It’s Monday and I’m reading


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


I got my first ever Indiespensable box from Powell’s. When I saw that sign ups were open and that it was for George Saunders’ novel I knew I had to have it. And it came with the very strange and delightful The Persistent Gappers of Fripp in a new cover!

My kindergartener’s substitute teacher has been with the class for four months and it was her last day on Thursday. I was at first disappointed to learn that his teacher would go on maternity leave not long after kindergarten started. A sub! Would she be any good? And for so long? But all our fears were unfounded. She was an excellent teacher. Bubbly and fun, with a great sense of what 5 and 6yos would enjoy learning. And it’s not easy as this is a Mandarin immersion programme and while some of the kids speak Mandarin at home, many, like us, don’t. Somehow she did such a great job.

The kindergartener wanted to buy these tulips for his teacher as purple is her favourite colour!


And we tried the cafe version of a Hong Kong-style dim sum restaurant (perhaps the most well-known in the South Bay). We had always assumed it to be the poorer cousin, i.e. a place to go if you can’t find seats in the main restaurant upstairs (always very crowded), but we were pleased to find some fantastic noodle dishes like fishball noodles and wonton mee, and a dish very similar to one found in Singapore, beef horfun (beef with rice noodles and a rich thick gravy).


And we also had our neighbours over our first barbeque of the year. It was a lovely 19C/70F weekend. Ribeye steaks, hotdogs, lots of grilled vegetables (mini bell peppers, tomatoes, asparagus, broccolini). They brought over an ice-cream cake as it was their daughter’s 5th birthday.




I just found The Night Manager on Amazon Video. It’s a 2016 BBC series that was later aired here on AMC (but I don’t have TV). I watched the first episode and was hooked. Also it helps tremendously that it’s based on a John Le Carre book and stars both Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie!

I just had some toasted raisin bread which I had made earlier last week. Also, I posted about it here. 


Yorkshire Gold with milk



Speculative fiction in translation (France) – Bookriot

8 SFF books sexier than Fifty Shades –

Not bookish at all but here is a great article from Atlas Obscura about how to clear a path through 60 feet of snow, Japanese style. 

5 great novels you might have missed in February – Lit Hub







Last week

I read:


I posted:

#comicsfebruary: Strong Female Protagonist, Captain Marvel


  1. Oh, the greens in that bowl look scrumptious. I’m going to have to find something to scratch that itch now!

    I was wondering about “The Night Manager”. I’ve caught up with “Broadchurch” which I loved/hated (because I couldn’t stop with it) and am always looking for a new viewing addiction.

    Also, I’m thrilled to know about the Atlas Obscura online; I bought Mr BIP the book a few weeks ago and it has provided endless amusement since. Thank you!

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  2. I forgot about The Night Manager! How have I still not watched it? Gotta get on that — I love Hugh Laurie and Olivia Colman and Tom Hiddleston.

    Also, your Indiespensable box looks great. There’s something so lovely and indulgent about getting a subscription box. I have a subscription to Birchbox and it makes me THE MOST happy when it arrives each month.


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