It's no surprise that I like this book. We've been walking a path to more healthful eating for quite a while now, careful what we consume, and from wh...moreIt's no surprise that I like this book. We've been walking a path to more healthful eating for quite a while now, careful what we consume, and from where it is sourced. Many of the local farmers greet me by name at the local farmer's market. We have a high quality blender, which we use for smoothies (particularly green smoothies, which often are what we sip in the evening as we sit outside and watch life parade by. There's also a juicer in our appliance arsenal, having moved from a centrifugal juicer to a twin gear over the years. I love fresh juice, especially, juices "with ingredients", as my mother used to say, taking frequent opportunities to partake of cold pressed and fresh squeezed juices offered for sale, even though I often shudder at the prices asked for them. Yet, I balk at juicing itself: the cleanup is just such a chore. I never want to do it after having that yummy juice, and if I do it before, I resent that it's keeping me from my fresh juiced goodness.
But this book, with beautiful pictures, easy to follow tips, and absolutely scrumptious recipes for juices, smoothies, and even some non-juice stuff to supplement a cleansing program, has me eyeing the juicer that sits high up on a shelf. I even am contemplating climbing up on a stool and bringing it down, finding a place somewhere in our compact kitchen to give it a more accessible home. I've got the fruits and veggies already in the fridge -- all I need is the motivation to tackle the juicing and the inevitable clean-up. I tried convincing myself that the washing helped with an upper body workout, but my mind didn't believe me. Maybe I'll try telling myself that washing all those parts provides a zen moment to meditate.
Many thanks to the authors for some wonderful tips, recipes, and insights, and to Blogging for Books and the publishers for sending this book along. It's a keeper.(less)
A "found" book from somewhere, which I am registering it for BookCrossing. This is an author I tend to like, so was delighted to add this to my TBR pi...moreA "found" book from somewhere, which I am registering it for BookCrossing. This is an author I tend to like, so was delighted to add this to my TBR pile. However, I gave up on it. The footnoting drove me crazy, and the story just didn't appeal all that much, maybe having been immersed in the world of house hunting and home improvement far too recently. Plus, I didn't particularly like the main character. Another time, perhaps. (less)
Perfect diversion for the time following an eye doctor visit, where I got my eyes dilated and couldn't spend the rest of the day doing the things I li...morePerfect diversion for the time following an eye doctor visit, where I got my eyes dilated and couldn't spend the rest of the day doing the things I like to do, including reading. An ear-read was a good substitute for page turning, though.
Story was a bit formulaic, and a bit dated, but decent enough. The Clark women (Mary Higgins, Carol Higgins, Mary Jane) all tend to run together in my mind these days. I usually pick the least likely/most benign/trusted early on and pin the butler label on them. More often than not, I'm right.(less)
What happens when the princess in the story is unbelievably homely, an old god is bent on destruction and the world is about to fall apart?
I picked th...moreWhat happens when the princess in the story is unbelievably homely, an old god is bent on destruction and the world is about to fall apart?
I picked this up to read before Kelly Barnhill's new book comes out. There's much hype and anticipation based on her earlier works (this one included) so I thought I'd take a test drive.
I liked it. Really. The main narrators were quite good, and the story well plotted and thought out. I liked the interweaving of some stuff from our mythology and folk tales, and a whole new world to explore.
It's geared for a younger crowd, but that shouldn't stop the child-at-hearts from reading it. And, it's got dragons. And heroes. And loyalty. And books. And did I say, it has dragons? (less)
Another story-within-a -story type book, interweaving two tales, which I tend to like, particularly if both narratives are interesting, which happily...moreAnother story-within-a -story type book, interweaving two tales, which I tend to like, particularly if both narratives are interesting, which happily was the case here. In one, a woman in occupied France WWI era, finds herself struggling to keep her home and family safe, while her beloved husband is away fighting. She has her memories, and a portrait of her he painted from their days in Paris. All threatens to come apart when a German Kommandant discovers both Sophie and her portrait. In the other thread, Sophie's portrait is in modern day Paris, in the home and in the heart of Liv Halston, whose husband gave her the painting on their honeymoon. Now widowed, Liv finds herself in a court battle over who owns Sophie's portrait and if it is the spoils of warn or a true gift of love. I honestly have to say that as I read, I kept wondering how the author would untangle the mess that both women seemed to have gotten into, while keeping the promise of a happy ending in sight. I saw one possible out, but surprisingly enough, Moyes came up with a different one.
This is the second Jojo Moyes book I have read. I found the details and characters compelling, and the descriptions of life intricate enough that I could easily visualize the events of the book. My copy of the bok also included a prequel novella, called "Honeymoon in Paris", which for me, was really only interesting for the backstory of Sophie and her Edouard, rather thank Liv and her husband. (less)
This is my maiden voyage with a novel based on Dr Who. The show is a big hit in my family, where three generations all consider themselves Whovians. I...moreThis is my maiden voyage with a novel based on Dr Who. The show is a big hit in my family, where three generations all consider themselves Whovians. I was curious to see how the characters translated to book format, knowing that usually, I am one of those "liked the book better than the movie" types. While the story, itself, was fine, it didn't thrill me with the same sort of delight that a well written Dr Who script does. I found the portrayals of the five "regular" characters rather flat, and, at times, had trouble remembering this was supposed to be the Capaldi Doctor, and not some ambiguous time traveller. There were a few moments when Strax seemed like Strax, and Jenny showed spunk, but for the most part, I wasn't wowed. Perhaps the fault is mine, though, as I expected the book to paint a picture in my mind that would match up to what I see on the telly each Saturday night.
I'm giving this book a 3 out of 5 stars, though, because even though I love the television series, sometimes the writers have an off time, and I moan and groan about how poorly the script was written, not giving the actors a chance to really strut their stuff. This plot-line was no worse than some of those scripts that I thought weak, perhaps even better than one or two. It could just be that my imagination is not trained to translate a story visually from a book to match what I know on the screen. After all, this adapting from a series is a new sort of read for me. So, just like me giving the writers of episodes I'm not keen on the benefit of the doubt, so I'll give the book series the benefit, too, and a three-star rating. It also strikes me that this would be a good YA type read.
This is something like the 53rd book in the series, so apparently, others have no problem translating from television to text. As I said, the fault is probably in me. Please don't bash me because our tastes are different. But if writers continue to have Madame Vastra refer to her wife, Jenny, as her maid, make Strax dull, Clara a bit of an imbecile, and the Doctor somehow enigmatic and dull at the same time, I'll cross future books off my wish list.
Many thanks to Blogging for Books and the publisher for sending this copy my way.(less)
"Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance meets Life of Pi in this quirky spiritual journey across the wild highways and byways of America," they sai...more"Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance meets Life of Pi in this quirky spiritual journey across the wild highways and byways of America," they said. "Okay!" I said. "I'm in!" What I hoped for was a quirky boy-meets-girl (if the boy is a stiff-necked small town lawyer taking a road-trip/vacation to fulfill a promise to his grandfather and the girl is a free-spirited, new age, Native American, beginning her career as a spiritual advisor from the back of a converted bookmobile.) The problem is that the plot really didn't progress much further. Instead, the book segued into a primer on spirituality, various methods, means, types, and approaches. Don't get me wrong-- this is good information, but if I wanted to be exploring a spiritual pathway, I'd like to choose my own reading list, rather than be ambushed from the pages of a novel. As an outline/introduction to different spiritual viewpoints, this one is pretty decent, but again, I wanted a story, not a lesson. Mr Kincaid has created some characters that are just oozing with potential, but abandoned them to help enlighten the reader. I really wish he'd stuck to letting Ted, Angel Two Sparrow, and the dogs develop into fully fleshed out characters.
I'm guessing that there are those who this book will find, and it will be just the right time/tool/introduction to help them move into a new phase of life. I'm not particularly enlightened, but for me, a lot of this was like sitting through a review class on a subject I know pretty well. I plugged on through because it was a book sent to me by Library Thing Early Reviewers and the publisher, for which I am entirely grateful. I will pass it along through BookCrossing, hoping it finds the right reader while it travels the world as a BookCrossing book. Rating it 2.5 stars (out of 5), even though it is a decent introduction to spirituality book. It's just not as decent as a novel.
I enjoyed this book, as I do most Moore novels. He's got the right mix of zaney, bawdy, silly, outrageous,...moreA Christopher Moore I haven't read! Yahoo!
I enjoyed this book, as I do most Moore novels. He's got the right mix of zaney, bawdy, silly, outrageous, humanity, and mystical to make his books good reads, truly deserving of laughing out loud. Nice to see an early iteration of a character who shows up in several other books as well.
I kept thinking, while reading this, that when I was four, my family went on a cross-country trip. While out in "Indian Country" my parents bought me a book called "Coyote Tales", all about that mischief maker. Somehow, Old Man Coyote is a bit randier in Moore's book than in my memory, though maybe I ought to read the children's book again, and look for hidden meanings. You never know.(less)
Checked this out from the library on audio book. Got through the first disc, but have to put it aside, because the voice-reader is mind-numbingly mono...moreChecked this out from the library on audio book. Got through the first disc, but have to put it aside, because the voice-reader is mind-numbingly monotone -- sucking the life entirely out of the story. *shudder*(less)
If men are from Mars, and women from Venus, then John Elder Robison is from a whole different universe from me. That's not to say I didn't like the bo...moreIf men are from Mars, and women from Venus, then John Elder Robison is from a whole different universe from me. That's not to say I didn't like the book, because I did, or that I didn't think he loved his son and tried his best to be a good father, because he did. Some brains are wired differently, and that difference makes it hard for those individuals to fit into the world where most of us reside. So when you get an intelligent, articulate, and observant man, who has a differently wired brain, telling the story of raising a differently wired son, someone (such as myself) with mundane wiring in my brain, can only marvel at the alternate viewpoint.
The main thing that jumped out at me, aside from how much Robison loved his boy, is the vast imagination of the man. The stories he told his son were marvelous: getting Cubby from a store that sold kids, rather than that vastly unbelievable "mommy and daddy made you" or "the stork brought you"; how Santa got started, what that stone figure of a child holding a lantern at the end of someone's driveway really was. The activities he and his son did together were wonderful, too, and the solution to getting past security guards who wouldn't let him take his son to explore stockyards, energy plants, etc that they wanted to see, was brilliant. It was such a different world view than my own, and so fascinating.
My favorite (as in most heartwarming for me) of the different wiring examples builds on that enormous love element, as well. When young Jack (aka Cubby) was born, Dad became obsessed with the idea that somehow, by accident or intent, the wrong baby would go home with them. So, in the delivery room, moments after fresh baked baby had emerged, he carefully drew a temporary tattoo on the baby's foot with a sharpie, so no one could run of with his son, and foist a changeling on him.
Robison was diagnosed at age 40 with Asperger's; his son was diagnosed shortly after that. The boy's mother also turns out to be on the autistic spectrum, as do several other people who appear in the novel. Finding a way to work in the mainstream world is a struggle and a challenge for such folks. I know people in my own life who also fall in this spectrum, some who have managed more successfully than others, but I do know the hard work it takes. This book not only recounts the story of getting Cubby from babyhood to young adult (with a few minor blow-ups, pun intended, along the way), but it serves to help raise the awareness of those of us with the standard brain wiring of the gifts and challenges "different" folks bring to our world.
Thank you to Blogging for Books and to the publishers for sending me a copy of this book.(less)
An old book on tape that I listened to while up in the cabin, working on some art projects and household maintenance that needed to be done. It's got...moreAn old book on tape that I listened to while up in the cabin, working on some art projects and household maintenance that needed to be done. It's got Goldy. It's got Tom. It's got Marla, and it's got Arch. It's got bad guys, and a whole lot of things happening that normal ski towns and police departments don't have. And the audio version doesn't have recipes. Sigh. (rounded up to 3)(less)
Listened to this on audio on a recent road trip. Good story and luckily, a gifted voice actor doing the presentation. I liked the story and the detail...moreListened to this on audio on a recent road trip. Good story and luckily, a gifted voice actor doing the presentation. I liked the story and the details, and, sort of unfortunately for me, cottoned on to what would have been the "big reveal" very early on in the narrative. I guess I just know my amphibians and reptiles too well to miss an early clue. I did like the intermingling of wartime and present day, though reading about the passing of a beloved mother made me sad, and sorry that my own mother hadn't a passel of children surrounding her when she popped off. But she knew we all loved her, as did Dorothy in the story. That works, too.
Two friends recently read this book (with slightly different degrees of like-age) and since I'm always on the lookout for books for the grandgirls, th...moreTwo friends recently read this book (with slightly different degrees of like-age) and since I'm always on the lookout for books for the grandgirls, thought I'd check it out. Plus, one of the worlds it was set in is an alternate version of Venice, a favorite place of mine.
Nice premise involving slipping between two similar worlds, with enough detail and difference between the two to add some spice. Early on, though, I had to take a little break as the similarities-with-different-names bit got me irritated (ie gondola and mandola). But then I grew used to it. The story lines involve a boy with cancer in our world, but who is able to travel to Bellezza, a Venice-like city, where he finds there is mystery and intrigue afoot, and of course, lands in the middle of it.
It was a quick read, once I stopped trying to translate all the changed names in my head. The di Medici clan is pretty much crafty in any world. Wonder if the Borgia will appear in other books? (less)