Have you listened to the podcast The Dream? This was worth reading one (or two or ten) less books. So was binge-watching This is Us season 2 on Netflix… and then spending a week recovering from the emotional trauma.
So it appears that I got to 100 books, and then I hit a wall. I currently have four books on the go (that I think I plan to finish… in December).
Books I read in November:
- Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard, by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
This was a business book that referenced Al Gore getting a lap dance. It was equal parts funny, insightful, and repetitive.
- The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern
This is my favourite book of all time, and I re-read it once a year. I thought it was a fitting choice for my 100th(!) book of 2018. Goal: complete.
- Then She Was Gone, by Lisa Jewell
This was well written and the characters were well developed, but the plot was painfully predictable.
The DNF list:
- A Simple Favor, by Darcey Bell
This was pretty awful. I’m definitely left wondering how it got made into a movie, with a decent cast, no less.
YTD books read: 101
Books to go: nah, we done.
It’s gingerbread season!
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tablespoon vanilla
- 3 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- pinch cloves
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Beat melted butter and oil, sugar, molasses, and egg. Add in all the remaining ingredients, and stir until they’re all combined.
- Create two discs of dough, wrap them in saran wrap, and refrigerate or freeze for a minimum of four hours (or two… I did two and it still worked).
- When you’re ready, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Roll out the dough (it may need a few minutes to soften if it’s been in the freezer for more than an hour) to about a quarter of an inch. Cut out your shapes and put them on a parchment-lined baking sheet, leaving about an inch of space between them.
- Bake each tray for about 10-12 minutes.
- Cool completely before icing (I used this recipe for royal icing).