Thursday, August 7, 2014

Summer Reading... A Really Slow Start

These days, I find that I do much of my reading on-line, reading blogs.  It's completely different that the page-turning reading of yesterday (my never-will-I-read-an-ebook daughter just squirmed a little), but it's satisfying in a completely different "give me the answers I need right now" kind of way.

Before our early summer vacation, my daughter read The Fault In Our Stars by John Green.  She went on and on about it, and recommended it to me as a vacation read -- so I took it along to the beach.

It's hard to read about cancer...  [no disrespect to those of you who are dealing with it] and it was doubly-hard for me to read about teenagers with cancer.  I like my reading to be an escape of sorts, so this book wasn't for me.  Several chapters in, I closed it, never to return.  Left my daughter speechless, I think.  Left me without a book at the beach.


My sister-in-law and her family lived in Germany for a short span.  When she arrived home, she discovered that her body would not tolerate anything "wheat" without reactionary hives.  Having some... reactionary issues in recent years, I was interested to hear what she had to say on the subject.  Her thought was that in the U.S., our wheat is processed differently, rendering it inedible to some -- unless with consequences.  That made me sit up and listen.

While we were at the beach this year, I stumbled upon an interesting title in our favorite book store on the island.  Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.  I know, right?  What a title.  You might say it made me look!  In addition, there is a companion cookbook -- which gave me hope in case this was the road I must travel.

Since then, I have come to the un-scientific conclusion that my issues may be more about SOY.  I'm sure there's a book out there somewhere about that subject matter as well.  So far, I'm just avoiding soy -- which shows up mostly in the form of soy sauce in my favorite dishes.  Of course.  Needless to say, Wheat Belly has been put on the back burner.  It was interesting... but kind of heavy reading.  Glad I borrowed it from the library... and waited on the cookbook.


I wish I could tell you who recommended the next book.  It was a blogger, for sure -- and perhaps one that I visited via the Beauty That Moves "This Week In My Kitchen" blog hop.  The book?  A Homemade Life (stories and recipes from my kitchen table) by Molly Wizenberg, the creator of Orangette (a blog).  At last, an enjoyable summer read.

From the back book-flap:
"...Molly Wizenberg recounts a life with the kitchen at its center.  From her mother's pound cake, a staple of summer picnics during her childhood in Oklahoma, to the eggs she cooked for her father during the weeks before his death, food and memories are intimately entwined..."


My favorite read by far, though, has been our new scrapbooks.  I don't think I realized how much I missed having current scrapbooks that recount all of our family adventures.  Since the first week of July, I have completed just over two years in my Project Life albums.  {I now have two albums.}  I'm not sure, but it's possible that people see me coming, and run the other way for fear I will try to convert them.  LOL.  I'm just sayin'... I am a HAPPY CAMPER!!  By the time winter hits, I will be able to curl up under a blanket with scrapbooks that bring me almost up to the minute!  Yep.  Happy Camper indeed!

What have been your best summer reads this summer?

1 comment:

  1. Reading about cancer isn't a very fun activity. And I can tell you that living through it is a nightmare. I keep the details off my blog (since my DH reads it), but the tales I could tell would make your hair stand on end.

    I read pretty much nonstop with my Kindle. There were some really depressing ones, like The Goldfinch, that I trudged through. I'm now reading one of the Andy Carpenter mysteries. All of those books are a fun read because they involve dogs and lots and lots of sarcasm.


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