Book Tag: My Life In Books

I found this at Meg’s Magical Musings and decided to give another book tag a try.

Find a book for each of your initials:

M- The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley – I read this when I was 19 and it consumed me utterly for the whole summer.

L The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin – one of my favorite books of all time.

SA Stranger in Olondria by Sofia Samatar – A new read for me within the past year, but I now admire Sofia Samatar and can’t wait to read more of her work.

Count your age along your bookshelf: what book is it?

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez – no, I’m not 100 years old. No, it didn’t take 100 years to read, either. A beautiful, beautiful book.

Pick a book set in your country/city:

Blankets by Craig Thompson – I’ve had this recommended to me numerous times and I bought a second hand copy about a year ago, but I have yet to read it… and I only just now found out it takes place in Wisconsin!

Pick a book that represents a destination you’d love to travel to:

Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt – my 23 hour layover in Dublin didn’t quite count as getting to visit Ireland. I enjoyed this book a lot and found it hard to put down.

Which book do you have fondest memories of?

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien – Perhaps one of my earliest memories is of sitting on the couch next to my Dad while he read Bilbo’s story aloud to my sister and me.

Which book did you find the hardest to read?

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov – Nabokov is a brilliant author and the language of this book is stunning… but the subject matter made me keep putting the book down for long stretches of time before I could finish it.

Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest accomplishment when you finish it?

This is somewhat hard to answer because I I don’t have a physical TBR pile – it is an ever-morphing monstrosity that lives partly in my head, on many varied scraps of paper, and in several text documents, but nowhere in whole. The first book that pops into my mind is Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy because I think it will be a challenge, but also I am looking forward to the experience.

I’m looking forward to reading your answers as well!

An Abundance of Zucchini: Indian Stir-fried Summer Squash

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is resized_20200729_082004.jpg

There comes a time every summer in the Midwest when every person who has a garden is trying to give away their zucchini because ohmygoodness there are three more today and they’re taking over my countertop I can’t eat this much zucchini! I made zucchini bread, zucchini noodles, zucchini oven fries, vegetable “lasagna” and more and Joe and I still ding-dong-ditched our friends to leave zucchini on their porches just to make sure it got used up.

This stir-fry recipe from Madhur Jaffrey was also a favorite – once slathered in roasty, tangy spices with yogurt a pound of zucchini disappeared faster than blinking.

Continue reading “An Abundance of Zucchini: Indian Stir-fried Summer Squash”

Publish and Perish: A Book Review of The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith


I picked up The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith a couple weeks ago as a bit of light reading to break up the chapters of Les Miserables, which I have been slowly working through for quite a while, now. The Silkworm is the second of the Cormoran Strike novels – the series of private detective books written by J.K. Rowling under her Robert Galbraith pseudonym. I wanted to read something quick, something I knew I would devour in a weekend, and The Silkworm delivered. By the time I reached the halfway point, I didn’t put the book down and continued to read until the very end.

The Silkworm begins with Cormoran agreeing to find an author named Owen Quine who’s gone missing. There’s nothing unusual in this, his wife insists, he does this all the time. She just needs help taking care of their disabled daughter and he’s been gone long enough this time. Before long, though, Cormoran finds Quine gruesomely murdered in the same manner as one of his own characters from his unpublished book. Cormoran must discover which people have read the manuscript in order to find the killer. Continue reading “Publish and Perish: A Book Review of The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith”

Coming Soon!

Things to look forward to from MarieToday:

  • Revisiting the Disney classic, Snow White.
  • A deconstruction of public response to rape in the media.
  • Review of Ursula K. LeGuin’s 1969 novel The Left Hand of Darkness.