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.