It’s Monday and I’m hoping this will be a healthier week for everyone!


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

Last week was, well, let’s just say it wasn’t the best of weeks. The 3yo had been sick last weekend, then seemed better again, then somehow got worse again. It’s always difficult to see a usual active jumping everywhere laughing and singing cheerful little boy just lie down on the sofa all day, eyes closed, all drowsy, barely eating, not really doing anything. Even the lure of watching Polar Express was met with a flutter of the eyelashes and more kicking and unhappy flailing of the arms. He was unhappy, I was unhappy, my 5yo was unhappy because I wasn’t paying him much attention. And so it went on for a few days.

Trying to read while he rests


On Friday he was back to normal, laughing and shouting before 7 in the morning, not eating much still (and he is SUCH a small 3yo!) but eager to get up and out of the house again. The boys helped me make a devils food cake for Father’s Day. They stirred, measured, cracked eggs and just had such a good time.

(Of course on Friday evening, the 5yo got a low-grade fever. Luckily he was better by morning! Phew!)

So a cake with frosting and sprinkles equals birthday cake in the three-year-old’s eyes. When I pulled it out on Sunday for our Father’s Day celebration, he sang Happy Birthday Father’s Day to You!

I would be contented if this week both kids finally get over their coughs and runny noses. And we make it through the week without another fever!





The Time in Between – Maria Duenas

Yes still. It is a very long book and I am taking my time with this one.

The Raven King – Maggie Stiefvater





Across the Universe – if you’ve not heard of it, it’s a musical with Beatles songs and they wrote the story around the songs. Parts of it was good, parts of it was not so good.

But also binge-rewatching Orange is the New Black just so I can watch the new season! Yes, I do that. Doesn’t everyone???



Brown Girl Dreaming – Jacqueline Woodson






Last week I somehow cooked up a lot of Singapre-style food. I made Claypot rice (chicken and Chinese sausage over rice in the rice cooker), mee goreng (a kind of fried noodle dish, usually spicy but I fried it with a soy sauce and ketchup sauce instead. The kids of course loved it), bak kut teh (pork rib soup), Hainanese chicken rice served with Costco rotisserie chicken and coleslaw.

So what to make this week? Maybe some carbonara. Something in the slow cooker. Soy sauce chicken wings maybe.


Trish talked about Pleasure Delayed Reading, including this gem:

If I read a book right after purchasing it, perhaps I won’t get as much bang for my buck than if it sits on my shelf for years.

Over at Read Diverse Books, What Does The Term “Diverse” Mean To You?

Added to my TBR:

Ruins by Rajith Savanadasa (via ANZ LitLovers)

Last week:

I read:

The Conjoined – Jen Sookfong Lee


The Island of Eternal Love – Daina Chaviano


Zahra’s Paradise – Amir, Khalil

I posted:

Top Anticipated Releases of the second half of 2016

Weekend Cooking: Pizza Fridays (or any days)

What are your plans for this week? What are you excited about reading? Let me know!


  1. Oh gosh, fingers crossed that your littles are much improved this week. It’s the worst when they don’t feel well. I must admit, I’m eyeballing that Snicker lying on your book. I think I’m off to grab some brownies out of the fridge.


    1. Cold brownies are the best thing ever. My husband never understands how I can eat them straight from the fridge. He is always a microwave it and have it warm type…


  2. Your kids are stinking cute. I almost can’t stand it. And, yeah, when they’re sick and just LYING THERE, it’s the worst. Glad they’re both feeling better!

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