Library Loot (December 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?

What I got from the library this week:

The Dead Romantics – Ashley Poston

It’s on the NY Times Notable Books of 2022 so I was curious.

One Italian Summer – Rebecca Serle

Well, possibly because I saw this in quite a few places.

Saha – Cho Nam-Joo, translated by Jamie Chang

Cho wrote Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 which I really liked. This book is about people living in a neglected housing estate.

Joan is Okay – Week Wang

Wang previously wrote Chemistry, and I like how this book sounds:

Joan Is Okay touches on matters that feel deeply resonant: being Chinese-American right now; working in medicine at a high-stakes time; finding one’s voice within a dominant culture; being a woman in a male-dominated workplace; and staying independent within a tight-knit family.”

Library Loot (November 16 to 22)

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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:

Buzz, Sting, Bite: Why We Need Insects – Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson

Well, it’s Nonfiction November after all, so why not another nonfiction audiobook.

Food IQ – Daniel Holzman, Matt Rodbard

I just liked the cover, which made me think of the Netflix food series, The Chef Show, starring Roy Choi and Jon Favreau.

Dopesick – Beth Macy

I started reading a sample of the book and was drawn into the first chapter, which talks about a dealer in Virginia.

The Smell of Other People’s Houses – Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

I came across this on a list on Libby, and was attracted to its setting – Alaska.

It’s Monday (November 7, 2022)

Hello, Monday!

Some things last week:

We tried a new-to-us eatery, which has food that comes on sizzling plates. It’s fittingly called Sizzling Lunch. I had pork belly with rice. I was surprised as the meat wasn’t seasoned, but they do provide garlic shoyu and teriyaki sauces. So you can season it after. The kids had fun cooking their meat, and enjoyed the crispy rice at the bottom.
Made some tangzhong bread.
It felt like we haven’t had laksa for a while, and luckily I had two more packets of the laksa paste from Singapore. I added prawns, fish cake and fish balls. Didn’t have bean sprouts so had to make do with cabbage.
Also, working on a C2C (corner to corner) moss stitch blanket in a bid to use up some stash.

Currently…

Reading:

The Golden Enclaves – Naomi Novik

Watching:

Listening:

Made in China – Anna Qu

Eating and Drinking:

Coffee and toast for breakfast. The clocks changed on Sunday but alas my body clock hasn’t so I was up at 515am.

Cooking:

Chicken rice – at least I plan to cook the rice, I may just serve it with a roast chicken from Costco.

Last week:

I read:

Back to the Garden – Laurie R King

I posted:

If You Could See the Sun

Black Forest Birthday Cake #WeekendCooking

Library Loot (November 2 to 8)

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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 (November 2 to 8)

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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 Golden Enclaves – Naomi Novik

After devouring the first two books of this series recently, I was glad to learn that I wouldn’t have to wait long for the third book. And finally got my hold in!

The Book Eaters – Sunyi Dean

Another hold came in! This one’s as it’s title goes – about a clan of people who eat books.

Messy Roots – Laura Gao

A graphic memoir about a Chinese -American immigrant

It’s Monday (October 31, 2022)

Happy Halloween!

It’s also my husband’s birthday today. So we went out for lunch yesterday, and I made his favourite Black Forest cake.

It’s a five layer cake. Fresh cherries aren’t in season so I decorated with raspberries. I used frozen cherries to make the cherry filling. And for the chocolate cake I used this recipe by King Arthur, which makes for a delicious, light and moist cake.

Later today, we will go out for trick or treating around the neighbourhood.

But last Friday, the school held a Trunk or Treat in the parking lot, where families decorated their car trunks, some with little games and everyone with candy to give away.

The kids wanted these Halloween costume hoodies – one is a Minecraft creeper and the other, a velociraptor. But today, the velociraptor decided to be a velociraptor Hogwarts student, so he wore his Ravenclaw cape and tie with his dinosaur hoodie.

Currently…

Reading:

Leech by Hiron Ennes

Watching:

The K-drama Extraordinary Attorney Woo on Netflix

Listening:

Eating and Drinking:

I’m about to have some coffee.

Cooking:

Tonight, I was thinking of cooking either risotto or linguine with scallops.

Last week:

I read:

Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism – Amanda Montell

Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow – Gabrielle Zevin

I posted:

Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin

Library Loot (October 26 to November 1)

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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 (October 26 to November 1)

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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:

I picked up e-comics – volumes 1 to 5 of The Mighty Thor

The Thursday Murder Club – Richard Oseman

Four retired friends meet up to solve mysteries. Sounds fun.

Leech – Hiron Ennes

I’m not sure what to call this, medical horror? Medical sci-fi horror? Whatever it is, it sounds delightfully weird.

The Eagle with no Claws – Christian Lax

A comic about a man and his passion for Tour de France.

Library Loot (October 19 to 25)

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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:

If You Could See the Sun – Ann Liang

A story set in a Beijing boarding school. Alice Sun is the only scholarship student in this elite school and she somehow can turn invisible.

I Want to Die but I want to Eat Tteokbokki – Baek Sehee (translated from the Korean by Anton Hur)

I saw this book at different bookstores in Singapore when I was back in the summer, and it was a rather curious title, so I wanted to borrow it. It’s not exactly my typical read, especially as the description includes this “part memoir, part self-help book”. And I steer far away from anything that resembles self-help, but we will see…

Back to the Garden – Laurie R King

This is a standalone book from King, about a mansion and its secrets after a skull is found during restoration work.

It’s Monday (October 17, 2022)

Some things last week:

Hey, it’s Monday again. Hope you had a good week!

I woke up early Saturday morning to catch the BTS Yet to Come concert in Busan. 6pm Korea time is 2am California time. It was full of their older songs (and some new ones). As always, they are truly amazing on stage. Today, the news of their decision to enlist in the Korean military finally came. They expect to reconvene in 2025.

The concert did put me in the mood for Korean food, so we put in an order for chicken wings, bibimbap, kimbap, and Budae Jjigae (or Army stew, which has sausage, spam, kimchi, noodles, vegetables, and cheese).

On Sunday, we had lunch at a Taiwanese eatery that we hadn’t been to since before the pandemic! The food was as good as ever. The kids loved the beef noodles, xiaolongbao, and more.

Currently…

Reading:

Hana Hsu and the Ghost Crab Nation by Sylvia Liu

Watching:

The Resident on Hulu

Listening:

I just downloaded Cultish by Amanda Montell

Eating and Drinking:

Toast and tea for breakfast as usual

Cooking:

Claypot rice – a kind of flavoured rice cooked with chicken and Chinese sausage (lap Cheong). Traditionally made in a claypot but I just cook it in a rice cooker. I sear the chicken and lap cheong on the stove first and add it later to the rice cooker when the rice is about half cooked. Here’s a recipe that’s similar to what I do in the rice cooker, except I don’t add the dried shrimp.

Last week:

I read:

Counterfeit – Kirstin Chen

Mika in Real Life – Emiko Jean

I posted:

Library Loot (October 12 to 18)

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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 (October 12 to 18)

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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:

Rainbow Rainbow: Stories – Lydia Conklin

In this delightful debut collection of prize-winning stories, queer, gender-nonconforming, and trans characters struggle to find love and forgiveness, despite their sometimes comic, sometimes tragic mistakes.

Gods of Want: Stories – K-Ming Chang

Startling stories that center the bodies, memories, myths, and relationships of Asian American women, from the National Book Award “5 Under 35” honoree and author of Bestiary

The American Roommate Experiment – Elena Armas

First line:

Someone was trying to break into my apartment.

Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow – Gabrielle Zevin

First line:

Before Mazer invented himself as Mazer, he was Samson Mazer and before he was Samson Mazer, he was Samson Masur – a change of two letters that transformed him from a nice ostensibly Jewish boy to a Professional Builder of Worlds – and for most of his youth, he was Sam, S.A.M. on the hall of fame of his grandfather’s Donkey Kong machine, but mainly Sam.

Kids’ library loot:

Library Loot (October 5 to 11)

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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:

Drunk on Love – Jasmine Guillory

I always look forward to a new book by Jasmine Guillory!

Loveless – Alice Oseman

Loved Oseman’s Heartstopper series. This one’s about Georgia, who’s never been in love.

The Fortunes of Jaded Women – Carolyn Huynh

First line: “Everyone in Orange County’s Little Saigon knew the Duong sisters were cursed.”

Otto – Jon Agee

Borrowed this graphic novel for a reading challenge –  A book with a palindromic title.