What I’m Reading Right Now. 07.14.17

I must have a book at hand to be able to function.  Or a magazine.  Or a shampoo bottle.  Words are nourishment for my mind and are essential to my well-being.  In this space each week I’ll tell you what I’m reading and you can tell me what you’re reading and we’ll all be happy!

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Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

I was disappointed in this book, along with Fire.  I loved Graceling and I felt like neither of the follow-up books were up to par.  Sigh.

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Simplify Your Work Life by Elaine St. James

This was an excellent, quick read.

COOKBOOKS

The Cook’s Book of Intense Flavors by Robert and Molly Krause

This is a beautiful and lovely cookbook.  I love it when the pages make me happy.

MAGAZINES

My magazines.  You know my love of a real magazine.  Right now, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Eating Well, and more are on sale!

All of this is what was on my nightstand this past week.  What have you been reading?

 

 

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What I’m Reading Right Now. 07.05.17

I must have a book at hand to be able to function.  Or a magazine.  Or a shampoo bottle.  Words are nourishment for my mind and are essential to my well-being.  In this space each week I’ll tell you what I’m reading and you can tell me what you’re reading and we’ll all be happy!

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FICTION

The Dark Tower – The Gunslinger by Stephen King

This was another request from Hayden.  He wanted me to read it.  It was a strange, compelling, excellent book.  I’ll write a proper post about it later.

Come Sundown by Nora Roberts

Ahhhh, you all know my love of a good Nora Roberts book.  She never disappoints me.

COOKBOOKS

One Pan to Rule Them All – 100 Cast Iron Skillet Recipes For Indoors and Out by Howie Southworth and Greg Matza

I loved this cookbook.  It is absolutely stunning.  I’ve already tried one of the recipes and can’t wait to try more.  You should get it!

 

 

All of this is what was on my nightstand this past week.  What have you been reading?

 

 

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What I’m Reading Right Now. 07.02.17

I must have a book at hand to be able to function.  Or a magazine.  Or a shampoo bottle.  Words are nourishment for my mind and are essential to my well-being.  In this space each week I’ll tell you what I’m reading and you can tell me what you’re reading and we’ll all be happy!

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Graceling by Kristin Cashore

I had bought Liv the book Bitterblue last summer when Hayden and I were out and about at one of my local thrift store haunts, not realizing that it was the third book of a series.

When I was in the library a few days ago I picked up Graceling, which is the first.  It says very clearly that you don’t have to read this set in order, that they are each a stand alone book, but I just can’t stand it.

Anyway, she was in the middle of a book and I wasn’t interested in the one I was reading, so I picked it up.  I’ll write a proper post about my thoughts on it later, but it was awesome!

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The One Hundred by Nina Garcia

Do you ever do something like this?  I love to wander the stacks at the library.  I always have, it’s one of my happy places.  Last week I had an eye appointment and knew that I would be there awhile.  I went to the library and wandered the stacks looking specifically for a book that would fit in my purse.  You should try it sometime!  You will amaze yourself at some of the wondrous things you’ll find, that you ordinarily wouldn’t pick up.

This was one of those books.  It is fascinating.  Hayden picked it up off of the coffee table when I brought it home and asked if it was a joke!  I assured him the book wasn’t a joke, but he kept insisting that he thought it was.  I asked him why and he said, “Well of course everyone would have most of what’s in here already”.  Hmmmm.  He is much more worldly than I was at 19!

COOKBOOKS

Weber’s Time to Grill by Jamie Purviance

Oh my love of cookbook’s.  It never wanes.  This book is big, bold and beautiful.  I love it!

MAGAZINES

Magazines.  Always the magazines.  Right now Amazon has Real Simple magazine and Southern Living for $5.00!!  For a year!!  This is big news people.  I love this magazine.

All of this is what was on my nightstand this past week.  What have you been reading?

 

 

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Micro. Michael Crichton. 🔖

424 pages – first published on November 22, 2011 – I rate it: 8 bookmarks out of 10


I popped into my local library and picked this book up last week.  I dove right into it because you know my love of Michael Crichton books.

Micro took me almost a hundred pages in before I was hooked.  And by then.  Holy Moly.  This book is brutal.  You don’t get a quarter of the way through this book before people start dying.  In very gruesome and horrifying ways.

It took a lot of effort for me to finish this book.  I don’t want to give anything away in case you haven’t read this, so.  It was a really great book, if you can stomach all of the terrifying ways people die.

This is also the first book of Michael Crichton’s that I’ve read that had a co-author.  In case you live under a rock like I do most of the time, Michael Crichton died in 2008.  It was the world’s loss.  Seriously, what will we all do when we get through all of his published works!?!

If you need some of this in your life, be sure to snag yourself a copy of it!

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What I’m reading right now.

I must have a book at hand to be able to function.  Or a magazine.  Or a shampoo bottle.  Words are nourishment for my mind and are essential to my well-being.  In this space each week I’ll tell you what I’m reading and you can tell me what you’re reading and we’ll all be happy!

FICTION

Micro by Michael Crichton and Richard Preston

I picked this up from our library.  I am in the middle of it right now.  I’ll post what I think of it next week and link it here.

COOKBOOKS

Perfect Vegetarian by Terry Jeavons

Liv and I found this book on our adventure this past week and I cannot put it down.  It has so, so many recipes that we want to try.  I’ll try to remember to take photo’s and post any recipes that we try.

MAGAZINES

Just like I love the feel of a real book in my hands, I love a real magazine.  Swiping on a kindle is just not the same thing.  My weekly delivery of what Denton says is hundreds of magazines – an exaggeration, ahem – makes me happy.

In the mix this week were all of the titles you can see above, along with Time, People and Entertainment Weekly.  I LOVE Real Simple magazine.  It’s awesome!

Don’t worry, I always donate ALL of the magazines to either my local food pantry, Salvation Army or the library.  They are definitely not going into the landfill at my house or even the recycle bin.  You wouldn’t believe how many magazines I see at the recycle center each week.  Take them to the library or a hospital people!  People need to read.  And feel real magazines!

What are you reading right now?

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Timeline. Michael Crichton. 🔖

     444 pages – first published on November 16, 1999 – I rate it:  9.5 bookmarks out of 10


I have to say that I believe that this is my all time favorite book by Michael Crichton.

And I’ve read a lot of Michael Crichton books.

I love everything about it.  I loved the plot, the characters and the pacing.  In fact, I told Hayden that days, even a few weeks, after I finished this book I kept wanting to pick it up and continue the story about this fascinating place.

If you’ve never picked up a book by him and want a starting point, this is it!  I couldn’t recommend it more.

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It’s Harper Lee’s Birthday

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The one and only Harper Lee’s birthday is today.  She was born the same year as my Papaw Calvin and would have been 91 years old.

She wrote the timeless and iconic book To Kill a MockingbirdIt’s one of my favorite of all time books.  I didn’t read this until Hayden did when he was in high school.  I had no idea what I was missing.

If you’ve never read it, you should pick up a copy or borrow it from your local library, but RUN to get a copy from somewhere, and you won’t regret it.

All.Time.Favorite.  Seriously.

Naw, Jem……

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Pirate Latitudes. Michael Crichton. 🔖

I picked this book up on Friday and once I started it, I almost couldn’t put it down.  I finished it in about 12 hours.  I love to lose myself in a book.  It almost never happens anymore, but this one did it.

The first 40 or so pages focus on the Governor of Port Royal.  Don’t let this dissuade you from picking up this novel.  You meet the main cast and things are off like a rocket.

The setting is 1665 in Jamaica’s Port Royal.  The cast of characters’ is headed up by Captain Charles Hunter.  The plan is to heist a Spanish galleon filled with treasure.  The sheer terror, adventure and adrenaline rush from the pages don’t stop until the very last page.

I love it when I can get my history from a novel.  This book is brimming with it.  Here is a very small tidbit that will whet your appetite.  Did you know that Harvard was established in 1636?  Me either!  I mean think about that, Jamestown was only settled in 1607 and they established Harvard 29 years later?

Oh the things you will learn!

I cannot recommend this book enough.  Especially because this is the last of Michael Crichton’s work.  He had actually already passed away in 2008 when this was discovered, complete, in his papers.  Amazing.

Go get your copy today!!

 

 

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Christmas Shopping for $10 or less. Books for Teens and Tweens.

I decided to write this series of posts to show you that you don’t have to break the bank at Christmas time.  There are so many options available to us now.  But as always, shop your local thrift stores first!!  Your wallet will thank you.  And you’ll be surprised at what you will find.

Do you have teens or tweens on your Christmas list?  I have a whole slew of them.  And they are incredibly difficult people to buy for.  Here is a great list of things that should please most of the crowd, and all of them are priced $10 or less!

Books.  Books are always on my shopping list.

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The Manual to Manhood: How to Cook the Perfect Steak, Change a Tire, Impress a Girl & 97 Other Skills You Need to Survive by [Catherman, Jonathan]
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Knock Knock Why You're My Bestie Fill in the Love Journal
$8.84
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Have fun shopping!

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To Kill a Mockingbird. Harper Lee. 🔖

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I just read this book.  Just this week.  What have I been doing with my life?!?  I have no idea why I haven’t read it, I just never had picked it up.  I am so, so glad that I took it on the plane with me this past week.

If you have been living under a rock –  like me! – you should really run, run!, to your library, local bookstore or computer to get yourself a copy of this book.  It’s that good.

I told one of my teenagers – who has read it– that I believe this is one of my favorite books of all time now.  Everyone should be blessed to have a Daddy like Atticus.

Have you read it?  Did you love it, hate it or not have an opinion?

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