Books Lately

Books lately... 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...

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…

Books lately... 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...

I Feel Bad about My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman by Nora Ephron

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.

Books lately... 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...

Army Wife: A Story of Love and Family in the Heart of the Army by Vicki Cody*

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.

Books lately... 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...

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.

Books lately... 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...

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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17 comments

  1. I do love Nora Ephron. I read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children so long ago, that I wonder if I need a refresher before seeing the movie. I heard it was good!

  2. Very nice Links a la Mode, well done! I would love to read the Military wife book, the book about gluten but I confess that I like Nora Ephron very much and would like to read her book, the title is already nice – about the neck 🙂 So good recommendations, I like your book reviews! Hope you have a very nice week!
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  3. I cheated. I started to read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children but never finished it. My eldest read it, my youngest daughter is reading it, but we all went to see the movie for my birthday. 🙂
    The movie is a bit different than the book, but still I found it good. Especially with Halloween coming up, it’s a great first scary movie for kids. Well, not a certain young little person who totally hated the movie because it was too scary. #ParentingFail on my birthday weekend! DOH!
    XOXO
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  4. i agree about miss peregrine’s. i mean, i liked it, but not enough to read the rest.. plus there was something about it i didn’t like, but i can’t put my finger on it. i do want to see the movie though!

  5. Isn’t that true? I think that I could live a million lifetimes and not get to 1/100th of the books I’d want to read. There’s a lot of fun to always having a “read next” sort of list though. I literally get excited a lot of time just thinking about what title I’ll be absorbing myself in right down the line.

    xoxo ♥ Jessica

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