two books

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The weather is finally starting to be December-like. 4°C sounds more like it. I’m not a big fan of really really cold weather but last week was just not right. Of course I now have a head-cold from running around not properly dressed last week. I’m making sure I actually take my vitamins and am taking things bit by bit because the last thing I need is to get really sick with two final papers, the end-of-year business stress, and a vacation (and plane ride) coming up. I slept most of the weekend when I wasn’t knitting or doing school-work. My 20 minute nap yesterday turned into about 2 hours. My nose really hurts from constant contact with tissues. This is a huge annoyance more than anything else.

Thus, I only finished three books ((I also read a compilation of some conference papers. I’m hesitant to say that I read “the book” because then what about all the other millions of pages of papers I read this past term? Perhaps after everything is over in two weeks, I’ll dump my Endnote and BibTeX files to HTML and include them.)) this past week (I spoke about the third last Wednesday).

Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky
This was interesting. I have a horrible weakness for salt. Horrible. It was nice to read and learn about how salt is made and the culture around it. The book did have a slant toward salted fish, but Kurlansky also wrote Cod so I can’t blame him for focusing on it. I am looking at how I season my food slightly differently now and I’m curious about all the gourmet salts I see on shop shelves.

Redwall by Brian Jacques
I knew that I’d want a fantasy escape this weekend and this title grabbed my attention when I was at the library last week. I hesitate to say it was cute, but it was. It is geared towards children though read the Amazon reviews if you think you want your child to read it. I loved it and believe I found my winter series (I do want to get started into David Eddings, but haven’t found a start of series at the library). ;) When I fell asleep reading this book, I started dreaming of Nibi being in the story. I will be looking for others in this series. It’s a nice quick read and a fun escape.

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4 Replies to “two books”

  1. I have been wanting to read Salt:A world history for a while now. I have a weakness for food science. if i can get a moment to relax i just might pick it up.

  2. I love the Redwall books. The food always sounds so delicious. I think I have read just about every one of them. One thing that you will notice is that every one of the books have pretty much the same story line just different animals. I got interested in reading them because my 5th grade teacher read our class the first one. They are a lot of fun!

  3. I keep hearing good things about that salt book… you’re gonna talk me into reading it, aren’t you? And: there’s such a thing as gourmet salts??

  4. I read Salt relatively recently and really enjoyed busting out random salt facts on people (like how soy sauce and tomato ketchup are “related”). I’ve owned and enjoyed Redwall for a long time, but the more books Jacques puts out, the less I enjoy them… kind of sad! If you’re in a food science-y mood, pick up “How to Read a French Fry.” Fascinating and made me hungry!

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