I listened to all of these books on audiotapes. I really enjoyed it. I think I am addicted!
Stardust by Gaiman, Neil- I saw the movie first. I really liked the movie, so I wanted to read the book. I ended up liking the movie better, possibly because I saw it first. But the action in the movie was much more compelling. The book was kind of anticlimactic. Still a good read. I would be interested in what other people thought about the book vs movie.
The School of Essential Ingredients by Bauermeister, Erica- I was disappointed by this book. It took leaps I couldn’t take with it. Saying that food had this amazing, huge effect on people. This coming from a food blogger- right?! But really it was so over the top. I think a good meal is a wonderful thing to be cherished, but I also think recipes are important. I think that good meals can communicate how much you care for someone, but so can talking. This book made it sound like the food was more important than almost everything else going on.
Island Beneath the Sea by Allende, Isabel- I really enjoyed this book. It is historical fiction set in pre-Independence Haiti and then moved to New Orleans. The character development was fantastic. You really understand the different character’s perspectives. I knew very little about that time period, so I learned a lot. Allende does a wonderful job creating the world that she transports you to. I highly recommend this book.
To Be Read
Where the Red Fern Grows by Rawls, Wilson
The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Diaz, Junot
A Walk in My World: International Short Stories about Youth edited by Mazer, Anne
The Color of Magic by Pratchett, Terry
Jane Eyre by Bronte, Charlotte
The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Doyle, Arthur Conan
The Space Between Us by Umrigar, Thirty
The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories by Gilman, Charlotte Perkins
Orlando by Woolf, Virginia
Tropic of Orange by Yamashita, Karen Tei
The Turn of the Screw by James, Henry
The Other Side of Paradise by Chin, Stacyann
The Ice Princess by Lackberg, Camilla
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Flagg, Fannie
Helen Keller: The Story of My Life by Keller, Helen
Like Water for Chocolate by Esquivel, Laura
The Fortune Cookie Chronicles by Lee, Jennifer
The Namesake by Lahiri, Jhumpa
What books have you read lately? Have you read any of these books? I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions.
This is a really easy mix to make! My sister loves snickerdoodles. My mom makes those, but when I found this recipe- I knew I had to make it for my wee little sister (who isn’t that little, but she will always be my little sister! :) )
I have a wonderful book called The Soup Bible. When sunday supper decided on this theme I went straight for that book. There is a section called winter warming soup! Perfect! I want to try all of them, but this one really stuck out to me. It has a rather interesting process. It is very simple. However, it gets unique at the end. You ladle the soup into single serving bowls and then crack an egg into it and put bread on top of that and bake it for a few minutes to poach the egg. It’s brilliant and makes for a full meal.
I have been dying to make an upside down cake! So, when I was looking for recipes for this month’s love blog hop and stumbled upon a cranberry upside down cake- I was hooked! I also love bundt cakes, so I decided to put the cake in my bundt cake mold. It makes everything prettier. Don’t you think?
I love soup!!! And I have never made anything with real pumpkin. Therefore, last time I went to the farmer’s market I decided to buy one. For some reason I was really nervous about cooking with a real pumpkin, but it was so easy! Just like squash, except bigger. I don’t know what else I am going to make with pumpkin. But, I definitely am going to use it more this fall!