Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.
Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice.
First published: 2017
Who doesn’t love a good crumble? Ages ago, I posted a recipe for a crumble with pear and berries, but today I’ve got a true classic for you all: an apple crumble! As with any apple dish, I also added a splash of almond liqueur because that’s just smart thinking.
I made this one last week for my birthday dinner with my family, and everyone loved it. The crumble was gone in its entirety before I knew it! I served it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, which made it even more delicious. It was the perfect dessert for a wonderful evening!
It’s my birthday today! I’m turning 24, which seems like the perfect occasion to finally go ahead with this post, which I stole from Cathy of 746 Books. A while back, she made a list of her favourite books from every year she’s been alive. I loved that idea, so I’ve done the same!
Below is a list of 25 books: the best books of 1993 to 2017. I say “best” books, but there were a few years, especially at the beginning, for which I didn’t have much choice. Apparently, the only book published in 1993 I’ve read (according to Goodreads) is Kiss by Jill Mansell – I don’t even remember that one. But years like 2012 or 2015 were really tough! There’s so many good books to choose from! Also, apparently Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl and Eleanor & Park were published in the same year? That’s a fun fact for ya.
Anyway, I really enjoyed making this list; it was fun to look back on all the books I’ve read on the eve of my birthday (I’m writing this on the 6th – shhh). I hope to read many, many more!
Do you spot any of your favourites on this list?
I’m not gonna lie – I’d completely forgotten about this recipe. I was planning on posting something different when I came across the pictures of these muffins, which had me all confused. The time stamp on them tells me I made these mid-August, but it took me a while before I remembered. Ah, well, we’re all getting a little older, I guess. After racking my brain for a little bit, and finding the piece of paper which I’d hurriedly written the ingredients on, I vaguely recall making these.
I mostly remember tasting them and going “yummmm”, though. These were really good! I love me some coconut, and it goes really well with the banana. And everything goes well with chocolate, so this couldn’t not be a success. All those great ingredients do make for a bit of a long name, though; it’s quite a mouthful.
Have I made that pun before? I must have.
Shenanigans aside – these muffins are delicious, and done in a jiffy. Enjoy!
The first day of senior year: everything is about to change. Until this moment, Sal has always been certain of his place with his adoptive gay father and their loving Mexican-American family. But now his own history unexpectedly haunts him, and life-altering events force him and his best friend, Samantha, to confront issues of faith, loss, and grief.
Suddenly, Sal’s throwing punches, questioning everything, and discovering that he no longer knows who he really is–but if Sal’s not who he thought he was, who is he?
First published: 2017
It’s been ages since I did a proper book haul post, because I usually buy books in small batches which I don’t think warrant an entire post. Recently, though, I’ve had the biggest urge to buy ALL THE BOOKS. The pictures in this post aren’t even up to date anymore as I bought at least three new books since taking them. Oops.
This can partly be blamed on the fact that since a couple of monhts now I’ve been working in a bookstore. So, that means I’m spending multiple days a week surrounded by books – how could I possibly resist that? I’m not that strong-willed! The job is a lot of fun, as was to be expected. It’s not a very steady job – I work very irregular hours because I am one of the on-call employees, but it’s fun and I’m not sitting at home all week, so I’m not complaining. Plus, did I mention all the books?
Speaking of books (wow, great segue), I’m kind of bummed that I haven’t been able to keep a regular blogging schedule. I really do want to get back to blogging a lot, but I’m hardly finding the time to write posts, let alone read other blogs. It’s been about 6 months since I said I would be back, and I’m still not happy with how much I’m posting. Not sure if I can do that much about it, though. Maybe I can figure out a bit more of a routine, but the irregular working hours complicate stuff a bit. We’ll see how it goes!
Now, let’s move on to the actual book haul part of this book haul post!
So, confession time: I made this tart over 3 months ago and am only getting around to posting it now. Oops. Luckily I was smart enough to write down the recipe! More or less… It was a bit fragmented, but between that and my memory, I think this recipe was saved.
I love strawberries and I love pastry cream – and so does my mother, so it was great to make this tart for her birthday. To give it that extra little kick of freshness, I added the zest of one lime to the dough of the pastry, which turned out lovely. If I could, I would add lime to just about anything. Perhaps I should start doing that.
Fifteen steps might seem like quite a lot, but this recipe is really not that difficult, as long as you have a bit of patience and enough time. The dough needs to rest for over an hour in total, but in the meantime you can do different things like making the pastry cream or cleaning up your work surface. I’d go for the first one, and avoid the second one as long as possible.
Anyway, enough babbling – onto the recipe!
Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: If he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing with, will be jeopardized.
As his email correspondence with Blue grows more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out – without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.
First published: 2015
It’s been ages since I did a book tag, but a while back Morgan from The Bookish Beagle tagged me to do the Book Cake tag. Books, cake… seems like the perfect tag for me, doesn’t it?
So, we’re going to build a book cake! We’ve got a couple of ingredients (flour, butter, eggs, icing, sprinkles and the cherry on top), and they’re all linked to prompts, which will be the basis for my book picks. You know, your basic book tag – it doesn’t really need any explanation.
Let’s get to it!
What do you do when you have an overload of berries that are threatening to go bad? Right, you bake! Or at least, that’s what I do. I bought blueberries on sale at the supermarket, but they were kind of mushy and disappointing, which made them perfect to put in a cake. Somehow, blueberries completely transform when they bake – both in taste and flavour. I also had a bowl full of fresh red currants from my parents’ garden, so I figured I’d throw some of those in, too.
At first, I didn’t really know what to bake – the first thing that came to mind were muffins, but that seemed kind of boring, since that’s pretty much always my go-to for when I have leftover fruit. Then I remembered this cake I baked years ago – a french cake called a quatre-quarts, only back then I used a whole lot of apples instead of berries. Turns out, a quatre-quarts is pretty much just a pound cake or a sponge. Who’d have thunk!
I also added a lemon drizzle to this cake, because lemon drizzles make everything better. It’s a fact. The cake turned out absolutely scrumptious – definitely a good one to have added to my repertoire! The fresh berries and lemon-y taste make it a perfect summer treat.