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Join the Read-a-thon!


I’ve signed up for the Read-A-Thon which will be held on October 9th!

I am so excited. This will be the first time I’m doing it. There have been talks about it on BookObsessed, but back in April the timing was bad so I couldn’t join. I am stacking up the books I plan to read on that day already. Short, easy titles… fantasy, YA… and maybe I will include a thick tome so as not to feel like I am cheating. I don’t know how much time I will dedicate to the challenge but I do plan on eating, sleeping, showering, and not totally ignoring my hubby and my pets. Or try not to. I have given him ample warning already so he would be prepared to feed himself and me as well!

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Posted by on September 2, 2010 in Books & Movies


BookCrossing Gathering in Hong Kong

Sorry this post is a few months late, but back on March 20, 2010 I was in Hong Kong to meet with some BookCrossers. We met at a restaurant called Brunch Club & Supper, which serves an American menu, with salad, egg benedicts, crepes, sandwiches, appertizers, coffee and the like. It was a nice meetup, with several oldtimers (azuki, ktp28 and wandering-B) since the first Hong Kong meetup (about three years ago?), and a few new faces (criminologeek, penejoe and yukihosnow). Watakeet, who was the first HK BCer I met, was unfortunately not available but was 100% there in spirit. : ) Nice chat, lots of good books piled on the table, Wandering-B brought some book thongs and Azuki some labels, so everybody went home happy.

What’s more, we found that Brunch Club has two big mahogany bookshelves. (Is that mahogany? I have no clue, just some very awesome looking wooden bookshelves.) They are full of books, mostly English titles, as this is likely a place favorited by exprats longing for the taste of home. We spoke with the manager, explained what BookCrossing is, and with her blessing the shelves are now an Official BookCrossing Zone!!!

There’s well over a hundred titles on the shelves. We put some of our books on the shelf, and needless to say, my resolution of not taking books home totally crumbled. I haven’t visited many OBCZs, but I’d proudly say that this is probably among the biggest and best OBCZs. Oh how I wish I have an OBCZ closer to home! If I were to live in Hong Kong, I’d totally haunt that place.

So now Hong Kong has its first OBCZ, and a very nice one at that. Please come by for a visit when you have the opportunity!

Brunch Club is located at:
1st Floor, 13 Leighton Road
Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Tel: 2890-2125

The restaurant is an easy walking distance from the Causeway Bay MTR (subway) station.

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Posted by on August 18, 2010 in Asia, Books & Movies, Friends & Family, Travel


Harry Potter and Half Blood Prince

In less than two months!  Woo hoo!

Excellent trailer!  It’s been a while since I read the book but the trailer really brings back memory.

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Posted by on May 22, 2009 in Books & Movies


Mary Roach at Books and Books

Author Mary Roach was at Books and Books, Coral Gables, last night to promote her new book Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex.

I just started on Stiff so I decided to go there to get my book autographed.

Roach was a really entertaining speaker, as can be imagined from her humorous writing.

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I got her to sign on my copy of Stiff, which naturally is a <a href=” “>BookCrossing</a> copy.


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Posted by on April 24, 2008 in Books & Movies, photos


Met a Favorite Author – Lisa See

I was thrilled when Lisa See made an appearance at Books & Books. She wrote Snow Flower & the Secret Fan, one of my best loved books of 2006. She was in Miami to promote her new book, Peony in Love. I haven’t read it yet but know that it’s somewhat based on the Chinese opera The Peony Pavilion, which I briefly studied in high school. When we arrived on Sunday 4pm, we were amazed at the crowd. I didn’t realize, but was gladly surprised, by how popular her books are. 

At the book signing, I asked her to sign my copy as addressed to: Dear BookCrosser. This is what she wrote:

Dear BookCrosser –
To share with your sworn sisters.
                     Lisa See

(Full article on my book blog)

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Posted by on July 17, 2007 in Books & Movies


The Very First BookCrossing Meetup in Hong Kong!

History was made as a group of BookCrossers met on June 13, 2007 for the very first BookCrossing Meetup in Hong Kong.  Present was Macaufan,  ktp28, Azuki, Wandering-B and her daughters Meghan and Caitlyn (a fine example indeed for her young daughters about the fun of meeting strangers met online). 

We met at The Tiffin Lounge at Grand Hyatt Hotel for its dessert buffet.  Ahh, does it get any better to share your favorite books over a grand marnier souffle?

Lots of books were traded, lots of calories ingested.  Unfortunately, watakeet and Modern-Goddess couldn’t make it.  Ktp28 is hoping to schedule the next meetup around September.  Anybody interested, please let him know!!

BC Meetup

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This is a label I made for the ocassion.  For the Chinese name of BookCrossing, I posted a little contest on Yahoo Knowledge and among the six or so entries, Watakeet and I liked shu you ji the best.  So that’s the unofficial Chinese name of BookCrossing.  Or official until Scott says otherwise!


My Daemon

I love Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series, and just got wind that the movie is coming up.  The official site is:

It allows you to find out who your daemon is.  Mine turns out to be a handsome lion Remis.   I love my daemon. Now I really really wish that I have a daemon around so I can give him a good hug. Interestingly I am a Leo, so I guess he’s mine!

Azuki’s Daemon

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Posted by on April 30, 2007 in Books & Movies