October 21st, 2020

books - reading dreaming: coloryourdream

What I'm Reading Wednesday

WHAT I FINISHED

Four books got knocked off the TBR:

1. Nurture Shock by Po Bronson and Ashley Merriman: Nonfiction about some of the myths we hold about child rearing. I wish I'd read this when it first came out, because other than being mildly entertaining, it's not very relevant to me anymore. It's insanely well referenced, though. There are over 80 pages of references and notes in the back of the book.
2. The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes: A short novel that won the Man Booker Prize in 2012. It's the story of a middle-aged man contending with his past and dealing with his future, but honestly, not a whole lot happens. It's mostly focused on the philosophical questions both raise - how reliable is memory, of what use is regret - which bores me to tears. Plus, the protagonist is kind of an asshole, which didn't make reading about his navel-gazing very pleasant.
3. His 7-Day Fiancee by Gail Barrett: Harlequin romantic suspense about a self-made Vegas millionaire offering protection to a single mom who is convinced her abusive ex-husband is out to get her. I know what to expect when I read Harlequins, but there just wasn't much good about this at all. Too rushed and predictable.
4. Shocking Pink by Erica Spindler: Thriller about three teenagers who witnessed an affair that led to murder and how that has affected their adult lives. I have no idea why I finished with this one if only to see for myself if it would ever improve. There was no thrill - I had it all figured out by the halfway point so no surprises - and the primary girl who was the main protagonist was the stupidest psychiatrist I have ever read. On top of that, the entire first half - when they're teenagers - reeks of sex shaming because the couple they spy on are into BDSM and it's all made to look sick and perverted.

DID NOT FINISH
Two this time:

1. Hunters: The Beginning by Shiloh Walker. I got frustrated with this one early because it headhops and the author has a propensity for continuing dialogue into new paragraphs without leaving the quotes open to indicate it was the same person talking. I gave up in the second chapter.
2. I gave up on House of Whispers because the editorial mistakes started being too numerous and kept yanking me out of the story.

WHAT I'M READING

Still working on the three other books I was reading last time I checked in: Evicted, the nonfiction book about evictions in Milwaukee, The Killer Clause by Gregg Hurwitz, and The Edge of Lost The first two are slow-going. The third is my break reading at work, but I've been obsessed with a game on my phone for the past two weeks so I keep playing that instead of reading, lol.
cooking - cookie andrew: blond_bear

Oops, where did the week go?

I've been bad about updating the past few days because I haven't been feeling great. Headaches and congestion, a little bit of a cough...enough to keep me away from the computer and curled up on the couch whenever my energy flagged.

So...catching up. I tried the coffee sponge on Sunday, and while the kids and Craig ate it up with compliments, I was dissatisfied. It was slightly overbaked and too dry for me, and I'm just not a fan of coffee flavoring outside of drinking it. I'm going to try another this Sunday, altering the recipe slightly, to see if I like it any more.

This morning, I made these orange and dark chocolate buttermilk scones for breakfast, and they turned out absolutely yummy. I definitely recommend the recipe.

But other than that...work, the occasional errand, and lots of chilling out to make sure I didn't get sick. I don't think I will. It's probably just an allergy thing, especially since it's still 90F here today. I need to get some cleaning done this weekend, especially since the kids have started pushing for me to begin holiday preparations for just us, trying to figure out what we want to do, what we want to eat, how we're going to make this special when the world is falling apart around us.

And now I have a lot of meme questions to do...

The 18th: Write the words that you need to hear today.
Nobody expects you to be perfect but you. You're adding unnecessary stress to an already stressful world by placing these artificial constraints upon yourself. What matters is simply doing, regardless of whether it turns out perfect or not. All you're achieving in your quest for perfection is inertia.

The 19th: If you had to be obsessed with money, sex, sports, religion or food, which one would you choose?
I'm already obsessed with food, so that's crossed off the list. I refuse to be obsessed by religion or money, so that leaves sex and sports. Sex is a dangerous path. So I'll go with sports. It might put me in better health if I was in love with being sports and being active.

The 20th: What do you love most about yourself?
This isn't supposed to be a hard question, but it is. I'll say my intelligence. I'm reasonably educated and quick to learn. It's made a lot of things easier in my lifetime (as well as other things harder, but it's a trade-off).

The 21st: Ignoring all financial considerations, would you rather spend the next 5 years confined to an urban mecca (e.g. New York City, London, etc) or a beautiful, isolated coastal town somewhere?
Pre-covid, this would've been urban. I love having the amenities so close at hand, and with the kids grown up, it would be easier to not have to worry about schools and so on. But now? A beautiful coastal town, far away from idiots and too much civilization, where I don't have to fight for space.

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