Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesday:  Code Name Verity
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Jenn @ A Daily Rhythm. Here are the rules: grab whatever you're reading, open to a random page, select no more than two sentence (NO SPOILERS), share the title and author, and GO!

Here's today's teaser:
"It had been used recently, blood still on the blade.  We stood tied together mutely, and I thought, They will make me watch.  They will kill her first and make me watch.  Then they will kill me." --page 195
          Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

I am loving this book! 

Happy reading!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesday:  At the Water's Edge
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Jenn @ A Daily Rhythm. Here are the rules: grab whatever you're reading, open to a random page, select no more than two sentence (NO SPOILERS), share the title and author, and GO!

Here's today's teaser:
"Her wool coat floated, an absurd umbrella, first resisting and finally wicking water, puller her deeper.  She looked back at the landing, suddenly desperate.  If only she had a hat, she could throw is back onto the thorny gorse.  If she'd had anything that would float, maybe they'd think it was an accident and let her be buried with her daughter." --page 8
          At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen

I am so excited for this book and am rather enjoying it so far!

Happy reading :)

Top Ten Tuesday: Fall TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and it's a way to share what you're loving in list form. The topic changes every week, so there is always something new to discover!
This week's topic is:  Top Ten Books on My Fall TBR.  Well...let's be honest...my Fall TBR is really a life-long TBR and (hopefully) some books I can get accomplished soon.  Regardless, here are the books that are on my immediate radar to read:

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson (Released today!!!)
 
In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad #1) by Tana French (Currently on my coffee table)

The Fate of Ten (Lorien Legacies #6) by Pittacus Lore (Released September 1)

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (Release Date: October 6)


Everything, Everything by Nicolas Yoon (Released September 1)

The Girl in the Spider's Web (Millennium #4) by David Lagercrantz (Released August 27)
 
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee (Released July 1)

The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro (Released March 3)

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer (Release Date: November 1)

And there you have it!  I feel like the last could be on my Winter TBR, but since Winter doesn't technically begin until December 21st, I'm saying it totally counts for Fall!  What books are on your Fall TBR?

Also, look for next week's top ten:  Top Ten Books to Read if You Like X (haven't decided what X will be yet...)

Happy reading!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Beyond the Books: Favorite Foods and A Recipe

 
This week's topic is:  Favorite Foods and a Recipe to Share

Mmmm...food!  Let's be honest, this list could (literally) go on forever.  You could easily subcategorize several different foods, whether by ethnic traits, sweets, savory, spicy, and so on.  So, to keep things simple, I'm breaking it down like this:  Things I Like to Snack On and Main Dishes!

Things I Like to Snack On
  • Jalapeno Cheddar Cheetos
  • Blue Diamond Rice Crackers (in a variety of flavors)
  • Chili Cheese Fritos
  • Hummus
  • Dark Chocolate
  • String Cheese
  • Kit Kats
Main Dishes
  • Zucchini Bake
  • BBQ...pretty much anything
  • Fish Tacos (my uncle makes the BEST!)
  • Soups...I love a good soup
And A Recipe!
This has become my go-to dinner recipe when we have company.  It's so good, really easy to make, and a crowd-pleaser.  It may look like it takes awhile, but it really doesn't!

Creamy Chicken Enchiladas (mmmm)
1 lb Chicken Breast (cubed or shredded)
2 Cups Chicken Broth (roughly one 14 oz can)
1 Can Diced Green Chilies (4 oz can)
1 Pkg Tortillas (8-10 8-inches or so)
2 Cups Shredded Cheese (your choice...I use Monterey Jack and Jack...or whatever's handy)
1 Cup Sour Cream
1/4 Cup Butter
1/4 Cup Flour
Salt and Pepper to taste

Your choice on how to cook the chicken.  I have recently begun making it in the crockpot and shredding it instead of cubing it and cooking in a frying pan.  Done the crockpot way, I place a jar of salsa verde in (as the liquid base; 16 oz) and roughly chop an onion (not called for in the recipe, but I never really follow one exactly).  Cook on high 4-6 hours or low 6-8 hours.  Shred chicken :)

Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish and then start rolling your tortillas!  Inside the tortillas, place chicken and cheese (I also add sliced black olives because I love them), roll, and place seam down in baking dish.  Repeat until your dish is full.

For the sauce, melt the butter and then whisk in the flour to make a roux.  Add the chicken broth (I use the liquid from the chicken and salsa verde and then add chicken broth to make the 2 cups).  Whisk together and bring to a boil.  Remove from heat and add the sour cream and green chilies.  Pour over the pan of enchiladas and top with the remaining cheese.

Bake at 350 for 20 minutes (until bubbly and cheese is melted).  Let set for about 5 minutes to cool and whatnot, then enjoy that food!  So good :)

Feel free to use more cheese if you like and add whatever floats your boat.  I'm a fan of jalapenos, but haven't added them yet because others can't handle the spicy.  Sigh...

So, what are some of your favorite foods?

Beyond the Books is a weekly event hosted by Karen at Kissin Blue Karen.  Feel free to join in!  

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesday:  Hausfrau
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Jenn @ A Daily Rhythm. Here are the rules: grab whatever you're reading, open to a random page, select no more than two sentence (NO SPOILERS), share the title and author, and GO!

Here's today's teaser:
"The longing for diversion was a recent development; her pining to be hungered for was decades old.  But both rose from a lassitude born of small-scale grudges and trifling, trivial injuries, the last ten years of which she blamed on Bruno.  From that rose boredom and from boredom particular habits were born.  This she could not blame on Bruno." --page 45
          Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum

Not sure how to categorize my feelings on this one yet...

Top Ten Tuesday: FREEBIE

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and it's a way to share what you're loving in list form. The topic changes every week, so there is always something new to discover!
This week's topic is:  FREEBIE.  Yay!  So, because I missed last week's Top Ten, I am going to go with that topic...Top Ten Complete Series I Have Yet to Finish.

Here they are:

Inkworld by Cornelia Funke

Finishing School by Gail Carriger

The Chemical Garden by Lauren DeStefano

Contours of the Heart by Tammara Webber

The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

Edilean by Jude Deveraux

The Tudor Court by Philippa Gregory

Wildwood Chronicles by Colin Meloy
The Kommandant's Girl by Pam Jenoff

Some of these I've only read one book in, while others are nearly complete!  What are some series you need to finish?

Also, look for next week's top ten:  Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR

Happy reading!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Top Ten Tuesdays: Characters Who Don't Click

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and it's a way to share what you're loving in list form. The topic changes every week, so there is always something new to discover!
This week's topic is:  Top Ten Characters That I Just Didn't Click With.  Oh...a doozy! 

Here are mine:

Rosemary from Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin
  • I didn't not feel bad for Rosemary at all.  I felt her character was weak and so wishy-washy.  Ugh.  This could, undoubtedly, be due to the fact that the book was written in the 60s...alas.
Emma from Emma by Jane Austen
  • Oh, Emma.  My least favorite Austen character, and book, by far.  She's whiny, manipulative, and snooty.  She didn't deserve John at all!
Celia and Marco from The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • I just couldn't bring myself to believe or really even care for either of theses characters.  While I did like Marco more than Celia, neither impressed me too much...
Eadlyn from The Heir by Kiera Cass
  • I think the disconnect between the reader and Eadlyn is done completely on purpose by Cass.  You're not supposed to really like her because it will, I assume, make her transformation in the subsequent book so much more believable and likable.  We shall see!
Rhine from Wither (The Chemical Garden #1) by Lauren DeStefano
  • I get why Rhine acts the ways she does...to a certain extent.  Sure, her situation totally sucks to a certain point, but come on! 
Georgie from Landline by Rainbow Rowell
  • People are probably going to shoot me for this one, but I really disliked Georgie.  She was a very blah character for me.  Her sister and the pizza delivery girl were more developed and more likable in my opinion.
Carley from How to Buy a Love of Reading by Tanya Egan Gibson
  • Carley is spoiled.  As a reader, you feel sorry for her because her parents force her to be something she's not, but that still doesn't make up for the fact that she plays the "whoa-is-me" card too often throughout the book.
Aspen from Revenge of the Homecoming Queen (Aspen Brooks #1) by Stephanie Hale
  • Aspen's supposed to be the likable character in the series, but I found her to be pretentious and stuck-up...the exact thing that she claims she's not.  Nice try, Hale, but you didn't pull it off. 
Brett and Jake from The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  • Barf!  Barf, barf, barf!  I don't like Hemingway (aside from his short stories) and I don't believe these two characters care one iota for anyone but themselves.  Do they even care that much?
Siddhartha from Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
  • Perhaps if I read this book now, I might "get" Siddhartha as a character more than I did in my early 20s.  But, from what I can remember, Siddhartha was boring and bland as a character...and as a book.
So...what characters didn't click for you?

Also, look for next week's Top Ten:  Completed Series I Have Yet to Finish

Happy reading!

Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesday:  The Paris Wife

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Jenn @ A Daily Rhythm. Here are the rules: grab whatever you're reading, open to a random page, select no more than two sentence (NO SPOILERS), share the title and author, and GO!

Here's today's teaser:
"His letters came crushed and strangled, full of deliciousness, sometimes two and three times a day.  I tried to be more reserved at first, vowing to write only once a week, but that fell apart immediately.  Before long I found myself in a real bind." --page 37
          The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

I am loving this book so far...such beautiful prose!

Happy reading!