It’s Monday! What are you reading? (May 20 2013)

itsmonday“It’s Monday! What are you reading?” is a weekly event hosted by Sheila at Bookjourney to share with others what we’ve read the past week and planning to read next.

I thought Monday would be over before I could finish this post! But here it is, after some snatched minutes here and there on the computer, and more updating via the WordPress phone app.

We’re at three weeks plus – and I’m wondering if he’s on a growth spurt as it feels like I have barely minutes between feedings!

What I read last week:

The Prince of Tides – Pat Conroy
A painful, intense, tragic story, set in the salty marsh air of South Carolina.

The Red Chamber – Pauline A. Chen

The Paris Wife – Paula McLain
Made me want to watch Midnight in Paris again. And read Hemingway.

Flight Behavior – Barbara Kingsolver (review to come)

Graceling – Kristin Cashore
A fun read with such a strong female character.

Bridge to Terabithia – Katherine Paterson
Ohhhhh…. what a touching story. I didn’t have a clue about the storyline so that ending came out of nowhere

I’m currently reading:
To the people, food is heaven – Audra Ang
A Singaporean journalist’s account of her time in China, and as its title suggests, it is full of delectable and fascinating food-related moments

Away – Amy Bloom
Not sure how I feel about this one yet

The Leftovers – Tom Perrotta
I’ve enjoyed every Tom Perrotta book I’ve read so far.

What I reviewed:

Maya’s Notebook – Isabel Allende

The Red Chamber – Pauline A Chen

Looking forward to:
Wee-er reader’s one-month (满月 man yue) celebration on Sunday. Here in the US, people hold baby showers before the birth of the child, but in Singapore, at least for Chinese Singaporeans, we celebrate after the baby turns one month.

Traditionally, dyed red eggs are given out to guests, as are sweet treats like ang koo kueh (literally ‘red tortoise cake’ – a sticky rice cake filled with ground peanuts or a mung bean paste – here’s a recipe and photos if you’re interested). These days, these gifts are usually an assortment of cakes provided by commercial bakeries.

Our man yue celebration will be a simple lunch with friends and family at home. No red eggs but good food and company.


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