It’s Monday! What Are You Reading This Week?

November 17, 2014 Books, Meme 7


You guys. I am sad. Nonfiction November if over halfway over! I missed last week’s subject, but I hope to get this week under my belt. I’ve just been SO BUSY. Between work, homework, cooking, and feeding my new obsession with the TV show The Blacklist, I haven’t had much time to read and definitely no time for blogging. Seriously, it’s become a weekend thing. If I don’t get it done on the weekend, it doesn’t get done. I have to figure this out.

Despite all that work, I did finish two books last week. The Poisoner’s Handbook by Deborah Blum was an audiobook that I listened to while I was working and The Dead Beat: Lost Souls, Lucky Stiffs, and the Perverse Pleasures of Obituaries by Marilyn Johnson, which I really finished yesterday when I should have been doing laundry. I couldn’t help it. I couldn’t put it down.

After finishing up The Dead Beat, I went in search of a new book and accidentally picked up two. I started both Howards End is on the Landing (please excuse that typo in the graphic! {cringe}) AND Provence 1970 and I can’t bear to put either one down. They are both so good! So I’ll be reading on those all week. Gulp is my current audiobook and it’s making work a delight (and perhaps a little gross). I’m still working through these Pratchett essays. I feel like I have to take my time, since sadly, I don’t know if we’ll get another book of essays from him, which makes me SO SAD.

So yeah, I have a great week of reading ahead of me; whenever I can fit it in.

What are your plans for the reading week? Read anything good next week?

It's Monday What Are  You Reading

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Meal Plan Sunday

November 16, 2014 Food 1



Yesterday, since I forgot to post this last week – Chili with baked potatoes!


SundayLazy Sunday Dinner! I can’t help it. The name, the food (sausages, potatoes, carrots, onions, fennel, ggaarrlliicc…all slow roasted in the oven….), it all looks so good, but it’s a slow dish, too slow for a regular night, so, onto Sunday it goes!

Monday – Quiche! Sausage and CHEESE crust-less quiche. WE HAVE SO MANY EGGS. Luckily, now that it’s getting colder, the girls are slowing down on the egg laying. Thank goodness.

TuesdayKorean Beef with rice and asparagus. To make it gf, I’ll use gf soy sauce, which I actually think tastes better anyway.  And have I mentioned my love for asparagus? I had to train myself to like it; I hated it the first time I ate it, but I kept making it and making it until now, I LOVE IT. I am currently doing this with beans now. I’m maybe halfway there. My gut reaction is UGH, BEANS, but then I see chili and kidney beans and I’m like, yeah, I can do that. I seem to like the harder in texture beans. Pintos are still disgusting.

Wow. Random.

Wednesday – Yeah, I’m not sure. I neglected to plan for this day. Whoops! I had my four meals planned and forgot I needed Wednesday! I’ll either wing it, or we’ll eat out.

 Thursday! – No cooking

Friday! -No cooking

Saturday – I’m sure it’ll be cold…maybe a big pot of spaghetti?



Top Ten Tuesday – No More Second Fiddle!

November 11, 2014 Meme 6

Top Ten Characters You Wish Would Get Their OWN Book (minor or just maybe a semi main character you wish a book was from their POV)


Better (very) late than never? Honestly, it took me forever to come up with 10 characters! I am very happy with these 10. I would very much like to see them all again, either in sequels, prequels, or a retelling from their point of view. Miss Havisham, in particular, would be quite colorful, I think!


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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading This Week?

November 10, 2014 Books, Meme 5



I am reading THE BEST BOOK. And I can’t believe I’m saying it about THIS BOOK, because dude. It is so morbid. The Dead Beat by Marilyn Johnson. It’s all about obituaries; a history of the obituary, if you will. I know some of you are like, ooooo, interesting. At least I hope you are! Because IT IS INTERESTING. Pick it up.

Also, I’m listening to The Poisoner’s Handbook by Deborah Blum, which is wicked awesome. SO MANY PEOPLE DIED during Prohibition people. And lots of other times. Because of poisons and ignorance.

Lastly, for a bit of a laugh, I’m reading A Slip of the Keyboard: Collected Nonfiction by Terry Pratchett. My complete adoration has solidified.

All hail Nonfiction November!!! Woot!

What are your plans for the reading week? Read anything good next week?

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It’s Monday, What are you Reading is hosted weekly by super-awesome Sheila from BookJourney.




Nonfiction November – My Year in Nonfiction

November 6, 2014 Books, Meme 14

I’ve been meaning to get to this all week!

Your Year in Nonfiction

Week One Discussion is hosted by Kim of Sophisticated Dorkiness (she’s also the Nonfiction Blogging Queen)

Take a look back at your year of nonfiction and reflect on the following questions –

What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year?

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking! Smoke Gets in Your Eyes! Call the Midwife! French Milk! The Map Thief! Will Storr Vs. the Supernatural! Touching the Void! Princesses Behaving Badly!

Nonfiction books are like Lays. You can’t read just one because they are so damn delicious. I don’t think I can pick a favorite.

What nonfiction book have you recommended the most?

Quiet, without a doubt. I even nominated it for the campus read for 2015 at the college I work at.

What is one topic or type of nonfiction you haven’t read enough of yet?

All of it!

What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November?

More information about all kinds of things. Right now I’m learning about poisons! Lucky everybody in my life!




Monthly Wrap Up

November 5, 2014 Books, Monthly Wrap Up 5


When I went to look up how many books I read in October, I wasn’t expecting to see many at all. I feel like I didn’t read anything last month, when actually I read 11! Granted, 3 were audiobooks, 6 were graphic novels or comics, and one was a middle grades novel, I still feel pretty darn accomplished now. Here are the eleven in all their glory:

94. Mr. Gwyn by Alessandro Baricco
9. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty
96. Mr. Mendoza’s Paintbrush by Luis Alberto Urrea, Christopher Cardinale (Illustrations)
97. Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
98. Dracula by Bram Stoker, read by Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, and full voice cast
99. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, by Washington Irving, read by Tom Mison
100. Y the Last Man: Deluxe Edition #4 by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra
101. The Mystery Society, Vol. 1, by Steve Niles and Fiona Staples
102. Wytches by Scott Snyder
103. Lumberjanes #7 by Noelle Stevenson
104. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater, read by Steve West and Fiona Hardington
105. The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

Favorites include Mr. Gwyn, which was picked up purely on whim and a interesting cover from the library, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes thanks to Shannon at Rivercity Reading, Dracula, which is a completely fantastic audio production, and The Scorpio Races, which completely tripped my trigger. The only ones I wasn’t so WOW about were Mr. Mendoza’s Paintbrush and Through the Woods, which were actually pretty great. Why did I think I had a lousy month? The world will never know.

Plans for November include lots of nonfiction, listening to Blue Lily, Lily Blue *muppet arms*, and *sigh* Christmas planning. It’s only seven weeks away, did you know? Ugh.

How was your October? Any great November plans? 



Top Ten Tuesday – Rereads!

November 4, 2014 Meme 9

Top Ten Books I Want To Reread – Which will happen because I LOVE to REREAD!!! And, most of these I’ve already reread, in some cases, several times.

Constant Rereads

1) The Mists of Avalon by Marian Zimmer Bradley – I’ve read this approximately three times. It is one of those books you will get something different out of every single time you read it, and it’s been awhile. I’m wondering what I’ll get out of it this time.

2) Possession by AS Byatt - Another I’ve read several times. I’m past due.

3) Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – I bet I’ve read this 10 times. And will read it 10 more. It’s all for Jamie.

4) The Tiffany Aching series (The Wee Free Men, A Hat Full of Sky, Wintersmith, and I Shall Wear Midnight) by Terry Pratchett – The thought of never visiting with Tiffany, Granny Weatherwax, Miss Tick, and, of course, the Nac Mac Feegles, is kinda heartbreaking.

5) The Graveyard Book/Neverwhere/Coraline/American Gods/oh, anything and everything Eby Neil Gaiman – I just can’t get enough. Especially if the man reads it himself.

Haven’t reread yet, but will

6) The Woodcutter by Kate Danley – I wanted to reread this one immediately after I finished it earlier this year, but I’m holding myself back. I’m sure I’ll read it again early next year.

7) Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman – I can’t see myself not visiting CeeCee. Or Tootie. Or Oletta.

8) Mare’s War by Tanita S. Davis – I adored this book when I read it several years ago. I’d really like to read it again.

9) The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss – I reread The Name of the Wind (another I’d like to reread! Again!) last year and loved it even more than I did the first time I read it. Ideally, I’d like to reread both before Doors of Stone comes out, whenever it comes out. Hopefully soon!

10) Ender’s Game and Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card – I loved these books. Despite any opinion I may have of the man, I love them. I can see myself rereading these books many times over.

How about you? Which books do you like to reread? Do you even LIKE to reread? Why or why not?


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Meal Plan Sunday

November 2, 2014 Food 5


Happy Daylight Savings! NOT. The kids didn’t seem to understand we were supposed to get an extra hour of sleep last night. They were still up at 6:45 this morning. So much for that. On to the meal plan!

Sunday – Would it be crazy to make myself a big pan of gf cornbread, load it up with butter, and pig out? That’s the way I’m leaning.


Shrimp and Grits – from My Recipes

Monday – The hubby’s birthday! Silly me asked what he wanted for supper. He picked Shrimp and Grits! Something I’ve never made and don’t even like (at least the grits part). I took to Pinterest, and here is the recipe I came up with. Cross fingers it’s tasty!

Tuesday – I usually freestyle potato soup, but I thought I would try this recipe this week. There’s just something about having supper ready when I get home that is just so appealing, isn’t there?

Wednesday – Breakfast for supper! Y’all, we are overrun with eggs. We had no idea how many eggs three layers would bring it, but it is literally three eggs a day. Everyday. We currently have 5 dozen eggs in the fridge. I’m giving 2 dozen to my aunt today, but I still have to do something because they will still be coming in! So we’ll have scrambled eggs, bacon, home fries, and something. I’m debating trying a gf biscuit. Must research this.

 Thursday! – No cooking!

Friday! -No cooking!

Saturday – Depends on the weather! Plus, if I go to the market. There is a new gf vendor there would makes seriously awesome baked goods. I had a cinnamon roll yesterday for the first time in over a YEAR and OMG it was so delicious. She had mini apple pies too that I could die for. So, depending on how much I buy and how fast I eat it, I may have a gluten free baked good for supper. The others can fend for themselves. LOL!

So? How about you? Any plans for supper this week?




Nonfiction November

October 31, 2014 Books 10


Last year, I totally miss the month of reading nonfiction that is Nonfiction November that was hosted by Kim at Sophisticated Dorkiness and Leslie at Regular Rumination. So this year, I jumped at the chance to join in, as I’m discovering nonfiction is something I really enjoy reading. Hosted by Kim, Leslie, and Becca atI’m Lost In Books and Katie at Doing Dewey; I’m excited to devote an entire month to (mostly) nonfiction books. And I have SO MANY. I’m not even lying. Just glancing through the iPad, I see I have 30 on there. Then there are the ones on my shelves, the audiobooks, and I even have a couple out from the library! Rather than make any set plans to read certain books (hello! free range reading!), here are the list of books I hope to try.

A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg
French Lessons: Adventures with Knife, Fork, and Corkscrew by Peter Mayle
Howards End is on the Landing: a Year of Reading from Home by Susan Hill
Walking the Bible: A Journey by Land Through the Five Books of Moses by Bruce Feiler
American Canopy: Trees, Forests, and the Making of a Nation by Eric Rutkow
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Lauren Hillenbrand
A Slip of the Keyboard: Collected Nonfiction by Terry Pratchett
The Bright Continent by Dayo Olopade
The Removers by Andrew Meredith
Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy by Karen Abbott
Sous Chef by Michael Gibney
It Looked Different on the Model by Laurie Notaro
The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel
A Fifty-Year Silence by Miranda Richmond Mouillot
The Call of the Farm by Rochelle Bilow
A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka by Lev Golinkin
Feeding a Yen by Calvin Trillin
Becoming Odyssa by Jenifer Pharr Davis
Upstairs at the White House by J.B. WEst and Mary, Lynn Kotz
Home Sweet Anywhere by Lynne Martin
Leave me Alone, I’m Reading, by Maureen Corrigan
Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach
Gult: : Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach
Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife by Mary Roach
Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories by Simon Winchester
Pioneer Girl by Bich Minh Nguyen (It’s fiction! Dang it!)
The Whole Fromage by Kathe Lison
Provence, 1970 by Luke Barr
Paris in Love by Eloisa James
Eighty Days by Matthew Goodman
Defiant Brides: The Untold Story of Two Revolutionary-Era Women and the Radial Men they Married by Nancy Rubin Stuart
To Marry an English Lord by Gail MacColl
Galileo’s Daughter by Dava Sobel
Nothing Daunted:: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West by Dorothy Wickenden

So, yeah. That’s most of them. Okay, yeah, there are a few more. Maybe a lot. Okay, FINE, it’s the tip of the iceberg. BUT, these are the ones I MOST want to get to. Can you help me narrow it down? Which ones do you recommend I try?