A slightly late homage to Thanksgiving, though without any serious intent...
Sunday, November 29, 2015
Saturday, November 28, 2015
After not being able to get into my previous book (The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood*) despite several attempts, I decided to head back to something I knew would catch my attention. I'm nearly caught up with these now - I have three more, and I think there are only one or two beyond that. An excellent serial killer type story, with good development (as usual) of both the plot and the characters.
*I seem to have trouble with Margaret Atwood - some of her books I love, others I just can't get into. This, unfortunately, was one of the latter.
Friday, November 27, 2015
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Another in the Temperence Brennan, forensic anthropologist series. This one centres (sort of) around NASCAR racing, about which I know nothing, but it didn't matter. Very readable, if not particularly distinguished.
Monday, November 23, 2015
This is a re-read, though it's been a while since I read it, and I didn't really remember most of it (which is fine!). In making space on my bookcases recently, I decided to get rid of this series, but only after re-reading it, which I've been really enjoying. I can't imagine I'd read them a third time, though, so it will be nice to have the space - and perhaps someone else will find one in a charity shop and really enjoy the series, and the author will have a new fan.
This one is a nice, solid story, skillfully plotted, with well-drawn characters, even the minor ones. I always enjoy this series.
Sunday, November 22, 2015
Because my actual birthday was a Thursday (a day on which we rarely eat together as a family due to a number of committments for everyone except Geoff), it wasn't practical for Geoff to cook a birthday meal then - so he did it today, when Alex and I were out for a good chunk of the day doing some Christmas shopping at a large mall with a Lego Store (Westfield Stratford City). For various reasons, Geoff is doing more cooking lately, so there are many nights on which I don't cook, but it's still lovely to have another one - especially when you've been out shopping for several hours (not to mention the travel across London)...
Saturday, November 21, 2015
All kinds of goodies this year (all vegetarian, as two vegetarian friends were attending) - Yotam Ottolenghi's Quinoa Cakes, which I made recently for the family, a Butter Bean Stew, Halloumi Stuffed Peppers, a Lentil Shepherd's Pie, Broccoli Casserole and Roasted Squash with Pumpkin Seeds & Fenugreek (also Ottolenghi).
and for pudding - a cherry and blueberry clafoutis and pumpkin pie. With homemade vanilla ice cream, of course.
Friday, November 20, 2015
Thursday, November 19, 2015
A few books in, as it's my birthday... The one below wasn't a birthday present, just a book from my list, ordered to top up a Waterstone's order of something else to make it to the free postage mark (and technically it came in the post yesterday, but who's counting...). The top three are birthday gifts - the Laurie King is the latest in the Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series (about the 12th or 13th, I think); the Susan Vreeland is her newest (I've read all the others) and the Wilkie Collins, in addition to being Wilkie Collins, is set in Venice, apparently...