Happy New Year! I can’t believe how fast the holidays came and went, but I’m excited to start a brand new year. This will be my first Breakfast and a Book post for 2019. I haven’t shared many breakfast posts since June of last year, but I hope to pick up with more of these in the near future.
So, I just finished The Den by Abi Maxwell. You can see that review by clicking here if you’d like. I only have a few ARCs left (3 on NetGalley) and I’m able to choose what I want to read rather than be on a schedule right now so, I decided to finally start The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls.
A tender, moving tale of unconditional love in a family that, despite its profound flaws, gave the author the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms.
Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and above all, how to embrace life fearlessly. Rose Mary, who painted and wrote and couldn’t stand the responsibility of providing for her family, called herself an “excitement addict.” Cooking a meal that would be consumed in fifteen minutes had no appeal when she could make a painting that might last forever.
Later, when the money ran out, or the romance of the wandering life faded, the Walls retreated to the dismal West Virginia mining town — and the family — Rex Walls had done everything he could to escape. He drank. He stole the grocery money and disappeared for days. As the dysfunction of the family escalated, Jeannette and her brother and sisters had to fend for themselves, supporting one another as they weathered their parents’ betrayals and, finally, found the resources and will to leave home.
What is so astonishing about Jeannette Walls is not just that she had the guts and tenacity and intelligence to get out, but that she describes her parents with such deep affection and generosity. Hers is a story of triumph against all odds, but also a tender, moving tale of unconditional love in a family that despite its profound flaws gave her the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms.
For two decades, Jeannette Walls hid her roots. Now she tells her own story.
My thoughts so far:
I’ve had this on my TBR for so long now and I can’t believe it took me this long to get to it. I knew a little bit about it from reading a couple reviews, but I didn’t realize how shocking the details would be. I’ve had so many emotions throughout the book, in fact, at certain parts in the book I’ve been so angry with her parents, and then other times I find myself more accepting of ‘some’ of their ideals. The family is so dysfunctional and at times I would ask myself why these parents decided to have kids in the first place. The family is full of love and the children do learn a great deal from their parents, including survival skills I wished I would’ve learned at a young age, but their upbringing is so unconventional and at times unsafe. Other parts of the book were laugh-out-loud hilarious. If you haven’t read this book yet, I highly recommend it. I haven’t been able to put it down, and I’ll be finishing it this morning with a review coming by the weekend.
This morning I decided to go with one of my favorite smoothies containing cherries as the main ‘fruit’ ingredient. I’m so used to having a smoothie every single morning for breakfast. I’m not joking, a smoothie is my breakfast every day, which is why I decreased creating these breakfast and a book posts. If I’m not doing Anthony William’s Thyroid Smoothie, I usually mix it up with a similar smoothie that doesn’t use mango, but cherries or other berries. I LOVE cherries and Walmart has a nice large bag of organic cherries at a reasonable price.
This isn’t the prettiest smoothie! Once the cherries mix with the spinach, it turns brown, but it’s so sweet and delicious.
- 1 cup of water
- 1 fresh banana
- 2 cups frozen cherries
- 1-2 cups fresh spinach
- 1/4 to 1/2 bunch cilantro
- 1 TB almond butter
- 1 TB raw honey
- 1/2 tsp. dried turmeric
- 1/2 – 1 cup ice
I load everything into my Vitamix blender in the order above-beginning with water and ending with ice. Blend until smooth and drink immediately. You can adjust the ingredients how you would like by adding more or less cilantro and spinach. The almond butter is crucial to me because it helps keep the smoothie creamy. You can’t even taste the turmeric in this one.
If you guys try this smoothie, let me know if you enjoyed it!
I apologize for not including that many pictures for you today. I just need to get back into the swing of things!
Thanks for checking out Breakfast and a Book. Have a great week and again, Happy New Year!!