The February Book Roundup

At long last I have finished the Harry Dresden series. Hold the applause. Fifteen books and a few month later – it feels like an utter journey of a series. Now that I’m at it end, however, I’m kind of sad it’s over. I grew to love Murphy, Harry, Butters and all of the crazy…

Recipe: Tzatziki

I’ll give you this – I’m not usually a big fan of sauces. At least making them… it’s a bit of a pain, if I’m being honest. Especially without a food processor – my patience chopping up little herbs and mixing or mashing by hand is practically zero. But in a Greek-fuelled haze, I decided…

Beginning my Masters

For some reason, I had always been under the impression that doing a Masters wouldn’t be particularly challenging. Oops. I’m only a week into my program and I’m positively delighted at how much work there is to do. There are theoretical readings that really challenge my world view, and thesis preparations that have already begun…

Recipe: Lemon Coconut Loaf

Let it not be said that I allow the recipes section of my blog to fall completely by the wayside. What makes inspiration difficult to come by is one common issue: repetitive meal planning. Luckily with the new slew of friends to make at graduate school, I have more than enough reasons to get in…

The Binge Continues…

Much as I want to deny it, having a good guilty-pleasure series in my hands makes my reading life much more interesting. My Harry Dresden binge, which has been on a full-fledged sprint since December, has rounded into Book 13 Ghost Town. That means I have three-ish books left in the entire series and I…

Overly Obsessed with Harry Dresden

Despite my efforts to the contrary, I can’t seem to read anything other than the Harry Dresden series. I promise I’ve been trying. Every night I sit down with my Kindle and think, “tonight is the night.” And every night, I end up reading a half of the newest Dresden Files. Is it an addiction?…

Did You Know January is the Least Productive Month of the Year?

Even though New Years would have us believe otherwise, it takes most of us – myself included – a full month or so to really remember where any of our motivation went. As it enters the third week of January, I’m the least surprised to learn the January is apparently the “least productive month of…

Warming Beans and Greens Soup

Not that the weather hasn’t already made it abundantly clear, but I’m here to announce that it is winter. And it isn’t going away. The holidays always seem to trick us and joke that surely the wintery and cold weather stops at the end of New Years  – but then January and February comes around….

Three Most Anticipated Books of 2018

Remember how I said last week I would read other books than the Dresden Files so that the reviews would be somewhat versatile? Well… you can see how that went by the title of this post. I have been completely obsessed with this series and I’m only on book 7/12 so I have some time…

The Joys of Boredom

When I have fewer things on my plate, one of the first things that comes to my mind is how much I miss writing. No, not blog posts or articles for Sub-Stances. What I miss is fiction writing. Back in high school and all throughout the different phases of my childhood, I was an obsessive…

Smoothies and Banana Bread (semi-healthy breakfast)

If you’re anything like the rest of the population, the beginning of the new year translates to some level of forced healthiness. Whether it means you work out more or you eat healthier, there’s some vague semblance of “trying” that goes around. I am no exception to this rule. Luckily, because the internet knows what…

Book Review: The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher

Title: The Dresden Files Series Author: Jim Butcher Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Mystery, Fiction, Paranormal, Magic Publisher: Penguin ROC Goodreads Summary: Harry Dresden is the best at what he does. Well, technically, he’s the only at what he does. So when the Chicago P.D. has a case that transcends mortal creativity or capability, they come to him for…