It’s Monday – Happy Memorial Day!


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


On Saturday we took the kids on their very first uphill hike at Garin Regional Park in Hayward. Luckily it was a nice cool morning and while a bit steep initially, we all made it to the top of one hill and got some nice views of the bay! And then back down again for a nice picnic.

Indian/Pakistani food for dinner! The kids ate the tandoori fish and naan and carrot sticks. The curries here are just way too spicy for them. Sadly the Saag Dal seems different these past couple of orders – the restaurant seems to be using a different dal and there’s a lot less spinach? It’s my favourite curry, I really hope it returns to its original recipe…







Funny Boy – Shyam Selvadurai





Hidden Figures



Made a pandan cake for a potluck dinner last night. Pandan is a green leafy plant used in Southeast Asian cooking. It’s very fragrant and makes for a lovely green cake!


 Yorkshire Gold


We’ll be going to a friend’s house for a potluck dinner and I’ll be making this miso potato gratin that I found on Tasty Japan. Looks simple and so delicious. I love the idea of adding miso to a gratin. I love watching videos from Tasty Japan and Tastemade Japan as they have such different ideas sometimes.


Why are doughnut boxes pink? (LA Times)

Added to my TBR:

Mad Country by Samrat Upadhyay (via Lit Hub)

Chemistry by Weike Wang (via BookDragon)

The very beautiful The Way Home in the Night by Akiko Miyakoshi (via Pickle Me This)

Last week:

I read:

Malice – Keigo Higashino
Goat Days – Benyamin
Escape to Gold Mountain: A Graphic History of the Chinese in North America – David H T Wong
Goddess Chronicle – Natsuo Kirino
Pioneer Girl – Bich Minh Nguyen
The Girl from Everywhere – Heidi Heilig

I posted:

#AsianLitBingo: Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee

Malice by Keigo Higashino #AsianLitBingo

#AsianLitBingo: The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig 

#AsianLitBingo Does My Head Look Big In This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah 

#AsianLitBingo – Bright Lines




  1. Oh, I wish I could smell that cake! And what a milestone: their first uphill hike!

    As for your reading, I loved Funny Boy. It’s one that I’ve considered rereading many times, but part of me worries that his was the first novel I read which explored some hidden corners (of the world, for me at least, meaning both geographically and emotionally) and now I have read so many others which have negotatied this territory that I wonder if this one would still be a real favourite. I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts!


  2. That miso gratin looks good. I’ll have to see if I can find some miso in the Thai supermarket opposite me. I might do mine without the cheese though – more Japanese? Also for some reason my kids aren’t too keen on grated melted cheese on top of things!


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