Last night, Luke and I took advantage of the gorgeous weather and had dinner on the patio at our favorite restaurant in Manchester, Republic Cafe.
We started off with the Whipped Fresh Spicy Feta Dip and pita bread – delicious as usual.
For our entrees, we both had specials. I had the Albacore Tuna and Luke had the Ramp Pasta.
The tuna had a delicious sauce and came with some tasty sautéed kale and a grain I had never tried before (I forgot what it was called!). The ramp pasta had a nice cream sauce and was topped with hedgehog mushrooms and ramps.
Have you ever tried a ramp? We hadn’t! Apparently, they’re wild leeks. They have a very garlicky flavor. I googled them and Time Magazine recently published an article saying that they are the new trend for foodies. I’ll definitely be eating them again – give them a try if you see them, they’re pretty fun!
For breakfast this morning, I had a fabulous new overnight oat concoction: Banana Bread Overnight Oats!
It was my first time making overnight oats in a mason jar too! These were so good. I’ll be posting the recipe soon, once I get all the exact measurements (I wasn’t really measuring when I made them last night). I’ll try to get some more appetizing pictures too :).
The book is set in Germany during World War II and it tells the story of Liesel, a young foster girl. At a young age, her six year old brother is killed and she is taken away from her mother and sent to live with her foster parents, Hans and Rosa. She arrives at her new home having just stolen her first book, The Gravedigger’s Handbook. With her foster father’s help, she learns to read and becomes entranced by the power of words.
She uses the book to escape from her nightmares. Eventually, she steals more books and is given the name “the book thief” by her closest friend, Rudy. The many books she steals take her through all of the bombings and tragedies that happen in her young life. One of the most notable parts of the book is that a young Jewish man comes and lives in the basement of her house (in hiding). She develops a friendship with him and their relationship becomes an integral part of the story.
To be honest, I didn’t love the book. I think part of the reason that I didn’t was simply that I was in the mood to read a light-hearted page turner and this was certainly not that. The book is narrated by death, after all. It’s definitely an emotional book that takes you into Nazi Germany and makes you think.
I also found the author’s writing style to be very strange and a bit hard to follow at times. Many people widely praise him for it in reviews, but for me it was confusing. I think the writing also contributed to my finding the book a very slow read.
Overall, I thought it was a good book, but not great and not something I’d want to read on the beach. It presents a unique perspective on World War II and Nazi Germany. If you’re into historical books, I’d give it a try. I think I’ll be taking a break from this genre of the book world and going back to reading a Dystopian novel next :).