So many books. So little time. From memoirs to a cookbook and a YA bestseller, here’s a peek at the books I’ve been reading lately…
Nora Ephron could write about toilet paper, and I’d find it interesting. I picked this slim book up at a library book sale, and it was probably the best dollar I’ve spent in a long time. Funny and relatable, Ephron’s essays on growing older should be required reading for women.
Summary: From the last days of the Vietnam War to the present-day war on terrorism, this story is a moving and poignant tribute to love, marriage, family, and the men and women who serve this nation. In describing her thirty-three-year journey as an Army wife, Cody gives an in-depth look at what it takes to keep a marriage strong, raise a family—oftentimes as a single parent—create a home, and face separations and loneliness amid the uncertainty and stresses that are so much a part of Army life. Full of humor and honesty, Army Wife brings the reader into Cody’s private life in a very personal way, and in doing so opens the lens for a broader view of world events.
Vicky Cody’s walk down memory lane covers her life as a military wife and as the mother of two sons who follow in their father’s Army footsteps. The memoir reads like a Facebook post, and I kept waiting for the #Blessed at the end of each chapter. That’s not to say that Cody doesn’t share about her struggles as an Army wife, but her worries and fears are talked about not shown, so her life is always kept at a distance. She writes mostly about the interesting, sometimes dangerous, things her husband and sons did, and I was left wondering why she wrote a book and not them. While this book wasn’t for me, I think some Army wives as well as those interested in military family life will find this book interesting.
*This book was sent to me to review and is part of the BookSparks The Magic of Memoir Blog Tour.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
After finding his grandfather dead after a brutal attack, Jacob’s life goes into a tailspin. He convinces his father to take him to the British island his grandfather grew up on, so that Jacob can see for himself if his grandfather’s fantastical stories are true. After seeing the trailer for the movie, I knew I had to read the book. While I found the book a bit slow, I still plan on seeing the movie.
Gluten-Free for Good: Simple, Wholesome Recipes Made from Scratch by Samantha Seneviratne*
Since starting a gluten free diet last year, I’ve been on the hunt for gluten-free recipes – ones that taste good and don’t require a lot of strange ingredients. This cookbook is full of options from muffins and bread to pizza and cake. Plus, there are plenty of non-bready options like chocolate toffee popcorn, kale and red lentil soup, and one-pot chicken thighs with wild rice and leeks. The first recipe I tried was the apple molasses muffins, and while they were a little to molasses-y for my taste, the muffins were quite good served warm and with a slab of cream cheese on top. I, also, made the sweet potato and spinach hash, which required a lot of chopping but the results were worth it.
* This book was provided by Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review.
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Links à la Mode, September 29th
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