White Jacket Required

There’s nothing like crawling into bed with a good book at the end of the day. If I can sneak in an hour of reading before bed, I feel more relaxed and seem to drift off to sleep without a billion thoughts running through my head. I look forward to immersing myself in a different world and unwinding in bed as I flip through the pages with Sadie curled up at my feet on my face.

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Late Sunday afternoon, I started reading White Jacket Required, a nonfiction book by Jenna Weber, author of the blog Eat, Live, Run. I heard a lot about the book from other bloggers and after my friend Aggie said I would love it during my trip to Oregon, I ordered it on Amazon last week. 

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Jenna’s story details her time in culinary school and the confusion she felt after college when she tried to figure out what she really wanted to do with her life. The book was an incredibly fast read and I finished it in two sittings.

Now I’m in the market for a new book! We’ll be voting on the November book club selection soon, so if you have any suggestions, let me know! (I’ll also put a call out on the PBF Facebook page before selecting the three front runners for us to vote on in a week.)


This morning was a pancake kind of morning!

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I added a heaping spoonful of pumpkin and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice to Bob’s Red Mill high fiber pancake mix that I got a while back but forgot to use!

I was attracted to the seven grams of fiber and seven grams of protein in a serving of the mix since pancakes made from a mix rarely keep me full for very long. (That’s why I love protein pancakes!) Hopefully these pancakes will keep me full for a while!

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Now I’m off to work through the morning before Ryan comes home at lunchtime to help me film a little video project that I have to complete for a client this afternoon. Videos make me anxious!

Question of the Morning

  • If you were to write a book one day, what kind of book would you want to write?

I’ve always thought it would be really fun to write a goofy children’s book revolving around silly pictures of dogs!


  1. says

    I’ve been eyeing White Jacket Required too and thinking about reading it, waiting for it to go to paperback, or maybe I’ll grab it on my kindle. I don’t think I would ever want to write an entire book. The task sounds so daunting and I’m getting writer’s block just imagining it!


  2. Katie says

    Julie – I really think that you would like Rules of Civility by Amor Towles! You and I share a love of historical fiction and it’s similar to Sarah Jio’s books (but slightly better writing!)


  3. says

    I’m in the process of writing a novel. It’s actually my second, but I’m not going to publish the first for many reasons. It’s quite therapeutic to write fiction, actually. When I’ve had a rough day and just want to get the heck out of my own mind, I go back to writing someone else’s story, worry about their problems for a while.


  4. Tracy says

    My friend has a new book out soon, Dead Spots by Melissa Olson. It’s a fun, engrossing and easy read and I think you and your readers would love it. I don’t read too many fantasy or dystopian books that require you to understand a different world (except for Twilight, Harry Potter and Hunger Games), but this book is awesome, like Buffy the Vampire Slayer in book form.


  5. says

    I really want to read White Jacket Required – I’m glad to hear it was good!

    I would probably write a memoir or a fiction book if I ever got the chance, those are my favorites to read!


  6. Julia says

    Love books!! If you haven’t read Gone Girl, it’s a must. An oldie but goodie is The Glass Castle (ive read it twice), and for a super inspiring and well written book, read Wild by Cheryl Strayed. It’s about her solo hike along the pacific crest trail. SOOOOOO good


  7. says

    I’m finishing up The Orchard, which has been good. I have Divergent on standby, as well as a couple I picked up from library yesterday – a David Baldacci & Ernest Heminghways The Sun Also Rises (been wanting to read it since The Paris Wife).
    I don’t know if I have the discipline to write a book! Maybe a children’s book 🙂


  8. says

    Glad to hear you liked that book – it is on my “to-read” list. I am the same way in that I love to read before bed each night. . . I wasn’t doing it for a while after having the baby, but now that he has a more regular bedtime, I am getting into it again. Reading ‘On the Island’ right now!


  9. says

    Still need to get on this one. I just finished Beautiful Disaster. Don’t waste your time, I definitely thought it was quite dull. I hear it’s on the best sellers list but maybe it was just me. I just couldn’t get into her writing style.


  10. says

    about halfway through and loving The Orchardist (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13540215-the-orchardist).

    Talmadge has lived a solitary life since his mom died when he was 13 and his sister ran off a few years later. Over the years, he’s continued to grow his orchard into a beautiful (and large) area.

    His life changes when his kindness leads to a connection with two very young pregnant girls on the run (i think it is told soon enough that i can say they were at a brohel against their will). I won’t go much further than that on the “action” front, but obv lives are changed.

    It is set at the turn into the twentieth century in the Pacific Northwest. The place is def a character itself. Additional characters include a mute Indian who rides through on horse wrangling runs and a woman who is an herbalist and true friend to Talmadge.

    Very well written. Storng sense of time and place. Heavy empahsis on what constitutes a family.


  11. Ann Wilson says

    I’ve actually written nine sports trivia books. They’re found in Barnes & Noble, Amazon, on Ebay and through our website http://www.triviagamebooks.com. I never thought I would write sports trivia, but I started writing for my husband’s book business.

    I started writing a high school romance/chick flick novel back in high school (I never got past page 20 or so).

    I will be working on publishing a Paleo cookbook in the next 6 months or so. I’m extremely excited about that one!


  12. Grace says

    What about the House of Sand and Fog? I’m reading it for my book club in DC. I thought the plot sounded boring but I can’t put this book down!


  13. Hannah O'Bannon says

    I love that picture of Sadie. I’m often met with a very similar site. Not only do I have a Weim that is the spitting image of Sadie (but silver) who sprawls out on the bed, I also have the same bedding and sheets. :-O


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