Wednesday, February 6

January Book Report

Oh my goodness! It's been a full year since my last "book report". That's not to say I haven't read any books in a year. I read about 30 books last year. However, most were pregnancy and parenting related so I talked about them in other blog posts and thus didn't have many other books to talk about. I'm still ready my fair share of parenting books these days but I'm diversifying a lot more! And I've found that I have a LOT of time to read with a breastfeeding baby. I try to read when he nurses, when he naps (in my arms), and when he's sleeping at night before I turn in myself.

All that reading time added up to six books read last month. Which is the most I've read in one month in quite a long time! And I'm pleased to say they were all pretty good picks! So without further ado, here are the books that I read in January 2019 and what I thought of them.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay

The first book I read this year was Fantastic Beasts! I was lucky enough to have my mom babysit for us while she was in town so we were able to go out and see the movie last November. I am a huge Harry Potter fan so I had to read the screenplay as well. If you've seen the movie then you already know what the book is about so I won't bother with a recap. But I will say that if you are a die-hard fan like I am then it's well worth reading even if you already saw the movie. I find that I pick up small details that I missed in the movie. For example, did you know it was Credence's aunt who was with him on the boat and not his mother? The screenplay makes that clear, whereas the movie does not!

Rating: 10 out of 10! I cannot rate a Harry Potter book anything less.

Thug Kitchen 101: Fast as F*ck

If you loved the original Thug Kitchen cookbook then you'll love this one as well! It has tons of delicious recipes that, like those in the original, are easy to cook but this time they're even quicker to make. All the recipes are vegan/plant-based and all the ones that I tried were successful and yummy. I made the One-Pot Chickpea Biryani, Quinoa Taco Mix (which has since become a staple in our house!), Shredded Brussel Sprouts and Quinoa Pilaf, and Tofu Ricotta which I used in my own lasagna recipe. And there are still many more recipes which I intend to try.

Rating: 10 out of 10 would recommend these delicious recipes to a friend!

Wow! All I can really say is I learned so much from this book about the human body. The whole premise of The Obesity Code is to delve into the science behind WHY people gain weight and how they can make changes to lose it. Spoiler alert: Sugar makes you fat. Fung's basic argument is that its increased insulin caused by eating the wrong foods and eating them too often which causes the body to react in such a way that it stores excess fat. He then talks about how foods high in fat spike insulin the least and thus contrary to popular belief, fat does not make you fat. Since reading that I've been eating copious amounts of avocados (I'm not joking! haha). Fung also recommends intermittent fasting as a way to lose weight as when fasting your resting blood sugar levels, and thus the amount of insulin in your body, reduce the most and thus you will lose weight. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to test his theory since I'm breastfeeding. I did try giving up snacks for a few days as he recommends and I noticed a dip in my milk supply so I'm back to eating all the snacks my face can handle for now!

Rating: 8 out of 10. I found the book and the science behind it facinating. I only wish he had gotten to the point a bit faster. I felt like I was 75% of the way through the book before I actually got to learn what actually causes weight gain!

Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day

The title really says it all. This book is dedicated to cheap recipes that will allow you to eat good, healthy food for just $4 a day or less. Why $4? Because this is the amount that people on SNAP benefits receive to eat off of each day. This is not a vegan cookbook but there were plenty of vegan or easily converted to vegan recipes in it!

Rating: 6 out of 10. I loved the premise of the book but most of the recipes were very basic ones which I already make or know how to make. But for someone who doesn't cook much and is on a budget, it could definitely be a worthwhile read!

The Registry

The Registry is a dystopian young adult novel set in a new America where all men must serve four years in the service upon turning 19 and all women are added to the registry upon turning 18. The "registry" is basically a catalog of brides which men may choose from to pay for a bride. Young women are given a price tag based on their looks and intelligence (book smarts anyways). The prettier and less educated a woman is, the more she costs and the highest bidder gets to marry her. At the start of the novel, we meet Mia as she is going through the process of being added to the registry, meeting a potential husband, and realizing that this is not at all the life she wants to live.

Rating: 9 out of 10. I really enjoyed this book! The concept is great. I only didn't give it 10 stars because I would have preferred a cleaner ending and it being a stand-alone book versus a series. Because now I have to read two more books to find out what ultimately happens to Mia!

One Dinosaur One Bullet

This book was a very quick and interesting read! In it, a group of game hunters travel back in time to hunt dinosaurs. It's supposed to be a safe, routine trip. Their guides have taken hunters back to the exact same spot at the exact same time dozens of times before to hunt. But when their return trip doesn't happen on time things start to go downhill and fast. 

Rating: 7 out of 10. It started to get a bit cheesy towards the end, things were working out a little too conveniently for certain characters to have their plotlines move forward. But overall it was a really fun and easy read and I do enjoy a good dinosaur and/or time travel book.

Into the Forest

This book was liking the longest I read in January but it was well worth the extra time. It is set in the near future as American society slowly crumbles and two sisters work together in their house in the forests, far from any town or city. What I loved most was that there wasn't any panic about the electricity no longer working or people losing their jobs. It all happened so slowly over the course of weeks and months and years that it just became a part of their new lives and in the end, no one could really say just when the change happened.

Rating: 8 out of 10. I would have given this book a 10 except for two things. One, [SPOILER ALERT] there was incest. Unnecessary incent at that. It did not further the plot at all, in my opinion, and could have easily been left out. Two, some things just worked out a little too conveniently, a little to well for the sisters. Sure they went through a lot of terrible things but it just felt like they were able to survive a little too easily and obtain knowledge and skills in order to survive with too much ease. If it were me, I'd have died eating a poisonous mushroom. haha

Bird Box: A Novel

You've seen the memes. You've, hopefully, seen the movie. Now it's time to read the book! I won't rehash the plot as I'm sure most are familiar with it. I will say, however, that there are enough differences between the movie and the book to keep things fresh and interesting! Some of the characters have different paths than what the movie showed and even Mallorie is a bit different (younger, less jaded). I read this book in the evenings in my dark bedroom while my baby slept. It was very creepy to read in the dark!

Rating: 10 out of 10. I really enjoyed the movie and I enjoyed the book just as much!

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