It’s Monday and I’m ready to read!

itsmondayIt’s Monday! What are you reading?” is a weekly event hosted by Sheila at Bookjourney to share with others what we’ve read the past week and planning to read next.

 

 

This was a tough week for me. I had one of those emotional, weepy, meltdown days, where kids and everything was just way too much for me. I manage the struggle with being a stay-home mum most days but once in a while it just completely overwhelms me. Luckily the Husband was able to work from home a couple of days to help me with the kids and let me have a little breather. We are thinking of putting the younger boy in preschool a few mornings a week soon. He seems interested in going so hopefully that will go well. But we did manage to have a good weekend, which began on Friday afternoon when the husband took a half-day! Hooray!

 


On Saturday we got it together and drove an hour south to Gilroy Gardens, a lovely amusement park for the younger kids, which originally was a botanical gardens or something like that, thus the lush greenery and the circus trees! There were lots of fruit and vegetable rides too like Garlic Twirl, Mushroom Swing. Those weren’t suitable for the kids but we did ride in a strawberry and an artichoke and more. It was lots of fun for everyone. We will be back!

 

Half-day Friday meant dimsum for everyone!

My Mother’s Day peonies bloomed and brightened up my breakfast table with its vibrant pink!

And on Thursday, I decided that one way to cheer myself up was to put some Netflix on for the kids, and get into the kitchen and make some bacon and mushroom risotto with pan-seared scallops and oven-roasted Brussels sprouts. The 2-year-old tried some risotto and liked it, the older boy decided he would rather have fish fingers (I usually don’t cook separate meals for the kids but he’s tried risotto before and didn’t like it. Plus he detests mushrooms so I had baked some frozen fish fingers just in case). But he had an extra helping of Brussels sprouts so everyone was happy.

 

And I managed to take part in Bout of Books! I’ll write up a separate post for that but I did read more than I expected! Yay!

So despite a not-good start and middle of the week, last week ended on a relatively higher note! Well except for the littler one’s runny nose…

Currently…

 

Reading:

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Maman’s Homesick Pie: A Persian Heart in an American Kitchen – Donia Bijan

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From Hell – Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell

 

Watching:

30 Rock!

I’ve seen the first season but never got to the rest of the show. Now I can binge-watch it!

Eating:

I made some corn and cheddar muffins yesterday.

Drinking:

Water

Cooking:

Teriyaki chicken, stirfried broccoli, Japanese rice

Beef stew

Soy sauce pork chops, garlicky spinach with shiitake mushrooms, and Jasmine rice

Browsing:

Added some great nonfiction titles (Ms Bookish) to my TBR list

Buried in Print has been writing about workplace fiction for the past couple of Fridays. A fun read – and more to add to my TBR list!

A Girl and Her Books: On the Loss of Sweet Briar College (The Millions)

A Guy’s Moleskine Notebook featured this lovely poem Congee by Ping-kwan Leung

I love the look of this Oliver Jeffers’ picture book The Heart and the Bottle but it also seems so sad! (Brain Pickings)

Last week:

I read:


The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Fairyland #1) – Catherynne M. Valente
The Woods Vol 1 – James Tynion IV, Michael Dialynas
Underwater Welder – Jeff Lemire
Lucille – Ludovic Debeurme
The Chronology of Water: A Memoir – Lidia Yuknavitch
Soy Sauce for Beginners – Kirstin Chen

I posted:

Foreign Affairs by Alison Lurie

Bout of Books 13 master post

Bout of Books 13 Challenge 1: A bookish survey

 

Foreign Affairs by Alison Lurie

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On a cold blowy February day a woman is boarding the ten A.M. flight to London, followed by an invisible dog. The woman’s name is Virginia Miner: she is fifty-four years old, small, plain, and unmarried—the sort of person that no one ever notices, though she is an Ivy League college professor who has published several books and has a well-established reputation in the expanding field of children’s literature.

Foreign Affairs won the Pulitzer Prize in 1985, and that’s kind of why I picked it up – or downloaded it.

When I hear ‘Pulitzer Prize’ my thoughts immediately go to serious, heavy, intellectual, books that make my head spin and are weighted down with its splendiferous and bamboozling plot structure.

So to read this book, which seems comparatively light and occasionally humorous, is a, well let me be honest here, it was quite a relief. And a fast read too. Was I expecting a slog? Why yes, a little. So why bother? Pulitzer Prize! But what’s the point? I don’t know, ticking things off a list perhaps?

But enough with the whys and instead, here’s the what.

Foreign Affairs is the story of two academics, Virginia (Vinnie) Miller and Fred Turner who are colleagues at a college in the US and are traveling to England for research. They may both be in the English department but they don’t really know each other and their paths don’t really cross in England, other than gatherings with some mutual friends.

They lead very different lives. Fred is young and recently separated from his wife, oh and he’s good looking too, the kind of good looking that strangers stare at, wondering if he’s an actor or something. Vinnie is in her 50s, single, and a little quirky – there’s that imaginary dog Fido of hers, and her fondness for stealing little things like the lotions and soaps in the airplane bathroom.

Foreign Affairs has that additional plus of being set in England, with American Anglophiles and non-Anglophiles – or rather they were Anglophiles before they arrived in England. Because I’m a bit of an Anglophile myself and went to the University of Sussex for graduate school.

England, for Vinnie, is and has always been the imagined and desired country. For a quarter of a century she visited it in her mind, where it had been slowly and lovingly shaped and furnished out of her favorite books, from Beatrix Potter to Anthony Powell.

I have this rather soft spot for Vinnie. She is such a great character, a little eccentric and humorous, and who is fond of intellectuals, even in her fantasies.

She had thus over the years enjoyed imaginary relationships with, among others, Daniel Aaron, M. H. Abrams, John Cheever, Robert Lowell, Arthur Mizener, Walker Percy, Mark Schorer, Wallace Stegner, Peter Taylor, Lionel Trilling, Robert Penn Warren, and Richard Wilbur. As this list shows, she rather preferred older men; and she insisted on intellectuals. When several members of a women’s group she belonged to in the early seventies confessed that they had pas-sionate fantasies about their carpenter, their gar-dener, or the mechanic at the service station, Vinnie was astonished and a little repelled. What would be the point of going to bed with someone like that?

And the way she reasons with herself on not living with someone.

And then there is the noise and clutter that’s involved in having someone else always around, walking from room to room, opening and shutting doors, turning on the radio, the television, the record player, the stove, and the shower. Having to negotiate with this someone before you did the simplest thing: having to agree with them about when and where and what to eat, when to sleep, when to bathe, what film to see, where to go on holiday, whom to invite to dinner. Having to ask permission, as it were, to see her friends or hang a picture or buy a plant; having to inform someone every single damn time she felt like taking any action whatsoever.

Ah Vinnie. I wanted the book to be all about her and not Fred, who could be amusing at times and also whiny. She is original, charming in her own way and just unforgettable. Foreign Affairs was such a delightful book. And who says delightful can’t win the Pulitzer Prize?

Bibliography
Fiction
Love and Friendship (1962)
Imaginary Friends (1967)
Real People (1969)
The War Between the Tates (1974)
Only Children (1979)
Foreign Affairs (1984)
The Truth About Lorin Jones (1989)
Women and Ghosts (1994)
The Last Resort (1998)
Truth and Consequences (2006)

Non-fiction
The Language of Clothes
Don’t Tell the Grown-ups: Subversive Children’s Literature
Boys and Girls Forever
Familiar Spirits

 

Bout of Books 13 master post

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Day 1 (Monday, May 11)

Books read:


 


Foreign Affairs by Alison Lurie

– only counts as half a book as I had been about halfway before this week began.

 

Adventure Time Vol 4 

Also another one I had started before this week although I’m not sure how I managed to stop reading this the day before. Usually I just read my way through the whole thing as I can’t stop when it comes to Adventure Time. I must have been sleepy!

Next up:

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Fairyland #1) – Catherynne M. Valente

Notes:

Yesterday was a tough day, as Mondays tend to be, with my two-year-old thinking that nap time consisted of a 30 minute nap and a lot of fussing and crying. Not sure what happened there, as he is usually quite good at napping and sleeping. What that meant was not as much time for reading in the afternoon, unless you count picture books. I gave up in the evening, let them play with the train set and had a splash of Pinot Noir and finished Adventure Time! We did put the kids to bed early, although I had some writing to finish up, which meant not that much reading went on. However, I surprised myself by finishing Foreign Affairs! Thoughts on that to come.

 

Day 2 (Tuesday, May 12)

I decided to concentrate on just one book today. Good thing The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente has been a pretty fun read so far. I’ve apparently read 115 e-pages of the book. It was a not great day otherwise but hey I managed to do some reading! Hurrah!

Day 3 and 4 (Wednesday, May 13, and Thursday, May 14)

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Oops completely forgot about updating! But I have good news on the books-read front – I finished some books! Woohoo! So despite my not-so-good day (the kind where I felt completely overwhelmed and just so sick and tired of everything), I finished The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente. And also read Volume 1 of The Woods, a comic series by James Tynion IV and Michael Dialynas. I also started on Jeff Lemire’s Underwater Welder, which I’m loving – and trying not to rush through so that I get the full experience.

 

Bout of Books 13 Challenge 1: A bookish survey

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Today’s challenge is a survey from Writing My Own Fairy Tale

1. How do you organize your shelves?

Well I don’t! My books on my shelves aren’t exactly organized at all, unless you count the height factor – taller books on one shelf, shorter books on another.

I do have one shelf that is for books that I have yet to read though!

2. What is one of your favorite book that’s not in one of your favorite genres?

That’s a tough one! I tend to read across a variety of genres so I have a lot of ‘favourite genres’. So I’m going to pick a favourite book that is of a genre that I don’t really read much of – non-fiction. I do enjoy non-fiction but I don’t take enough time to read it! And that would have to be 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff, a book I reread every once in a while!

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3. What is the last 5 star book you read?

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Love and Capes – Thomas F. Zahler

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H is for Hawk – Helen MacDonald

(Ok so that’s not one but those were such different wonderful reads!)

4. What book are you most excited to read during the read-a-thon?

Underwater Welder – Jeff Lemire
5. What book do you recommend the most?

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There isn’t one book that I recommend the most, but the last book I recommended was Lucy Knisley’s Relish.

It’s Monday and Bout of Books has begun!

itsmondayIt’s Monday! What are you reading?” is a weekly event hosted by Sheila at Bookjourney to share with others what we’ve read the past week and planning to read next.

 

 

One of the best things I had to do last week was explain to my 4-year-old that no, he couldn’t go to school on Saturday and Sunday because there’s no school on the weekend. I love how he really likes going to his new school! I’m not sure if it’s just because it’s still a new thing (this is his second month) but he’s always excited about going to school. I was a little worried at first as it’s a bilingual Mandarin-English school (each class has one English-speaking teacher and one Mandarin-speaking teacher, and they do work both in English and Mandarin-Chinese and have circle times for both languages) and while I do speak Mandarin, it’s not my first language so we never speak it at home. But hooray! He’s happy to go to school! I’m so glad!

 

 

My Mother’s Day sunflowers and peonies

We had our first backyard barbecue on Mother’s Day. And the boys had a good time playing with sand before lunch.


Saturday dinner of In-N-Out. We are now officially a four-burger family. The kids almost finished a cheeseburger each, leaving just a few bites of the bun. So how is it that my 2-year-old is in just the third percentile for weight? I really don’t know!


My Mother’s Day present! Sort of! The husband used credit card points to get Best Buy vouchers, which is where we got this Breville juicer.

Also it’s Bout of Books 13! I took part in Bout of Books 10 but somehow never did manage to sign up for the others. So I decided on Sunday that ah heck, despite the craziness in my house with two littles, I’m just going to go for it!  You’ve still got until Tuesday to sign up, so what are you waiting for?

 

 

Currently…

 

Reading:

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 Foreign Affairs – Alison Lurie

“Virginia Miner, a fifty-something, unmarried tenured professor, is in London to work on her new book about children’s folk rhymes. Despite carrying a U.S. passport, Vinnie feels essentially English and rather looks down on her fellow Americans. But in spite of that, she is drawn into a mortifying and oddly satisfying affair with an Oklahoman tourist who dresses more Bronco Billy than Beau Brummel.

Also in London is Vinnie’s colleague Fred Turner, a handsome, flat broke, newly separated, and thoroughly miserable young man trying to focus on his own research. Instead, he is distracted by a beautiful and unpredictable English actress and the world she belongs to.

Both American, both abroad, and both achingly lonely, Vinnie and Fred play out their confused alienation and dizzying romantic liaisons in Alison Lurie’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Smartly written, poignant, and witty, Foreign Affairs remains an enduring comic masterpiece.”

 

Watching:

After a weird first episode, which seemed more like a McDonald’s ad than anything else, The Crazy Ones seems to have found its stride and I’m really enjoying it. It’s got a fun group of characters and somehow, despite this being a workplace comedy, seems like a family. Plus it’s always fun to see Robin Williams.

Listening:

Florence and the Machines

 

Eating:

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Too sweet purple frosting on a chocolate cupcake

Drinking:

Black tea.

Cooking:

Pork chops with Brussels sprouts and basmati rice

Stirfried rice noodles with prawns and spinach

Maybe if I’m up for it, sushi made with egg or imitation crab stick and avocado
Browsing:

If you’re a Lego fan, you need to check out this guy’s basement Lego building room!!

I hadn’t heard of food writer Josh Ozersky until this week, having come across one of his articles published in Best Food Writing 2014 and reading of his death. Food52 lists some of his work.

Love Mad Men? This Atlantic article on the brands featured – especially those negatively portrayed – is for you

Memory lists all the great comics on Marvel Unlimited

The Millions on Eileen Chang: ” I don’t know anyone with a palette quite like Chang’s. She had the lunatic sensibilities of Marc Chagall, married to a Henri Matisse-like elegance.”

Last week:

I read:

 

I’ve been bingeing on Adventure Time! It’s such fun! I think my favourite might just be Marceline and the Scream Queens!

I posted:

Bout of Books 13 here I come!

Weekend Cooking: food magazines on Zinio and Mother’s Day cupcakes!

H is for Hawk

What I Read in March and April

Ten Books I Will Probably Never Read

 

What are you reading this week? 

Bout of Books 13 here I come!

Woah! It’s Bout of Books 13! I completely forgot to sign up for it earlier, so here I am, on Sunday night, typing out my sign-up post.
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The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 11th and runs through Sunday, May 17th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 13 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

My goals are: 
– to read for at least an hour a day
– to read instead of picking up the phone to check emails or Facebook or Instagram!
– to complete at least two books

My books:

Foreign Affairs – Alison Lurie (currently reading. I’m about halfway through)

Soy Sauce for Beginners – Kirstin Chen

Underwater Welder – Jeff Lemire

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Fairyland #1) – Catherynne M. Valente

Are you joining Bout of Books? It’s not too late!

 

 

Weekend Cooking: food magazines on Zinio and Mother’s Day cupcakes!

Does your library have Zinio? Have you checked it out already? Because if you haven’t, you’re missing out on a bounty of e-magazines!

(Or you could just subscribe via Zinio, but I’m a cheapskate frugal so I’m just borrowing)

Ah magazines. A great way to pass time at the doctor’s or dentist’s (I just say that my dentist’s waiting room has an excellent assortment). Before I had kids, and when I lived in Singapore, taking a flight meant buying a couple of magazines from the bookstores in Changi Airport. Magazines from the U.S. are easily available in larger Singapore bookstores but at a very steep price of more than S$10, about twice or more of the US newsstand price.

So when I moved to the US, I really wanted magazine subscriptions. Vogue! The Atlantic! Food and Wine! I don’t know about you, but magazines just seem to repeat themselves after a while and a year’s subscription often seems too long for me. Plus I hate that they take up so much space yet cannot bear to toss them out (although I eventually do). So I gave up on the subscriptions and just borrowed whatever the library had. Also not ideal as only back issues could be taken home and the latest issue had to remain at the library.

So a couple of years ago I discovered Zinio on my library’s website. The collection of e-magazines at that time was far less diverse than today, which includes magazines in Chinese, Vietnamese, Spanish, Japanese. But there were e-magazines to download onto my nexus 7 that weren’t available in paper version at the library. Plus I didn’t have just one week to read them and return them! They stayed on my device until I was ready to delete them.

The food e-magazines that my library’s Zinio catalogue carries include:

Allrecipes
Bon Appetit
Clean Eating
Cook’s County
Cook’s Illustrated
EatingWell
Every Day with Rachael Ray
Food Network Magazine
Saveur
Taste of Home

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And with Zinio I discovered some parenting magazines, lots more food magazines and fashion magazines that my library didn’t carry. And others that I never really bothered to take a look at, like Food Network magazine and the Rachael Ray magazine. I’m not very big on Food Network and Rachel Ray shows and was always a bit skeptical about her cooking abilities, having been less than impressed by one of her cookbooks I borrowed some years ago.

So I was surprised to find the magazines very readable and full of interesting ideas. One of my favourite sections of Food Network Magazine is when they do the 50 ways article. In March it was 50 ways to do meatballs, in April, 50 toasts! The May issue’s feature is cupcakes! I am so not a cupcake person but my 4yo had it in his cute little head of his to make “Mother’s Day chocolate cupcakes” together. I showed him the page and he was really excited to make it.

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So since I’m not into cupcakes, I don’t really make them but this recipe was simple and I had all the ingredients! I was a bit concerned as the batter was very thin but it turned out to be a really moist chocolatey cupcake. The frosting was way too sweet for me even though I had reduced the sugar a little. I guess I’ll have to cut back more next time. Yes there will be a next time as I am so very tempted by their 50 cupcake ideas. Mojito cupcakes and stout cupcakes here I come!


Wee Reader sifts cocoa powder. The recipe doesn’t say to sift it but cocoa powder can be lumpy, or at least mine does.

 
Here he is stirring the cocoa powder into the warmed milk. 
  So I kind of messed up – I was attempting to pipe a pink and purple frosting. Ended up using a palette knife to just smudge it all together instead. But Wee Reader still said that he loved his purple cupcakes anyway.

Happy Mother’s Day!

What are your favourite food magazines?

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Weekend Cooking at Beth Fish Reads is open to anyone who has any kind of food-related post to share: Book (novel, nonfiction) reviews, cookbook reviews, movie reviews, recipes, random thoughts, gadgets, quotations, beer, wine, photographs

H is for Hawk

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If you had told me that I would pick up a book about hawks and loved every single minute of it, I might have laughed. For sure, hawks are lovely, almost regal birds, but they’re not something I’ve ever given a second thought to. I’m not very fond of birds, having been woken up by one too many monstrous seagulls squawking just outside my window when I lived in Brighton for a year. Hawks and birds of prey aren’t exactly my (or most people’s) idea of a pet.

So what drew me to H is for Hawk? The intriguing woodcut cover perhaps? Its winning the 2014 Costa book award.

Well whatever it was that actually made me download the library e-book and open it up on the kindle to read, it was meant to be.

How to begin with this book?
Yes there is an actual hawk. A goshawk in particular. One named Mabel.
Also there is intriguingly a lot about TH White, author of the Once and Future King, which I read many years ago but didn’t think much of. (I do realise it’s a classic. Doesn’t mean I have to like it, right?)
And there is grief. Essentially this is a story of how Macdonald coped with her sadness, her grief of losing a loved one. Some people turn to alcohol or therapists, she decides to get a goshawk.

But the way her life changes with the goshawk is fascinating.

Their existence gives the lie to the thought that the wild is always something untouched by human hearts and hands. The wild can be human work.

“As I sit there happily feeding titbits to the hawk, her name drops into my head. Mabel. From amabilis, meaning loveable, or dear. An old, slightly silly name, an unfashionable name. There is something of the grandmother about it: antimacassars and afternoon teas.”

What fascinates me is that she would bring her hawk out. Can you imagine, walking around the streets of Cambridge, a hawk at hand? Oddly she is ignored by most people.

He nods, and I do too, and in some wonder, because I am beginning to see that for some people a hawk on the hand of a stranger urges confession, urges confidences, lets you speak words about hope and home and heart. And I realise, too, that in all my days of walking with Mabel the only people who have come up and spoken to us have been outsiders: children, teenage goths, homeless people, overseas students, travellers, drunks, people on holiday. ‘We are outsiders now, Mabel,’ I say, and the thought is not unpleasant. But I feel ashamed of my nation’s reticence. Its desire to keep walking, to move on, not to comment, not to interrogate, not to take any interest in something peculiar, unusual, in anything that isn’t entirely normal.

The hawk was everything I wanted to be: solitary, self-possessed, free from grief, and numb to the hurts of human life. I was turning into a hawk.

And while I didn’t quite enjoy White’s book – although I am now thinking that I ought to give it, or at least his other works, another try, because if Helen MacDonald talks so much about it, I feel like I should read it too – I loved how books and other authors are related to in H is for Hawk.  

It reminded me of Philip Pullman’s children’s fantasy series His Dark Materials, in which each person has a daemon, an animal that is a visible manifestation of their soul and accompanies them everywhere. When people are separated from their daemons they feel pain. This was a universe very close to mine. I felt incomplete unless the hawk was sitting on my hand: we were parts of each other. Grief and the hawk had conspired to this strangeness.

H is for Hawk was a surprisingly absorbing read, a thoughtful and unflinching chronicle of bereavement. Is it memoir? Nature writing? Literary? It’s a little of everything and it is brilliant.

What I Read in March and April

(Insert comment about how is it May already? here)

I’m so behind. I haven’t written a proper non-comic review of a book since, oh I don’t know, ages ago. I’m putting this post up just to remind myself of the many books I’ve read and not talked about! Because there were so many good ones, both comics and non-comics!

Hmm that is very telling of what my reading is like these days, that everything is ‘comics’ or ‘non-comics’. Is that good or bad? I can’t tell!

 

March

 


A Chinese life – Philippe Ôtié and Li Kunwu ; illustrated by Li Kunwu
Tina’s Mouth: An Existential Comic Diary – Keshni Kashyap, Mari Araki (Illustrator)
As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust (Flavia de Luce #7) – Alan Bradley
Deadly Class Vol 1: Reagan Youth – Rick Remender (Writer), Wesley Craig (Illustrator), Lee Loughridge (Illustrator)
Fortunately the milk – Neil Gaiman
Code Name Verity – Elizabeth Wein
Black water rising – Attica Locke
Mary Poppins – P.L Travers
Children of the Sea #1 – Daisuke Igarashi
Children of the Sea #2 – Daisuke Igarashi


PLUTO: Naoki Urasawa x Ozamu Tezuka, Band 001 – Naoki Urasawa, Ozamu Tezuka
Heidi – Joanna Spyri
Shadow Scale – Rachel Hartman
Mildred Pierce – James M Cain
Edward Scissorhands Vol 1: Parts Unknown – Kate Leth and Drew Rausch
Rot and Ruin Vol 1: Warrior Smart – Jonathan Maberry
Hinges Book 1: Clockwork City – Meredith McClaren
March Book Two – John Robert Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves – Karen Joy Fowler

Pleasantville – Attica Locke
Four Souls – Louise Erdrich
Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The sculptor – Scott McCloud

 

April

The Bone Clocks – David Mitchell
The Life of a Banana – P P Wong
No humans involved (Women of the Otherworld #7) – Kelley Armstrong
Lumberjanes #1 to #10 – Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis and Brooke Ellen
For today I am a boy – Kim Fu
The Rice Mother – Rani Manicka
Understanding Comics: the invisible art – Scott McCloud
Moominvalley in November – Tove Jansson
Honeydew: Stories – Edith Pearlman

H is for Hawk – Helen Macdonald
All you need is kill 1 – Hiroshi Sakurazaka, Ryosuke Takeuchi and Takeshi Obata
All you need is kill 2 – Hiroshi Sakurazaka, Ryosuke Takeuchi and Takeshi Obata
Conversation #1 – James Kochalka and Craig Thompson
Ms Marvel Vol 1: Best of the best – Brian Reed and Roberto de la Torre
Ms Marvel Vol 2: Civil War – Brian Reed and Roberto de la Torre
Ms Marvel Vol 3: Operation Lightning Storm – Brian Reed and Roberto de la Torre
Ms Marvel Vol 4: Monster Smash – Brian Reed and Aaron Lopresti (Artist)
Ms Marvel Vol 5: Secret Invasion – Brian Reed and Adriana Melo
Ms Marvel Vol 6: Ascension – Brian Reed, Marcos Marz (Contributor), Paulo Siqueira (Artist)
The complete Essex County – Jeff Lemire
Ms Marvel Vol 7: Dark Reign – Brian Reed, Pat Olliffe, Patrick Olliffe (Illustrations)
In the kitchen with Alain Passard: Inside the world (and mind) of a master chef – Christophe Blain and Alain Passard
Love and Capes Vol 1: Do You Want To Know A Secret?  – Thomas F. Zahler
Cress (Lunar Chronicles #3) – Marissa Meyer
Meanwhile in San Francisco: The city in its own words – Wendy MacNaughton
Someday, Someday, Maybe – Lauren Graham
Sweet moments: two heart warming love stories – David Darck and Lidia Chan
Van Helsing’s Night off – Nicholas Mahler
Girl in Dior – Annie Goetzinger
Love and Capes Vol 2: Going to the Chapel – Thomas F. Zahler

Ten Books I Will Probably Never Read

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This week’s question from the Broke and the Bookish is:

Top Ten Books I Will Probably Never Read!

EVER!

1. 50 Shades of Grey 

Don’t think that needs explanation

2. Books by Dan Brown

So I read the Da Vinci Code and watched maybe the first ten minutes of the movie. But that’s enough Dan Brown for me, thanks.

3. Anything by James Patterson

He makes enough money already.

4. The rest of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series by Stieg Larsson

I did read the first book, just to see what the hype was all about. And it was rather long and the writing (or was it the translation?) didn’t seem anything to shout about.

5. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

“bababadalgharaghtakamminarronnkonnbronntonnerronntuonnthunntrovarrhounawnskawntoohoohoordenenthurnuk!”

“But Noodynaady’s actual ingrate tootle is of come into the garner mauve and thy nice are stores of morning and buy me a bunch of iodines. ”

Nope. Don’t think so. (And add to that anything by Joyce).

6. Battlefield Earth – L Ron Hubbard

And anything else by him. I think this might be turning out to be a list full of authors whom I don’t like… and here’s another one!

7. James Frey

Alright so now I’m just naming “writers”

8. Palo Alto by James Franco

To be honest, I’m a little bit curious to see just how crappy it is.

Ok psychotic break over.

No.

9. Star Wars books

Much as I loved the films and am excited about the new ones, I’ve never been interested in any of the books.

10. Don’t Hassel the Hoff: The Autobiography

hasslehoff

Gaaaah!!!! My eyes! My eyes!

What books would you never read?