Sunday Post #6

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My life revolved around work for the past two weeks and I finally got a chance to relax a little today. We went out with my husband's family to cycle. Unfortunately, it rained in the midst of our cycling but we still managed to ride in the rain. The heavy downpour turned into a drizzle in the end and we were all able to ride in comfort.

I did not have much chance to read. The busy period will continue until October when the national exams for the kids are over. I'm so looking forward to it

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{Bookish Tours} Body Parts by Jessica Kapp

Body Parts
By: Jessica Kapp
Published on: August 15th 2017 by Diversion Publishing
Genres: Dystopian
Source: Blog Tour

Raised in an elite foster center off the California coast, sixteen-year-old Tabitha’s been sculpted into a world-class athlete. Her trainers have told her she’ll need to be in top physical condition to be matched with a loving family, even though personal health has taken a backseat outside the training facility. While Tabitha swims laps and shaves seconds off her mile time, hoping to find a permanent home, the rest of the community takes pills produced by pharmaceutical giant PharmPerfect to erase their wrinkles, grow hair, and develop superhuman strength.

When Tabitha’s finally paired, instead of being taken to meet her new parents, she wakes up immobile on a hospital bed. Moments before she’s sliced open, a group of renegade teenagers rescues her, and she learns the real reason for her perfect health: PharmPerfect is using her foster program as a replacement factory for their pill-addicted clients’ failing organs. And her friends from the center, the only family she’s ever known, are next in line to be harvested.

Determined to save them, Tabitha joins forces with her rescuers, led by moody and mysterious Gavin Stiles. As they race to infiltrate the hospital and uncover the rest of PharmPerfect’s secrets, though, Tabitha finds herself with more questions than answers. Will trusting the enigmatic group of rebels lead her back to the slaughterhouse?

I must admit that this isn't my usual genre but the mystery and thrill that is hinted from the blurb really captivated me and I just had to read this book and find out more.

Tabitha seems like a special girl from the blurb, being trained to be an athlete so that she could get adopted by a family. Which family would adopt a child based on whether he/she is an athlete? That caught my curiosity. We get to know more about the foster center that Tabitha is in through her eyes and everything got more exciting when she was rescued from the hospital and more characters are added into the story.

Body Parts is an engaging story and it kept me hooked on it till the last page. The pacing of the story is just right and though I could guess the reason for something that Tabitha has experienced, this did not affect me much. I still enjoyed reading it. There is one part that irks me a little, about a decision that Tabitha has made. It seemed a little out of character but in the end it turns out ok. This is my first book from this author. I will be keeping a lookout for future books by her.

This review is part of the Blog Tour by Chapter by Chapter. I received a review copy for the tour and this does not affect my review in any way.


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About the author

Jessica Kapp enjoys writing Young Adult Contemporary and Speculative Fiction. Story ideas often strike at inopportune times, and she’s been known to text herself reminders from under the covers.

She lives on a small farm in Washington with far too many goats and an occasional cow.

{Bookish Updates} Sunday Post #5

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Thursday was break time! My husband and I went to East Coast Park to cycle. There's a super long stretch of cycling path which we can cycle freely and since it was a weekday, there wasn't much people at all.

Taking a quick break from cycling to stare at the waters.

One small break for a long journey ahead. Hope work will lessen soon so that I can have more time to pursue my interests. I recently bought a crocheting set and have been itching to start on it.

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{Bookish Review} Sherlock Sam and the Ghostly Moans in Fort Canning by A.J. Low

Sherlock Sam and the Ghostly Moans in Fort Canning
By: A.J. Low
Series: Sherlock Sam #2
Published on: March 2013 by Epigram Books
Genres: Mystery (MG)
Source: Library

The adventures of Sherlock Sam continue! Together with his loyal sidekick robot Watson, Sherlock Sam is fast becoming Singapore's Greatest Kid Detective!

In Sherlock Sam and the Ghostly Moans in Fort Canning, mysterious sounds fill the air at one of Singapore's most-loved historical attractions. Ghosts don't exist, or do they? Will this mystery prove too difficult for Sherlock Sam to solve?
It took me years to pick up this book simply because it's a middle grade book. I first came across this Sherlock Sam series when I was invited as a panel speaker in AFCC 2013. The reason why I finally grabbed a copy is due to pure curiosity because this book is set in Singapore!

This is the second book in the series but I have no problem following the characters. What caught my interest was a talking robot (Watson). It's amusing to read about Sherlock's interaction with Watson. This robot is smart! In this book, the kids get to solve some mysterious moans at Fort Canning and the story was really easy to follow. I really think middle grade kids will enjoy reading this. We get to know some local language too, just some.

I find myself hunting for the first book to read how it all started. Good read!

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As usual, I spent most of my time rushing for the deadlines for working during non-working hours. This will probably go on for several more weeks till the kids finish their final exams around October. However, me and husband managed to have some quality time together playing board game. We played Flash Point twice this week and it's quite fun!

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Yay! Quite a number of books this week and that is amazing! Been in a mood for some local books and my copy of Mount Emily arrived! Body Parts looks really good too! Just hope that I have more time to read.

{Bookish Finds} Wish You Were Here by Renee Carlino

Wish You Were Here
By: Renee Carlino
Published on: August 15th 2017 by Atria Books
Genres: Romance

Charlotte has spent her twenties adrift, floating from interest to interest, job to job, and guy to guy, searching for a spark but never quite finding it. All she knows is that she won’t discover it working as a waitress at a pies-and-fries joint in Los Angeles or living with her fun but aimless best friend in a tiny apartment in the Arts District.

Then Charlotte collides with Adam, a gorgeous and soulful painter who seems just as lost as she feels. Their instant connection turns into a midnight drink… and a whirlwind night of champagne, Chinese food, and the kind of conversation that only happens in romantic comedies. But the next morning, Adam gives Charlotte the cold shoulder, leaving her confused and hurt—and wondering if the few odd moments between them the night before were red flags in disguise.

Months later, Charlotte hasn’t been able to shake Adam, so she decides to find out what happened the morning after their magical night together. This fateful decision rewrites their wild love story, but what Charlotte doesn’t know yet is that the ending has already been written.
Saw this book in Goodread's monthly romance newsletter and I'm already intrigued by what happened. There's just something in this second chance book that calls out to me. Why did Adam give Charlotte the cold shoulder? I'll just have to read the book to find out!

What do you think about this book?

{Bookish Updates} Sunday Post #3

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Still a busy week for me as my students are preparing for their term 3 exams but I managed to find some time to read a little. Hopefully there will be a review coming up this week!

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