It’s Monday and I’m reading Redeployment

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.

Some parts of the Bay Area hit record highs over the weekend. It was around 75F in our parts and it was a “why am I wearing jeans when it’s so warm?” kind of weather. If you’re snowed in and reading this, just remember, we are still in a drought. We had a completely dry January (another record) and I’ve been reading talk about a mega-drought! I really miss the rain. And we really have been trying our hardest to conserve water, so I’m not sure what else we can do…

Anyway, plenty of eating this week!




Bún Thịt Nướng or grilled pork and rice vermicelli and lots of vegetables and fresh mint. Eaten with nước chấm (dipping sauce of fish sauce, lime juice, sugar, chili)

Wee Reader and I made a banana cake for Valentine’s Day.



And the Husband brought back some lovely desserts from La Baguette


And we had prime rib! Or rather, I had prime rib and the Husband had a steak. The kids shared sliders. Don’t worry, I also had a garden salad too.




Vietnamerica – GB Tran


Redeployment – Phil Klay

Gilmore Girls. Again. It’s been the kind of week where I’ve been turning to the Girls for some comfortable entertainment. Having seen this show several times over, I know what’s going to happen, yet still find it lots of fun to watch.

This Guardian interview with Anne Tyler

Some interesting ideas for child-friendly meals, also at the Guardian. I like the sound of that duck salad.

Literary Lindsey’s post on raising readers

Book Riot’s FAQ on diversity, this time in kidlit. This is part five of a fantastic series of posts. Go read every one of them!

The New China – and plenty of suggested books – in The Millions



Endless Numbered Days – Iron and Wine 

“There are things that drift away like our endless, numbered days
Autumn blew the quilt right off the perfect bed she made
And she’s chosen to believe in the hymns her mother sings
Sunday pulls its children from their piles of fallen leaves”

A sinfully delicious chocolate roule from La Baguette

Assam tea

Cooking for the week:
Bee hoon (rice vermicelli) with carrots, green beans and tofu
Claypot rice with Chinese sausage and chicken in the rice cooker, to be eaten with stir-fried vegetables
Noodles stir fried with shiitake mushrooms and cauliflower
Braised chicken wings, stirfried vegetables, rice

Last week…

I read:

Plenty of comics – check out my post here!

The Sing-song girls of Shanghai – Han Bangqing

The Last Good Paradise – Tatjana Soli
For an upcoming book tour

Funny Girl – Nick Hornby



What are you reading this week?




  1. Thanks so much for pointing out my post and for adding some more excellent suggestions. 🙂

    I love to half-watch Gilmore Girls too. It’s one of the shows I will put on when I’m actually trying to get some work done, but want something familiar in the background.

    Have a great week!


  2. Sounds like a fun week, I’m reading Unbowed One Woman’s Story by Wangari Maathai an extraordinary biography of an inspiring and courageous Kenyan woman who won the Nobel Peace Prize, and hoping to start Yasmina Khadra’s The African Equation today. Finished Our Endless Numbered Days last week too.


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