Wednesday, September 21, 2016

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.


I was looking for a memoir for one of my challenges. Never read this one before. Never seen the movie either.

The Art of Eating In
This one looked interesting.

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children
Ever since I saw the trailer for the movie, I've been wanting to read the book.

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

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

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.


I wanted to read this when it came out awhile ago. I've always been fascinated with William Shakespeare. 

I love historical fiction like this.

I read The Spy Who Came In From the Cold a long time ago. I want to read more le Carre even if it's a little outside of my comfort zone.

What did you get this week? Claire has the linky this week.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Cheesemonger: A Life on The Wedge by Gordon Edgar

I added Cheesemonger to my library queue because I was looking for a good book written about cheese. Of all the food books I've read, I've never read a book about cheese. Cheesemonger is part history of cheese, part political activism, part memoir. It was all good.

I do have to say Cheesemonger made me hungry. It was all I could do at times not to rush to the store and buy all the cheese. Edgar does talk about some cheeses and man, I wanted that cheese. Edgar talks about his pre-Rainbow, pre-cheese life as a punk activist. Tired of being arrested, he went to work employee owned Rainbow co-op in San Francisco. His political activism followed him and he talked about food politics. At the end of each chapter, he gives a description about one or two cheeses that he mentioned in the chapter. Gives a little more background as well as similar cheeses in case you can't find that one at your local store. Edgar does a great job of making fancy cheeses more accessible. I would love to go to Rainbow and see him work. Check out his blog. Lots of information on cheese!

Cheesemonger was fun look at working retail, selling cheese, finding cheeses that meet your consumer base. Great behind the scenes look. Others who shared their thoughts on Cheesemonger: The Kitchn, Foreword Reviews, and Panorama of the Mountains.
This is my first read for the Foodies Read Challenge.


Thursday, September 8, 2016

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.

Sorry! We went to Portland for the weekend. I should have gotten the post ready before we left. Whenever I come back from a trip, it's a whirlwind to get re-established to regular life. 
I've heard some positive reviews about this one so I decided to try it out.

Another one I heard a lot of positive things about. 

Share your loot below. I'm excited to hear about what you found at your library!

Friday, September 2, 2016

August Book Tally

The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson
Stiletto by Daniel O'Malley
When Reason Breaks by Cindy L Rodriguez
Marrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas
Ash & Bramble by Sarah Prineas
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
And I Darken by Kiersten White
Batgirl vol 1 by Gail Simone

Just a few books this month but some good ones! I'd been wanting to read Persepolis for ages and a friend prompted me to check it out again. When Reason Breaks was another one I'd gotten from the library numerous times. Stiletto was one of those books I've been looking forward to all year.


Stats:
Graphic Novel Challenge: 2 (Persepolis, Batgirl vol 1)  YTD: 13
Foodies Read Challenge: 0 (none this month)  YTD: 0
What's In A Name Challenge: 0 (none this month)  YTD: 1
LGBTQIA Reading Challenge: 1 (The Art of Being Normal)  YTD: 4
Total: 60

Thursday, September 1, 2016

August Graphic Novel Review

Persepolis had long been on my radar but a friend recently encouraged me to read it. I checked it out from the library again and this time made time to read it. I really enjoyed Satrapi's story. I knew a little about Iran and enjoyed learning more especially from someone who was there. The drawing was good and helped illustrate the story. I want to read the sequel.

Batgirl vol 1
I really liked that this one followed the events of the Killing Joke. The first part was good with the Mirror but the second half didn't excite me as much. I'll continue with the series and see how it goes. 

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

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.

More books for the Foodies Read Challenge.

I spotted this one on the shelf at the library. I like Cat Cora and looking forward to reading more about her.

I have these fantasies of becoming a farmer. Now that we have a house, I know those are fantasies. I don't have the patience to grow plants, let alone food. But I'll keep reading about those growing food and dreaming.

The title and the comparisons to Bourdain were enough to make me pick this one up. 

This one just sounded good.

What about you? What did you pick up this week? Share your loot below.


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

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.

I'm always looking for good non-fiction food books. Cheesemonger came highly rated so I'll give it a try. 

I picked this one up for the What's In A Name challenge.

I got sucked into looking for graphic novels by and about POC. This is one find.

Another from my previously mentioned search.

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

Thursday, August 18, 2016

When Reason Breaks by Cindy L Rodriguez

I'm sorry it took me so long to read When Reason Breaks. I must have checked out from the library multiple times before now when I actually read it. I wish I read it soon. It was a fantastic read but more than I was ever expecting.

Emily and Elizabeth are both in high school and are both struggling. Elizabeth's a little more outspoken so people see her as the problem child. Emily is quieter but still hurting. At the beginning both girls don't really know one another. But a class project about Emily Dickinson draws the two girls together and they realize they aren't that dissimilar. Friends, family, school puts pressure on Emily and Elizabeth. They both really see each other especially when they feel no one else sees them.

Rodriguez really wrote two very beautiful characters. Emily holds all her pain in. At the beginning of the book, it's starting to show. Sleeplessness, withdrawing from friends and activities she enjoyed. Elizabeth has been living with the pain longer. Elizabeth is starting to lash out-punching lockers, talking back to teachers. Rodriguez really explores depression and how it affects these two girls. I really loved Emily and Elizabeth. I did tear up at the end because watching them grow was so moving.

I was pleasantly surprised that Emily and Elizabeth were Latina and the book was set in a mostly Latino area. I enjoyed the Spanish sprinkled through the book.

I can't wait to read Rodriguez next book. When Reason Breaks would be a great read for older teens and up. A fantastic one for book clubs too. Plenty to discuss. Others who shared their thoughts on When Reason Breaks: Rich In Color, Disability In KidLit, and What Sarah Read.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

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.


I've been looking forward to another Moriarty book.

What did you get this week? Share your loot below.