It’s Monday and…I’m accumulating my Readathon pile!

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.





And it’s Monday again. But hey, last week I managed one post that was not about “It’s Monday”! Woot!

My terrible not-yet-two (he will be on Friday though!) has been, well, really terrible. He clings to me, wants to hold my hand, or sit on my lap or be carried. Nothing much gets done. I can distract him for a while but that doesn’t last.





Yet we managed to get a party held. It was a joint birthday party for the kids and we had a few friends over and everyone seemed to have fun, although there were some tears when a toy was fought over and sand got into someone’s eyes.



And on Sunday we ventured out to Japantown in San Francisco. Yes in my six years of residing in the Bay Area, I’ve not stepped into Japantown before. And it so happened to be the day of the Cherry Blossom Festival parade! It was packed and a bit chilly, the littler guy refused to walk, refused to have Daddy carry him, and so it was up to me. Mummy carry! Don’t want Daddy! was the refrain of the day. Well despite the crowds we managed to grab a good lunch, snag a good spot to watch the parade and had a good time. It was so sweet watching the little kids from Japanese preschools and bilingual programs marching away. The fire truck and police officers on horseback are always fun to watch. And there were some dances and music from different Japanese cultural groups too. We’ll have to do this again next year!









H is for Hawk – Helen Macdonald

Can I tell you how much I am enjoying this book? It’s kind of weird to be reading a book that has to do with goshawks, because what do I care about them? But this book is also about the sudden death of her father, and unexpectedly (that is, for me), about author T.H. White. It is a book I’m taking in slowly, because Macdonald is the kind of writer whose writing you wander around and sit in and think about and appreciate.


Honeydew: Stories – Edith Pearlman

I’ve been admiring quite a few of her stories, but to be honest, I’ve skimmed through a couple and skipped one entirely.



Adding to my e-reader:


A TON of comics! Thanks to my two-month free trial subscription on Scribd. Want to give it a try? Click on my link here for your very own two months free!



I’m turning to my comfort re-watch, Gilmore Girls, in this time of child-inflicted headaches.

(Bonus link: 16 times Gilmore Girls Accurately Summed up Life – so true)


Cake. Because there are two birthday cakes in my fridge calling my name.


Tea. In an attempt to cut through the sugar. Who am I kidding? I need some cheese for that. 😛


Beef and bok choy noodles. Fried rice. Something in the slow cooker, maybe a chicken stew?



Why is your millennial crying??

How to make scented diffusers – Food52

The 2015 Impac shortlist is out!

And so is the shortlist for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction

This article on Dashboard Confessional at The Atlantic – I was kinda into them for a while. Very emo.

Last week:

I read:


For today I am a boy – Kim Fu
The Rice Mother – Rani Manicka

Understanding Comics: the invisible art – Scott McCloud

Lumberjanes #1 to #3 Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis and Brooke Ellen


Need more! More!


  1. I always feel like I have a million books to read thanks to my shelves, review books, and the library. But I have been considering Scribd, mainly for the comics!

    Happy Birthday to your little guy and I hope he gets a little less clingy soon! I feel your pain on that one!


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