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Ethel Yap
Ethel YapPHOTO: COURTESY OF BENJAMIN KUAN

Who: Ethel Yap, 27, actress and singer-songwriter

The actress, who has worked with theatre companies such as Pangdemonium and Wild Rice, is also a singer-songwriter.

Yap, who is married and has a master's in musical theatre from London's Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, writes folk and acoustic-pop music.

She will perform at the Monthly Mewsic Series curated by The Company of Cats, a cat cafe in Mosque Street on Friday. Tickets are available at www.ethelyapatthecompanyofcats.peatix.com.

What are you reading now?


The Meaning Of Marriage: Facing The Complexities Of Commitment With The Wisdom Of God by Timothy Keller (2013, Penguin Books, $14.33)

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton. I have recently sunk my teeth into science fiction in books, TV shows and movies. I have always loved the 1993 film, directed by Steven Spielberg, so I thought it would be good to read the novel and see how the film measures up.

What books would you save from a burning house?


Emma by Jane Austen (2003, Penguin Classics, $11.32)

First, I would save the Bible that my mother owns as it is filled with her reflections on certain passages in the margins. It reminds me of her and is also a symbol of faith.


The Remains Of The Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (1990, Vintage International, $12.98)

I would also save The Meaning Of Marriage: Facing The Complexities Of Commitment With The Wisdom Of God by Timothy Keller, which I read when I was preparing to get married. This insightful book offers a lot of practical advice.


Watchmen by Alan Moore (2014, DC Comics, $21.35)

Two novels I would save are Emma by Jane Austen and The Remains Of The Day by Kazuo Ishiguro. Emma is the book that kickstarted my reading habit. As for The Remains Of The Day, I simply love Ishiguro's writing and subtle storytelling.

Finally, I would save my husband's copy of the Watchmen written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Dave Gibbons. I like the story, art and its compelling and layered writing. Also, it holds a special place in my heart because my husband lent it to me when we were dating.

  • Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton (2012, Ballantine Books, $10.06), The Meaning Of Marriage: Facing The Complexities Of Commitment With The Wisdom Of God by Timothy Keller (2013, Penguin Books, $14.33), Emma by Jane Austen (2003, Penguin Classics, $11.32), The Remains Of The Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (1990, Vintage International, $12.98), and Watchmen by Alan Moore (2014, DC Comics, $21.35) are available at Amazon.com.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 24, 2016, with the headline 'Bookends'. Print Edition | Subscribe