It’s Monday and I would like a weekend do-over


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



So somehow Book Riot decided to include my Litsy account (RealLifeReading) in a post called ’10 Wonderful People to Follow on Litsy’! And woah, so many new followers in just a few hours. Such is the power of Book Riot! Thank you Book Riot for that! It was a really nice surprise! And as a result of that, Litsy added my account to the ‘suggested’ accounts for new users! So if you are new to Litsy, come say hi! (Think they’re working on getting an Android version up soon.)

So some of you probably know I am a full-time mum. The husband works in the city which is a long Bart ride away so he leaves at 630 and gets home hopefully before 7. It is often a long trying day with two boys. If it is not one boy it is the other. That’s probably why I immerse myself in books when I can.

I consider it a successful day if (1) no one is made to stand in a corner; (2) I didn’t raise my voice and shout at anyone; (3) and you know, all those basic things like survival. And somehow I made it through most of last week without anything untoward happening. Except for Friday. When both boys were sent to their corners because of pushing and shoving that kept happening and later the 3yo went upstairs way before bedtime because he refused to eat dinner. He of course wailed and wailed and wailed. Then proceeded to throw up on the carpet. And then again on another part of the carpet. And had to have yet another change of PJs. Of course when something like that happens, I thought, crap, why didn’t I stop to think that the reason he was not eating dinner was because his stomach wasn’t well? Why didn’t I do anything earlier? But really what could I have done about it? He would have thrown up anyway. The amazing thing about kids is  that despite his having thrown up twice in a span of 30 minutes, he was his usual cheerful self, and after I changed his pajamas for the second time, he looked at me and said, “what a lovely day”. I doubt a 3yo knows what sarcasm is, so I think he really meant it. Children are so strange and wonderful. They frustrate you by fussing over the silliest things like socks and then the next minute will give you all the warm fuzzies when they give you a big hug and kiss for no reason.

(Added to note. He was ok on Saturday. We kept things easy and didn’t do much. So since he was fine we decided to go out for lunch on Sunday. Dim sum lunch where he had fish porridge which is good for queasy stomachs. But on the way home he threw up in the car. Yeah. Luckily it was a ten minute drive. And he was fine again after that. The car seat was a different matter! But after a wash and a sunning in the backyard it’s all good.)

The kids have been enjoying their summer swim sessions. Mondays to Thursdays for four weeks. Love that it’s outdoors – it’s at a high school. Their regular swim school is indoors. 

We bought strawberry plants for the first time. The kids are so excited and go check on their strawberries every evening.

And on Saturday my Book Outlet purchase arrived. I wanted to buy some books for the kids during their 15% off sale and also saw these beautiful Puffin classics going for $6 each. And also some books for myself, most of them I’ve read already but wanted to own. (Do you do that too?)





Flight – Oona Frawley

I wasn’t expecting that part of this book is set in Vietnam (and also Ireland). Pretty good so far.

The Time in Between – Maria Duenas

Yes it is taking me a while to read this. It is my nightstand book and I try to read a bit each night but some nights I am tired and the only thing my brain wants to do is watch Netflix. 


Orange is the New Black

Also, the kids watched How To Train A Dragon for the first time on Sunday. They were iffy at first but when Hiccup and Toothless started bonding, they really enjoyed it (although some parts were a bit scary for them). At the end of the show, 3yo said, “I want to ride the blue one!” And the 5yo pretended he was Toothless for the rest of the evening. I’ll have to get hold of the books for them but from what I’ve seen on Goodreads, they are very very different from the movie! Have you read the series?


Year of Yes – Shonda Rimes

So good.



Just had that pain au chocolat above.


Black tea with milk is always how I start my day.


I have this packet of beef rendang spice paste from Singapore that I probably should cook up. May consider making meatballs or meatloaf or something like that.


Publisher Weekly’s Fall 2016 literary fiction line-up

Breastfeeding in Literature (The Millions)

LGBTQ books for kids (Brightly)

Did you hear that Margaret Atwood is writing a YA graphic novel? (Buzzfeed)

At The Reading Desk, a fascinating exploration of the diversity in what India reads (or doesn’t read). 


This Olive and farro salad sounds delightful (Food 52)

Pan-fried pork buns (No-frills recipes)



Last week:

I read:

The Descender Vol 1: Tin Stars – Jeff Lemire

Run the World  – Becky Wade (for an upcoming book tour)

I posted:

The Song Poet – Kao Kalia Yang

Favourite 2016 releases so far



  1. Poor little guy! I hope everyone stays healthy this week.

    D read all of the How to Train Your Dragon books and really liked them, but I would warn you that they are big on potty humor. This of course makes them hysterical for eight year olds, but I don’t know if that’s the kind of thing you want your kiddos reading.

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  2. Oooh I love your new header!! Hope your kid feels better now! Will check often if litsy android is released then I can at least follow your lovely pics+book stuff on there, but I am glad that you are still posting on instagram 🙂 I’ve taken a break from vip memoirs, but Year of Yes sounds so good!

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    1. Thanks! I think you may enjoy Litsy. I’ve discovered q a few new comics and books there and I love the discussions that take place especially when book recs are sought!

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