Sunday, February 22, 2015

It's Monday, What Are You Reading (206)

It's Monday, What Are You Reading is a fun weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey where we share what we've read and reviewed over the past week and what we plan to read next.

It's been an interesting week. I started the week with acid reflux issues and after two days of little sleep I went to the doctor who put me on Prevacid again for three months this time. Thankfully it is helping a lot. The chest pain is gone and the acid reflux has gotten better though I have been eating really plain food. It does give me an excuse to eat pancakes for dinner :) The very sad (for me) reality is that I have to say goodbye to chocolate completely. I'm pretty sure it was the chocolate mug cake I mentioned last week that did me in (as well as the oatmeal I'd been eating that turned out to have citric acid added to it.) At least I am feeling better. Too bad carob doesn't taste like chocolate. I tried that last time I gave up chocolate and it is definitely not the same.

Yesterday I had a snow day from work. I did finish the 60 chocolate books I wanted to make to advertise our Edible Book Festival but since we didn't get to take the bookmobile to Girls Night Out last night (due to weather) I am going to use them in the library as part of a display promoting the festival. I found the idea on Pinterest. Here's a picture of mine so you can see how they turned out:

Books reviewed:

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Fairest by Marissa Meyer

Books read:

Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain

I thought this book was interesting because I'd never heard of the use of a eugenics program in the United States but apparently in 1960s North Carolina social workers could petition to have people sterilized if they were "feeble minded" or epileptic while in other states the procedure was done to people who were institutionalized. I am looking forward to hearing what other people in my book group thought.

Currently reading:

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin (reread)

I first read this last spring but I wanted to reread it since it is our February selection in my evening book group and I wanted it to be fresh in my mind. I am really enjoying it the second time around even though I know what happens already.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

I had to put this one on pause so I could read my book group books but I plan to get back to it later this week.

What I plan to read next:

The Bridal Chair by Gloria Goldreich

I am reading this one for professional review but I'm a little worried that I won't like it. It isn't the sort of book I'd pick up on my own but hopefully I will be pleasantly surprised.

The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski

I am looking forward to this sequel to The Winner's Curse. It has been some time since I read the first book but I hope the details will come back to me as I read this one.


  1. Ouch. Would hate to give up my dark mint chocolate. The little choc books look adorable - great job. Pity the weather came into play but good that you had another way to use them after all that work.
    I hope to read a couple of these books at some time. The Diane Chamberlain and Zevin book. Loved The Nightingale.

  2. I am glad you got some relief from your acid reflux, but sorry that you have to give up chocolate. As I've gotten older, I have found that I can't eat too much of it after dinner or it gets me. The little books are awesome.

  3. Acid reflux is the worst. I am hoping you feel better soon. I had it really bad when I was pregnant. It was horrible. I hope the meds work for you. Thinking of you! I finished The Nightingale last week and I thought it was excellent. I hope you get to finish it! I also can't wait to hear your thoughts on The Winner's Crime. Have a great week!

  4. Those chocolate books are so detailed!
    You probably are unaware that many of the experiments/ideas practiced by German doctors in the 30s and 40s were based on journal articles and theories first proposed by American doctors. That program in North Carolina went on all over the country.

  5. Pancakes for diner, mmm. :) Sorry to hear about the chocolate, I don't eat a lot but it does hit the spot sometimes, that would be hard to give up. Worth it tho if it work for you. Have a nice week, and happy reading!

  6. I often have pancakes for dinner! its an easy option. Hope you feel better soon.

  7. Hope the medication continues to improve your reflux. That's a bummer about chocolate, I love it but I'd rather go without than eat that other stuff ... carob does not make the cut ... at least there is pancakes lol
    You did a great job with the little books! Necessary Lies is on my TBR pile, I read the prequel The First Lie and quite enjoyed it. Have a good week and happy reading :)

  8. You have had a great week on the reading front :D hope this week is just as productive :D

  9. I've keep reading about Diane Chamberlain, so I really need to read some of her work!

    Sorry to hear about your reflux but hope you're on the mend. (Bizarrely I quite enjoy carob!!!)

    Have a great week!


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