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


Stacked-Up Book Thoughts: Recommended Fiction in Print or Audio

Last week was a catch-up week. I've finally gotten a break in my workload, but instead of relaxing, I took care of all the little things I've let go the last couple of months and even got some yard work done. It feels great to work human hours again. I don't think I need to tell Game of Thrones fans that the new (final) season started last night, but have you been watching Discovery of Witches on AMC? If you're in the UK or get Sundance Now, you've probably already seen it. But I had to wa...
Tags: Books, UK, London, India, Amc, Melbourne Australia, Aurora, Joann, Kaufman, Tyler, Auri, Steve West, Susie, Kristoff, Bakhita, Beth F


Weekend Cooking: Pescan by Abbie Cornish and Jacqueline King

When best friends Abbie Cornish and Jacqueline King Schiller started cooking together, they weren't thinking about sharing their recipes with the world. After friends began asking them for tips on how to cook more nutritious foods, however, they got the idea of putting together a cookbook. More than two years later, we can thank Cornish and Schiller for Pescan (Abrams, March 26), a book that fits the diets of many modern-day cooks. Their recipes rely mostly on plants and are completely dairy fr...
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Off the Shelf; or What's New in My Corner of the World 3

Today is the first day in a long time that I don't have a pile of work awaiting my attention. Mid-April always means a lighter workload for me, and the timing couldn't be better. With milder temperatures, spring fever sets in with a vengeance, and I'm itching to get outside and fix up the deck, clean the porch, and tidy up the yard and gardens. On the schedule for this afternoon: buy potting soil and clean out my planters so I'll be ready to start shopping the local nurseries. Oh and it...
Tags: Google, Books, California, Beth F


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Windflower, 2019 Click image to enlarge. For more Wordless Wednesday, click .                    Comments by Jackie McGuinness https://www.blogger.com/profile/15946085131678256211 by bermudaonion https://www.blogger.com/profile/10726401178972099557 by Merle https://www.blogger.com/profile/17010000513936935665 by Deb Nance at Readerbuzz https://www.blogger.com/profile/12128529491888701996 Related Stories   [Author: Beth F]
Tags: Books, Merle, Beth F, Deb Nance, Readerbuzz, Jackie McGuinness


Stacked-Up Book Thoughts: Reading across the Genres

I'm fully aware that we could still have snow here in central Pennsylvania, and I know my heat will be on for another few weeks, but--dare I say it--I think the weather has finally broken. The forsythia is budded, the bulbs are pushing up greenery, and I've switched to spring coats. With a little bit of luck from the weather gods, I'll be able to start getting the deck reading for summer this week. A woman can dream, can't she? We started a new (for us) show on Netflix over the weekend ...
Tags: Books, Netflix, Pennsylvania, Donovan, Susie, Field Guild, Beth F, Sarah Sarah, Deb Nance, Readerbuzz, David Pittu, Michael Gear, Matt Kracht, Samanth Downing Berkley


Weekend Cooking: Great Recipes from Eating Well

I love it when one of my food magazines is so good I want to cook my way through the issue from cover to cover. is just such a winner. So much about this issue says spring, especially in its use of radishes and peas, which are some of the earliest garden veggies (though it's still too cold here for gardening). I made three recipes from the magazine this week and marked a bunch more to try. All of the recipes I mention here can be found on the Eating Well website (follow the links), but I sha...
Tags: Books, Texas, Ireland, Brussels, Don, Linky, Beth F, Eating Well, Jackie McGuinness, Whole Grain Salad


10 Books About Ourselves and Our World

I'm an eclectic reader. My shelves contain a healthy mix of literary fiction, fantasy, mystery, and even middle grade novels. Sitting right next to all of that escape reading are a good number of true stories, science, history, essays, and biography. These days, I doubt I could name just one genre or subject as my favorite, but when I was in elementary school, I used to tell people that biography was my go-to. Today's roundup highlights the nonfiction titles I've added to my April reading...
Tags: Books, America, San Francisco, Canada, Britain, Ocean, Jane Austen, John F Kennedy, American Museum of Natural History, Jfk, North America, Jack, Napoleon, The New Yorker, Reed, Roberts


Stacked-Up Book Thoughts: 6 Books to Read Right Now

Gawk! How can it be April already??? And it's an April without the signs of spring. Here in Pennsylvania, we're just getting crocus and haven't yet seen daffodils or forsythia. Soon, soon--I know. If you're wondering where I've been the last couple weeks, here's my sad (not really) story. March is a really busy editing month, which means I'm less inclined to read for pleasure. What's more, I read a long book and listened to a long book, which cuts down on the number of titles finished (...
Tags: Europe, Books, Australia, Pennsylvania, Alaska, Jesus, Ali Smith, Washington State, Black, Peter, Tom, Corporation, Donovan, Rachel Carson, HANNAH, Hillman


Weekend Cooking: The Modern Cook's Year by Anna Jones

I'm not a full-time vegetarian, but on average half our dinners and almost all of our breakfast and lunch meals are meat free (though not vegan). I'm not going to get into the whys, but I'm one of those people who actually limits soy intake, so vegetarian cookbooks that rely heavily on tofu, tempeh, and other soy-based products aren't my favorite. Enter Anna Jones's The Modern Cook's Year (Abrams Books, March 26), which I received as part of the . This collection of 250 vegetarian recipes live...
Tags: Books, Cook, Jamie Oliver, Jones, Linky, Anna Jones, Beth F, Abrams Dinner Party, Patrick Looney, Tomato Curry Lemon, Cilantro Soup Smoky Roasted Carrot, Walnut Crostata, Almond Aioli Apple Rye, Walnut Bundt Cake Here, Spiced Tomato Sauce


Review: Mrs Wilson (on PBS Masterpiece)

Mark your calendars for March 31 and April 7, you won't want to miss MRS WILSON on PBS Masterpiece (check your local listings for exact times; likely 9pm). You've heard the expression that truth is stranger than fiction, and this story is the proof. In Mrs Wilson, actress Ruth Wilson (The Affair, Jane Eyre) plays her real-life grandmother Alison Wilson in this true account of the older woman's relationship with her husband, both before and after his death. Alison met Alexander Wilson (played by...
Tags: Books, London, Bbc, ALEC, Ruth Wilson, Alison, Wilson, Don, Amanda, Diane, Jane Eyre, Daryl, WGBH Boston, Alison Wilson, Iain Glen, Beth F


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First flower, 2019 Click image to enlarge. For more Wordless Wednesday, click .                    Comments by Deb Nance at Readerbuzz https://www.blogger.com/profile/12128529491888701996 by Jackie McGuinness https://www.blogger.com/profile/15946085131678256211 by bermudaonion https://www.blogger.com/profile/10726401178972099557 by Daryl https://www.blogger.com/profile/08241795455748298624 Related Stories   [Author: Beth F]
Tags: Books, Daryl, Beth F, Deb Nance, Readerbuzz, Jackie McGuinness


Today's Read: The DNA of You and Me by Andrea Rothman

Imagine you've just earned your PhD and have landed a place in a prestigious research lab studying something you're passionate about. Now add in a fellow researcher . . . he's nice but he's also both a collaborator and a rival in looking into the neurology of the sense of smell. Here's how the novel opens: Smell is an illusion, my father used to tell me: invisible molecules in the air converted by my brain into cinnamon, cut grass, burning wood. Heat was a measure of receptors in my skin...
Tags: Amazon, Books, New York, New York City, Emily, Daryl, Rothman, MFA, William Morrow, Beth F, Diane Bibliophile By the Sea, Andrea Rothman, Andrea Rothman William Morrow


Weekend Cooking: Recipes, Links, & (Yes) More SkinnyTaste

Help! I've fallen down the SkinnyTaste rabbit hole and I can't get out! Seriously. I have some new cookbooks to review for you, but the bulk of my meals this week have once again come from SkinnyTaste One & Done, which . Everything was delicious, but I'm going to recommend two dinners. For my meat-eating friends, try the Garlic Dijon Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Potatoes and Green Beans, which is a sheet pan dinner. If you don't want to make a whole tenderloin, you could (like I did) use pork ...
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8 Good Books for Teens and Tweens

March has been a great month for fiction geared to younger readers. You may shy away from middle grade and young adult books, assuming they lack a certain, shall we say, sophistication. In my experience, many contemporary novels written for teens and tweens deal with real-life issues in a authentic and frank manner and can be every bit as intense as adult fiction. Of course, you’ll also find plenty of books with teen angst, magic, and love gone awry. Today’s roundup covers just a few of ...
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Today's Read: The Man with No Face by Peter May

Imagine that you're a Scottish journalist on assignment to investigate the political climate in Brussels as the UK is on the verge of joining the European Union. What would you do if the journalist you're supposed to meet up with is found dead alongside a high-ranking British government official? You would likely stick around to figure out what happened. That's what protagonist Neil Bannerman does. Here's how the book starts: Kale watched the train through the rain-spattered glass and th...
Tags: Books, UK, Scotland, European Union, Belgium, Edinburgh, Brussels, Cabinet, Peter, Joann, Daryl, Peter May, Beth F, Bannerman, Harvee Lau, Neil Bannerman


Weekend Cooking: Skinnytaste One & Done

I'm probably the last person in the universe to jump on the Skinnytaste bandwagon. I know, I know, especially because you all have had only wonderful things to say about the cookbooks and about . When her newest cookbook Skinnytaste One & Done came out last fall (Clarkson Potter, October 2018), I zipped over to my library's site, only to see that I was on a long, long wait list. My turn finally came about 10 days ago. I was so afraid that the ebook would expire before I had a chance to explor...
Tags: Books, Clarkson, Diane, Linky, Tina, Beth F, Gina Homolka, Homolka, Jackie Mc


6 Books in Translation to Read in March

It's the ides of March, and the only thing I have to beware is letting time get away from me and missing some of this month's books in translation. As you well know, I make an effort to read authors who are outside the English-speaking world. It's a great way to gain a different perspective and to learn about life around the globe. Here are six books in translation on my March reading list. They cover a range of genres, and I hope at least one catches your eye. All Happy Families: A Mem...
Tags: Books, Germany, Spain, Earth, Paris, Sicily, Eta, Bon, Susie, Beth F, Peter Wohlleben, Fernando Aramburu, Wohlleben, Poldi, Olivier Bourdeaut, Hervé Le Tellier


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Small Barn, 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: 4 Good Books and a Story

Good morning. If you're in the United States, I hope you're adjusting to the time change. I actually do better with the spring forward than I do with the fall back. Maybe that's because I love the idea that I can now take an outdoor walk after work. Yay for evening daylight. I had a decent reading week, but that might be because most of the books I read were short and didn't require a lot of thought. Always a good choice after editing all day. We haven't watched anything in particular ...
Tags: Books, Hbo, France, United States, Paris, Ohio, Smith, Sam, Provence, Penny, Robin, HMH, Delia, Marlowe, Susie, Beth F


Weekend Cooking: Reading, Eating, Organzing

Is it spring yet? It's still snowing around here, so despite what the calendar says, I'll be wearing sweaters for at least a month. On the other hand, I had my first asparagus of the season this week, and I'll soon break down and buy strawberries. Our local produce is 8-10 weeks away (unless you have a greenhouse). Today's post is all about some food-related books I've been reading. Although I didn't cook anything new and exciting for dinner this week, we discovered a pretty yummy (and easy) ch...
Tags: Europe, Books, United States, Jordan, Clarkson, Smith, Eastern Europe, Bon Appetit, Kay, Brooklyn New York, Vicki, Linky, Clarissa, Beth F, Deb Nance, Readerbuzz


6 Books to Celebrate Women's History Month

The other day I was in one of those rare states of being in between both print/digital and audiobooks. When I was thinking about what to read next, I remembered March is Women's History Month. This prompted me to sort through my new releases to see which titles would fit the theme. I found books geared to young adult readers and to adults. My mix includes fiction and nonfiction, and one is written in verse. Although not all the books I feature today are technically women's history, I thin...
Tags: Books, Obama, Washington, Scotland, White House, India, America, Britain, Catholic, Edward, Joan, Alice, Mary Wollstonecraft, Windsor, Elliott, Kay


Stacked-Up Book Thoughts: The Giant Edition

Hold on to your hats, this is going to be a long post because it covers two weeks of my reading life. I had a post in good shape for last Monday; all I had to do was give it a final read through and then hit "publish." Well, best-laid plans and all of that. Around midnight on Sunday night, after the Oscars, I lost electricity in a big wind storm. There was still no power in the morning, and in fact, we were in the dark for about 12 hours. Because I had to work on Monday and there was n...
Tags: Books, Usa, England, Washington, China, Afghanistan, Alaska, Korea, Graham, Jupiter, Abi, Jones, Bay Area, Olivia, Gary, Carter


Weekend Cooking: Cheese Beer Wine Cider by Steve Jones and Adam Lindsley

Wine and cheese seem like a marriage made in heaven. It's everyone's go-to for a light weekend lunch, afternoon on the deck, or pre-dinner nibble. But do you really know which cheeses go with which wines? I'm never completely sure. Enter Cheese Beer Wine Cider by Steve Jones and Adam Lindsley (Countryman Press, March 19), your guide to the best drink for 75 different kinds of cheese. Wine, you may be surprised to learn, is not always the best choice. Some cheeses go better with beer, and cider ...
Tags: Books, Digital, Pennsylvania, West Coast, Jones, Steve Jones, Linky, Tina, Lindsley, Beth F, Vermont Creamery, Adam Lindsley


The Downside of Book Blogging (and My Solution)

Have you ever thought about how your reading life changed after you started blogging? So many of us talk about the positive aspects, including becoming a more critical reader and being very much more aware of the great variety of books that are published each week. The Dilemma Lately, I’ve been thinking about the negative effects of being a book blogger. I’m not talking about the self-imposed pressures of producing regular blog content. Instead, I’ve noticed that my reading habits hav...
Tags: Books, Kay, Amanda, Moore, Clarissa, Beth F, Harvee Lau, Kathleen Dean Moore


Review and Giveaway of The Little Mermaid (Movie) 30th Anniversary Edition

It's hard to believe, but Walt Disney Studio's double Academy Award-winning The Little Mermaid is celebrating its 30th anniversary. To commemorate this milestone, the studio has recently released an updated anniversary edition, complete with all new bonus features and now available digitally as well as on Blu-ray. Thanks to Walt Disney Studios, I was able to revisit this now-classic movie, which is based on the Hans Christian Andersen tale about a young mermaid who dreams of becoming a human. I...
Tags: Books, Usa, Little Mermaid, Ursula, Hans Christian Andersen, Eric, Walt Disney Studios, Sebastian, Daryl, Alan Menken, Beth F, Jodi Benson, Walt Disney Studio, Ariel Pat Carrol, Ursula Samuel E Wright, Sebastian Christopher Daniel Barnes


Today's Read: The Last Woman in the Forest by Diane Les Becquets

What would you do if you were essentially widowed when you were still under the spell of a new love and your forever partner? For Marian, the tragedy deepens as she tries to prove her beloved Tate is innocent of a series of gruesome murders. Kind man who loved animals, nature, and Marian or monster who lured vulnerable women to their deaths? And if not Tate, then who? Here's how the book begins (skipping prologue): It's a terrible thing to have loved someone and not know the extent to whi...
Tags: Books, Canada, United States, Tate, Marian, Beth F, Diane Bibliophile By the Sea, Diane Les Becquets, Emily Rankin, Robert Fass, Diane Les Becquets Berkley March, Les Becoquets


Weekend Cooking: Ella Brennan: Commanding the Table (Film)

Have you ever heard of Ella Brennan? I hadn't, but I sure have heard about her restaurants and the chefs she nurtured into fame.I have also heard about (and experienced) the world-renown food scene of New Orleans, for which she deserves much, much credit. The documentary film Ella Brennan: Commanding the Table (directed by Leslie Iwerks, 2016, streaming on Netflix) introduces to this amazing NOLA native through vintage photos and film, visits to her restaurants, and personal interviews. When E...
Tags: Google, Books, Netflix, New Orleans, NOLA, Carla, Ella, Linky, Tina, Brennan, Paul Prudhomme, Ella Brennan, Beth F, Leslie Iwerks, Iwerks, Emeril Lagasse Ella


5 Thrillers for Late Winter Nights

February's blue skies can't fool me; I know there are plenty of cold and snowy days ahead. I'm not complaining (too much) though, because indoor living means more time for reading. A blustery late-winter night provides just the right atmosphere for a spine-chilling thriller or mystery. Here are five of this month's thrillers that might have escaped your attention. It's never too late to give them try. The Winter Sister by Megan Collins (Atria, Feb. 5): When Sylvie moves back home to tend ...
Tags: Books, California, Oxford, Beverly Hills, Mafia, Kay, Bugsy Siegel, Allison, Hunting Party, Sylvie, Beth F, Cara Hunter Penguin, Adam Fawley, Megan Collins Atria Feb, Fawley, Harriet Tyce


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