Library Loot (May 18 to 24)

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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! Claire has the link-up this week.

What I got from the library this week:

A Good True Thai – Sunisa Manning

Set in 1970s Thailand, this is a story about 3 friends and the Bangkok student uprising.

What Kind of Woman – Kate Baer

I can’t remember why this poetry collection got on my holds but hey, it’s probably about time I read more poetry!

Lessons in Chemistry – Bonnie Garmus

It’s the 1960s, America. A scientist becomes the star of a cooking show.

It’s Monday (May 16, 2022)

Happy Monday! Hope you all have a great week ahead.

Some things last week:

Tried a black sesame ramen at our favourite ramen restaurant. Not quite sure if I liked it! I think I associate black sesame taste with sweet items (for instance, black sesame paste which is a sweet soup, black sesame bao). But it was fun to try something new for a change.

For dinner last night, we ordered Indian/Pakistani food, which we hadn’t had for a while. Our usual order is tandoori fish and tandoori chicken (not pictured), garlic and plain naan. Three curries – mixed veg, saag dal, saag paneer. Messy looking photo, but it was delicious as always!

Sunday was National Chocolate Chip Day – not sure how my kids knew that – so I had to make some chocolate chip cookies for them!

The 11-year-old recently joined a jazz band. He plays the piano and is one of three 5th-graders in the group, the rest are teenagers. They practice every week and once a month, they perform at a local pizza place. He’s enjoying the music but still has a lot to learn when it comes to jazz piano!

Currently…

Reading:

Watching:

Hacks! on HBO Max. I really like this show about a legendary Las Vegas female stand-up and a 25-year-old entitled comedy writer. It’s smart and funny, and has an older female lead.

Listening:

Still listening to Qian Julie Wang’s Beautiful Country.

Eating and Drinking:

I had some leftover steel cut oatmeal for breakfast.

Cooking:

We have more Indian food leftovers. But I’m thinking of cooking some claypot rice this week (traditionally done in a claypot but I don’t have one, so I cook it in my rice cooker). It’s a seasoned rice with Chinese sausage, chicken, and mushrooms.

Last week:

I read:

Chew volumes 8 to 12. I feel like I was in a bit of a reading slump over the past week or more. So I read a lot of these Chew comics.

I posted:

Library Loot (May 11 to 17)

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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 (May 11 to 17)

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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 Library Loot Day!

What did you get from your library this week? Link-up above or in the comments below!

What I got from the library this week:

I’m still reading for AAPI month and found a list of recommendations on Instagram for Pacific Islander writers and borrowed a couple of books.

Summer of Sloane – Erin L. Schneider

A YA book set in Hawaii and written by a native Hawaiian.

Turtle Under Ice – Juleah del Rosario

A novel-in-verse by a Filipino-Chamorro writer about a sister who goes missing.

It’s Monday (May 9, 2022)

So the kids are on the mend from Covid. Thanks for your well wishes! The younger one was back at school last week, and the older one took a few more days off (he also got symptoms a few days later than the younger one). So he just went back to school today.

Warning: food pictures coming up!

We decided to have Korean BBQ at home for Mother’s Day. The kids helped prep the vegetables, the bulgogi was a premarinated one that we got from HMart. We also got some nice kalbi and pork belly. We ate it with rice and also lettuce leaves. There was also fish cakes and anchovies from the HMart deli area.

Also, on Cinco de Mayo, the kids wanted to have tacos and burritos. This was my al pastor taqueria taco from our local Mexican restaurant.

I was going to add some photos but WordPress is being a bit sh*tty so I’m giving up.

Some things last week:

Currently…

Reading:

China Boy – Gus Lee

Watching:

Upload Season 2 on Amazon video

Listening:

Beautiful Country – Qian Julia Wang

Eating and Drinking:

I had toast and a slice of Brie for breakfast.

Cooking:

I have some extra pork belly from the KBBQ so I might cook that up and add it to some ramen. I also have to cook up the rest of the bag of asparagus. Maybe a pasta with salmon and asparagus?

Last week:

I read:

A Magic Steeped in Poison – Judy I. Lin

I posted:

Tangzhong marble bread #WeekendCooking

Asian diaspora

Library Loot (May 4 to 10)

Read in April 2022

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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 (May 4 to 10)

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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! Claire has the link-up this week.

What I got from the library this week:

It’s Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. So I’ve borrowed some books that are by Asian-American writers. It’s a bit harder to find ebooks by Pacific Islanders. But I’ve put a hold on a couple of physical books, hopefully they’ll come in before the month is up!

Maizy Chen’s Last Chance – Lisa Yee

A middle grade book which has a young girl moving to a Minnesota town, where her family are the only Asian-Americans. Her grandfather is ill and her mother needs to help out at the family restaurant.

We Ride Upon Sticks – Quan Barry

I’m curious about this book, which has to do with a hockey team who are descendants of some people involved in the Salem witch trials.

China Boy – Gus Lee

A memoir about a young Chinese boy growing up in San Francisco in the 1950s.

Mooncakes and Milk Bread – Kristina Cho

I love milk bread. That’s why.

It’s Monday (May 2, 2022)

You may have seen in my post last week that my younger son tested positive for Covid after our return from Hawaii. Not long after, my older son had a slight fever and cough. It took a few days for him to test positive after that. So for last week, it was mostly about resting at home, but also having the kids do some work that the teachers had assigned them.

My younger son is doing a lot better and had no symptoms yesterday so he went back to school today. My older son still has a cough so he’s going to stay home for a bit longer.

So we didn’t really do much over the last week. But here’s a few things:

An order from Asian online grocer Weee! I hope to make some Korean tofu soup with the mushrooms and green onions (sundubu jigae), spinach side dish (Sigeumchi-namul) which is a great way to use up any spinach you have – it’s essentially blanched spinach seasoned with soy sauce, sesame oil, sesame seeds, and garlic. I usually use garlic powder instead of minced raw garlic. This way there’s some garlic flavour but it’s not too strong for the kids. You can keep it in the fridge for a few days.
Got some pho with rare meat, flank, and beef balls for lunch on Saturday.
Made an Asian diaspora stack from my books as May is AAPI Heritage Month!

Currently…

Reading:

Maizy Chen’s Last Chance – Lisa Yee

The Wedding Crasher – Mia Sosa

Watching:

The Walking Dead season 10

Listening:

I recently finished Intimacies by Katie Kitamura and haven’t yet picked a new audiobook.

Eating and Drinking:

I had a pain au chocolat from Paris Baguette for breakfast.

Cooking:

I’ll be cooking some simple foods this week. Noodle soups, rice and fish with lots of vegetables. Hopefully it’s nourishing and will help improve everyone’s immune systems.

Last week:

I read:

Chef Yasmina and the Potato Panic – Wauter Mannaert

Intimacies  – Katie Kitamura

While Justice Sleeps – Stacey Abrams

To Love and to Loathe – Martha Waters

I posted:

Library Loot (April 27 to May 2)

Sea of Tranquility by Emily St John Mandel

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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 (April 27 to May 2)

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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 Library Loot day!

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

What I got from the library this week:

The Wedding Crasher – Mia Sosa

Ah the good old fake dating trope. I feel like I’ve read quite a few of these lately, but it’s always fun.

Operation Sisterhood – Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich

Can’t remember where I first saw this but it looks like a cute one about sisters living in NYC.

A Twist of Fate – Kelley Armstrong

This is the second book of Armstrong’s A Stitch in Time series.

It’s Monday (April 25, 2022)

Happy Monday! My younger son turned 9 over the weekend, and also had a positive covid test the same day. Sigh. It was something I had been worrying about since we returned from Hawaii last week. The mask mandate on airplanes was still on when we flew to Hawaii but it was shot down a few days later. And at least half the people on the full flight back to the Bay Area were not wearing masks. We still kept ours on, but with a five plus hour flight, can’t avoid taking it off to eat and drink. So it’s unfortunate that he now has Covid. As of today, the rest of the family has tested negative, but we’ll keep testing over the next few days.

But, we did have a wonderful time in Hawaii. It was the kids’ first time to Hawaii and everyone’s first time to the Big Island. We went night snorkelling with the manta rays, saw the lava glow at the Volcano National Park, and lots of swimming and relaxing at the beach.

You can see more details and photos on my Big Island post.

Some things last week:

Currently…

Reading:

While Justice Sleeps – Stacey Abrams

Watching:

The Walking Dead

Listening:

Intimacies – Katie Kitamura

Eating and Drinking:

Jasmine tea. And a maple doughnut.

Cooking:

I’ll cook some simple meals this week. Noodle soup. Rice and dishes. I’ve got some asparagus and spinach to cook up. Some maybe I’ll turn that into pasta.

Last week:

I read:

The Hawthorne Legacy – Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The Love Con – Seressia Glass

Sea of Tranquility – Emily St John Mandel

Last Night at the Telegraph Club – Malinda Lo

I posted:

Big Island April 2022

Library Loot (April 20 to 26)

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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 (April 20 to 26)

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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 Library Loot day!

Claire has the link-up this week.

What I got from the library this week:

Portrait of a Thief – Grace D. Li

This book is inspired by the true story of Chinese art vanishing from Western museums.

Spilt Milk – Chico Buarque

For the Storygraph Reads the World challenge – book set in Brazil.

Library Loot (April 13 to 19)

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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 Library Loot Day!

What did you get from your library this week? Use the linky or let us know in the comments below.

I got some fun reads this week. The kids are on spring break next week so light reads for me!

What I got from the library this week:

To Love and to Loathe – Martha Waters

This is the second book in the Regency Vows series. The first one, To Have and to Hoax, was a fun and charming read. Hopefully this one is too.

City of the Mind – Penelope Lively

A friend on Instagram had asked about writers similar to Elizabeth Bowen. I wasn’t entirely sure but suggested Penelope Lively’s books. This is one of hers that I’ve not read yet. It’s about an architect living in London and the relationships he has.

The Love Con – Seressia Glass

Cosplay reality show competition! Fake relationship trope! Sounds delightfully nerdy and fun.

Sea of Tranquility – Emily St John Mandel

My hold on this book came in. I’m not entirely sure what this book is about, but the synopsis promises a “novel of art, time, love, and plague that takes the reader from Vancouver Island in 1912 to a dark colony on the moon three hundred years later, unfurling a story of humanity across centuries and space”.

While Justice Sleeps – Stacey Abrams

My pick for “Read a political thriller by a marginalized author (BIPOC, or LGBTQIA+)” in the Book Riot reading challenge