It’s Monday and my boy is 4!

 

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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

 

 

The kids were on spring break last week and well they exhausted me. We couldn’t go anywhere as the husband had to work. Poor thing, he had tried to take Thursday off but ended up working at home all day instead. It’s the busy season for him so hopefully his workload will improve soon.  

Some of the stuff we did last week

 

And my younger boy turns four today! We celebrated it yesterday starting with breakfast out at our favourite diner and a barbeque at home. 

Currently…

 

Reading:

 The Best We Could Do – Thi Bui

 Last Train to Paris – Michele Zackheim

 

 

Watching:

 The kids have discovered this kids show called Wanda and the Alien. Well other than that I rewatched 10 Things I Hate About You.  

Eating:

 Cake!

Drinking:

Tea

 



Last week:

I read:

Injustice Gods Among Us: Year One, Vol. 1  – Tom Taylor (Writer), Jheremy Raapack (Artist), Mike S. Miller (Artist), Tom Derenick (Artist), David Yardin (Artist)


Dreamfever (Fever #4) – Karen Marie Moning

Shadowfever (Fever #5) – Karen Marie Moning


Kaptara, Volume One · Fear Not, Tiny Alien – Chip Zdarsky (Creator), Kagan McLeod (Creator), Becka Kinzie (Colour Assist)


Clean Room, Volume 1: Immaculate Conception – Gail Simone (Writer), Jon Davis-Hunt (Illustrator)

Angel Catbird Vol 1 – Margaret Atwood, Johnnie Christmas (Artist), Tamra Bonvillain (Artist)
Angel Catbird Volume 2: To Castle Casula – Margaret Atwood, Johnnie Christmas (Artist), Tamra Bonvillain (Artist)

I had high expectations for this one. It’s Atwood after all! But sadly it was quite trite, slow moving, and a villain you could spot a mile away. 

I posted:

This Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book

 

It’s Monday and I’m reading The Best We Could Do

 

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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

 

 

Happy Easter!

It’s the first day of Spring Break for my boys. Well the Kindergartener’s Spring Break started on Friday so he’s had a nice long weekend too.

On Saturday, we took my in-laws to do some outlet shopping. And good thing too as I needed some sneakers and came away with two pairs, thanks to New Balance’s buy one get one half off sale!

Currently…

 

Reading:

Faefever – Karen Marie Moning

The Best We Could Do – Thi Bui

The Strays – Emily Bitto
(SO GOOD)

Octavia’s Brood
Watching:

Parenthood

10 Things I Hate About You (which I’ve seen so many times but it’s always fun to rewatch)

Eating:


Homemade raisin bread

Drinking:

Green tea

Browsing:

I’m intrigued by a steamed chocolate cake (Bake for Happy Kids)

Always love reading Buried in Print’s posts about her reading plans!

Picture books about refugees (Booklist Reader)

You’ve probably seen this already, but the Dublin Literary Prize shortlist is out:

A General Theory of Oblivion by José Eduardo Agualusa, translated from the Portuguese by Daniel Hahn

Confession of the Lioness by Mia Couto, translated from the Portuguese by David Brookshaw

The Green Road by Anne Enright

The Prophets of Eternal Fjord by Kim Leine, translated from the Danish by Martin Aitken

The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli, translated from the Spanish by  Christina MacSweeney

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta

A Strangeness in My Mind by Orhan Pamuk, translated from the Turkish by Ekin Oklap

A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler, translated from the German by Charlotte Collins

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara 

Added to my TBR:

Deerbrook by Harriet Martineau (via Books and Chocolate)

Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees by Mary Beth Leatherdale, illustrated and designed by Eleanor Shakespeare (via Book Dragon)

Last week:

I read:


Serenity: Leaves on the Wind – Zack Whedon (Creator), Fábio Moon (Artist), Dan Dos Santos (Cover Artist), Georges Jeanty (Artist)

Thorn – Intisar Khanani

Wonder Woman Earth One – Grant Morrison (Writer), Yanick Paquette (Artist), Nathan Fairbairn (Colourist), Todd Klein (Letterer)


Angel Catbird Vol 1 – Margaret Atwood

(It was so disappointingly simplistic. I also borrowed Vol 2 from the library and may give it a try, wth extremely low expectations)

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Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow

It’s Monday and I’m reading Thorn

 

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Well this week was a weird one. The kindergartener stayed home from school on Friday as he wasn’t feeling well and he got a bit worse on Saturday with a bit of a high fever. And then as if the fever was the thing that his body needed, after some fever meds, lots of water and some rest, he was all better.

Of course all better meant that he and the brother were up at 450 talking and giggling loudly. I don’t know about you but when I am woken up at that time, I go into FULL ALERT MODE. My brain is awake and I cannot calm it down. So yes I was awake at 0450 on Sunday. I was also awake at 0530 on Saturday but at least that seems like a more reasonable time.

But you know what, Sunday is a nice sunny day, unlike the past few windy rainy days, everyone seems healthy today, so we might be able to go out today!


 

Currently…

 

Reading:

Thorn – Intisar Khanani

 

 

 

 

Watching:

Parenthood

 

Listening:

Bossypants – Tina Fey

 

Eating:


I made pancakes for breakfast!

Drinking:

Yorkshire Gold with milk

 

Browsing:

Ooh look at these fantastic Brazilian covers of Elena Ferrante’s books! I am not a fan of the American covers (via The Casual Optimist)

16 books to read this April (Lit Hub)

Added to my TBR:

No Other World by Rahul Mehta (via BookDragon)

Last week:

I read:




Hag-Seed – Margaret Atwood
Lillian Boxfish Takes A Walk – Kathleen Rooney
Labyrinth Lost – Zoraida Cordova
Serenity: Leaves on the Wind – Zack Whedon (Creator), Fábio Moon (Artist), Dan Dos Santos (Cover Artist), Georges Jeanty (Artist)

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It’s Monday and I’m having cake

 

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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

 

My older boy turned 6 last Friday! He had been eagerly anticipating it all week and couldn’t wait to open all his presents and eat his cake. Of course we had to first get through our usual busy Friday with swim class in the morning, PM kindergarten, a science class after school and playtime in the playground after that. The birthday boy asked for burgers for his birthday meal – specifically In N Out!

He had also asked for a chocolate strawberry cake, so I had been looking around for a good recipe. Finally I combined two I found online. See my Weekend Cooking post for details!

 

Saturday night chirashi

The 3yo (soon to be 4!) couldn’t wait to start reading this book.

 

Currently…

 

Reading:

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney

Watching:
Mad Men Season 7

Now that I’ve gotten to season 7 I’ve slowed down… I don’t want it to end! That sounds so silly…

Listening:

Bossypants – Tina Fey

The last audiobook I listened to was Ann Patchett’s This is the Story of a Happy Marriage and I listened to it at 1.25x which was just right for me. But man does Tina Fey talk fast. At 1.25x it feels like it’s 2x.
Eating:
Cake!

Drinking:

Yorkshire Gold with milk

 

Browsing:

A very beautiful short film about the woman who holds the record for Arctic free diving 

12 circus novels (Booklist Reader)

Ursula K Le Guin reviews Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology (The Guardian)

Reader and volunteer signups for the April Dewey’s Readathon are up!

 

Last week:

I read:
This is the Story of a Happy Marriage – Ann Patchett (Finally! I am so bad at audiobooks but I really enjoyed this collection)
The Woman Next Door – Yewande Omotoso (ADORED IT!)
Superman/Wonder Woman: Power Couple Charles Soule (Writer), Tony S. Daniels (Penciller), Paulo Siqueira (Penciller), Eddie Barrows (Penciller), Barry Kitson (Artist) (From the husband’s collection – I am not a fan of Superman but was attracted to the idea of the two of them being together!)

I posted:

Weekend Cooking: Chocolate Strawberry Cake

Welcome to Lagos by Chibundu Onuzo

In the country we love by Diane Guerrero

It’s Monday and I’m reading Hag-Seed

 

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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

 

 

My 5yo has been going for weekly piano lessons for a few months now and he’s liking it so far. His piano school had an annual recital and while he chose not to take part (he said, maybe the next one when he’s learnt more songs), we decided to attend, so that he can see other kids playing music. And I think it was a good experience, to see kids about his age playing onstage, as well as older kids with more advanced songs.

The husband was away in Seattle for two nights, so Thursday and Friday was kinda tiring for me! And I feel like I have so many blog posts I want to write, but I just don’t really want to be sitting at the computer typing things. I’d rather just be reading my book and relaxing on the couch! How do you guys find time to blog? I started this year with a review every week, but I’ve definitely slacked on that bit. But what is a book blog if there is no mention of books and book thoughts?

 

 

 

Currently…

 

Reading:

 

 

Watching:

More of The Night Manager (love it) and Mad Men

Listening:

My loan on This is the story of a happy marriage just expired!! Again!! I find it hard to listen to audiobooks with my two kids around but I try… 😛

 

Eating:

I had pancakes (leftover from yesterday) for breakfast

Drinking:

Nespresso
Browsing:

I’m sure many of you have seen this Lit Hub post on How Many Books will you Read Before You Die? already, but just in case you haven’t. Yes, read it. And then feel a little sad, at least I did, knowing that I may only read 4000+ books in the rest of my lifetime.

Lit Hub again! This time with an excerpt from Fire! The Zora Neale Hurston Story

Caustic Cover Critic highlights an interesting small press releasing translated lit. 

 

 

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Fantastic short reads – the diverse edition

 

It’s Monday

 

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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

 

I had a major craving for Indian food on Saturday so the husband went and picked up three vegetable curries, tandoori fish and naan from our favourite Indian-Pakistani place. So good. 

 

I posted about book covers that featured the backs of women!


This is the first time I grew flowers from bulbs. Here I have ranunculus. And I’ve got some tulips coming up too! 


Red bean pancake and golden milk buns (served with condensed milk) are the highlight of our Saturday lunch!

 

 

Currently…

 

Reading:

 

 

 

 

Watching:

The Grand Tour

Mad Men

The Night Manager 

Listening:

This is the story of a happy marriage – Ann Patchett

 

Eating:

 

A Super Duper burger and I love their lemonade!
Drinking:
 

 Well I was supposed to drink this milkshake but someone is finishing it

Browsing:

This cute Rube Goldberg-esque rock band machine! (Boing Boing)

365 books by women authors (NYPL)

Valeria Luiselli on the choices people make in coming to America (Lit Hub)

The green card application is nothing like the intake questionnaire for undocumented minors. When you apply for a green card you have to answer things like “Do you intend to practice polygamy?” and “Are you a member of the Communist Party?” and “Have you ever knowingly committed a crime of moral turpi­tude?” And although nothing can or should be taken lightly when you are in the fragile situation of asking for permission to live in a country that is not your own, there is something almost innocent in the green card application’s preoccupations with and visions of the future and its possible threats: polyamorous debauchery, communism, weak morals!

BookDragon reviews Temporary People 

Also the Man Booker International Prize longlist came out. I have not read any of these and haven’t heard of many of them before this! Intrigued.

  • Mathias Enard (France), Charlotte Mandell, Compass (Fitzcarraldo Editions)
  • Wioletta Greg (Poland), Eliza Marciniak, Swallowing Mercury (Portobello Books)
  • David Grossman (Israel), Jessica Cohen, A Horse Walks Into a Bar (Jonathan Cape)
  • Stefan Hertmans (Belgium), David McKay, War and Turpentine (Harvill Secker)
  • Roy Jacobsen (Norway), Don Bartlett, Don Shaw, The Unseen (Maclehose)
  • Ismail Kadare (Albania), John Hodgson, The Traitor’s Niche (Harvill Secker)
  • Jon Kalman Stefansson (Iceland), Phil Roughton, Fish Have No Feet (Maclehose)
  • Yan Lianke (China), Carlos Rojas, The Explosion Chronicles (Chatto & Windus)
  • Alain Mabanckou (France), Helen Stevenson, Black Moses (Serpent’s Tail)
  • Clemens Meyer (Germany), Katy Derbyshire, Bricks and Mortar (Fitzcarraldo Editions)
  • Dorthe Nors (Denmark), Misha Hoekstra, Mirror, Shoulder, Signal (Pushkin Press)
  • Amos Oz (Israel), Nicholas de Lange, Judas (Chatto & Windus)
  • Samanta Schweblin (Argentina), Megan McDowell, Fever Dream (Oneworld)

S’mores Stout Milkshakes! S’mores Stour Milkshakes! (How Sweet It Is)

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Back to the Classics: The Dollmaker

It’s Monday and I’m reading

 

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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

 

I got my first ever Indiespensable box from Powell’s. When I saw that sign ups were open and that it was for George Saunders’ novel I knew I had to have it. And it came with the very strange and delightful The Persistent Gappers of Fripp in a new cover!


My kindergartener’s substitute teacher has been with the class for four months and it was her last day on Thursday. I was at first disappointed to learn that his teacher would go on maternity leave not long after kindergarten started. A sub! Would she be any good? And for so long? But all our fears were unfounded. She was an excellent teacher. Bubbly and fun, with a great sense of what 5 and 6yos would enjoy learning. And it’s not easy as this is a Mandarin immersion programme and while some of the kids speak Mandarin at home, many, like us, don’t. Somehow she did such a great job.

The kindergartener wanted to buy these tulips for his teacher as purple is her favourite colour!

 

And we tried the cafe version of a Hong Kong-style dim sum restaurant (perhaps the most well-known in the South Bay). We had always assumed it to be the poorer cousin, i.e. a place to go if you can’t find seats in the main restaurant upstairs (always very crowded), but we were pleased to find some fantastic noodle dishes like fishball noodles and wonton mee, and a dish very similar to one found in Singapore, beef horfun (beef with rice noodles and a rich thick gravy).

 

And we also had our neighbours over our first barbeque of the year. It was a lovely 19C/70F weekend. Ribeye steaks, hotdogs, lots of grilled vegetables (mini bell peppers, tomatoes, asparagus, broccolini). They brought over an ice-cream cake as it was their daughter’s 5th birthday.

Currently…

Reading:

Watching:

I just found The Night Manager on Amazon Video. It’s a 2016 BBC series that was later aired here on AMC (but I don’t have TV). I watched the first episode and was hooked. Also it helps tremendously that it’s based on a John Le Carre book and stars both Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie!
Eating:

I just had some toasted raisin bread which I had made earlier last week. Also, I posted about it here. 

Drinking:

Yorkshire Gold with milk

 

Browsing:

Speculative fiction in translation (France) – Bookriot

8 SFF books sexier than Fifty Shades – tor.com

Not bookish at all but here is a great article from Atlas Obscura about how to clear a path through 60 feet of snow, Japanese style. 

5 great novels you might have missed in February – Lit Hub

 

 

 

 

 

 

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#comicsfebruary: Strong Female Protagonist, Captain Marvel