Books I took(s)
Greetings from this side of Christmas 2010! I hope that yours was an enjoyable one. Mine involved a sick baby and a sick self, but was still an enjoyable time regardless. One thing I have learned this Christmas is that now that I have a child, Christmas is no longer about me. Huh, who woulda thunk? I didn’t realize how relaxing Christmas was until now, when it no longer is. But I am not complaining even though that’s exactly what it looks like! I am just grateful to have a (relatively) healthy baby boy, family and friends with whom to spend it, and a giant pile of gifts all for me me me me me 🙂
I won’t bore you with tales of what I specifically received, but I will tell you about the books! I LOVE to read, but having a wee babe 24/7 doesn’t leave much time for perusing the ol’ library looking for the next Curtis Sittenfeld or Alice Munro. A couple of weeks ago, I actually checked out six books from the library and was excited to stimulate that part of my brain again, only to have read through a mere half of one of the books! Piddly! And I call myself an English Major?! Unacceptable!
So I am very happy to have received five books this Christmas. There is no due date so I can take my time with them. At this rate, my goal is to complete them by the end of the year. Way to aim low, Robyn!
Books I received for your voyeuristic information:
1. Unbearable Lightness by Portia De Rossi
I love biographies, especially autobiographies. I was disappointed to see there is no glossy section in the middle full of pictures of her. However, I guess a book about struggling with anorexia and self-image doesn’t really benefit from readers staring at pictures of her during this difficult time, eh?
2. My Booky Wook by Russell Brand
I’ve always found Russell Brand funny, but it wasn’t until I saw him on Conan about a month ago that I realized how intelligent this guy really is. What a wordsmith! (Note: I have never referred to anyone as a wordsmith EVER, so this really counts for something). Since his life is pretty much the polar opposite of mine, I was interested in reading this and mentioned it to Husband in passing. Well, he remembered and got me this! I am already 1/4 through. Given my recent track record, this is noteworthy and deserving of many accolades.
3. Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
This tome is about as highbrow as I get these days. I had this in my library queue but after seeing him on Oprah and hearing some of the glowing reviews, I figured I should own this one. Plus, since it is so large, there is no way I could finish it within the three weeks permitted by the library. I am hoping that once I read this, I will be ready to read heavier works that I don’t just hear about on Conan or Oprah (where, in fact, I heard about all three of these books! Oh my).
4. Quinoa 365
Every recipe calls for quinoa! I am really excited to try some of these out, especially since I have two Costco-sized bags of quinoa in my possession. Many call for quinoa flour, which gets me a bit less excited (I imagine quinoa flour is $$$). However, I have a $50 gift card to Bulk Barn as well, so perhaps all of my culinary aspirations can come true in 2011. Let’s hope.
5. Muffin Mania
As the title suggests, this one just has muffin recipes. It was originally printed in the early 1980s by a local printer and looks like something assembled in your neighbor’s basement. It was so popular, however, that this edition was reprinted in 2008 or thereabouts. It has about 60 different muffin recipes, including a chocolate cheesecake recipe and a “muffin that tastes like a donut” recipe. All of the recipes are very easy and call for basic ingredients, so I thought I could challenge myself to try every recipe in 2011, like a Julie and Julia project! Then sanity returned as I figured that baking 60 different types of muffins would turn me off muffins forever. I’ve already tried the pumpkin recipe with success! I am itching to bake a muffin that tastes like a donut. I am a self-proclaimed Fritter Fiend, after all.
So there you have it. Two biographies, two cookbooks, and one work of fiction. Hopefully these keep me occupied and out of trouble until 2012!