Library Loot (October 5 to 11)

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Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Sharlene from Real Life Reading that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

Happy Wednesday! What did you get from your library this week?

Claire has the link-up this week.

What I got from the library this week:

Drunk on Love – Jasmine Guillory

I always look forward to a new book by Jasmine Guillory!

Loveless – Alice Oseman

Loved Oseman’s Heartstopper series. This one’s about Georgia, who’s never been in love.

The Fortunes of Jaded Women – Carolyn Huynh

First line: “Everyone in Orange County’s Little Saigon knew the Duong sisters were cursed.”

Otto – Jon Agee

Borrowed this graphic novel for a reading challenge –  A book with a palindromic title.

It’s Monday (October 3, 2022)

Some things last week:

Ugh wasn’t the best weekend for me as I had a sore throat that turned into a bad cough. I did however test negative for covid though, so that’s a plus, I guess?

Dinner yesterday – while the rest of the family got to have some delicious dumplings (xiaolongbao, panfried dumplings, green onion pancakes and more), I had just one xiaolongbao and also this sliced beef noodles. The noodles and beef were fine but eh that soup wasn’t very good.
Rice porridge is always a good thing to eat when sick. I made stock with dashi powder, cooked some rice porridge in it. I recently watched a YouTube video where they stirred the porridge with a whisk to break down the rice grains more – after cooking for 20 minutes. And hey, that worked well. I’ve always made rice porridge the way my mum taught me, which was to add the washed rice grains in with cold water and cook it until the rice has broken down. So to watch that YouTube video, where the water is boiled first then the rice grains added after, was interesting.
Earlier in the week, I made vanilla ice-cream (using this recipe). Yup, it’s autumn, but it’s still warm enough here for t-shirts and ice-cream.

Currently…

Reading:

Love Marriage – Monica Ali

Watching:

Great British Bakeoff

Listening:

Fervor – Alma Katsu

Eating and Drinking:

Lots and lots of tea

Cooking:

We have leftovers from yesterday, thankfully. I am thinking of very simple meals the next couple of days. Tuna mayo rice with salad maybe?

Last week:

I read:

The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea – Axie Oh

Husband Material – Alexis Hall

I posted:

Library Loot (September 28 to October 4)

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date

Library Loot (September 28 to October 4)

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Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Sharlene from Real Life Reading that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

Happy Wednesday! What did you get from your library this week?

What I got from the library this week:

The Fervor – Alma Katsu (audiobook)

I’m a fan of Katsu’s books, which are kinda like horror mixed with historical fiction. This one is set in a Japanese internment camp.

Counterfeit – Kirstin Chen

Two Asian American women band together to grow a counterfeit handbag scheme into a global enterprise. Interestingly, I had recently read in a Singapore newspaper that police reports had been made against a luxury handbag reseller that was collecting money from customers but not handing over the bags.

Finlay Donovan is Killing It – Elle Cosimano

A struggling writer is overheard discussing her plot and is mistaken for a contract killer. This is one mystery that definitely sounds fun.

The Charmed List by Julie Abe

The Charmed List is a fun magic-infused romcom that involves once-friends-now-enemies Ellie and Jack on a road trip to a magic convention in LA. Ellie was set to do this coastal California road trip with her best friend Lia, and work on her Anti-Wallflower list, such as riding rollercoasters, crashing weddings, and falling in love. Instead, she’s stuck with her former best friend Jack. He’s on her list: “Revenge on Jack Yasuda). That doesn’t exactly bode well for a long road trip.

The magical society they live in is kept hidden from the world and it was an interesting way to bring in magic – it’s infused into all kinds of things, even drinks and food. Like a Vietnamese coffee shop dusts their drinks and desserts with a magical powder for strength, either physical or emotional, depending on what’s needed. A stationery store sells bullet journals that are imbued with spells for fame and power.

Their charms are powered by raw magic dust that has to be collected. It comes out of raw emotions, and can be seen and collected by magicals when they wear charmed, rose-tinted spectacles. The magical charms they cast are small, such as a cleaning charm or a fix-it elixir.

I loved that this book is set around Northern California. It was fun to follow the characters as they visited places I’ve been to, like indie bookstore Books Inc in Palo Alto and Shuei-Do Manju Shop (which makes so many delicious flavours of mochi) in San Jose’s Japantown.

The Charmed List is a sweet and cute romance with a hint of magic. It was a nice summer read, great to enjoy with some popcorn, although I wouldn’t have minded some magic sprinkled onto my snacks.

It’s Monday (September 26, 2022)

Some things last week:

On Friday, the husband and I went to get our booster and flu shot. And as someone who had little or no reaction (other than the sore arm) to my three previous Pfizer shots, this Moderna booster really hit hard! I woke up in the middle of the night feeling cold and it was a warm night too. I had to go pull on long pants and warm socks and still felt miserable and shivering the rest of the night. I don’t know if it was lack of sleep or because of the booster, but the next day I had a bad headache for most of the day. It was definitely a day to rest at home and not do much.

Thankfully, felt so much better on Sunday. But then my younger son started getting a sore throat and mild fever. He tested negative for covid luckily but is having a bad runny nose today and is home from school for now. I had picked up some ribeye from Costco earlier, so since the rest of us were feeling ok on Sunday (and the sick kid was happy to have congee), I made ribeye, potatoes, and asparagus.

Currently…

Reading:

Husband Material – Alexis Hall

Watching:

Rings of Power on Amazon

Listening:

Eating and Drinking:

Pancakes for breakfast

Cooking:

I was thinking of making a baked oatmeal like this one (minus the nuts as I have a kid with slight allergies) so that there’s something quick for breakfast this week.

I’ll cook up some of the laksa paste I brought from Singapore. And maybe some chicken rice too.

Last week:

I read:

Amari and the Night Brothers – B.B. Alston (audiobook)

Garlic and the vampire – Bree Paulson

A Deadly Education – Naomi Novik

I posted:

Library Loot (September 21 to 27)

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date

Library Loot (September 21 to 27)

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Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Sharlene from Real Life Reading that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

Happy Wednesday! What did you get from your library this week?

Claire has the link-up this week.

What I got from the library this week:

Picked up some physical books at the library.

Love Marriage – Monica Ali

First line: “In the Ghorami household sex was never mentioned.”

Korean American – Eric Kim

We love Korean food and luckily, have some pretty good Korean eateries around us. Favourite things to order: spam and kimchi kimbap, kimchi fried rice, fried chicken wings, corn cheese. Recently I’ve been cooking more Korean food too, like tofu soup and japchae (sweet potato noodles). So I was especially interested to see Kim’s Korean-American recipes, like this gochujang zucchini recipe.

The Last Graduate – Naomi Novik

First line: “Keep far away from Orion Lake.”

(also it opens with a cross-section drawing of the Scholomance, which is a sorcery school).

Husband Material – Alexis Hall

Also, an ebook hold came in. This is the sequel to Boyfriend Material.

The kids’ loot:

It’s Monday (September 19, 2022)

Some things last week:

Some things I made last week!

Made a Japanese-style dinner the other day. Grilled hamachi Kama (yellowtail cheek), pork katsu, garlicky spinach, rice, and miso soup.

It was raining on Sunday and that’s the best weather for hotpot! Lots of vegetables, three types of mushrooms, fish cake and fish balls, some thinly sliced pork and beef.

I finished this Wrapped in Diamonds shawl (Ravelry pattern here). Fun to make!

Currently…

Reading:

The Marvellers – Dhonielle Clayton

Watching:

Rings of Power on Amazon

Listening:

Amari and the Night Brothers – B.B. Alston

Eating and Drinking:

I had a slice of toast and tea for breakfast. For lunch later, leftover Singapore-style Hainan chicken rice.

Cooking:

Haven’t quite figured it out yet! But I do have a bag of chicken drumsticks in the freezer, so I’ll probably marinate them and grill them. Maybe I’ll bake some potatoes too.

Last week:

I read:

Grave Reservations – Cherie Priest

Over The Top – Jonathan van Ness (audiobook)

Temple Alley Summer – Sachiko Kashiwaba

I posted:

Library Loot (September 14 to 20)

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date

Library Loot (September 14 to 20)

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Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Sharlene from Real Life Reading that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

Happy Wednesday! What did you get from your library this week? Let us know in the link-up or comments below.

What I got from the library this week:

Chef’s Kiss – Jarrett Melendez

Funnily, this is the second book called Chef’s Kiss in my Libby shelf.

Grave Reservations – Cherie Priest

A psychic and a travel agent solve a murder together. Sounds interesting.

All Together Now – Hope Larson

The sequel to the graphic novel All Summer Long.

The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea – Axie Oh

A feminist retelling of a Korean fairytale.

It’s Monday (September 12, 2022)

Happy Monday! Hope you have a great week ahead. Last week featured a long heatwave here in California, with temperatures hitting 41C (105F). So I’m looking forward to a much cooler week!

Some things last week:

I didn’t get to post last week as we were on a road trip. We made it to Crater Lake in Oregon and Lassen Volcanic National Park. Crater Lake is a long 7-hour drive from us, and it was made even longer when we had to take a detour due to the Mill Fire, which exploded off the highway that we were supposed to drive through. They closed the highway shortly before we got there, so we quickly had to plot another route that took an extra hour. Sadly, homes were destroyed and two people died in the fire.

In Oregon, the skies were smoky due to that fire and a few others burning in the area. But luckily, when we made it up to Crater Lake, the skies cleared up and it was gorgeous. Crater Lake is, as you might have guessed, a lake in a volcano crater. A volcano erupted and then collapsed some 7,700 years ago. It’s the deepest lake in America and interestingly, it has no inlets or outlets so it’s one of the clearest and cleanest lakes. We drove around the rim, stopping to see the viewpoints.

There’s also a short hike out to see the Pinnacles. After the eruption, these valleys were filled with ash and pumice. Essentially these are ancient gas vents that hardened. The streams eroded the softer material and we are left with these towering pinnacles. Fascinating!

At Lassen, the major attraction is Bumpass Hell, named after the person who found it – and unfortunately stepped right into one of the boiling mud pots, resulting in the amputation of his leg. Today, a rough trail lets you reach the boardwalk where you can safely view the boiling waters and bubbling mud pots. It’s definitely quite a sight to see (and smell).

Luckily right by the Bumpass trailhead parking lot is Lake Helen and it is cool and clear. It would have been more reflective if not for several people swimming in it!

Near the north entrance of Lassen is the Subway Lava Tube. About 1/3 mile long and completely pitch dark, you’ll need proper flashlights to make it through safely. As we left, one group was walking with just their cellphone light on and it was hardly providing light!

Currently…

Reading:

The Charmed List – Julie Abe

Watching:

Rings of Power on Amazon. Well, I’ve only watched the first episode so far. And it was not bad, dramatic, exciting. But somehow at the end, what I couldn’t help thinking was, oh they took the humour out of it. Not like the LOTR movies were all hahaha funny, but some parts were at least fun or amusing, like the competition between Gimli and Legolas on their number of kills. Granted, this was the first episode, so maybe there will be some joy sometime in the future?

Listening:

Nothing at the moment

Eating and Drinking:

I had coffee and toast for breakfast

Cooking:

The kids want to have Japanese curry sometime this week. And it’s definitely looking to be a cooler week than last week’s ridiculous heatwave. So I’m also thinking I’ll bake some sourdough bread and cake. My starter seems to have survived my 5-week absence. It looked a bit sad last week but I’m trying to feed it more often (usually it’s kept in the fridge and fed once a week) and give it more time at room temperature, so it seems to be on the mend. I hope!

Last week:

I read:

Long Distance – Whitney Gardner

Tokyo Ueno Station – Yu Miri

My Berlin Kitchen – Luisa Weiss

I posted:

Library Loot (September 7 to 13)

Library Loot (September 7 to 13)

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Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Sharlene from Real Life Reading that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

Happy Wednesday! What did you get from your library this week?

Claire has the link-up this week.

What I got from the library this week:

The Charmed List – Julie Abe

Something to do with magic, romance, and a road trip? Sounds cute!

Also, it’s RIPXVII (Readers Imbibing Peril) season so here are some spooky reads…

The Resting Place – Camilla Sten, translated by Alexandra Fleming

I enjoyed Sten’s The Lost Village and am looking forward to another creepy story from her.


Cackle – Rachel Harrison

Ok I want that tea cup.

Kids’ loot: