It’s Monday! What are you reading? (July 15 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.




The price of salt – Patricia Highsmith
I’ve loved everything by Highsmith that I’ve read so far. A little dark, a little odd.


The orphan master’s son – Adam Johnson
I just started on this so I’m not sure what to make of it yet. It’s set in North Korea so that already makes it fascinating!



Leftover birthday cake! The husband bought a delicious opera cake from Cafe Madeline in the city. The layers of chocolate ganache, almond sponge cake and coffee buttercream make for a yummy cake!

Vietnamese coffee with condensed milk. Strong and sweet.

Listening to:
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

Looking forward to:
Some shopping at Lupicia in San Jose for some loose leaf tea.

Last week I read:
The Cloud Searchers (Amulet, #3) – Kazu Kibuishi
The Last Council (Amulet #4) – Kazu Kibuishi

I read these two books in the Amulet series only to realise that my library does not have book 5, Prince of the Elves, so looks like I’ll have to inter-library-loan it!


The girl with the dragon tattoo – Stieg Larsson

I finally have caught up with the rest of the world! It was rather slow-moving at first and I wondered if there was any point to continuing! But I’m glad I did, if only to mark it off my to-read list. Now could someone please tell me if the rest of the series is worth reading? Thanks very much!

Last week I reviewed:

Flight Behavior

Flight behaviour – Barbara Kingsolver


Glamour in glass – Mary Robinette Kowal

I also posted about lunch at the French Laundry and books I read in June


What are you reading this week?


14 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What are you reading? (July 15 2013)

  1. The problem with neglecting to read headings- saw the photo of your cake and wondered what the book is. Didn’t even occur to me that it’s ermm to be eaten. 😛


    1. It was pretty much a very occasional treat for me until we decided to buy a bag of ground coffee Vietnamese style from the Asian supermarket here. And make our own on the weekends. Yum.


  2. I’ve never read Patricia Highsmith. Should one start with Mr. Ripley or is there a better book of hers to read first?

    Have a wonderful week! I love your music choice. 🙂


    1. I think Ripley is a good place to start, although I should add that I’ve only read the first book and that was not long after the movie came out (Wow that was in 1999!). Strangers on a train was the other novel of hers I’ve read (the other book was one of short stories – The Snail Watcher and Other Stories), and it was quite intense – it was adapted by Alfred Hitchcock.


  3. I love Grace Potter and the Nocturnals! Since you mentioned Vietnamese coffee, now I want some Vietnamese coffee macaroons. Yum! Your cake is so pretty. Enjoy this week’s stack.


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