It’s the Oscars and your birthday? Well then, you should come over for a “special k” chocolate cake homemade by me for you!
Happy birthday K- Dawg!
NoSauce Book Review - Defending Jacob by William Landay
I feel like everyone is talking about this book. It’s on all the must read lists, and I was excited that my book club chose it for this month’s selection.
However I was disappointed. It wasn’t that it wasn’t good - it was. It was just that it wasn’t great.
I didn’t particularly love any of the characters, I didn’t especially care if he was guilty or innocent, and I didn’t love how it bounced back and forth from previous time and present time. In the beginning it was confusing to figure out what was happening.
I would say it was average - good enough and a quick read, but I sort of felt like it dragged and dragged and I just wanted it to end.
3 out of 5 stars.
NoSauce Book Review - Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
I love a good long epic novel - it all started with Gone With the Wind when I was in high school. After that there have been a few that were good, and even fewer that were great. Maybe Pillars of the Earth.
By far Lonesome Dove was one of best I have ever read.
Larry McMurtry is so beyond talented. He helped write Brokeback Mountain. When it comes to writing epic tortured cowboy novels, he knows what’s up.
When I heard what it was about - a cattle drive from Texas to Montana post WW1, I really didn’t think it sounded that interesting. But I am happy to say I am wrong.
The characters were more colorful, complicated, and intriguing than most. The way that their lives wound together and apart kept me turning the page. I felt like I could taste the dust and smell the cattle.
He made traveling over the brown plain that looks the same day after day achingly beautiful.
A book about a bunch of men that you are only seeing a vignette for such a short amount of time, becomes so fascinating that when I read the last page, I literally checked online to see if some pages were missing. I was so sad it was over, I just wanted more.
I couldn’t put it down. Even though it was written in 1985, I felt like it was a true glimpse into 1875 and that I was on the trail with them.
5 out of 5 stars
NoSauce Book Review - The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
I loved The Little Friend so much that I couldn’t wait to read The Goldfinch.
Growing up my mom was a docent at the Museum of Modern Art in our town - so the plot of a stolen Dutch painting traveling from hand to hand - I was intrigued just by reading the back cover.
The book grabs you from the beginning, it sucks you in like an accident where you want to stop looking but you just can’t. It follows the main character from boyhood through the growing pains of being adult, where the main story is about a painting. It’s tangles and complicated and the web is filled with memorable characters that you feel like you have known your entire life.
This is the kind of story that you feel like you read about in the times, or followed like a trial for an infamous actor.
Fantastic and slow at times - exactly what you want from Donna Tartt.
5 out of 5 stars
This morning I was able to take Shea on a 3 mile walk. It was the first day that I can remember this year when it wasn’t miserable to be outside - and it was glorious.
For the Super Bowl I decided to try out this recipe from Smitten Kitchen. I added a side of marinara for dipping. I changed it a little - different cheeses, a little more salt, a little more red pepper.
Let’s just say this was on the table less time than it took the Seahawks to score that safety in the first 2 minutes of the game.
Super Bowl fireworks from our balcony!!!!