#TopTenTuesday: Books I meant to read in 2018

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is: Books I Meant to Read In 2018 but Didn’t Get To

 

Oh boy, this could turn out to be a really long post. I mean, just deciding which books that were published last year alone could turn out to be a long one. Not to mention all those books that are lolling about on my bookshelves, probably betting amongst themselves how long it will be before they each get picked up. (“I’ve been waiting here for months”, says one gleefully. “Months?” another scoffs, “try years”.)

Circe – Madeline Miller
Her first book Achilles was a great read!
From the synopsis:
In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child—not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power—the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

 

My Sister the Serial Killer – Oyinkan Braithwaite
Because who can resist that title and that cover?

From the synopsis:
Satire meets slasher in this short, darkly funny hand grenade of a novel about a Nigerian woman whose younger sister has a very inconvenient habit of killing her boyfriends.

Red Clocks – Leni Zumas
From the synopsis:
In this ferociously imaginative novel, abortion is once again illegal in America, in-vitro fertilization is banned, and the Personhood Amendment grants rights of life, liberty, and property to every embryo. In a small Oregon fishing town, five very different women navigate these new barriers alongside age-old questions surrounding motherhood, identity, and freedom.

How Long ‘Til Black Future Month – NK Jemisin
Love her books! Can’t wait to read her stories.

In these stories, Jemisin sharply examines modern society, infusing magic into the mundane, and drawing deft parallels in the fantasy realms of her imagination. Dragons and hateful spirits haunt the flooded city of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In a parallel universe, a utopian society watches our world, trying to learn from our mistakes. A black mother in the Jim Crow south must figure out how to save her daughter from a fey offering impossible promises. And in the Hugo award-nominated short story “The City Born Great,” a young street kid fights to give birth to an old metropolis’s soul.

Tell The Machine Goodnight – Katie Williams
Sounds interesting and quirky
From the synopsis:
Pearl’s job is to make people happy. Every day, she provides customers with personalized recommendations for greater contentment. She’s good at her job, her office manager tells her, successful. But how does one measure an emotion?

Wild Milk – Sabrina Orah Mark
Love the cover!
From the synopsis:
Wild Milk is like Borscht Belt meets Leonora Carrington; it’s like Donald Barthelme meets Pony Head; it’s like the Brothers Grimm meet Beckett in his swim trunks at the beach. In other words, this remarkable collection of stories is unlike anything else you’ve read.

 

Happiness – Aminatta Forna
I really enjoyed Forna’s The Memory of Love
From the synopsis:
London. A fox makes its way across Waterloo Bridge. The distraction causes two pedestrians to collide–Jean, an American studying the habits of urban foxes, and Attila, a Ghanaian psychiatrist there to deliver a keynote speech. From this chance encounter, Aminatta Forna’s unerring powers of observation show how in the midst of the rush of a great city lie numerous moments of connection.

Call Me Zebra – Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi
I’m intrigued by the title

From the synopsis:
Zebra is the last in a line of anarchists, atheists, and autodidacts. When war came, her family didn’t fight; they took refuge in books. Now alone and in exile, Zebra leaves New York for Barcelona, retracing the journey she and her father made from Iran to the United States years ago

The Golden State – Lydia Kiesling
I’m always drawn to books set in CA
From the synopsis:
Keenly observed, bristling with humor, and set against the beauty of a little-known part of California, The Golden State is about class and cultural breakdowns, and desperate attempts to bridge old and new worlds. But more than anything, it is about motherhood: its voracious worry, frequent tedium, and enthralling, wondrous love.

The Parking Lot Attendant – Nafkote Tamirat
From the synopsis:
A mesmerizing, indelible coming-of-age story about a girl in Boston’s tightly-knit Ethiopian community who falls under the spell of a charismatic hustler out to change the world

Have you read any of these books? Which would you recommend?


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 and it’s been a hazy week

View of Foster City from the bridge on Saturday morning

It’s been a strange and smoky week. The smoke is from the Camp Fire, which destroyed the town of Paradise and has, as of Sunday night, a death toll of 77, making it California’s deadliest natural disaster since Loma Prieta in 1989 which claimed 69 lives. It is terrifying to see the number of bodies found climb. Every day the newspapers report another bigger number. The number of missing is still as high as 1,300. It is heartbreaking to hear of all the lives lost. And also heartwarming to read the stories of those who rushed to help others.

Schools in our county were closed on Friday and since Tuesday the kids had been having indoor recess and all outdoor activities were canceled. The air quality index in our part of the East Bay went into the Unhealthy zone for a couple of days. And we’ve been trying to stay indoors for as much as we possibly can but it’s hard with two energetic boys!

So we’ve been eating out once in a while like dim sum on Sunday, picked up my mum from the airport on Saturday morning, played tennis (indoors) Saturday evening.

Oh and I finally finished my sweater! It’s the first sweater I’ve ever crocheted and it was kind of tricky as the pattern wasn’t as detailed as I would like and I had to redo the sleeves several times. But it’s wearable, hooray!

Currently…

Reading:

Watching:

Homecoming

West Wing

Eating:

Drinking:

Water

Cooking:

Hot pot is our usual Thanksgiving dinner choice. Although this year with my mum around maybe we will have something more traditional

Browsing:

The Master List of 2019 Reading Challenges

Popsugar Reading Challenge 2019

The Reading Women Challenge

Last week:

I read:

America Vol 1 – Gabby Rivera
America Vol 2 – Gabby Rivera
Strange Weather – Joe Hill
Saga Volume 9 – Brian K Vaughan, Fiona Staples

I posted:

Weekend Cooking: Treats from Singapore

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It’s Monday

We had a fun weekend with tennis, swimming class, lots of food and a classmate’s birthday party.

We tried out two new-to-us eateries – one a Korean place known for its fried chicken (The spicy version was especially good!) and the other a Japanese rice bowl (don) place where I had a really good roast beef don.

Also, persimmons are back at the farmers market! I always look forward to persimmon season!

Also the boys tried on their Halloween costumes and were all excited!

Currently…

Reading:

The Hazel Wood – Melissa Albert

Watching:

The West Wing

Listening:

I Contain Multitudes – Ed Yong

(Finally getting there! I’m at 90% now and learning about FMT or Fecal Microbiota Transplantation)

Eating:

Homemade raisin bread

Drinking:

Yorkshire Gold with milk

Last week:

I read:

Lagoon – Nnedi Okorafor
Being Jazz – Jazz Jennings
The Overstory – Richard Powers

I posted:

The Overstory by Richard Powers

#ripxiii Death by Dumpling by Vivien Chien

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It’s Monday

 

The in-laws left for Singapore last night and so the weekend was spent doing some more outlet shopping – because that’s what people from Singapore do when they’re in the US. And more eating. It was an especially hot weekend so I’m just glad that it started cooling down again on Sunday evening. The skies are rather hazy this morning though because of the fires further north.

Currently…

Reading:

Karen Memory – Elizabeth Bear

Watching:

The new season of Queer Eye. Also, more Terrace House, this time the season set in Hawaii. It’s so very different!

Listening:

Behemoth – Scott Westerfeld, read by Alan Cumming

Eating:

Kaya toast – toast with coconut jam

Drinking:

Yorkshire Gold

Cooking:

Tonight is all about the leftovers. But I do have to cook up the yellow cauliflower and some cabbage I had from last week. So maybe some grilled chicken and cauliflower.

Last week:

I read:

Leviathan – Scott Westerfeld
Graceling – Kristin Cashore
Shade: The Changing Girl Vol 1 – Cecil Castellucci
The Prince and the Dressmaker – Jen Wang

I posted:

Weekend Cooking: A very light banana cake

I somehow finished reading 3 books yesterday

 

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It’s Monday and I’ve been reading the Stepford Wives

Made this light banana cake. And I’m writing a post about it!

Blooming Dahlias!

Pakistani food

Currently…

Reading:

Ill Will – Dan Chaon

We Need New Names – NoViolet Bulawayo

Watching:

More Terrace House!

Listening:

Eating:

Grilled cheese for breakfast. Also rainier cherries. My in-laws bought ten pounds at the farmers market!

Drinking:

Yorkshire gold with milk

Cooking:

I bought some lovely yellow cauliflower and romanesco broccoli at the farmers market so definitely will roast that.

Browsing:

The Center for Fiction’s 2018 First Novel Prize

This beautiful Seagrass Summer Cardi crochet pattern 

Added to my TBR: The Summer of Jordi Perez 

The Perfect Mother

When I Hit You

Last week:

I read:

Heartless – Marissa Meyer
Stepford Wives – Ira Levin
The Impostor Syndrome – Mishell Baker

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It’s Tuesday (oops)

It’s the first official week of summer break. The elementary schools here let out last Wednesday and we had a class party in a nearby park to celebrate. Other than that we’ve been relaxing and hanging out at home.

On Saturday, we drove down to Santana Row in San Jose to have lunch at EMC Seafood, a modern Asian-fusion kind of seafood place. Their uni pasta is amazing, and even my father-in-law who usually doesn’t eat pasta enjoyed it. But the star of the show was the seafood tower, which had scallops, oysters, mussels, prawns, sashimi, uni, crab and a whole lobster.

When in Santana Row, one also has to wander into the Amazon bookstore. But one bookstore wasn’t enough for us and we also went to the Barnes and Noble in San Jose. We sadly don’t have a proper bookstore in our city now – although when we first moved there, there was a big Borders (RIP) and a B&N which apparently had a dispute with the landlord and left and is now a supermarket.

Then on Sunday, a barbecue at home.

Currently…

Reading:

Watching:

Terrace House: Opening New Doors on Netflix!

At first I was wondering, why should I watch it? It doesn’t seem very interesting, plus I was never into the kind of strangers-in-a-big-house kind of reality shows. But I love it! Nothing very much happens to be honest, but that’s somehow very refreshing. Interestingly, the six strangers still go to work or go to school, get access to phones and Internet and whatnot. They range in age from 19 to 31, one wants to be a chef, another is a pro-snowboarder, there is an aspiring model, a writer. And in between, there is commentary about the show by six people sitting in a studio. Somehow I cannot stop watching it!

Listening:

We finally finished listening to the Stephen Fry-narrated Harry Potter series. And we are now trying out Chris Colfer’s The Land of Stories series. I am also listening to Alan Cumming read Leviathan.

Eating:

Last night for dinner, laksa fried noodles.

Drinking:

Lots of water

Cooking:

Tonight, perhaps a steamed whole fish if we find a nice one at the Asian supermarket later.

Browsing:

This cute market bag crochet pattern 

Black pepper parmesan biscuits sound delicious

It’s been a while since I’ve read crime/mystery/thriller type book and The Last Place You Look sounds good

Number One Chinese Restaurant is on my TBR list so I’m glad to hear it’s a good read

Last week:

I read:

Dear Committee Members – Julie Schumacher
A Tale for the Time being – Ruth Ozeki
Annihilation – Jeff Vandermeer

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It’s Monday

My in-laws arrived from Singapore on Saturday evening and the kids were just so excited to have their grandparents visiting. And of course receive all those books and treats they brought with them!

Also last week, the kids at tennis class

And the elementary school open house. My 7yo thinks he’s tall and has a medium voice, hmmm

Currently…

Reading:

Watching:

With the kids, Masterchef Junior. I love how the young contestants are inspiring my kids to want to learn how to cook!

Listening:
Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve – Leonora Chu

Eating:

A ham and cheese sandwich

Drinking:

Water

Cooking:

Tonight, chicken rice

Fried noodles

Last week:

I read:


The Land of Forgotten Girls – Erin Entrada Kelly
Unicorn of Many Hats – Dana Simpson
Giant Days vol 3
Tell me again how a crush should feel – Sara Farizan

I posted:

#AsianLitBingo – The Land of Forgotten Girls by Erin Entrada Kelly

#AsianLitBingo – Tell Me Again How A Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan

#AsianLitBingo – Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao

#AsianLitBingo – The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by FC Yee

#AsianLitBingo Kinder than Solitude by Yiyun Li

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It’s Monday and I’ve been writing book posts!

Happy Monday (or Tuesday)!

Hope you had a lovely weekend. My three fellas took me out to a new-to-us sushi restaurant and after that we had a nice wander around the bookstore.

And we ventured back into the farmers market again – our farmers market is a year-round one but we’re mostly there for the summer fruits. So we were excited to see the strawberry stall again.They have the best organic strawberries. And also there were cherries and peaches and nectarines! Hooray!

The preschool had a Mother’s Day celebration on Friday morning and the kids performed three songs which included Bruno Mars’ Just the Way You Are.

Currently…

Reading:

Tell me again how a crush should feel – Sara Farizan
Miss Burma – Charmaine Craig

Watching:

Friday Night Lights and The Good Wife

Listening:

Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve – Leonora Chu
Eating:

A Mother’s Day brownie

Drinking:

Coffee
Cooking:
Taco Rice

Fried noodles with tofu and cabbage

Last week:

I read:

Less – Andrew Sean Greer
Fables deluxe edition Book 3 – Bill Willingham

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha #1) – Tomi Adeyemi


Girls Burn Brighter – Shobha Rao

I posted:

#AsiannLitBingo – Such a Lovely Little War by Marcelino Truong

#AsianLitBingo : Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan

Lucy and Linh by Alice Pung

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It’s Monday and that was some weekend!

Happy Monday! I’ve got 15 minutes before I’m off to do the school drop-offs, then it’s my day to volunteer in class (I stuff all the homework folders) so let’s make this quick!

Last Tuesday we celebrated a very special 5th birthday with a homemade funfetti cake with chocolate buttercream. The birthday boy also asked me to make tomato soup for dinner, and sausages. So we ended up with a hearty homemade birthday meal with mac and cheese, sausages, grilled broccoli, and tomato soup.

I made the boys amigurumi Pikachu. It really took a lot of patience!!

The boy got his pick of lunch – pizza at Pieology!

Currently…

Reading:

Rainbirds – Clarissa Goenawan

Watching:

More of The Good Wife. Also the Great British Menu.

Listening:

The boys and I are listening to Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince!

Eating:

I had a slice of homemade raisin bread for breakfast

Drinking:

Water at the moment

Cooking:

Thinking of cooking oyakodon

Maybe some pasta with bacon and asparagus

Last week:

I read:

All’s Faire in Middle School – Victoria Jamieson
The Cuckoo’s Calling – Robert Galbraith

(Books read during the readathon)
Gwenpool vol 3 – Christopher Hastings
Gwenpool Vol 4 – Christopher Hastings
The Interview – Manuele Fior
American Panda – Gloria Chao
Pashmina – Nidhi Chanani

I posted:

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It’s Monday and the kids are back in school!

Hooray! Spring Break is over!

(Not what my kids are saying, just me)

For the past four weeks I’ve been working on this afghan stitch-along with The Crochet Crowd and I’ve learnt quite a few new things like crocheting cables and popcorn stitches. And this week I’m working on putting the final border on.

We didn’t do all that much over spring break – the husband was busy working so we didn’t get to travel anywhere. But we did some fun stuff around our city,  plenty of play time and playground stuff, and when a pineapple express decided to head our way, the boys got building their Lego Ninjago sets!

Currently…

Reading:

The Dog of the Marriage – Amy Hempel

Watching:

Together with the kids, we’ve been watching The Kids Baking Championship via Sling TV. It’s quite amazing what some of these kids (aged about 11-12) can do, not just in terms of decorating but also their choice of flavors.

Listening:

The Last Black Unicorn – Tiffany Haddish

Eating:

Homemade walnut bread with Brie

Drinking:

Yorkshire Gold with milk

Cooking:

Not quite sure yet this week. Pork chops perhaps.

Some fried beehoon or rice vermicelli with carrots, green beans and tofu.

Last week:

I read:

A Kind of Freedom – Margaret Wilerson Sexton
Sourdough – Robin Sloan
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – JK Rowling (audiobook)

The Owl Service – Alan Garner

I posted:

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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