It’s Monday! What are you reading?

Hello. Do you go shabu-shabu/hot-pot?

We were spoiled by my SIL last Saturday when celebrating my little brother’s birthday. I’ve actually only gone once with a girlfriend when I was still in the city, a great experience. Two days ago, our family was presented with a regular broth and a spicy one. Tofu and fish cakes were in each pot. You see bowls of fat noodles and dumplings. There were plates of thinly sliced, raw meat along with uncooked spinach and mushrooms.

My mum had made Chinese chicken salad which is always a hit and I had brought an appetizer of crab dip. For dessert we had a Grasshopper Pie cake from Mitchell’s, an ice cream place in SF where my brother and SIL had their first date and where he had proposed.

It’s time to link up with Kathryn of Book Date for It’s Monday! What are YOU reading? Kathryn took over this weekly, Monday meme from Shelia of Book Journey who had taken it over from J Kayne Book Blog.

This meme is not just about adult books either. If you read picture and chapter books, juvenile fiction, or even YA, they count as well. Jen Vincent of Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee of Unleashing Readers give this Monday, book post link up a kid-focus.

It’s Monday! What are YOU Reading? is all about catching up with fellow book lovers about one’s reading week. If you’d like to participate with us, simply link up, share about what’s goin’ on with you, and tell us about the good &/or bad reads you had for the week.

I finished one book during the busy week. It’s classified as a mix of young adult and fantasy.  What I like about the fantasy genre is how authors delve into other cultures and their mythology. I had to look up the word, chuba, and was delighted to see I’d get a taste of Tibetan culture.

Imagine being the second daughter of an Elder. You are overshadowed by your brilliant, older sister who can read the stars and whom every man falls in love with. You feel stifled by this and by where you live. You have dreams, dreams of becoming a Royal Explorer for the Empire, as you excel at climbing and have this restless spirit inside of you. However, there are other expectations of you that you hate and fail at. Then an opportunity opens from the unexpected happening and adventure awaits.

I was intrigued by Kamzin and her climbing journey because it was different. The climb is through what I assume are old-fashioned methods. There is no technology except a bit of magic at times. I did feel the magic was more of magical realism, something I can struggle with while reading because it feels awkward to me with reality heavily present. Regardless, there were times of supernatural and typical dangerous situations while a feeling that something wasn’t quite what it seemed. I certainly kept reading every chance I could to find out the what’s and the why’s. This story leaves a proper opening for the next journey’s installment.  Three stars.

Before I sign off, I had mentioned in a few, book posts ago how my fifth grader’s class is participating in a reading event that her teacher had found out about online. It is happening world-wide to whoever wants to participate and is called March Book Madness where books by genre are pitted against one another, like the college basketball tournament, through brackets. My child has been reading the featured books in her classroom since school had started in August. As I’ve said before, I love how it exposes her to books she would never choose at the library. My 10-year-old has read historical fiction and realistic fiction that would impress you. I’m so proud of her. Voting begins soon this month for them.

I hope you’re having a smooth Monday and had a good reading week. Happy reading to you. TTYS.

28 Comments Add yours

  1. March Madness sounds like an excellent project for kids… for adults too! lol.

    I did Shabu Shabu once and really enjoyed it. Just need to find a chance to go again 😉

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    1. Stefanie says:

      I agree; what a neat, reading event. My youngest has been busy reading as many of the books as she can so she hasn’t had time for library books. I think Shabu Shabu is really healthy. I think if I tried it at home, I’d just make it at the stove for all of us.

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      1. Never thought about the healthy aspect… but you’re absolutely right.

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  2. Kathy Martin says:

    I’ve never done Shabu Shabu but it sounds delicious. Book March Madness also sounds like a lot of fun. I like that it gives kids a reason to read outside their favorite genres. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  3. Oh my goodness, I haven’t had hot pot in so long! When I was last in Japan we had donabe / shabu shabu parties in pretty much every house we stayed in, we gained so much weight but it was so yummy!!

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  4. Patty Magyar says:

    My husband has done hot pot when he was in Korea for DuPont and he loved it. I was at home teaching! That reading program sounds awesome! I love that she is reading so many different kinds of books.

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    1. Stefanie says:

      Hot Pot is great for cold days as a spicy broth can warm one up quickly. We lucked out with a great, 5th grade teacher for the baby when she transferred to our home school.

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      1. Patty Magyar says:

        Your hot pot looked amazing!

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  5. Hena Tayeb says:

    March Madness sounds like a great idea.. i’m definitely going to check it out.
    I just started reading Hunting and Gathering by Anna Gavalda

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  6. Greg says:

    I think I’d like hot pots. And Even the darkest Stars looks fabulous- I’d love to see a bit of Tibetan culture in YA. Or adult, for that matter.

    MArch Book Madness sounds awesome, I’ll have to look into that.

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  7. I’ve never had Hot Pot; however I have read about it. Yours looks delightful!

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    1. Stefanie says:

      Thank you. It seems a lot of work. My brother and his family camp so they have those portable burners which are handy to have.

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  8. Angela says:

    That fifth grade reading challenge sounds like a lot of fun! I had so much fun in elementary school with the reading challenges our school did.

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  9. Sarah Sammis says:

    We did shabu-shabu once. We enjoyed it but haven’t been back; it’s a little out of the way for us. We usually just cook sukiyaki at home when we’re in the mood for something like that. Come see what I’ve read.

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  10. I’d love to hear more about what your kids are reading for March Book Madness. I’ve always thought about doing it!

    Happy reading this week 🙂

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  11. cweichel says:

    This is the first I’ve read about Match Madness. Like Keller, I would love to know more!

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    1. Stefanie says:

      This may help: I linked the words, March Madness, to the webpage that explains it all. I am new to this as my child’s teacher has implemented this into her classroom for the past two years now,.

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  12. I love the March Madness idea. Have you tried audiobooks while you knit?

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  13. Oh my goodness! This makes me so hungry!

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  14. Myra GB says:

    The image just made my mouth water. Nice! 🙂 Thanks for sharing your reading too. 🙂

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  15. the bookworm says:

    Have fun with March Book Madness, it sounds like a great idea. And now I’m hungry too!

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  16. the meal looks delicious! I like that you can personalize it 🙂 I’m reading Home (new book!) but it’s slow going, my son is home and I’m talking a lot instead of reading a lot…

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  17. 2shaye says:

    I’m intrigued by Even the Darkest Stars (and hot-pot!!). I haven’t read nearly enough fantasy over the last couple years. Do you think you’ll be reading book #2, All the Wandering Light? Have a great reading week!

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  18. The March Madness sounds so fun and what a great way to push kids out of their usual comfort zones. I’ve been to a Hot Pot restaurant one time in New York years ago but I had no idea what I was doing and didn’t enjoy it. I think if I went now I’d have way more fun. The spread looks amazing!

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  19. autumngeisha says:

    Vietnamese hot pot/lau is one of my mom’s specialties. She goes all out with the proteins, veggies and herbs. We even had goat meat one time although I prefer seafood. One of my favorite meals! Your brother’s celebration sounded like a delicious one. March Madness is a fun way to get kids to branch out and read books that they might not otherwise have chosen. I am trying to do the same and am working my way through some graphic novels that my nieces love. Some of them are truly works of arts and I am so glad I am giving them a chance!

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  20. Even the Darkest Stars looks amazing. I love when a book grabs you so much that you start doing more research on the topic or things mentioned in it. I will have to read it! And that noodle thing looks awesome as well!

    And yes – you have to read Nevernight!!! 🙂

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  21. Okay – suddenly I’m STARVING! What a gorgeous pic of a gorgeous meal! I need to try this…

    Even the Darkest Stars sounds so interesting and I’m glad you enjoyed it mostly although I’m sorry the magic didn’t work out so well for you.

    The March Book Madness sounds like an excellent idea and really, anything that can get the youngsters to try new books is great, right?

    Hope you’re having a great week!

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  22. Oh being proud of your reading daughter is something we share. What a great March Madness theme. I love how our family cherishes your food traditions.

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