在我说愿意之前》李心洁. BFF Eling presented this to me, the night before my wedding. Thanks, dear~~
#15 翻开斑斑的记忆 by 李忠勳. Yup, it's by Jimmy Lee, my pre-wedding photographer in Taiwan (click H.E.R.E to read more).
#16 The words on the back cover: “有时候拍照不只是拍照而已，而是关心这片土地，是倾听人的心跳，是感觉自己还活着。” So touching & super inspirational~~
#17 On this page, he wrote:
每一张脸都是在诉说着半个世纪的故事，我们准备把故事纪录下来。” －－ 飞鱼记忆美术馆
Karin bought me this as a gift & souvenir, I'm not sure where you can order it or how much it cost, guess you can only get it in Taiwan. But if you are very keen to get one, feel free to drop me an email or shoot me a msg on Facebook, I'll try to hook you up with Fei Yu.
Hope you enjoy this post. Have a great weekend in case I do not have time to blog tomorrow (*^___^*)