It’s Monday. Let’s do this 


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


Can we scrub last week out of our memories? Can we have a do-over? (Then again, would a do-over actually make a difference??).


Well, obviously time travel doesn’t exist. But even if it did, the events of the past week shouldn’t be forgotten. It is a wakeup call for everyone that racism, sexism, all those other -isms are still out there. That there are narrow-minded people out there who do not know any better, who believe that they are superior, who have forgotten that this country is made up of different people, of different colours, of different genders, of different lifestyles, who have every right to be here.

I have never felt this much emotion about an election before, not even ones that I can actually be a part of, in Singapore. I am a permanent resident of the US, I am not a citizen, but we pay taxes, we live here, my children go to school here, so I think I have every right to be as angry as anyone else. And I have been SO ANGRY.

But every morning I drop my 3yo off at preschool, and later, my 5yo off at PM kindergarten, and I see all these kids, all different ethnicities, attending school together, playing on the playground together, and I have all these feelings at once – proud to be here in this very blue state of California, amazed by the many different people whose children attend this elementary school, worried about how things will be in days to come.

This is a book blog. Can a book blog make a difference in this world today? Especially when not many people read it? I don’t know. But I will try. I am also on Litsy, where somehow I have over 4700 followers (I know right? How did that happen?). I am also on Instagram, far less on Twitter. And on Facebook which is more of a place to update personal things (I tend to be friends with people I know in real life). But somehow on all these social media spots, perhaps I can make a difference, maybe if people are more aware of all these wonderful writers, they can read about the experiences of people different from them? And to understand that they too need to pay attention to what they read? And to make publishers realize that we do need diverse voices, and own voices?







This book is at once so absorbing and also so hard to read. I keep having to remind myself that this all happened recently. That while I was a happygolucky teenager in Singapore, people in North Korea were in a famine. 

Just got this from the library. So excited!



Gilmore Girls. Yup. I’m still rewatching it!

Oh and if you’re a fan of Top Gear (I am, but only with the original 3 nuts on it), The Grand Tour is premiering on Amazon Prime on Nov 18!


A lot of Chinese music. My kids have become fans of Jay Chou.


Langues de chat from Japan




 Costco had a sale on its frozen lasagna so hey that’s one meal down. 


I love this post by Christine at Bookishly Boisterous about teaching kids about  diversity (which makes me want to write a post about my kids’ collection of books)

A SciFi November bingo card!

Buried in Print is one of my favourite bloggers and every post of hers always makes me add to my TBR list

Aarti is blogging again!

4 books of SF by Chinese authors

Last week:

I read:

The Wangs vs the World – Jade Chang

I posted:

#nonficnov – choosing nonfiction



  1. I understand the frustration of being a permanent resident and paying taxes but not being able to vote, especially in this past election that will probably impact non-citizens significantly, too. Not at all the same thing, but there are a lot of moves in state government to keep US citizens with criminal records from voting, too, even after they have served their time. And even though 75% of Americans think they should be able to vote. Voter suppression is a sick and horrible thing.

    I have never even heard of Litsy, but hooray to you having such a strong following! And yes, sing it loud, sing it proud, and sing it often. Hopefully it will start making a difference 🙂

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  2. I love Litsy. I wish I had more time to use it, but I do mostly do your challenge even if I fall behind here and there. 🙂

    That is frustrating that you cannot vote. I admit that I have learned a LOT about US politics lately and probably have a lot more to learn…

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  3. How’s Do Not Say We Have Nothing? I’ve been hearing buzz about it since it won the award (haha – “the” award…clearly I can’t remember which one)!

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      1. Yes, it did win the Giller in Canada (a $100,000 purse) and also our Governor General’s Award for Fiction (in English), which I believe is Canada’ oldest continuous literary prize earlier this year, but I think it’s familiar to so many people because of its Booker short-listing. I really hope you’re enjoying it, Sharlene. You’ve actually read another of her books, IIRC? For one of your August events I think? (And you are so very kind to shout out for BIP. Very kind.)

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