Book Review: The Little Paris Bookshop

I can’t believe it took me so long to read The Little Paris Bookshop!  I got the Kindle Paperwhite, if you hadn’t noticed I had been hinting about wanting it, for Christmas and I was so excited to download a ton of books to read.  I LOVE my paperwhite;  it is white, small, light, so easy to use, is readable in the sun or at the beach, has a light for reading at night and I am obsessed! Everyone needs a Kindle! I had to get that off my chest! Now back to the book, The Little Paris Bookshop. What a wonderful story, it was a travelogue, love story, personal journey and so poignant. I didn’t want it to end. If you haven’t read it, you must.  It made me want to take a boat down the Seine, to see the vistas and eat the food.. oh, how I want to eat the yummy sounding food, drink the wine and lie on the deck looking at the stars.  It was a vacation from my life and the perfect book to get away. Read the little preview below and then download it.  The Best Book!

Ridgely Brode reciews 'The Little Paris Bookshop' by Nina George on her blog Ridgely's Radar

to buy: The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George


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Double-Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Want to try one of the most delicious cookies ever?  Then these Double-Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies from the God’s Love We Deliver Cookbook should be the next ones you make! They are that good!  We have been working with God’s Love We Deliver for as long as I can remember and they are an amazing organization that provides life-sustaining meals and nutrition counseling to people living with severe illnesses in the New York metropolitan area. This year alone, God’s Love will cook and deliver more than 1.4 million nutritionally-tailored meals (Free of charge!) with the help of 8,000 volunteers.  Wow.. That is a lot of meals and a huge team!

In celebration of over 30 years of service, God’s Love We Deliver  has created a cookbook featuring family recipes and personal stories of 75 celebrities and friends of the organization. From Trish Yearwood’s Chicken Noodle Soup to Ina Garten’s Perfect Roast Turkey to Rosanna Cash’s Coconut Layer Cake, each delicious contribution is featured in the cookbook along side a note from the person and a photograph of the recipe. There are so many good recipes that I want to try but chose to feature the Double-Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies because they are one of my favorite treats and I have been waiting patiently for the cookbook to be released so I could get the recipe! Be sure to click the link to see more about the God’s Love Cookbook and by purchasing one (or more!) you are supporting a wonderful organization.  Enjoy!

These Double-Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies are one of Lifestyle Blogger, Ridgely Brode's favorites and she shares the recipe on Ridgely's Radar.


These Double-Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies are one of Lifestyle Blogger, Ridgely Brode's favorites and she shares the recipe on Ridgely's Radar.


These Double-Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies are one of Lifestyle Blogger, Ridgely Brode's favorites and she shares the recipe on Ridgely's Radar.


These Double-Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies are one of Lifestyle Blogger, Ridgely Brode's favorites and she shares the recipe on Ridgely's Radar.

Double-Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies from God's Love We Deliver Cookbook
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4 Dozen
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 4½ tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 ounces (1 stick) butter or margarine, softened
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  1. Prehat oven to 350F
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, and baking soda. Blend well
  3. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugars until blended.
  4. Add the eggs and vanilla, beat until incorporated.
  5. Add the flour mixture and beat until just incorporated.
  6. Fold in the oats and chocolate
  7. Drop rounded tablespoons of dough onto parchment or silicone-lined cookie sheets about 1 inch apart.
  8. Bake 1 sheet at a time until golden brown. about 8 to 10 minutes per batch
  9. Transfer cookies to a rack to cool
  10. serve


These Double-Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies are one of Lifestyle Blogger, Ridgely Brode's favorites and she shares the recipe on Ridgely's Radar.

to buy: God’s Love We Deliver Cookbook

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9 Books I am excited to Read

I am always searching for new books and am sharing 9 titles I am excited to read this Winter. I found 2 the books from a friend on Goodreads.  If you are not familiar with Goodreads, you should check it out.  Here is what it says on their website:

Goodreads is a free website for book lovers. Imagine it as a large library that you can wander through and see everyone’s bookshelves, their reviews, and their ratings. You can also post your own reviews and catalog what you have read, are currently reading, and plan to read in the future. Don’t stop there – join a discussion group, start a book club, contact an author, and even post your own writing.

I have the app on my phone and whenever I find a book I want to read I add it to my “to read’ list and it is waiting for me when I am looking for my next book.  I love checking off what I have read, leaving reviews so I can go back to remember what I read and what I thought of it.  As I get older and a little forgetful (!) this is a very useful tool.  If you are a member, or you just join now, find me and we can follow each other.

See below for my current list and if you have any favorites, please leave a comment so we can all add them to our lists!  Thank you!

9 Books Ridgely Brode is excited to read are on her blog Ridgely's Radar

top: We Are Called to Rise  /  A Great Reckoning  /A Man Called Ove

middle: The Housekeeper and the Professor  /32 Yolks  /Salt to the SeaA Great Reckoning

bottom: Along the Infinite Sea  /  We Are Called to Rise  /  Take Me With You

Want to know how I liked Truly Madly Guilty?

I have been reading a lot lately and it feels really good to be back in the reading groove.  I have been loading up my Kindle and using my commute home to escape into what is next on my list.  I just finished Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty. Have you read any of her other books?  In my book club we have read and I have reviewed on the blog; What Alice Forgot , The Husband’s Secret and Little Big Lies. I found Truly Madly Guilty to have a similar pattern to her previous books, where she has several main characters that she switches between from chapter to chapter.  She also starts the story after some big “event” and leaves that a mystery until you get farther into the character development and then she starts slowly feeding us tidbits of what that big event was.  It seems a bit formulaic but it does keep you guessing and entertained as you try to get to the big reveal. Is is a perfect beach read and just what I like a the end of the day that wont keep me up all night.  I would be curious to hear what you think…

PS- Don’t miss the Shopbop SALE – I listed my picks and all the scoop at the bottom of this post.

Truly Madly Guilty | Liane Moriarty


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Book Review: The Woman In Cabin 10

A few months ago, I picked The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware as one of my monthly books from Book of the Month club.  It is similar to her novel in a Dark, Dark Wood, where the setting is a huge part of the story line, in this case the story takes place on a very small luxury cruise ship. Just hearing that and knowing the previous books premise, it wasn’t hard to realize that Lo, the main character, will get in major trouble on a boat in the middle of nowhere. While I liked the book and I wanted to find out what happened, I found some of the plot lines did not tie up the way I would have liked and I found myself skimming and flipping ahead as it got a little boring and repetitive in the middle.  Was it as chilling and terrorizing as Gone Girl, no, but there were moments of greatness and, I will admit, I really did want to find out “who done it”. I wouldn’t put it on my best ever list, but it was a good read.  I would be curious to hear what you think.. so please leave a comment.

A Review: The Woman in Cabin 10 | Ridgely's Radar

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September 2016 Book Club

One of the reasons I really enjoy my book club is that we are a diverse group of women and we rotate who gets to pick the next months book.  It is really interesting to see what types of books everyone chooses.  This month we read: Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan.  It is a true story and look at her own incarceration in the hospital after experiencing a debilitating mental illness and then her recovery.  At twenty four, Ms. Cahalan was a reporter for the New York Post, in a promising relationship and living on her own when she started to have paranoia, mood swings, tingling and loss of feeling in her left side, slurred language and erratic body movements. She was aware that something was wrong and went to her physician for a diagnosis, testing and a MRI.  Everything came back normal. Her condition rapidly worsened until she had a extreme seizure, which she does not remember, and her boyfriend called 911.  She was admitted to the NYU Langone Medical Center epilepsy unit. Luckily, she had the vigilance of her divorced parents to navigate the healthcare system and advocate for her care, health insurance and a loving boyfriend. Ms. Cahalan’s pieces together her story from her limited memory, her parents journals, the videos taken in her hospital room and interviewing her family, friends and healthcare professionals.  It is a fascinating and frightening real life story that does end in her recovery and sharing her story publicly. My two take aways were to have, and be, an advocate to navigate your medical needs, or those of loved ones, and to share your story so that others can benefit from the research, diagnosis and treatment.  It is well worth a read and if you do, let me know what you think.

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madnesss | Susannah Cahalan