is back again. Sorry for being lax, what with work and life getting in the way. Check out my list of Thai sweets I sampled on my trip to Bangkok earlier this year. Feels like such a long time ago. I wanna go back NOW. Go on, have a gander at Umamimart: Slightly Peckish.

In bookish news, although I’ve been spacing out my book posts, that doesn’t mean I’ve stopped reading. Sometimes life gets in the way. Or tv. Especially Japanese drama and varieties on the net. I can’t help it, I’m addicted.

I’ve been catching up on Bleach the anime and am up to season five. Love both the manga and anime although there is an anime-only story arc which is pretty interesting.

I have a lot of reading to catch up on, I’m talking about the Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness which my friend has lent me. Plus I want to read Embassytown by China Miéville, Snuff by Terry Pratchett and Jasper Fforde’s One of the Thursdays is Missing, all of which I should have read last year. I was saving them for a rainy day and here we’ve had the wettest April in god knows how long and I haven’t had the energy to start something I know I will love. Good thing we’re done with April.

And finally, my new baby niece who is adorable and SO cute is growing quickly and beginning to resemble one of those little wild boar piglets that Obelix is so fond of. She’s giving her mum and dad sleepless nights, but she always brings a smile to my face no matter how shitty my day has been. Viva lovely little A.

I’m not here today 7

13 July, 2010

I’m back from Munich where it was hot, Hot, HOT and actually managed to read most of The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson on the plane and train. Brilliant story. Can’t wait to read the next one once I’ve finished. Especially since the films will be out this year.

But today I’m Slightly Peckish again so check me out!

coz I’m Slightly Peckish again! Check me out at mouthwatering Umamimart!

London is once again dull, grey and horrible. What is going on?

As if to make things better, the wonderful Persephone Books is offering a free Persephone Classics (slightly shop-soiled but it’s what’s inside that counts) with every grey Persephone book purchased (offer applies to one book only).

From Persphone Books’ newsletter:

On another subject: you may not realise but a huge proportion of books are returned by bookshops and then pulped because the cost of having them sent back to the publisher and cleaned up is far greater than printing new copies.

We could not go along with this because it so environmentally unfriendly, and asked for a thousand unsold Classics to be returned to Lamb’s Conduit Street. This cost £500! Which makes the point that it is almost as cheap simply to throw away and reprint.

Sadly, most of the Classics are very slightly damaged: they either have a small mark or the remains of a bookshop sticker.

Since we cannot sell these either to our mail order customers or in the shop we have decided to give them away. So — if you order one grey book at the normal price we will send you a free Classic. PLEASE DO NOT PAY FOR IT. Simply pay for your grey book as normal and write in the Additional Information box – free Miss Pettigrew Classic please, or something similar. (Nb. overseas books will be sent surface mail. And the offer only applies to one book.)

Very tempting…

because I’m feeling Slightly Peckish in Borough Market! The lovely Kayoko from Umamimart has invited me to write a fortnightly column for her food blog which features some mouthwatering photos, recipes with a twist, sexy cocktails and some sassy writing, and as a lover of all things foodie, who was I to refuse? Umamimart is one of my favourite food blogs and never fails to perk up my day. You may recall I was Fridgin’ Out a few weeks back. So go on, check it out!

Book-wise, I’m trying to finish a couple of reviews, I’m in the middle of reading Stone in a Landslide by Maria Barbal published by Peirene Press which I’m enjoying slowly as it’s a rather slim book and one to savour, and trying to resurrect my Who’s Reading What feature which mysteriously disappeared into the aether. And of course I’m trying to finish The Dark Volume by G.W. Dahlquist and am continuing with A Very Great Profession by Nicola Beauman. Plus I picked up The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley at the library which I have been dying to read.

Am I reading too many books?