It’s Monday and I’m journeying with Army Shanks to Far Arden

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.



It was a relatively uneventful weekend. One with a lot of eating as usual, but relatively uneventful otherwise. But that can be good too. Running errands, spending time at home, being with the family.

We had burgers and fries at The Counter.


A lunch at My Dumpling in Milpitas, with some lovely xiaolongbao, spring onion pancake, fried milk bread and condensed milk to dip in, some wonton noodles, pork chop rice, and an excellent red bean pancake with loads of sesame seeds. The place was packed by 1130 and service a little all over the place, but the food was great. Tons of food, with plenty of leftovers for tomorrow!






A God in Ruins – Kate Atkinson

I’m on the last stretch and to be honest am still not quite sure what to make of this book. Atkinson is for sure an amazing writer but I’ve been wondering about all this back and forth that she puts the reader through. It made more sense in Life After Life. 


Far Arden – Kevin Cannon

Army Shanks! Army Shanks! He punches! He kicks! There are polar bears! 




Orange is the New Black season 3. Ok so last week I mentioned not being into it but then I suddenly did get into it and now I’m a few episodes in.

Also, Angel Season 2 and New Girl Season 3, which guest stars Lindsay from Freaks and Geeks (aka Linda Cardellini)!!!! So I had to Google her and I DID NOT realize that she was in Mad Men as Don Draper’s neighbour. She really looked very different there…


The Carpenters.



Last week Wee Reader and I made some oatmeal cookies – one batch of oatmeal raisin coconut and another of chocolate chip. So oatmeal equals breakfast!


This loose leaf chai tea that I picked up from our local farmers’ market.


Something to do with eggplants… I will have to figure this out soon as these eggplants were from last weekend. Maybe I’ll turn it into spaghetti sauce. My other option is to make it spicy. Or to slather it with a miso marinade and grill it.

Also some chicken stew with potatoes, carrots and cabbage.

Oh and I had picked up some scallops from Costco. So maybe a risotto, or if I don’t have the time, a simple scallop linguini.


I missed the Shirley Jackson Reading Week! But I wanted to highlight Stuck in a Book’s post on covers of Jackson’s books

Over at Savidge Reads, some short story collections by Christos Tsiolkas and May-Lan Tan

Clueless is 20 years old. Twenty. Years. Old. 

The 321 books in David Foster Wallace’s collection (Open Culture)

Oh my… I really want to eat this Chocolate Honey Almond Tart (Averie Cooks)

Last week:

I read:

Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland – Eric Shanower, Gabriel Rodriguez
Second thoughts – Niklas Asker
The Serial Garden: The Complete Armitage Family Stories – Joan Aiken
The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion

I posted:

Top Ten Tuesday: Last 10 books that came into my possession

The Serial Garden: The Complete Armitage Family Stories

Weekend Cooking: Kongbah bao and stirfried kangkong 

What are you reading this week?


  1. Without saying anything more, I will say that the end of A God In Ruins will probably help you to make up your mind one way or another.

    The chai sounds great. I think I may brew some iced chai for my commute tomorrow!


    1. What did you think of the end? I am still in two minds about it!!! The book has some amazing moments and while I loved Ted and his sweetness, he was kind of boring to be honest. And gah that Viola!!


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