It’s Monday and I’m reading Life After Life and Life After Life (Life After Life After Life After Life?)

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.

So usually this post gets written up on Sunday or sometimes early Monday morning. But it is already after 7 and I’m still facing a blank page. We had a very late night. The kids slept at nearly 10, their usual bedtime is about 815. Wee Reader somehow fell while getting onto a chair in the kitchen and cut his lip so badly it needed 14 stitches! The husband took him to the ER while I worried at home with the younger one. After lots of wailing, he calmed down and according to the husband, did ok and didn’t struggle (too much) while the stitching was going on. His poor bruised lip made my heart hurt. He cried more at home but it was probably because he was tired and hungry and I’m guessing relieved to not be in the hospital anymore. But he still giggled when he got to put on his snowmen pjs and insisted on story books before bedtime. So he’ll be fine, if a bit bruised.

What a night. I couldn’t sleep much. I knew he was fine and sleeping in his own bed, soundly. But I just couldn’t sleep knowing that my boy was hurt.

So anyway, here’s what I’m reading:

Life after Life – Kate Atkinson
I’ve decided that in these last few weeks of the year that I will read those books that I keep meaning to read. Those books that won awards and made the best of lists.



Life after Life – Jill McCorkle
Yup so I decided to read two books with the same title. It was partly because this one is set in an assisted living community and this has been on my mind ever since I read Roz Chast’s Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant? which I hope to talk about later this week.


War Horse – Michael Murpugo
I was curious about this. Have yet to watch the movie but wanted to read the book first.

Tolstoy and the purple chair – Nina Sankovitch

Eating: homemade bread with some lemon curd

Drinking: PG tips with milk

Finally bought some short ribs and I hope to cook from Roy Choi’s LA Son this week.

Also, mac and cheese to cheer up the hurt boy.

Other things to cook this week: teriyaki chicken and broccoli with rice. And use up the bolognese sauce I had frozen a month ago. It can keep that long, right??

Also, with Thanksgiving coming up, it’s time to have hotpot again!

Last week..

I read:

A Visit to Don Otavio – Sybille Bedford

Will post about it soon


Cleopatra: A Life – Stacy Schiff


The Ghost Brigades (Old Man’s War #2) – John Scalzi

Oh this series just gets better! It is SF but it is very readable, futuristic but still rooted in humanity.


Worn Stories – Emily Spivack

Will post about this one too…

I posted three reviews!

       A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the great California Earthquake of 1906     

       Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward     

       Nonfiction November: on diversity     

       The Hand that First Held Mine by Maggie O’Farrell     

What are you reading this week?


  1. I need to read this one too. I actually picked it up about 2 months ago at a discount bookstore and I remembered all the good reviews about it. So I’ll definitely be reading it soon. Maybe Jan next year.


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