Waking Gods (Themis Files #2) by Sylvain Neuvel

Title: Waking Gods (Themis Files 2) Author: Sylvain Neuvel Genre: Science Fiction, Fiction, Fantasy Publisher: Del Ray Published: April 4, 2017 Page Amount: 325 pages Goodreads Summary: As a child, Rose Franklin made an astonishing discovery: a giant metallic hand, buried deep within the earth. As an adult, she’s dedicated her brilliant scientific career to solving…

The Simplest Stir Fry

If there’s one thing that is perfect for meal-planning and weeknight meals, it’s the simple and classic stir fry. I am fully aware that I have not been exactly on-point recently about posting recipes. In all honesty though, there’s been nothing particularly exciting about pan-frying chicken and boiling vegetables with hummus. I kid you not,…

Book Review: A Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

Title: The Long Way To a Small, Angry Planet Author: Becky Chambers Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Published: August 13, 2015 Page Amount: 404 pages Goodreads Summary: Somewhere within our crowded sky, a crew of wormhole builders hops from planet to planet, on their way to the job of a lifetime. To…

Amongst Polls and Whinging

If I had to choose one thing I’ve been absolutely horrible about lately (and if I only had to choose one), it would have to be blogging. I can give the classic “I’ve been traveling” excuse. I’m sure I could also think of a thousand or a million reasons why I haven’t updated Positively Gabriella…

Book Reviews on Sub-Stances: The Underground Railroad

Prepare to reimagine American history in Colson Whitehead’s “The Underground Railroad.” The menace of slavery is all too familiar to the protagonist, Cora, as she risks death and punishment by running away to the North. Instead of providing his readers with the traditional view of the Underground Railroad, Whitehead introduces us to an actual railroad…

The Most Normal Week (aka Best One Yet)

At first, I didn’t expect last week to live up to anything special. Nothing particularly stuck out, or at least in its totality, it was like any normal work week. But as I’m looking back now, I actually had a lovely couple of incidents. Who would have believed it (Hint: Not me) – that I…

Experimental Brownies

In my very humble opinion, the best part about cooking is that you never know what can go wrong. Perhaps you don’t realize there’s no baking soda in the kitchen until too late or you let that sweet potato sit for too long and now it’s more like sweet potato mash. It’s practically the rule…

Routine or Celebrate?

Happy Fourth of July! Let’s all celebrate independence, eat burgers and watch fireworks. Cue explosion. Just kidding, I’m in the Netherlands. The only celebration I’ll be attending here is my personal brownie baking party tonight. Attendance Count: One. Besides continually asking myself why there is no adulting manual (come on Penguin Random House, I’m depending…

Book Review: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Title: The Underground Railroad Author: Colson Whitehead Genre: Historical Fiction Publisher: Doubleday Books Published: August 2, 2016 Page Amount: 306 pages Goodreads Summary: Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hellish for all the slaves but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into…

Book Review: The Devil’s Teardrop

Title: The Devil’s Teardrop Author: Jeffery Deaver Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Fiction, Crime, Suspense Publisher: Hodder Published: May 4, 2000 Page Amount: 496 pages Goodreads Summary: After an early morning machine-gun attack by a madman called the Digger leaves dozens dead in the Washington, D.C., subway, the mayor’s office receives a message demanding twenty million dollars by midnight…