The lovely and amazing narfna was my CBR10 Book Exchange gifter last year. She shopped from my wish list and bought Salt Fat Acid Heat. I love cooking and cookbooks. I have worked as a chef professionally, but all my training has been at home and ad hoc in bakeries and small food shops. Samin Nosrat’s training has been in some of the best kitchens in the world. When I read how she got her job at Chez Panisse I was horribly jealous and thought, “You can do that? You can just ASK for a job?” In my next life, […]
Late last year I read Martha Wells’ All Systems Red the first book in her Hugo, Nebula, Alex, and Locus Award-winning, and bestselling series, The Murderbot Diaries. The series features a human-like android who keeps getting sucked back into one adventure after another, even though it just wants to be left alone, away from humanity and small talk. Its perfect day is holed up somewhere dark and quiet with its entertainment feed. I can relate. I travel the last two weeks of the year to see family and friends for the holidays and that means no less than three flights […]
Thank you so much Fyrehaar for the lovely addition to my bookshelves! I’m already looking at what to cook this weekend.
Sneaking in with a bit to spare, on a borrowed computer, and one book behind last year’s pace I’m finally posting my last review of Cannonball Read 10. This was the Read Harder 2018 task I was looking least forward to, and I managed to push it off until the last possible moment, but at least I am completing the challenge this year. Task 24 was to “read an assigned book you hated (or never finished)”. In reality I have very few books that I never completed, and the ones that I hated I don’t really feel emotionally prepared to […]
Its been quite awhile since I read my last Discworld novel, but I wanted to read Hogfather this year (a goal I will be missing by a few days, but I’ve got it out from the library) and my need to read the various subseries in their orders meant I decided to go back and pick up where I left off with Death. I found myself with Reaper Man (and Soul Music) in my to read queue. Death (in all caps) is a loveable character through and through so I didn’t mind at all taking a side trip to get […]
Happy Jolabokaflod, everyone! As is tradition, we all just opened our Cannonball exchange books, and everyone is over the moon. Big thanks to avivaguthrie, debcapsfan, blackraven, and fainting violet for filling our home with Stuart Gibbs and World War II and glorious graphic novels (Mockingbird!) and narwhals and horses and unicorns and book plates and Homegoing and Born Confused! You all rock and we couldn’t be more grateful for everything. Happy holidays!!
I am so disappointed in this book – I had high hopes for it but in the end I felt empty. I really wanted to like this one, but the writing bothered me too much. The story is fine, not great but fine. There were a lot of stereotypical plot contrivances along the way. There were several times I rolled my eyes; popular media needs to stop perpetuating lazy stereotypes. So, what is the story about? After hearing a story how her grandmother fell in love with a young black man when she was a teenager author Julie Kibler took […]
I read a bit of YA, but middle grades is not something I usually think to pick up, or even necessarily think of as a distinct genre. But as is often the case in my reading diet of the past few years the Read Harder Challenge had a task that needed sorting. Enter Leedock and her review of City of Ghosts – the perfect book to fulfill the “read the first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series”. Now is when I admit to having never read a Victoria (or V.E. as she is sometimes known) Schwab book […]