Books I’ve Read – May

In January, I started sharing books I’ve read for two reasons.  First, I would like a place to keep a list of all the books I have read and just haven’t found a good place for it yet.  Second, I love hearing what other people are reading and I like to add to my list of books to read.

When you finish reading the list, leave me a comment with your favorite reads this month and get additional book recs from my JanuaryFebruaryMarch and April lists. I know it is almost the end of June, but I still need to share the books I read in the month of May.

The two books I have been reading the most are Management Basics for Information Professionals and Reference and Information Services in the 21st Century, both required reading for my classes. I did a little bit of fun reading squeezed in between chapters about library management and being a better researcher.

This Book is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All by Marilyn Johnson – I picked up this book because it was listed in my desktop calendar of books to read (one each day…it is taking me awhile to work though the list!) and also because I am in school for Library and Information Science. I really enjoyed this book. Many of the stories that Ms. Johnson tells from her research are hilarious.

Frommer’s South Florida – We are planning a big Florida trip and the majority of it will be spent in South Florida. I checked this book out from the library and made a list of all of the attractions that we want to see while we are on our adventure.

Gooseberry Patch – The Christmas Table – I reviewed this book for my craft blog and it has some wonderful recipes. My favorite is Cinnamon Spice Popcorn, which is going to become a road trip staple I think!

June’s reading list is a bit longer and will be posted in just a few days!

 

 

Broad Street Grille Champagne Brunch – Chattanooga, TN

When we travel, breakfast is usually a simple box of cereal or a free complimentary breakfast in the hotel (the kind with the make your own waffles!). Occasionally we will go out for breakfast, but most of the time we make lunch or dinner our big meal.

We were invited to eat brunch at Broad Street Grille,  The Chattanoogan’s restaurant.

This is not your typical Sunday brunch, my friends.

This award-winning Champagne Brunch has everything from the waffles and bacon that you would expect at most Sunday brunches to stuffed French toast, Southern Eggs Benedict with Fried Green Tomatoes, and hashbrown casserole. In addition to a myriad of delicious breakfast foods, there was also a fully stocked salad bar, braised pork shoulder, potatoes, salmon, chicken and more. There are fruits and an array of different cheeses.

There is also a dessert bar with cakes, bars, and the most delicious banana pudding I have ever had. Seriously. And of course no brunch would be complete without mimosas, which are unlimited!

If you have a gluten issue, everything is clearly marked if it is gluten free. My husband adheres to a strict gluten free (and beyond) regimen and often has a problem finding something to eat that fits within his dietary restrictions when we are at a restaurant. This brunch had plenty of options for him.

If you are in Chattanooga, I highly recommend the Champagne Brunch even if you aren’t staying at The Chattanoogan. The Chattanoogan is one of the last stops on the electric trolley if you are coming from Downtown Chattanooga.

The Champagne Brunch is offered Sundays from 11am to 2pm. Reservations are recommended. Adults can brunch for $21.95 and children can brunch for $11.95. Children under 6 eat free off of the kid’s menu.

Stop by Wanderlust and Lipstick for Wanderfood Wednesday. Have a snack ready though…the pictures of food will make your mouth water.

Disclosure: Thank you to The Chattanoogan for hosting us and inviting us to brunch.

Books I’ve Read – April

In January, I started sharing books I’ve read for two reasons.  First, I would like a place to keep a list of all the books I have read and just haven’t found a good place for it yet.  Second, I love hearing what other people are reading and I like to add to my list of books to read.

When you finish reading the list, leave me a comment with your favorite reads this month and get additional book recs from my JanuaryFebruary and March lists.

I got a lot of reading done this month but much of it was in the form of orientation, handbooks and such because I am preparing to go back to school when the summer session begins next week. I know that during the next few months my reading time will be limited as I figure out how much time this whole returning to school thing is going to take up!

Optical Delusions in Deadwood by Ann Charles – This is the second book in a trilogy about a Realtor who lives in Deadwood. It is just as amusing as the first book, was a fun beach type read and was free to download at the time!

The Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare – Book two of the Infernal Devices series did not disappoint. This series is full of magic, vampires, warlocks, good versus evil, and London landmarks. It is a great series to give to the Harry Potter and Twilight fan in your life.

Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark by Ridley Pearson – I picked this book to read and review for Family Friday on A Traveler’s Library. What happens when all of the guests leave Disney World and the gates close? This book helps the reader to imagine what might happen to the Disney characters after the parks close. The main characters are 13 years old but I think a 4th or 5th grader could appreciate this book. I wouldn’t give it to someone who scares easily because they might not want to go back to Disney for a long time. There are some creepy parts in the book (like when the It’s a Small World dolls come alive and one bites the leg of one of the main characters…eek!).

Leviathan by Scott Westerfield – This is a steampunk novel that takes place at the beginning of World War I. As is typical with steampunk, it is full of science fiction, bizarre speculation and what-ifs even though it takes place at the beginning of WWI. I loved Scott Westerfield’s Uglies series and devoured all four books in less than a week. Unfortunately, I didn’t love this book. When I finished, I couldn’t bring myself to read the second book in the series but I do have a book from another one of his series on my list to read next.

What is on your reading list right now?