Katie's Musings

A blog about cooking, knitting, books, and parenting

Summer Reading

Early this summer, I finished reading the Aubrey-Maturin series by Patrick O’Brian. I absolutely love those books!! I started reading the first one a year ago, while I was waiting for my son Emmett to be born, and I’ve consistently read about 1 or 2 books in the series every month since then. I was really sad to finish the series; I felt like I have shared such exciting adventures with Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin! I felt ambivalent about jumping in and reading any other books after these; I felt like I had to have a little time to just finish absorbing the wonderfulness of Patrick O’Brian’s excellent adventures!

So, for most of the summer so far, I haven’t been reading novels– I’ve been mostly just browsing recipe books, knitting or craft books, and parenting books. My local public library has an excellent stock of such books, and they are constantly buying new books, which is exciting! And, just this past week, I decided I was finally in the mood for reading novels again. I wanted something light, easy, and readable– just a good summer reading book. In the past, before my O’Brian craze, I’d favored heavy literary books, but now I feel like I just need something fun and easy to read. I discovered the books by Kathy Reichs, and I’m having fun reading those books now. I love the show Bones (which are based loosely on the ideas/characters in her books), and I’m thoroughly enjoying these books. I’m not reading them in order, just getting whichever ones are available when I’m at the library. Last week I read Cross Bones, and it was great! It was an archaelogical mystery involving ancient bones from Israel. This week I’m reading Death Du Jour, and I’m finding it a lot harder to read in some ways– it involves darker themes, and some really gruesome, disturbing images. But, I really like her writing style, and I’m caught up in the story– I want to find out what happens in the end!

I currently also have a few other books checked out:

  • Peter Reinhart’s Artisan Breads Every Day has some delicious-looking bread recipes. I feel like I don’t have much time to bake these days (I usually just use my bread machine), but I may have to try some of these recipes.
  • Eco-Craft: Recycle-Recraft-Restyle by Susan Wasinger is a very clever book of crafts made with repurposed household items/trash such as plastic grocery bags, wine bottles, baby food jars, plastic take-out containers, and plastic milk cartons. There are several really clever, creative items in this book, and I definitely want to try making some of them!
  • Jamie’s Food Revolution by Jamie Oliver is a fabulous cookbook!! I think I may have to eventually buy this book, after I return it to the library. There are so many incredible recipes that I want to try from this book: Baked Camembert Pasta, lots of amazing curries, Ground Beef Wellington, Lasagne, wonderful soups and stews, and beautiful roasts…. yum!!

As you can see in the picture above, we have a sweet little cat! His name is Shadow, and he follows me everywhere! In fact, it’s often hard to type on the computer because he thinks I’m trying to play with him. His favorite spot is sitting right behind my computer!


July 13, 2010 - Posted by | books | , , , ,

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