Since I will not be climbing the Seven Summits plus one, I was glad to be an armchair traveler as Jordan recounts his experiences on his training, his climbing, and the aftermath of each success. I learned a lot.
Book: Read any fiction/non-fiction about tolerance or a book that’s outside your normal comfort zone. (Tolerance can encompass anything you generally struggle with, be it sentient or not.) OR Read a book set in Paris.
Just Mercy is a book by Bryan Stevenson, a lawyer who works to help those most hurt by the failures in the justice system. He details some of the many terrible injustices he has come across during his career and advocates for tolerance and understanding for the people who have been caught up in terrible situations and failed repeatedly by everyone around them. I'm using it for this square.
Book: Today, I read Amelia: An Autumn Bride (Brides for All Seasons #7) by Hildie McQueen (autumn colors).
The three books I am most thankful for reading this year are:
1. To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918 by Adam Hochschild
This is what I would recommend to anyone, but especially non-history readers, if they wanted to read one book about World War I.
2. Hamilton's Battalion: A Trio of Romances by Rose Lerner, Courtney Milan, and Alyssa Cole
I'm not a fangirl of Hamilton or his musical (although I do listen and enjoy the soundtrack), but getting new material from these authors was enough for me to buy it. Courtney Milan's story was my favorite, but Rose Lerner's and Alyssa Cole's stories were wonderful as well.
3. Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story by Kurt Eichenwald
This book was a door stopper, but read so much like a novel that it didn't feel over long at all. This is the true story of the rise and fall of Enron.
Honorable mention: The Lotus Palace and The Jade Temptress (Pingkang Li Mysteries #1 and 2) by Jeannie Lin.
My perfect meal, created by a chef and his/her/their team, is inspired by my Italian heritage. It would be time and resource intensive, ergo I would never make it for myself.
1. Starters - Caprese salad and friend calamari
2. Main - Zuppa di Pesce e Frutti de Mare (just a ton of seafood in a clear broth)
3. Sides - Baked Fennel with Parmesan and Mushroom risotto
4. Dessert - Tiramisu
The book I read this year with the most "stuffing" was Once Upon a Spine (A Bibliophile Mystery #11) by Kate Carlisle. Details about the most mundane things with boring vanilla characters and constant wedding talk - and the murder mystery was an afterthought until the very end.
Honestly, I can't remember all the freebies I download in a single month, let alone in a year. So here is what I bought this month:
1. Bitch Planet Volume 1 and 2 by Kelly Sue DeConnick et al (from Foyles)
2. A Nightingale Christmas Carol and Nightingales Under the Mistletoe by Donna Douglas (from a charity shop)
Every so often, I get Amazon Prime for a month just to do some shopping, usually for Christmas or birthdays. Anyways, because it comes with a free prime book of your choosing to read, I decided to go with this one.
This is the story of the Pischke family, particularly Dennis and David, the twins, who lived on a farm in Canada during the 1950's- 1960's. The children's real father has died and their mother takes up with a man named Bob Domko, or as they refer to him, Satan. It is the story of their abuse, neglect, and horror at the hands of this man, and it is heart-breaking.
I don't know why I read stories like these....they make me so angry, and sad at the same time. But, I love it when children like them grow up and are able to rise above their situations and come out triumphant on the other side.
This one was tough to read, but it was very compelling. They even made a documentary about them.
4 stars and recommended for those with strong stomachs.