Friday Wrap-Up: Best of March

the_martianIn terms of reading, March can be wrapped up in one short sentence: Go out and read The Martian by Andy Weir right now.

Glad we could do that.

*drops mic and leaves*

*shuffles back onstage apologetically and dusts off mic*

But, seriously, if you have any hankering for space or sci-fi or what it means to be human or just want a damn good suspense novel, I highly suggest it.

This month I also read:

  • Spontaneous Healing by Dr. Andrew Weil
  • The Oh She Glows Cookbook by Angela Liddon
  • Sandman: Seasons of Mist by Neil Gaiman
  • Saga: Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Soooo cooking and comics. Those go together, right? Yes. Yes, I think so.

There have also been a few reviews on BookPairing, most notably, Margaret Atwood’s stunning MaddAddam paired with some lavender, lemon, and honey biscuits. There was also some fan girling about Call the MidwifeJoseph Campbell, olive oil, and Angela Liddon over at Oh She Glows.

OH. And there was the Tucson Festival of Books which was a major book party where Chuck and I became BFFs.

I’ve been doing lots over at Food Riot. Some of my favorites this month were:

I also hope you’ve been following along over at Insatiable Booksluts with our Morpheus Mondays Sandman readalong! It’s good stuff folks. And there’s a redesign up over at Insatiable, so MOAR good things. (I just want to pet it a bit.) I also should note that the redesign was released at the same time we announced Sex Month over at IB, or as we’re calling it, Literary Friction: Insatiable Booksluts Talk Sex (For Once). *cackles*

What did you read in March? 

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  • Amanda @ On a Book Bender

    I’ve been watching the H2 channel, which has a lot of programming about space and how we came to be. It’s fascinating. (Though my favorite, by far, as been “Life After People”.)

    I read lots of historical romance in March because that’s how I roll.

    • Nikki Steele

      Oooh cool! That is a good show–so creepy!

      Heheh, hellz yeah!

  • Brooke Fredericksen

    Spontaneous Healing is a great book; I own a copy and read it years ago. Thanks for bringing it up; think I’ll read it again.
    And, as you know from my Facebook gush–I LOVE Oh She Glows cookbook. I’ve made my own almond milk already and loved it. Made a green monster smoothie and didn’t so much love it but can find myself getting used to it for my health.
    And may I suggest a vegan cheese cookbook: Artisan Vegan Cheese by Myoko Schinner. (I think I got that right; I’m at work right now and can’t reference.) I’ve made two batches of basic cashew cheese, one of which will become brie this weekend. Can’t wait–a little wine and vegan brie.

    • Nikki Steele

      Yeah, it already feels like a book I’ll need to pick up every few years to refresh on.

      Haha–that sounds amazing! I’ve never heard of vegan cheese, but that book looks amazing. I really want to make almond milk as well, it looks so good! I made the peanut butter cookie dough balls and really loved them! They were amazing.

  • Cipriano

    That is one of the best one-liner reviews I have ever read!
    ‘Nuff said!
    I’m going to get off my ass and go get this book, [he picks up the mic she dropped as she stormed off] and shouts into it, “I’M GOING TO GO GET THIS BOOK BECAUSE I LOVE BOTH SPACE AND SCI-FI”!
    [By the way, you’re umm, going to have to replace the spit-cover thing on this mic because, like… there’s spit all over it.]

    • Nikki Steele


      Hellz yeah space and sci-fi! I hope it’s as glorious for you as it was for me :D

  • Aly

    I LOVED this book. I read it this month, too! BRILLIANT! Absolutely exceeded expectations.

    • Nikki Steele

      I know! At first, I was kinda like meh and then it quickly turned into OMG!

      • Nikki Steele

        Meh, I should say, when I heard the summary–not once I actually started reading.

  • Laura Cline

    I just bought The Martian, and can’t wait!

    • Nikki Steele