It’s Monday and I’m glad it’s a new week


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 all about adjusting to a schedule without Grandma around. My mum, as I mentioned last week, flew back to Singapore after two months with us! It’s such a big difference not having her here and the kids took a while to get used to it being just me getting them up and ready for school, playtime, lunchtime and all that. And I was so exhausted by the end of the day that by 10 my eyes were closing and not long after I was flat out. 

My older boy caught some kind of stomach bug on Thursday and it was tricky juggling a sick boy and a healthy one who still had to go preschool! Then Friday was forecast to storm, and the wind gushed and moaned and the sky threatened for hours, and the forecast kept getting pushed back. Of course it had to rain during school pickup! 

Saturday was a mellow day. I did manage to make it to the library book sale for a good thirty minutes of browsing and some great books. Admittedly the selection this time wasn’t as fantastic as in summer! But I think I still did ok with a good lot of kids books and fiction for myself, all for about $12. I always go there with the goal of spending at least $20 so I ended up donating the change.





It is Sunday morning and it is drizzling! It is such a pleasure to listen to the rain falling again, after what has been months without.



whatisnotWhat is Not Yours Is Not Yours – Helen Oyeyemi


Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore – Robin Sloan




Sing! China, the final



I had baguette and Brie for Sunday breakfast. I’m more of a savoury breakfast person. How about you? 


Green tea


My five yo doesn’t like mushrooms but this creamy mushroom pasta sounds so good!

A kind of baked pasta with cauliflower and sausages

Fried noodles


Book Riot’s 100 + books for young readers

The largest library in the world – the British Library

I got to use its reading room – after first applying for a Reader Pass, request some materials from it while studying for my MA. Their collection is held in closed stores so you have to first find a table, note your table number, put in a request for whatever book or item you want and then go get it from the counter, i.e. no shelves to browse, no books to be borrowed out. Also, I remember something about only being allowed to use pencils.

This Gruyere mac and cheese sounds so decadent!

Last week:

I read:
Saga Vol 6 – Brian K Vaughan, Fiona Staples
Hot Milk – Deborah Levy
Dark Matter – Blake Crouch

I posted:

Top Ten Tuesday – Book recommendations


  1. Ooo, all the Danticat. Ever since I read Create Dangerously, I didn’t just want to read everything of hers, I wanted to have her works on my shelves. Looks like you’ve almost done it! (Many others look just as appealing!) Have a great week!


  2. I really liked Mr. Prenumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. I have a hard time with the book sales around here. They are usually packed and it’s hard to move around and browse. If you don’t get in line an hour early and then rush the section you want to check out, all the good stuff is gone! Looks like you got some good stuff though!


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