Friday, February 5, 2010

Friday Update 2/5

Every Friday, I update my library and share what new books I bought or received during the past week.

Last week, I received a new cookbook, The Italian Slow Cooker by Michele Scicolone. It's the first cookbook I'll be reviewing, but I was really intrigued by it - two of my favorite cooking styles are slow cookers and Italian food.

I finally gave in to temptation this week and bought a book I've had my eye on since it was in hardcover: Graceling by Kristin Cashore.

On an impulse, I also bought a book that caught my eye in the bookstore, Maynard and Jennica by Rudolph Delson. When I brought it up to the counter to pay, the clerk told me he was pleased I was buying it - the author was a friend of his. I hope I end up liking it!

On a non-book note, the Oscar nominations came out this week. The Academy expanded the Best Picture list to ten films - which means that I have actually seen - and even reviewed - more than one of them! (Movies I've seen are in bold starred.)

“The Blind Side”
“District 9″*
“An Education”
“The Hurt Locker”
“Inglourious Basterds”
“Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
“A Serious Man”
“Up in the Air”*

I honestly have no interest in seeing “Inglourious Basterds” but I'll be doing my best to see the rest before the Oscars are handed out. Which one should I start with?


  1. I've only seen five of them, but I'd suggest starting with Hurt Locker and ending with Up to go out on a happy note. Boy, do I not want to see Inglourious Basterds!

  2. I love my slow cooker! I have a bunch of healthy slow cooker recipes that I post on my blog if you're interested. (

  3. I saw Up in the theater (sorry if that wasn't clear). I thought it was kind of bittersweet, actually, rather than just straight up happy.

  4. As part of my 40 by 40 challenge I made it a point the past two years to see all of the Best Pic nominees. I am so glad that my challenge completed before the Academy broadened this category, because I do not want to see many of these 10. I have no interest whatsoever in The Blind Side or Avatar. A few others I would consider on DVD but not pay to see in the theater.

  5. I have seen like FOUR movies in the last 2 years, ever since my daughter was born. Ack! I feel so out of it.


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