After a scorcher of a week, I am so glad the heat is tampering down again, at least until the weekend it seems. I know that we don’t get the high highs and low lows here in California. We’ve got relatively pleasant weather but ugh last week was icky. It was t-shirt and tank top weather. And I had one too many a flashback to life in Singapore, living with heat and humidity and my eczema!
The Italian Girl – Iris Murdoch
Almost forgot about this one
Messenger of Truth (Maisie Dobbs #4) – Jacqueline Winspear
Figured that RIP X is as good a time as any to pick up with Maisie Dobbs again!
Just got this from the library’s Overdrive catalogue. SO excited!
And later on Sunday, I was notified that more e-book holds were waiting for me!
The Quick – Lauren Owen
Pitch Perfect. I saw it when it came out, but my Mum hasn’t seen it, so we watched it together on Saturday night. She thought it was fun. And we all had a good laugh.
Well nothing at the moment, but we did just come back from breakfast at our usual diner. So we had pancakes, French toast, bacon, eggs, hash browns and corned beef.
Green tea. It’s finally cooler this week! Last week I drank mostly cold barley tea, straight from the fridge. The barley tea comes in sachets and can be cold-brewed. So it’s nice for a change to drink some hot tea!
Ribs – usually I pop them in the slow cooker after marinating for a few hours. Then in the oven to broil with a bit of barbeque sauce.
A boring and predictable (yet enjoyed by everyone) spaghetti bolognese.
Noodles! There’s always noodles!
River City Reading wonders: how much research do you do before you read a book? For me, very little, unless it is a book I am accepting for review or as part of a blog tour. I kind of like to go by blog posts by bloggers I’m fond of. I generally scan the review, avoiding large chunks of synopsis, looking for quotes from the book, a general idea of whether the blogger liked it or not. I like to go into a book relatively blindly, and I’ve discovered a lot of great new writers this way. Like NK Jemisin, whose Hundred Thousand Kingdoms I read because of Eva’s post some years back!
Labour Day is long over I know, but I wanted to post this Labour Day reading list from Lit Hub.
Also, perfect for RIP (I think?) is Helen Maslin’s top 10 literary castles and country houses. Ok so not all are dark and creepy…
Over at Buzzfeed, 17 books that capture the immigrant experience
Gretchen (Zombillenium #1) – Arthur de Pins
Cider with Rosie – Laurie Lee
The Invasion of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling #2) – Erika Johansen