What’s Up Saturday – 8.14.10

I have some favorites to share for the week…

Blogland

Books

  • I didn’t read that much this week, but I am working on Nicholas Sparks’ new book – The Lucky One. I don’t like it. I think I am over Nicholas Sparks’ writing style.
  • I have several health and wellness books on my shelf that I haven’t finished, like Eight Weeks to Optimum Health (Salvation Army find – $1.49). Maybe this week.

Fun

  • I took a Core Fusion class on Thursday night (Dori hosted) and I got to meet up with Missy, Ilana, Angela, and a bunch of other bloggers. Recap to come. Lovely, lovely ladies.
  • Anne has a guest post for me that will go up on Monday. I’m very excited for it and you should be too!

Happy Saturday!

What’s Up Saturday – 8.7.10

Here are my picks for the week (I had a lot of favorites). They are a bit late – we just arrived back to our apartment from our honeymoon and are trying to accept the fact that we have to start real life again 😉

Blogosphere

Books

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson – I read this ~500 page book in under a day. And then I had to get the next one! If you like crime drama you will definitely be hooked. This is a thriller not to be missed.
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire, by Stieg Larsson – I picked this up in the airport just a few hours after finishing the first book (above). It’s great so far – I have been pretty tired so I did not finish it in a day. But I will finish it within a day or two, I think. It’s a continuation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but I think you could pick it up without having read the first. Larsson does a good job summarizing what you need to know.
  • Sphere, by Michael Crichton – Another page-turner. Sphere is a science-fiction novel about a team of scientists (including a psychologist, the main character) that goes down to the bottom of the Pacific to explore a UFO that is 300 years old. I enjoyed it very much – I couldn’t put it down.

Fun!

  • Summer Streets began today! For 3 Saturdays (today, next week, and the week after) Park Avenue is closed to motor vehicles from Central Park to the Brooklyn Bridge – bikers, pedestrians, dog walkers, etc… can enjoy a strolling with no traffic. It’s car-free between 7AM and 1PM.

Whew. I am going to bed now! What are your finds this week?

What’s Up Saturday

A few weekends ago I started doing “What’s Up Saturday” – and listed out my favorites for the week. It’s been 3 weeks now and I am finally getting around to posting another one! Getting married keeps you pretty busy. So these links are for the last 3 weeks… (I star these things in my Google Reader to keep track.)

Deals and Good Reads

What I’m Reading (Books)

  • For the honeymoon I kept reading material pretty easy – on the plane to Maui I read The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud. It reminded me a bit of Nicholas Sparks’ novels, but also of Mitch Albom’s The Five People You Meet in Heaven. Charlie St. Cloud is being made into a movie (it came out yesterday?) with Zac Efron. The book is one man’s interpretation of what happens to us after we die. There’s more to it than that 😉
  • Now I’m reading The Seer and the Sword (by Victoria Hanley), which I got at a used bookstore for $3.75 in Lahaina. I think it’s a young adult novel (it’s a very easy read) and it’s kind of sci-fi-ish/historical fiction. It’s set in medieval times and there is a girl who can see the future and there is also a magical sword. I’m liking it! I’m guessing it’s a romance but I haven’t gotten that far yet.
  • Also got a few more books at the used bookstore and at B&N before we left, but I will save them for when I actually start reading them…

What are your finds this week? Any new blogs I should check out? Any blog gossip I’ve missed while I’ve been in Maui? (I’m blogging this at 7am local time, waiting for Bobby to wake up. We’ve been up super early this whole trip so I shouldn’t have to wait much longer.)

What’s Up Saturday

Deals and Good Reads

What I’m Reading (books)

  • Just finished The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks. It’s a sequel to The Notebook, which I read ages ago. Loved it. Sparks’ men are not realistic though 😉 Location: New Bern, NC; time: current (early 2000s).
  • In the middle of The Translation of Dr Apelles by David Treuer. It’s a Native American love story. Location: somewhere in the middle; time: half current, half a few hundred years ago.
  • Just started The Hazards of Good Breeding by Jessica Shattuck (social commentary). Really good so far – only on page 30. Location: Boston; time: current (early 2000s).
  • (I got all of these books in Brooklyn last week at the Salvation Army for <$2 each.)

What are your finds this week?

This post inspired by a great blog I just found called Honoring Health. She does “What’s Going On” posts like this.

Review: Substituting Ingredients

I was recently sent a complimentary copy of Becky Sue Epstein’s new book: Substituting Ingredients.

I’m always substituting ingredients myself, so I do know a lot of options already, but I’m always up for learning new things. (Speaking of learning new things, my linguistics class just ended and I am sad! It was really fun.) Becky’s book is a comprehensive reference book. It’s broken into a few parts:

  • Substituting Ingredients A to Z (the bulk of the book; it’s an alphabetical listing of ingredients and their possible substitutes)
  • Herbs and Spices (which definitely deserve their own section)
  • Measurement equivalents (useful!)
  • Remedies for common kitchen disasters (I can definitely see myself using this)
  • Household formulas (recipes for household cleaning supplies – all natural – like air freshener, bathroom cleaner, drain cleaner, mouthwash, and more)

The section of the book that I hope to get the most use out of is actually that last one – “Household Formulas“. I have never made my own cleaning supplies but have always wanted to. I really hate the fact that I claim to be environmentally friendly yet I pour chemicals all over my house! I can’t wait to try these out.

So I really like the book. It’s a shame it doesn’t come with her favorite recipes, but aside from that, it’s great. Thanks for the sneak peak, Becky! If you want to order it you can order Substituting Ingredients on Amazon.

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I am off to watch Bones and then maybe read. I just finished Three Cups of Tea (Clare read this recently too) so I have to figure out what to read next. I have a few things on my shelf but none are jumping out at me. What are you reading right now?