I love to read. Each year I set a goal for myself to read at least one book per week. I keep track both on Goodreads and a handwritten journal. If I make it to 52 books by the end of the year I am pleased. In 2016 I read 65! This year I upped my goal to 55.
I realize reading this many books is not realistic for everyone, but I do encourage you to read as often as you can. Books provide a way to escape the upsetting headlines or negative posts on social media (and this week has been particularly distressing). Books are also a great way to step away from all the screens we get glued to whether it is a phone, iPad or television (although I do read a lot on my Nook). Books also engage our minds, which is important in helping to prevent or delay the onset of mental decline. I belong to three book clubs which keeps me reading and it also forces me to read books that I might not otherwise choose. I have never read non-fiction on a regular basis but due to book club choices I am now more knowledgeable about Abraham Lincoln, Japanese prison camps, the 1936 Olympics and Benjamin Franklin. I love historical fiction and truly appreciate good writing. I decided to give you a list of books that I have really enjoyed in the hope that you might find a new favorite, even if it is the only book you read this year!
Teri’s Take Terrific books (in no particular order):
Teri’s Take Great Books (in no particular order):
Teri’s Take Really Good books (in no particular order):
I also like to read what I call junk food, quick, easy to read mysteries that cleanse the palette, before diving into a weightier book. Harlan Coben, Janet Evanovich (the Stephanie Plum series) and Taylor Stevens (the Vanessa Michael Munroe series) are authors I often pick up for this purpose.
The Super Bowl is this weekend! This week’s recipe is the perfect dip to serve at a party (I made it for the last book club I hosted). It is easy and everyone will want the recipe.
Smoky Onion Dip
adapted from Epicurious
1 medium shallot, thinly sliced
1 medium leek, thinly sliced
2 medium scallions, white and light green parts, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup vegenaise (or mayonnaise)
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (or more if you love garlic)
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped (or scant 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme)
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
sprinkle of smoked paprika
sprinkle of thyme