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book of july: genome

Matt Ridley has written a book entitled Genome: The Autobiograpy of a Species in 23 Chapters. The premise of the book is quite interesting – take 23 chapters to disucss 23 chromosomes, picking one (or a few) thing(s) that are of particular interest (to many readers) from each of the chromosomes.

To begin I would like to mention that Ridley has written a refreshing and self-aware preface. You I never know with these kinds of books if the author really knows their stuff well enough to be penning such *mainstream* works. Ridley is quite clear from the beginning about just what he is and isn’t doing. So, right off the bat he gets my vote.

Though at times very mainstream, and a little out there from a purely scientific perspective, I did very much enjoy Ridley’s work. It was an entertaining read to be sure, add this one to your to-read list!

Genome has actually been on my to-read list for quite some time now. I think I may have bought this book when originally published…seeing as it’s a hardcover and it says “FIRST U.S. EDITION” in there. All the signs seem to be pointing to the purchase occurring around 20 years ago. That being said, I am quite happy to finally have read it. Per my 30 before 30 list I get to check a book off my to-read list!

Happy reading!

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book of may: tripwire

Jack Reacher is at it again, Lee Child I suppose is actually the one at it – but Reacher is the star of the show. It was March of 2015 that I read my first Child book – and thus started a grand love story.

Okay, I suppose I just enjoy reading the Reacher books a normal amount – and I’m here today to say, you should too! After reading Persuader I was hooked, and inclined to start at the beginning of the Reacher novels. As they say, the beginning is a very good place to start. Tripwire is now the fourth Reacher book I’ve read, and third in cronological order.

When I say cronological order I mean order in which the books were written. You, dear reader, really don’t need to read the books in any particular order – which is nice. Though I do think I will continue my Reacher journey in order of publication. Have you, dear reader, not yet started your own Reacher journey, I behove you to begin.

Happy reading!


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swedish word of the month: lagom

This word has no direct translation to English.

Lagom. Pronounced lah-gohm it’s a somewhat difficult word to adequately describe.

Where do I begin? The closest translation is “enough”, “the right amount”, or “what Goldilocks is desperately seeking – the middle ground, the just right”. I’ve personally had difficulties smoothly incorporating “what Goldilocks is seeking” into casual conversation, so I gotta say lagom is a good alternative.

Sweden is the land of lagom. I know I’ve said Sweden is the land of IKEA…and the land of fika, but REALLY Sweden is the land of lagom. Because you should decorate your home with just the right amount of IKEA, and enjoy enough fika (not too much – that would be craziness). Here in Swedeland lagom is the golden rule…alright, the golden rule is still the golden rule…making lagom the platinum rule.

Lagom applies to everything. Food, drink, exercise, time spent with family and friends, you name it – the Swedes want it in just the right amount.

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book of march: death du jour

I read Kathy Reich’s first book, Deja Dead, after seeing the television show Bones‘ series finale. You see I hadn’t had enough, so what’s a girl to do? Read the entirety of Reichs written work, of course! Though to be entirely honest I don’t think I’ll be reading her scientific papers. I will keep you, dear readers, in the loop if it turns out I do.

Death du Jour was equally as enthralling as Reichs’ first novel, so it comes with equally as vehement recommendations. It’s a quick read, likely due to how captivating the story line is, so it’s perfect reading for a long weekend like this one. I definitely recommend Reichs, I hope you enjoy her as much as I do!


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swedish word of the month: latmask

This was actually one of the first wlatmaskords I learned in Swedish, after hello and hippopotamus (priorities). I learned latmask because my dear wife lovingly adorns me with the title, often. Latmask is pronounced laht-mahsk. Directly translated latmask means lazy worm, so Evelina clearly thinks I’m an up-and-go kind of person.

The old adage goes, the early bird gets the worm. So logically the lazy worm doesn’t get eaten. I’m choosing to see the bright side of things – Evelina is essentially saying I’m a clever survivor.

If you Google lazy worm, you get a bunch of amusing pictures, like the one shown here. I hope you’ve enjoyed this month’s Swedish word of the month. Just think, now you can start calling everyone you know a latmask!

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raspberry scones

Here we go! Number 10/10 on my list of recipes from Eggton’s scrumptious blog. I almost can’t believe it. Mostly I can’t believe it because I thought this was post 8, then I scanned through my past posts and realized I hadn’t listed two of my recipe posts. So, here it is. The final recipe for number 21 on my 30 before 30 list.

These scones couldn’t be a better pick to wrap up this list. Seriously guys, you gotta make these.

For any clarity needs and a side bar on Ranger Rick and tulip cruelty, here’s the original post.

The ingredients you will need:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 8 tbs. butter cut into 12 inch cubes and then frozen (since this is in italics you know it’s serious)
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries (again, important word in italics)

The steps you will take:

  1. Mix dry ingredients in a bowl; flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Whisk everything to reduce clumps.
  2. Add frozen butter to the bowl. Eggton says to use a pastry blender or a dough scraper here, I don’t have those appliances so I used a hand mixer. My scones tasted awesome (though you’ll never know if I’m telling the truth, will you?). Regardless, I say a hand mixer also works. You’ll just have to trust me. You’re done mixing when the largest pieces of butter are about the size of a pea.
  3. Pour the cream into the mixture and mix with your hands. Again with the italics, yes. Stop when the cream is no longer creamy and the dough is sticky. There will still be loose flour in the bowl. Deep breath, it’s supposed to be there.
  4. Turn the mixture onto a lightly floured counter and form into a rectangle. Flip it over and form a rectangle again, repeat this until the rectangle is no longer coming apart. (Or coming apart less). Handle the dough as little as possible so the small chunks of butter stay intact.
  5. Use a lightly floured rolling pin to flatten the rectangle into a pan 8×10 rectangle as best you can. Push it back together if it comes apart.
  6. Gently press the frozen raspberries into the bottom 2/3 of the dough. It’s okay if the raspberries break and/or don’t really press into the dough.
  7. Fold the top third of the dough over the raspberries. Use a knife or other tool to scrape under the dough first, if necessary. This will result in a log(ish) shape.
  8. Gently roll the log into a rectangle using the lightly floured rolling pin. Eggton says it should be 1 inch thick, mine were not, but good for you if you can get them that thin. Cut the flattened dough into triangles and transfer the triangles into the freezer.
  9. Heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit or 200 degrees Celsius. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  10. Remove the triangles from the freezer, place two inches apart on the baking sheet, and brush each scone with a thin layer of cream. Sprinkle each scone with a little bit of sugar to really top everything off.
  11. Bake for 20 min (or more) until the scones are golden brown and your home smells wonderful.
  12. Allow the scones to cool on the baking sheet for a while before moving to the cooling rack. Or before eating every single scone while standing hunched over the oven. Your call.

The wonderful scones you will eat:

Until next time!

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book of february: all the light we cannot see

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My Mum recommended I read this book, and I’m so glad she did. To be honest I started reading it this summer. Don’t take my somewhat extended reading time to mean that the book isn’t captivating – oh it is! The real truth (in stark contrast to the fake truth) is that I borrowed the book from the library to my tablet, didn’t realize it had been automatically downloaded, and then only had a few days left to read a 500+ page book. Which evidently was not enough time. Also the hold line for the book is a constant 100+ people.

Finally in February I once again got my mitts on a copy of this somewhat elusive book and finished it off. It is wonderful. I’m not at all surprised it’s won a Pulitzer Prize. Anthony Doerr’s story telling is something worth experiencing. Plus you get to ingest such lovely words as “extirpation” and phrases like “amphitheater of noise”. (Don’t worry, that doesn’t give anything away.)

A story revolving around the second world war and set in France and Germany where the two main characters lives are wonderfully detailed by Doerr. Read this book. Even if it takes you half a year to get your act together enough to finish it. Worth it.

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