23 January 2017

Stacked-Up Book Thoughts: Reading in January

What to Read in JanuaryWhat an amazing weekend: I was unable to march (no marches in my area), but I was glued to the TV and thrilled and chilled by the UNBELIEVABLE turnout around the world (even Antarctica) for the Woman's March.

I was pretty much locked onto the coverage on Saturday. So, although I didn't work much this weekend, I didn't get a lot of reading in either. I was overwhelmed by the crowds and the speeches. The support from our friends in other countries was beyond moving. Thank you to all who participated on their feet and in their hearts.

I'm Reading Nonfiction

  • What to Read in JanuaryKrazy: George Herriman, a Life in Black and White by Michael Tisserand (Harper) I've been enjoying the well-written and well-researched biography of George Herriman, one of the nation's earliest cartoonists. I have a copy of the book in audio, but I'm glad went for print because of the photographs and many reproductions of Herriman's work. It's a long book, and I'm reading it in 50-page chunks.
  • A Square Meal: A Culinary History of the Great Depression by Jane Ziegelman and Andrew Coe (Harper): My current audiobook is a look a food and nutrition trends from World War I to World War II in America. This examination of how we as a nation did and did not take care of those in need is particularly relevant in today's political atmosphere. Nicely read by Susan Eriksen.
What's New on My eReader

What to Read in JanuaryI had a few library holds come in and accepted a few ARCs. Here are two middle grade books and three food books I hope to get to very soon.
  • The Ethan I Was Before by Ali Standish (HarperCollins): A young boy moves from Boston to small-town Georgia in the aftermath of a family tragedy.
  • The Someday Birds by Sally J. Pla and Julie McLaughli (HarperCollins): A boy adjusts to the new reality after his father returns, injured, from Afghanistan.
  • In Winter's Kitchen by Beth Dooley (Milkweed): An Easterner discovers life in the upper Midwest doesn't mean giving up good food and good cooking.
  • Packed! by Becky Alexander and Michelle Lake (Penguin Random House): Hoping to pick up some new ideas for packed (and at-home) lunches.
  • Food52: Mighty Salads (Ten Speed Press): Main dish salads for lunch and dinner.

19 comments:

Sarah's Book Shelves 1/23/17, 7:37 AM  

I'll be interested to hear your thoughts on the salad book - they seem to be my main go-to meal right now...and I like them chock full of stuff.

Katherine P 1/23/17, 8:47 AM  

I have A Square Meal on my TBR. It looks interesting and I love food history. I'm super curious about Packed. I'm trying to be more thoughtful on my own lunches so that I have something I enjoy and don't end up eating junk. Enjoy your reading!

collettakay 1/23/17, 8:48 AM  

I've seen the Winter's Kitchen around. I hope you enjoy!

Stop by if you get the chance:

http://collettaskitchensink.blogspot.com/2017/01/happy-homemaker-monday-12317.html

Colletta

bermudaonion 1/23/17, 9:07 AM  

I've got A Square Meal in print so I'm looking forward to your thoughts on it.

Bibliophile 1/23/17, 9:24 AM  

Both your NF books look like interesting reads, especially A Square Meal, since I love reading about food history.

Laurel-Rain Snow 1/23/17, 10:33 AM  

A Square Meal does look particularly relevant in light of today's political atmosphere...

Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

Karen White 1/23/17, 10:38 AM  

I marched with my sister and law, 2 teen daughters and several friends. It was exhausting but inspiring. So many ages/races/genders/etc represented. If anyone is interested in joining in to try and make a difference I encourage you to check out the 10 actions in 100 days effort the march organizers are starting up:
https://www.womensmarch.com/

JoAnn 1/23/17, 10:47 AM  

I thought I recognized Jane Ziegelman's name... she wrote 97 Orchard, which I read with my book club a few years ago. A Square Meal sounds good, too.

(Diane) bookchickdi 1/23/17, 10:56 AM  

In Winter's Kitchen sounds great. I had to work Saturday so I couldn't march, but when I got home, I literally cried watching all of the crowds.

Darlene 1/23/17, 11:16 AM  

Both of those MG books sound interesting! I really need new lunch ideas, too. The kids get bored of the same stuff all the time! Hope you have a great week!

Irving Media Center 1/23/17, 11:29 AM  

I really want to read The Ethan Before I Was Born.

Tara Caudle 1/23/17, 1:23 PM  

The Square Meal sounds very interesting, Beth; a combination of two of my favorite things (history and food!).

Anita LeBeau 1/23/17, 2:16 PM  

A Square Meal sounds like an interesting book, I'll have to see if you recommend, I think I'd enjoy it.

Greg 1/23/17, 4:59 PM  

I am so in agreement on the marches! Inspiring and restored a little hope, frankly. I love how so many people in other countries came together.

The Ethan I Was Before looks really interesting.

Kailana 1/23/17, 6:20 PM  

The marches were amazing! I didn't get to participate either, but there were several in my province which made me happy. :)

Yvonne 1/23/17, 7:12 PM  

Interesting books on your list. Enjoy!

Laurie C 1/24/17, 7:21 AM  

Oooh, I like the sound of the three foodie books, especially! I am on a diet and exercise kick for the New Year, and am eating healthfully, i.e. lots of salad!

Heather 1/24/17, 9:31 PM  

looks like some good reading coming up.

Lindsey 1/26/17, 10:13 AM  

The Someday Birds sounds good. I will keep an eye out for your thoughts.

Happy reading!

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