I got this for $3 on clearance, and I'm so glad I did! It has a ton of healthy recipes, most of which have simple, common ingredients. Every recipe in...moreI got this for $3 on clearance, and I'm so glad I did! It has a ton of healthy recipes, most of which have simple, common ingredients. Every recipe includes nutrition information, and the writers went to great lengths to point out the best foods to eat to maintain health. I plan on trying some of these soon!
Note: Ingredients are measured according to the metric system, so everything is in grams and milliliters. You'll have to do some conversions, but I found a site that helps with that.(less)
This is the tale of a family that was cursed by Morgoth (Sauron's former master), long before Bilbo or Frodo walked Middle-earth.
Most of this story ca...moreThis is the tale of a family that was cursed by Morgoth (Sauron's former master), long before Bilbo or Frodo walked Middle-earth.
Most of this story can be found in The Silmarillion. But this is the fleshed-out version of their tale, with more detail and characters and emotion.
I want to say that you can read this easily without reading The Silmarillion first, but that's not quite true. I would've been lost, especially at the beginning, if I hadn't already learned about the places and the people of that time. It's a much, much different setting from that of The Lord of the Rings.
That doesn't mean that this isn't a good read. In fact, I think it's one of Tolkien's best tales, just because it has so much action and adventure. And a mighty dragon!
But you have to be ready for a little heartbreak. While LoTR was more of an epic adventure, I think this one is without a doubt a tragedy. Morgoth's curse follows Hurin's son, Turin, throughout his life. It dims any happiness around him and causes misfortune for everyone he meets. This book shows just how dreadful the consequences are when evil reigns supreme.(less)
These are very simple recipes for anyone who wants to make their own Chinese food. While much of them are takeout recipes, others are more authentic C...moreThese are very simple recipes for anyone who wants to make their own Chinese food. While much of them are takeout recipes, others are more authentic Chinese recipes.
I loved how simple the recipes are. I probably wouldn't make many of them, because I don't usually have the ingredients on hand. But I've saved some of them to use later.(less)
A fascinating and fast-paced look into a Chef's daily struggles. I've never learned so much about the cooking industry before. Going to restaurants an...moreA fascinating and fast-paced look into a Chef's daily struggles. I've never learned so much about the cooking industry before. Going to restaurants and watching The Food Network doesn't give you the big picture. All the time limits and stress and orders adding up...
I think it was well worth reading, but it somehow didn't have the same spark as many other books I've read in this genre. It was inspirational, but not captivating. Not... I don't know. I felt like there was something missing.
I wasn't sure what to expect from Fangirl, but I was hooked on it before I even finished the first chapter.
What I loved about this book (besides that...moreI wasn't sure what to expect from Fangirl, but I was hooked on it before I even finished the first chapter.
What I loved about this book (besides that there wasn't ANY insta-love or love triangles!) is that it deals with all the problems you face when you leave home for the first time. There are responsibilities you have to live up to, friends to make, relationships to start...
When I went to college, I don't think I had quite as much trouble as Cather did fitting in. She's a shy, geeky fanfic writer, so she has a hard time adjusting to the social shock that is freshman year. Not only does she have a roommate that's hard to get along with, but her roommate's boyfriend is always in their dorm room. All Cath wants is to do her homework in peace and finish her fanfiction novel....
... but life isn't letting her get away that easily.
I found myself both laughing and sympathizing with her as she wandered through her freshman year. It was fun to see just how quirky she was, but then, it was also truly frightening sometimes to see how much pain she was going through.
Above all else, this is a really cute love story. Cath has been guarding herself and her emotions from other people. But as that one person comes in and begins knocking her walls down, you can practically see her character changing. She becomes freer, happier. This is the best kind of love story.
I'd recommend this book to pretty much anyone. Even if you don't like Harry Potter or fanfiction, or you're not a nerd, this is a great novel that you will fall in love with from the start.(less)
This book was a fun adventure. It had the unique blend of traits that make all of Diana's books magical: a twist on the traditional fantasy world, a c...moreThis book was a fun adventure. It had the unique blend of traits that make all of Diana's books magical: a twist on the traditional fantasy world, a cast of magical characters with their own dynamic personalities, and magical animals that made the story pop even more.
What I loved about The Islands of Chaldea in particular was that there was such a huge mystery involved, and it seemed to get bigger and bigger as the story progressed. Banished characters, kidnappings, plotted murders... I was constantly looking for clues in the story as to who was really behind all of it.
And I was enthralled by how fun it all was - a group of motley characters, on a quest through a series of islands, constantly facing obstacles. It was just the kind of adventure I'd want to get sucked into. By the end, I was sad that it was over.
By far, the ending was my favorite part. I won't spoil it, but I'll just say that it had the classic Diana Wynne Jones twist that perfectly wrapped up the story, but that you never would've expected.
Diana Wynne Jones is one of my favorite authors. I was traumatized when I found out she'd passed away. But I was more than excited to find out, later, that her sister had finished her final book. And I don't think it could have been done any better.
We will miss you, Diana! But we will cherish your stories for years to come.(less)