Greek style eggplant parmesan

I’ve been having this craving for eggplant parmesan (I use and love this recipe), but with feta cheese and jalapeños instead of mozzarella. So I figured I’d “Greek it up” a bit, by not only substituting feta for mozzarella, but also adding spinach and sweet peppers to the tomato sauce, and using both eggplant and…

Book review: Faking Friends by Jane Fallon

3/5 stars. Audible version, narrated by Sally Scott and Kristin Atherton. To be fair to the author, this book is not really my style. If you enjoy chick-lit and revenge stories you’ll probably enjoy it more than I did. It’s not badly written, I just personally didn’t connect with the material. I picked this up…

Book review: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

5/5 stars. After having finished the free sample portion of the Kindle edition I was still in doubt about this book. It seemed like exactly my kind of book, yet I hadn’t really connected with it at this point. I couldn’t quite get a beat on Eleanor. She was definitely socially inept in a sort…

Book review: Then she was Gone by Lisa Jewell

4/5 stars. Audible version, narrated by Gabrielle Glaister. 10 years ago, the beautiful and clever Ellie Mack leaves home to go to the library. She was 15 years old. She never returned. Her mother, Laurel, is devastated. In the aftermath of Ellie’s disappearance her marriage unravels, and Laurel’s relationship with her remaining two children suffers…

Book review: The Good Samaritan by John Marrs

4/5 stars. Trigger warning: if you struggle with suicidal thoughts, DO NOT read this book. I know at another time of my life I would not have dealt well with the level of detail regarding suicide and related thoughts in this book. Maybe the above goes without saying as the story centres around Laura, who…

Book review: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

5/5 stars. Audible version, narrated by Neil Gaiman. UPDATE: I forgot to mention (this is the disadvantage of reviewing books weeks after the fact) that each chapter is introduced with a bit of Camille Saint-Saëns’s Dance Macabre, which is a wonderful piece of music and really helps set the tone of the story. It took…

Book review: Body Positive Power by Megan Jayne Crabbe

5/5 stars. This may be the most important book I’ve read in years. And for that alone it deserves top rating. It’s also well written, thoroughly researched and deeply personal, which adds another dimension to it. Sure there are a few minor things to remark on such as it focusing almost solely on the fashion…

Book review: Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay

3/5 stars. Well, this was not as bad as I had expected.. Not an auspicious beginning for a book review, I know. But the book does start out rather weirdly, perhaps particularly if you’re familiar with the Dexter from the Showtime TV series. I loved the TV series (at least the first few seasons, but…

Book review: The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

5/5 stars. Audible version, narrated by Dominic West. I picked this up on a whim because I saw it had good reviews and was hailed as a modern classic, though I had honestly never heard of the book or the writer. The fact that Dominic West was reading it may also have swayed me –…

Book review: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

4/5 stars. Audible version, narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey and India Fisher. Rachel Watson takes the same train at the same times every day, passing by the same houses. She looks out the window and starts to imagine the lives of the people in these houses, as I’m sure many of us with a…

Book review: So, Anyway… by John Cleese

3/5 stars Audible version, narrated by John Cleese. This is the first part (out of I don’t know how many) of John Cleese’s autobiography. I was not aware that it was part 1 of x when I purchased it, and I’m not entirely convinced it warrants multiple parts to be honest. He could have cut…

Book review: Off to Be the Wizard by Scott Meyer

4/5 stars. Martin Banks is your average geeky guy with an uneventful, average life, until one day he discovers a mysterious file. A file, it turns out, that is the source code of our world. Martin carefully starts to experiment with the file, and finds he can teleport by changing the coordinates listed for his…