Hello. How’re you adjusting to Daylight Savings? The crew and I are enjoying the extra hour this Sunday. Our family had spent most of Saturday up in the city. My dentist took impressions of the titanium posts for my right side crowns. Afterwards we were starving by so we hit Mel’s Diner since this Japanese place had a long line. I ordered the Elvis Scramble – chorizo, green chiles, and Monterey Jack with scrambled eggs + hash browns, my favorite style of spuds. My Yeah Yeah used to make hash browns from scratch. I haven’t tried that yet but Mel’s does a good job of getting that crisp on each side. The four of us visited my paternal grandmother for two hours; she is always an interesting conversationalist with her sharp tongue and unfiltered thoughts. When we got back, after hot showers, the girls and I watched more of The Fosters. We love it. It’s realistic fiction as my teen would describe it, the genre she reads all the time.
What’d you do this weekend? How was your reading week?
Linkin’ up with Kathryn…
I managed to finish a few books this week. The first was trying at least one recipe from this cookbook:
I ran into some potholes that were my own errors. If you’re curious about the experience, you can click here to read about it in that post.
This book is based upon Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. I’m only faintly familiar with the book as I’ve listened to the audiobook once on Overdrive. I had to visit Wikipedia to refresh my memory. It took me a while to figure out how it parallels the original work of Austen but once I saw the connections, I saw the light. While Sense and Sensibility focused more on Elinor, Hillary Manton Lodge has Jane (Marianne) in the forefront.
I’m always hesitant to read modern-day romances because my expectations are high, perhaps unreasonably so due to the creative and no-holds-barred plots of fantasies I’ve been reading. However, I actually enjoyed this book. Each chapter starts with a quote, either about tea or about Texas. You’d recognize some of the authors. Most chapters end with a recipe. I liked the development of the sisters’ plight from rock bottom to a happy triumph. I liked how the modern-day components were played out. When I had read Eligible (a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice), while today’s society is all over reality TV, I felt all of that was shoved in my face. Jane of Austin mimics every day life. Four stars.
Do you find sometimes it’s easier to get the hard copy than the eBook one from your local library? I got this paperback much sooner than I would have the Kindle version.
I know the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is a popular series so I wanted to continue it further. I swear, every time I immerse myself in one of his investigations, I have no clue who the murderer could be. All I see is a quaint village of Three Pines that’s inhabited by a bunch of characters of all ages and dispositions who’ve known one another and who have lived there for years. I think, who would want to kill a fellow villager? I enjoy the Inspector’s poise and composure. I like the way he treats his group of agents and how he conducts an investigation. Three stars. I will definitely be continuing this series once I finish my stack.
- (focusing upon) A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas
- (listening to) River Marked (Mercy Thompson #6) by Patricia Briggs
- The Immortals by Jordanna Max Brodsky
What the Dames are Reading
- [8th grader] Egg & Spoon by Gregory McGuire – I’m interested in hearing her opinion about this book as she mostly reads about high school characters and because I had tried reading Wicked by this author and found it too weird.
- [5th grader] Cavern of Secrets (Wing & Claw #2) by Linda Sue Park – Jellybean has been faithfully reading from her classroom library. We make sure to support it by having bought a few books for it and always ordering from the monthly, Scholastic Book Club so her teacher gets points and can order books.
Well, thanks for dropping by today. Have a good Monday. Happy reading to you. TTYL!