A round-up of ones I’m eyeing to make:
Peanut butter-filled chocolate cookies by Wonderland Kitchen
Deep dark chocolate cookies by Divine Baking
Fig and date swirls by Lottie and Doof
Nutmeg maple butter cookies by Smitten Kitchen
(all photos linked to recipes)
Anything and everything they design I love.
Getting into the holiday mood! Have yourself a merry little Christmas, Sara Groves
The last two books I read were a little disappointing (for different reasons). The Marriage Plot by Jeffery Eugenides is his latest since Middlesex, the Pulitzer Prize winning novel that is hands-down one of my most favourite books. I know that makes it a hard act to follow, but The Marriage Plot was in my opinion a not good book by any standards. It had great aspirations but failed to reach any great heights. The characters were hard to connect to and seemed to change throughout the novel and the tie-in to literary theory made some parts a slog to get through.
The next book I moved to was The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell which is set in Victorian and present-day Scotland. It touches upon the horrible practice of sending out of wedlock pregnant or disobedient women which is fascinating and makes for a compelling story. However, there’s a little side plot that I felt distracted from this storyline and in the end got in the way of making this a really great novel.
Now I’ve decided to choose my next reads carefully and have a line up that will hopefully see me through the Christmas holidays:
- A World on Fire: an Epic History of Two Nations Divided by Amanda Foreman
- Small Wonder by Barbara Kingslover
- I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
Just submitted my first novel for NaNoWriMo with 50,263 words or 75 pages of A4 (size 12 font). I feel…relieved and happy. it was definitely a marathon of its own kind. And now, I’m going to bed!