It’s Monday and I’m reading some classics

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.




I spent a good part of last week on the couch resting my knee. It’s not hurting much now, as long as I don’t walk for too long.

But I did manage to get some stuff done on the weekend.

An early morning breakfast at our favourite diner. Because crispy bacon helps heal a hurt knee, right?

And for me, an exciting late morning visit to the DMV to renew my licence. Saturdays are for appointments only so hooray there was plenty of parking and about a fifteen minute wait before my number was called. It was relatively painless and that’s saying a lot.

Later during C’s nap time, Wee Reader and I made some chocolate chip muffins together.

The family went out to the nearby farmers’ market. There are a few in our city but I love this one as it’s set up in the parking lot of a mall so there is plenty of parking and lots of space to wander. There is a great variety of fruits and vegetables, especially Asian vegetables. There are also some cooked food stalls, one that sells pastries and bread, and I just discovered a new lovely cold brewed coffee stall that also sold loose leaf teas. I picked up a rooibos chai and an earl grey, as well as a cold brewed mocha. Yum.

Then we went to the Mitsuwa supermarket in San Jose to have ramen. Everyone had soupy ramen from Santouka but I wanted hiyashi chuka or cold ramen as it was a hot day.

Even before 11, the place was crowded as there was a Japanese “gourmet fair” event with food stalls selling sweets and sushi and a variety of things. We picked up some yummy fish cakes like the ones above as well as some kani inari or beancurd skin sushi with crab.


Right now: 

It’s about 315 pm Sunday, the 2yo is napping (after the usual struggle to get him to fall asleep!), the 4yo is playing with Lego and I’m trying to write this post on my phone. I’ll have to check it on my computer later and put up book covers. But so far the WordPress app is behaving.

I always struggle with the title for this post and I’ll have to fill something in later. But for now I’ve got some watermelon barley tea from Lupicia cold-brewing in the fridge, the boy is playing quietly by himself, the Husband is working in his home office, the in-•laws are napping, so things are going pretty ok for a Sunday afternoon.





Lolly Willowes – Sylvia Townsend Warner


Up the down staircase – Bel Kaufman



Home Cooking: A Writer in the kitchen – Laurie Colwin
I could easily read this book in one sitting but I’m trying to read it slowly. It’s a collection of pieces about cooking and lots of fun to read.


The Diaries of Dawn Powell: 1931-1965 – Dawn Powell
Dipping into this now and then


X-Factor Vol 2: Life and Death Matters – Peter David, Ariel Olivetti, Dennis Calero


Girls Season 1 and True Blood Season 3.


Juliet Simms 



Rooibos and honeybush tea from Trader Joe’s. I drink it with a big wedge of lemon. The weather has been pretty hot but somehow this hot drink is still quite refreshing in the afternoons. However, I’m going to have to stock up on some Japanese/Korean barley tea (mugicha) soon, as that makes a perfect cold drink. I love the tea bags that can be thrown into a bottle of cold water. An added benefit is that it is caffeine-free and my four-year-old quite likes it! In case you don’t have an Asian supermarket nearby, you can get them from Amazon.


It’s going to be hot this week so there will be far less use of the oven (unless we are baking some treats which is highly likely) and more stir-fries and the like. No solid plans yet but my mother-in-law picked up a box of biriyani spices the other day and we might give that a try, although it might be too spicy for the kids! Also plenty of vegetables from the farmers market so that makes me happy.

Grateful for:

This week I have been thankful that when we were looking for a house in this estate some five years ago, that we didn’t buy the one we had originally intended to buy – a smaller, narrower, three-storey home. We ended up going with the slightly bigger two-storey house. One less staircase to climb!


Over at Design of the Picture Book, plenty of lists for summer reading for kids.

Top 10 books about being alone (The Guardian)

A BookRiot-er talks about the best moments when Judy Blume met Molly Ringwald!

A list of various summer reading projects/challenges over at A Work in Progress

The Japanese Literature Challenge 9 has begun! I totally forgot about it. But you know, it’s another excuse (as if I need an excuse) to think up a list. So look out for mine soon!

Last week:

I read:

Legacy (Sharing Knife #2) – Lois McMaster Bujold
This book opened a lot slower than the first book, Beguilement, and for a while I was wondering where Bujold was going with this. It seemed very placid and domestic, settling down in the community, that kind of thing. But ah how I love Dag and Fawn, and exploring their life together, this time with Dag’s family and friends.

February flowers – Fan Wu
I was mistaken at first, thinking this was a book in translation. Instead, Wu did write this in English, although it is set in China, Guangzhou to be exact. It’s set in a university, where 16-year-old Chen Ming is a naive freshman (she’s the clever sort who skipped a couple of grades) and meets worldly-wise but far-from-hardworking 24-year-old Miao Yan, also a student, but the kind of student who skips classes. The writing isn’t much to shout about and is instead very simple, but this book was worthwhile in reading about life in university in China. One that wasn’t about politics and protests, but about growing up, about sexuality, about relationships.

X-23: Innocence Lost – Craig Kyle, Christopher Yost and Billy Tan
X-23 Vol 1: The Killing Dream – Marjorie Liu and Alina Urusov
Daken/X-23: Collision – Marjorie Liu and Giuseppe Camuncoli
A matter of life – Jeffrey Brown
Mystery Society – Steve Niles and Fiona Staples
Dear Beloved Stranger – Dino Pai
The Adventures of Polly and Handgraves: a sinister aura – Bret M Herholz
Thumbprint – Joe Hill, Jason Ciaramella, Vic Malhotra
X-Factor: The Longest Night – Peter David, Ryan Sook, Dennis Calero

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