February’s Read

I swore it wouldn’t happen.

While everyone around me was hacking up a lung or burning a fever or being plagued with strep throat, I was immune.
Totally.  100%.  Immune.

Lesson learned: Don’t speak too soon. Because lo and behold, “it” happened.  I woke up on Monday with a burning sore throat.  Eyes that felt like giant fireballs.  And the energy of a piece of spaghetti.  Totally.  100%.  Limp.

In addition to becoming best friends with the kleenex box and guzzling tons of water, I’ve also been eating copious amounts of whole wheat blueberry muffins…I followed my basic recipe but used whole wheat in place of the white.  Delicious. I may have even enjoyed them more than the original, thanks to the slight nutty, wheaty texture.

I’ve also been eating chili like it’s my job.

(FYI, I don’t lose my appetite when I’m feeling under the weather.  But I most definitely DO have a very limited number of foods that seem to hit the spot.)

Chili and muffins.  Considering the fact that I could only eat frozen bagel bite pizzas when I had pneumonia as a kid, I’d say this isn’t so bad. 😉

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A Book A Month Resolution, 2011

January’s Choice: “Brooklyn”

February’s Choice: “House Rules” by Jodi Picoult

I am a huge fan of Jodi Picoult.  She really knows how to pull at my heartstrings, making me laugh and cry throughout each of her books.  Each and every one.  I love that.

Chapter by chapter, the characters become more than just fiction.  They become real. A sister, a brother, a friend.   “House Rules” follows the life of a family and a boy who has Aspergers.  A girl becomes murdered, and you’re left wondering the who’s, what’s, and why’s throughout the book.  You want to believe that someone in particular is NOT guilty, but then you’re not entirely convinced that he’s not.  And if he IS guilty, should he be charged?  Was it really his fault?

I loved the beautiful way that Jodi Picoult explained Aspergers.  I loved the way she tied the characters together, showing the strength of a family.  The frustrations.  The anger.  The sadness.  The happiness.  I loved the book.

Loved it.  And highly recommend it. 😀

Question: Do you lose your appetite when you’re sick?

Question: What have you been reading lately?

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13 thoughts on “February’s Read

  1. Oh no! I hope you feel better soon! I haven’t had much time for leisure reading but for school I just read “Closing the Food Gap” by Mark Winne which I actually would have read for pleasure. Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in food!

  2. You sound like me a couple weeks ago – swearing I wouldn’t get sick and then all of a sudden, BAM! I hope you feel better very, very soon, though!
    I think I’m even hungrier when I’m sick!! I just want something “on” my throat, lol.

  3. I always have a hearty appetite! But like you said, it’s limited to certain things (no eggs while I’m sick). Book wise, I just finished Raven Stole the Moon. It was different, but good. It was the book chosen by my book club, otherwise I never would have chosen it for myself! I’m currently reading How to Bake a Perfect Life (amazing!).

  4. I’ve finally given in to the sinus infection that has been plaguing me for over 2 weeks now and I’m off work in bed! I have lost my sense of taste so I don’t feel like eating anything at all. Also the fact that my face and ears are completely blocked up means I can’t swallow very easily so I’m sticking to liquids and soft food like pasta, rice and potatoes. Hope you feel better soon 🙂

  5. I feel your pain. I woke up sick Tuesday morning, and it’s just getting worse. I’m blaming it on the changing of seasons. We’re in the mid 70s, and everything is starting to bloom. My appetite is always fierce. Lately I’ve been reading “Don’t Try This at Home:Culinary Catastrophes from the World’s Greatest Chefs”. It’s a bunch of short stories from chefs about you guessed it… their catastrophes. Very funny light reading.

  6. Aww, sorry your sick! I DO lose my appetite when I’m sick.

    Also, I have House Rules on my kindle, ready to read after I finish with my current book – Pictures of You. It’s sad, but fantastic.

  7. Sorry the sickness got you, it attacked me last weekend. Thanks to some awesome antibiotics, I was back to normal by Monday. I did lose my appetite, only because everything tasted bitter and it hurt to swallow anything.
    Hope you are back to 100% soon!!!

  8. I love Jodi Picoult too!! I have just started reading House Rules and although I’m only 4 or 5 chapters in, I’m hooked!! 😀 When I’m ill I loose all desire to eat 😦 When I was little though, it was a different matter – one famous occasion I’d been up all night with a stomach flu and asked my mum for a fried egg for breakfast the next morning!! 😉

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