Winter Read: The Bear and the Nightingale

I just finished The Bear and The Nightingale, the debut novel from Katherine Arden, and I am so glad I read it. It fits the changing winter mood here in Chicago, and it also made me think my windy city isn’t nearly so bad as medieval Russia. That said, I highly recommend this book for …

Best Books of 2017

Books by sweetlouise

I met my goal of reading 32 books in 2017! With about two weeks to go before the end of the year, I am optimistic that I will surpass by goal again this year. (Read about last year’s challenge here.) You can see all the books I read in 2017 on Goodreads, which helps me …

Recipes for the banana, mushroom hater

Banana Bread

I’ve previously written about trying and failing with recipes found on Pinterest or other online sources, but I have also had some very good Pinterest successes recently. These have been so good that I had to share. Also follow me on Pinterest at ermctavish to see what I’d like to try or have tried and liked. I …

Fall Read: Standard Deviation

According to my tracker on Goodreads, I am three books behind on my 2017 reading challenge of finishing 32 books. While I definitely feel as though I have been reading a lot, recent life changes have also shifted my reading habits. I’m looking for more short reads, like the amazing Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny, …