Quick Non-Fic Reviews: Cook Books

You may noticed that I work in a library and you also may have noticed that I have a tenancy to borrow waaay too many books. My previous Quick Non-Fic Reviews were so fun to write that I’ve decided to keep doing them, as I for some inexplicable reason, I have not stopped borrowing books 😋 This post will look at all of the Cook books that I have borrowed recently and read.


I Didn’t Know My Slow Cooker Could Do That: 150 Delicious, Surprising Recipes by Better Homes and Gardens

This book was a mixed bag for me because yes there were recipes in there that I didn’t know you could do in a slow cooker but there were also not a lot of practical meal in there. A lot of the more ‘out there’ recipes that incorporated the slow cooker were ones that could have been accomplished in the oven. Now I’m not saying that a recipe that calls for you to fry ingredients, cook them in a slow cooker, put them in a food processor, and then pop in the oven aren’t practical but they’re really not in the spirit of the slow cooker.

I will say though that I will be trying some of the bread recipes, in particular the chilli corn bread one which looked amazing 🤤 Also it appears that this book has lit a sudden interest in making preserves as gifts for people. The tomato and bacon spread not only had my stomach growling but had my frugal mind spinning with present possibilities.


Ice Cube Tray Recipes by Jen Karetnick

Food from ice cube trays?! Yes please, I though as I caught a glimpse of this book cover. It wasn’t until I was reading through each recipe trying to visulise how some of these would work that I realised the books flaw. There simply aren’t enough pictures of the recipe.

For such a strange cooking concept you really do need images to back these recipes up. While there was a detailed section at the beginning of the book about the different types of ice cube trays and the ways in which to cook with them, I would often find myself reading a recipe and simply not being able to visualise the cooking process or the final product. I did read an eBook version of the book though, so who knows maybe a physical copy had more images (to be fair though I read a lot of eBook recipe books and this is not the case).

Other than that though, I really thought this was such a cool concept and would be a great type of food to whip out at parties 🤤


Tots! 50 Tot-ally awesome recipes from Totchos to Sweet Po-Tot-O Pie by Dan Whalen

Just to start I will say that I have a weakness for ‘tots.’ I say ‘tots’ because in Australia they are called potato gems and they are just so yummy with a little bit of chicken salt. Tots! is a great little cook book because it has so many recipes that not only use this lovely food item but because they are easy to make and look dilicious!

I am looking forward to trying Totchos (nachos but with potato gems) and also Shepard’s Pie with a Totty Top (normal Shepard’s pie but with potato gems instead of mashed potato). Also I am very intrigued by the idea of mooshing and flattening the potato gems and serving food on top of them – the book suggests caviar and sour cream but I will never be that fancy 😋 If you do see this book around I would really recommend giving it a read! It will 100% make you crave some potato gems.


Quick Picks: Books about Books

What’s more amazing than books? Books about books! The below are some of the books that I have read that are either love letters to readings and books, or they are books about or set in the world of books.

Dear Fahrenheit 451:
A Librarian’s Love Letters and Break-Up Notes to Her Books

by Annie Spence

Goodreads ||  Author

Quick story run down: Annie Spence is a librarian who writes letters to books that she is weeding from her library. For those of you non librarians, weeding is when you remove an item from your library catalouge. It might be because it hasn’t been borrowed in a number of years, it may be too damaged to repair, or it may be a nonfiction book that is too old and has wrong information in it.

The letters are sometimes funny, sometimes sad, sometimes scathing, but they are always enjoyable to read!

Quick reasons why I love the book:

  • The concept: I love how simple and quick this book is to read, the letters are often times short and sharp which makes this book an easy read.
  • I DO THIS: It’s not very often that I get to see actual parts of my job portrayed in any type of medium. It was great getting to see this essential part of working in a library features so prominently in a book. I often feel sad when I have to weed a book from our collection, especially if it is one that I enjoyed. Also, sometimes like Spence, I relish the chance to scrap books.

The Eyre Affair

by Jasper FForde

Goodreads ||  Author

Quick story run down: Imagine a world where fictional characters not only exist and are taken extremely seriously but they need to be policed. The Eyre Affair is set in an alternative universe in 1985 England where our main character Thursday Next is investigating and trying to stop Jane Eyre from falling victim to a terrible plot to kill Bronte’s famous heroine.

Quick reasons why I love the book:

  • The world: The alternative universe that The Eyre Affair inhabits is amazing. The scope of thought and detail that Fforde includes in his novels are amazing. If you are a fan of reading and want to be immersed in a world where literature is taken incredibly seriously, then you should really pick up any of the Thursday Next books.
  • Mycroft: Thursday’ uncle is a favourite of mine, not just in this book but throughout the series. It’s not a spoiler but when you find the story behind his name and his sudden retirement, was one of my favourite moments.

Book Love

by Debbie Tung

Goodreads ||  Author

Quick story run down: Book Love is a book filled with comics about, you guessed it, loving books. Each page tells the story of common problems that avid readers face. Whether these ‘problems’ include buying too many books, becoming engrossed in stories, or huge piles of books that you need to read.

Quick reasons why I love the book:

  • Beautiful: The art style of the comics are so wonderfully simple yet so detailed. I sped through this book and loved every second. The way the art captures the emotions and moments are perfect!
  • So relatable: Oh boy did this book hit me in some of my weak spots. I felt myself nodding so hard at some of these comics, shouting ‘yes! I do that too,’ and even showing my partner pages just to let them know that I wasn’t the only person to do these crazy things 😋
  • The below comic: Because honestly, we’ve all been there.

Inkheart

by Cornelia Funke

Goodreads ||  Author

Quick story run down: Inkheart is a book about the blurring of the real world and fiction. For what is described as a children’S book, Inkheart is full of ominous feelings and has a dark reality to the story. While I read this book as a child, I remember loving how the stories blurred the lines between fiction and reality, and how it reminded us that words have power.

Quick reasons why I love the book:

  • The tone: The book doesn’t pull its punches, I remember being very off centre with this book and I wasn’t sure if we would get a happy ending. However I loved that it had this air about it, books can be sinister, they do have power.
  • This quote: because yes, yes they do!

“If you take a book with you on a journey,” Mo had said when he put the first one in her box, “an odd thing happens: The book begins collecting your memories. And forever after you have only to open that book to be back where you first read it. It will all come into your mind with the very first words: the sights you saw in that place, what it smelled like, the ice cream you ate while you were reading it… yes, books are like flypaper—memories cling to the printed page better than anything else.” 
― Cornelia Funke, Inkheart


Do you love reading books about books as much as I do? Are there any books that you think need to be added to the list? Leave a comment and let me know 😊

QP: Favourite Books of 2018

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2018 has been a great year for reading. I have enjoyed a lot of books but of them there have been a few that have really stood out. The majority of the books selected are ones that I haven’t been able to get out of my head, my mind has been drawn back to the stories or characters of the books.

Check out the below ‘quick picks’ of some of my favourite books from 2018.

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The Darkest Part of the Forest

by Holly Black

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While I didn’t rate the book five stars, I did enjoy it a lot. Throughout the year I have kept returning to it and thinking about the storytelling. The Darkest Part of the Forest has renewed my interest in not only Holly Black but stories that feature Fae.

Quick reasons why I love the book:

  • The Story: The idea of the boy in the coffin that has been there for years and the town that is on the borders of the supernatural was just great. I keep thinking about how effortlessly I was pulled into this story.
  • The characters: I really enjoyed the characters and the siblings in this book. The way in which the story ends with the protector, the lover, and the prince, was so great. Also loving the QUILTBAG representation.

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Quick Picks: Xmas Presents!

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Prepare yourself for an incredibly self indulgent post about all the things I want for Xmas!

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Candy Mountain Yule Log

by Lush

Quick  run down: Every year I try and buy a few of these limited release bubble bars. The bars smell amazing and are so easy to use. You simply crumble them under a running tap and bam – you have a bubble bath.

It appears that this year instead of being little pyramids, Lush has made them into a bit more manageable shape. I usually try and grab as many as I can in the online boxing day sales but I never turn them down as a present!

Quick reasons why I love it:

  • The Smell: They are amazing – a soft and sweet vanilla.
  • The Luxury: Bubble baths are a large part of my self care routine and these beauties make them all the more luxurious.

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Tropico 6

by Kalypso

Quick run down: I have sunk so many hours into the Tropico games. Tropico 6 is a simulation game where you play as El Presidente, a ‘legally’ elected leader of a Caribbean/Cubanesque island.

Pretty much this is Sims City but on a island with a catchy soundtrack.

Quick reasons why I love it:

  • The Soundtrack: the Latin jazz sounds that play throughout each of the Tropico games.
  • The Humour: the humour of the game is really tongue in check. The reoccurring characters of the game are also really fun.

Lunar Chronicles

The Lunar Chronicles Box-set

by Melissa Meyer

Quick run down: Okay so stay with me on this one, I own Cinder and Winter. However, I do not have the other books. I also love box sets so…

If you don’t know the series, I would really recommend you check out it out! The books are retellings of classic fairy tale and they are all interconnected and amazing. I tend to recommend the series to young adults at the library and I haven’t had any complaints yet.

Quick reasons why I love the series:

  • The larger story: The five books all interconnect to tell a larger story. I’m just going to let you in on a secret, the ‘Winter‘ book is about ‘Snow White’ and the other characters from the book all join together and there are ‘seven’ of them… Yep details like that make me so happy!
  • The covers: I know a lot of people give Cinder a tough time about the cover – what with the whole weird looking foot in a shoe but I love it and I love them all!.

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Quick Picks: Book Series I Abandoned

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The relationship between myself and book series is a strained one. While I won’t shy away from series, as a rule I don’t really like reading them unless they are really close to completion. I simply do not have the patience nor the desire to re-read the earlier books.

I am very aware that I should be more supportive of authors and their series, because if we don’t support the start of a series, then we are less likely to the end of the series. So yes, I will read first parts of series, I just might not do it if you’re super mega popular as I will make myself wait. A Song of Fire and Ice, I am looking at you.

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Green Rider Series

by Kristen Britain.

Goodreads ||  Author

Quick story run down: The Green Rider series, follows the story of Karigan G’ladheon as she joins and adventures as part of a group of  royal messengers, the Green Riders.

I found the first book, Green Rider, in a $2 bin at my local Golo back when I was a teenager. From the very first chapter, I fell in love. There was something about the book that captured my attention and I devoured the rest of the series.

Quick reasons why I stopped reading:

  • The length in between books: The first book was published in 1998 and the sixth book was published in 2017. 19 years. It has taken 19 years for six books to be released and the latest book, isn’t even the last!

I don’t want to be that person but ain’t nobody got time for that. I got sick of waiting for the next books and to be honest by the time the books came out I had completely forgotten all the plots of the previous books. Continue reading “Quick Picks: Book Series I Abandoned”

Quick Picks: M/M Romance novels

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I am a sucker for romance novels ❤ Even more so if they’re ones with QUILTBAG characters. Some of my favourite novels from the romance genre, are ones that have two men as the romantic leads.

Don’t get me wrong, I am just as likely to be reading romances with f/f, m/m/f, f/f/m, and how conventional of me m/f pairings. In addition to these, I also have an incredible weakness for romances that feature trans and/or asexual characters.

I have grandiose plans to eventually feature each of these pairings in a similar post. So keep your eye out! In the mean time, the below are just a quick look at some of my favourites from the m/m romance genre. I hope you enjoy.

undermyskinUnder My Skin

by M.L. Rhodes.

Goodreads ||  Author ||  Amazon

The publisher of this series has stopped operating, however the book is scheduled for re-release within either 2018 or 2019. 

Quick story run down: Sebastian Keller is a straight laced ‘smart guy’ who runs his own travel book shop. Dylan Radamacher is the bad boy owner of the ‘Rad Tattoo’ store that just opened up next to Sebastian.

In a book that combines two stories, you see Sebastian and Dylan break down their misconceptions of each other. As they both learn more about each other, you see their walls fall down as the pair start to hit it off. A sweet and sexy romance story follows.

Quick reasons why I love the book:

  • Cute characters: From beginning to end Sebastian and Dylan make me smile.
  • Enemies to lovers: I’m a sucker for that trope and while the pair may not have been enemies, there was some understandable animosity between them.
  • Re-readability: I found this book about eight years ago and I have re-read it some many times. I caved and tracked down a physical copy.

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