Friday, April 18, 2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Library Loot

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and me that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

Every since finishing My Life Next Door, I have been anxiously awaiting Fitzpatrick's next book. So excited to start this one.

What did you get this week? Share your post below!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:


• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


"I am not a wizard, but I play one every Thursday night. To be nerdy about it-and trust me, there is no other way to approach this-I am a divine spell caster, a lawful neutral twelfth-level cleric. In the world of Dungeons & Dragons, that makes me a pretty major badass."
pg 4 Of Dice and Men by David Ewalt

Monday, April 14, 2014

Favorite Restaurants-The Eastside Edition

I've been meaning to write up a list of our favorite restaurants so here we go. I'll do a Seattle one later but this is just the Eastside (Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, etc)

Seastar (website, yelp)-hands down our favorite seafood place. The food is always excellent. We usually get the Seastar Iced Shellshock Bowl. It has all our favorites including oysters and crab. Tai will always get the scallops if they are on the menu.

Ginza (website, yelp)-a great Japanese restaurant. They have some great sushi but I love their cooked food best. A lot of their dishes are seasonal so I usually get whatever the special is. The parking sucks. I recommend parking on Main or closer to Bellevue Square and walking.

Din Tai Fung (website, yelp)-Our usually place for Chinese. It's dum sum without the carts. I love their spareribs. Tai loves their spicy dumplings. We both love their cucumbers. Peak times have long lines. We usually go at off times.

Szechuan Chef (websiteyelp)-Our other go to Chinese restaurant. I love their hand shaven chow mein noodles.

Kukai Ramen (website, yelp)-Tai and I were over the moon when a ramen place opened up near us. We like Kukai's traditional broth. I like the tonkotsu shoyu ramen and Tai likes the yuza shio ramen.

Noppakao Thai-(website, yelp)-Jeff took us to this Thai restaurant a few years ago. Tai and I have gone back multiple times. The food is so fresh and delicious.

Naan-N-Curry (website, yelp)- Tai's favorite Indian restaurant. He loves their Chicken Tikka Masala.

Mayuri Indian Cusine (website, yelp)-My favorite Chicken Tikka Masala. I can eat the sauce with naan for days.

Saigon City (yelp)-Kind of unfair since I know the family that owns Saigon but my favorite pho ever. I love their vermicelli bowls in the summer.

This isn't a comprehensive list. I'm sure I'll add more as time goes on. And I'll do a Seattle list soon too.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

What To Eat This Week

What yummy meals will we eat this week?

Last week I was about to give myself a pat on the back. On Tuesday, I was following the plan perfectly. Then I got sick on Wednesday and dinner plans went out the window. I got back on track Thursday so it wasn't all bad. Besides, I expect to usually miss one day a week. The problem starts when I miss more than 2 or 3 days. 

Breakfasts: Tai's still enjoying his cereals. I'll be taking yogurt, a banana, and waffles topped with peanut butter. 


Dinners:

Monday: Hamburger Soup 


Wednesday: Chicken Cordon Bacon with sautéed green beans


Friday: Orange Chicken with roasted broccoli

Saturday: Going over to a friend's house for dinner but thinking about bringing these pork ginger gyoza.

Sunday: Tom Ka Gai

What's on your menu this week?

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger

I spotted The Divorce Papers on one of those best upcoming books of 2014. It sounded funny so I added it to my library queue. I'm glad I did. The Divorce Papers was witty and charming. I enjoyed reading every minute of it.

Sophie is a criminal law attorney. Her clients are in jail and she rarely has to see them. This suits Sophie fine. But one day, one of her firm's biggest clients has a daughter, Mia, that needs a divorce attorney immediately. All the divorce attorneys for Sophie's firm are disposed and Sophie's the only one that can meet with this client. But Mia likes Sophia and, despite Sophie's lack of divorce experience, Mia chooses Sophie to be her attorney.

Told through letters, inter-office memos, court records, and emails, The Divorce Papers had me smiling and laughing. While divorces can be serious subjects and sometimes not laughing matters, Rieger makes this divorce less glum. For me, Mia was very relatable. She's got her faults and can be odd at times but she's honest and loyal. I loved her daughter, Jane. I'd love to see a novel about a grown up Jane. Sophie was also very relatable with her train of thought emails and romanic challenges. I was smiling and giggling through a lot of the book. Everyone seemed very real and that sold me on The Divorce Papers.

I wouldn't quite call The Divorce Papers a beach read. It's a little too bulky for that (480 pages!) but it is a great read for a long trip. I had a hard time putting it down. Others who shared their thoughts on The Divorce Papers: Turn The Page Reviews, That's What She Read, and It's A Book Life.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Anne & Kristilyn’s 2014 Book Bingo Reading Challenge Update



So here's where I am so far.
TBR Pile:

One Book: The Absolutely True Diary of A Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Two Books: Joyland by Stephen King and Goliath by Scott Westerfeld
Three Books: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Deborah Moggach, Sense and Sensibility by Joanne Trollope, and Paris Was The Place by Susan Conley.
Four Books:
Five Books:

Mix It Up:
Nonfiction:
Classic:
Reread:
Free Square:
Contemporary:

Series:
One Book: Cornerstone by Kelly Walker
Two Books: Wild Heart and Wild Desire by Lori Brighton
Three Books:
Four Books:
Five Books:

Genres:
Fantasy:
Free Square: Boy21 by Matthew Quick
Historical Fiction:
Mystery:
Romance:

New Releases:
One Book: Tsarina by J. Nellie Patrick
Two Books: I Shall Be Near To You by Erin Lindsay McCabe and A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller
Three Books:
Four Books:
Five Books:

How are you doing on your bingo card?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Library Loot

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and me that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

I'm holding onto this one until the Read a thon

Reloot.

What did you get this week? Claire has Mr Linky this week.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:


• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

"Where does character come into it? Just this: I've always been pretty sure I could kill someone if I had to."
pg 7 Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

Monday, April 7, 2014

Gearing Up For The Readathon

I'm getting ready for Dewey's 24 hour read a thon on April 26th.

This is my seventh read a thon. Why do I keep participating?

1. It's a lot of fun.

2. I love spending the whole day reading.

3. It's a great way to knock out a bunch of books.

4. Hundreds of other people reading at the same time all over the world. How cool is that?

What are my tips for making the read a thon successful for me?

1. Have realistic expectations. I know I won't finish more than 2 novels (about 300-400 pages each). Set smaller goals.

2. Read novellas and graphic novels. It feels great to finish books. Unless you have a few books already started on read a thon day, your book count will be lower. That's why I love graphic novels. I can read 10 easy.

3. Make time to participate. Be active on twitter, participate in the challenges, visit other bloggers. Read a thon is about reading and celebrating the book blogging community.

4. Plan your food in advance. Have snacks ready, plan on takeout, give someone else the meal planning responsibilities for the day. My family knows it's the read a thon. I plan on throwing some food in the crockpot and making snacks the day before.

5. Don't stress. It's suppose to be fun. So what if you spend 2 hours visiting blogs and chatting on twitter? So what if you only finish half a book? So what if you take a nap and wake up 4 hours later? No worries!

Will you be joining in on the fun on April 26th? I'll be posting my progress here and on twitter (@sillylittle). I'll have another post about all the graphic novels I'm planning on reading.