On a side note from today’s subject, I added a couple better photos of the finished Spicy Honey Sesame Ginger Tempeh recipe to yesterday’s blog post if you are curious.
Now, onto the topic at hand – books! Thanks in part to the three-day weekend I got a fair bit of reading done this week. I read a chick lit book and a cozy and finally finished up the non-fiction diet book I’ve been reading snippets of here and there all month. None of the reading was exceptional, but none of it a waste of time either. The fiction books were great escapist reading.
I’m still zeroing in on how I want to present the titles and such. Where possible I’m including links to the titles at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and iTunes. None of these are affiliate links as many place block those in Colorado due to the state’s requirement of paying use tax on items purchased online so I get no credit for click throughs. I’m just putting them in for your convenience.
Casting About (Cedar Keys Series, Book 2) by Terri DuLong – 3.5 stars – Amazon | B&N | iTunes. Newlywed and new yarn shop owner, Monica Brooks, soon finds her role as step-mother kicked up from a month every summer role to full time. It turns her Cedar Key, FL world upside down at the same time developers have their eye on the quaint island town. Despite Monica’s doubts about her mothering instincts and many other snags during her first year as a mother, Adam and her other family and friends help her to grow and succeed.
It had been a long while since I had read the first book in the series. It took me a bit to get back up to speed with the characters and their relationship to each other. Once I did, I found the story pretty enjoyable. The author was perhaps a tad heavy handed with Monica’s doubts about being a mother, but that growth in her was ultimately the plot for the story. I do really enjoy the characters of Cedar Key and will continue to read the series. See this review on Goodreads.
A Dilly of a Death (China Bayles Series, Book 12) by Susan Wittig Albert – 3.5 stars – Amazon | B&N | iTunes. By book 12 of a series I have certain expectations - about the characters, the plot, the writing, the editing. A Dilly of a Death did not disappoint. Once again I was transported to Pecan Springs, Texas to visit China Bayles’ herb shop and co-owned tea shop as well as all her friends. I also learned some interesting facts about herbs - especially dill and about pickling foods. While there was nothing terribly unique about the book, I enjoy the characters of Pecan Springs and how Albert brings them to life on the page. The extra trivia about herbs and related topics is always intriguing to me. As long as the books are of this caliber or better I will continue to read the series. See the full review on Goodreads.
The MILF Diet: Let the Power of Whole Foods Transform Your Body, Mind, and Spirit … Deliciously! by Jessica Porter – 3 stars – Amazon | B&N | iTunes. My experience in reading the MILF diet is conflicting. In recent years my eating and fitness have slowly undergone what is now a drastic change. I’ve nearly removed processed foods, focusing instead on whole foods – whole grains, more vegetables, more fruits, a wider variety and everything eaten in moderation. Most recently I started paying more attention to what is in season and how far it has traveled to reach my plate. All these things are at the heart of Porter’s MILF diet. So in that regard, I am very much on board with her eating philosophy. Sadly, much more of the book was dedicated to energy discussions than on truly helping one adapt to her MILF diet. The recipes sound good, though many require ingredients that might be hard to source if you aren’t in a major metropolitan area. More recipes would have been welcomed.
If you are new to the idea of eating more whole foods and want to learn more about why you should from an energy point of view this book is a good place to start. If you are turned off by discussions of yin and yang energy in your body and in your food or if you are already eating a mostly whole foods diet you may find this book a bit tedious. As one already practiced in eating whole foods I don’t think this book will be pulled from the shelf very frequently when meal planning. See the full review on Goodreads.
Disclaimer: I received an advance copy of this book through NetGalley.com. My thoughts on this title are my own and I was not paid or persuaded in my review.
I have two other books actively in progress right now that should be read by next week’s update. I’m not certain what will be up next after that. I am making good progress on the outlined plan though!