Books and Cookies

Honestly – is there a better combination in the world than books and cookies?

Being the sloth that I am, I’m combining two blog posts in one today: first joining the wonderful monthly Virtual Tea Party as hosted by my dear friend Su from over at Zimmerbitch, and shamelessly taking advantage of you being distracted by cookies, tea and coffee to talk also about the books I’ve been reading lately, thus joining my lovely friend Lani who came up with the brilliant idea to do a monthly reading round up this year.

Oat shortbread

Ever since I was a child I had this very serious love affair with oats. They belong to my all-time favorite foods. No wonder then, that I also like to bake oat cookies from time to time, in this case oat shortbread.

Oat shortbread

This time I added some spelt flakes to add more crunch, and also because I thought that it might look nice.

Oat shortbread and green tea…

But to be quite honest with you – I rather overdid on the crunch side of idea. The spelt flakes are actually not to blame for this, it was me forgetting to get the cookies out of the oven after an appropriate amount of time, thus creating little hard rocks instead of crunchy cookies!

… and a hare.

So either you try to be brave and risk loosing a tooth or two, or have to dunk the thing into your coffee/tea and let them soak a bit.

Or – and I hope you feel a little bit reminded of a certain witch here – might I tempt you with some Turkish delight?? πŸ˜‰

Pomegranate flavored Turkish delight – store-bought I’m afraid

I know, it’s rather sweet, but at least you can be sure that all teeth will remain in place.

Turkish delight

And while you’re pondering wether to risk your teeth or your soul/conscience, let me throw some books at you, that I hope you might have read too, or maybe want to now that you’re aware of them:

First book of the year was a suspense novel written by one of my favorite writers, “Brother Odd” by Dean Koontz.

It’s the 3rd in a series where he’s focusing on a young man named Odd Thomas, who is able to see the spirits of the dead which naturally complicates his life a bit.

In this novel Odd Thomas is a guest of St Bartholomew’s Abbey, where he hopes to seek peace and understanding. I think it’s not too much of a give-away when I tell you that this is not going to happen for him. πŸ˜‰

Have you ever read something written by Dean Koontz?

Another favorite writer of mine is Alan Bradley, a Canadian mystery writer known for his Flavia De Luce series, which began with the acclaimed The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. “The Golden Tresses of the Dead” is the 10th book in this series, and if I were you, I’d start reading this series TODAY!!! Really, it’s that good.

Flavia De Luce is an 11-year old sleuth, who is also a brilliant amateur chemist with a specialty in poisons and has a knack for solving crimes – rather to the annoyance of the local police force. Reading these books makes me remember that feeling of being unstoppable when I was the same age, which is maybe why I love the books so much.

Next in line were “Foucault’s Pendulum” by Umberto Eco (1989)

“The Observations” by Jane Harris (2006)

“The Crossing” by Michael Connelly (2015), “The Jewels of Paradise” by Donna Leon (2012)

“The Swan Thieves” Elizabeth Kostova (2010)

and “Novelist as a Profession” by Haruki Murakami (2015)

Did you read any of these? Or want to tell me what books you’ve been reading this year so far?

Published by Sarah

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55 thoughts on “Books and Cookies

  1. Oats and spelt are the 2 favourite grains in this household …. your cookies look delicious! I’m sure I would love them even though you say they are a little firmer than you’d like.

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  2. Great post Sarah! I love oaty foods too. I eat oatcakes with tuna and mayo! Weird combo but really tasty. I have read one of Haruki Murakamis books but I cant remember the name, just remember it was slightly strange, but I enjoyed his writing. Must look it up! Hope you are well. Love xxx

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    1. Thank you, Gill! I say whatever works for you is okay, if it’s tuna and mayo on oatcakes – go for it! πŸ˜€
      Yes, Murakami’s writing is strange and beautiful at the same time – that’s exactly what appeals to me I think.
      All’s well here, still waiting for the vaccine. It might take a while. I know things go much faster in the UK and hope you maybe had yours already? Take care! Love! xxx

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    1. Hehe! I rather think I do, Betsy. πŸ˜‰ Oh, and Flavia is a very delightful character, I think you’d enjoy reading the books as you yourself write so funny and delightful! πŸ˜€

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  3. I’ve been wanting to bake ever since the power went out. Dug out some brownie I froze at Christmas and they are looking at me. Everything else except the fruit and veggies has gone in the trash. Oddly the eggs are still viable so maybe tomorrow I’d do choc chip since I have plenty of them. Reading this week has been the book “Breath” By James Nestor. It’s about how we are all breathing in a way that hurts our health. I’m kind of a science geek. Well written. I don’t believe I’ve read Dean Koontz. At my age, I forget what I read last year much less longer ago. πŸ™‚ I tend to favor women writers. I don’t read enough novels. There are so many good books out there and so many hours. I’m sorry your cookies didn’t come out as planned. The Turkish Delight looks very sweet and pretty.

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    1. That’s too bad about all the food having to go in the trash, I hate when that happens. Hope you got to bake the chocolate chip cookies? Mind if I come over and help myself to one or two? πŸ˜‰
      That sounds like a very interesting book! I know that most of us breath to shallow(?), and we should be more mindful and take deeper breaths and all. I try this sometimes and am always amazed how it really helps to calm one. Going to see if I can find a copy of your book!
      I hear you about the books and the time to read them. Very unbalanced in my view. πŸ˜‰

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  4. Sarah, I don’t know why I missed your post in my reader. I must be distracted. Since I went to to the dentist this week, I think I’ll pass on the cookies. I should pass on Turkish Delight too, shouldn’t I? Maybe it would be okay if I sucked it and then cleaned my teeth straight away ….
    I’ve not had much time for reading lately due to the dentist, etc.

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    1. No, no, I don’t think it’s your fault, Tracy, for some reason it didn’t even show up in my reader! Maybe because I wrote it on the phone? I really am so clueless when it comes to tech stuff! LOL!
      Anyway, thank you! And I’m so sorry to hear about your teeth troubles, yes, better just to suck on the Turkish delight then and clean your teeth straight away afterwards! πŸ˜‰
      Hope you’ll soon feel better! Take care!


  5. What could be better than a book and a biscuit and a pot of tea? The book in my case is Entangled Life by Merlin Sheldrake, all about fungi and how it may save the world. Seriously! Next up is Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer (indigenous wisdom and plants). I might need several biscuits! πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹πŸ™

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    1. Absolutely agree, Ashley!
      Ooh! That sounds like a very interesting read, the one about the fungi! I’ve been reading a bit about them two years ago and about their possible medical value in fighting anti-biotic resistent bacteria. Absolutely fascinating! Will see, if I can get a copy of Merlin Sheldrake’s book!
      Here’s to books and cookies! Have a lovely weekend! πŸ˜€ ❀

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  6. Cookies are always welcome. I usually like sweet things, but I found the Turkish delight a bit too sweet.

    I’ve heard of Dean Koontz so often but never read any of his books. I’ll have to try one. Also I’ll have to try one by Alan Bradley. Thanks for the suggestions.

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    1. You’re very welcome, Nicki! If you want to give Dean Koontz a try I’d recommend his new Jane Hawk series – it’s very well written and suspenseful.
      I agree about the Turkish delight being a bit too sweet, but every once in a while I delight (!) in nibbling on a cube. πŸ˜‰

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  7. Munchies and books are a winning combination. Thanks for including me πŸ˜‰ I haven’t had a shortbread cookie in so long, you reminded me how much I enjoy them. And my goodness, all these books already??? Which ones do you recommend ~ just the first two? I loved the Historian, how was the Swan Thieves?

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    1. My pleasure, Lani! πŸ˜‰
      Hehe! Yes, I’ve read them all, and can actually recommend them all as well, I just figured after writing about the first two books, it might be too much for the regular blog reader so cut down on it. πŸ˜‰ I absolutely loved the Swan Thieves! And found it to be even better than The Historian!! So I bet you will enjoy it too! And also The Observations – a very delightful, witty and charming book and character.

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  8. Books and cookies….yes, please! Shortbread is delicious–and that mug is cute! Glad the hares could get together. 🐰 I’ve never had Turkish delight but the color is gorgeous. Plus I do have a sweet tooth. Indeed, I do…

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    1. Hehe! I’m glad the hares could get together too, Lois. πŸ˜‰
      The Turkish delight is very sweet, and the texture is rather pleasant, so please feel free to nibble on a couple of cubes while I get you your coffee. πŸ˜‰

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  9. I love dipping cookies, Sarah, so it’s fine with me if they’re crunchy. And pomegranite Turkish Delights are beautiful. I’ll bet they taste just as good. Thanks for the list of great books. I haven’t read any of them, but The Golden Tresses of the Dead intrigued me. Thanks for the recommendations. πŸ™‚

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    1. You’re very welcome, Diana! With your mile long TBR list I know you don’t actually need any recommendations from me, but if I made you consider reading Alan Bradley I’m a happy girl. πŸ˜€
      Have some of both, the cookies and the Turkish delight then – and a wonderful weekend on top! πŸ˜€

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  10. Someone else recommended The Swan Thieves and I’d forgotten about it, and I like Donna Leon. I don’t mind a bit of a crunch, but pomegranate flavour delight does sound good. Choices! Choices! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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    1. Hehe! I’m quite bad at making choices myself so I understand only too well. πŸ˜‰ Just have both then, a cookie and some Turkish delight!
      I really enjoyed The Swan Thieves and can recommend it very much! And glad to have found someone who also knows and reads Donna Leon!! I’ve given up hope!


  11. This is a perfect combination of tea and books Sarah. I totally love your oat shortbread and am so tempted by the pomegranate turkish delight. Turkish delight used to be my absolute favourite sweet treat until I started to find it too sugary. I haven’t had a piece for years, so maybe just one …..

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    1. Thank you, dear friend!
      And here’s your Turkish delight (passes it with a witch-like giggle of anticipation)!
      It is terribly sweet, isn’t it? I’m always wondering how my taste for sweet stuff seems to change over the years, I even started reducing the sugar in all my recipes! Me! πŸ˜‚


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