It’s Monday and I’m reading Strange New Things

itsmondayIt’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.




Over the weekend we hit the Children’s Discovery Museum in San Jose again. We have an annual membership and didn’t get to explore the place fully the first time we went as it was SO crowded, probably because it was New Year’s Eve and they had some special events on.

It was so very pleasantly not crowded on Saturday. We arrived as soon as they opened and got to play freely without too many other grubby little hands reaching for the same toys! Hooray!



Wee-er Reader gravitates towards any exhibits with balls. This is probably his favourite.




Wee Reader plays spot-the-fossil.




But on a less happy note, my mother-in-law returned to Singapore on Sunday. We are so fortunate that both sets of parents are willing to travel here to spend time with us, spending some 20 hours on airplanes and at airports – it’s NOT a non-stop flight from SIN to SFO, so it’s via Seoul or Hong Kong on Singapore Airlines.








We made sure to feed her well during her last week here with us!



This week’s reads are taking me to Shanghai, Haiti and even to outer space!


The Book of Strange New Things – Michel Faber

I honestly was not expecting this to be about religion. But it’s interesting so far!


The Sing-Song Girls of Shanghai – Han Bangqing
I’ve already had to re-borrow this rather long (554 pages) e-book. Originally published in 1892, it tells of courtesan life (also known as ‘sing-song girls’).

An Untamed State – Roxane Gay
Wow, that was some beginning.



Over the weekend the Husband and I watched Begin Again. I’m not a fan of Adam Levine but it was a fun show and such fun for a music lover! I particularly enjoyed the scene where Mark Ruffalo watches Keira Knightley sing and he imagines the arrangements – violin, cello, bass, drums, piano.




Chocolate cake.

In Elena Ferrante’s The Story of a New Name, one of the characters mentioned chocolate cake. It was just a mention, not a mouthwatering description, yet that just put that thought in my mind for days and days. I had to get myself a piece of chocolate cake!


Decaf latte.


Let’s see, this week my plan is to do some baked rice with chicken and broccoli; noodles with spinach and tofu and prawns; maybe some soy sauce-braised chicken wings with rice and a vegetable.

Looking forward to:
Comics February!

Last week…

I read:
The Story of a New Name – Elena Ferrante
Book two of her trilogy. SO GOOD. Ferrante is just brilliant.

Dept. of Speculation – Jenny Offill
A rather different, more modern read for me. Her writing was quite excellent but I think the structure of the book was not really for me.

I posted:

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll (creepy graphic novel)

Who Ate Up All the Shinga? by Park Wan-Suh (a lovely Korean memoir)

All the Birds, Singing  by Evie Wyld

Weekend Cooking: Browned Butter Blueberry Muffins – from ‘eh’ to ‘ooh’



 What are you reading this week?


One Comment

  1. Love Elena Ferrante! #FerranteFever

    I’m in Swedish Lappland 1717 reading Wolf Winter by Cecelia Ekbäck. Snowed in between the pages and hearing it’s happening for real in other parts of the world, bracing themselves for snowy days ahead.


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