“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’m so very sleepy this Monday morning. The 16-month-old had a fever last night – his first! – so he was lethargic and quiet and not eating much at dinner. Everyone was worried. He went to sleep OK but woke around 330 and was standing up in the crib calling out to us. I was hoping he would go back to sleep by himself but after 15-20 minutes that wasn’t happening. Plus I was worried that his fever might be worse and all those other thoughts and worries that pop into one’s head in the middle of the night. Luckily he was fine, just wanting to talk and point out things. And he went back to sleep not long after. I wish I had that luck! I lay there drifting in and out of sleep until the husband’s alarm rang at 5.55.
I so need some coffee right now!
Anyway, last week, Wee Reader started preschool again. The first day back was hectic, with the parking lot packed to the brim and everyone trying to squeeze in and out! Luckily he wasn’t reluctant to go to school and was cheerful and very talkative when I picked him up! Phew!
And with Wee Reader at school from 845-1230, I’ve got a bit more time to do things, like clean up and spend time with Wee-er Reader who is, as I despaired to the Husband the other day, becoming a boy and is no longer my baby. He’s very chatty and surprises us all with what he says, including more than just a few two-syllable words like ‘flower’ and ‘jacket’ and the very important ‘cracker’ and ‘again’ (instead of saying ‘book’ as he used to, he now asks ‘again’ when he wants to be read to!). Ask him to dance and he shakes his shoulders. He loves carrying things around the house, like, unfortunately, crayons, a toy drumstick, cars. He’s very fond of destroying his big brother’s Lego Duplo creations. And is prone to throwing himself on the floor and pretending to cry if he doesn’t get what he wants! Argh!
The two of them could not be more different. I’ll have to actually write up a post on them one day. I keep meaning to. One day!
Meanwhile, here’s what I’ve been up to:
Supernatural Enhancements – Edgar Cantero
At first I wondered if it would be too gimmicky but it’s not. It’s quite a fun spooky read so far.
Half a King (Shattered Sea #1) – Joe Abercrombie
Wow. Just wow. Ok here’s more than just “wow”. It’s an adventure. It’s a romp! It’s such rollicking good fun that feels like it ought to be read with a pint of beer at hand, a steak and ale pie* (or a very nicely medium rare steak), and a roaring fire nearby.
*I’m a bit obsessed with meat pies after watching the Great British Bake Off! How I miss British pies. Americans only seem to like chicken pot pies, which while nice to eat, aren’t exactly very exciting. I grew up on beef pies, my uncle in Australia (first Darwin then Perth) would fly in with some frozen beef pies every time he visited, and while those do not compare to a fresh pie, were still pretty good. And pork pies – this took some getting used to when I first lived in the UK, but there is something kind of fascinating about a towering pork pie.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Some time back the Husband tried to convince me to watch the first Captain America. I didn’t make it even to the halfway point. So I was pleasantly surprised when the second movie was so much better! There was a bit more of a political intrigue aspect to it, less of a “one man saves the world” type of show. And Robert Redford is in it! Robert Redford?!? I was not expecting that!
Taiwanese mooncake. I like the flaky pastry.
I’m going to make myself an espresso in a bit
Together Tea – Marjan Kamali
The Body at the Tower (The Agency #2) – YS Lee
Monkey Beach – Eden Robinson
Reviews to come!
What are you reading this week?