• What to read from August 2016
    Book Reviews,  Deep Thoughts

    Biblio-Files August 2016

    I picked up speed again in August with the amount I was reading. I also started a second book club, which focuses on historical fiction of the non romantic variety. It’s amazing, why did I not do it sooner? Over all, I really enjoyed all six of the books I read…a lot. If you need a book to read, I highly recommend any of these on the list. 1. Mata Hari’s Last Dance by Michelle Moran. Moran is fast becoming one of the authors whose writing I crave. This book was fascinating! It was the first for the new book club and we all loved it. I’ve realized that historical fiction biographies…

  • Books to read, July 2016
    Book Reviews,  Deep Thoughts

    Biblio-files for July 2016

    I’m finally caught up on book posts!! In a few weeks, we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled book posts, once a month. Ahhhhh, it feels good. July was a really sad month for reading. I read less than I have in years, because you know…moving. I don’t think I even picked up a book when I got into bed most of the month, I was that tired. We also didn’t have normal book club in July so there was not a book required for that, BUT I did join a second one that I’m excited about! I still hardly read though, so we’ll keep it short and sweet* and…

  • Book Reviews,  Deep Thoughts

    Biblio-files for June 2016

    The amount I had been reading vastly slowed down in June when I had a week long vacation with my mom and sisters that I talked the entire time during and was therefore too tired to read more then a few pages when I got into bed. This was followed immediately by one week of the most intense packing of my life as we had a quick closing and were leaving a rental, so I spent every waking moment working or packing. Speaking of which, I’m really looking forward to the day (hopefully soon) when I no longer feel compelled to talk about packing any longer. Also during that month we did…

  • Books to read from May 2016
    Book Reviews,  Deep Thoughts

    Biblio-files for May 2016

    I’m pretty behind in my book posts, so apologies on this being way over due and the first of a couple this month. June and July were so hectic with traveling, packing and moving that I ready so little, so I’ll combine the next two. May I was still on a roll with my recent mission of taking back wasted time that there were too many to lump in with the other two months…so here we go*: 1. Last Night I Dreamed of Peace by Đặng Thùy Trâm. You know how when you read a biography and you are instantly mesmerized by it and feel transported into their life? This was…

  • books read April 2016
    Book Reviews,  Deep Thoughts

    Biblio-files for April 2016

    Oh man, there are so many great books in this list, April was a great month for good books. I also realized this month that I really enjoy science books. Didn’t see that one coming! Here is what I thought of each one from top to bottom of the stack*: 1. Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple. I’m not sure what I thought this book was going to be about, but whatever it was, this was the opposite. I really enjoyed it. Great to toss in your beach bag, you’ll be off in your world in no time. 2. This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper. Wonderful story about…

  • Books I read in March 2016
    Book Reviews,  Deep Thoughts

    Biblio-files for March 2016

    Almost back to a schedule of biblio-files posts that make sense chronologically, yes! We are still going all the way to march with this one. By this point I have read 16 books since the first from the march pile, so reviews may not be the most in depth, but this is often telling in it’s own way about the book anyway. Over all, this was a great month and I’d recommend most of the stack to anyone looking for a book to read…but lets get to the details. Top to bottom: 1. Food Rules by Michael Pollan – Prepare yourselves for all of his books in the next few…

  • Book Reviews,  Deep Thoughts

    Collecting Cookbooks

    Last year I got into coobooks. The whole paleo thing inspired me to pick up the books of a few of my favorite bloggers and I was so happy with them that I have tried to keep an eye out for any that looked good. For lack of a better description, I’d say that for the most part, I cook “foodie light”. I love food and eat out at great restaurants pretty often, so to counter all the eating out, when I’m home I tend to make meals on the lighter side. I however am into food production sources and ingredients that perhaps the normal “light” eater would not use. Nor…

  • Books to read February 2016
    Book Reviews,  Deep Thoughts

    Biblio-files for February 2016

    My mission to reclaim wasted time and channel it all into reading has obviously been going well…now if only blogging would continue on that path. I read mostly fiction in Feb, which I mention as I am writing this in April and spoiler alert, I will soon begin to gravitate to more and more non fiction. Most of the books I have been ordering on Amazon have also reflected this, so I’m assuming the trend will continue for awhile. However, let’s get caught up on what I read a couple of months ago before we worry about that! 1. Walking In Circles Before Lying Down by Merrill Markoe. Not at all what…

  • Books to read January 2016
    Book Reviews,  Deep Thoughts

    Biblio-files for January 2016

    After my heart to heart with myself in December, I stuck with my plan to shut off the TV in the late evenings and spend more time doing my most favorite thing in the world, read. Due to my odd hours, this is not every evening, as I am in the studio until I go to bed often, but a few nights a week, I found a couple of extra hours to read on the couch before bed. Where of course I go and read for 30 min to 3 hours…but usually I switch books. Anyway, I have been doing this all of Jan and Feb and found that I went from…

  • books december 2016
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    Biblio-files for December 2015

    In early December, in the midst of the holiday chaos, I sat myself down and had a little heart to heart. I thought about what it is that brings me the most joy in life. I settled on reading…I also love cooking and running in case you were interested. But reading came out as the one thing I love the most and the one thing I tend to dole out in measured doses (as in when I get into bed at night) and as much as I want to read books all day long, I never really let myself. I do read a great deal of blogs every day though, so…