It’s Monday and I’ve been rereading!


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



What happened last week? The three-year-old (reluctantly) went back to preschool. The five is doing work at home for now and will start school August 31. He’s going in for a day camp, something to do with science and STEM stuff next week. I went for a twice-yearly checkup at the dentist and all’s good. The husband was away all week (yep, pretty much flew in from Singapore and flew out again!) in New Orleans for a work thing. And will be flying off to Denver later today!

On Sunday I made a raspblueberry pie that unfortunately wasn’t sweet enough despite that cup of sugar mixed with the fruits. Luckily ice cream came to the rescue. Otherwise the butter pie crust from Smitten Kitchen (which I had previously used in an apricot pie) continues to do well for me.





I’m rereading Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials because I took this photo for the book photo challenge (best bookish squad) and thought hey I will just reread it.







I decided to give Stranger Things a try after watching the trailers.







Spicy eggplant with ground pork, although I will have to figure something out for the kids. Maybe wontons for them with the ground pork.

Oxtail stew




20 writers from around the world on the Olympics (Lit Hub)

The Straits Times names Balli Kaur Jaswal’s Sugarbread its Book of the Month. 

Hollywood keeps hiring white men to do an Asian’s job – on that horrendous show about The Great Wall (called of course, The Great Wall) in which Matt Damon is that white man who saves the Chinese people. Because of course, Chinese people need saving by a white man. Why Zhang Yimou? Why???

Indra Das on The Devourers (Signature Reads). Ok really need to read this!!

I really want to eat these S’mores Brownies (Bake at 350)

Last week:

I read:


Girl through glass – Sari Wilson

The Golden Compass – Philip Pullman


I posted:

What I read in Singapore (1): Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones

Top 10 books I would buy if you gave me a gift card



  1. I like this Pullman kick that you’re on- His Dark Materials is such a great series. I have not yet started watching Stranger Things because I have so much reading to do at the moment I don’t want to start binge-watching a new series- but I’ve only heard good things about it so far! I was eyeing that pie so much yesterday after you posted a picture of it on IG- that butter crust sounds heavenly!


  2. So. I read book one in His Dark Materials a ridiculous long time ago and NEVER read the sequels. I just cannot get into the ‘popular’ YA series…


  3. Happy rereading! Just finished Stranger Things yesterday and I really liked it! Got me pretty nostalgic even though it’s set in the early 80s. Hope you’ll like it! Also Sugarbread has such a great cover!! Hadn’t even heard of it. I spy the “Indian Poirot!” 🙂


  4. I like the matching covers. Isabel is particular about the covers of her series matching. Great series, enjoy the retread. Your pie looks good too.


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