January Book Report.

Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World by Tsh Oxenreider / this book seemed like an obvious choice at the beginning of a new year when everyone is sitting down and reevaluating their priorities. It was a quick read and full of good nuggets. Although my family will probably never be home-schooled world travelers like Tsh’s family, the core of the book is to ask yourself if you’re living the life you want to and figuring what you need to change to get there. I like that and I’ve spent some time thinking about what’s important to me.  Maybe less Pinterest and more photography. More making memories and less reading about other people’s lives. That type of thing.

Yes Please by Amy Poehler / first up, it’s pretty much a requisite that if you read this book, you listen to it in the audiobook form. Amy’s got amazing guest readers that pop in and out, and I think it has more meaning in her voice. It was a little slow going at times, but she has some solid thinkable points. Her quote, “Good for her! Not for me.” has played in my head multiple times since reading it, and I can’t help but think we could do with comparing less and perhaps try supporting others more. I also adored her chapter about Parks and Rec (one of my absolute favorite shows). That chapter alone made the book worth it.

The Subversive Copy Editor by Carol Fisher Saller / loved this one. Especially after conquering my first editing job out of college, her anecdotes and advice hit especially close to home. I find it incredibly enlightening and bolstering to read that other editors face the same struggles I do. Plus, it’s always good to be reminded that “There should be no crying in copyediting.” Preach it, Carol.

 by Zoe Nathan / I wanted to love this book. I really did. I mean, it has yellow polka dots on the page edges and the most beautiful pictures. However, for me, this cookbook falls into the category of pretty pictures rather than useable recipes because of its obscure ingredients that are used throughout the books, usually in frustratingly small amounts. For instance, when I wanted to try her chocolate chip muffin recipe, I realized I would have needed to pay 15 bucks for a tiny bag of almond flour so I could use it in some small amount for her recipe. Ain’t nobody got money for that. I could take out the obscure ingredients, but then it wouldn’t be the same recipe. Recipes like this may work for some bakers, but I prefer everyday ingredients when baking.

One Pot Cooking
 by Martha Stewart Living / this book is amazing. I mean truly amazing. I tried 3 different recipes in a single week, and I’m obsessed with all of them! 1. Braised Chicken with Potatoes and Lemon 2. Chicken and Dumplings 3. Gemelli with Pesto and Potatoes. They were easy, healthy, and incredibly satisfying. I mean, it’s so good I’ll probably borrow it from the library again just to have another run at it!

My Pizza: The easy no-knead way to make spectacular pizza at home
by Jim Lahey / the pizza dough recipe in this book is phenomenal and easy. The no-knead recipe rises for 18 hours with absolutely minimal preparation, and the dough it produces is moldable and gorgeous. It makes a delicious chewy crust, and allows me to make pizza the minute I get home from work instead of starting the process at 6. That’s a win in my book. I made his traditional margherita pizza with fresh mozzarella and basil, and when I ate a piece, no joke, I got a little teary-eyed. It tasted so much like my favorite pizza at Settebello in Utah. Way to go, Jim.

Right now, I’m reading Unbroken on my own and Phantom Tollbooth with Aaron. Aaron and I love reading books together since we got married. We’ve read Peter Pan and the Hobbit thus far, and I’m already planning the next book after we finish Phantom Tollbooth!

4 thoughts on “January Book Report.”

  1. Audrey Ogden says:

    Unbroken is one of the most incredible books. I just finished reading it myself. Prepare yourself for QUITE the journey.
    Also, THAT PIZZA LOOKS AMAZING. You’re such a great cook.

    1. Rachel Taylor says:

      I can’t wait to finish Unbroken! It’s so gripping! Have you seen the movie yet? Also, you’re the sweetest. And if you haven’t been to Settebello in SLC, you MUST! I’m telling you. It’s the best pizza you can get outside of Italy :)

  2. Cami Hall says:

    Love this! Yes, please is on my “I must read so soon” list!

    1. Rachel Taylor says:

      Amy is pretty much my hero in life!

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