Friday, January 31, 2014

Long Live the Queen:

Long Live the Queen (The Immortal Empire #3) By: Kate Locke
Fiction: Mystery, Sci-fi/Fantasy 311 pages
Book Count: 5

This is the end of this book series.  Info on book 2 can be found here. In this book she is still looking for the people behind the labs running tests on halfies.  She has also taken her role as the queen of the goblins and is dealing with a near revolution of humans.  And then there is the monster that almost kills Vex, the alpha of the werewolves and her boyfriend, who looks like her and might be her daughter.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

You on A Diet:

You on A Diet by: Michael F. Roizen M.D. and Mehmet C. Oz M.D.
Non-fiction: Food, Science 354 pages
Book Count: 4

This book has a lot of the science of how a diet works with info on the way the body processes food as well.  Also I used a fast food receipt for the bookmark and left it in the book to mess with whoever checks it out of the library next.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails:

Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails By: Ted Haigh
Non-Fiction: Food, History 331 pages
Book Count: 3

This book not only has 100 recipes for drinks you may have never heard of before, but it also has the stories behind the drinks and info on where you can find some of the hard to find ingredients and more drink related info.  The drinks are from the earliest bartender's guides, to drinks that with a few changes and new name you can still find today. Some require unusual bitters, liqueurs, and fortified wines; but some you could make with things that a decently stocked home bar would have.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Style Me Vintage:

Style Me Vintage By: Belinda Hay
Non-Fiction: 109 pages
Book Count: 2

This book uses British words and names for things, which mostly are easy to guess the American word for.  It also has step-by-step instructions for hairstyles from the 20's to the 60's, as well as pictures of many of the steps and the finished look.  

Thursday, January 16, 2014

The Glycemic Load Diabetes Solution:

The Glycemic Load Diabetes Solution By: Rob Thompson, MD
Non-Fiction: Health, Food, Science 242 pages
Book Count: 1

First, a note to my friends that read this blog.  I am not diabetic.  In the normal New Year's Resolution, "I'm going to lose weight/ get healthy this year," thing I decided to use the diet that in the past had giving me the easiest weight loss, which was watching my carbs, expecily the ones that don't come from whole fruits and veggies. . . You can eat all the broccoli you want, it doesn't count as a sugar.

Now about the book.  This book is written based off of the idea of the glycemic load, which is a lot like the glycemic index in that it is all about how a food spikes your blood sugar compared to a slice of white bread; however, instead of using the same amount of sugars for the test they used a serving size.  So although in the index carrots are a high index food, you have to eat 7 full sized carrots for the amount to equal a slice of bread.  In the glycemic load tests they used one carrot and their numbers were a lot better than bread. In fact most all foods that are not full of grains (and potatoes) are lower on the glycemic load, so the main point of the diet is to not eat many starches or sugary drinks (the drinks because your body doesn't notice the sugar and calories from drinks as well as foods).  It is not like the Atkins diet in that fruits and veggies are encouraged in this diet and even for foods that are discouraged, eating a little is OK. This book was also written by someone that eats the diet and has had weight loss and improved health because of it.  The book also has a ton of information on diabetes which would be helpful for someone with diabetes.
(Not: he also has books on this subject for people that don't have diabetes, but the library didn't have it in, and I wanted to read some books at the start of my diet to refresh my memory.)

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

New Year's Resolutions:

I noticed that I did not actually post what was my reading New Year's Resolution last year, making the posts labeled with NYR (for new year's resolution) look like a random collection of books with no connections, so for this year I will let you in on what gets the NYR label for 2014.  After reading an article that talked about a book that I have been meaning to read and even own I decided that this year I would read 12 books that I actually own a physical copy of.  As so often I end up reading the books that I get from a library first and then e-books and then never get to the books I own unless it's something that I just bought for a class or group, as when I go to return the library book I fine half a dozen more books that I want to read and start the cycle all over again.