Wednesday, October 01, 2014
So what's this one about? Another baby, if the title didn't give it away.
Taken By Surprise
Jacob Baron is shocked to discover he's a father. But he's determined to do right by his son, despite the lack of strong role models in his own life. Jacob's a bull rider, and there's no halfway with him. He'll be the kind of dad his son needs…even if Cody's attractive aunt, Mariana Snow, seems to question his daddy skills at every turn.
Jacob cooks, cleans and has a nice touch with a two-year-old. He also has broad shoulders, gorgeous eyes and a mouth that can only be described as sexy. But Mariana's own part-time, no-good father was a rodeo star. She knows their charms can't be trusted. She's hanging around for Cody's sake, that's all. At least, that's what she keeps telling herself….
In this one, the baby plays a giant role. He is in every scene and conversation, pretty much. The romance is completely unbelievable and undeveloped. Mariana is completely unlikable. She's supposed to be a bit of a control freak, but she's so extreme that if I knew her in person I'd probably hate her. Frankly, anyone who hires a babyproofing service is never ever going to appeal to me. She had what should have been completely reasonable reservations about Jacob, but blew them so far out of proportion. If she's listened one second to anything going on around her, they would have been so obviously unfounded. Add to this that she's a brilliant lawyer who should be smart enough to see this, and I just didn't like her. At all.
As for Jacob, I didn't think his issues were quite as bad but I still had some problems. He is apparently hung up on being Brock Baron's adopted son, and feels like he's never been treated the same and is asked to prove himself too much. He is partially right, he is being asked to prove himself, but the issues with Brock are either not real or too easily resolved. One conversation should not be enough to right a lifetime of wrongs OR to suddenly allow you to see them all in a new favorable light.
Add all this to the weak romance, and I can't really recommend it.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
I ultimately found about 1/4 of the book useful- the sections on containers and packaging, and the general ideas for sandwiches and salads. I did not find any of the recipes useful because so many of them required actual reheating and refrigeration. None of them seemed quick to me. Basically, she was giving out regular recipes cut down to one or two servings and then reheated. I can figure out how to make leftovers on my own. I was hoping for some nice room temperature salads or other ideas and the book completely fails on that. If you have time to sit and reheat and space to spread out your lunch, this may be ideal for you, but for myself, it was pretty useless.
Bring Your Lunch was published on September 9th.
*I'm taking 30 minute lunches so I can leave at 2:30 on Wednesdays to take the Princess to ballet class.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
First, Things a Little Bird Told Me by Biz Stone. I admit it, I picked this up because Janssen told me to read it. This is written by one of the creators of Twitter and he seemed like a really likable guy. The first 3/4 of the books are about his experience with blogging, Google, and the actual creation of Twitter, and then he kind of veers off on a tangent of doing good things for the greater good. It's not that I don't agree that people should do these things, but it changed the tone of the book. Despite this, I still recommend the book to others and I did like it quite a bit. The morning after I wrapped it up I happened to see a podcast with him on my phone and listened to that during my run. It was a nice way to finish it off.
Then I read Think Like a Freak by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner. I read Freakonomics and Superfreakonomics and assumed I'd enjoy this as much. I did not. I felt it was largely a rehash of the first two, just approached differently. It did not help that I listen to the Freakonomics podcast (again, on my runs) and so much of the book was covered much more interestingly on the podcast. I'd skip this one and listen to the podcast instead.
Last, Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely. This also came highly recommended by Janssen and usually her recs are spot on. Unfortunately, while this did have some interesting bits I found the writing itself dull and when I realized my library copy would poof in a couple days I intentionally chose to not even try to finish. Sorry Janssen!
Monday, September 22, 2014
Here's where we start with this one:
Charter boat captain Cole Donovan has no problem with a gorgeous woman throwing her arms around his neck in an effort to "save" him. In fact, he'd like to spend a lot more time skin-to-skin with Olivia. He's just not expecting that real trouble is about to come her way. Will it bring her deeper into Cole's heart, or will it be the end of Olivia's days in little Lucky Harbor?
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Now that Mike and I are both full fledged running geeks, there are a lot of books on running being read. In the last couple months I've requested three of them from NetGalley alone, and several more from the library. The best of the NetGalley books is this one: The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances by The Oatmeal. Most of you are probably familiar with the webcomic/books by The Oatmeal and this book is exactly that style. It's funny and sad and very very short.
Here's the summary, tho the title alone should explain it well enough:
This is not just a book about running. It's a book about cupcakes. It's a book about suffering.
It's a book about gluttony, vanity, bliss, electrical storms, ranch dressing, and Godzilla. It's a book about all the terrible and wonderful reasons we wake up each day and propel our bodies through rain, shine, heaven, and hell.
From #1 New York Times best-selling author, Matthew Inman, AKA The Oatmeal, comes this hilarious, beautiful, poignant collection of comics and stories about running, eating, and one cartoonist's reasons for jogging across mountains until his toenails fall off.
Containing over 70 pages of never-before-seen material, including "A Lazy Cartoonist's Guide to Becoming a Runner" and "The Blerch's Guide to Dieting," this book also comes with Blerch race stickers.
As you would expect from The Oatmeal the humor isn't all politically correct, but it is pretty funny. He blames his running on being a inherently fat and lazy kid, and an adult who wants nothing more than to eat junk and look at a computer screen. He pokes fun of everyone at the gym, and all the other runners. He wanders off on asides about Japanese hornets. If you are a runner you'll see a lot you relate to. If you're not a runner, you'll wonder why on earth anyone would want to be one. If I had any complaint about the book it's that occasionally he seems not just snarky, but snotty towards runners who do it differently from him. He clearly feels that his way is the best way (ie, extra long distances, no gear, no earbuds, just running through the pain) and anything else is doing it wrong.
This book will be published on September 30th.
Other running books I've read this summer and not yet reviewed:
Older, Faster, Stronger by Margaret Webb
Interesting, with lots of science-y details, but I have to admit I don't want to think of myself as "older" yet. I did admire what Webb was doing in trying to make herself the best she'd ever been, but I occasionally found her voice hard to take. She's a bit more brash than I usually enjoy- which is saying something in the same blog post as a review of a book by The Oatmeal! This one will be published on October 7th.
Monday, September 15, 2014
I haven't updated in a while! Summer has been so busy and we haven't had a ton of sitting around time. And maybe I might have tested out a new EPP pattern as well...
I've made 25 more flowers, bringing my flower total up to 50.
And then I saw someone's La Passacaglia quilt and fell in love. I've long been planning that my next EPP quilt would be mixed shapes and while I expected that I'd invent my own pattern, now I don't have to. I ordered a small set of pieces to test it out.
The pieces are so tiny that it's like a while new technique. In fact, I couldn't figure out how to thread baste them so I had to learn to glue baste. I've done very little- I'm reserving it as a reward for when I've had a long day or have worked "enough" on the pink quilt. This one will take me even longer than the pink one, in the end.
As always, linking up with Jessica at Life Under Quilts.