Wednesday, December 31, 2014

books! books!

I'm back, bitches! :) Seriously though, I'm really going to try to actually be back. I've fallen in the trap of just opening Bloglovin and reading through everyone's blogs and then being done. It was better when I had all of my blogs in my Blogger homepage (except it sucked at updating so I missed a lot).

Anywho, I figured I'd wade slowly into this and start with a book challenge! I've been wanting to do one, and since I've actually been reading more lately, I figured this was a good time to start! I'm participating in this one with help from Kristen, since I don't have facebook and I'm not going to start now. (Side note: this girl's a blogger! why didn't she post it on her blog? stupid facebook.)

So here's the challenge for Jan 1 through April 30:

5 points: Read a book, any book that is at least 200 pages long. - The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. Sometimes I like to read nerdy nonfiction :) This one has 371 pages.

10 points: Read a book that begins with the “A”, “An”, or “The”. - The First True Lie by Marina Mander. I hope it's as good as I think it's going to be.

10 points: Read a book with a two word title. - On Immunity by Eula Biss. It's a book about vaccines and fearmongering.

15 points: Read a book with an animal in the title. - Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer. I've read it before (1 re-read is allowed), but it's been a long time. And reading it again right now will do me some good, as C and I are trying to transition to a plant-based diet.

20 points: Take the first letter of your first name…Read a book that the title begins with that letter. - Main Street Vegan by Victoria Moran. Again with the plant-based eating... I'll write a post on that soonish.

20 points: Read a book set in any country in Europe. - The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson. His second book is on NPR's list (see below), but this one sounded funnier. And it takes place in Sweden.

25 points: Read a book from the NPR’s guide of great books from 2014. - Whew, there are a lot to choose from here. I think I'm going with Everything I never Told You by Celeste Ng. I actually really want to read To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris and The Fever by Megan Abbott too... Perhaps I will ;) There are also some super-cute kids books on there, but I figured that would be cheating.

30 points: Read a book by a favourite author that is not a re-read. - All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner. Don't judge me for loving chick lit.

30 points: Read a book by a comedian or comedic actor. - Bossypants by Tina Fey. Can you believe I still haven't read this book, despite the fact that Tina Fey is my biggest girl-crush ever?! Me either. I'm remedying that.

35 points: Read a book about science, discovery, or a scientific process – non-fiction only. - Genes, Chromosomes, and Disease by Nicholas Wright Gillham. I've had this book on my Kindle for a million years and have never gotten around to reading it.

On a related note, has anyone tried Oyster? I'm intrigued, but I really want to know (from someone who's not writing a sponsored blog post) whether it's worth the money!


  1. YAY you're back!!! Reading Eating Animals is what gave me the final push to go veg. I absolutely want to hear any and all of your thoughts about adopting a plant-based diet! A tiny bit jealous that you can get C on board with that…Ben will eat whatever I make or want to eat, but he has no interest in giving up meat completely. It's not hard the way it is, it just seems like it would be easier if we were both on the same page!

  2. hiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!
    i wish Erin posted it on her blog as well.. oh well!
    I am totally reading the plant books you posted about. i don't eat a lot of meat as it is, but i do eat it when we go out or sometimes its just easier to make one meal for the both of us. KC wants to eat less meat but he'd never go meat free, boo.

  3. OH and I recommend - if you like audio books - to listen to Bossypants rather than reading it. Tina Fey reads it and I swear it made it that much better, I freaking LOVED it. I have it, I could send it to you (as long as it's not too big of a file to email which I have no idea)