What I’m reading

Ok this is a too-lazy-to-write-a-proper-review post!

The Riddle of the Sands – Erskine Childer

It’s been two days and I’ve only read three pages. Will I finish this before the year is over? Stay tuned!

The Birds on the Trees – Nina Bawden

I think the changes in points of view is throwing me off a little.

Nobody’s Fool – Richard Russo

It’s been so long since I’ve read Empire Falls that I can’t quite recall the plot. Ah well. This book, while plot-wise isn’t much of a caper, is stuffed with such wonderful characters and set in one of those dying towns, that it just lingers in my mind everytime I put down the Kindle (it’s an e-book). So much fun to read!

What I just read

The Shadow of Night – Deborah Harkness

A hefty book. Nearly 600 pages! I like that she really seemed to bring 1500s London and France to life. I’m not really a fan of Matthew or Diana, but I quite liked the other characters like Matthew’s father Philippe and Gallowglass, and surprisingly, Queen Elizabeth. There were perhaps a bit too many details about the clothes (especially the ruffs….). And it’s probably just me but I kept wondering about Diana’s seeming lack of first trimester symptoms.

What I’m eating


A gingerbread-molasses cake (recipe from Food and Wine) that I made over the weekend, simple to make, delicious whether eaten straight from the fridge or warmed up in the microwave. I didn’t bother with the mascarpone or orange confit and it is still moist and gorgeous. A keeper of a recipe!

Gorgonzola baked crackers from Trader Joe’s. Ridiculously addictive.

Lemon verbena tea.