Let’s read books!
Here are quick reviews of the books I’ve been curling up on the couch with…these, and two cats and a mug of Earl Grey tea.
Beyond Willpower: From Stress to Success in 40 Days (The secret principle to achieving success in life, love, and happiness) by Alexander Lloyd PhD, ND.
While I got this for free from Blogging For Books and (as a result of getting it for free) need to write a review, I’ve been struggling to read through. For sure I’m intrigued by the energy medicine exercises. But for a self-help book the writing is awfully academic, and there’s a nearly 100 page introduction. Yawn.
The Discovery of Chocolate by James Runcie
What could be more romantic than a love that lasts for a few centuries? Nothing. And all the more interesting when it involves a man who can whip up the best chocolate in the world. Heart and tummy warming.
Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi
Frustrating. I don’t care if it’s a New York Times Book Review Notable Book, I couldn’t reach page 100. The prose is wonderful, but -on the whole- the book needs better guideposts for the reader. It’s just too much work to follow the story…which I’m sure is in there somewhere.
The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy by Nora Roberts – three books: Dark Witch, Shadow Spell, and Blood Magick.
I’m a sucker for an easy-to-ready, easy-to-follow, paranormal romance set in Ireland, and Nora does it right every time. Yes,her romances are like cotton candy at a summer fair: fluffy and predictable. They’re are also lighthearted reads full of good food, good people, and a whole lot of magick. Love them!
A Dictionary Of Made-Up Languages: From Adunaic to Elvish, Zaum to Klingon – The Anwa (Real) Origins of Invented Lexicons by Stephen D. Rogers
I found this on the remaindered table at a local store and grabbed two copies: one for me and one for a friend. Vocabulary, grammatical features, background information on the languages and their behaviors. Plus, the book also tells you how to build your own language. Fun!
A Bowl of Olives: On Food and Memory by Sara Midda
Try as I might to read and enjoy this small jewel of a book, I can’t get into it. The darned thing is handwritten, and that makes it really hard to read for my over-50 eyes with good glasses. But if you have younger eyes, or perhaps a magnifying glass, check it out. Enchanting illustrations, lovely quotes, warm remembrances. Too bad I couldn’t see most of them clearly.
Budget Bytes: Over 100 Easy, Delicious Recipes to Slash Your Grocery Bill in Half by Beth Moncel
This book definitely lives up to the title. And, because I’ve cooked both from this book and from the Budget Bytes blog, I can recommend this with no hesitation. Carrot-Sweet Potato Soup anyone? Delicious!
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