It’s Monday and I’m intimidated by the size of this book!

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.

Good morning! I’ve been up since 5 when someone decided it was a good time to wake up and have a cry. To be fair, I think I heard an alarm go off around that time, which probably woke him up! I’m going to need more coffee!


Stuff that happened last week:


Yeah. I borrowed Drood. And it’s still sitting where I left it.



Other exciting things happening around here in drought-ridden California – it rained! Not enough but still, it was a welcome sight after many months!

We also visited a new-to-us library in the next county. It’s so big and beautiful and new! The children’s section had so very many shelves of picture books! I was envious! Our library is pretty good and located on the edge of the central park but there are fewer copies of books, and sadly quite a few books in our last library loot were torn by previous (less careful) borrowers. Sigh. One of the pages was even cut out! I’m so sad when that happens!

Anyway it just so happened that the library we visited was having its book sale. We managed to grab several decent children’s books. Unfortunately I didn’t have the time to browse the adult section of the sale!


In case you’re interested, some things that were happening in my kitchen last week!

I made a batch of oatmeal chocolate chip (with a hint of kahlua), and a batch of oatmeal raisin-coconut cookies, adapting Bill Granger’s recipe (you can find one here). My mum made beef rendang, a kind of Southeast Asian spicy beef stew with lemongrass, star anise, cinnamon etc. We used a paste and added some fresh spices, but here’s a recipe in case you’re interested. And I was trying to get rid of the  Italian sausage ravioli in the freezer, so whipped up a meal with it, crisping up some pancetta, then caramelising onions and cabbage, then making a bit of a butter-soy sauce, throwing in some frozen peas for more vegetables, and adding fresh cilantro at the end.







China Witness – Xinran

A collection of interviews she did with people in China. They relate their experiences during the Cultural Revolution and after.


Bloodchild and other stories – Octavia Butler

I started this a little too late for Diversiverse! But I do try to make an effort in reading POC authors although sometimes not enough! Anyhow, I really do like these short stories as well as Butler’s afterwords.


Aunty Lee’s Deadly Specials – Ovidia Yu

For an upcoming book tour. That cover is so wrong! They should have put the buah keluak (that black nut in the back – at least I think it’s a buah keluak) and not the candlenuts, as it is the buah keluak that is talked about in the book. Then again I suppose a cover full of ugly black seeds wouldn’t be very attractive.



Metric – Synthetica.



The Edge of Tomorrow. I’m no fan of Tom Cruise so I watched this action/SF flick for Emily Blunt! I loved that she was this hardcore soldier in a war against aliens. It was a bit like Groundhog Day but with aliens and fighting! I’m not that big of an action flick fan but this was kind of different. It’s based on the Japanese “light novel” (apparently similar to a novella) All You Need is Kill.

Chestnut bread from Paris Baguette. It’s chestnut season. I so have to find out where I can have a Mont Blanc around here!

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Last week..

I read


Monogram Murders – Sophie Hannah
For an upcoming book tour


Shoplifter – Michael Cho
I really enjoyed this graphic novel about an English lit major who ends up working in an ad agency writing copy. She doesn’t really like her job or her life and shoplifts to spice things up.


Greenglass House – Kate Milford

Oh I can’t wait to talk about this one in a proper post. Such a fun read!


I posted:


Weekend Cooking: beef pasties

Library Loot (September 26 2014)

I read and wrote about a few books for Diversiverse and RIP IX. Some books worked for both!
Supernatural Enhancements by Edgar Cantero

The Traitor in the Tunnel (The Agency #3) – YS Lee

The Shadowed Sun by N.K. Jemisin


What are you reading this week?



  1. Oh my goodness, those food pictures are making me hungry! Fall always makes me excited again about cooking and baking.

    I hope you get to sleep in later the rest of this week and that you find time to get started with Drood!


    1. Summer is a tricky time to be cooking/baking for many! But having lived most of my live near the equator, ie hot hot hot central, I guess the Bay Area summers are nothing compared to that!


    1. It was kind of fun. Prob had to do with Tom Cruise’s character being one with a big ego who then gets thrown into a bad situation, partly of his own making


  2. Drood! Drood! Drood! (imagine a slow but persistent chanting). Don’t be intimidated by the size, it’s a great book (ahem, no pun intended).
    I found Edge of Tomorrow a little boring – all those repetitive scenes…I do like Tom Cruise, though.


    1. Yeah the repetitive scenes were a bit, er, repetitive for a while. But I liked where it was going. I only wish there were more female soldiers in the movie besides Emily Blunt and the one in J squad.


  3. Forgot to answer your question. I just finished “Frankenstein” and now I’m reading “The Monsters – Mary Shelley and the Curse of Frankenstein” and it’s pretty good so far. A lot of details about the inspiration for Frankenstein, and the lives of some very famous writers of that time. It’s quite fascinating.


  4. Xinran’s earlier book The Good Women of China has been on my wish list for years and China Witness sounds really interesting, too! Love The picture of your little one holding Drood… still trying to decide if I can add in a chunkster!


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