It’s Monday and what a weekend that was!


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date


Phew! The weekend was kinda exhausting! How was yours?


It started early for me on Saturday when I woke at 430am for my 5am start time for the Dewey’s 24 hour readathon! This was the first time I was up before the start time! I read a comic in bed, then managed to read a couple more (with interruptions from kids waking up and having to be fed breakfast – how demanding! – in between) before I had to start preparing for the birthday party. My kids’ birthdays are in March and April so we held a joint one as we have for the past three years. We had a few friends over, the kids have grown up together and it’s always nice to see them playing together!


We also tried a new restaurant in our city, with xiaolongbao. My five-year-old has a recent love for xiaolongbao and happily gobbled some up.


On Sunday, my two-year-old became a three-year-old! He’s small-sized so he always seems so young! He’s a train guy so as his birthday treat we went on a train ride on the Niles Canyon Railway.





Mayumi and the sea of happiness – Jennifer Tseng

Black Thorn, White Rose

The Cosmopolites: the coming of the global citizen – Atossa Araxia Abrahamian

Paper Menagerie and other stories Ken Liu




The L Word


Birthday cake


Lots of tea


Maybe nothing tomorrow as we still have party leftovers!

But also, some rice porridge to be eaten with pickled turnip omelette and minced pork and sweet potato

Ngoh hiang – a minced pork and water chestnut mixture rolled up into a beancurd sheet and fried. It’s eaten with a sweet black sauce



Shannon at River City Reading had a great post on being your own worst reading enemy

Why where we write matters (Lit Hub)

Over at the Misfortune of Knowing, the worst pick-up lines in literature. Fun! wonders why the white-washing of characters.

I don’t use Kindle Unlimited, but this article about garbage 3000 page books is interesting 

Kerry at Pickle Me This has a great post on messy blogging 

7 alcohol subscription services (Food 52) – tempting!


Last week:

I read:
Andre the Giant: Life and Legend – Box Brown
Resistance #1 – Carla Jablonski
Rat queens. Volume two, The far reaching tentacles of N’rygoth – Kurtis J. Wiebe, story ; Roc Upchurch, Stjepan Sejic, art


I posted:

April 2016 Readathon Update Post

#AtoZChallenge – T is for Tutu Kueh

#AtoZChallenge – S is for Sambal

#AtoZChallenge – R is for Rojak

The Old Garden

#AtoZChallenge – Q is for Qing Tang or Cheng Tng

Books that make you laugh

#AtoZChallenge – P is for Popiah

#AtoZChallenge – O is for Orhnee



  1. Looks like you managed to ead a bunch despite the party and everything! Also, yay for party leftovers!
    I really like the look of Mayumi and The Paper Menagerie. Happy reading 🙂

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  2. Looks like your kids had a great party!

    A train trip is such a great idea. We did it with D, for a Christmas themed ride with Santa. We haven’t tried it with BG yet. Maybe this year!

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  3. Sambal is one of several things that I miss about Singaporean food. I always smuggle a few jars of sambal ikan bilis back from Singapore and try to make them last as long as possible when I’m in Brussels (whichever is tough to do!)

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