Tuesday, August 14, 2012

My Summer and Fall reading list and Olympic re-cap....

I think my whole summer got gabbled up by my new job, new business venture and of course the Olympics! I must say I think that is the best Olympics I have watched over the years. The Brits really know how to host and did a great job with every aspect. What was your favorite moment? I think mine was the story of Marathon runner Guor Marial. His story was really what the Olympics is all about and I am happy the IOC let him run under their flag so he could compete because the US could not get their act together and get his citizenship papers passed through(they had them for over a year and p.s. they have 120 days to process them, so they are way over due). You can read about him if you click on his name above. IOC paid all his expenses and got him a new pair of running shoes as well. Bravo IOC!!!!! That is the true Olympic spirit.

Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas did not get much press coming into the games besides being apart of the Fab Five. Everyone was betting on Jordyn Weiber, but boy did they capture some serious metal. I was behind Aly since the beginning she was just too calm and ready for battle. Gabby had that "why not" mentality that I just loved about her. She had that "I am here and the Russians really suck right now and I am going to take it" and you know what she did! For once the US gymnast actually where a team and boy what people can do when they become a team and believe in each other and that was proof with Jordyn Weiber after loosing the all around qualification. Yep, she cried, yep she was mad, but she came back and said screw it WE(not me) are getting a Team Gold tonight and they did!

Great games from watching Misty May and Kerri Walsh get their third gold to seeing a man run without out real legs(Oscar Pistorius) it was an amazing couple of weeks and sad to see them go I cried, I cheered, I jumped up and down the whole Olympics just amazing.

Along with getting into a new groove and enjoying the Summer, with its' 100 degree plus temperatures, I of course had my list of books that had to be read and I started to make my Fall list as well.

The Bucolic Plague: How Two Manhattanites Became Gentlemen Farmers: An Unconventional Memoir

I loved this book. It really made things very clear of what it takes to take your passion and turn into a business and at what cost to your personal life and life in general.  

Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health

This book will blow your mind. Just amazing! I fact checked a lot of the info and man was it dead on with standard chemistry, biology that I learned in college. Just amazing! Also he has put out a second book with new information and it is easier to read for someone that is not a big science person called Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It

Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle

If you are a Downton Abbey fan like Mother and I are you have to read this book! My Mom gave it to me and I could not put it down. It is the real story of the Abbey and all the little juicy tid bits that go with it. 

The Dukan Diet: 2 Steps to Lose the Weight, 2 Steps to Keep It Off Forever 

This book changed my life. I lost almost 20 pounds with it and tell any body who will listen that this is it. Look no further  Dr. Dukan has really done his home work and it works and lines up with the research in the book Good Calories, Bad Calories.

Jewish Cooking in America: Expanded Edition (Knopf Cooks American)

I love me a cook book especially anything written by Joan Nathan. I love a well researched and written book it makes it so much easier to alter a recipe into a Grain Free version when recipes are so well written and tested like Joan's. 

My book picks for the Fall are as fallows:

Thinking, Fast and Slow

This Side of Paradise

The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen

Einstein Never Used Flashcards: How Our Children Really Learn--and Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less

The Complete Stories of Flannery O'Connor

What are you putting on your list this Fall? Any great books read over the summer?

**When you click on the links to the books I DO NOT get any money from the clicks or when you purchase the books from the links. I just added the links to make it easier for you to find them. 



1 comment:

Bonnie Jo said...

While in Santa Barbara and in need of some lite reading I finally read Sue Grafton's "T", for some reason I by passed it in the series and as always Kinsey Millhone is up to her old games and I just love her. Reading thru the book I decided I had to can pickles this year "Henry" Kinsey's landlord always cans them and I could taste the bread & butter pickles I used to make years ago. For those of you that do not know Santa Barbara is where Sue Grafton lives or at least spends a lot of her time. Great bookstores in Santa Barbara along with great eats and the city is so beautiful!

Bonnie J.