Thursday, April 20, 2017

A Manual For Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin

I'd never heard of Lucia Berlin. I choose A Manual For Cleaning Women to fulfill "Read a collection of short stories by a woman" for the Read Harder challenge. But I'm glad I did.  Her stories were bold, heart-breaking, and gorgeous. So much pain and heartache. I don't have too much to say about this one other than A Manual For Cleaning Women will stay with me for a long time.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

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 heard good things about this one.

I got this one for the Read Harder challenge (read a book set with a 100 miles from your location). I've wanted to read it for years but never have. 

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


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

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.

Reloot.

I'll probably never read Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why. It sounds so depressing. But I'll try this one.

Interesting sounding graphic novel.

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

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

March Goals Tally

Prepare to do something physically challenging in 2018. I went to the doc, got some ankle exercises, and some inserts for my shoes. My ankles feel a lot better. But haven't really done much physical other than walking.

Be able to park my car in the garage by December 31, 2017. Made almost no progress here. 

Add yoga back into my life at least once a week. I went to yoga once this month. It was a busy month and I struggled to go back. 

One hour a day without technology (no phone, no computer, no tv). Still doing good here. 

Add more art into my life. Making plans to go to more art museums but nothing concrete.

Get back to meal planning. We switched to Home Chef which helps tremendously. 

Take more pictures. Still sucking at this. 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

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 a fan of Jordan's YA series. Looking forward to her adult romance.

Real Life Reading introduced me to Changes. It seems way out of my comfort level but I'm willing to try.

An LGBT retelling of The Great Gatsby? Sign me up.

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

Monday, April 3, 2017

March Book Tally

Books for Living by Will Schwalbe
Big Bad Breakfast by John Currance
Wrinkles by Paco Roca
Just Juliet by Charlotte Reagan
Revival vol 1 by Tim Seeley
Elmer by Gerry Alanguilan
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
Creamy & Crunchy by Jon Krampner
Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
Black Panther vol 1 by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Revival vol 2 by Tim Seeley
Displacement by Lucy Knisley
Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia by Greg Rucka
Houdini: The Handcuff King by Jason Lutes

I read a lot of graphic novels this month. Catching up to my Goodreads goal, only 2 books behind now.

Book Stats:
Foodies Read: 1 (Creamy & Crunchy) YTD: 2
What's In A Name: 0 (none this month) YTD: 0
Read Harder: 2 (Books for Living and Just Juliet) YTD: 3
Total: 29

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

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 added The Book of Salt after reading Books for Living.

I was looking for LGBT historical fiction and I found this.

This one sounded good. 

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

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Weekend Cooking: Creamy & Crunchy by Jon Krampner

I picked up Creamy & Crunchy because who wouldn't want to learn more about peanut butter. I do enjoy a good peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a good peanut butter cookie. But Creamy & Crunchy didn't hit the spot.

Krampner has a conversational tone but sometimes it rubbed me the wrong way. Sometimes I felt that I was a someone's house and he was recounting what he learned and every time I thought it was over, he'd find someone else to tell me. There are plenty of facts about where and how peanuts are grown. Some debate over who invented peanut butter (Not George Washington Carver) as well as the loss of regional brands that were made for specific tastes. There's even a chapter on peanut butter in music. I admit I skimmed a large portion of the book.

There are some interesting peanut butter recipes through out the book like Elvis' favorite peanut butter sandwich. I'd hoped to make one but time got away from me. I do love a simple peanut butter and jelly sandwich with strawberry or grape jam. What's your favorite way to enjoy peanut butter?
This was my second read for the Foodies Read challenge.
Weekend Cooking is hosted by Beth  Fish Reads and is open to anyone who has any kind of food-related post to share: Book reviews (novel, nonfiction), cookbook reviews, movie reviews, recipes, random thoughts, gadgets, quotations, photographs, restaurant reviews, travel information, or fun food facts. If your post is even vaguely foodie, feel free to grab the button and link up anytime over the weekend. You do not have to post on the weekend. Please link to your specific post, not your blog's home page.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

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.


This one looks good. Very excited to read it.

A favorite. Looking forward to the graphic adaptation. 

I actually found this one on a display for St Patrick's Day. Excited to learn more about my favorite beverage. 

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

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

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.

This one looked good.

Reloot.

Interesting looking graphic novel.

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