• Recipes

    recipe; sticky date pudding

    Earlier this year, I attempted to make, for the first time, the dessert I had grown up knowing as sticky toffee pudding. Honestly, I never knew that sticky date pudding and sticky toffee pudding were one and the same until I went searching for a recipe for my husband’s birthday. I used to love sticky toffee pudding, but after the restaurant my father used to take us to closed down, and then we started a vegetarian diet, I never found it again. I was a little bit worried this would not live up to my memories of the dessert, especially since I had to change about the recipe I found…

  • Discussion Post

    ;five asian booktubers you should subscribe to

    I realised a couple of days ago that I don’t actually follow that many Asian BookTubers, and this is a shame that I intend to correct. In the meantime! There are a few BookTubers of Asian descent that I adore, and a few that I think are of Asian descent* and please give them all some love. *If I’m wrong, please let me know! I found Saajid @ Books Are My Social Life via another BookTuber and honestly, he is so great and fun to follow. He is so honest and frank about his views, and so entertaining to watch! Highly, highly recommend his videos to everyone. Jules @ InconsistentlyJules…

  • Discussion Post

    ;something wicked this way come

    HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Or almost Halloween, anyway. I don’t read horror books, so I could not think of what would be appropriate for this week’s blog post until I stumbled onto a genius idea. I think it’s genius, anyway. Who wants a list of the scariest villains I’ve come across in literature so far*? *This list may contain spoilers for some series, so proceed with caution! Dolores Jane Umbridge.Say what else you will about the Harry Potter series, she was one of the most chilling villains I have ever come across because it is so plausible for her to exist in the real world. Take away the magic, and she’s still…

  • Instant To-Read

    instant to-read; the desi folktale edition

    Diwali is this weekend, and I thought it would be a nice way to honour my heritage to talk about some folktales I would love to see more of. It may be that I am looking in the wrong places, but I rarely – if ever – see retellings and reimaginings of desi folktales in media. Sometimes we get Bollywood movies, that is true. But books? I don’t think I’ve ever seen any and that is honestly such a shame because South Asia has a very rich and vibrant culture and history that should be taken advantage of*. *I am very glad to see so many South Asian authors using…

  • Recipes

    recipe; spaghetti soup

    Okay, this isn’t technically a soup. The sauce of the spaghetti is relatively diluted, but at the end of the day, this is pasta. The first time I was introduced to this dish, however, my cousins called it ‘spaghetti soup’, and the name stuck. This is probably one of my favourite ways to eat spaghetti. I am more of a fusilli type of girl, but for the days when I want spaghetti? This is my go-to. And it’s packed with veggies, and is easy to make! What more could a girl want? Ingredients 1/2 medium white onion, chopped 2 carrots, chopped 1 tin mushrooms, chopped 1 tin tomato paste dried…

  • Blog Tour,  Book Reviews

    BLOG TOUR; The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco ft. Book Review & Graphics

    When I found out I had been selected to be a part of the blog tour hosted by Shealea @ Caffiene Book Tours for The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco, I legit had to put my phone down and just flail for a second. The first time I saw this cover and read the synopsis, I gasped. Be still, my beating heart, this is everything you never knew you wished for. The excitement has been immense, and it has got me attempting to fancast (not in this post) and create aesthetics (scroll down for them*)! My spoiler-free review is at the end of this post, so don’t hit that…

  • Discussion Post

    ;five asian bookstagrammers you should follow (part 2)

    I was having some issues with WordPress for a few days – I could not create content or even access the ‘new blog post’ page! But things are working now, cross your fingers they keep working, and I am back! With a few more of my favourite Asian bookstagrammers for you to follow*! *If you are not on this list, it’s not that I don’t love you, because I do! I just want to keep with the number five. I’ve been following Lyza from @lyzabethsay for ages, and every theme she switches up to has always been so good. Have you seen Fanna’s, @fannatality, feed? Can we say GOALS? Honestly,…

  • Book Reviews

    review; a throne of swans

    Title: A Throne Of SwansAuthor: Katharine & Elizabeth CorrGenre: YA, fantasyType: PaperbackPublisher: Hot Key Books In a world where the flightless are ruled by those who can fly… When her father dies just before her birthday, seventeen-year-old Aderyn inherits the role of Protector of Atratys, a dominion in a kingdom where nobles are able to transform at will into the bird that represents their family bloodline. Aderyn’s ancestral bird is a swan. But she has not transformed for years, not since witnessing the death of her mother – ripped apart by hawks that have supposedly been extinct since the long-ago War of the Raptors.  With the benevolent shelter of her…

  • Discussion Post

    ;the hero’s journey vs. the heroine’s journey

    A few years ago, I did my Masters in Creative Writing, and as part of it, had to break down the tropes and pitfalls present in the fantasy genre – the genre I was writing in – for it. I never thought of presenting that on the blog, but a while back, I was thinking on it again. And I thought, why not? Did you know that there is a difference between the Hero’s journey and the Heroine’s journey? Until I started this research, I sure didn’t! The traditional Hero’s Journey is when the (generally) male protagonist is called upon to act in a secondary world, usually of strange powers…

  • Quarterly Wrap Up

    jul – sept 2019; it’s a wrap

    These last three months have been A Lot in many ways. I won’t be going in depth, I think, because the last three months seem like they lasted forever. I feel like nothing much happened in July? The clay classes I was going for were great – I’ve finished a number of projects, and am on project number 4. I’m very proud of how things are going, but being creative on this front means I haven’t been as productive on the writing front. August had a very good thing and a very bad thing happen. My cousin had her baby! An adorable little baby boy who is growing so fast.…