Library Loot (September 21 to 27)

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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.

Happy Wednesday! What did you get from your library this week?

Claire has the link-up this week.

What I got from the library this week:

Picked up some physical books at the library.

Love Marriage – Monica Ali

First line: “In the Ghorami household sex was never mentioned.”

Korean American – Eric Kim

We love Korean food and luckily, have some pretty good Korean eateries around us. Favourite things to order: spam and kimchi kimbap, kimchi fried rice, fried chicken wings, corn cheese. Recently I’ve been cooking more Korean food too, like tofu soup and japchae (sweet potato noodles). So I was especially interested to see Kim’s Korean-American recipes, like this gochujang zucchini recipe.

The Last Graduate – Naomi Novik

First line: “Keep far away from Orion Lake.”

(also it opens with a cross-section drawing of the Scholomance, which is a sorcery school).

Husband Material – Alexis Hall

Also, an ebook hold came in. This is the sequel to Boyfriend Material.

The kids’ loot:

It’s Monday (September 19, 2022)

Some things last week:

Some things I made last week!

Made a Japanese-style dinner the other day. Grilled hamachi Kama (yellowtail cheek), pork katsu, garlicky spinach, rice, and miso soup.

It was raining on Sunday and that’s the best weather for hotpot! Lots of vegetables, three types of mushrooms, fish cake and fish balls, some thinly sliced pork and beef.

I finished this Wrapped in Diamonds shawl (Ravelry pattern here). Fun to make!

Currently…

Reading:

The Marvellers – Dhonielle Clayton

Watching:

Rings of Power on Amazon

Listening:

Amari and the Night Brothers – B.B. Alston

Eating and Drinking:

I had a slice of toast and tea for breakfast. For lunch later, leftover Singapore-style Hainan chicken rice.

Cooking:

Haven’t quite figured it out yet! But I do have a bag of chicken drumsticks in the freezer, so I’ll probably marinate them and grill them. Maybe I’ll bake some potatoes too.

Last week:

I read:

Grave Reservations – Cherie Priest

Over The Top – Jonathan van Ness (audiobook)

Temple Alley Summer – Sachiko Kashiwaba

I posted:

Library Loot (September 14 to 20)

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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

Library Loot (September 14 to 20)

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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.

Happy Wednesday! What did you get from your library this week? Let us know in the link-up or comments below.

What I got from the library this week:

Chef’s Kiss – Jarrett Melendez

Funnily, this is the second book called Chef’s Kiss in my Libby shelf.

Grave Reservations – Cherie Priest

A psychic and a travel agent solve a murder together. Sounds interesting.

All Together Now – Hope Larson

The sequel to the graphic novel All Summer Long.

The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea – Axie Oh

A feminist retelling of a Korean fairytale.

Library Loot (September 7 to 13)

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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.

Happy Wednesday! What did you get from your library this week?

Claire has the link-up this week.

What I got from the library this week:

The Charmed List – Julie Abe

Something to do with magic, romance, and a road trip? Sounds cute!

Also, it’s RIPXVII (Readers Imbibing Peril) season so here are some spooky reads…

The Resting Place – Camilla Sten, translated by Alexandra Fleming

I enjoyed Sten’s The Lost Village and am looking forward to another creepy story from her.


Cackle – Rachel Harrison

Ok I want that tea cup.

Kids’ loot:

Library Loot (August 31 to September 6)

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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.

Happy Wednesday! What did you get from your library this week? Let us know in the link-up or comments!

What I got from the library this week:

Hooray! Some physical books from the library for a change.

The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina – Zoraida Cordova

Spotted this on the New Arrivals shelves and quickly grabbed it! I enjoyed the author’s previous book, Labyrinth Lost.

Meanwhile in San Francisco – Wendy Macnaughton

I had some time to kill as I had stopped by the library before picking up the kids from school. So I wandered around the adult nonfiction. And happened to come across this book.

Black Girl, Call Home – Jasmine Mans

This was on a display called “Read With Pride!” and the cover caught my eye. I picked it up and realised it’s a book of poetry. To be honest, I hesitate when it comes to poetry but when I turned to a random page and read the poem, I felt like I had to take it home.

I also got some ebook holds that came in.

Temple Alley Summer – Sachiko Kashiwaba, illustrated by Miho Satake, translated by Avery Fischer Udagawa

I guess this may be middle grade fiction? It’s described as a mysterious adventure that features the” living dead, a magical pearl, and a suspiciously nosy black cat named Kiriko“.

Long Distance – Whitney Gardner

A graphic novel set at summer camp.

Chef’s Kiss – TJ Alexander

A romance starring a pastry chef.

My Berlin Kitchen – Luisa Weiss

Somehow this popped up during my Libby catalogue browse.

The kids’ loot – since I had borrowed a large stack for them last week, I was here to just pick up a few holds that came in.

It’s Monday (August 29, 2022)

Hello, it’s been ages since an “It’s Monday” post from me. How are you? How’s your summer/winter going? I took a super long break from my Monday postings mostly because we were in Singapore for the month of July and I didn’t bring my computer with me. That’s no excuse for having missed a lot of August posts though! Can I blame it on jet lag?

Anyway, the kids have been back in school. They’re on a brand new campus as the school district decided to finally open this new campus that was built a couple of years ago in a new neighbourhood. It’s the first new school that’s been in this school district for 20 plus years. The mandarin immersion program was moved to this new school campus as the previous school wasn’t big enough for the program’s expansion.

And as the middle school expansion hasn’t been completed due to pandemic delays, my sixth grader will be the first and last sixth grade class in this new school. This is also one of the few (only?) elementary schools with more than one floor. The upper grades (my kids are in 4th and 6th) are all on the second floor.

(In Singapore, where I grew up, schools are all multi-storeyed, with at least 4 or more storeys. So it always amuses me when the kids talk about their classroom on the second storey.)

Meanwhile, it’s back to our usual routine. Hope you have a great week ahead!

Some things last week:

Currently…

Reading:

Farewell, Ghosts by Nadia Terranova

Watching:

The Sandman on Netflix

Listening:

Gathering Moss – Robin Wall Kimmerer

Eating and Drinking:

A peach almond cake and barley tea

Cooking:

Today we have some leftovers from the weekend.

Tomorrow, I’ll cook some pork katsu and maybe have it with rice and Sigeumchi-namul (blanched spinach seasoned with soy sauce and sesame oil).

It’s going to be a hotter week I think, so I’ll keep the baking to a minimum.

Last week:

I read:

Moshi Moshi – Banana Yoshimoto

When Women Were Dragons – Kelly Barnhill

I posted:

Moshi Moshi by Banana Yoshimoto

Library Loot (August 24 to 30)

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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

Library Loot (August 24 to 30)

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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.

Happy Wednesday! What did you get from your library? Claire has the link-up this week.

What I got from the library this week:

Tokyo Ueno Station – Yu Miri

I borrowed the book with the second cover but I really like the cover above.

Gathering Moss – Robin Wall Kimmerer (audiobook)

I’m getting a head start for Science September. I enjoyed listening to Kimmerer’s Braiding Sweetgrass and am looking forward to her lovely and calm voice.

Kids’ loot:

Library Loot (August 17 to 23)

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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.

Happy Wednesday! What did you get from your library this week? Let us know in the link-up or comments below.


So for the past month, I’ve been in Singapore. And we just returned to the Bay Area last week. I’ll post again about our trip there, but here are photos from a couple of the libraries we went to. One is a library that I used to frequent when I was a kid. I’m glad they preserved the old two-storey building, but it is a rather small library. The other is a more recent library, set in a multi-storeyed sports and community hub.

Singapore has many awesome libraries! There are a total of 25 libraries located throughout this tiny island. The libraries are often very spacious, with lots of reading areas. Some are even located in shopping malls.

What I got from the library this week:

Farewell, Ghosts – Nadia Terranova

This book by Italian writer Terranova has won several awards in Italy. It’s about a woman who returns to her family home and confronts her childhood traumas. Another book for WIT month.

The Beast Warrior – Nahoko Uehashi (translated by Cathy Hirano)

I read the first book, The Beast Player, a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it.

All Summer Long – Hope Larson

A fun graphic novel about friendships.

Library Loot (August 10 to 16)

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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.

Happy Wednesday! What did you get from your library this week?

What I got from the library this week:

Seoulmates – Jan Frederick

This is the second book in the series about a Korean-American adoptee. The first book was well, just ok, but I’m curious to see how the story goes.

My Brilliant Life – Kim Ae-ran

I started reading this and quickly finished the first chapter. And that says a lot. These few weeks, I’ve been starting a few other books but haven’t quite gotten anywhere with them.

This Wicked Fate – Kalynn Bayron

This is the second book in the series, the first being This Poison Heart, which I recently read. And immediately, I went and borrowed this one!

Cinderella Is Dead – Kalynn Bayron

And just for good measure, I also downloaded this other book by the same author.

Library Loot (August 3 to 9)

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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.

Happy Wednesday! What did you get from your library this week?

What I got from the library this week:

The One True Me and You – Remi K. England

A story set in a fandom con. Sounds cute!

When Women Were Dragons – Kelly Barnhill

A story set in 1950s America, where thousands of women have spontaneously turned into dragons? Yes please.

So I recently finished Tieu’s The Donut Trap, and serendipitously, this ebook hold came in. This time, the romance is set in an office. I really enjoyed Tieu’s depiction of Asian families. Can’t wait to read this one.

Moshi Moshi – Banana Yoshimoto, trassaten by Asa Yoneda

It’s Women In Translation month, and so I picked up a few library books just for that. I haven’t read Yoshimoto’s work for quite a few years. This one’s about a family who’s father dies in a suicide pact with a woman they don’t know.

Winter Pasture – Li Juan

Translated narrative nonfiction by a woman writer. I try to read translated books when I can, but I’ve not read much in translated nonfiction. My most recent one was Book of Eels by Patrik Svensson, translated from the Swedish by Agnes Broomé. I would love recommendations for translated nonfiction!

In this book, Li Juan and her mother live in northwestern China. She joins a family of Kazakh herders as they make their way to pasture for the winter, in a very remote part of the world.