Top Ten Tuesday: 12/19

Top Ten Books I Hope Santa Brings

  1. Harry Potter Juniper Boxed Set | Seriously, it’s gorgeous. I don’t have an actual physical set of Harry Potter books (THE HORROR!) but when I do, I’m investing in a beautiful set.
  2. Food52 Genius Recipes | If you know me, you know I’m obsessed with Food52. I just haven’t shelled out the cash to get this puppy on my kitchen counter.
  3. Jurassic Park/The Lost World Collector’s Edition | Jurassic Park is my favorite book. I had this edition at one point, but made the MASSIVE mistake of lending it to someone…and now I don’t know where it is.
  4. The Love Poems of Rumi | I love Rumi, and I simply haven’t had the chance to pick this one up.
  5. Whiskey, Words & A Shovel by R.H. Sin | Cold days, clouds and fuzzy blankets make me want to read poetry.
  6. Astrophysics for People In A Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson | I read the sample and enjoyed it but haven’t purchased the full version.
  7. A Lifetime of Secrets: A PostSecret Book | I loved these books when they first came out. I remember thumbing through them, smiling or crying, and realizing that A) I wasn’t alone in many aspects and B) people have some pretty interesting secrets.
  8. The Shredded Chef | I’ve had this book on my ‘to buy’ list for ages.
  9. Humans of New York: Stories | I follow the Facebook page and imagine the book is good, too.
  10. Wonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo | The cover, the story, the author…yes.


Start Where You Are notecards by Meera Lee Patel

I branched out from my typical review request over at Blogging for Books — I got some notecards!

I haven’t read Start Where You Are, but after seeing these beautiful pieces of art, I’ve added it to my list. Each notecard is different and features watercolor art. They include quotes from Martin Luther King, Jr., Amelia Earhart, Henry David Thoreau and CS Lewis. Here are some examples:

  • “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe
  • “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood, and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” – Antoine De Saint Exupery
  • “The world only exists in your eyes. You can make it as big or as small as you want.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

I love them because they’re so easy to pop in the mail and send to someone who needs a pick-me-up. Definitely recommend if you’re in the market for some cute notecards.

Gluten-Free for Good: Simple, Wholesome Recipes Made from Scratch by Samantha Seneviratne

27774473No meal should be defined by what’s not there.Gluten-Free for Good has 100 easy, healthful gluten-free recipes that are so delicious you’ll never miss the gluten.

Here are dishes you may have thought you’d never enjoy again—not without resorting to expensive packaged gluten-free foods that aren’t as delicious or healthful as the real thing. These quick-cooking meals are for any time of day, all made from scratch without hard-to-digest processed additives like xanthan or guar gum. – Goodreads

I am not Celiac, nor am I diagnosed with a gluten allergy or sensitivity. That being said, I do notice that I have a reaction when I eat gluten after a period of avoiding it. Does this mean I have a sensitivity? I don’t know. Does this mean I should eliminate it? I don’t know. Do I believe that gluten is the devil? No. I have been trying to make a more conscious effort of eliminating it from my diet, though, as the digestive issues and achy joints that I experience after consuming it are annoying and probably not normal as compared to how I feel when I eat other things.

So, long story short, I saw this on Blogging for Books and jumped at the opportunity to review it.

Upon first flip through, I noticed the bright photography, tons of recipes, and thickness of the pages. This book is constructed well, and I had a difficult time narrowing down what I wanted to make — everything looked so good!

One gripe: many of the recipes were things that wouldn’t have had gluten in them to begin with, such as chicken and potatoes or sweet potato spinach hash. The recipes that included gluten-subs made up for it, but it still seemed odd.

Recipes vary from simple/few ingredients to much more laborious endeavors.

For the record — the Miso Shrimp with Snap Peas was the This will be a permanent weeknight staple.

I rated this a 4/5 on Goodreads — many of the recipes didn’t seem very imaginative, but the photography was beautiful and I enjoyed the idea behind it—it’s not defined by what isn’t there. I received this through Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.


Hiatus…hopefully over?

I must confess, I completely fell off the face of the Earth when Kiesha left LBR. I stopped reading (well, read much slower and less often) and haven’t posted a damn thing since May. Apparently getting a new boyfriend is distracting, especially when it comes to reading. And blogging.

But I’m back (don’t worry, still have the boyfriend — we’re just in that ‘k, i’ll read and you play video games’ stage now).

I will be catching up on reviews of books I read while on hiatus. I’m looking forward to more TTTs, lists, etc. I definitely miss reading AND blogging, so I’m pretty excited to be back.


Top Ten Tuesday: 3/15

Holy hell have I been in a reading slump. Hopefully today’s TTT revs up my reading drive again — I am WAY too behind on my 2016 Reading Challenge goal!


Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR

  1. 3636Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling | Okay, seriously, I preordered this damn thing in September and never got around to it.

2. A Day of Fire by Multiple Authors | What? How have I never heard of THIS?

3. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein | This has been sitting on my shelf and collecting dust for MONTHS.

4. Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi | I have an e-ARC of this from NetGalley, and Alyssa (my reviewer spirit animal) gave a stunning review.

5. Eidolon by Grave Draven | Guhhh. It’s no secret that I’m a Draven fan (4 and 5 star reviews on Master of Crows and Radiance respectively, folks). So, yes. I’m pretty excited about this one, which will be released at the end of May.

6. Missoula: Rape and The Justice System In A College Town by Jon Krakauer | It’s been a while since I’ve sat down with a Krakauer book, and I just recently heard about this one. Certainly a heavy topic, but an important one nonetheless.

7. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel | My co-worker insists I read this ASAP.

8. The Giver by Lois Lowry | I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve seen the movie before reading the book. I liked the movie, so I’m hoping I’ll like the book even better.

9. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari | Strictly because I think he is hilarious on Parks & Recreation and Master of None.

10. First Comes Love by Emily Giffin | I know I hate chick lit, but Giffin is my only exception.

Top Ten Tuesday: 1/12


Top Seven 2015 Releases I Meant to Get But I Didn’t

  1. Winter by Marissa Meyer |  I read the other three at the beginning of the year, but I never picked up the fourth!
  2. The Heart of Betrayal by Mary Pearson | Damn it! I loved the first book in this series but still haven’t picked up this little number!
  3. The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black |  Looks good!
  4. The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows | I keep looking at this one and thinking about how awesome it looks — and then I don’t buy it.
  5. A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab | I just love magic.
  6. Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell | This has made multiple TTT lists for me in 2015—yet I still haven’t ponied up and bought it.
  7. The Lake House by Kate Morton | Meant to read it, never did.


{Belated} Top Ten Tuesday: 1/6


Top Ten Bookish Resolutions I Have for 2016

  1. Request only what I want. I have a bad habit of going on ARC request binges and then having a hell of a time finishing them, or getting sad because I have other things I want to read.
  2. Have more fun blogging. We started LBR to showcase our love of reading and have fun. It was a creative outlet. Yet I sometimes fall into the trap of creating content to create content, which isn’t as fun. I need to have more fun with it 🙂
  3. Read stuff on my shelf. I have another bad habit of hoarding books and not reading them. I preordered Mindy Kaling’s book. Haven’t read it. Have about 9000 more on Kindle that I’ve bought when they’re on sale and haven’t read them.
  4. Do more social. I’m a PR person. Why don’t I do more PR for us? Because it’s my day job, probably. But we work hard on our stuff and I’d like to showcase it more.
  5. Actually partake in challenges. I did several challenges last year through a Goodreads group I’m in, but I’d like to do more — but more than that, I want to challenge myself in what I’m reading. I have a tendency to stick to what I know and I’d like to branch out.
  6. Don’t buy books until I read what I have. See #3. I buy an assload of $1.99 and that ish adds up. I tell myself, “This is cheaper than a Starbucks coffee!” but it’s not when I get 40+ in a year. Also I just did the math on that and shuddered.
  7. Get a library card. Alright, put the pitchfork down. I’ve HAD ONE BEFORE. I went to the library three times a week growing up. But I’ve moved cities and haven’t been to my local library, a fact I need to remedy.
  8. Participate more on other blogs. I’m a bonafide blog creeper. I creep on everyone’s reviews, TTTs, etc. But I never talk. I need to talk more.
  9. Read in coffee shops more. I used to go every Sunday to a little local coffeeshop and read over my latte. I miss this.
  10. Read 150 books. I almost hit it in 2015, but life happened.