It’s Monday and wait a minute, it’s my birthday!


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



Sigh. So much terrible happened last week. So much has been said. I wish I knew what to say. Sometimes it just seems so much better to hide in books than to get out into the world.



So that’s kind of what I did on Saturday. The dear Husband took care of the kids while I went to shop at the library book sale and got a whole lot of books for under $20. I was especially excited to get the Ozeki. I’d already read Americanah and On Beauty but thought I’d get those anyhow. 

Got my birthday presents a day early. The husband got me the Sandman box set and had helped my mum to order this Kitchn cookbook for me. 

The Husband definitely won the day with this decadent chocolate mousse cake from Alexander’s Patisserie in Mountain View. So chocolatey, so rich, and yet not too sweet. The birthday sign by the way is a solid block of chocolate. I am going to be dreaming of this cake forever. 




Monstress Vol 1 – Marjorie Liu, Sana Takeda


Rickshaw Boy – Lao She


Someone Knows My Name/The Book of Negroes – Lawrence Hill

 Next up: one of these. Or all of these!



Orange is the New Black. Always.




Year of Yes – Shonda Rhimes 

Still loving it!



Did you see that cake above? It is heavenly.  


Tea. Yeah I am still drinking hot tea in summer because this summer has been a surprisingly cool one! Apart from one or two weeks where it was really hot and we had to turn the AC on in the evenings, it has been nice and cool.



Fried noodles 



Vote for the next book at the Diverse SFF Book Club! Some really great reads there.

The Millions’ Great Second-Half 2016 Book Preview

For a long time I didn’t like coleslaw. I think it’s probably because the ones I was eating were all chopped up too fine. I started making my own recently and realize that slaws are awesome things. They’re fresh and tangy and best of all, my kids are happy to eat them, yes even my 3yo who is very selective about greens and often says “no more vegetables!!’. Anyway, here is a link to 7 slaws from Food52

Last week:

I read:
Where Angels Fear to Tread – EM Forster
I posted:

Flight by Oona Frawley

TLC Book Tours: Run the World by Becky Wade

Books I’ve Loved With Under 2000 Ratings On Goodreads



  1. Happy belated birthday!!! Looks like you had a great day and your cake is sooo gorgeous. Apparently we have the same birthday 🙂
    Also, great library book haul! I’ve been wanting to read Ozeki for such a long time, curious to hear your thoughts on it.


  2. Happy belated birthday, Sharlene!
    Book shopping is the best kind of retail therapy. That’s an amazing and thrifty book haul.
    Your husband is a keeper. That chocolate mousse cake looks beyond yummy.


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