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.