Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Lemon Meringue Pie Murder

I have done it!  I have discovered a sure-fire way to spend time reading!!!!!  I have recently purchased a Fitbit Charge HR.  Pretty awesome device.  I am super aware of my steps and sleep patterns now.  With the Fitbit you can add friends and challenge them to see who can can get the most steps in a day.  With my first challenge I became insanely competitive.  I would find myself pacing, A LOT, to get my steps up and hopefully win the challenge.  I would mainly do this when my boyfriend was in the shower.  I figured why sit on the couch waiting for him to be done when I could get some steps in.  After a while of pacing, it would get very boring.  One night I had an ah ha moment and thought to take my phone along with me and read on my nook app.  Before I knew it, I was hitting 10K steps and reading at the same time.

I have a lot of books stored on my nook but for some reason I keep going back to the Hannah Swenson series by Joanne Fluke.  I know they are not a literary masterpiece worthy of a classics stamp, but I love them.  Usually mystery books bore me.  But Joanne really paints Hannah like a normal person.  I can't help it but be sucked into the Eden Lake world.  Of course it totally helps that Fluke includes recipes in her books and my cookie-loving boyfriend loves it any time I try one of her recipes.  With reading this on the nook app on my phone, it's super easy to take screen shots of recipes that sound interesting.  This book went outside the sweets-only genre and added different recipes.  In this book, Hannah has decided to go on a diet after trying on a pair of older pants and realizing they were too tight.  At one point her assistant, Lisa, makes her low-carb, healthy pancakes.  They are made with cottage cheese and the recipe makes them sound really good.  I definitely want to make them.  It's pretty cool when they do things like that and add in recipes they don't exist.

My only critique with these books is I usually figure out who the killer is pretty early in the book.  But I still love the series and cannot wait to keep reading and find more recipes to make as Hannah finds more bodies to investigate!  

Friday, February 13, 2015

The Alchemist

Boy am I running late on this!  Between Superbowl weekend, work, getting ready to move, time has just slipped away from me.  Yeah that's right, I am MOVING!  Pretty soon I will be able to walk to work.  Which means I will be able to go home every day on my lunch break.  Which means I will be able to READ EVERYDAY!  Right now I get tired of sitting in my car to eat lunch and find myself driving through some drive-thru and getting bad for me food.  That's why it took me so long to read The Alchemist.

Now on to the book!  One day, in a casual conversation with my boyfriend's mom, she asked if I had read this book.  After telling her no, I wasn't surprised to find it amongst my Christmas presents from her.  At first I was a little confused by this book and found it hard to follow.  This book is very philosophical and the writing reminded me of text I read in my Social Ethics course in college.  Luckily I eventually got into a rhythm and the book started making so much sense. You start reading and think to yourself, "okay, this is a book about a shepherd trying to change his life?"  Not at all!  I feel like along the way, I started realizing some things about myself.  I have always placed too much emphasis on other people and what they think of me.  I need to stop doing that.  This book tells us that we need to follow our own personal journey.  We get so caught up in those around us that we miss out on the signs that are there to help us follow our path.  The shepherd in the story stopped and paid attention to those signs.  More of us need to do that.  This book had some great quotes.  I would love to re-read it and underline some of those quotes.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Is it Reading Time Yet?

I have realized it is so easy to let life settles in and keep you always on the go.  When that happens it is very difficult to stop and relax with a good book.  I find myself being very busy lately, especially with the holidays and trying to cultivate a relationship with my boyfriend.  We have decided to move in together so I feel like all my free time has been spent researching apartments closer to our work.  It's all so expensive living in Southern California!  I just don't get $1600+ for a one bedroom, one bath apartment.  It's robbery!  I need to try and find time to read because I know it will help relax me.

Since my last post I have been able to finish two books.

First up, Redeemed, A House of Night novel by P.C and Kristin Cast.  Of course it just happens to be a book I did not take a picture of :/  Information about the series and book can be found at http://www.houseofnightseries.com/books/redeemed/. 

What do I say about this book...except I am so glad it is over!  Don't get me wrong, this is a really good series.  But after 12 books and four novellas, I'm ready for an ending.  For the past five or so books, I feel that the story line was always the same; Neferet suddenly appears when everyone thought she was thwarted in the previous books, Neferet wreaks havoc, Zoey cries, Zoey has men issues, they fight Neferet, Neferet goes away until the next book.  I am also disappointed with this book because I felt there were story lines that were not completed.  I really appreciate that Kalona's story line was able to be completed, especially after having read his novella.  I can't say much else about other story lines without giving spoilers, but the way the book ended sets it up for future books if the authors should so feel inclined to go back to the Vampire House of Night.  I could totally see them writing branch off stories about the Nerd Herd as they become full-fledged vampires and live their lives.  At the same time, I hope they don't.  Because the book did actually end on a happy note with the Nerd Herd (hopefully Aphrodite stops calling them that).

Next up, Four.  I guess when Veronica Roth first decided she wanted to write the Divergent series, she was originally going to write it from Tobias' point of view.  I love that the books are written from Tris' POV but it was really cool to be able to read anything from Four's POV.  I got lucky when I went to go visit my best friend in Albuquerque because I had lots of down time to read.

This book begins with Tobias as he was in Abnegation.  It's right before his choosing ceremony and he has gone through his aptitude test.  We see his thought process as he decides to turn Dauntless.  We then see his journey through Dauntless leading up to when he meets Tris.  It was pretty cool reading from his POV.  I feel that I definitely have a better understanding of Tobias that I did not have while reading the Divergent trilogy.  

Now off to lunch so I can read my next book!