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)

Last week:

I read:

 

I posted:

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last week

I read:

 

I posted:

#comicsfebruary: Strong Female Protagonist, Captain Marvel

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’ve been looking forward to this weekend for a while now – it was the first library book sale of the year! I grabbed a lot of books for the kids and a few for myself for about $14 (and donated the change of $6). This year there seemed to be more books in the adult fiction section but fewer that I was interested in. But hey, not a bad haul for a 20 minute browse!

 

 

 

Currently…

 

Reading:

 

Persuasion – Jane Austen (a reread)

 

Borderline – Mishell Baker 

Watching:

Mad Men season 5 and The Grand Tour

Listening:

This is the Story of a Happy Marriage – Ann Patchett

 

Eating:

A scone I found in the freezer. Which probably means it’s been in the freezer for a few months. But it was still tasty! And homemade!

Drinking:

Nespresso

Cooking:

 

Browsing:

I’ve been following Kerry’s blog Pickle Me This for quite a while now and the exciting news is that her book Mitzi Bytes is out! Congratulations Kerry!

The Illustrated Page is highlighting female SFF authors in March!

Beth Fish Reads reviews 3 books about beer!

Added to my TBR

The Ten Thousand Things by Maria Dermoût (Yasmine Rose Reads)

The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths by Harry Bingham (Harriet Devine’s Blog)

Last week:

I read:



Kindred: a graphic novel adaptation – Henry Farrell
A Taste of Honey – Kai Ashante Wilson
Ginga – Jose Daniel Older
The Last Dragonslayer – Jasper Fforde


Prez Vol 1

I posted:

Weekend Cooking: Making bread with the tangzhong method

 

It’s Monday and I’m reading the graphic novel adaptation of Kindred

 

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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 mum returned to Singapore early Thursday morning so the rest of last week was all about returning to regula programming. The husband had a busy weekend of working from home so we didn’t do much. But we did have some in-N-Out on a sunshiney blue-sky California Saturday. 

I’ve been experimenting with the tangzhong method (which requires a roux) of making bread. And am considering writing a post about it. 

And we made pizza 🍕 

 

 

Currently…

 

Reading:

 

Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation – Octavia E. Butler, John Jennings (Illustrations), Damian Duffy (Adapted by)

 

 

Watching:

The Grand Tour

Listening:

 

This is The Story of a Happy Marriage – Ann Patchett

Eating:

Raisin bread with butter for breakfast

Drinking:

PG Tips with milk

Cooking:

Baked rice with bacon, mushrooms and cauliflower

or maybe this baked chicken chop rice recipe 

Rice noodles with french beans, carrots and a protein, maybe chicken or pork sliced up and marinated with soy sauce, grated ginger, sesame oil

Browsing:

Jane Wong and Aditi Machado in conversation (Lit Hub)

I’m not typically a YA reader but this book American Street by Ibi Zoboi sounds good (BookDragon)

Nine modern literary letter collections (The Millions)

Also, immediately requested this from the library – Gwenpool, the Unbelievable Vol (In Tori Lex)

34 books by women of colour to read this year (Electric Literature)

I recently watched The Arrival (and then read the short story – and was fascinated by how they changed the story, more about that another time) and here’s an interesting article from The Millions about how The Arrival is a movie about movies 

I’ve not had a Starbucks brownie but here’s a copycat recipe of it that sounds delicious (Averie Cooks)

Another chocolate recipe. This time a chocolate chiffon from Bake for Happy Kids

 

Last week:

I read:




Captain Marvel, Volume 1: In Pursuit of Flight – Kelly Sue DeConnick (Writer), Dexter Soy (Illustrations), Emma Ríos (Illustrations), Richard Elson (Illustrator), Karl Kesel (Illustrator), Al Barrionuevo (Illustrator)

Strong Female Protagonist – Brennan Lee Mulligan, Molly Ostertag (Illustrations)

Living with the Dead (Women of the Otherworld #9) – Kelley Armstrong

Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? -Henry Farrell

 

I posted:

Weekend Cooking: Oxtail Stew

A Woman in The Crossfire

Books I loved more than I expected to

 

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

 

My mum will be flying off back to Singapore early Thursday morning, so we took a day trip into the city to spend some time at the SFMoMA on Saturday. The museum reopened last year with a brand new expansion, making it the largest modern and contemporary art museum in America. It has 7 floors of beautiful space and the new building so seamlessly joins the old building that I hadn’t a clue which building I was in. Here’s a Smithsonian magazine article on ten things to love in the SFMoMa. It’s such a big space that we didn’t manage to see everything we wanted to see. Plus the 3yo was getting tired and so we had to leave. Another time! The 5yo said he really enjoyed the day at the museum, although when asked what his favourite part was, his answer was: the store!

The view from the rooftop sculpture garden

 

 

Currently…

 

Reading:

 

 

 

Watching:

The usual – Mad Men, Parenthood

Listening:

happymarriage

This is the Story of a Happy Marriage – Ann Patchett

Eating:

Banana pancakes

Drinking:

Nespresso

Cooking:

The kids and I are going to make pizza tomorrow.

Browsing:

A fascinating piece on a job writing custom erotic love letters (Lit Hub)

George Saunders on making Lincoln on the Bardo (Book Riot)

Gula Melaka chiffon cake (No-Frills Recipes)

Ooh beer brownies (How Sweet Eats)

 

Last week:

I read:

The Dollmaker – Harriette Simpson Arnow

Children of the Alley – Naguib Mahfouz

 

 

 

 

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’m typing this on a sunny day. What a rare sight this winter. It has been raining and raining and the kids didn’t get to play in their schools’ playgrounds last week except for Friday. And to help them expend their energy at home, we’ve been having crazy dance parties, playing hide and seek and treasure hunts, and bouncing balls. It’s not easy having two little boys cooped up at home!

Some photos I recently took for the daily photo challenge I host on Litsy. The top one is flowers on covers, and the one below is my collection of latinx writers.

We had a busy weekend, with a concert by Charlotte Diamond on Saturday. Some of you may know her name, although I sure didn’t until my kids started preschool and sang lots of her well-known songs like I Am A Pizza and Octopus (Slippery Fish). Everyone had lots of fun singing, dancing and doing all the actions to her songs.

After that, the husband and I got to sneak off for a movie date, something we’ve not done in a long time. We went to see Lego Batman! What a fun movie. I’m looking forward to the day I take my kids to the cinema – my 5yo is a kind of a sensitive kid and he gets very absorbed in shows to the point where he gets very upset and agitated if there’s something bad about to happen, so it might be a while more before he’s ready to see a movie in a theatre!

 

Currently…

 

Reading:

 

 

 

Watching:

The kids are watching Finding Dory as I type this!

Listening:

Carrie Fisher read Wishful Drinking

 

Eating:

Drinking:

Well not right now, but last night. It was quite refreshing.

Cooking:

Mm laksa maybe?

Noodle soup – my 3yo has recent lunch developed a love for noodle soups like ramen and he keeps asking for it.

Grilled asparagus and maybe risotto? Or at the most spaghetti with bacon of course.


Browsing:

5 great Canadian Muslim books (Book Riot)

“Nevertheless, She Persisted” and the age of the weaponized meme (The Atlantic)

10 great novels on freedom of expression that aren’t 1984 (Lit Hub)

Added to my TBR:

The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen (A Life in Books)

 

Last week:

I read:
Buffy: Glutton for Punishment – Kel McDonald, Yishan Li (Artist)
Buffy The High School Years: Freaks and Geeks – Faith Erin Hicks, Yishan Li (Artist)
Captain Marvel – Tara Butters, Michele Fazekas, Kris Anka (Illustrator), Tara Guggenheim, Felipe Smith (Illustrator)
The Arab of the Future: A Childhood in the Middle East, 1978-1984 – Riad Sattouf
Before the Feast – Saša Stanišić
I posted:

#comicsfebruary – Captain Marvel, Buffy and more

 

It’s Monday and I’ve been reading comics

 

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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 mum is visiting from Singapore and brought lots of Chinese New Year goodies with her! Hooray!

 She even brought along a package of ingredients for lohei, a kind of salad that is eaten during the new year for good luck. And we invited some friends over for a new year celebration dinner. 

Yusheng is a new year tradition found only Singapore and Malaysia. At least it seems that way. Our friend from Hong Kong didn’t know about it, and you don’t really find it in Chinese restaurants here in the Bay Area, many of which are Cantonese style restaurants. 

The package comes with some pickled vegetables, crackers and sauces. We shredded carrots and radish  and pomelo and added some smoked salmon. Usually sashimi salmon is used but we didn’t have any. As a kid I used to detest yusheng, except for the crackers  but as an adult I just adore its sweet-salty-sour-bitter combination. 

 

The kids loved the tossing part but none of them ate it! 

Currently…

 

Reading:
Everyone in Their Place: The Summer of Commissario Ricciardi – Maurizio de Giovanni

 

 

 

To be Young, Gifted and Black – Lorraine Hansberry 

Watching:

The usual – The Grand Tour, Mad Men, Parenthood  

Listening:

Nothing at the moment! 

 

Eating:



Homemade waffles for breakfast

Drinking:
Nespresso

Cooking:

Mee rebus 

Chicken and potatoes

Browsing:

17 Books to read this February (Lit Hub)

Book recs from the 7 countries targeted by the travel ban (Book Riot)

Ghost writing (The Millions)

Added to my TBR:

BookDragon reviews The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Explaining the East-West Culture Gap by Gish Jen

Kerry talks about Among the Ruins by Ausma Zehanat Khan

Stir by Jessica Fechtor and a tomato soup recipe (Kahakai Kitchen)

Last week:

I read:




Blue Bloods – Melissa de la Cruz, Robert Venditti, Alina Urusov (Illustrator)
Captain Marvel: Rise of Alpha Flight – Tara Butters, Michele Fazekas, Kris Anka (Illustrator), Tara Guggenheim, Felipe Smith (Illustrator)
Death in the air – Agatha Christie

I posted:

 

Back to the Classics: A Raisin in the Sun

Top 10 comics