It’s Monday! What are you reading? (September 23 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 was putting the baby to sleep last night and was just musing about how I wish he would stay a baby forever. How different it was with Wee Reader, whom I couldn’t wait to grow and meet all those exciting developments like rolling over, crawling, walking, talking! Now he’s 2.5 and is this fully functioning, walking, talking, thinking  little boy, who sometimes says the funniest things and is obsessed with most things with wheels (“tomorrow go buy new car, ok?” was the last thing he said to me as I turned out the lights last night). The baby turns five months tomorrow. Five months! It feels like just last week when we brought him home from the hospital and he was this tiny thing who wouldn’t open his eyes. Now he giggles at everything and loves to smile at everyone.

Alright, enough! And on to the books!




Before I go to sleep – S.J. Watson

A woman wakes up each morning not knowing who she is – each night her memory wipes itself clean. Quite fascinating so far.



Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A Memoir of Food and Longing – Anya Von Bremzen



Mrs Queen takes the train – William Kuhn

For an upcoming book tour



A Baked brownie. So sinful. So rich. I only had a third of this slice. But it’s so good!


Green tea. To cleanse some of that richness!

Looking forward to:

Well, NOT looking forward to the husband’s being away from tomorrow to Friday night for work!

Last week

I read:


Tales of terror from the tunnel’s mouth – Chris Priestley

Review to come – hopefully!


The wise man’s fear (Kingkiller Chronicle #2) – Patrick Rothfuss

Oh. Oh. Oh…

Rothfuss wrote such an excellent book with The Name of the Wind, so I think part of me was a little disappointed with this one. I was hoping things would move a little more. But no, we have long walks by the beach and staring into the abyss. Ok not really but I don’t want to spoil anything for you if you haven’t read it yet. Because I’m still recommending reading Rothfuss! He writes such a good story, even if it meanders a bit too much in this one. And he creates such unforgettable characters. I’m just waiting for the third book – hopefully next year?



The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Hercule Poirot #4) – Agatha Christie

Oh! I did not really see this one coming… ! It’s supposed to be one of her best books. I can see why.

I posted:

Heart-shaped box – Joe Hill

Aunty Lee’s Delights: A Singaporean Mystery – Ovidia Yu


What are you reading this week?



  1. Happy five months, mama! It’s so interesting to observe the differences between the two kids and how you feel about them! We were enjoying watching the two kids together last night. David was doing a silly dance and baby girl just couldn’t stop giggling. Baby laughs are the best. 🙂

    I really liked Before I Go to Sleep. I hope you do too!


    1. Yeah it’s a little more thriller-ish than Housekeeper. Coincidentally (or not? Perhaps my subconscious steered me towards it) I was watching 50 First Dates on Netflix


  2. Funny to see two such different mysteries – Roger Ackroyd was brilliant and I was thinking about it just tonight. In particular I was thinking about the criticism of one of the characters by another… being led to believe how annoying that was… but it turned out to be something else (hope I have remembered the right Christie).

    I didn’t like Before I Go To Sleep 😦 The problem for me was that it was so repetitive, with the memory loss. I think my expectation were raised very high by the reviews and it was a disappointment.


      1. Oh yes, there was that too, I’d forgottten! 🙂 Serious memory injury but able to churn out 100,000 words on every day happenings.

        I know soooo many people loved it on Amazon though. It must be that I am in a minority.


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