Twitterature: November 2013 edition. With a sad library story and a kid’s cookbook review.

Twitterature: November 2013 edition. With a sad library story and a kid’s cookbook review.

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Welcome to the Twitterature link-up! For the lowdown, head over here, or try this Cliff Notes version: this is the place to share short, casual reviews of books you’ve been reading.

After last month’s video, you said you wanted the video to contain information that wasn’t here on the blog. You got it. This time I’m speaking unscripted–really unscripted, I even forgot a book!–about this month’s selections, and I even recorded the video before I wrote these 140 character reviews. (Let me know what you think.)

(Click over to YouTube if you can’t see the video here.)

in the video I also tell you a sad story about Neil Gaiman, and read my daughter’s review of Well Fed 2 from her Sunday morning newspaper.

Here’s what I’ve been reading


Speak Love: Making Your Words Matter, Annie Downs

Words have the power of life and death–so how are we using our words? Real talk about friendships, social media, and the mean girl. #speaklove


David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell

Junior high basketball, dyslexic lawyers, impressionist painters, Ivy League admissions. Gladwell examines what strength really looks like in this long-anticipated new release. #finally


The Princess Bride, William Goldman

The movie is better than the book. Or maybe the book is better than the movie? Forget the debate; just enjoy them both. #cultclassic


The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman

An adult fairy tale about childhood and magic and monsters. I’m in awe of the fantasy world Gaiman creates in this slim novel. My first Gaiman fiction, but not my last. #fantasy


The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World’s Greatest Piece of Cheese, Michael Paterniti

This tangent-filled true story is about food and wine, friendship and loss, and the stories that won’t let you go. I still don’t know how I feel about the last third, but I’m still thinking about it a month later. That’s something, right? #catalonia


Well Fed 2: More Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat, Melissa Joulwan

My go-to cookbook of late that features paleo interpretations of international food. We haven’t made a bad recipe yet (and we’ve cooked a lot of these recipes). #kidapproved #whole30


 The Eyre Affair, Jasper Fforde

Crazy and fun: Lord Peter meets Lost in Austen. My only problem: how am I going to find time to read the rest of the series? Because I definitely want to keep reading. #LitCrime

What have you been reading lately? (And what do you think of this month’s video?)

The next Twitterature link-up will be on Monday, December 16.

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  1. Bonnie-Jean says:

    I read The Eyre Affair nearly 10 years ago and loved it. As an Aussie living in London at the time I found the alternate reality aspect fascinating. I also loved the way the story weaved classic characters throughout it. Will have to search it out and read that one again!

  2. Anne, I LOVED your video – wonderful! (I have a silly-tech question, but did you do the video on a Mac computer? Also, did you have to upload it to Youtube to embed the video on your blog? I very much want to do a video, and have technological issues). Based on your views, I’m excited to check out Gaiman’s fantasy novel. (I also want to read the Eyre Affair). I’ve been wanting to order Well Fed 2 for awhile (I want to do a Whole 30)–glad to hear you like it. (And what a sweet review by your daughter 🙂 Thanks, as always, for such a great Twitterature post.

  3. I really liked The Princess Bride (the book) – my book club read it this year and I just thought it was so clever but we had members that absolutely hated it. That aside, the movie is one of my all time favorites so I think I’d say I like the movie better?

    LOVE The Eyre Affair – and yes the whole series is great but an unfortunate time suck as I don’t find any of them to be “quick reads” so much as “savory reads” – not a bad thing unless your book collection is starting to drown the room like mine!

    I REALLY want to read the new Gaiman book, I am hearing nothing but good things!

  4. Madeline says:

    I really loved the video this time, Anne. It was great! It felt more like you were telling me about the books while we were chatting in a coffee shop. I have a vague memory of reading a Neil Gaiman book, but apparently it wasn’t the right one. I requested a couple from the library and look forward to reading them!

    Thanks for Twitterature!

  5. Ginger says:

    This video was so charming — you have a great speaking voice. I enjoyed getting a bit more of a peak into your personality, and I enjoyed your reviews in this format.

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