It’s Monday and July is nearly over!

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.



Terrible photo that I quickly snapped before dishing out. But it’s a peach and plum cobbler. White peaches and yellow peaches and one sad plum that no one wanted to eat as the rest weren’t sweet! The recipe is from Orangette and originally for a plum cobbler. I added the rolled oats onto of the cobbler topping as I always like oats in crumble/cobbler! So good.


We always have a nice time at the Children’s Museum in San Jose. And as an extra benefit, Sunday mornings from 11-12 are its members-only hour. The kids got to take their time at the exhibits, including the Tet (Vietnamese new year) exhibit which had a lion dance costume, musical instruments and even a little kitchen to play in.


It’s Sunday evening and as I’m that kind of last-minute blogger, I’m just pushing this out right now. Yeah.


A Companion to Wolves (Iskryne World #1) – Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear


Uprooted – Naomi Novik


Girls Season 1.

Mad Men Season 7. I’m kind of trying to watch this as sloooowwly as possible.


Well I’m in bed at the moment but we er had Popeyes for dinner. Woohoo! Fried chicken. Mashed potatoes. Coleslaw. And then peach cobbler to follow. So American a dinner. (I think? Is cobbler an American thing? I know crumbles are more British. Right? I can’t say for sure. I’m from Singapore.)


Water. We were out the whole day. Farmers market in the morning, children’s museum after, off to take a look at furniture at West Elm after that. Then grabbing dinner to eat at home. When I’m out the whole day I don’t drink as much as I usually do at home. And when I don’t drink enough water I get a headache.


Mee goreng (here’s a recipe). It’s a fried egg noodle dish usually spicy, with bean sprouts, chicken, tofu. Just typing it makes me drool a little.

Also, shepherd’s pie. Hopefully the kids eat it this time. You would think that minced beef, mashed potatoes and peas would be a win with two littles. No. Not at all. I’m going to add in frozen corn this time. See if that helps.

Scallops risotto.


Over at the Misfortune of Knowing, Enid Blyton Who? 

How not to be Elizabeth Gilbert – Jessa Crispin writes in the Boston Review

Traveling the world with books – The Millions 

In praise of the unlinked story collection – Literary Hub

A Life in Books’ Man Booker wish list

I’m not a big fan of cheesecake but this cheesecake-topped brownie has me hungry (Food52)

Last week:

I read:

Far Arden and Crater XV – Kevin Cannon

The last Chinese chef – Nicole Mones

Hood – Emma Donoghue
Double Barrel #1 – #11 – Xander and Kevin Cannon 

(This serialises Crater XV as well as Xander Cannon’s Heck.)

Little Adventures in Oz Vol 1 – Eric Shanower

I posted:

Comics round-up: Far Arden; Crater XV; Little Nemo

Weekend Cooking: Beef Hor Fun

Library Looting plenty of picture books and more

Diverse Comics

What are you reading this week?


  1. Never had scallops risotto but scallops are another thing that make me drool like hor fun. Maybe not quite as good as hor fun… the hor fun just scrolled by me *again* as I loaded up my WP. I hate not living in London, where you can get the real thing.
    Your kids are so cute 🙂


    1. Ooh. Scallops hor fun! Haha!

      But you’re not that far from London! I remember stopping by the Chinatown in London to pick up Chinese pastries from the bakery there. I can’t quite remember which eateries we went to but some of them were pretty good


  2. I can’t believe July is almost over! August will be here and gone in a blink too. I’m looking forward to the school year–it’s easier for me to balance work with my kids’ schedules when they’re at school–but I’m going to miss the warm weather.

    The cobbler looks delicious! I don’t really know what the differences are among cobblers, crisps, and crumbles, but I love everything that falls into those categories.

    Thanks for linking to my post on Enid Blyton!


    1. My older boy’s preschool is a year-round one so he’s still attending five mornings a week. Woohoo!

      As for warm weather, I think I’ve had enough of it! We don’t really get extremes here in the Bay Area but this week has been hot. I can’t wait for fall!

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      1. I’m looking forward to fall too! My youngest is in a year-round preschool, but my older two are in a traditional day camp. It starts at 9 AM. In what world can a parent drop off a kid at 9 AM and be at work by 9 AM? Sheesh. Thankfully, my job is very forgiving about things like that.


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