Happy, happy Friday!
Another week finished and a weekend about the begin. Go grab your comfy pants, take a breath, and relax.
What are you reading? Did you finish up anything good this week?
I finished reading The Dutch House by Ann Patchett at the very beginning of the week and I really loved it. I’ve been a long-time fan of hers and this book did not disappoint. I hope to post a more in-depth review soon.
Do you have any plans to start a book this weekend?
Sometimes I look forward to the weekend simply because I’ve planned to start a new book. Earlier in the week I mentioned that I was in the midst of a small reading slump. It’s frustrating because I feel like I’ve wasted precious reading time when I start reading something, but can’t get in to it. Yet-as precious as my reading time is, I don’t want to waste more of it reading something less than great (or at least pretty darn good).
Does that make sense?
Well the two books on my Kindle that have finally grabbed my attention are:
If You Tell by Gregg Olsen is non-fiction. It was my selection of Amazon’s First Reads for the month of November. If you aren’t familiar with this Amazon feature, it’s one of the features Amazon provides if you are a Prime member. At the beginning of every month Amazon sends you an email featuring 5-6 new books. Of these books you get to select one (occasionally two) for free. These are only available in digital format. Also– sometimes the selections just plain suck, as in I don’t even want it if it’s free. They are not usually big name or more popular authors, so even though I’ve not read any of Olsen’s books, I was familiar and pleasantly surprised to see him amongst the selections.
IYT is the true story of three sisters who were horribly abused by their mother. Currently I am eleven chapters in and would recommend it to those who have an interest in true crime/non-fiction.
The War Between the Tates by Alison Lurie is a book I purchased from one of the emails I receive featuring book deals on digital copies for my Kindle. I had never heard of Lurie when I saw this book. Usually when I see a book in one of these emails, I check my library app (Overdrive) first, because I’m cheap and free is great. Overdrive did not have it and it must have spurred my interest because I did actually purchase it. Usually the prices range between $2-3. Still. It must’ve sounded good for me to spend the big bucks-that or it was Friday and I was drinking wine.
Anyway I started reading it the other night and it sucked me in. Since I’ve just started reading it, the Amazon synopsis is below:
• Erica Tate wouldn’t mind getting up in the morning if her children were less intolerable. Until puberty struck, Jeffrey and Matilda were absolute darlings, but in the last year, they have become sullen, insufferable little monsters. A forty-year-old housewife out of work and out of mind, she finds little happiness in the small college town of Corinth.
Erica’s husband, Brian, a political science professor, is so deeply immersed in university life—or more accurately in the legs of his mistress, a half-literate flower child named Wendy—that he either doesn’t notice his wife’s misery or simply doesn’t care. Worst of all, their pleasant little neighborhood is transforming into a subdivision. As new ranch houses spring up around their once idyllic home, Erica’s marriage inches closer to disaster.
When the Tate household tips into full-scale emotional combat, Erica must do her best to ensure that she comes out on top. In this darkly comic tale of a family at civil war, the National Book Award–shortlisted author of Foreign Affairs dives into the deterioration of a marriage •
So this brings us to my normal Friday posting:
1. A book
2. A dessert*
3. A drink*
* I’ve started on both of these already, just in case there are any horrible typos.
I love this cover.
Initially that’s why I picked it up. You are a better person than me if you are not the least bit influenced by a beautiful and or hideous book cover. Oh yeah, and you are lying. We are human beings and human beings are visual creatures (especially men, not judging, just truth speaking), and that’s ok for the most part.
Since I haven’t read it, here is the Amazon synopsis:
• Set against dramatic Mediterranean Sea views and lush olive groves, The Rocks opens with a confrontation and a secret: What was the mysterious, catastrophic event that drove two honeymooners apart so suddenly and absolutely in 1948 that they never spoke again despite living on the same island for sixty more years? And how did their history shape the Romeo and Juliet–like romance of their (unrelated) children decades later? Centered around a popular seaside resort club and its community, The Rocks is a double love story that begins with a mystery, then moves backward in time, era by era, to unravel what really happened decades earlier •
Just a note: I write about books I’ve read and books I’ve not read on this blog. I simply want to introduce you to books, whether I’ve read them or not is beside the point. Just because I’ve read them and liked or disliked doesn’t mean you are going to hold the same opinion. So-if I am introducing you to a book I haven’t read (or read) you still ultimately have to decide for yourself if you are interested in giving it a try.
The reason I bring this up is this: Some blogs are dedicated to providing book reviews of only what they have read. I don’t want you to be confused or disappointed, my blog is a mix of book reviews, book introductions, and anything else book-related that pops in to my head 📚.
We are have our “go-to’s.” This is mine when it comes to dessert. I look forward making- and more forward to eating dessert ALL freaking week. When, either I have a crazy-busy week or am just plain lazy, this is the dessert that gets made. You can make it in about 10-15 minutes, it does take about 10 more minutes in the freezer-but no oven! It’s also low-carb. It’s basically a Reese’s Cup, except with dark chocolate (rather than milk chocolate) . If you love peanut butter and chocolate, then this is heaven. If you don’t, well you are S.O.L.
The recipe is below:
This is a Cabernet Sauvignon, which means it’s a red wine on the dry side. To me this is a good pairing with something sweet, like the dessert mentioned above. It balances out the sweet. Tonight we also had a buffalo chicken pizza made on Fat-Head pizza dough (low carb) for dinner and this balanced the savory flavors as well. So, a win-win.
I bought this bottle of Natura at either Kroger or Food City (grocery stores) and it was between $10-15. You will need a wine opener (cork screw), but other than that it’s user friendly 🍷.
Alright my dears, surly you are good and comfortable by now. I’m about to transfer from my “intermediate comfy pants” to my full-blown pajama pants. I’ll define “intermediate comfy pants” another day, right now I need to get back to my Friday-books, wine, and dessert.
“And the seasons, as now, reliably made everything new again. He liked to remember Goethe’s line: “A man can stand anything but a succession of ordinary days.” -Peter Nichols, The Rocks