Tuesday, August 1, 2017


It has been a hot second since I've updated this blog.  Okay, actually a lot longer than that.  The picture on here is still my graduation photo from law school and that was SEVEN YEARS AGO!  Outdated, yes, but it is a great photo so I'm leaving it.  I don't even practice as an attorney anymore, but still use my degree daily, thank you very much. 

Life has changed immeasurably.  I have a beautiful daughter now and she takes up the vast majority of my time. I have a wonderful new job that I adore because I get to work from home.  And, yes, I really do work hard even though it is from my stand-up desk in our office instead of downtown.  Life is grand and I have a lot more time to read than I thought despite the lack of train commute.

I set a reading goal this year for 24 books based on my dismal total last year.  I thought I would have a lot more time to read with a newborn, which was not my reality.  I've already blown this years' goal out of the water with 40 books and I'm trending toward 60.  A solid total.

I'm looking forward to using some time to reflect on my reads this year.  They have been varied and interesting and I'm sure my sweet husband would rather I talk about them on here than to him.  "Jill, I don't want to hear about the bee book anymore!"  You know how it goes.

City of Thieves by David Benioff

Book:  City of Thieves

Author:  David Benioff 

Grade:  A

Recommended To:   WWII fans, Egg Lovers. 

My friend recommended this book and it was a great rec!   In sum, this is the story of two young men who are asked to go on an adventure to locate a dozen eggs in wartime Russia so that a Corporal can make a wedding cake for his daughter.  This leads them through the icy war-time Russia and includes lots of adventure and intrigue along the way.

I thought this book was a completely unexpected joy.  I read a lot of books on my Kindle and typically forget what I read on Amazon as the excerpt or I don't bother to look it up, since there isn't a book jacket with the description.  This leads to a lot of surprises and this book was one of those.  I had no idea what to expect when I read this and the twists and turns were actually surprising. 

I read a lot of fiction about WWII but have read very little about the attack on Russia by the German forces.  This lack of knowledge kept the book interesting.

I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a fairly quick read and an intriguing one, at that.