freezing temperatures and high winds have pushed the wind chill factor
below zero. It's way too cold to walk and take the camera out, so I
switched gears this weekend. I spent Saturday afternoon with hot tea, an
audiobook, and my knitting needles. I cast on to make myself a winter
hat, and it and the book were finished by bedtime. Pretty much heaven.
I have a busy week coming up: a full editing schedule, a freelance review, and a couple of appointments. I'm not sure how much print reading I'll get done, but I'll have audiobook time when I'm in the car, while I'm cooking, and in the evening.
The Books I Finished Last Week
Reviews for all of these will appear soon(ish) on the blog.
- The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden (Del Rey): A complex fairy tale within a fairy tale retelling set in medieval Russia. So, so good.
- Leopard at the Door by Jennifer McVeigh (Putnam): Based on true events, this novel takes place in Kenya after the war. I couldn't put it down.
- Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin (translated by Megan McDowell; Riverhead): A very short book that is a little bit thriller, a little bit mystery, and a whole lot creepy. I read this all in one go.
- Dead Cold Brew by Cleo Coyle (Berkley): A fun culinary-type mystery set in a coffeehouse in New York City. Great escape reading.
I'm hoping to read these before I have to return them. I guess I'd better get started.
- Skinnytaste Fast & Slow by Gina Homolka and Heather K. Jones (Clarkson Potter): So many of you have sung the praises of Skinnytaste that I finally checked the latest book out of the library. Hoping this will give me some good weekday dinner ideas.
- Cooking for Jeffrey by Ina Garten (Clarkson Potter): I'm a huge Ina Garten fan and decided to check her newest collection of recipes out of the library before buying it.
- Gentlemen & Players by Joanne Harris (William Morrow): My friend Amanda from The Zen Leaf, alerted me to this book last week. I was lucky enough to snag a copy from the library.
- Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube by Blair Braverman (Ecco): A memoir by a California native who found her true home in the far northern regions of the world.
If you're a mystery fan, be sure to come back tomorrow for a giveaway (United States & Canada addresses only). Besides my Wednesday photo, I plan at least one review at the end of the week. I'm thinking of a cookbook review for Weekend Cooking, but I might write about the memoir Mincemeat.