Monday, March 2, 2015

Februrary Wrap-Up

Another month has been and gone and now it is time to talk about all of the books that I managed to read this month.  I feel as though this month wasn't too bad of a reading month for me.  Especially as I don't have plans to get a large amount of reading done for the first half of the year, while I finish up my masters degree.  I have to say that I feel like the majority of the month was run by food related books.  Anyway, the books I read in February:

Prodigal Son by Danielle Steel

Rating: 4/5 on Goodreads
My review for this will be posted up close to the release date,
I received this book for review.

Deliciously Ella by Ella Woodward

Rating: 5/5 on Goodreads
I received this book for review.

AsapSCIENCE by Mitchell Moffit and Greg Brown

Rating: 3/5 on Goodreads
My review will be posted up later in the month
I received this book for review.

Five Children and It by E. Nesbit

Rating: 3/5 on Goodreads.
You can check out my review here.
This counts towards my 2015 reading challenge as a book more than 100 years old.

Exciting Food For Southern Types by Pellegrino Artusi

Rating: 4/5 on Goodreads.

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

Rating: 2/5 on Goodreads.

The Secret Recipes by Dominique Ansel

Rating: 4/5 on Goodreads.
Review to come later in the month.

Everlasting Syllabub and the Art of Carving by Hannah Glasse

Rating: 3/5 on Goodreads.
Review to come later in the month.

Strawberry Shortcake Murder by Joanne Fluke

Rating: 4/5 on Goodreads
Review to come later in the month.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Deliciously Ella by Ella Woodward

Title: Deliciously Ella

Author: Ella Woodward

Published: 3 March 2015, Scribner

Pages: 256

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Summary: From the founder of the wildly popular food blog Deliciously Ella, 120 plant-based, dairy-free, and gluten-free recipes with gorgeous, full-color photographs that capture the amazing things we can do with natural ingredients.

In 2011, nineteen-year-old Ella Woodward was diagnosed with a rare illness that left her bed-ridden, in chronic pain, and plagued by heart palpitations and headaches. When conventional medicine failed her, Ella decided to change her diet. She gave up meat, gluten, dairy, sugar, and anything processed—and the effects were immediate: her symptoms disappeared, her energy returned, and she was able to go off all her medication. A self-confessed sweet tooth, Ella taught herself how to make delicious, plant-based meals that delight the palette and improve overall well-being.

Deliciously Ella is an essential, how-to guide to clean, plant-based eating, taking you through the best ingredients and methods for preparing easy, exciting meals. This is not a diet—it’s about creating a new mindset that embraces fantastic food. From sweet potato brownies to silky chocolate mousse and roasted butternut squash risotto and homemade fries and ketchup, Ella shares 100 brand-new recipes and twenty classics in her signature, elegant style. Packed with vivid photos and simple, foolproof instructions, Deliciously Ella
 provides a foundation for a pure, unprocessed, unrefined diet, so you can look and feel better while enjoying great food.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts:  I really love cooking and baking and lately I've been getting into recipe books and learning about different types of dishes and just exploring other diets such as in this case, a gluten-free vegan diet.  I genuinely loved flicking through this book.

There are so many delicious looking pictures that when I was looking through the book, it made me so hungry and I wanted to get up and make almost everything I saw.

Each chapter starts off with a little bit explaining some of the ingredients and what they're good for and where you can use substitutions if you want to.  I really enjoyed those bits because they were really interesting and it just helped give more information about why some of those ingredients were used in certain places.

The recipes themselves are really easy to follow and they don't contain a lot of ingredients and a lot of fiddling around, so if you're not the best in the kitchen then you should still be able to make these just fine.

Overall, this is definitely going to be added to my collection of cookbooks as there is so many amazing looking recipes that are worth making.

Also, just as a note, this book actually came from the fact that Ella writes a blog so if you're interested in checking out what her recipes are like before you think about getting the book then I encourage you to check out her blog at

Source: NetGalley for review

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

My top ten most owned authors

One thing that I really love to do is count the books I have and count them in different ways.  So the other day I got to thinking about what my top ten most owned authors would be.  So I had a bit of a look at my books and this is my list, counting down to the author I own the most books of.

10. Julie Kagawa

I own a total of nine of her books and have read all but one.  However, I do hope to remedy that and read The Eternity Cure this year.

9. Jeff Kinney

I also own a total of 9 books by Jeff Kinney.  That is, all 9 books in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series which I really love.

8. J. K. Rowling

I also own 9 books by J. K. Rowling.  This includes the first Cormoran Strike book, The Cuckoo's Calling, written under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith.

7. Scott Westerfeld

I own a total of 11 Scott Westerfeld books as he is one of my favourite authors.  I haven't bought or read any of his books for quite a while though, so I really need to get on to that.

6. Jim Butcher

I own 11 of Jim Butcher's books as I'm slowly working my way through The Dresden Files.

5. Lemony Snicket

I own 13 Lemony Snicket books and that is because I own all 13 of the Series of Unfortunate Events books.

4. Robert Jordan

I just recently purchased the Wheel of Time books so I have yet to read them but I now own a total of 15 books by Robert Jordan.

3. Brandon Sanderson

At a total of 17 books, Brandon Sanderson is fast becoming my favourite author.

2. Patricia Cornwell

I own and have read the first 20 books in Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta series, however, I have no plans to get any more of the books because I grew out of the series last year.

1. Heather Graham

I also own 20 of Heather Graham's novels because every now and then I like to dive into the Harrison Investigation and the Krewe of Hunters novels.