Something Sweet, Something Devine, Something With Pages-All Three Might Be Mine (But I’d Share).

Sometimes it feels like it takes an act of Congress for Friday to arrive, but lo and behold,

it’s here.

As I write this post, I have already had a glass of wine and some delicious desserts. The reading is soon to commence along with a second glass of wine.

Educated by Tara Westover is the September book for my bookclub. I haven’t actually started reading it yet, but plan to by Sunday. I have one or two books that I’m hoping to finish by tomorrow so I can count them in my August total.

I am really excited to start reading Educated. I have only heard amazing things about it. Regarding hard-scrabble-ish childhoods, I have read Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance and The Glass Castle by Janette Walls (I recommend them both). I’m sure you all have read (or at least heard of) Educated, but I’m still going to post the Amazon synopsis-because that’s just what I do when I haven’t read a book I’m talking about on this blog.

Amazon synopsis:

• Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education and no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent. When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home •

Side note, these last few days have been absolutely beautiful, weather-wise. Summer used to be my favorite season, but Fall replaced it as my number one several years ago. Nothing beats the Fall air. That tell-tale crispness has been evident for the last two days and it makes me so happy. I cannot wait to live in sweaters and leggings.

Anyway, back to the books. I hope you all have had a productive month, both reading-wise and otherwise.

Since my Friday posts always feature drinks and desserts, I thought I’d post a recipe of one of my very favorites. It’s also amazingly easy.

I have made these in a pinch. As in, we were celebrating my neighbor’s 54th wedding anniversary and I told them during dinner that I had wine and dessert for them at our house (we were at a restaurant). We had driven separately and they followed us home and I quickly threw these together. They are that simple, I promise.

I hope you all have a great Friday night.

Sincerely,

tmc

“I can feel infinitely alive curled up on the sofa reading a book.”

– Benedict Cumberbatch

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Half-Full Or Half-Empty = Same Amount Of Wine -Happy Friday, Bookworms

Happy Friday, Bookworms.

Although my previous post about the library went up this morning, it was actually supposed to be yesterday’s post. I was having trouble getting it to successfully upload last night.

Seeing as how it’s Friday, I couldn’t not post an official wine-book-dessert post. So I suppose it’s a two-for-one.

All bookworms love a beautiful cover and The Guest House by Sarah Blake definitely falls in to this category. It was also bought for one dollar from the library sale shelves, so it’s a thrifty beauty as well.

This is a new release (May 2019) and it caught me off guard to see it on those shelves. It’s not an ARC, so someone paid a lot more than a dollar for this book, read it, and then donated it. I’m not complaining, I’m just always amazed when I find such a treasure. Since I haven’t read it yet, the Amazon synopsis is below:

• No. It is a simple word uttered on a summer porch in 1936. And it will haunt Kitty Milton for the rest of her life. Kitty and her husband, Ogden, are both from families considered the backbone of the country. But this refusal will come to be Kitty’s defining moment, and its consequences will ripple through the Milton family for generations. For while they summer on their island in Maine, anchored as they are to the way things have always been, the winds of change are beginning to stir.

In 1959 New York City, two strangers enter the Miltons’ circle. One captures the attention of Kitty’s daughter, while the other makes each of them question what the family stands for. This new generation insists the times are changing. And in one night, everything does.

So much so that in the present day, the third generation of Miltons doesn’t have enough money to keep the island in Maine. Evie Milton’s mother has just died, and as Evie digs into her mother’s and grandparents’ history, what she finds is a story as unsettling as it is inescapable, the story that threatens the foundation of the Milton family myth •

Sounds good, doesn’t it? A family drama and also, Maine. Having a book that takes a place there is going to take my attention right to it.

So the sweet shiraz by Jam Jar is no surprise, it’s actually a staple for me and also this blog, especially on Friday.

The dessert is my version of no-bake cookies. They are a peanut butter base, instead of using rolled oats (oats aren’t bad, they are high in fiber, but they are also high in carbs and I eat low carb) I use unsweetened coconut pieces. I then drizzled dark chocolate over them.

So there you have it-a book, some wine, and also some dessert.

Cheers!

Sincerely,

tmc

“Reading is going toward something that is about to be, and no one yet knows what it will be.”

– Italo Calvino

Friday Night Always Looks Good To Me

• Thank you to #RandomHouse #partner for these books •

No matter what, if it’s Friday, then things are looking up. Friday is for putting your feet up, cracking open a book, a bottle of wine, and eating dessert. It’s not that the rest of the week is bad, it’s just that often it’s hectic. It’s nice to know there’s a smidge of extra brightness waiting, something a little extra to look forward to.

The four books pictured above look to be very interesting and as I look at them I just want to start them all at the same time. How do you choose what you read? Are you organized, as in you read in the order you receive books (not counting library books)? In theory I try to read that way, but many times I end up reading an article that discusses or reviews a book- then I skip to reading that book.

Here is a little about these books:

1. Diagnosis by Lisa Sanders. This book is the basis of a Netflix Original documentary series. Sanders was an advisor for the medical television show House, M.D. Sanders is a doctor as well and this book is about medical mysteries.

2. Inland is Téa Obrecht’s first book since The Tiger’s Wife. Although TTW was a huge international bestseller, it wasn’t a favorite of mine and didn’t finish reading it. I think Obrecht has talent, so I am excited to give her another shot. This book takes place in the 1890s in the Arizona Territory. It follows a frontier women who is awaiting the return of her husband and sons. One in search of water and the others who left after a bad argument.

3. The Perfect Wife by JP Delaney. This is about a woman who awakens in a daze and has no memory of how or why she is where she is. She doesn’t know her husband or son, or that she is an artist. She is told by her husband (who is a huge titan of the tech world in Silicon Valley) that she has been in a horrible accident and has been brought back due to an incredible technological breakthrough. But, she begins to doubt everything and doesn’t know if she can trust him.

4. Lost You by Haylen Beck ( Amazon Synopsis). Libby needs a break. Three years again her husband left her to raise their infant son Ethan alone as she struggled to launch her writing career. Now for the first time in years, things are looking up. She’s just sold her first novel, and she and Ethan are going on a much-needed vacation. Everything seems to be going their way, so why can’t she stop looking over her shoulder or panicking every time Ethan wanders out of view? Is it because of what happened when Ethan was born? Except Libby’s never told anyone the full story of what happened, and there’s no way anyone could find her and Ethan at a faraway resort . . . right? 

But three days into their vacation, Libby’s fears prove justified. In a moment of inattention, Ethan wanders into an elevator before Libby can reach him. When the elevator stops and the doors open, Ethan is gone. Hotel security scours the building and finds no trace of him, but when CCTV footage is found of an adult finding the child wandering alone and leading him away by the hand, the police are called in. The search intensifies, a lost child case turning into a possible abduction. Hours later, a child is seen with a woman stepping through an emergency exit. Libby and the police track the woman down and corner her, but she refuses to release Ethan. Asked who she is, the woman replies: I am his mother.

Don’t these sound good?!

I’m about to eat some dinner, then I plan to dive in to the good stuff! Happy Friday, Bookworms.

Sincerely,

tmc

“There is nothing more luxurious than eating while you read—unless it be reading while you eat.” – E. Nesbit

PS. If what you are eating is dessert, then it’s even more luxurious.

I Won’t Be On A Deserted Island, But I Still Had To Choose Some Books To Take Along

Happy Friday!

Every day of this past week has been a little crazy. A million things to do, places to go, and chores to finish. All of this so some vacation days can be enjoyed in the upcoming week. Why is there so much to do to actually be able to relax?

As always, I begin thinking about which books I want to bring with me when I go somewhere a few weeks in advance. I need choices. What type of book will I be in the mood to read? What if one stinks or what if I read way faster than normal (don’t laugh, it could happen) and need more books? Of course I’ll have my Kindle and that has more books than I could need. But always in the back of my mind, the thought lurks-a Kindle is an electronic device, it could fail. There’s no way I would ever not have traditional books with me. I’m totally ready in the event of a zombie-apocalypse, at least book and wine wise 😉

I decided a few days ago which books I would bring along. Those books are the ones inside the cute yellow bag. As I begin to read them I will share them with you all. There is one in particular that I am so excited to read. I decided at the last minute to throw in The Nest, because

A. I just picked it up a used copy thanks to a good review by a fellow book blogger. I had previously been on the fence about it. Thanks @eastcoastapproach

and

B. The cover is beautiful

Again, I need choices. Just like with clothes, what if something you thought was going to be good actually decides to be itchy or all of sudden fits weird? Yeah, I know you understand.

Also in my bag is my giant, somewhat water-damaged book of variety puzzles. It’s the thing with a bright green mechanical pencil sticking out of it. Yes, this officially makes me a hundred and four, but sometimes I do want to do a word search or crypt-o-gram puzzle. No shame.

There are three magazines inside as well. Two I haven’t read and the third has a list of the best bookstores in the south, one of which I hope to be visiting next week. If I do get the chance to go, I will take you all with me (at least in pictures).

Currently I’m halfway through reading Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith.

It’s the first book in a trilogy that takes place in Russia. I’m sort of on a Russian kick- if reading two books in row that take place in Russia equals a Russian kick? I’ve read The Farm by Smith last year and enjoyed that as well.

Amazon synopsis:

Stalin’s Soviet Union is an unofficial paradise, where citizens live free from crime and fear only one thing: the all-powerful state. Defending this system is idealistic security officer Leo Demidov, a war hero who believes in the iron fist of the law. But when a murderer starts to kill at will and Leo dares to investigate, the State’s obedient servant finds himself demoted and exiled. Now, with only his wife at his side, Leo must fight to uncover shocking truths about a killer-and a country where “crime” doesn’t exist.

So far so good!

Last but never least, the red and white top sticking out of my bag belongs to one of my favorite wines called Jam Jar. It’s a red sweet shiraz and it’s lovely, especially when paired with a book.

Have a great evening and read lots of words!

Sincerely,

tmc

“From the reading of ‘good books’ there comes a richness of life that can be obtained in no other way.”

-Gordon B. Hinckley

Finally

Oh my word, is that Friday I see?

Break out the books, wine, and dessert ASAP. There’s just something that always feels good about Friday, even if my plans only include putting on pajama pants a few hours earlier.

Another bad habit I have when it comes to reading beside reading too many books at one time is getting more books. In this case I didn’t pay for them because they are from my library, however I have about 4,900 TBRs I should read first. But whatever.

The three above are books I was going to order from either thriftbooks.com or abe.com because the Overdrive app does not have them in digital format. Overdrive features a “recommend” tab and more often than not they seem to purchase the books I recommend, which then puts me on the waiting list. I recommended these three over a year ago and they haven’t purchased them yet, so I went to see if the library had them in hard copy. The three titles are:

1. Miss You by Kate Eberlen

2. A Theory of Love by Margaret Bradham Thornton

3. Self Portrait With Boy by Rachel Lyons

Now these are also on my nightstand that is already covered with books. I know it’s ridiculous, truly I know. I just can’t help it.

Happy Friday, Bookworms

“Let’s be reasonable and add an eighth day to the week that is devoted exclusively to reading.”

– Lena Dunham