Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Chocolat by Joanne Harris

I really liked this one. I watched the movie ages ago(love me some Johnny Depp!) and really liked it, but I was surprised by this book. They drastically changed the plot for the movie, of course. Even so, I enjoyed the book, and plan on rewatching the movie, which I'm sure I will also enjoy.

It took a few pages for me to get a hold on the writing style. Something about it made me need to reread sentences because I had often missed things. This was not a book that I could have rushed through. I would recommend this to someone who likes descriptive writing with plenty of adjectives to chew on. I normally do not enjoy overly detailed description, although I feel like there was a fair balance with plot here. I probably minded the description even less because of the passages detailing the chocolate. Holy Mother of Truffles. This book gave me chocolate cravings worse than any period I've ever had, and that's saying something let me tell you. Yeah, I was seriously jonesing for chocolate, any chocolate. Somehow I made it through without sending myself into a diabetic coma(if anyone is reading this who has already read this book, there are so many unintentional puns in this post...forgive me). But if I had my way, I would have looked like this...
Yeah, that's not me. The things you can pull up on Google....

Anyhow, I thought this book was lovely. I'll be searching for Harris' other books. Three stars.

Happy Reading!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Allegiant by Veronica Roth- cover revealed!

*drumbelly roll please*


I've got to say, I'm just happy that the waiting is over! And I really like the way the cover looks. I think a lot of people were confused by the lack of faction reference, but I think that the wave is symbolic. Now we just have to wait until October 22 to find out what it means.... ugh!

I'll just be over here...waiting...

Georgia Cooking in an Oklahoma Kitchen by Trisha Yearwood

My grandmother and I picked up a few cookbooks yesterday, and I have begun to make my way through them. Th first that I've read is Georgia Cooking in an Oklahoma Kitchen; Recipes From my Family to Yours by Trisha Yearwood. I have watched her new cooking show on Food Network several times, and her recipes seemed like something I would enjoy, being a Georgia girl myself!

This book is a compilation of basic staples that you might find in any Southern kitchen. While I already have my own go to recipes for most of these items, the variations in the book sounded just as scrumptious, and there are so many that I am very excited to try!

What I loved most about this book is the way that Trisha details her feelings on cooking, because they are so close to my own. She says that she loves to cook because she's cooking for people that she loves, and that is something I can relate to. Cooking is a huge passion of mine, handed down to me from a long line of talented cooks, and I think the reason I enjoy it so much is the look on the face of a loved one when I have made them something delicious!

If you're interested in trying your hand at Southern cuisine, this is a wonderful starting point!

Happy Reading,