Did you get any good reading done this weekend, friends?
The husband, Small Fry, and I had a nice relaxing weekend at home. Hubs and I finally watched Argo on Friday night, which was awesome. And then we watched Syracuse lose on Saturday night, which was EXTRA AWESOME. (UConn may not be tourney-eligible this year, but that doesn't mean my disdain for Duke and Syracuse has waned.)
The temperature continues to slowly chug its way upwards, so we spent a good amount of time outside. All fun, except for when Small Fry took a big digger in the driveway. Now he's got a nice case of road rash on his face. Ah, the life of a toddler boy. I told him to tell all his friends that he got in a fight with a 3-year-old. You can't start the street cred too early.
Between all that and playing way too much Candy Crush (that game WILL be the end of me), I did get a good amount of reading done, finishing up Found Objects by Peter Gelfan (review to come tomorrow!).
As for what I'm reading now:
Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson
It begins with a simple ritual: Every Saturday afternoon, a boy who loves to cook walks to his grandmother’s house and helps her prepare a roast chicken for dinner. The grandmother is Swedish, a retired domestic. The boy is Ethiopian and adopted, and he will grow up to become the world-renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson. This book is his love letter to food and family in all its manifestations. (from Goodreads)
Yes, I am finally reading one of the food books I got from the library!! I have been dying to read Samuelsson's memoir (released a few months ago). I adore many of the Food Network stars, including Samuelsson, and I've heard that his road to food glory was a unique one. I just started this, can't wait to share with all of you.
The World's Strongest Librarian by Josh Hanagarne
Josh Hanagarne couldn’t be invisible if he tried. Although he wouldn’t officially be diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome until his freshman year of high school, Josh was six years old and onstage in a school Thanksgiving play when he first began exhibiting symptoms. By the time he was twenty, the young Mormon had reached his towering adult height of 6’7” when—while serving on a mission for the Church of Latter Day Saints—his Tourette’s tics escalated to nightmarish levels.
Determined to conquer his affliction, Josh underwent everything from quack remedies to lethargy-inducing drug regimes to Botox injections that paralyzed his vocal cords and left him voiceless for three years. Undeterred, Josh persevered to marry and earn a degree in Library Science. At last, an eccentric, autistic strongman—and former Air Force Tech Sergeant and guard at an Iraqi prison—taught Josh how to “throttle” his tics into submission through strength-training.
Today, Josh is a librarian in the main branch of Salt Lake City’s public library and founder of a popular blog about books and weight lifting—and the proud father of four-year-old Max, who has already started to show his own symptoms of Tourette’s.
The World’s Strongest Librarian illuminates the mysteries of this little-understood disorder, as well as the very different worlds of strongman training and modern libraries. With humor and candor, this unlikely hero traces his journey to overcome his disability— and navigate his wavering Mormon faith—to find love and create a life worth living. (from Goodreads)
Just starting this interesting memoir as well! I have an ARC from NetGalley that I couldn't resist, because Hanagarne's story sounds so intriguing. The book is released next month, and I've already heard a lot of great reviews.
Don't Go by Lisa Scottoline
When Dr. Mike Scanlon is called to serve as an army doctor in Afghanistan, he’s acutely aware of the dangers he’ll face and the hardships it will cause his wife Chloe and newborn baby. And deep inside, he doesn’t think of himself as a warrior, but a healer.
However, in an ironic turn of events, as Mike operates on a wounded soldier in a war-torn country, Chloe dies at home in the suburbs, in an apparent household accident. Devastated, he returns home to bury her, only to discover that the life he left behind has fallen apart. His medical practice is in jeopardy, and he is a complete stranger to the only family he has left - his precious baby girl. Worse, he learns a shocking secret that sends him into a downward spiral.
Ultimately, Mike realizes that the most important battle of his life faces him on the home front and he’ll have to put it all on the line to save what’s dearest to him – his family. (from Goodreads)
This is my current audiobook. I had a somewhat lukewarm reaction to my first Lisa Scottoline read last year (Look Again), but I do think she comes up with twisty, unexpected plots, so I decided to give this one a shot. It's definitely keeping my interest so far as I try to figure out what happened to Chloe, and how Mike is going to work through it. Kind of a women's fiction novel from a man's POV, which is cool.
What will be coming up next?
My two top contenders for my next read: Frozen In Time by Mitchell Zuckoff, and The Honest Toddler: A Child's Guide to Parenting by Bunmi Laditan. Words cannot do justice to how FREAKIN' STOKED I am about that book. Review coming soon!