It’s Monday and we’re back from Tahoe!

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.



This was our second trip to Tahoe as a family. We’ve never actually been in the winter yet, just in early spring and now, late summer. Maybe one day I will feel brave enough to bring the kids to see their first snow. Plus I must admit the white stuff still thrills me too. I can still recall each of the times I’ve seen snow – yes, it is that few. The most gorgeous one was that one time it snowed when I lived in Brighton – to see a beach covered in snow is quite a sight! Yeah I do realize that I am typing this while it is still very summer-y weather outside, and I’m wearing shorts. I am so looking forward to cooler weather! But of course this is the SF Bay Area, and it always attempts to stretch out summer in the last weeks…

Anyway, I am so glad we got to take our own long weekend. The kids’ preschool is a year-round one so they didn’t get a summer break (Wee Reader’s previous school did). And with my mum leaving for Singapore next month, it was as good a time as any to take a little road trip up to Tahoe.

I made sure to pack plenty of ebooks for myself and for the kids. Luckily Scribd has quite a few kids picture books, so that worked. And my library’s Zinio e-magazine catalogue even has some kids magazines, so I downloaded those too.

 But in the end I didn’t really do all that much reading. Holidays with young children can be hard work sometimes. They’re so hyper and excited that it’s hard to get ten to settle in an unfamiliar place. Which means bed time is later than usual, wake time earlier than usual. Plus I had the exciting time of sleeping with the two-year-old who tosses and turns and kicks and sits up and throws himself back onto whatever or whoever is there. It was a sleepless couple of nights for me. I’m so glad for them to be back in their own beds! 

Anyway some photos!

My little train lover does some bedtime “reading”


Lake Tahoe


Always a good time digging in the sand


I knew the boys would love the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento but I too was awed by those trains! From the shiny steam engines to the massive (and I mean massive) diesels. It was a wonderful museum!



Old Sacramento – touristy but picturesque





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Sorcerer to the Crown – Zen Cho


Messenger of Truth (Maisie Dobbs #4) – Jacqueline Winspear

Yeah, so same things as last week! I’m almost done with both though. So there! 🙂


A little bit of Angel and plenty of the Newsroom Season 1. I tend to half-watch shows on the tablet (via Prime or Netflix) but the Newsroom has got my full attention! It’s quite an intense show. Also the husband has been watching The Flash and sometimes I watch it with him. It’s ok I guess.


A lot of 90s music!


Well have absolutely no idea this week, especially since we didn’t get to go to the farmers market on Sunday. So we’ll probably have to stock up at the supermarket. Maybe buy some beef to make beef rendang. Some fresh noodles to make mee goreng. I can always dream up things to make! But whether I follow through is another matter.


Some great Diversiverse recommendations from SFF Book Reviews

The 2015 National Book Awards Longlist is out!
A Cure for Suicide, by Jesse Ball
Did You Ever Have a Family, by Bill Cleggturner house
Fates and Furies, by Lauren Groff
Fortune Smiles: Stories, by Adam Johnson
Honeydew, by Edith Pearlman
A Little Life, by Hanya Yanagihara
Mislaid, by Nell Zink
Refund: Stories, by Karen E. Bender
The Turner House, by Angela Flournoy
Welcome to Braggsville, by T. Geronimo Johnson

Cynthia Barnett, “Rain”
Ta-Nehisi Coates, “Between the World and Me”
Martha Hodes, “Mourning Lincoln”
Sally Mann, “Hold Still”
Sy Montgomery, “The Soul of an Octopus”
Susanna Moore, “Paradise of the Pacific”
Michael Paterniti, “Love and Other Ways of Dying: Essays”
Carla Power, “If the Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran”
Tracy K. Smith, “Ordinary Light”
Michael White, “Travels in Vermeer: A Memoir”

And also announced last week was the Man Booker shortlist:

Of course I have read none of them. And I’ve never even managed to read last year’s winner, mostly because it sounds too depressing… Anyway, on to the shortlist!
Marlon James (Jamaica) – A Brief History of Seven Killings (Oneworld Publications)
Tom McCarthy (UK) – Satin Island (Jonathan Cape)
Chigozie Obioma (Nigeria) – The Fishermen (ONE, Pushkin Press)
Sunjeev Sahota (UK) – The Year of the Runaways (Picador)
Anne Tyler (US) – A Spool of Blue Thread (Chatto & Windus)
Hanya Yanagihara (US) – A Little Life (Picador)

I am kinda guessing that Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life will win one of them, at least! And yes, a reminder that I have to get to it soon. I think its length is putting me off slightly, as well as some mixed reviews. But then, I did love love love her People in the Trees.

Also, in comparison, the (Wo)Man Shadow Booker shortlist, by bloggers  Shelf LoveBibliographingOf Books and BicyclesDolce Belezza,  Nonsuch Book left A Little Life off their list!

Laura Miller on Scarlett Thomas (in Slate):

Just a few years later, Thomas’ most recent novel, The Seed Collectors, has been out for months in the U.K., but has no U.S. publisher. So what happened? How did the career of a novelist as smart, talented, inventive, and diverting as Scarlett Thomas end up stumbling in the U.S.? The answer to that question has to do with how literary careers acquire (or fritter away) momentum, with broad differences in taste between the two nations—and with luck

Mira Jacob’s speech to publishers (that unfortunately wasn’t heard):

Because all of us are so ready to talk about the world we live in. We are ready to have a publishing industry that is of that world.

Last week:

I read:

Zombillenium – Arthur de Pins

The Strange Library – Haruki Murakami

Ms Marvel Vol 2 – G Willow Wilson

The Little Paris Bookshop – Nina George

I posted:

Library Loot

RIP X: Zombillenium

What are you reading this week?


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