This is now my all-time favorite cookbook. I didn't expect a whole lot when I selected it from BloggingForBooks, to review. Boy was I surprised!
It has aThis is now my all-time favorite cookbook. I didn't expect a whole lot when I selected it from BloggingForBooks, to review. Boy was I surprised!
It has a section of the "why" on gluten-free options, and a variety of recipes (both sweet and savory) for gluten-free everything, from pizza to sandwiches to cakes.
I love the combo of scientific info and practical advice. It contains a description of the strengths and definitions of each type of GF flour! And did you know you can make a GF sourdough?!?! NOW I get why GF mixes are multiple flours...I love understanding why things are crucial to a recipe, or not.
I am seriously in love with this book. I highly recommend it for anyone wanting to go gluten-free, or just expand your gluten-free options. Or even just expand your healthy options, as a lot of the recipes were healthy takes on standby favorites.
And did I mention the explanations of science behind the flour choices? I feel like I finally have the freedom (and knowledge) to buy non-wheat flours with confidence.
I'm set on baking about 80% of the recipes in this book now. ...more
So in an effort to break out of trilogies, I listened to the audiobook of The Maze Runner. Whoops! Turns out, it's a trilogy. Can we be done with trilSo in an effort to break out of trilogies, I listened to the audiobook of The Maze Runner. Whoops! Turns out, it's a trilogy. Can we be done with trilogy obsession, please? I get the feeling this one could probably be two books and do just fine. *ahem* Anyway, that rant aside:
The Maze Runner was a decent YA adventure story. It's not very deep (though there's plenty of mystery) and the hero just 'gets' things without much effort (though he's apparently the only kid amid 25 that has the kind of compassionate honor that would lead one to try and save others). The plot is very much driven by the action, which is very much a summer blockbuster kind of thing. So I imagine the movie fits well with the story.
The audiobook narrator did a good job handling different voices, accents, and cadences, which I appreciated. I suppose my biggest impression of it was 'meh', because I didn't feel invested in any of the characters. Except maybe Newt, who is clearly awesome and haunted and we know virtually nothing about.
In the great tradition of YA dystopian, the ending is a cliffhanger and presumably the second book begins the day after the first one ends. I'll read it mostly because I want to see if there's a maze scenario that's all-female and how that differed. But I don't feel terribly compelled.
In all, I'd recommend it for anyone wanting a YA action novel, the kind of easy summer read that you can blitz through in a week and then move on from easily. Or anyone who liked the premise of Lord of the Flies (just don't expect the same thing here)....more
I was told (twice, by two separate people) that the ending of Allegiant would make me want to throw the book across the room. So I went into it fullyI was told (twice, by two separate people) that the ending of Allegiant would make me want to throw the book across the room. So I went into it fully ready to be pissed off.
And you know what? I loved it. But it took some time. The initial switching of perspective between Tris and Tobias was off-putting. Tobias seemed to be making a lot of snap judgements and stupid decisions that seemed out of character for him...until I realized that we've only known his character through Tris' eyes, so of course it feels out of character. And of course when Tris is thinking he's acting like an idiot, so are we the reader.
But the thing is, Roth hit (albeit quickly, almost shocking quickly) the kernels of a relationship. I love that neither Tris nor Tobias are less individual without each other. I love that they don't pine, and even when they grab quick moments everything is very matter-of-fact (they way they themselves are). I love that they can see, and point out, fault. That they can assign blame without being at the emotional level of a three-year-old. That they can apologize, and recognize when they're projecting, and let go of the smaller annoyances AND stand their ground on the big stuff.
To me, their relationship, harried and rushed though it was, felt incredibly mature and healthy.
Don't get me wrong, there were plenty of "are you freaking kidding me WHY?!?!" moments (mostly aimed at Tobias, this time around). And the driving political tension plot stuff is pretty superficial. And the conflict resolution at the end seemed a little trite. But the big "throw the book at the wall" moment actually felt right to me- it felt real, it felt worthy. I was fearing some sort of "Who shot JR?" Dallas shenanigans, and I was pleasantly surprised.
I recommend it, of course, for fans of Divergent and Insurgent. But also fans of no-happily-ever-afters, earnest romantic relationships, female protagonists, characters seeking connection but remaining well fleshed-out, and tears (because they're a good chance you'll get sniffly during it). It was, all told, a really nice ending to a trilogy that I enjoyed....more