Monthly #amreading picks

Mid-January Reading

I picked up Cake Magic!: Mix & Match Your Way to 100 Amazing Combinations at the library and I have used the recipes a few times already. I enjoy baking but my cakes tend to come out denser than I would like. These, however, came out lovely, rich, and tender. This probably has to do with the 4 eggs and 1c of oil/butter in each recipe! The book is creatively set up as a mix-and-match with basic cake categories, flavoring syrups, and frostings. For example, here is the table of contents for the vanilla cakes.

And a set of luscious sample photos:


I was hesitant about the whole mix-and-match scheme, but it won me over in the end. The gorgeous pictures, flavor inspirations, and delicious results make this a nice addition to a cookbook library.

Brené Brown’s Rising Strong: How the Ability to Reset Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead is a title that I am re-reading.  The back cover reads, “The irony is that we attempt to disown our difficult stories to appear more whole or more acceptable, but our wholeness- even our wholeheartedness- actually depends on the integration of all our experiences, including the falls.”  We often hear people say, “I had a hard time but then everything was pieced back together and I was promoted at work.”  This book centers on examining what actually happens in those times when life falls apart and you are set with the task of creating something out of the ashes.  Far from being a depressing read, Brown uses her characteristic pairing of story-telling and research to help outline the process.  If you have never watched her TEDTalks, take some time to do it now!

The Hero with a Thousand Faces is my second Joseph Campbell title.  Brown brings his work into her book when she discusses his outline of a hero’s journey. I found the image below on Pinterest.


Campbell’s research subject is comparative mythology.  His idea is that people’s lives mirror myths- and thus, a deeper understanding of mythology brings comfort and connection by providing an opportunity to center your  life within a common narrative.  If all of this seems far-removed from reality, consider the possible present-day parallels for his description of the tyrant-monster:



I’ve linked this post to the Quick Lit link-up from Modern Mrs. Darcy’s blog.  Check it out here!

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