I’ve been in a bit of a reading funk lately. I just haven’t been inspired with my reading list. In fact, my Goodreads want to read list (link on the right) is down to 8. Eight? In a way that makes me feel accomplished because at one point that was about a hundred. But on the other hand, I need to spruce it up with some titles.
So please, do use the comments to suggest some things that you’ve fallen in love with reading lately.
As for what I have enjoyed lately?
11/22/63 by Stephen King. I had read this when it came out and enjoyed it. I took a trip to Dallas back in April to visit family and we went to the Sixth Floor museum which put me in the mood to reread it. I loved it all over again. When King is on his game, he writes characters who you can hang with for as many pages as his mood suits. I tried watching the miniseries but it wasn’t the same.
Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money, and How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win by Luke Harding. Good background book on Trump’s history with Russia including members of Trump’s campaign. The thing that is just so crazy about Trump’s administration is not how stupid they are, but how transparent everything is. Trump’s true talent is being able to get away with everything despite doing everything in plain sight. I’m getting angry again just thinking about it.
Grant by Ron Chernow. Better than his bio on Hamilton except without the hip hop musical to back it up. Solid biography though.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. This will make you think long after you’re done reading it. It caught me off guard how good this story resonates.
I’m fleeing the country. Only for a week though… unless I get granted asylum. I won’t be updating this blog but I will be on twitter and probably post a few pics to Instagram. Lola will keep you company until I’m back.
Stay safe everybody! If you need me, I’ll be unable to talk because this will be stuffed down my gullet:
Had a quick trip to Dallas visiting family and home. Highlights from Dallas:
The Sixth Floor Museum, formerly known as the Texas School Book Depository. I’m a bit torn on this one. I really liked it at first but the emotion connected to it left a bad aftertaste. It took me a day or two to realize that the problem with it is that even though the exhibits are mostly dedicated to JFK, you are ultimately put into the vantage point of an assassin. It’s one of the saddest museums I have been to since I visited the Holocaust Museum in D.C.
Meso Maya. Good mexican food. Good atmosphere. The pollo con mole made me want to go back. Immediately.
Zaguan Bakery & Cafe. I was staying really close to this so it was my coffee and cachito place. Nothing like a couple of cortados to start the day.
Returned last night to 30 degree weather. WTF winter? It’s mid-April. Go home!
Third Nor’easter in as many weeks. And at the moment it’s looking like we’re about to get 2 feet of snow dumped on us. And Mrs. C is stuck in another state. (Her flight home tomorrow is canceled. So I did the only thing I could think of that made sense. Shakshuka!!
Mrs. C isn’t a fan because she hates egg yolks. Which kind of makes me wonder what the hell is wrong with her but to each their own. On the plus side, when she’s out of town, it’s Shakshuka time!
(Only eggs on one side because I’ll reheat it tomorrow and add fresh eggs to cook then…. If I have power at least.)
Stay safe people.
What’s your comfort food that you can make in a matter of minutes?
Croque Monsieur! It’s the perfect melted cheesy/bechamel/ham goodness that is fairly easy to make and smothers you in cheesy goodness.
What’s something you have given up forever?
Soda. Soda was something I drank constantly. I can’t even tell you the last time I’ve had a coke. And I’m 50lbs lighter than when I gave it up. (That’s not all soda weight though, I also stopped going to fast food places and started more exercise but that’s a different post)