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This week for What to Read Wednesday I have something a little different for you. We might want to call it What to Listen To Wednesday because this week’s book is an Audible Original that you can only get on Audible.
When you sign up for Audible you get 2 free Audible Originals every month in addition to one audio book credit every month. Effectively you get 3 books for the price of one! It’s a great deal. And if you’re busy like me sometimes when you try to sit down to read at night you can only get a few sentences in before you start reading the inside of your eyelids. So listening to audio books while cooking or cleaning has been a great way to get my reading in. I highly recommend Audible. It’s been awesome so far
And I have loved the Audible Originals, especially the one I’m recommending today. Rivals: Frenemies Who Changed the World by Scott McCormick. It’s a nonfiction history book that explores different rivalries in history that had an impact on culture, laws, and science. I found the book really interesting and an easy listen. Even if you’re not a history buff you will like this book. Everything is explained in an easy to understand way.
The fun thing about the Audible Originals is that there are sound effects that add to the listening experience. More like a radio program than just having a book read to you. That’s exactly how this book is too!
It’s also a quick listen, just under 3 hours, and I found it mostly without bias except for in the case of Burr and Hamilton but I will let you decide for yourself.
So will you be trying out Audible and their original productions? Let us know in the comments below.
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I always love to read books that describe how people survive in difficult situations. I am amazed at stories from England during WWII. The people came up with resourceful ways to survive against devastating circumstances. Those survival and preparation ideas stay with me as I think of how I would try to survive in difficult situations. Today, for What to Read Wednesday, I am suggesting a Young Adult Series that begins with this book, Life As We Knew It, by Susan Beth Pfeffer. I first read it a number of years ago, Maddy suggested it to me after she read it for a school assignment. It is one of those books that has stayed with me and I think of it often.
It is a science fiction novel that seems very feasible at the same time. Written in the form of a diary, a teenage girl named Miranda describes the events that happen when a huge asteroid strikes the moon and knocks it out of orbit, closer to Earth. This causes many cataclysmic events to happen on earth and those who live must find a way to survive. Not only do the characters find ways to survive, this book also points out situations that could arrive In the event of a major catastrophe that I hadn't considered. It was a book I couldn't put down.
Miranda's family lived in Pennsylvania, away from the ocean where other horrific events were happening. The next book in the series, entitled The Dead and the Gone is set in NYC. It is the story of a young man named Alex and his two sisters. Their parents disappeared after the devastating tidal waves and floods began after the asteroid struck the moon. The story is sad, yet intriguing.
There are two more books in the series. Only the first one is written in the form of a diary. But, they all deal with the same two families dealing with hunger, disease, natural disasters, death and how to survive. They miraculously end up connecting with one another. The twists and turns are interesting, but the way the problems are dealt with are what captured my attention.
You can purchase all 4 books as a set from Amazon at a good price right now! The price is only $20.99 for all four books! They are also available on Kindle. Get them now to have for your summer read!
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I am so excited to be hosting an Easter Brunch this year at our house! Traditionally, we have had a big Easter Dinner, but in order to accommodate everyone's schedules this year, everyone is going to attend church with us and then come back to our house afterwards for brunch! There should be about 18 of us, including children. That is a lot for our small house, but we have done that before. But, coming up with a menu and how I want to decorate has been the things I have struggled with. Today I will talk about the food and save the decorating for another day.
When I think of brunch, I think of food items that can translate to breakfast or lunch. They shouldn't be too heavy and everything should look beautiful and appetizing! I also have had to consider many types of diets with so many people. I have come up with a mixture of home cooked and also purchased items that I think will provide choices for everyone that they will enjoy and that will make everyone feel like this brunch satisfied their Easter holiday food expectations. I hope that you can find some ideas to add to your menu! These could also translate to a Mother's Day Brunch as well!
I've decided to purchase croissants and crackers and to have 3 choices for fillings:
The nice thing about all of these foods is that they can be eaten without bread by those who are gluten-free or low-carb eaters, or with crackers! Of course, there will be condiments on the side as well, like mayo, mustard, ranch and Italian dressings, salt, pepper...you know.
We will be serving a variety of juices and water. This is one of the things I've assigned out!
Pastries and Desserts
My plan is to shop and cook so that everything is finished and ready to put out the day before. I will also set and decorate my tables. The platters for food will be out and ready to fill. Then, when we get home, it will be easy to pop everything onto the platters and serve! We will serve buffet style around our kitchen island and counters. Here are a few tips to help everything to work well:
Those are my ideas! I would love to hear yours and what you are doing for your Easter dinner or brunch! Drop me a line in the comments! Most of all, have a blessed, wonderful, happy Easter!
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Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to ten and counting! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, and my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!
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