It’s Monday and I’ve finally finished Beauty is a wound (and am staggered)

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.




 So nothing much to say, so here are some photos of edible things!


Autumn is Persimmon Paradise


Cooler weather means I’m more willing to make pizza!


Trying out a random idea I had of a potato pancetta Brussels sprouts gratin



Salted caramel milkshake







The Moor’s Account – Laila Lalami

I’m surprised by how much I like this one. It could easily have been rather heavy a read, but Lalami has such a deft hand when it comes to writing historical fiction.


More Lumberjanes issues that have popped up on the Overdrive library catalogue. I forget which exactly. 16? 17? Some of those.  

Also, Sofia Samatar’s A Stranger in Olondria


Sex and the City is now on Amazon Prime instant video! Hooray! So I actually do own the box set but we haven’t actually used the DVD player in ages. My kids don’t even know what a DVD is. All our TV watching tends to be via either Netflix or Amazon subscriptions. And once in a while, Youtube for the kids – they like Peppa Pig! We don’t have regular TV.


A slice of homemade chocolate rootbeer bunds cake. It doesn’t look pretty so I haven’t bothered with photos!


Coffee. I did a post about tea recently but I also do like to drink a coffee now and then. We have a Nespresso machine and while I had initially been reluctant to get one, I love it! 


I’ve still got a big rack of ribs from Costco so I’ll be doing some oven-baked Asian-style marinated ribs.

 We picked up some daikon and cabbage from the farmers market so that will go into a soup of some sort. 

Some panko-crusted pork chops served with rice and vegetables 

Or maybe this Vietnamese-style pork with rice noodles recipe. 


Memory has a list of writers of color on Marvel Universe that’s great for Diversiverse

I keep meaning to read Porochista Khakpour’s The Last Illusion and I’m now even more interested after reading this story of her Shelfie on Lit Hub

Catherynne M Valente on unrealistic SF – oh and she has a new adult novel coming out! 

Writers and punctuation over at The Guardian

I really enjoyed Buried in Print’s post about illustrations in books, and I promptly added Pure Steele to my TBR list after reading about it!

Also added to the TBR list is The Return of Captain John Emmett by Elizabeth Speller, thanks to this post by A Bookish Type

I love fried rice. We’re a Chinese-Singaporean family so plain Jasmine rice (brown and white) is a staple at our house. And some days, we cook up an extra cup or two of rice in the rice cooker (love my Zojirushi!) so that we can have leftover rice to fry up as fried rice the next day for dinner, usually throwing together things in the freezer like frozen peas and corn, lapcheong or Chinese sausage, sometimes bacon or chopped up regular sausages, and always always an egg. i am a food blog talks about fried rice and her BLT fried rice recipe. 

Eater chronicles the rise and rise of The Barefoot Contessa

Last week:

I read:

Beauty is a Wound

I raced through this epic saga because my library ebook was soon to expire! I wasn’t expecting, well, I jumped into this one knowing only that it was by an Indonesian author said to be a worthy successor to Pramoedya Ananta Toer. And wow it was some read. Sprawling and epic. I will try to talk about it soon, once I figure out how to talk about it!

I posted:

RIP X and Diversiverse: The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami

It’s not Monday but I’m still reading!

RIP X reads: The Messenger of Truth



  1. Peppa Pig on Youtube? Elle has watched it at her grandma’s house and I don’t think it’s on Netflix–but like you, we rarely use DVDs. We do have the older Disney movies on DVD but otherwise it’s all itunes or netflix!

    Anyway, I got derailed–what I really want to say is that your pizza looks amazing!!! I was just saying the other day that we need to start making our own pizzas again. Yum!


  2. I’m so glad to see someone has read Beauty is a Wound! I started it a few weeks ago, but just haven’t had the time to give it the attention I really thought it deserved, so I set it aside for later. I can’t wait to get back to it and definitely want to hear what you thought!


  3. Aaaand now I’m hungry! Really glad my dinner will be done in 15 🙂
    I’ll have to look at the poc Marvel list, sounds wonderful and how great, a new Valente book. I haven’t heard about Beauty is a wound, will have to look that up. Have a great week 🙂


  4. I’ve been hearing really good things about The Moor’s Account. I’m glad you are enjoying it!

    Your pizza looks so yummy. We love to make pizzas, although my kids ask for pepperoni and then pick it off and eat it separately!


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