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Friday, February 3, 2012

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I am once again behind on my reviews. But I guess I do have an excuse this time.

I have been feeling very tired, and just had no energy to read, let alone blog.

Because I am with child :) Due in mid-August.

I shouldn't complain too much as I don't have much morning sickness. Apart from fatigue, I just have hunger attacks (first time it happened, I was sweating, shaking and almost passed out). We were going to go out for dinner at 7pm, and it happened at 6pm. I told husband to just get me some food so I ate some leftovers quickly. Needless to say, we didn't end up going out since I was full.

I am also getting forgetful... I forgot to renew a library book oops. Luckily the fine is only 75 cents. Usually I am on top of this since it's all done online and they send you reminder! I don't even recall seeing the reminder...

Something book related - I was reading 1222 by Anne Holt, a locked-room Scandinavian mystery/thriller. In the middle of this book, I was enjoying this sub-genre (locked-room) I went to search for other books. I found a few classics that had been voted as the best in this category. My library doesn't have them, so I am having other libraries in the network to send them over! For those of you who have read And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, that's an example of this sub-genre. I like that you have to use logic to deduce who the killer is.

So these are the ones I am going to read (hopefully I'd have more energy soon!)

The Three Coffins / The Hollow Man by John Dickson Carr, 1935 (supposedly the best there is)
The Judas Window by Carter Dickson, 1938 (aka John Dickson Carr)

Rim of the Pit by Henning Nelms, 1944
The Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux, 1907 (John Dickson Carr's favorite)

These are all old books, and I usually prefer contemporary books (after 2000?) so we'll see how I like them!

Has anyone read any of them?





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22 comments:

  1. Congratulations again, glad to see you announce it now, makes it so much more real :-)

    Your doing great, the tired is normal at this stage. You will learn to always keep snacks close that feeling is not a nice one.

    I wonder if you will enjoy those old reads.

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    1. Thank you, yes it's definitely getting more real... and I do have snacks close by both at home and at work! i wonder if I'd enjoy the old reads too - with And Then There Were None, it took some getting used to with the older language. But I am excited to read them esp if the plot is brilliant!

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  2. Hey congratulations!! Hope the rest of the pregnancy goes smoothly!

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  3. Congrats, that's such good news! I hope things continue to go smoothly :)

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  4. Can you hear me squealing?? Congraaaaatulations!! Enjoy the ride! :)

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  5. Great news Christa! So happy for you both! Here's hoping you'll feel better soon...and in the meantime just go with it, relax as much as possible and read a lot. Loved The Hollow Man when I read it.

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    1. Thanks! I'm trying to stay calm and relaxed. Glad you loved the Hollow Man!

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  6. Oh my goodness! Congratulations! You'll be having a Leo (I'm a Leo). I'm so happy for you!

    *hug*

    I can SO relate.

    I was always tired and forgetful. Mr. Whimsy use to laugh that he missed his wife because I went from super organized to super forgetful and spacey. Luckily after I had the baby my brain came back.

    As for the food attacks, consider yourself blessed. I had all day sickness for 2 months straight. It was brutal.

    *hugs*

    So happy for you!

    Keep us posted.

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    1. Thanks Juju! I should get tips from you :) I am also a Leo - in fact, due date is on my b'day (though I know due date is not accurate :) Haha, I am usually the organized one too. In fact, I forgot to take my prenatal vitamins most of the time, I need to get those old people pill box to remind myself... my youngest sister is also pregnant (due 4 days before me, first child too!) and she was sick 4 times a day throughout the first trimester, so yes I do feel blessed.

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    2. Oh my goodness! How fun to have a sister pregnant at the same time. Too cool!

      So you thinking names yet? :)

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    3. I am exchanging notes with my sister but too bad she lives too far away so the kids won't grow up together (she lives in another country).

      As for names, just informally... we're going to find out the sex of the baby in a month so will start thinking more seriously then, so we don't have to double the effort lol. It took us so long to come up with the cats' names, so we need all the time we can get!

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  7. Congrats! I can't wait to hear more updates!

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    1. Thanks Trish! :) As a first time mum, I am sure I have lots of questions... esp about children books since I have no idea (I grew up reading Chinese children books)!

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  8. Congratulations!!!! How exciting! I was wicked forgetful when I was preggers. i still am and he is 4! So happy for you!

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    1. Thanks Michelle! I just posted a new post... I totally forgot a blog tour on 1/29!!

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  9. Congratulations and welcome to the crazy train! Your poor brain will not be the same for awhile (I'm 16 months in and I'm still not all here :))
    As for the subgenre, I'm interested. I saw the And then there were none movie and loved it. Looking forward to your reviews and recommendations.

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    1. Thanks! I haven't watched the And Then movie (didn't even know there's one!) I am reading The Three Coffin now, I hope I'm not so tired so I can read faster! Ugh too bad about the brain won't be the same!!

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