Stuff and Nonsense


4.06.2020

March 2020 Reads


The Last Chinese Chef by Nicole Mones
A fluffy, comfortingly predictable foodie romance. The descriptions of traditional Chinese cuisine and the community element in dining made me want to know more. Maggie and Sam's romance, delightfully free of melodrama and miscommunication, was a charming spin on friends-to-lovers.

Paladin's Grace by T. Kingfisher (Ursula Vernon) [kindle]
A charming, feel-good fantasy about a (literally) godless paladin and a perfumer who is anything but a damsel in distress. Lots of severed heads, reanimated corpses, and banter.

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
A mixed-race single mother living in the slums of Ho Chi Minh City accidentally encounters a Vietnamese American woman looking for a wife for her stubborn son and finds herself "trying him out" for the summer. Nuanced loved story that manages to deal with complex topics such as autism, immigration, and self-discovery in heartwarming, understanding way.

3.23.2020

Walkies at the End of the World

Like many at home during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, I've taken to walking around the quiet neighborhoods of my new city, trying to soothe my anxious mind with fresh air and green things. Here in Connecticut, Winter 2020 felt like the winter that never was. Temperatures only dipped below freezing a handful of times and snowfall was below normal. Still, it is wonderful to finally see the spring bulbs and shrubs bursting into bloom.

Forsythia

Galanthus

Scilla