Posts by Sharlene

Reader. Book blogger. Parent. Eater of foods aplenty. Tea drinker. Crocheter

Recently read: Crime and Punishment; On The Come Up

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

I finally finished this one! It was very long and it took me several renews but it was a really excellent audiobook narration that was more like listening to a stage play. The one I listened to was narrated by Anthony Heald and he was brilliant, I loved all the little tics and bits he brought to each character, adding in stammering, coughing, mad laughter. He definitely made this story more interesting, as really, this isn’t a story in which you are left holding your breath, as you know early on about the crime and who the perpetrator is, but it’s about the moral dilemmas that Raskolnikov now faces.

Apparently he’s narrated quite a few other classics. Will have to go see if I can download more.

On The Come Up by Angie Thomas

Another excellent audiobook. And perhaps even better than reading the book (I guess? Since I’ve not actually gotten my hands on this print version), since a big part about this book is rap.

Bri is 16 and wants to be a professional rapper. She wants to follow in the footsteps of her father, who was just about to make it big when he was killed. She wants to make it so her family doesn’t need to worry about the heat going out, no food in the fridge, no money to get new shoes when her old ones are wearing out.

This audiobook is narrated by Bahni Turpin and this was the audiobook narration of hers I’ve listened to, and she’s definitely going on my “must-listen” list. Indeed, I’ve already downloaded another audiobook narrated by her, So You Want to Talk About Race, written by Ijeoma Oluo.

Library Loot (September 2 to 8)

badge-4Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Sharlene from Real Life Reading that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

Happy Wednesday. Don’t forget to link up below or drop a comment about your library haul this week.

It’s September!

And that means it’s RIP time! So I’ve picked up a few books that work for this reading challenge, which can include all kinds of scary reads like horror, mystery, thrillers, dark fantasy, gothic, supernatural etc.

I’ve also got some less scary reads.

I saw this on Instagram somewhere, and kinda like the cover

Loner – Georgina Young

Lona, a cynical, introverted artist and part-time roller-DJ, traverses life’s sorrows and joys in this heartfelt look at new adulthood.

Set in Melbourne, Loner is a humorous and heartfelt exploration of new adulthood. Lona kills her days by sneaking into the dark room at her old art school to develop photographs. She kills her nights DJ-ing the roller disco at Planet Skate. She is in inexplicably, debilitatingly love with a bespectacled Doctor Who-obsessed former classmate, and in comfortable, platonic love with her best friend Tab. Lona works hard to portray a permanent attitude of cynicism and ennui but will her carefully constructed persona be enough to protect her from the inevitable sorrows and unexpected joys of adult life? Loner re-examines notions of social isolation experienced by young people, suggesting sometimes our own company can be a choice and not a failing.

It feels like it’s been a while since I’ve read a food book.

Dirt – Bill Buford

Bill Buford turns his inimitable attention from Italian cuisine to the food of France. Baffled by the language, but convinced that he can master the art of French cooking–or at least get to the bottom of why it is so revered– he begins what becomes a five-year odyssey by shadowing the esteemed French chef Michel Richard, in Washington, D.C. But when Buford (quickly) realizes that a stage in France is necessary, he goes–this time with his wife and three-year-old twin sons in tow–to Lyon, the gastronomic capital of France. Studying at L’Institut Bocuse, cooking at the storied, Michelin-starred La Mère Brazier, enduring the endless hours and exacting rigeur of the kitchen, Buford becomes a man obsessed–with proving himself on the line, proving that he is worthy of the gastronomic secrets he’s learning, proving that French cooking actually derives from (mon dieu!) the Italian.

So You Want to Talk About Race – Ijeoma Oluo (audiobook)

In So You Want to Talk About Race, Editor at Large of The Establishment Ijeoma Oluo offers a contemporary, accessible take on the racial landscape in America, addressing head-on such issues as privilege, police brutality, intersectionality, micro-aggressions, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the “N” word. Perfectly positioned to bridge the gap between people of color and white Americans struggling with race complexities, Oluo answers the questions readers don’t dare ask, and explains the concepts that continue to elude everyday Americans.

Next up are all the RIP reads!

There’s Someone Inside Your House – Stephanie Perkins

Love hurts…

Makani Young thought she’d left her dark past behind her in Hawaii, settling in with her grandmother in landlocked Nebraska. She’s found new friends and has even started to fall for mysterious outsider Ollie Larsson. But her past isn’t far behind.

Then, one by one, the students of Osborne Hugh begin to die in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasingly grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and her feelings for Ollie intensify, Makani is forced to confront her own dark secrets.

The Deep – Alma Katsu

Someone, or something, is haunting the Titanic.

This is the only way to explain the series of misfortunes that have plagued the passengers of the ship from the moment they set sail: mysterious disappearances, sudden deaths. Now suspended in an eerie, unsettling twilight zone during the four days of the liner’s illustrious maiden voyage, a number of the passengers – including millionaires Madeleine Astor and Benjamin Guggenheim, the maid Annie Hebbley and Mark Fletcher – are convinced that something sinister is going on . . . And then, as the world knows, disaster strikes.

Years later and the world is at war. And a survivor of that fateful night, Annie, is working as a nurse on the sixth voyage of the Titanic’s sister ship, the Britannic, now refitted as a hospital ship. Plagued by the demons of her doomed first and near fatal journey across the Atlantic, Annie comes across an unconscious soldier she recognises while doing her rounds. It is the young man Mark. And she is convinced that he did not – could not – have survived the sinking of the Titanic . .

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires – Grady Hendrix

Fried Green Tomatoes and Steel Magnolias meet Dracula in this Southern-flavored supernatural thriller set in the ’90s about a women’s book club that must protect its suburban community from a mysterious and handsome stranger who turns out to be a blood-sucking fiend.

Patricia Campbell had always planned for a big life, but after giving up her career as a nurse to marry an ambitious doctor and become a mother, Patricia’s life has never felt smaller. The days are long, her kids are ungrateful, her husband is distant, and her to-do list is never really done. The one thing she has to look forward to is her book club, a group of Charleston mothers united only by their love for true-crime and suspenseful fiction. In these meetings, they’re more likely to discuss the FBI’s recent siege of Waco as much as the ups and downs of marriage and motherhood.

But when an artistic and sensitive stranger moves into the neighborhood, the book club’s meetings turn into speculation about the newcomer. Patricia is initially attracted to him, but when some local children go missing, she starts to suspect the newcomer is involved. She begins her own investigation, assuming that he’s a Jeffrey Dahmer or Ted Bundy. What she uncovers is far more terrifying, and soon she–and her book club–are the only people standing between the monster they’ve invited into their homes and their unsuspecting community.

What did you get from your library this week?

Books that make me hungry #TopTenTuesday

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is:

Books that Make Me Hungry

Sweet Bean Paste by Durian Sukegawa

I loved this moving book by Japanese author Sukegawa. And a big part of this book is dorayaki, a Japanese snack of two small pancakes with red bean sandwiched between. It made me crave dorayaki so much that I decided to make it myself for the first time – we usually buy the commercially made version in the Asian supermarkets, and you can find these freshly made when in Singapore.

Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory

Now if you are familiar with Guillory’s books, you may have realised that her characters tend to eat quite a lot of comfort foods. Cake features a lot in Party of Two. And I know pizzas and burgers and fries turn up in all of the books. But it was when I was reading Royal Holiday, which is set in the UK, that I had this desire to actually make scones. I LOVE scones and unfortunately, I have had too many (even in fancy hotels) which fall far from my high expectations and are just not the buttery goodness I am looking for. My favourite recipe is from The Bread Bible by Rose Levy Bernanbaum. The extra steps she takes, requiring letter folds, create these layers of goodness!

Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks

This book is set at a pumpkin patch and that means all kinds of pumpkin patch treats like s’mores and pies, although I don’t know about succotash – I’ve never had it and it doesn’t seem particularly exciting to eat.

Shinya Shokudo or Midnight Diner – Yaro Abe

I love this manga – and the live-action TV series that’s available on Netflix. Its setting is an eatery that opens only after midnight, and actually only has one item on its menu. But customers can make requests, and they are sometimes as simple as butter rice (with some soy sauce drizzled on top – delicious – of course I had to try that!).

In the Kitchen with Alain Passard by Christophe Blain (translated from the French)

Blain trailed chef Alain Passard (of L’Aperge) for three years to make this graphic novel. Passard is famous for having removed meat from his restaurant to focus only on vegetables – at the time, the first Michelin three-star restaurant in France to do so. Love the illustrations.

Cook Korean: A Comic Book with Recipes – Robin Ha

I read this a few years ago but I remember this was a fun read! Also, it would be a great introduction to Korean food, if you’re unfamiliar with it.

The Fourth Star: Dispatches from Inside Daniel Boulud’s Celebrated New York Restaurant – Leslie Brenner (my review)

A fun read about the behind the scenes of a famous restaurant. Also lots of delicious food descriptions!

Garlic and Sapphires – Ruth Reichl (and really, all of Reichl’s books)

Reichl was the NY Times’ food critic, then editor of Gourmet, so expect lots of brilliant food writing and fun tales about being a food critic. I read this one over ten years ago, but now I kinda feel like rereading it!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

It’s Monday (August 31, 2020)

It’s Monday again!

The kids’ school started on Wednesday but it was minimum days (until 120), so this is going to be their first full week of school.

It’s all distance learning until who knows when – California has very specific rules about when schools can reopen, including new infections per county, and my county unfortunately is nowhere close to anything that would allow for reopening of schools.

The school has set up a comprehensive schedule, with breaks, assigned work, lunch etc all scheduled in. This is definitely so much more organised compared to the last trimester, when, well, everyone was just trying to figure out things, one of my kids only had Zoom classes 3 times a week, the other, had them almost every day, and the homework went from “there’s so much homework to do!” to “oh that’s all you have to do today?”

I’m so appreciative of all the hard work and effort the teachers have put in. Both in terms of prep work and also during class, as it must be so hard to try to keep 20+ students interested and learning during an hour-long Zoom class.

The teachers also have prepared all the materials needed – at least for the first months. And it just makes me feel more at ease, like they are going to do ok, even if school is really my kitchen table, and their classmates are all just faces on the screen staring back at them.

(I also should add, in case you’re new to my blog, my kids attend a Mandarin immersion programme in a public school. And it’s not the easiest thing to be in an immersion programme when distance learning.)

Here’s some stuff we did last week… which really wasn’t much…

The wildfires are still going on, and depending on the fog, the wind direction etc, we’ve been having air quality that’s ok one day and we can open the windows and the boys can play in the backyard, and then the next, it’s in the red again and all our windows are closed and we stay indoors.

Takeout from our favourite Pakistani-Indian restaurant. Tandoori fish, tandoori chicken, lamb curry, saag dal, mixed vegetable curry, and saag paneer.



You Had Me at Hola – Alexis Daria

Aurora Blazing – Jessie Mihalik


Sugar Rush. It’s one of the few American cooking/baking reality shows I actually enjoy watching. A lot of the US shows tend to be very aggressive, and I prefer a more pleasant experience, like the Great British Bake Off (which hooray, is actually coming back for a new season!) so Sugar Rush is cute, fun, and a generally good viewing experience. Also some of those cakes…like the chandelier cakes and that amazing zombie cake!



I had a slice of homemade bread with some cheese for breakfast 


Tea with milk


This year, I tried growing San Marzano tomatoes (from a small plant I bought from a local ecology education site) and I’ve now got a sizeable harvest. So I was thinking of making an arrabbiata or a marinara sauce. There might be extra to freeze? I was wondering about making it thicker, like a pizza sauce. Depends on how much I have left on the plant. I haven’t checked it over the weekend.

Last week:

I read:

On The Come Up – Angie Thomas (audiobook)

If you’ve not read this one yet, I’m going to have to recommend the audiobook! It was awesome listening to the rap battles, instead of reading them. Loved it.

Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky (audiobook)

I posted:

Library Loot (August 26 to September 1)

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

Library Loot (August 26 to September 1)

badge-4Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Sharlene from Real Life Reading that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

Hello! It’s another Library Loot Wednesday. Claire has the link-up this week!

You might have seen this on Claire’s Library Loot post previously.

You Had Me at Hola – Alexis Daria

Leading Ladies do not end up on tabloid covers. 

After a messy public breakup, soap opera darling Jasmine Lin Rodriguez finds her face splashed across the tabloids. When she returns to her hometown of New York City to film the starring role in a bilingual romantic comedy for the number one streaming service in the country, Jasmine figures her new “Leading Lady Plan” should be easy enough to follow—until a casting shake-up pairs her with telenovela hunk Ashton Suárez. 

Leading Ladies don’t need a man to be happy. 

After his last telenovela character was killed off, Ashton is worried his career is dead as well. Joining this new cast as a last-minute addition will give him the chance to show off his acting chops to American audiences and ping the radar of Hollywood casting agents. To make it work, he’ll need to generate smoking-hot on-screen chemistry with Jasmine. Easier said than done, especially when a disastrous first impression smothers the embers of whatever sexual heat they might have had. 

Leading Ladies do not rebound with their new costars. 

With their careers on the line, Jasmine and Ashton agree to rehearse in private. But rehearsal leads to kissing, and kissing leads to a behind-the-scenes romance worthy of a soap opera. While their on-screen performance improves, the media spotlight on Jasmine soon threatens to destroy her new image and expose Ashton’s most closely guarded secret.

I’m always excited to learn about a new book set in Singapore. This one is by Malaysian writer Lauren Ho. My ebook copy has the red cover on the right. But I kinda prefer the one on the left. What do you think?

Last Tang Standing – Lauren Ho

At thirty-three, Andrea Tang is living the dream: she has a successful career as a lawyer, a posh condo, and a clutch of fun-loving friends who are always in the know about Singapore’s hottest clubs and restaurants. All she has to do is make partner at her law firm and she will have achieved everything she (and her mother) has ever worked for. So what if she’s poised to be the last unmarried member of her generation of the Tang clan? She doesn’t need a man to feel fulfilled, no matter what her meddling relatives have to say about it. 

But for a dutiful Chinese-Malaysian daughter, the weight of familial expectations is hard to ignore. And so are the men life keeps throwing in Andrea’s path. Men like Suresh Aditparan, her annoyingly attractive rival for partner and the last man she should be spending time with, and Eric Deng, a wealthy entrepreneur whose vision for their future is more lavish than she could have imagined. With her workplace competition growing ever more intense, her friends bringing dramas of their own to her door, and her family scrutinizing her every romantic prospect, Andrea finds herself stretched to the breaking point. And she can’t help but wonder: In the endless tug-of-war between pleasing others and pleasing herself, is there room for everyone to win?

Squeezing in one last borrow for the August lot of Hoopla comics.

Quince Vol 1 – Kit Steinkellner

Lupe is just your average, insecure, well-meaning, occasionally cranky teenage girl whose life is completely turned upside down when she discovers she has superpowers at her quinceañera. Her quince powers only last as long as she’s fifteen, so over the course of this rollercoaster year, we follow the adventures of Lupe as she figures out what it really means to be a hero.

What did you get from your library this week?

It’s Monday (August 24, 2020)

The kids are back in school this Wednesday! Of course by school I mean that they’ll be at home, distance learning. The school district has mandated a 150 minutes of live instruction, and the teachers sent out a schedule on Friday, which shows the school day broken up into a few different Zoom sessions, with breaks in between. Hopefully it will all work out.

Meanwhile, it’s been a weird week. If you follow my blog, you may have seen my mention of the lightning storm we had – over 10,000 lightning strikes in the Bay Area in 72 hours the weekend before last, especially unusual in a place with almost no lightning at all. So what has resulted from that are several huge wildfires, so many that they are being grouped into “complexes”. The one that is closest to us is huge – it’s comprised of 20 fires and is over 335,000 acres. But there are also others north (in the  Napa/Sonoma area), and southwest (Santa Cruz), also south (Carmel area).

It’s become a habit to check several times a day. The numbers keep fluctuating, and we have gone from the 50s to over 200 in just one day.

But we’ve been staying indoors, keeping our windows closed, fans on, and if it gets hot (as it has been last week), the AC comes on for a bit.

Luckily for my birthday last month, we got a Nintendo Switch fitness game called Ringfit and we’ve been using that to exercise. It’s surprisingly effective at exercising the arms (you can pull and push on the ring which holds one of the controller), legs (the other controller is strapped on your leg and quite a few of the games require squats and jogging in place as well as other types of exercise), even the abs and there are yoga poses. It’s come in handy when it’s too smoky outside.

Been a while since we’ve had pancakes! I tend to make waffles more these days since the kids prefer that.

It hasn’t been as hot as previously but still warm enough to have to turn on the ac to cool the house down in the afternoons. So I’d been reluctant to bake. But I missed the smell of fresh bread in the house. So I made the basic hearth bread from the Bread Bible, adding the overnight rise in the fridge of the dough for a better taste. Kneading the dough by hand can be quite therapeutic.




The Umbrella Academy Season 2 – I’m trying to slowly watch this, so I’m also watching Midnight Diner.


Nothing at the moment as I recently finished On the Come Up


Leftover pancakes for breakfast




I picked up a nice cauliflower from the farmers market, so some kind of skillet cauliflower cheese.

Maybe a pad thai?

Last week:

I read:

On the Come Up – Angie Thomas (audiobook)

I posted:

Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo

Library Loot (August 19 to 25)

Books that should be adapted #TopTenTuesday

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

Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo

Rain in August and a lightning storm to boot. Also we are in the middle of a heatwave. Isn’t 2020 crazy enough already?

But this strange weather on Sunday gave me the chance to sit down and think more about this interesting book by South Korean author Cho Nam-Joo, translated by Jamie Chang, and originally published in 2016

A story that begins with a 30-something-year-old “everywoman” who’s pressured to leave her job to care for her newborn. She begins to impersonate other women, both alive and dead. And her husband sends her to a psychiatrist.

The book focuses on the gender inequality experienced by Korean women – in their families, in schools, in the workplace, in society.

It’s told in a rather cold third-person voice and this may be a little difficult to get into, but it is a fascinating portrait of the life of this Korean everywoman, following all the sexism she faces, right from a very young age – when Kim Jiyoung is born, her mother even apologizes to her mother-in-law for not having had a boy instead!

It’s a short book but the 176 pages sure pack a punch.

Library Loot (August 19 to 25)

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Sharlene from Real Life Reading that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

Hello! It’s Wednesday again! Don’t forget to link-up or comment below.

My hold for this just came in! It’s been ages since I’ve read a David Mitchell book. Can’t wait. I’m especially excited as it’s a music story! I’m always intrigued when the covers are so different. I believe the one on the left is the American cover, and the right is the British one. And I am more drawn to the British one, I love the colours, but not the font. I get that the American one is trying to reference a vinyl but it’s a bit meh for me. Maybe the colour scheme is too muted.

Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell

Utopia Avenue is the strangest British band you’ve never heard of. Emerging from London’s psychedelic scene in 1967 and fronted by folk singer Elf Holloway, guitar demigod Jasper de Zoet, and blues bassist Dean Moss, Utopia Avenue released only two LPs during its brief, blazing journey from the clubs of Soho and drafty ballrooms to Top of the Pops and the cusp of chart success, and on to glory in Amsterdam, prison in Rome, and a fateful American fortnight in the autumn of 1968.

David Mitchell’s captivating new novel tells the unexpurgated story of Utopia Avenue; of riots in the streets and revolutions in the head; of drugs, thugs, madness, love, sex, death, art; of the families we choose and the ones we don’t; of fame’s Faustian pact and stardom’s wobbly ladder. Can we change the world in turbulent times, or does the world change us?


The first book was a fun read. But I must say that I am not really a fan of covers with half-faces like that. The first book’s cover had the woman with her back to the photographer (also admittedly, I have issues with book covers that only show women’s backs…but that’s another story for another time). And while I am not a fan of women’s backs on covers, maybe they should have stuck to that and kept it constant.

Aurora Rising (Consortium Rebellion #2) – Jessie Mihalik

Bianca von Hasenberg did her duty for High House von Hasenberg and ended up trapped in a terrible marriage. When her husband dies unexpectedly and leaves her a happy widow, she vows never to marry again. Instead, she uses her connections to save other young women. Information is power and Bianca has a network that would be the envy of the ’verse—if anyone knew about it.

After an attack, Bianca’s oldest brother, the House von Hasenberg heir, disappears from Earth without a trace. Determined to find him, Bianca leaves against orders. When she refuses to return, her father sends Ian Bishop, the director of House von Hasenberg security, to haul her home like a recalcitrant child.

Bianca leads Ian on a merry chase across the universe, but when their paths finally collide, she persuades him that they would be far more successful at finding her brother if they worked together. She will do anything to save her sibling, even if it means spending time alone on a small ship with the handsome, infuriating man who once broke her heart.

As clues lead them deep into rival House Rockhurst territory, Bianca must decide if she can trust Ian with the one piece of information that could destroy her completely. . .


I first learnt of this book from Well-Read Black Girl and thought it sounded like a fun read. It was interesting to learn that it was first published in 1967. And it made me wonder, why didn’t I read Konigsburg’s books when I was a kid? I only read From The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler a few years ago – which for some reason, I have the impression was because of Buried in Print?

Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, WIlliam McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth – E.L. Konigsburg

Elizabeth is an only child, new in town, and the shortest kid in her class. She’s also pretty lonely, until she meets Jennifer. Jennifer is…well, different. She’s read Macbeth. She never wears jeans or shorts. She never says please or thank you. And she says she is a witch. It’s not always easy being friends with a witch, but it’s never boring. At first an apprentice and then a journeyman witch, Elizabeth learns to eat raw ends and how to cast small spells. And she and Jennifer collaborate on cooking up an ointment that will enable them to fly. That’s when a marvelous toad, Hilary Ezra, enters their lives. And that’s when trouble starts to brew.

What did you get from your library this week?

Books that should be adapted #TopTenTuesday

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is:

Books that Should be Adapted into Netflix Shows/Movies

The Hawkeye (Kate Bishop) series by Kelly Thompson

I love Kate Bishop! I think this would make a great series. Lots of action, lots of fun, and funny lines!

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon (and the other books in the Dimple and Rishi universe – There’s Something about Sweetie and 10 Things I Hate About Pinky)

Her stories are so much fun to read. And her characters are relatable – yes, even though I’m definitely way older than the target audience range.

Also, in that frame of mind, please also, someone make a TV show about all the characters in Jasmine Guillory’s The Wedding Date series! The Wedding Party is the third book.

The Flavia de Luce series by Alan Bradley

This would make for such a cute detective series. Apparently it has been picked up for adaptation? 

The Poppy War series by R.F. Kuang

The third and final book in this exciting series is coming out later this year (yay!). And I reckon this would be an amazing….well…I tend to watch TV more than movies but this feels like it would do better as a movie (or movies), there are epic naval battles that I would love to see on the big screen.

The Monstress series by Marjoie Liu, illustrated by Sana Takeda

This magnificent comic series would be impossible to turn into a regular TV series but I think an animated series would be amazing! Or even a video game….

The Wild Robot series by Peter Brown

I think this would make for a great family-friendly movie!

The Murderbot Diaries series by Martha Wells

I am dying to see a Murderbot TV show. Then again I wonder if it would be easier to do an animated show.

Sweet Bean Paste by Durian Sukegawa

As I was scrolling through my Read list on Goodreads, I thought of this sweet book and was wondering if this was something that was adapted. Turns it out was (here’s the IMDB page with a trailer) and it looks as sweet (and full of yummy dorayaki) as the book.

Also, if you’re interested, I wrote about this book and about making dorayaki here.

Sidekick Squad series by C.B. Lee

This YA series would make a great TV series. A world where superpowers are common, but the main character is a teen with no superpowers – although her family does.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

It’s Monday (August 17, 2020)

Hi, guess it’s Monday again, huh.

We went for more Singapore/Malaysia food on Saturday, driving up to Pleasanton just for this takeout.

We had nasi lemak, mee siam goreng, and two types of kueh (kueh Talam with red bean and Pulut Wajik, which is glutinous rice cooked with coconut milk and gula melaka).

Saturday night saw an unusual occurrence – lightning and thunder! We have never seen so much lightning in all our ten years in California. Thunderstorms are a regular event in Singapore but not in CA. The kids were quite excited about it.

It set off quite a few fires unfortunately and a few traffic lights in our area were out too.

And there was rain. Actual rain in August!

Of course after that, it was back to the heatwave that we’ve been having since Friday – it’s hotter than in Singapore!

The boys had a piano recital on Sunday – over Zoom that is. And it went well

Since it was such a hot weekend, we had sushi for Sunday dinner.



Falling Free by Lois McMaster Bujold


Umbrella Academy Season 2


Yup still this one!


I had a toasted bagel with Laughing Cow cheese for breakfast


Yorkshire Gold with milk


Maybe some taco rice this week

I also have some fresh chowmein-style noodles to cook up, so probably a fried noodle with fish cake, vegetables

Last week:

I read:

The Unicorn Whisperer – Dana Simpson

Camping with Unicorns – Dana Simpson

Oh, Tama! – Mieko Kanai

Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 – Cho Nam-Joo

I posted:

Singapore-style carrot cake #WeekendCooking

Library Loot (August 12 to 18)

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