Well, I didn’t plan to give up writing for Lent. But you know what they say about plans.
Life has been throwing us curve balls over here, and I simply haven’t been able to keep up with my writing schedule the way I want to. Right now I’m on a much-needed spring break, and I at least have enough energy and gumption to knock out a Quick Lit post, so that’s what I’m doing today.
As always, I’m linking up with Anne Bogel over at Modern Mrs. Darcy for her Quick Lit monthly roundup. It’s one of my favorite times of the month — when I get to see what everybody else is reading, too!
Here’s what I’ve read so far this month:
What I’ve Read Already:
I See You by Claire Mackintosh
This one’s a creepy, clever psychological thriller that will have you guessing and second guessing all the way to the last few pages. I loved it. This kind of book is right up my alley. Also check out Mackintosh’s novel I Let You Go for similar plot twists and creep factor. 5/5 stars
Trim Healthy Mama Plan: The Easy-Does-It Approach to Vibrant Health and a Slim Waistline and Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook by Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison
Apparently 2017 is the year I’m joining the “Diet of the Month” club. This one’s on the agenda for March, although I gotta admit. . . I’m really tired of adjusting my diet and not seeing much in the way of results. So I’m having trouble getting motivated.
The main idea behind this approach is planning meals so you separate your carbs from your fat. You can have a low-fat, moderate carb meal (what they call E meals). Or you can have a higher fat, low carb meal (what they call S meals.) There are lots of other abbreviations and special ingredients and a weird thing where they tell you to blend okra into chocolate shakes (um. . . yeah. That won’t be happening over here.)
Plus I gotta admit. . . these sisters creep me out a little.
But, I’m desperate and willing to give this plan a try. It’s worked for so many people, so a girl can dream.
I also purchased the cookbook and I’ve read it but haven’t tried any of the recipes yet. We’ll see. Can’t really rate until I know more. ?/5 stars
Damn Delicious by Chungah Rhee
This is one fabulous cookbook. I borrowed it from the library but I may end up having to purchase my own. Damn Delicious is one of my favorite food blogs, and this cookbook is chock full of healthy recipes and gorgeous photography. Every recipe of Chungah’s I’ve ever made has been a huge hit. . . delicious meals made with real food. So you simply can’t go wrong. 5/5 stars
Skinny Taste Fast and Slow by Gina Homolka
In case it’s not obvious, I’ve been a little obsessed lately with cookbooks and diet plans. This is another book I picked up at the library. I drooled over the pages and have post-its stuck all through the pages. Can’t wait to try some of these meals. Skinny Taste is another favorite food blog. Gina’s meals never disappoint. 5/5 stars
What I’m Reading Right Now:
This is an anthology of readings for Lent that I am using in my daily quiet time. It contains meaningful and convicting devotionals for each day, written by some of the most renowned Christian writers and thinkers of this and previous generations. A true gem. It hits the spot for the weary soul.
40 Days of Decrease by Alicia Britt Chole
This is my other Lent devotional book and I’m really enjoying it. Instead of focusing on giving up one thing for 40 days, each day’s reading challenges you to a specific fast for that day. Thought-provoking and insightful.
History of Wolves by Emily Fredlund
I know my life is out of sync right now, because I’m having a hard time getting into fiction. I’ve abandoned several novels over the past few weeks that just couldn’t hold my attention. I’m halfway through this one and enjoying the writing, although the pace is a little slow. At least the story is intriguing enough to keep me turning pages. . . so we’ll see!
So what about you? Read any good books lately? I’d love to hear your recommendations. . . especially about books you read when fiction just can’t keep you interested.