Good morning, friends. It's a warm, mild morning... the windows are open, coffee is poured, books, newspapers, and of course, laptop are at my side. Today I am thinking of family and friends in Manhattan. The bomb that shook Chelsea last night was just around the corner from my daughter's old apartment. Thankfully, there were no fatalities, but it is disturbing to see those images from a neighborhood I know so well...
Where did the week go? I haven't even posted since Monday. Every spare moment has been spent reading and listening to Germinal by Emile Zola.
This book!! It is brutal. It is riveting. It is SO real... and it is emotionally exhausting. But reading with friends is the best - search #GerminalAlong on twitter, instagram, and litsy. I am past 80% now, and there is no question of picking up another book until I reach the bitter end.
Amsterdam by Ian McEwan... with Athira (and maybe Care?) Want to join us?
I'm also at the top of the library hold list for two books on the Man Booker prize short list - Hot Milk by Deborah Levy and Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh. One should arrive this week, but is either the type of book I need after Germinal? We'll see...
In the kitchen//
With an abundance of sweet corn and zucchini, how could I not try the Sweet Corn and Zucchini Pie Bookchickdi shared last weekend? It comes from Pinch of Yum and was indeed yummy. I used Baby Bella mushrooms for even more flavor.
Do you spiralize? I've started buying spiralized zucchini and sweet potatoes at Wegmans... so convenient, but a little pricey if purchased on a regular basis. Yesterday I bought a gadget of my own and will experiment this week. Tips and recipe ideas welcome :)
Doctor Thorne... Julian Fellowes' recent project. The book was a favorite last year (the entire Barsetshire series, actually) and I'm loving the television production, too. Definitely binge-worthy, but not today. It's too nice outdoors!
The week ahead//
Today we're celebrating my mother's birthday. It's been a long couple of months and we're all ready for a little party!
We pick up my new car on Wednesday. With 2017 models already on the lot, we got a great deal on a 2016. My old car will reside in FL now... nearly 100,000 miles but still going strong. It will be nice to have a second car this winter, and one available for off-season visits.
How was your week? What are you reading today?
This post will link to It's Monday, What Are You Reading? hosted by Kathryn at Book Date.