Friday, June 15, 2018

What I Read June

I am linking up with Modern Mrs Darcy's Quick Lit.  Check out what everyone else is reading.

I first saw this book Starvation Heights by Gregg Olson at Nonna's.  This is a twisted true story about a woman who called herself Dr Hazzard who offered a cure of fasting to her rich patients.  Once she got them into a weakened state basically drained their bank accounts.  Dr Linda Hazzard will give you the creeps.

In 1911 two wealthy British heiresses, Claire and Dora Williamson, arrived at a sanitorium in the forests of the Pacific Northwest to undergo the revolutionary “fasting treatment” of Dr. Linda Burfield Hazzard. It was supposed to be a holiday for the two sisters, but within a month of arriving at what the locals called Starvation Heights, the women underwent brutal treatments and were emaciated shadows of their former selves. 

Claire and Dora were not the first victims of Linda Hazzard, a quack doctor of extraordinary evil and greed. But as their jewelry disappeared and forged bank drafts began transferring their wealth to Hazzard’s accounts, the sisters came to learn that Hazzard would stop at nothing short of murder to achieve her ambitions. (Amazon)

I found The Woman in the Photo by Mary Hogan on the hot reads table at the library.  While the book is not a true story it is based on a true event of a dam breaking. The book is set in the past and present. An adopted girl in the present finds a gilded age photo in her adoption records that leads her to discover her ancestry. This is a good summer read.  The historical event of the dam breaking was well researched and interesting. 

The Widows of Malabar Hill is part of Modern Mrs Darcy's Summer Reading Guide.  I really liked this book.  The main character is Perveen Mistry. Perveen Mistry is Bombay's first female lawyer and takes on a case of 3 Muslim woman and a will she is trying to settle for them of their late husband.  This was a great mystery set in 1920 Bombay.  I found the cultural information fascinating.  This book reminded me of some of Zoe Ferraris books though the setting is Saudi Arabia and not India.  

Friday, June 1, 2018

What I Learned This Spring

Linking up with Emily Freeman's - What I learned this Spring

Neglect Works (Sometimes)

I have tried to grow sweet potato slips in the past unsucessfly.  Yes, I know I live in the Pacific Northwest but a girl has to try anyway. I accidentally left a bag of sweet potatoes on my counter and they sprouted.  So, I have started the great sweet potato experiment.

What the Heck is a Mellophone?

My son transitioned from the trumpet to the french horn this December.  But for parade season, he also had to learn the Mellophone. A mellophone is essentially a marching french horn.  Hey, I was in orchestra. This band thing is a whole new world.

Floret Seeds
Daisies and Orange Calendula

This year I treated myself to some special seeds from Floret.  I have grown regular Calendula - orange kind in the past.  So I was so excited to see some other colors- bronze beauty, pink surprise, and ivory princess.

Dill is Part of the Mustard Family

So no matter how lush and bushy the dill looks growing by the ocean.  Yes there is dill in the above picture. Don't let your friend run her fingers through it when she is allergic to it. That is my PSA for the day.  Luckily she had some bendaryl with her when her hand became all tingly.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Booking It May

 Modern Mrs Darcy's Quick Lit is not happening this month but she will be sharing her Summer Reading Guide. This was a slower reading month for me.

Educated by Tara Westover -The wait list for the physical book was so long at the library I opted for the ebook.  This book has been getting a lot of hype and I have to say Tara's life story is mind blowing.  Where she is today is a testament to her resilience. This book was also picked as part of the March Madness - Books That Are Better Read Together at Modern Mrs Darcy

I also enjoyed NewYork Times Book Review Podcast that featured Tara.

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal - I should of included this in my book review last month.  This was a Reese Witherspoon book club pick.  It was interesting but not a book I would of probably chosen on my own. Yep, this book is a little bit on the racy side so if not your cup of tea you might want to pass on this one.

Happiness a Memoir by Heather Harpham is another Reese Witherspoon  book club pick.  This was a quick read for me.  This book is mainly about Heather's child Gracie and her experience of getting a bone marrow transplant.  I won't lie I did read part of the ending in the middle of the book.  I just had to know.  I also love the love story between her husband and Heather.  It is so imperfect but real. I love the quote below.

If You are lucky, you meet four or five people in a lifetime who you're totally comfortable with . Comfortable in a way that causes you best self to surge forward. With them, rowing through life's quotidian mess is an adventure.