Markita's Book Bites: Quarantine Reads
With the quarantine happening, I have more than enough time to dedicate to personal reading time. Recently I picked up the Rural Diaries: Love, Livestock, and Big Life Lessons Down on Mischief Farm by Hilarie Burton Morgan. The title alone let me know this was going to be a fun read and it didn’t let me down. I know of Hilarie through her time on One Tree Hill from the WB, as well as her well known relationship with The Walking Dead actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan. In her book she gives the reader all the details about their relationship and their life on their farm with their two kids. She illustrates that their lives are not Hollywood perfect, but normal on a farm they have come to know and love.
I have also taken up cooking, well at least trying to cook. I have never been all that interested in cooking. Honestly, I am quick to make a simple meal to satisfy me and that is okay. The Goodful Cookbook from Buzzfeed gives simple and interesting recipes for those looking to entice someone like me who is not a fan of cooking. Recipes such as cheesy vegan breakfast tofu and Matcha banana smoothie are quick and easy to make, with ingredients that you probably already have in your refrigerator.
Last but certainly not least, is the Library Book by Susan Orlean. This was actually recommended by the members of the book club I host, Henderson Library Book Club. This may come as a surprise, but not all librarians want to read about libraries, but in this case, this book had a mystery and history lesson rolled into one. Best of both worlds. Orlean writes about the unsolved mystery of the Los Angeles Public Library Fire of 1986. A fire that raged for 7 hours and destroyed over four hundred thousand books. While providing details about the chaos that came from the fire, she also gives depths into libraries and their history. This book was engrossing and gives insight to the readers about this mystery and the history it became apart of.
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