It’s Monday! What are you reading?

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 820 am and I’m in the living room as the kids do their own thing next to me. At least for now!

The husband had to work from home over the weekend so it didn’t really feel like a weekend!

But we still managed to do some awesome things over the weekend:
– Ate at a great Korean restaurant (seafood pancake, acorn noodles, bulgogi, mushroom tofu)
– Picked up pastries like this Castella cake from the Korean bakery Paris Baguette
– Barbecued!







The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt

So good. Just so very good. I also just read this article in the Daily Beast about seeing the painting by Carl Fabritius face to face.


Stuck Rubber Baby – Howard Cruse
A great story.


Castella cake, a kind of soft sponge cake, from Korean bakery Paris Baguette


We’re barbecuing tonight! On the menu: Portobello mushrooms with garlic and sundried tomatoes, rib-eye steak, sausages, vegetable kebabs, koobideh  (never made this before but we just bought some metal skewers and can’t wait to try it out)

Oops. I forgot I wrote this part on Sunday afternoon. Out koobideh didn’t turn out too well – too wet – so I had to turn them into patties as they wouldn’t stay on the skewers!!

I just watched 20 Feet from Stardom, a documentary on background singers like Darlene Love, Merry Clayton and Judith Hill. It was amazing to hear their stories. Merry Clayton sang the unforgettable female vocals on the Rolling Stones’ Gimme Shelter . Darlene Love sang backing vocals on some of the biggest hits of the 1960s including The Ronettes’ Be My Baby, Shelley Fabares’ Johnny Angel, Betty Everett’s The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in His Kiss), and the Crystals’ Da Doo Ron Ron. Great documentary.


What I read last week


Locke and Key 6: Alpha and Omega

I was sad to reach the end of this incredible graphic novel series. But also thoroughly satisfied at how everything ended.


Happy all the time – Laurie Colwin

A charming little book about two couples who are delightful and quirky. My first Colwin and I am looking forward to more.


What are you reading this week?


  1. Your mornings sound a lot like mine. I tend to sit on the couch and try to get some work done on the computer while watching the two little people chase each other and make pillow forts. 🙂


  2. Those pastries look absolutely delicious!! Goldfinch is one that I’ve been meaning to read for a while. I hope that you’re enjoying it! I think I might wait until the fall to read it. And I’ve been curious about Locke and Key but I’m afraid it’ll be frightening. Is it?


    1. Oh please read The Goldfinch. It was absolutely splendid.

      I persuaded the husband to give Locke and Key a try and his reaction was “too morbid”. He finished one and then never picked up another. I have to admit that it is a little, well, focused on the bleaker side of life. It isn’t for everyone I know, but I thought it was just wonderfully written, great characters, just ridiculously creative, and while it is so rather ‘out there’ in a sense, it is still tied to reality and very satisfactorily so.


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