Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Library Loot

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and me that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.


For my irl book club.

More novellas from Armstrong's Women of The Otherworld series. Always happy to dip my toes back there. 

What did you get this week? Share below.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Teaser Tuesday- Fear of Flying by Erica Jong

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:


• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

"During the time I lived in Heidelberg I commuted to Frankfurt tour times a week to see my analyst. The ride took an hour each way and trains became an important part of my fantasy life."
pg 13 Fear of Flying by Erica Jong

Monday, March 2, 2015

February Graphic Novel Reviews

Huh? This one was pretty confusing to me. I doubt I'll continue this series. The graphics were good but the story line didn't make a whole lot of sense to me. 
Another one that didn't make much sense to me. Seven sort of related stories and some character overlap. The stories were brutal and depressing. I won't be continuing this series.

I enjoyed this one but it was too short. I hope she decides to write more about her childhood. I read this during Chinese New Year and I loved the history behind Chinese New Year as well seeing how she celebrated the holiday.

Seconds
I love O'Malley's work. I loved Katie's story about trying to make life perfect and learning how to accept life's imperfections.

Part travel memoir, part historical/political commentary, How To Understand Israel is about Sarah's Birthright trip to Israel. Sarah wants to understand what's going on in Israel. It was thought provoking. I wish I understood half of what she was talking about. Definitely made me want to learn more.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

What To Eat This Week



 Jill's Pork Tenderloin-Tender and great flavor. A crowd pleaser. Will make again.

 Salmon dusted with Pike Place Fish Market's Northwest Seafood Seasoning and roasted green beans. Delicious and quick.
Beef Stroganoff and roasted green beans

Chickpea and Kale Soup- It was a little bland so I added Frank's Red Hot and Worcestershire sauce to help boost the flavor.  Probably won't make again.
 
Asian Garlic Tofu with rice
Dinner Out

Friday, February 27, 2015

My Real Children by Jo Walton

I added My Real Children to my library hold list because I joined an in real life book club and this is what they picked. I did enjoy the other Walton book I read (Tooth and Claw) so I was looking forward to reading more of her books. I really enjoyed My Real Children and was sad to finish it.

It's 2015 and Patricia is in her upper 90's. She lives in an assisted living facility. She remembers two distinct lives. One where she was married Mark and had 4 children. And another life where she married Bee and had 3 children. As she reminisces she finds the point where her lives diverged. I found Patricia's lives fascinating and how each differed so much.

I think this is an excellent choice for a book club. What choice would you make that would radically alter your life? How would those choices ripple out and effect others? At the end of your life which life would you rather have? One with a more peaceful world but less personal happiness or one with intense personal happiness but more global problems (war, nuclear fallout)? All for very interesting discussion. Others who shared their thoughts on My Real Children: The Literary Omnivore, things mean a lot, and True Review.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Library Loot

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and me that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

It's been forever since I've read one of Weiner's books. I have high hopes for this one.

I've been doing poorly on the Foodies Read Challenge. I hope this one helps.

What did you get this week? Claire's got the linky.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Teaser Tuesday-The Heiress Effect by Courtney Milan

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:


• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
"Her gown was ghastly. There was no other word for it, and even that one did scarcely justice to the thrill of helpless horror that traveled through him."
pg 13 The Heiress Effect by Courtney Milan (The second in the Brother Sinister series) 

Monday, February 23, 2015

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

I admit I added All The Bright Places because the blurb compared it to Eleanor and Park and The Fault In Our Stars, two of my favorite reads. But I loved All The Bright Places because it was beautiful and honest. Seriously, I had all the feels.
Violet is counting the days til graduation. Then she can get out the small Indiana town she lives in and try to get over her sister's death. Finch wants to stay awake. For Finch, he can fall into these long sleeps where he misses entire months. A chance encounter binds the two of together and changes their lives.

I loved Finch. He was a combination of Sutter Keely and a guy I liked in college. I was so glad that Niven told the story from both Violet's and Finch's point of view. The chapters don't alternate but you hear from both characters. At the beginning both Finch and Violet are so messed up. Neither of the believe that anyone can understand them. But they realize that they can help each other and slowly fall in love. I thought Niven does an excellent job of tackling hard topics like grief, mental illness, and suicide. I adored Finch and Violet's relationship with each other, with their parents, and with their families.

A beautiful story with gorgeously flawed characters. I would recommend this in a heartbeat but you might cry at the end. Others who shared their thoughts on All The Bright Places: My Shelf Confessions, Read. Breathe. Relax., The Midnight Garden, and UrbanMoms.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

What to Eat This Week

 Mushroom Asiago Chicken-very good. Only used a hint of asiago but still was very tasty. Would make again.
 North Woods Bean Soup- Everyone but me liked this soup. I probably won't make it again. Or would make only for Tai's lunch.
Poor Man's Lobster-I've been looking for a way to make frozen fish tasty and this is it. Cooked in butter and served with more butter. This dish was a hit. Served with fries and kale salad (not shown). I would make it again.

One Pot Taco Casserole-I forgot to take pictures but a delicious meal. Would make again.


Dinner Out
Dinner with Friends






Thursday, February 19, 2015

Journey Home by Yoshiko Uchido

I added Journey Home to my library queue while looking for historical fiction set in California. I haven't read a lot about Japanese internment camps so I decided to check out Journey Home. While definitely for the middle grade set, Journey Home gives a good glimpse into the lives of Japanese families when they returned home from the camps.

Twelve year old Yuki and her family have moved to Salt Lake City after living in an internment camp in Topaz, Utah. Yuki longs to return to Berkley, California where she was living before the camps. But the government is keeping Japanese from moving to the West Coast, so her and her family wait. Also Yuki's brother, Ken, is fighting the war in Europe. Yuki wants him to return home. Finally, Yuki and her family are allowed to return to California but they old home has been rented to another family. Yuki finds that coming home isn't what she thought.

Even though this is written for a younger audience, I still thought that it brought up some serious topics in a good way. Yuki and her family experience discrimination and deal with people who want them to leave. When Yuki's brother returns from the war, he experiences grief and loss which his family aren't able to help him with. Yuki learns how to adapt to the changes and learn to make a new home. I'd recommend this one to a middle grader. But I still enjoyed reading it. I've never read a book about when Japanese returned from the internment camps so it was educational for me, Others who shared their thoughts on Journey Home: Svetlana's Reads and Views and The Blithering Bookster.
This was my third read for the Historical Reading Challenge.