It’s Monday! What are you reading? (February 24 2014)

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.

It’s been a bit of a tough week with the baby catching the cough and cold that seems to be hanging around the house. He’s usually such a cheery little thing so it’s especially hard to see him feeling uncomfortable with his leaky nose and cough. So now we have Wee Reader, my mum and Wee-er Reader all coughing away!

Currently(-ish…)

Reading:

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Zahrah the Windseeker – Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu

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The longest way home : one man’s quest for the courage to settle down – Andrew McCarthy
It’s turning out to be a better read than I expected. Ok so my expectations were really kind of low.

“There’s something in the act of setting out that renews me, that fills me with a feeling of possibility. On the road, I’m forced to rely on instinct and intuition, on the kindness of strangers, in ways that illuminate who I am, ways that shed light on my motivations, my fears.”

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The song of the lark – Willa Cather

Thought I ought to read something a little less current. A classic. Oh how Cather can write.

Her reputed prettiness must have been entirely the result of determination, of a fierce little ambition. Once she had married, fastened herself on some one, come to port,—it vanished like the ornamental plumage which drops away from some birds after the mating season. The one aggressive action of her life was over. She began to shrink in face and stature. Of her harum-scarum spirit there was nothing left but the little screech. Within a few years she looked as small and mean as she was.

Eating:

A mochi egg tart from the Taiwanese 85C bakery. Yum. Flaky pastry, nice firm eggy custard. A hint of mochi within.

Drinking:

Green tea

Cooking: 

For dinner later, Hainanese pork chop (essentially breaded pork chop with a tomato sauce with green peas, onions and potato wedges), sambal sting ray (one recipe here, although ours will be far simpler, using a store-bought chili paste), stir fried green beans and Napa cabbage. To be eaten with rice

Watching:

I read this article on the late Zina Nicole Lahr, and there was a little video about this young talent and her work with robots.

Looking forward to:

Everyone getting better!

Last week:

I read:

 

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Why we broke up – Daniel Handler, Maira Kalman
I’m not much of a reader of YA, but loved this book! Min is writing a letter (a very long letter) to Ed on why they broke up, and returning to him all the things that meant so much to her when they were together, from a box of matches to bottle caps. She tells their story through these items which are lovingly illustrated by Maira Kalman.

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Shovel Ready – Adam Sternbergh

Not too bad a read.

The nurse cradles my face. Be still. Let the painkillers work. My jaw and skull throb. Nothing broken but a very convincing facsimile. Pain. Killers. Two things I’ve been spending way too much time with recently.

Sloth – Gilbert Hernandez
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Falling lemons and a goatman. Oh and a guy who falls into a coma for a year.

What are you reading this week?

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2 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What are you reading? (February 24 2014)

  1. I’m reading Stiff: the curious lives of human cadavers. I also just picked up recently a henry miller book called the complete book of friends. I found it in a coffeeshop in palm coast in their little lending library there. Have only read a little bit of it, but can’t wait to read more!

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