Home Feed
Home
Search
Search
Add Review, Blurb, Quote
Add
Activity
Activity
Profile
Profile
Tamra

Tamra

Joined October 2016

I love literary fiction!
blurb
Tamra
post image

Prepping for dinner tonight - Somali stew. The Xawaash spice mix is essential to Somali cuisine, though compared to Ethiopian Berbere ♥️ it has little heat. I‘ll be adjusting to our taste.😋

#Mtcookbook

mabell I saved a few recipes from this one! 17h
Tamra @mabell it‘s nice to read the stories and cook from it! 😄 14h
35 likes2 comments
review
Tamra
East of Eden | John Steinbeck
post image
Pickpick

My reading life is wrecked & ruined! 😭 I‘m almost angry at Steinbeck for writing this novel - what could possibly live up to it hereafter?

CallMeIshmael So you‘re telling me I need to finally read it? 3d
Tamra @CallMeIshmael my answer is a question. Why did I wait so long to read it? Especially when I‘ve liked, and even loved in some instances, his other work? 3d
CallMeIshmael @Tamra same….i just started it and actually am loving it 3d
See All 9 Comments
KathyWheeler I read this a few years ago as a buddy read, and it was so different from what I expected. I loved it, and it spurred me on to read The Grapes of Wrath. 3d
Tamra @CallMeIshmael 👏🏾 3d
Tamra @KathyWheeler Granted, I read GW a long time ago, but this seems head & shoulders better. What do you think? 3d
KathyWheeler @Tamra I liked The Grapes of Wrath, but I loved East of Eden. 3d
Tamra @KathyWheeler 🙌🏾 3d
dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 3d
62 likes1 stack add9 comments
blurb
Tamra
post image

#Mtcookbook selection this week. This was a dynamite marinade! Unfortunately, I had to make a mess on my stove because the grill is inside right beside my son. 🫤 A grill pan is not my preferred method.

Note, best use the chili flakes to taste. I have a very hot blend and 1 Tlb would have dissolved my daughter. 😳

Ruthiella Two thumbs up from the peanut gallery! 👍👍 Well done. 😄 5d
Tamra @Ruthiella yes! A unanimous thumbs down for the raw veggies they had to eat first, but I take the approval where I can get it. 😆 5d
Jess_Read_This Looks delicious! 5d
47 likes3 comments
blurb
Tamra
East of Eden | John Steinbeck
post image

It‘s finally summer! 😁🌞

Not my typical view while the deck is replaced. It‘s true, renovations invariably take longer than a contractor estimates.

Jess_Read_This Perfect way to spend a Friday evening! 6d
BarbaraBB Lovely photo. Still waiting for summer here 🌧️ 6d
Cathythoughts Looks lovely 🥰 6d
See All 7 Comments
Tamra @Jess_Read_This this is my hour routine before making dinner when I can manage it. You‘re right, it‘s perfect! 6d
Tamra @BarbaraBB wishing you summer soon! It‘s so late here as well. It‘s really sad when you live in a northern climate and have shorter than normal summer season. But, maybe we‘ll see an extended fall? 🤞🏾 6d
Tamra @Cathythoughts it‘s a nice quiet hour of me time. ☺️ 6d
Cathythoughts Well you can‘t beat that 🥰 6d
54 likes7 comments
blurb
Tamra
Whale Fall | ELIZABETH. O'CONNOR
post image

Quick trip out to Sturgis, South Dakota to visit my dad. Mitzi‘s Books in Rapid City is a nicely curated shop.

Ruthiella Nice! 👍 2w
Tamra @Ruthiella I think this is going to be a great read! 🤞🏾 (edited) 2w
58 likes1 stack add2 comments
review
Tamra
Beyond That, the Sea | Laura Spence-Ash
post image
Panpan

Sadly, this just isn‘t my genre.

dabbe #fanofthepan! 🤩🤩🤩 2w
50 likes1 comment
blurb
Tamra
East of Eden | John Steinbeck
post image

This summer will be marked by East of Eden. I know this is going to be one of those experiences I will wish I could have for the first time again & again & again.

And I‘m only halfway through!

Cathythoughts ♥️ 2w
49 likes1 comment
review
Tamra
Comedy in a Minor Key | Hans Keilson
post image
Pickpick

The only thing slightly comedic in this 1947 novella is that the Jewish man the couple are hiding and trying to save from the Nazi machine dies of natural causes instead and they have to dispose of the body without being caught. 🥹

It is quite short and I was left wanting or needing a bit more development.

Cathythoughts Great cover ♥️ 2w
44 likes1 comment
blurb
Tamra
Beard On Bread | James Beard
post image

Found this Booker winner today as well and it appears Litsy readers aren‘t too fond of the MC. I‘ll be brave and take a peek. 🫣

The squirrels are driving Cooper crazy.

Suet624 Cooper is gorgeous. 2w
Ruthiella They do it on purpose . Squirrels love to taunt! (edited) 2w
See All 11 Comments
LeahBergen My Johnny fully approves of Cooper‘s squirrel skills. 2w
Cathythoughts Cooper is handsome ♥️ 2w
Gleefulreader I just picked this up in a used bookstore the other day! Now I‘m extra curious. 2w
Tamra @Gleefulreader I just realized I didn‘t tag the right book. 😂 Me too, I‘m curious about why it‘s not well liked. 2w
Tamra @dabbe @Suet624 @Ruthiella @LeahBergen @Cathythoughts Cooper would be a tornado if I could let him loose out there! 🌪️ He adds so much life & love to our lives. (edited) 2w
Cuilin I loved that book!!!! It‘s years since I read it. it may have been the first Banville book I read, but it‘s certainly wasn‘t the last. 2w
Tamra @Cuilin 👏🏾 I‘m glad to know! 2w
Kerrbearlib Cooper is cute! 2w
56 likes1 stack add11 comments
blurb
Tamra
Beard On Bread | James Beard
post image

Found this 1970 gem today. Beard thinks sourdough isn‘t worth the effort. 😂 Apparently different types of flours were hard to find then, so most of the recipes call for all purpose flour. Now it looks odd in a bread book.

Leftcoastzen Nice find! 2w
jewright I love my sourdough! 2w
Tamra @Leftcoastzen 👏🏾 2w
See All 6 Comments
Tamra @jewright I love sourdough too! 2w
mabell I tried the La Brea Bakery method for sourdough a couple of years ago, grapes and all, failed, then read Beard on Bread - I laughed at the sourdough opinion 😂 2w
Tamra @mabell what an experiment! I didn‘t even know there was such a thing with grapes! I learn a lot from my “fails.” 🙃 I tossed my recent attempt at a starter (neglected it) and am going to try again. It is a bit of a babysitting job in the beginning. 2w
42 likes6 comments
quote
Tamra
post image

What?! Entry by Anais Nin 1933. The remainder of the entry poetically describes a sexual encounter with her father and her conflicted feelings about it. 😳🥺 This is way outside my comfort zone.

Cathythoughts What !!!! Way too out there for me. No ! 3w
25 likes1 comment
blurb
Tamra
post image

Finally a successful rise on a gluten free sandwich loaf! This is for my daughter; glad to have a homemade option. The available store brand has the tiniest slices for an exorbitant price.

My loaf is not white like the pic in the book and I realized it‘s my psyllium husk which is that brownish color. Not sure if all psyllium husk is that color?

My quibble with ATK is you MUST read all of the notes in order not to go astray.

#Mtcookbook

merelybookish Congrats! It looks great. 🙂 3w
mabell It looks really good! I‘m sure she‘ll love it! Homemade bread is so much better! I do agree about the notes and ATK 😆 3w
43 likes2 comments
blurb
Tamra
BUtterfield 8 | John O'Hara
post image

I found nothing on my TBR at Half Price 😢, so I picked up these because it‘s a cardinal rule not to leave a bookstore empty handed.

LeahBergen I always forget that I want to read the tagged book. 😆 3w
Ruthiella Your duty is done! ✔️😄 3w
mcctrish You can not leave a bookstore empty handed EVER! 3w
See All 7 Comments
Leftcoastzen That‘s a good rule! 3w
Aimeesue That‘s my favorite rule 💚 3w
Cathythoughts That‘s The Rule ! 👍🏻 3w
Tamra @LeahBergen I do that all the time! #bookishproblems 3w
50 likes7 comments
blurb
Tamra
Lincoln in the Bardo | George Saunders
post image

I was musing with my husband about this audio book and it led me down a rabbit hole. This is a good article about the production. What a performance! This is one of those rare instances, like with film, that the performance is better than the print experience. https://www.wired.com/2017/02/george-saunders-bardo-white-house-audiobook/

kspenmoll I just loved this audio- easier for me than reading the book! 3w
Tamra @kspenmoll yes! The distinctive voices make it easier to keep track of the conversations. 3w
sarahbarnes I‘ve heard this is true! I read it in print and want to do the audio at some point. 3w
Tamra @sarahbarnes do try it! I find it‘s usually available on Libby if you use that app. 3w
45 likes4 comments
review
Tamra
Soldier Sailor | Claire Kilroy
post image
Mehso-so

This was a Goodreads giveaway and I‘m glad I didn‘t buy it because it‘s just okay. On the one hand Kilroy does some necessary truth telling about mothering, but on the other it‘s OVER THE TOP ALL THE TIME. (Just like those capital letters.) Constant overwrought isn‘t my favorite jam flavor.

Cathythoughts Very interesting review 🤔 I‘ve been avoiding it despite all the great reviews… 4w
Tamra @Cathythoughts this is a borrow not buy IMHO. I recognize it captures the early days of postpartum depression and/or sleep deprivation, but personally I think it would have worked better as a short story or novella. I know I got lucky with very easy infants & toddlers. Kilroy should write a novel about parenting teens - now that‘s drama worthy. 😜🤣 (edited) 4w
youneverarrived I love books about motherhood but I do find they often focus on the negatives in an overly strong way (I get its good to portray the fact motherhood isn‘t always easy but 🤷‍♀️). I‘ve just checked this out from the library so shall be reading it soon! 3w
Tamra @youneverarrived good point, it does seem like that‘s been the focus. Motherhood isn‘t supported the way it should be, but that point felt belabored in this instance and in other places it was drippy sentimental. I‘m interested to see what you think. 3w
48 likes4 comments
quote
Tamra
Soldier Sailor | Claire Kilroy
post image

“To him I was yet another clumsy housewife who couldn‘t keep up with him. I know because I used to think that way too. I used to be a dick. There‘s a spectrum. I was on it.” 😆

MC‘s reflection on being in the grocery checkout with a baby having a tantrum.

Photo is completely unrelated. A MN nature photographer had the amazing fortune of capturing a photo of a rare leucistic loon. He‘s not revealing the location. 🫶🏽

Aimeesue What a lovely bird! 4w
47 likes1 comment
blurb
Tamra
Indian Horse | Richard Wagamese
post image

Is it raining? Of course, still, again. Good grief will it ever end???

Went to a posh finely curated bookshop in Eau Claire, WI. It was so poshy it felt more like an expensive art gallery in which you would only speak in hushed tones, if you spoke at all. 😜 (I admit I loved the literary quality of the selections.)

JenReadsAlot I don't think it's ever going to end! I'm in southern Wisconsin in the rain..... 4w
Tamra @JenReadsAlot blech - not my thing! 4w
JenReadsAlot It's getting really old! 4w
See All 12 Comments
Blh87 MN here, and me and my plants are drowning. I am going on strike. No more rain! 4w
Tamra @Blh87 I‘m in MN too and while I‘m glad the two year drought is done, this is overkill! (edited) 4w
Blh87 @Tamra I‘m tired of being soggy. 4w
Tamra @Blh87 agreed. It‘s interfering with my outdoor reading and we get so little of it even in the best of years. 😢 4w
LeeRHarry Be great if you could send some rain to Melbourne - we seriously need some. Hope it clears soon. 🤞 4w
Tamra @LeeRHarry I‘m happy to help! Blowing the rain clouds your way! 🌬️🌬️💨 4w
Tamra @LeeRHarry seriously, the proverbial grass is always greener on the other side. We‘ve been abnormally dry for two years and now we‘ve gone the other direction. Thanks climate change. 🫤 4w
LeeRHarry @Tamra I‘m wondering if we‘re in for it come spring. 4w
Tamra @LeeRHarry you might be if this cycle is any indication. Our winter was very dry too. 4w
50 likes12 comments
blurb
Tamra
post image

This is what happens when I have nobody else to feed in the house - vegan sauce! Nothing pretty to look at, but it‘s very tasty and easy.

I ate it with veggies for dinner last night because again, not pleasing anyone else. 😂 #Mtcookbook

Bookwormjillk I have that book waiting for me at the library. I‘ll have to try the sauce. 4w
Tamra @Bookwormjillk if you like peppers & onions, I think you‘ll enjoy it. Very versatile! 4w
mabell I‘m impressed! When I‘m on my own, I make cheese fries 🤣 4w
Tamra @mabell 😆 I‘d been waiting for this opportunity! Often I‘m tired and just eat leftovers. 4w
48 likes4 comments
blurb
Tamra
post image

I enjoyed this film about Nella Last streaming on Amazon. Her husband on the other hand……🫢.

Nella‘s diary entries appear in the tagged anthology, which is the only reason I recognized her name.

LeahBergen I have a copy of her diaries that I‘ve been meaning to read for ages. 4w
Tamra @LeahBergen I‘m sure it will be a wonderful read when you get to it. 😁 4w
43 likes2 comments
blurb
Tamra
Soldier Sailor | Claire Kilroy
post image

Oooooof I read the first 16 pages waiting at the salon and there are loads of heavy feelings in this one. I can tell it is going to be a raw examination of the self, motherhood & marriage.

Cathythoughts Sounds good ♥️ I have it stacked already. 4w
52 likes1 comment
blurb
Tamra
post image

Perfect use for leftover wild rice! My toast was tasty this morning. 😋 This is one of the reasons I like this book, the variety of recipes. #Mtcookbook

Christine That looks great! 😋 1mo
mabell Wow! What a unique use for wild rice! I bet it would make good toast! 1mo
44 likes2 comments
review
Tamra
Handsome Man's de Luxe Cafe | Alexander McCall Smith
post image
Pickpick

When you are in need of a literary hug, look no further than Mma Romatswe. 🤗

Ruthiella Indeed! ❤️ 1mo
53 likes1 comment
blurb
Tamra
post image

The sun is out! (Momentarily) Back to the happy place. 🌞

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 😍 1mo
56 likes1 comment
quote
Tamra
post image

Thai Beef Salad 5⭐️

Oh my oh my, this was so good last night! I can‘t wait to eat it again for dinner tonight. No finish photo because I was starving. #Mtcookbook

Aimeesue Mmmmmmm! 1mo
LeahBergen That sounds wonderful! 1mo
54 likes2 comments
blurb
Tamra
post image

I‘m just a little over halfway thru this doorstop and I‘ve nearly bailed because it doesn‘t always keep my interest (seems a bit repetitive). Do I hang in there???

xicanti I read it a looooong time ago and have forgotten basically everything except that I found the ending weak. It does that litfic thing where it just STOPS. If you don‘t love it, I figure you‘re good to bail. 1mo
Soubhiville I really liked this book, even the end. It‘s definitely a looooong haul though. 1mo
Ruthiella I didn‘t love this like everyone else did. My sister raved about it and I read her copy. For me it dragged a lot. I much prefer by him the very creepy 1mo
See All 10 Comments
Jess_Read_This Permission to bail, granted! I think there are too many other potential gems waiting for you. No need to force thru this one. 😆 1mo
CarolynM I bailed at the 100 page mark. I just don‘t like that cod Victorian writing style. 1mo
LeahBergen Meh. I‘d bail. I loved it when I read it ages ago but I remember loving it all the way through. It‘s probably just not your jam! 1mo
Hooked_on_books I totally say bail. I think in the end you‘ll be glad you did. 1mo
Cathythoughts I did love it. But , I‘m a great believer in the bail. There are so many books to read. I say bail ! Then onwards and upwards 👍🏻♥️ 1mo
youneverarrived This is one of my favourites but if you‘re not enjoying it at halfway I‘d say bail 1mo
Tamra @xicanti @Soubhiville @Ruthiella @Jess_Read_This @CarolynM @LeahBergen @Hooked_on_books @Cathythoughts @youneverarrived thanks for the input! I decided to rehome it. Had it been shorter I may have pushed through. I‘m on to my next bedtime chunkster, which I‘m absolutely loving. 4w
46 likes10 comments
review
Tamra
post image
Pickpick

The pic has nothing to do with the tagged book except athleticism. 😆 Cooper is a loaded spring ready for action. Spring is his spirit name.

Listened to the audio of this book for IRL bookclub. I appreciate the rowing club wasn‘t all about the sport, promising HS students rainbows of gold coins & fame, instead it was a scaffolding of varying supports to be successful in their chosen walks of life.

Going to watch the documentary. 👍🏾

TheBookHippie Oh gorgeous dog!!! 1mo
Tamra @TheBookHippie thanks - he is a character for sure! 1mo
TheBookHippie @Tamra I live in my Diva bulldogs house…so I get it 🤣 1mo
See All 8 Comments
Tamra @TheBookHippie 🤣🤣 ain‘t that the truth?! 1mo
LeahBergen He looks like he‘s waiting for a squirrel. 😆 1mo
dabbe #calmcooper ... #not 🤩🖤🐾🖤🤩 1mo
Aimeesue Such focus! 🐾 1mo
Tamra @LeahBergen @dabbe @Aimeesue locked & loaded! Anything that moves is fair game. 1mo
60 likes8 comments
review
Tamra
post image
Pickpick

A novel of its time certainly, but it evokes a bittersweet nostalgia of early adulting & marriage. There are bits of insight and snort worthy humor that I can now appreciate having passed through that window.

I LOVED the first chapter! So relatable, except we spent 16 years (on a 5 year plan) in our first family home. 😂 I still miss it and wistfully drive by occasionally. #Persephoneclub

dabbe Adorable bookmark; is it made of felt? 🤩🤩🤩 1mo
Tamra @dabbe it is fabric. 😁 I bought two recently at an Indie bookstore. I love it when stores offer locally made goods. 1mo
dabbe @Tamra 😀🤩🤗 1mo
See All 8 Comments
Tamra Lots of unrecognized privilege happening in it! 😏 1mo
LeahBergen We spent four years in our first house and I still drive by it, too. I also dream about it all the time! 😆 1mo
Tamra @LeahBergen yes! Couldn‘t you step right back in and it wouldn‘t feel like you ever left? We spent so long because we debated forever on the merits of remodeling to accommodate us, but it would have been a money & stress drain. It was a circa 1900 house. (edited) 1mo
Cathythoughts Great review. The houses we live in hold so many memories ♥️ haunting. 1mo
jlhammar Cute bookmark! Hoping to start soon. 1mo
44 likes8 comments
blurb
Tamra
Untitled | Untitled
post image

Paul Giamatti is thankful for being successful at acting because it supports his used book buying career. 😆 He and Colbert are big Sci Fi readers. Who knew? They share a book passion!

I knew I liked Giamatti - now I know why.

https://youtu.be/D8Jvx-6LI1M?si=ZBEy9HM-MDTrMvh_

dabbe One more reason to love them both even more. 💚💙💚 1mo
Leftcoastzen This clip is fantastic! Thanks for sharing! 1mo
sarahbarnes I love him, too! 😍 1mo
Tamra @dabbe @Leftcoastzen @sarahbarnes so fun, right?! I‘m not a SF fan, but we can all understand the enthusiasm regardless of genre! 1mo
55 likes4 comments
quote
Tamra
post image

“This, said Felicity obstinately, is a man‘s job. Anyone will tell you that it‘s the husband‘s affair when one of the servants gets drunk.”

🤭😜I nearly spit out my coffee. #Persephoneclub

Leftcoastzen 👏😂 1mo
LeahBergen 😆😆 1mo
CarolynM 🤣🤣 1mo
Cathythoughts Love this ♥️😂 1mo
39 likes4 comments
blurb
Tamra
post image

Anytime is soup time! Wild rice counts as a veggie since it‘s technically a grass, right? 😉

#Mtcookbook

Leftcoastzen Nice vintage cookbook 1mo
IndoorDame I had no idea it was a grass! 1mo
Cathythoughts This soup looks so creamy ! Yum. 😋 1mo
40 likes3 comments
blurb
Tamra
post image

Sharing some “balcony” time with Felicity this morning. She has an Ajax and I have a Cooper, both the most best & lovely dogs on their streets. 😂 #Persephoneclub

everlocalwest A prime reading locale and a lovely reading buddy! 💙📚 1mo
LeahBergen Your balcony is much larger than Felicity‘s 😆 1mo
Tamra @LeahBergen 😆 That was a funny scene when Ian was only half on the balcony. 1mo
See All 6 Comments
Tamra @everlocalwest nosey Nate buddy. 😉 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty 😍 1mo
Cathythoughts Lovely picture. No snow in sight 😆❤️ 1mo
58 likes6 comments
blurb
Tamra
Grandma's Cookbook | Pukka Carpenter
post image

Gluten free sour cream banana muffins 🍌 I love the texture of baked goods with 1:1 flour, but it doesn‘t have the same rise of regular flour.

I‘m not sure if I should count this for my weekly installment of #Mtcookbook because I use this book for my pineapple banana bread all the time, but at the very least I used a book instead of the interwebs. 😉

Ruthiella Yum! 😋 1mo
mabell Pineapple banana bread?? 🤯 1mo
Tamra @mabell I add 2/3 cup crushed pineapple to banana bread. Makes it moist, but you can‘t taste the pineapple over the 3 bananas. 😋 1mo
See All 6 Comments
mabell I see! Makes me think of adding pineapple to carrot cake 1mo
Tamra @mabell that would totally work. 1mo
47 likes6 comments
quote
Tamra
post image

In memory of D-Day. 💔

TheBookHippie I think of this every year. And my grandpa who was over there fighting for his new country. 1mo
41 likes1 comment
blurb
Tamra
post image

Hopefully these are my kid read alongs this summer. 🤞🏾🤞🏾 They don‘t read unless it‘s required or seriously cajoled. How can that be?! 😵‍💫

mcctrish My kids suck in regards to reading 💔 1mo
AmyG Same. But finally, in their 30‘s….2 out of 3 became readers. 1mo
marleed My sad story too. My son was reading scarred by this over-the-top Accelerated Reader (AR) Program in the aughts. Massive amount of points were required for individual reading then a standardized test (no classroom discussion). He loved to read until then. He didn‘t read for the very specific details tested in the multiple choice questions, and this convinced him he was a bad reader - and has not read a novel since middle school. 1mo
53 likes3 comments
review
Tamra
The Road to Dalton | Shannon Bowring
post image
Pickpick

The best kind of Sunday morning. 😊

Bowring writes a compelling contrast between the inner lives of her characters versus their outward appearances. (True self vs social constraints) Reminds me a bit of Mary Lawson. I felt like it would have been more cohesive had it focused on fewer characters and by extension had fewer quasi climaxes. Overall a pick and I would definitely read her next novel! #EuropaCollective

squirrelbrain Great review! I need to start this soon…. 2mo
Tamra @squirrelbrain you‘re going to fly through it! ✈️ 2mo
jlhammar Wonderful! The Mary Lawson comparison makes me even more excited. 2mo
Tamra @jlhammar the way she writes about relationships feels similar. 😄 2mo
sarahbarnes Great review. I liked this one too. 2mo
57 likes1 stack add5 comments
blurb
Tamra
post image

Oh so spot on! Completely satisfied my curry lust. I will add a note to include a dollop of plain yogurt & cilantro. #Mtcookbook

JamieArc I may have taken a screenshot of this post so I could zoom in and look at the recipe 🧐. I should see if my library has this cookbook though! 2mo
Tamra @JamieArc yes! Do check it out to see if you might like it. 2mo
mabell For me, yogurt is an obligatory curry accompaniment 😆 1mo
49 likes3 comments
quote
Tamra
The Road to Dalton | Shannon Bowring
post image

How apropos I‘m starting this at bedtime. 😌 #EuropaCollective

BarbaraBB Love this! 2mo
jlhammar Perfect! 2mo
63 likes2 comments
quote
Tamra
post image

Made me laugh out loud! The “fast ways of young people nowadays.” 🤣 Just imagine her commentary on today‘s shenanigans!

kspenmoll 😂😂😂 2mo
48 likes1 comment
blurb
Tamra
post image

Not the tagged book. I ran across this New Yorker short and for us word nerdy types it is funny! Teachers and parents can relate - how much of a vocab lesson is enough? 😂

https://youtu.be/_42tJgX_S48?si=GTa4lENcUtobUiOC

blurb
Tamra
post image

😳 I‘ve been bailing left & right on audiobooks, including the tagged novel, The Wren the Wren, two Toibin novels, among others.

I‘m in an audio drought. 🏜️🌵

Leftcoastzen It could be just me but honestly, I find it hard to listen to literary fiction in audio format. A good mystery, thriller, or compelling non fiction works for me. 2mo
TheBookHippie I cannot do audio at all so … 🤣😵‍💫😅 2mo
Tamra @Leftcoastzen I think that is true - I‘ve noticed the same. Requires more concentration. 2mo
See All 15 Comments
Tamra @TheBookHippie gotta be the right book! 😉 2mo
BarbaraBB I bailed on The Wren in print too and I didn‘t like your tagged book either. So maybe it‘s not you but the books 😀 2mo
Cuilin I also bailed on the Wren, and I usually love her writing. 2mo
squirrelbrain I really disliked the tagged, and can‘t imagine listening to it, so I don‘t think it‘s you. 2mo
Tamra @BarbaraBB @Cuilin @squirrelbrain glad I‘m not alone! 😅 2mo
Tamra @Cuilin I think I need to try another. 2mo
Cuilin @Tamra wonderful but incredibly sad story of hers that I recommend is 2mo
Tamra @Cuilin thank you for the recommendation! Stacking 2mo
Ruthiella I‘m with @Leftcoastzen . I prefer audio books with a strong plot. I also prefer series via audio because you have a built in familiarity with it. 2mo
jlhammar I hate when that happens! I also bailed on The Wren, The Wren audiobook. Hope you land on a good one soon 🎧 2mo
Tamra @Ruthiella strong plot definitely makes an audio easier to follow. 👍🏾 (edited) 2mo
Tamra @jlhammar 🤞🏾 Just a matter of time. But it‘s funny how dry spells run in streaks. 2mo
43 likes15 comments
review
Tamra
post image
Pickpick

This spinster tale spiraled into a forsaken place I did not expect at all. Judy is left hollow and abandoned even in her faith or lack thereof. 😑 I suppose that is her singular passion - loneliness.

Good grief.

jlhammar Such a good book! 2mo
Jess_Read_This Oh wow! I‘m torn between wanting to read this now and wondering if it‘s the sort of book I need to be mentally prepared to read? It sounds like it was a good one though? 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Gorgeous 🌱💚 2mo
See All 13 Comments
Cathythoughts ❤️❤️❤️ I saw the film , I need to read the book too. X 2mo
Tamra @Jess_Read_This @jlhammar it is very well written, but it is depressing. I think you need to know that going in case you aren‘t up for it. (edited) 2mo
Tamra @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love greenery too! 2mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts there is a film? Must find it! 😘 2mo
LeahBergen I loved this book. It‘s grim, yes, but wonderful. 2mo
Tamra @LeahBergen Moore definitely knows how to develop characters! 2mo
Cathythoughts Yes , Maggie Smith is in it. ♥️ 2mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts oh my, that will be good. 2mo
BarbaraBB Loved this one! 2mo
Suet624 Really liked this one. 2mo
58 likes13 comments
blurb
Tamra
post image

It‘s a dreary cool day here, but this lemon pie will be our sunshine. 😎 Sure sign of impending summer break when I begin making these kinds of pies. This is a dessert I‘ll actually eat because it‘s citrusy. 🍋 It only takes a sliver to satisfy.

I have taped up this book over & over again.

TheBookHippie Ooooo 💛🍋 2mo
Cathythoughts 💛 💛💛 looks divine. 2mo
IndoorDame Yum!!!!! 2mo
See All 8 Comments
LeahBergen Yum! 2mo
Aimeesue Mmmmmmm! 💛 2mo
Ruthiella Yum! 😋 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Pie looks great! 😋 2mo
mabell That looks delicious and sounds so good! 2mo
57 likes8 comments
quote
Tamra
post image

Example page. Love Pym‘s question! 😆

The subsequent entry is one of Anne Frank‘s in which she contemplates whether they would have been better off not going into hiding and wants the end to come soon, whatever that may be. 😔

blurb
Tamra
post image

I‘m very excited to read this as a project through the year!I‘m certain some aspects of the diary entries contained in the volume are likely to be familiar, despite spanning centuries.

LeahBergen I‘ve been eyeing this one! 2mo
Tamra @LeahBergen what‘s great is each day only contains 3-4 short entries, so it isn‘t a big time investment. Very doable. (edited) 2mo
Jess_Read_This I bought this one earlier this year. And it‘s been eyeing me disapprovingly from my bookshelf! I need to just dive in. 2mo
Tamra @Jess_Read_This you should! 😁 2mo
53 likes2 stack adds4 comments
review
Tamra
The Maiden | Kate Foster
post image
Bailedbailed

I got halfway in and then skimmed the last couple of chapters. Does that constitute a bail?

I wanted more subtlety of plot & character development and less on “I must have gone mad with lust….I thought of nothing but sex.” 🤣

rubyslippersreads 💜 the cover, but I don‘t think the book would be for me. 2mo
dabbe #hailthebail! 🤩🤩🤩 2mo
57 likes2 comments
review
Tamra
Alex | Pierre Lematre
post image
Pickpick

This psychological thriller packs a serious brutal punch. Blood Wedding was every bit the cat & mouse game you would expect of the genre, but in this Lemaitre added a degree of barbarism I didn‘t expect. 😳

Truth or Justice? Which do you want?

Cathythoughts I think I‘ll read Blood Wedding first. It‘s in the post for me. 2mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts I think you‘ll like Blood Wedding!🤞🏾 The tagged novel is the second in a series - apparently though it was published in the US before the first (Irene). But, it stands alone well. 2mo
47 likes1 stack add2 comments
blurb
Tamra
post image

Prepping Chicken Shawarma Salad for dinner tonight after IRL bookclub. It‘s a salad you can make the components ahead and toss together when it‘s time to eat. I‘m craving the lemon tahini dressing. 😋 #Mtcookbook

LeahBergen Yum! I love shawarma. 2mo
mabell Lovely photo! I‘ve tried a few recipes from their blog - really good! 2mo
Tamra @LeahBergen it was/is delicious! 2mo
See All 6 Comments
Tamra @mabell I was leafing through the book again and found several more I want to tab so I imagine the blog is fantastic. 2mo
mabell These were a couple of recipes we thought were fabulous: Buffalo Chicken Meatballs https://themodernproper.com/buffalo-chicken-meatballs and Norwegian Risgrot Rice Porridge https://themodernproper.com/norwegian-breakfast-rice-porridge 2mo
Tamra @mabell thank you! 👏🏾👌🏾 2mo
50 likes6 comments
quote
Tamra
post image

Timely question. Like so many others, I am in a season of life with a flurry of mental & physical Post-it notes.

JamieArc This is so lovely. I need to pick this book back up! 2mo
Tamra @JamieArc I just finished up the spring section. 😊 2mo
Amiable This is both lovely and achingly melancholy. 😔 2mo
Tamra @Amiable it is indeed. Good reminder to take a breath every now & then. 2mo
47 likes1 stack add4 comments
review
Tamra
Dandelion Wine | Ray D Bradbury
post image
Pickpick

🌞 Each chapter is a time capsule of a summer day, like each bottle of dandelion wine. Simply lovely nostalgia.

Highly recommended for a seasonal read as a reminder to RELISH 😉 summer.

Note: do not go into this book expecting a traditional plotted novel. Each chapter is a vignette with overlapping characters and setting.

Tamra Oh, and now I want to try dandelion wine! 2mo
54 likes1 stack add1 comment
blurb
Tamra
post image

Assure me all of you aren‘t bots. 🤭

Graywacke That‘s a tricky request 🙂 2mo
quietlycuriouskate "I'm sorry, I can't do that, Dave." 2mo
Susanita “How would I prove that I‘m not?” 2mo
See All 15 Comments
LeahBergen Let me look for an answer to that question… 2mo
Tamra @Graywacke @Susanita 😉😉 (edited) 2mo
Tamra @LeahBergen that will be a fun rabbit hole! 2mo
Jess_Read_This The sheer number of times it takes me to find all the squares that have a traffic light or bicycle in it to prove I‘m not a robot should prove I‘m not a bot. 🤣 Oh crap, or does that make me a bot?? (edited) 2mo
Tamra @Jess_Read_This 🤣🤣 2mo
Aimeesue My husband thought he was funny and had an AI create an outline about the dangers of AI to military operations for his job supporting the military. Turns out it was good at pointing out the dangers, but terrible at providing reference articles, so he had to do the whole thing over. Now we‘re wondering if the AI was just trying to psyche him out. 😆 2mo
Aimeesue @quietlycuriouskate Go, HAL! 🤣🤣🤣 2mo
CarolynM I can‘t see any squares to click on the ones with cars, or traffic lights, or steps or whatever. Oh no, you won‘t know I‘m human🤣 2mo
Hooked_on_books No bot has a dog as cute as mine. 😬 2mo
Tamra @CarolynM 😜 2mo
Tamra @Hooked_on_books 😆 good one! Next will be bot pets. 2mo
55 likes15 comments