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Wordless Wednesday 522

Fungus, 2019 Click image to enlarge. For more Wordless Wednesday, click .                    Comments by bermudaonion https://www.blogger.com/profile/10726401178972099557 by Deb Nance at Readerbuzz https://www.blogger.com/profile/12128529491888701996 Related Stories   [Author: Beth F]
Tags: Books, Beth F, Deb Nance, Readerbuzz


Stacked-Up Book Thoughts: The Good and the Bad

Happy Monday. Looks like winter is finally here--I'm happy to report that we have a little snow and the temperatures have dropped. I actually like snow and don't mind the cold. . . . At least for a little while. By the end of February, however, you'll hear me whining about the weather. I didn't have a lot of reading time this week, because we spent way too much time watching the news. On Saturday we took a break to watch a movie, which turned out to be bust. Hold the Dark (2018) is set in Alas...
Tags: Books, Scotland, Alaska, Edinburgh, Fin, Jeffrey Wright, Oslo, Lewis, Joann, Daryl, Lui, Outer Hebrides, Fin Macleod, Alexander Skarsgard, Susie, Beth F


Weekend Cooking: The Trip to Spain (Movie)

Way back in 2013, , a funny mockumentary about two friends who hit the road to sample food in northern England and muse about all things middle-age, movies, and more. Although I missed comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon's second film, in which they travel to Italy, I'm glad I took the time to see the third in their projected 6-part series. It's true that The Trip to Spain (directed by Michael Winterbottom) doesn't offer too much new, but that didn't matter me. Coogan and Rob and are clearl...
Tags: Books, England, Spain, Italy, Rob, Steve Coogan, Coogan, Linky, Tina, Michael Winterbottom, Rob Brydon, Beth F


Off the Shelf; Or What's New in My Corner of the World 1

We're two weeks into the new year, and I already like things better on this side of the calendar. My working life is in good shape, the house is still in order, and we're back to healthful eating. All those things make me happy. I'm experimenting today with a more personal kind of post. The format is a work-in-progress, but I decided to jump right in. My usual roundups and other book-related posts have not gone away. This "Off the Shelf" series will appear only every few weeks--at least...
Tags: Books, Koss, Netflix, Lewis, Joann, Fox Home Entertainment, Peter May, Beth F


Wordless Wednesday 521

A Winter Walk, 2019 Click image to enlarge. For more Wordless Wednesday, click .                    Comments by bermudaonion https://www.blogger.com/profile/10726401178972099557 by Deb Nance at Readerbuzz https://www.blogger.com/profile/12128529491888701996 Related Stories   [Author: Beth F]
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Stacked-Up Book Thoughts: A Mixed Week of Reading

How was your first week of the year? Mine was busy with work, deadlines, getting back on a regular routine, and finishing up all the holiday food. I'm happy to get back to what counts as normal around here. Early January is usually a fairly calm time for my work, but this year has started with a bang. I don't know what's going on in the publishing world, but I'm not complaining. Despite the end-of-the-year chores and several editing projects, I managed to finish two books. I also start...
Tags: Books, New York, Thames, David Lynch, Juliet Stevenson, Looker, Don, Sims, Susie, Beth F, Sarah Sarah, Simon Schuster Audio, Megan McDowell, Schweblin, Setterfield, Laura Sims Scribner Jan


Weekend Cooking: 2 Easy Recipes to Start and End a Meal

Welcome to the new year! I'm so looking forward to another year of your food and cooking and travel and review posts. They always brighten my week. In the coming months, I have some exciting cookbooks to share with you plus some food movie discoveries and maybe even thoughts on recipe organizer / meal-planning software. I so appreciate everyone's input on the apps I listed last week. Just as soon as I find some of that mythical free time, I'm going to investigate them. I tried two new recipes ...
Tags: Books, Abram, Linky, Tina, Gaby, Beth F


7 New Thrillers Written by Women

Never mind that we’re on the other side of the winter solstice and that global warming is real, I still think of January as having long, cold evenings that were made for reading. Give me a good suspense or crime novel, a cozy afghan, and something warm to drink and I’ll be happy for hours. Here are seven thrillers that have caught my eye—all written by women and all out this month. An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen (St. Martin’s Press, January 8): Set in New York City...
Tags: Books, New York City, Karen, Thailand, Maine, Norfolk, Bangkok, Vermont, Colorado Rockies, Harriet, Heidi, Beth F, Sarah Sarah, Hampshire England, Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen St Martin


Happy New Year!

Happy 2019 Wishing you a happy, healthy new year. I'll be back with a bookish post or two later in the week.                    Comments by Sherry Fundin https://www.blogger.com/profile/12197438610372707924 by Vicki https://www.blogger.com/profile/16974471357928655315 by (Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea https://www.blogger.com/profile/10519875632878992728 by rhapsodyinbooks https://www.blogger.com/profile/07041412748239010264 by Kay https://www.blogger.com/profile/13495669354860191042...
Tags: Books, Kay, Vicki, Beth F, Diane Bibliophile By the Sea, Sherry Fundin


Stacked-Up Book Thoughts: Last Week's Hits and Misses

Happy New Year's Eve to everyone. My wish is for all of you to have the best year ever. Despite working full-time between Christmas and New Year's, I managed to read two short books, make progress on a third and listen to a fourth. For many years now, we've hosted a New Year's Eve party for just a few friends. I make a fancy dinner and then we all retire to living room to watch a movie, eat dessert and snacks, and wait for the ball to drop in Times Square. Some years the last person leav...
Tags: Books, China, United States, Shanghai, Don, Joann, Chiang Kai shek, Hahn, Susie, Sun Yat, Tung, Beth F, Blackstone Audio, Hong Hong, Emily Hahn, Harvee Lau


Weekend Cooking: Recipe Organizing and Glazed Ham

Welcome to the last Weekend Cooking post of the year. As is the case with many of you, we've been enjoying the holidays . . . and all the holiday food. I haven't done much cooking at all this week. I made a ham for Christmas Eve, which provided several meals, ham and bean soup, and ham sandwiches. It's like Thanksgiving all over again! I'm really ready for some lighter meals. Do you make food or cooking or diet resolutions? I don't, but I'm always looking for better, easier ways to organize my...
Tags: Books, Usa, Martha Stewart, Melissa, Linky, Tina, Beth F, USA Cuisine


Channeling Janus: Looking Back, Looking Forward

It's that time of the year when everyone is talking about their favorite books and sharing stats about their reading life. I love it. I also like to hear about plans for the coming year. That's what today's post is all about: a look back and a look forward. I didn't keep good data on last year's reading, so all numbers given here are very close approximations (and have been rounded). In 2019, I hope to keep closer watch on my stats, and I'd love to update my review index (it stops in A...
Tags: Europe, Books, Jamie, Deb, Joann, Clarissa, Beth F, Sarah Sarah, Kristin CashoreLast


Merry Christmas

Wishing you and yours a joyous holiday season. I'll be back with some year-end thoughts or a book-ish post later in the week. In the meantime, eat, drink, and be merry -- and sneak in some reading time too.                    Comments by Iliana https://www.blogger.com/profile/07026669671843769219 by fredamans https://www.blogger.com/profile/12445217103291725907 by bermudaonion https://www.blogger.com/profile/10726401178972099557 by Les in Oregon https://www.blogger.com/profile/15...
Tags: Books, Oregon, Vicki, Beth F, Iliana


Stacked-Up Book Thoughts: A Trio of Reviews

Happy Christmas Eve! Because of the holidays, I haven't had a ton of reading time, but that's okay. Parties and relaxing with friends and family are more than worth the trade-off. Unlike many of you, I am working through to the new year, working on the weekends to make up for the holidays. Don't feel bad for me, it's the life I picked when I became a freelancer. We have our annual New Year's Eve dinner and a movie party in the works, and I'm enough ahead on the planning that it should b...
Tags: Books, London, Jack, Sarah, Wheatley, Don, Lewis, George R R Martin, Tina, Laurie, Tomlinson, Anson, Aix en Provence, Bonnet, Aix, Beth F


Weekend Cooking: Slow Cooker Ropa Vieja

It's almost Christmas, and my cooking week, has gone full-on easy, tried-and-true, and flexible. I can't believe how many evenings have been taken up with last-minute errands, wrapping, cleaning, decorating ... ARGH. Last week's dinners included lentil soup, roast chicken, and pasta with my homemade sauce (from the freezer). Last night we resorted to tuna salad because the easy savory galatte I had planned suddenly seemed like too much trouble. Tonight I'm turning to the slow cooker and a reli...
Tags: Books, Don, Linky, Clarissa, Food Wine magazine, Beth F, Deb Nance, Readerbuzz, Judee Algazi, Patrick Looney, Ropa Vieja, Food Wine One, Food Wine Note


I Love a Mystery; or Serial Reading in 2018

I have a confession to make. I think I have a problem, but I'd feel worse about it if I didn't know that at least some of you have the same problem. I'm addicted to series! Okay, so that's not so bad, right? Except I'm in the middle of a million of them and caught up with only a handful. Help! I just can't say no to new-to-me series. What about you? When you discover a new series, do you stick with it until you're caught up? Do you keep a record so you can read each year's new releases...
Tags: Books, England, New York, London, Australia, Montana, Scotland, Harry Potter, Edinburgh, Iceland, Sicily, Robin, Lewis, J K Rowling, Robb, Peter May


Wordless Wednesday 520

December Sky, 2018 Click image for full effect (shot with Hipstamatic). For more Wordless Wednesday, click .                    Comments Comments Related Stories   [Author: Beth F]
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Stacked-Up Book Thoughts: Escape Reading at Its Best

I can't tell you how happy I am that we got ready for Christmas early, because this last week needed every bit of energy and attention I had. We had sad things and happy things to deal with plus my clients had lots of last-minute (preholiday) jobs for me. In between I kept my house in order, did a little cooking, and tried to have a life. Hahaha. Once again, I wonder how I'd survive if I didn't have audiobooks. They are truly blessings when I'm overwhelmed with the world and with life. ...
Tags: Books, Scotland, Edinburgh, Scandinavia, Blackstone, Rhode Island, Fin, Hood, Midwest, Peter, Lewis, Daryl, Linden, Malcolm, Fin Macleod, Beaton


Weekend Cooking: Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent (Film)

Do you know who Jeremiah Tower is? I hope you do. But regardless of whether your answer to that question is yes or no, you should take some time to see the 2016 documentary Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent, directed by Lydia Tenaglia and Morgan Fallon. Anthony Bourdain both appears in the film and is one of the producers. I know Chef Tower first from his association with Alice Waters and Chez Panisse and later from his San Fransisco restaurant Stars. He also had a brief tenure at Tavern on ...
Tags: Books, Karen, Netflix, San Fransisco, Anthony Bourdain, Chez Panisse, Linky, Tina, Jeremiah Tower, Alice Waters, Tower, Beth F, Lydia Tenaglia, Morgan Fallon Anthony Bourdain


8 Best Books of 2018

I know we’re not quite halfway through December and there’s still plenty of reading time left. Still, I thought I’d share my best of the year list today. I haven’t divided my selections into audiobooks and print or into genres. And what’s more, I have only 8 titles on my 2018 list. Although I read plenty of books I liked and many I’d recommend, when I went through my reviews, these are the books that really jumped out and made me say, "Oh, yeah—that was a great book." So here, in alphabe...
Tags: Books, New York, Alaska, Macmillan, Rocky Mountains, St Martin, Daryl, Beth F, Harper Books, Nancy Paulsen, Jemisin


Stacked-Up Book Thoughts: Preholiday Reading

This has been a crazy two weeks: I've been working hard, reading a bit, finishing the shopping (we're done!), and getting the house holiday ready. I swear, every second of my time has been taken up. The good news is that we're in great shape and it's only December 10. For the first time in years, we'll be able to relax and enjoy the season. My stress levels are near zero! Have you seen Netflix's version of Dumplin' yet? We really liked it, and I thought the film stayed true to the spiri...
Tags: Books, America, Netflix, Playboy, Charles Darwin, Johnson, Patterson, Commodore, Billy, Neill, Amanda, Allen, Nona, Alfred Russel Wallace, Susie, CompuServe


Weekend Cooking: Gift Guide for Food-Loving Readers

As we finish up Hanukkah and head into Christmas (the perils of the dual-religion family), I find myself relying heavily on tried-and-true dinners and less on experimentation. For example, this last week we had beans and rice, chicken parm, quinoa Buddha bowls, and grilled salmon. All tasty and all family favorites, but not necessarily good fodder for blogging or for sharing on Weekend Cooking. I suspect that you too are saving your culinary energy for holiday meals and Christmas cookies, so t...
Tags: Books, New York City, Mafia, Buddha, Albert, Gibson, Linky, Tina, Al Dente, James Beard Foundation, La Colombe, Schmid, Beth F, Deb Nance, Readerbuzz, K Fisher


7 New(ish) Books for Speculative Fiction Fans

What's your favorite escape reading? Do you turn to a steamy romance, light women's fiction, or a heart-thudding spy thriller? I've been known to read all three, but I think my top genres for ditching reality are good, solid murder mysteries and full-on speculative fiction, especially fantasies. If you're like me, then read on . . . here are seven fall fantasies that should be on your current reading list. (Descriptions are adapted from the publisher's summary.) The Alehouse at the End o...
Tags: Books, London, River, Paris, Grant, Lei, Hye, Mason, HMH, Irene, Ben Aaronovitch, Peter Grant, Kai, Beth F, Anouk, Genevieve Cogman


Wordless Wednesday 519

Winter Lace, 2018 Click image to enlarge. For more Wordless Wednesday, click .                    Comments by bermudaonion https://www.blogger.com/profile/10726401178972099557 by Deb Nance at Readerbuzz https://www.blogger.com/profile/12128529491888701996 Related Stories   [Author: Beth F]
Tags: Books, Beth F, Deb Nance, Readerbuzz


Today's Read: The Weight of a Piano by Chris Cander

What if you found yourself in possession of something you couldn't keep but that was your last link to your parents? This is what happens to 26-year-old Clara, when she realizes she must sell her piano, which is the only thing she owns that belonged to her late-parents. What ensues after she places her Craigslist ad, was totally unexpected. Here's how the book starts: Hidden in the dense forests high in the Romanian mountains, where the winters were especially cold and long, were spruce ...
Tags: Books, Craigslist, California, Germany, Russia, America, Piano, Clara, Katya, Soviet Union, Greg, Schumann, Knopf, Amanda Coplin, Beth F, Chris Cander


Weekend Cooking: Simply Bento by Yuko and Noriko

If you've been reading Weekend Cooking for any length of time, then you're probably well aware of my struggle to find doable, healthful, make-ahead lunches. I work from home, so heating up leftovers is no problem, but Mr. BFR is always on the run--sometimes on a job site, sometimes tracking down supplies and materials. He is motivated to pack a lunch and to eat nutritiously, but his lunches have to be eaten cold because he rarely has access to a microwave. Enter Yuko and Noriko's Simple Bento ...
Tags: Books, Joe, Bento, Linky, Tina, Beth F, Noriko, Yuko, Judee Algazi, Jackie Mc, Antipasta Bento, Quinoa Salad Bento


2018 Best Audiobooks: Memoir (via AudioFile Magazine)

I’m thrilled to be partnering with AudioFile Magazine to announce the winners of this year’s Best Memoir Audiobooks. As you know, I enjoy listening to memoir, and I know many of you do too. To see all the winners in all the categories for AudioFile’s 2018 Best Audiobooks, be sure to click through to their multimedia . What follows is a quick overview of the what each of the winning memoirs is all about about plus a quote from the magazine’s review about the narrator. To see the full audiobook...
Tags: Facebook, Books, Obama, Nelson Mandela, Levy, Michelle Obama, Vietnam, Random House, Cecile Richards, Richards, Morey, Highbridge, Seymour M Hersh, Deborah Levy, Beth F, Julia Whelan


Wordless Wednesday 518

November Grass, 2018 Click image for full effect. For more Wordless Wednesday, click .                    Comments by bermudaonion https://www.blogger.com/profile/10726401178972099557 by Katherine Ottaway https://www.blogger.com/profile/11841521950771519941 by Deb Nance at Readerbuzz https://www.blogger.com/profile/12128529491888701996 Related Stories   [Author: Beth F]
Tags: Books, Beth F, Deb Nance, Readerbuzz, Katherine Ottaway


Stacked-Up Book Thoughts: 5 Books for Your Reading List

There's good news and bad news on the reading front. A long holiday weekend doesn't stop me from working, and my spare time is spent cooking, not reading. On the other hand, there is all that audiobook time when in the kitchen and cleaning the house! We watched one book-based movie this week (To All the Boys I've Loved Before) and finished up the PBS version of The Woman in White. We thought the first one was cute and fun, and we liked the gothic atmosphere, costumes, and acting of the latt...
Tags: Books, New York, New Orleans, Miller, HMH, Marie, Degas, Paris Opera, Susie, Olive, Laurens, Kellen, Marie van Goethem, Beth F, Hachette Audio, Ron Butler


Weekend Cooking: Thanksgiving at My House

Happy holiday weekend for those in the United States. This week is all about traditional foods, family, and friends. Thanksgiving dinner can be tricky to time right, and there sure are a ton of dishes to wash, but there's nothing difficult about any of the dishes. This post includes a photo of my pies and the cranberry sauce, which you may have already seen on Instagram. I didn't take a picture of the turkey, the finished dish I'm sharing, or of the table brimming with food. As usual, I forgot ...
Tags: Books, Cook, United States, Claudia, Linky, Cointreau, My House, Katie Lee, Michael Ruhlman, Ocean Spray, Beth F, Ruhlman, Judee Algazi, Donna Turner Ruhlman



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