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What I’ve been reading and mochi

I realize I haven’t updated the books I have read in a while.  I have been reading still.  I have the goal of 30 books this year.  There are no links with these books, fyi.

There was New Orleans Noir edited by Julie Smith


This was a very good collection of short stories about New Orleans. The book is in 2 parts – the first part contains short stories pre-Katrina and the second contains stories post-Katrina. Of course, being noir, they all involved crime of some sort. Some on the humorous side, some very dark. A couple made me angry. Noir really fits New Orleans, too. There are other cities in this series, but I think the noir format suits New Orleans best.  Recommended.

On the short story train, here was a very short book. I didn’t realize how short it was with only 6 stories in it.

Among The Mermaids by Varla Ventura.


This was a collection of short stories about mermaids (male and female), but they were all classic short stories from I believe the early 1900s  and, therefore, very charming.

Think and Grow Thin by Charles D’Angelo


This book actually has good solid advice in it.  It’s based on the principles of Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill (also a good read). The testimonials really got on my nerves, though, as they were just fawning over the author for the most part.

I do like that half of the book deals with the emotional and mental aspects of losing weight, which is 90% of the battle.

His food program is designed to take choice out of the equation and if you want to follow a very limited menu, then it would work for you.  It stays exactly the same for 2 week intervals. I think I would get bored with it, but I have used the concept myself in the past (and it worked when I needed it).

I just finished Nightjohn by Gary Paulsen


This was a really powerful book about slavery. It’s a novella and the underlying theme in it is the importance of literacy.  Maybe that hit home for me being a literacy tutor.  I know there is a sequel to this and I want to read it and find out what happens to the characters.  It is not for the squeamish. Some very hard to read stuff about slavery, but that was reality at the time.

So, some pretty good stuff here.

Now on to the mochi.  Sometime when John goes away for the weekend, he will bring back a little present for me of some sort.  He stopped at a Japanese bakery and brought home a couple things that sounded interesting.  One was a mochi something or other.   Kind of looked like a snowball from the outside. It was a pretty purple color


Turns out, this was a glutenous rice filled with a red bean paste.  It had a very gelatinous outer coating and a softer middle.  I have decided it was not my cup of tea.  I ate some of the inside and threw out the outside.  I don’t do gummy LOL!  Have you ever had a mochi dessert?

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