Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Books read Sep 30

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Love this author's book and this one is a treasured one. Starts out in France 1940's and the war has come to those who live there.
They are invaded by the Germans and must survive as the hard decisions are made. Book follows two sister and the paths they have each chosen.
I had just read a book by another author based on the war in the same location so will be interesting to read more of life during that time.
Evon remains with Sophia her daughter as her husband leaves to be the soldier he was trained to be. She is a teacher as is her neighbor whose children have grown up together. They live on farms in the country.
Her sister Isabelle lives in the city, high scale school where she's been thrown out of everyone. It's time she leaves school to be on her own. Her father takes her back to live in the city, Paris with her, He runs a bookstore. She is sent to her sisters as the Germans invade the city.
Obstacles keep her from getting directly there and she must survive the hardship of having no one.
What I like about this authors writing is there is usually a few stories in the book, entwined together.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Plum Pudding Murder by Joanne Fluke
Love this seires and this one is about Larry who runs the crazy elf christmas lot. Lots of suspects in town and some mysteries surrounding the mayor, Norman's mother, Carey keeps declining others dropping by or going out with them,
Hannah's ex professor who she had romantic encounter with years ago is now her sister Michelle's friend, and Larry's ex wife teaches at the local college
Hannah takes it upon herself to help question others and put the pieces together. She is providing food for her friends upcoming wedding.
With Christmas things are very busy. Hannah discovers his body and figures he's running the business in the red and figures also that his ex wife might want to do him in also.
Recipes for Christmas dinner are included along with ones in chapters.   Love catching up with the townsfolk and finding out what they are up to.
I received this book from The Kennsington Books in exchange for my honest review

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Watched Longmire where Walt is interviewing candidates for the job position and he asks others about this book and what decision they would've made.
This one is about Lenny and George. Lenny will do anything George says and that gets him in trouble. Lenny liked a red dress a girl wore and he just wanted to touch it. When she yelled he wouldn't let the dress go and that leads them to running away for their lifes.
They walk to a ranch to work and Lenny likes a puppy. George knows if there is a girl involved they will end up having to leave again....the boss has a wife with a roaming eye....
The men hope to run their own farm where they grow the crops in Salinas Valley with a garden and animals and paradise to them.
Lenny doesn't realize how strong he is and many small animals end up dead when he's playing with them. The bosses wife shows up in the barn and she takes Lenny's hand to her hair and he won't let go and she's frightened.
Its up to George to set things right...
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

What Pet should I get by dr. seuss
Audio children's book and their dad said they could have one. Rhyming story about different animals.
Each of the kids want a different pet. Then they look at the others that are at the store.
They have to be back by noon and there's still animals to pick. They imagine if they had one of each!
This collection also has one fish, two fish story which has rhyming and opposite words. Silly stories with rhyming words about made up animals and what their attributes are.
Like how the colors are bridging the works of dr. seuss from one year to another.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Silly Tilly
Audio children's book about a goose that rhymes and is very silly.
Goose trying to ride a cat! I can just imagine the pictures being shown.
 I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Chinese Cooking: No Wok Takeout! 80 Amazingly Delicious 3 Steps Or Less Chinese Recipes Revealed (Chinese Cookbook, Cooking For One) (cookbook for beginners, ... meals cookbook, easy meals for one 2)
Hoping to find a healthy Chinese cook book that has recipes my husband can have.
Each recipe comes with a great photo, ingredient list and how to make the dish, no nutritional information.
Chinese fruit salad would be our choice as the other recipes would be difficult to obtain the ingredients for as we are unfamiliar with them.
Other books by the author are highlighted at the end.

Pork Chop Power: 30 kickass pork chop recipes for everyday cooking (Power Series Book 1)
Lots of choices for pork chops. Most are baked in a skillet. Some are grilled or baked. Like the combinations of some of the recipes
and some are actually healthy. Each recipe includes serving size, ingredient list and how to make the dish, also a color photo.
There is no nutritional information.

Winter Soup: Soul Warming, Comforting Soup Recipes for Better Health and Natural Weight Loss (Healthy Eating Made Easy Book 2
 Very healthy choices for soups for the upcoming winter months. No pictures and no nutritional information but most of the recipes do call for the healthiest of ingredients.
Servings per item and prep time along with ingredient list and instructions on how to make the dish.
Other books by the author are highlighted at the end.

Quick & Easy Dessert Recipes: The Ultimate Top 51 Simple, Healthy, and Delicious Dessert Recipes Under 30 Minutes (The Complete Desserts Cookbook Series)
Great recipes for desserts that are easy and quick to make as most of them contain a mix of one sort or another so the hard work is done for you. Each recipes has a photo along with time it takes to make, cook and how many servings. Very detailed instructions on how to put the recipe together along with calories and calories from fat at the end.
Fat free dessert pie would be our choice as there is no fat in it and chocolate cake for one.
Other books by the author are highlighted at the end.

19 Fall Craft Ideas For Kids: Inspiration From The Nation's Most Creative Blogs
Each project comes with a good photo and instructions on how to make it along with the things you will need.
Rock painting is my favorite one to try. Lots more resources and ideas are linkable at the end.

Promises to Keep by  Marjorie Eatock
Elenore Wright has worked for the antique dealer and when her partner, Julia Bumford dies. Anthony Mundane starts dating Eleanor and she's quite set back.
Nothing was ever written up and she assumed she'd be the benefactor. Benton Bradford has arrived and is the benefactor. They get off on the wrong foot...
 Some are conspiring to obtain the Picasso but Elenore knows nothing of the painting....she and Benton soon get along and his word tells her to run the shop as she had run it and he'd be back after he tends to his hog business upstate...
Problems arise when Benton's wife shows up and he's gone missing....down to earth - just your word is good for some...
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

The Greatest Casserole Cookbook (Casserole Recipes): Easy Casserole Recipes and Casserole Dishes
 Free gift is clickable. Starts out with abbreviations used throughout the book. along with conversions.
Each recipe includes how many it will serve and ingredient list along with how to put the recipe together
There are no photos and no nutritional information. Didn't find healthy choices, either heavy cream is used or gravies or cream cheese.
Other books by the author are highlighted at the end.

35 Recipes For Comforting Winter Soups – Easy Homemade Soups For Wintertime (The Amazing Recipes for Soup and Ultimate Soup Recipes Collection) (Kindle Location 202).  . Kindle Edition.
Classic and easy recipes to make the soup. No pictures and no nutritional information but you can tell from the ingredients that the recipes are very healthy to make and eat.
Wide variety of choices to select from. Besides the recipe of ingredients and instructions on how to make it there are suggestions for other sides to include to make this a full meal.
Can't wait to try the chicken and dumplings recipe.

Kids Knitting
Lots of useful information about how to start knitting. Great projects for kids to learn the craft.
Love the charity aspect of this book. Tips along the way. Liked hearing the traditional patterns used by other countries around the world.
Lots of possibilities with different patterns are included.
 I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

The Hungry Fox
Children's colorful book about a very hungry fox. Shows him traveling around and what he eats at different areas.
But his tummy is still rumbling, he is still hungry.  In the forest the rabbit leads him to a spot where he can get food.
Other animals came to see what the commotion and noise is all about.

The Bees (Down in the Garden Book 1)
Colorful children's book about how bees work, especially in the garden and why they are important.
Story follows the bees throughout the day from the time they get up to the time they go to bed.
Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

 How to Train Your Pumpkin
Colorful children's story of a boy who gets his pumpkin for Halloween. He treats it like a pet, waters it, feeds it, reads it stories, etc.
He goes to his dad for help who offers him a knife but the boy doesn't want to hurt the pumpkin and he comes up with another idea that will make his pumpkin the best Jack O Lantern ever.
Hate knives myself and you don't need them to carve a pumpkin.

Coloring Books For Adults Volume 1: 40 Stress Relieving And Relaxing Patterns, Adult Coloring Books Series By (Adult Coloring Books, ... Anti Stress Coloring Books For Grownups)
Clickable bonus gift included.  Lots of pattern to choose from. The ones that got my attention were ones that
might've been made with a Spirograph or those used in a kaleidoscope.
Choose your own colors.  Easy to download and other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

Lipstick on his Collar
Hallee has succeeded and runs her own publishing company but she's also found out her husband is sleeping with her best friend.
She has to stay on top of everything. She will go to any means to keep it all. Story goes back in time to when the women first met and then they met Jake and others....
Claws come out as they give it their all to win the editorial award. Olivia uses sex to gain votes Hallee uses her brain.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

War of the Wives
Simon leaves two wives when he dies. Selina is poised and has 3 children and runs the family home married for 28 years.
Lottie lives with a teen in the city, married for 17 years. They are both married to Simon and he's now dead.
Book follows both up til the point where they learn of the will and how things are going to be for each of them....
Find this hard to believe, that it even happened, the law allowed him to marry to 2 different people...
Crazy what they must do, together....

Coloring Books For Adults Volume 3: 40 Stress Relieving And Relaxing Patterns, Adult Coloring Books Series By (Adult Coloring Books, ... Anti Stress Coloring Books For Grownups
Thought this idea would be a good one to relieve stress. I do have crayons but I use them for my design work. It's easy to see the shape of something when you can chart it out with colors.
Find this set is more flowery and love the daisy and sunflower templates.
Choose your own colors, easy to print out. Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

5 Ingredient Slow Cooker Cookbook: Quick and Easy 5 Ingredient Crock Pot Recipes
 Book starts out with cooking tips for slow cookers. Has categories for all kinds of meals, dishes including desserts.
Each recipe includes prep time, serving sizes and cooking time, ingredient list along with nutritional information at the end.
No photo.  Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.

No-Bake Desserts & Refrigerator Cakes - Quick & Easy Recipes
At the start it tells you also what other ingredients you can substitute for.
Each recipe has a color photo, serving sizes, prep time and cooking time, list of ingredients and pages of step by step directions on how to make the item.
There are no nutritional information but you might be able to substitute for a healthier ingredient.
Found the recipes would be good for a special holiday. The dishes just don't fit into our healthier lifestyle as they would have too much fat and sodium.


 Crock Pot Crazy Recipes : The 50 Best Slow Cooker Recipes
Many meals that can be made in the slow cooker. I did not find very healthy ones for our new lifestyle, even with substitutions.
No pictures and no nutritional information.

 .The Hard Times Kitchen: Homestyle Recipes for a Small Budget
 Starts out with what should be in your pantry, how to shop, shopping lists and where to shop.
Grow a garden and can and preserve your harvest. Each recipe has serving sizes and ingredient list along with instruction on how to make the dish.
No photos and no nutritional information but it'd not be hard to use a healthier choice of an ingredient.
Saved cornbread and zucchini bread recipes as they will get eaten up quick in our house.
 Lunch Box Recipes: Light Up Your Kids' Faces And Take Lunch To The Next Level With 49 Satisfying And Nutritious Lunch Box Recipes That Take Minutes to ... Meals, Dinner Recipes, Healthy Snacks
Lots of recipes for your child's lunches, geared for them and getting them to eat healthier. Also large nutritional information listed. No photos.
Some take up to 30 minutes to prepare so if that's a concern with time in the morning get up earlier or have some of the dish already done, sitting in the fridge.
Don't think my grandson would eat anything but the mac and cheese dish. He's such a picky eater.

What's For Dinner?: Easy Meal Prep Ideas for Busy People (Lift Your Life Book Series
Book starts out with meal planning and shopping lists. Other tips and sheets are available at the author's web site to help you get started.
Lots of recipes but not really written as such, No nutritional information or photos but a general idea of where to start and the choices you could put into a dish.
Variety and things you can freeze to just take them out of the freezer to make a good fast meal.

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