New on the Stack in May 2016

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I realize this is an utterly RIDICULOUS library haul. Completely absurd that I would borrow this many books at once. Let me explain though: I went on vacation in May! And that means extra reading time, so I needed extra books. Plus I never know what sort of books I’ll be in the mood to read, so I need lots of options.

And that’s how I end up with this many books borrowed in one month. 🙂

Let’s not talk about how next month’s is already shaping up to be just as ridiculous, thanks to some ill-timed library holds. I shared the picture of my library haul on Instagram, but since I got those in June they won’t be listed until next time. 🙂

Nonfiction

What IfWhat If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe

How did I get it: Bought it during an Audible sale
Why did I get it: A friend loved it.

The Drunken BotanistThe Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World’s Great Drinks by Amy Stewart

How did I get it: Bought it during an Audible sale
Why did I get it: It sounded interesting.

Only in NaplesOnly in Naples: Lessons in Food and Famiglia from My Italian Mother-in-Law by Katherine Wilson

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: I love food memoirs

Napoleon's ButtonsNapoleon’s Buttons: How 17 Molecules Changed History by Penny Le Couteur and Jay Burreson

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: I thought about getting it during the Audible sale, but decided to try it from the library first.

Forks Over Knives PlanThe Forks Over Knives Plan: How to Transition to the Life-Saving, Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet by Alona Pulde and Matthew Lederman

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: I don’t remember why it was on my list.

PresencePresence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges by Amy Cuddy

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: Have heard many great things about it.

The Art of Eating InThe Art of Eating In: How I Learned to Stop Spending and Love the Stove by Cathy Erway

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: Sounds like my kind of nonfiction – part food memoir, part do-something-for-so-long.

You Are Not So SmartYou Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You’re Deluding Yourselfby David McRaney

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: It’s been on my TBR list for ages

FreakonomicsFreakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: It’s been on my TBR list for even longer than You Are Not So Smart

Walking the AmazonWalking the Amazon: 860 Days. One Step at a Time. by Ed Stafford

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: I read his follow-up memoir, Naked and Marooned, which referenced this one quite regularly. Plus I am fascinated by this idea of walking the Amazon – in no universe does it sound appealing to me, but I’d like to read about it.

The Real Doctor Will See You ShortlyThe Real Doctor Will See You Shortly: A Physician’s First Year by Matt McCarthy

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: I love doctor-training memoirs.

The Dog Who Wouldn't BeThe Dog Who Wouldn’t Be by Farley Mowat

How did I get it: Borrowed it from the library
Why did I get it: I enjoyed his other book, Owls in the Family, so much I wanted to try another title of his.

Better Than BeforeBetter Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits–to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life by Gretchen Rubin

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: It’s my book club’s pick for July and I want to reread it before then.

Fiction

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's StoneHarry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

How did I get it: Used an Audible credit.
Why did I get it: My book club is reading all of the Harry Potter books for our book club retreat. Instead of rereading them I’m planning (hoping?) to relisten to them. Plus, the Harry Potter Readathon is happening this summer!

Harry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling

How did I get it: Used an Audible credit.
Why did I get it: Reading the series!

Among the MadAmong the Mad by Jacqueline Winspear

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: Next in the Maisie Dobbs series.

Walk on Earth a StrangerWalk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: Jessica raved about it, so I’ll give the author another try.

Big Little LiesBig Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: It’s my book club’s June selection.

Saving CeeCee HoneycuttSaving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: Upcoming book for my in-person book club.

Grace at Bender SpringsGrace at Bender Springs by Vinita Hampton Wright

How did I get it: A friend loaned it to me.
Why did I get it: I loved her book Velma Still Cooks in Leeway.

An Uncertain ChoiceAn Uncertain Choice by Jody Hedlund

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: Her books are comfort reads, and this one has such a pretty cover.

The Tattooed Potato and Other CluesThe Tattooed Potato and Other Clues by Ellen Raskin

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: The cover. I fell for it. Plus it’s by the author of The Westing Game.

PathfinderPathfinder by Orson Scott Card

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: Trying to read another book of his, after not being crazy about Enders Game.

AirbornAirborn by Kenneth Oppel

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: It sounded intriguing.

As Chimney Sweepers Come to DustAs Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library
Why did I get it: It was the next in the Flavia series.


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May 2016 New on the Stack

Seven Quick Takes on a New Linkup, Essential Oils, and Dinner Hope

Seven Quick Takes for January 2015

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There will be a link-up on February 3rd to share about any new books you’ve added to your bookshelf in January. And by “new” I mean new-to-you, and by “added” I mean in any way, shape, or form. Library books definitely count, as do e-books or audio books. Instagram pics can be linked up as well, so no worries if you don’t have a blog post about it to share – just snap a picture!

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New on the StacksI’m working on a graphic for the linkup, but it’s … not an area of giftedness for me. 😉 I’ve gotten something pulled together, as you can see. While this may very well be the best graphic I’ve ever done, this may not be the final version, if I can come up with something better (or find someone to make a nicer/more creative/all around more awesome one). The name is still up in the air a bit too. “New on the stacks” is where I’m leaning currently, but that may change. Any ideas or preferences, please share! Sleep deprivation brain is here and it’s definitely hindering my thinking processes.

— 3 —

Essential Oils January 2015I actually got my January oils order before I even managed to share about December’s, so here’s what I ordered both months:

Thieves soap (Love this stuff!)
Cedarwood (love this too – definitely one of my top five favorite oils. I love the smell, and it’s part of my nighttime routine to diffuse it.)
Valor (I am so happy this is back in stock, and I ordered the two bottles permitted.)
RuTaVala (Filling in from my list of oils I want to try)
Rosemary (Postpartum hair issues here, and am going to try this to see if it helps with the horrific texture my hair is currently experiencing)
Frereana Frankincense (regular Frankincense is still out of stock, and I’m almost out. Trying this as a substitute.)

— 5 —

Getting dinner on the table regularly has been a major challenge since having the baby. I keep thinking I can just do this or that and it’ll be easier.

Last weekend I finally decided to sign up for a menu planning service. It’s $5 a month, so it won’t take much before it saves me that in time and effort. I’m kicking myself a bit for taking so long to do this. I’d even been a beta tester for this plan when it first rolled out, but kept forgetting to actually sign up for it once that ended.

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Last week a friend from grad school had a really quick visit with us, as she was in town on the way to a meeting in Kentucky. (Indianapolis counts as close enough to Louisville when you normally live in Colorado.) Despite that distance, she’s managed to make it to visit me and meet my new babies within a few months of each of them being born. That’s pretty awesome. 🙂

I still think the cutest thing is one visit when G was talking, but still pretty young, and he kept calling her “snoozan” Not Susan, “Snoozan.” And then carrying on that tradition, H was calling her that this visit. What it is about my kids and the inability to pronounce “Susan” I don’t know, but it makes me laugh.

— 7 —

It’s the 23rd of January and I have finished very few books for the month. I’m starting them, but not completing them. If I’m to have anything to review next month, I need to get cracking and get some to the “have read” shelf instead of just the “currently reading” shelf.

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Recent Reads, Twitterature-Style

recent reads, twitterature-style

Some of the books I’ve finished recently. Many are ones I haven’t liked all that much, because if I love a book, I usually want to write a full review!

Mostly Glad I Read ’em
  • One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen WayOne Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way
    Like the principles discussed, but for such a short book it was still quite repetitive.
  • Glamping with MaryJane: Glamour + CampingGlamping with MaryJane: Glamour + Camping
    So much fun, and loved the pictures. If you’re at all interested in vintage travel trailers, or non-roughing-it-camping, grab this book.
  • A Change of FortuneA Change of Fortune
    I shouldn’t have liked this as much as I did. It’s a romance, the historical details miss the mark quite a bit, the suspense isn’t very suspenseful, the plotting is absurd, and some of the dialogue is super contrived (especially when talking about God). Inexplicably, I still enjoyed it as a light and fluffy bit of entertainment. It’s one that the mood has to be just right for this to be amusing instead of annoying.
It’s Not You, It’s Me
  • Stepping HeavenwardStepping Heavenward
    A beloved book for many, I didn’t care for it, and wondered if I’d have appreciated it if I’d first read it as a teen.
  • Mouse Guard: The Black AxeMouse Guard: The Black Axe
    This series has gotten rave reviews for it’s historical-inspired setting and fantastic artwork. If you like graphic novels, I think you’ll love it. I’m ready to concede that I just don’t like graphic novels.
  • Two Views of Hell: A Biblical & Theological DialogueTwo Views of Hell: A Biblical & Theological Dialogue
    Liked the format, but thought the one author was needlessly personal and fairly obnoxious in some of his retorts. Also, apparently I’m really not that interested in theological debates because some of the finer points of the discussion had me wondering why I should care.
Can I Have That Reading Time Back
  • In the Shadow of the GlacierIn the Shadow of the Glacier (Constable Molly Smith)
    Likeable main character, but a poor mystery and dull story-telling. May give another book in the series a chance to see if the plotting has improved.
  • OCD, The Dude, and MeOCD, The Dude, and Me
    Started off with a lot of promise (epistolary fiction! love it!) but by the end I was almost rolling my eyes at the cliches and so-obvious-it’s-painful plot twist(s). Wish I hadn’t bothered.
  • The Partly Cloudy PatriotThe Partly Cloudy Patriot
    Wanted a lot more history in the essays, or a true memoir. Didn’t like the mish-mash of history/memoir/politics, and found her voice to be pretentious and annoying. I get it, you’re super smart and nerdy in a good way and love books and history.

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