Look What I Did!

I inadvertently finished Annie’s What’s in a Name Challenge! All I had left was a book with a weather event in the title and I didn’t think I’d read one by the end of the year. But I just realized I finished Dream Homes: From Cairo to Katrina and Katrina was most certainly a weather event! So here’ everything that I read:

1. A Book with a color in it’s title: The Blue Girl by Charles de Lint
2. A Book with an animal in it’s title: Four and Twenty Blackbirds by Cherie Priest
3. A Book with a first name in it’s title: Martin Dressler by Steven Millhauser
4. A Book with a place in it’s tile: The Secret History of Moscow by Ekaterina Sedia
5. A Book with a weather event in it’s title: Dream Homes: From Cairo to Katrina, an Exile’s Journey
6. A Book with a plant in it’s title: Madapple by Christina Meldrum

Favorites of this challenge were Dream Homes by Joyce Zonana, Four and Twenty Blackbirds by Cherie Priest and Madapple by Christina Meldrum. The only one that disappointed me somewhat was The Secret History of Moscow by Ekaterina Sedia, though I still enjoyed that one overall.

I also finished Darla D.’s Irresistible Review Challenge ages ago, but forgot to post a wrap-up :/ I did actually finish it on time though…here’s what I read:

1. The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer (Recommended by Becky)
2. Crossroads ed. by F. Brett Cox and Andy Duncan (Recommended by Nymeth)
3. This is What I Did by Ann Dee Ellis (Recommended by Becky)
4. The Host by Stephenie Meyer (Recommended by Stephanie)
5. The Translator by Daoud Hari (Recommended by Debi)
6. Looking for Alaska by John Green (Recommended by Nymeth)
7. Mouseguard: Fall 1152 by David Petersen (Recommended by Carl)
8. Bonk by Mary Roach (Recommended by Dewey)

I truly enjoyed all of these, but if I had to pick three favorites they would be Bonk by Mary Roach, Looking for Alaska by John Green, and The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer.

You can read all of my reviews by clicking on the above links.


I’m looking for a good falafel recipe…anyone have one? I’d be greatly appreciative! I’ve been craving it lately and reading a book about a middle-eastern family filled with recipes did not help!


I watched a movie last night by the name of Eagle Vs. Shark and I absolutely loved it! Highly recommended. It’s like a smart Napoleon Dynamite but British. Check it out.

9 Responses

  1. I really want to watch Eagle vs Shark! I remember that Rhinoa said it was her favourite movie of last year, and it sounds just like my kind of thing. So thanks for reminding me of it!

    And congrats on finishing the challenge! I just need one more book and I’ll be done too.

  2. ahhh, my son the challenge king lol…
    congrats on finishing those two challenges baby boy! you’re doin’ good on posting EVERYDAY also! it’s like bike riding.. you never forget. (however if you wait long enough and get old like me “balance” kinda gets crappy!)

  3. My son and I loved that movie. There is another movie shortly to come out with the fellow from Eagle vs Shark. We love the quirky movies from overseas and have actually viewed quite a few of them.

    I “lurk” on your blog now and then; you know my sister & her blog “You Can Never Have Too Many Books”. Alas, but I am not the cool book junkie like she is AND always was!!!

  4. Hi, I think you’re very Kreativ – finishing the reading challenge on a book tenuously named after a weather event – even so, I have tagged you for the Kreativ Blogger award. You’ll need to see my blogsite for details about how to pass it on.

  5. Congrats on finishing challenges! 🙂 I think I’m going to have to have a marathon of reading during winter break to finish everything up by the end of the year. Of course, first I need to get back in the habit of posting: I’m swamped in homework and will be until next Wednesday. *sigh*

    Anyway, falafel recipe! Here’s mine, but I’m the kind of cook who never uses precise measurements, so if you need a better one I’ll understand…
    one can of chickpeas (drained!)
    1/4-1/3c parsley (depends on how much you like it)
    the juice from about 1/3 of a lemon
    1/4c flour
    2 average size garlic cloves
    1/4-1/3c onion (depends on if it’s a crazy strong onion)
    1 tbsp cumin
    1/2 tbsp coriander

    Personally, I just throw everything into a bowl and then use my immersion blender to make it into a paste. But you can also use a regular blender or a food processor: the key is to make it into a dough. At this stage, taste it to make sure it doesn’t need any extra spices…

    Then, you should be heating up some oil for deep frying! I use canola oil, and I fill a sauce pan about two or three inches deep. Put it over medium heat on the oven.

    Meanwhile, form the mixture into balls that are about one and a half inches in diameter. Toss a pinch of dough into the oil when you think it’s ready; if the oil starts bubbling and the dough browning, then you’re good.

    I usually fry three or four at a time: it takes about seven minutes for the balls to get nice and brown on the outside. Then, I drain them on paper towels. And there you have it. 🙂

    Of course, you can’t have falafel without tahini sauce! It’s really easy to make: just mix 1/3c tahini paste with 1/3c water, lemon juice from another third of the lemon you used to make the falafel (it needs to be fresh juice, fyi) and a minced/pressed garlic clove. It’ll seperate, so if you make it ahead of time you’ll have to just re-stir it.

    Ok-I have to go do some Russian research. But I hope the recipe helps. 🙂

  6. Eagle vs Shark was pretty good. Flight of the Conchords, the hbo show, features the same guy and is more comedic. they have the best music!

  7. Congrats on finishing the challenges! I’ll definitely be checking out that film. Napoleon Dynamite…British…I am so there!

  8. Wow!!! Two challenges down…way to go! I’m still hoping to finish Annie’s challenge as well…wouldn’t look so good for me if I couldn’t finish my own kid’s challenge, now would it?!! Oh, but I did want to tell you to go to this post to comment that you’d finished so you’d be entered for the final prize. (You linked it up to the new challenge instead.)

    Never heard of Eagle vs Shark, but as Carl said “I am so there!”

  9. Congrats on finishing both challenges. I really enjoyed Darla’s. If it runs again next year I hope to see something I have recommended on your list 🙂

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