Book Review: The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher

Book Review: The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher

Title: The Aeronaut’s Windlass Author: Jim Butcher Series: The Cinder Spires, Book 1 Publisher: Roc Paperback: 630 pages Source: Chicago OverDrive Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Since time immemorial, the Spires have sheltered humanity, towering for miles over the mist-shrouded surface of the world. Within their halls, aristocratic houses have ruled for generations, developing scientific marvels, fostering trade alliances, and building fleets of airships to keep the peace. Captain Grimm commands the merchant ship, Predator. Fiercely loyal to Spire Albion, he has taken their side in…

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Alton Brown Adventures: Shepherd’s Pie

Alton Brown Adventures: Shepherd’s Pie

I am a fan of the Shepherd’s Pie. Everything in it just feels so comfort food/homey to me — ground beef and mashed potatoes? Yes please! The problem is that some recipes might be bland, but when we took a look at Alton Brown’s recipe, we knew that definitely wouldn’t be a problem. As always, we had a little difficulty in the actual cookware department. The only pan we had that would work for this dish was a little too…

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We Also Went to BookCon!

We Also Went to BookCon!

BEA being in Chicago was the best thing that’s happened in a long time book-wise, and I wanted to take advantage as much as possible. Unfortunately, with the wedding and honeymoon coming up this summer, Andrew and I didn’t really have the available time off that we would have liked to fully enjoy BEA, but we do work Mon-Fri jobs, so BookCon was the first thing we registered for. Obviously, it’s not really like BEA. The lines are longer, the…

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We Went to BEA!

We Went to BEA!

When I first started book blogging, I salivated over people’s stories of BEA — how cool it was to meet all the authors, talk to the publishers, and, of course, get books. In 2013, I was lucky enough to be a grad student and was able to take some time off studying to visit New York for a few days, and I went with my mom and godmother, who also blogged with me. It was exhausting, but everything I ever…

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Book Review: The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley

Book Review: The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley

Title: The Autobiography of Malcolm X Authors: Malcolm X, Alex Haley Publisher: Ballantine Paperback: 466 pages Source: Owned Summary: (taken from Goodreads) From hustling, drug addiction and armed violence in America’s black ghettos Malcolm X turned, in a dramatic prison conversion, to the puritanical fervour of the Black Muslims. As their spokesman he became identified in the white press as a terrifying teacher of race hatred; but to his direct audience, the oppressed American blacks, he brought hope and self-respect. This autobiography (written with Alex Haley)…

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Alton Brown Adventures: Alton Brown Live!

Alton Brown Adventures: Alton Brown Live!

While I hate the winter weather, it is wonderful to live in a city that actually has interesting things to do and is a draw for entertainers, celebrities, authors, plays, etc. When we found out that Alton Brown would be hosting a live show at the Cadillac Palace Theatre, we just had to buy tickets. As mentioned Wednesday, we had a lovely (and filling!) brunch before the show, and then walked over to the theatre. While they didn’t allow photography…

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Places We Like: Bub City (Chicago)

Places We Like: Bub City (Chicago)

Bub City 435 N Clark St Chicago, IL 60654 We went to Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science on Saturday and needed a place to eat brunch and hang out beforehand, so we looked up some brunch places in the area and picked Bub City — Andrew was craving some chicken and waffles, and Bub City is a barbecue place, so we figured they’d do a good job with it. Saturday was ridiculously windy, which we didn’t realize until after…

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Book Review: Kitty and the Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn

Book Review: Kitty and the Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn

Title: Kitty and the Midnight Hour Author: Carrie Vaughn Series: Kitty Norville, Book 1 Publisher: Grand Central Publishing Paperback: 259 pages Source: Chicago Public Library Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Kitty Norville is a midnight-shift DJ for a Denver radio station – and a werewolf in the closet. Her new late-night advice show for the supernaturally disadvantaged is a raging success, but it’s Kitty who can use some help. With one sexy werewolf-hunter and a few homicidal undead on her tail,…

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Alton Brown Adventures: Red Velvet Cake

Alton Brown Adventures: Red Velvet Cake

Andrew’s favorite cake is red velvet cake. Also, Andrew hates frosting, except for cream cheese frosting. So, it comes as no surprise that when his birthday came along, I had no choice but to make him a red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting. The only tough part: finding a decent recipe that I could reasonably make. To Alton Brown, I turned! I love how easy to follow Alton’s recipe was — I don’t know why, but we were both…

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Book Review: Real Murders by Charlaine Harris

Book Review: Real Murders by Charlaine Harris

Title: Real Murders Author: Charlaine Harris Series: Aurora Teagarden, Book 1 Publisher: Berkeley Paperback: 290 pages Source: Chicago Public Library Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Lawrenceton, Georgia, may be a growing suburb of Atlanta, but it’s still a small town at heart. Librarian Aurora “Roe” Teagarden grew up there and knows more than enough about her fellow townsfolk, including which ones share her interest in the darker side of human nature. With those fellow crime buffs, Roe belongs to a club…

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