Books & Baking – The Hunger Games

Hey, lovelies! It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, mostly because life gets busy and I’m horribly forgetful. This was the hardest recipe that I’ve attempted so far, mostly because of the apples (you’ll see what I mean about the apples once you get to the part with the pictures.)  I also did this forever ago, like before Christmas forever ago. For this edition of Books & Baking, I’ve chosen to attempt a recipe from The Hunger Games.

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Book:  The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Read my full review here!

If you don’t know what The Hunger Games is about, what cave do you live in? I have loved this series for so many years. I love the strong female that is Katniss Everdeen. I love the creativity of this potential future world. This series will always hold a special place in my heart.

“Stupid people are dangerous.”

“I don’t want to lose the boy with the bread.”

“Kind people have a way of working their way inside me and rooting there.”

“For there to be betrayal, there would have to have been trust first.”

Baking: Peeta’s Goat Cheese & Apple Tarts

Find the full recipe here!

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I chose to make Peeta’s goat cheese & apple tarts for two reasons. The first because there was a recipe for it and second because I didn’t want to make bread.

“We make a goat cheese and apple tart at the bakery,” he says.

“Bet that’s expensive,” I say.

“Too expensive for my family to eat. Unless it’s gone very stale. Of course, practically everything we eat is stale,” says Peeta, pulling the sleeping bag up around him.” 

Crust Ingredients

all purpose flour
powdered sugar
almond meal
room temperature butter
vanilla extract
whole eggs

Goat Cheese Filling Ingredients

softened goat cheese
sour cream
egg
honey

Apple  Topping Ingredients

gala apples
honey
lemon juice
apricot jam

Instructions

Cream butter until it resembles mayonnaise. Add powdered sugar and mix on medium. Add vanilla and egg. Combine almond meal and flour, then add in batches. Wrap dough, once fully combined, in plastic and refrigerate for two hours.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease twelve small tart tins (I used a mini muffin pan.)

Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface. Cut circles a bit bigger than your tart tins (or muffin pans). Gently form circles into pan. Bake tarts for about ten minutes with parchment paper and baking beans. Remove paper and bake another five minutes. Then let cool and prepare the filling. Mix together goat cheese, sour cream, egg, and honey. Then set aside.

Slice apples into quarters and remove core. With a very sharp knife,  thinly  (like a thin as you can possibly cut them) slice apples Toss with the honey and lemon juice. Microwave the apples for a few seconds, until warm and the apples are flexible.

Fill tarts about 3/4 of the way with filling. Create the apple flowers by first creating a cone shape with one apple slice. Start layering the slices around the cone while making sure to leave the larger slices for the outside petals. Place the flower on the tart. Fill in any open gaps with more apples. Bake for 10 minutes or until the filling is just set. Let cool and carefully unmold it from the tin. Brush the apples with the jam to finish.

And here’s the final product! These were a total hit in my house, they were gone in literally two days. They were sweet, but not overly so. Tasty and perfectly bite-sized.

Is this something you would make?  Let me know in the comments!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Book Adaptations

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is top ten – Page to Screen Freebie. I’m going to be talking about my some recent book adaptations I’ve seen and also some adaptations that are in the works.

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Recently Watched

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli // Love, Simon
I adored this book to movie adaptation. I loved all the actors and actresses. I think they did the book justice. It’s a movie I will be watching again.

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer // Annihilation
I liked the first book in the series. I actually only read it because it was on a ‘recently adapted’ list at my library. The book was weird and bizarre and interesting, the second and third were just infuriating. The movie was a lot like the second and third books; bizarre and frustrating.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins // The Hunger Games
I recently did a reread of the whole series via audiobook and the books were just as good as  I remembered them to be. Then, I watched the movies with my husband and those were just as good too.

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy // Dumplin’
This Netflix adaptation took the book world by storm. I, like many others, actually ended up enjoying the movie more than the book. Though I hope they adapt  Puddin’ too because I actually liked that book.

The Magicians by Lev Grossman // The Magicians
This was another that surprised me. I found that I enjoyed (and am still enjoying) the Scy-fy show better than the books. I liked the books well enough, but I am loving the show. It’s taken its liberties and made some changes, but I’m still enjoying the adaptation. The cast is great, some of them are so perfect for their characters, and I understand most of the changes (except why they changed Janet’s name to Margo).

Highly Anticipated

Looking for Alaska by John Green
Hulu is making this one into a mini-series and after YEARS of waiting, my favorite book will finally be getting adapting to the screen and I’m dying of excitement.

Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Reese Witherspoon is adapting this so I have really high hopes that she’ll do it justice.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
The Grishaverse is getting a Netflix series and every time I see Leigh post on Instagram about it I can’t help but “squeeeee!”

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
I keep seeing updated from the author and I’m interested to see how the screen adaptation is going to turn out.

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
I just googled 2019 adaptations because I couldn’t think of any others off the top of my head and IM SO EXCITED FOR THIS. The book tore my heart out and I hope the movie does too.

Have you watched any adaptations lately? Are there any upcoming that you’re excited for? Let me know in the comments!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Blogmas Book Review – Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Summary:
Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss’s family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.
It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans–except Katniss.
The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss’s willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels’ Mockingjay–no matter what the personal cost.
Review:
Mockingjay once again destroyed my soul. I knew what was coming for the most part, there were certain events that I had forgotten about, and even the parts I remembered destroyed my soul.
The conclusion to The Hunger Games trilogy was thrilling and exciting and absolutely crazy. I almost don’t even know what to say about it. I loved all the characters. Finnick, Gale, Haymitch, the whole gang is entertaining, while also breaking my heart.
The trauma that these characters have endured during the war that’s going on, is just awful. I liked how the characters really experienced things though. They didn’t just get over the trauma and torture they’ve been put through. They are recovering, in whatever ways work for them. This made it all the more realistic.
Katniss was really just a hot mess in this book and it only got worse. The things she lost, the people she loved, she endured more than one person should ever have to. And on top of this, the one person that’s been with her through this story has been turned against her. It was so sad to watch her struggle with this. Peeta gets the worst of it, honestly. It felt awful to know what Peeta was being put through by the Capitol. All to get to Katniss.
I was pretty happy with the ending. It’s exactly what Katniss wanted. It leaves us with a sense of putting the world back together, though she is mostly just trying to put herself back together. After so much loss, fighting, and persevering through the hardest times of her lives, she needs time to put the pieces of herself back together. She needs time to figure out how she is going to move forward and live her life.
I love this series and I always will. It will live forever as one of my favorite series. If you haven’t read this series you definitely need to stop reading this and go pick up The Hunger Games and get your heart broken, too. I’m going to go binge watch the movies now!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Blogmas Book Review – Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

GoodReads Summary:
Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and her longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol – a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.
Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she’s afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she’s not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol’s cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can’t prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.
In Catching Fire, the second novel in the Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins continues the story of Katniss Everdeen, testing her more than ever before…and surprising readers at every turn.
Review:
I feel like I have nothing new to say in this review. I continued listening to the audio for Catching Fire and it was amazing. I loved the narrator. She did an excellent job telling this story, giving it life. I was hooked, listening at every free moment.
I love the characters. Katniss, Gale, Peeta, Haymitch, Prim. I enjoyed getting to know all the older victors and seeing them come together to start a revolution.
The plot twists were just so good. I knew they were coming but they still surprised me. That’s how you know it’s a good book, when you’ve read it so many times but it still surprises you.
Check out my review for The Hunger Games here for more of my thoughts on these characters.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Blogmas Book Review – The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Summary:
Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don’t live to see the morning?
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.
Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before-and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she wants to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
Review:
How did I  forget how much I loved this book? I’m writing a paper for my popular culture class this term and I’ve decided to choose The Hunger Games trilogy as my topic. This series is an excellent example of popular culture because the books became movies and are still super popular today similar to the way Harry Potter blew up. So with this project, when I saw the audiobooks available I thought id reread the series to have it fresh in my mind.
The narrator did SUCH a good job telling this story. Each character had their own distinct voice and personality. I’m excited to continue listening to this narrator.
The story overall was still great, even better than I remember. Katniss is a strong-willed girl that fought tooth and nail to stay alive. Peeta is a boy resigned to his fate, in love with a girl he’ll never have. The supporting characters are lovable, relatable, and solid. They each played an important part in the story that made me love them, even Haymitch.
I actually could picture scenes from the movies in my head as I was listening to this story. Usually, I can’t reread a book after I’ve seen the movie but that was totally not the case here. I think because the movies were pretty well done and close enough to the story. But I’ll definitely rewatch the movies after I finish rereading all the books.
Overall, I still love this book 100%. Katniss kicks ass and does whatever she needs to in order to stay alive. The world she lives in is horrible, but so well built. It’s believable and terrible but also somehow I could see how our world may end up turning into the world in this book. If you haven’t read The Hunger Games where have you been? Go read them!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday- Book Worlds

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.Each week we’re given a new prompt for a top ten list of all things bookish. This week’s topic is top ten bookish worlds I’d want to (or wouldn’t want to) live in. As usual, I agree with Amanda so I’m going to take her idea and do five book worlds I do want to live in and five I don’t.

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Book Worlds I Would Want to Live In

  1. The Obsidian Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory- Magic, dragons, elves, unicorns, and tons of other magical creatures? Yes please.
  2. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien- I’d like to live in this one only after the events from these books take place and the war is over. I’d hole up in the shire with books and food and gardening. It would just be perfect.
  3. Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling- Again, I would love to live here after the war was over. I just can’t imagine anything better than being a witch and going to Hogwarts.
  4. Dragon Jousters by Mercedes Lackey- Have you guys figured out yet how much I love dragons? I seriously loved the way they were portrayed in this series. Almost like very large, slightly dangerous pets.
  5. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis- These were the books that really got me into reading. I mean the staying up all night, crying over fictional characters kind of reading. I would LOVE to be able to go to Narnia.
  1. Book Worlds I Wouldn’t Want to Live In

 

  1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins- Were these books amazing? Yes. Would I ever so much as visit this world for even five seconds? No.
  2. The Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima- I loved this world. It had fantastic characters and the setting and cultures were extremely interesting, but there was just as much about this world that I didn’t like. It’s on the brink of an all out war, they only just got rid of a semi-corrupt government and for a country that only ever has female rulers, the treatment of women was sometimes annoying.
  3. Year One by Nora Roberts- I love Nora Roberts and I love dystopians but I would never want to live in one of these post-apocalyptic worlds.
  4. Graceling by Kristin Cashore- This one actually sits between the two categories for me. I loved so much about this world but it was also very flawed.
  5. The Devouring by Simon Holt- I’d blocked this one out until I was looking through my booklist while making this list. This. Series. TERRIFIED ME. Demons called Vours that possess people. The whole thing was creepy and frightening and I want nothing to do with it.

Well these are my choices this week. I really loved this topic and want to see what everyone else came up with as well. Let me know what you think in the comments. Thanks for reading!

-Antonia

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Winter TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week we have a different topic that we write our top ten about. This weeks topic is top ten books on my winter to be read list. I haven’t quite thought about what I need to read that I haven’t yet. So, this list might be all over the place. Here’s what I came up with.

1)Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich– I’m totally obsessed with this series. They don’t have to be read in any specific order, and they’re all freaking hilarious.

2)Delirium by Lauren Oliver– I’ve heard a lot of really good things about this series. Its been on my TBR list for a while, but I’ve been slacking on my library visits.

3)The Book Thief by Markus Zusak– This is another that’s been on my list for a while because there’s a movie of it coming out. Every time I go to the book store I always pick it up, read the back, then put it back down. So I’m thinking it’ll be another I get from the library.

4)The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins– I haven’t read this trilogy in too long. I’d really enjoy reading them again. So, maybe if I actually put it on a list I’ll get to it eventually.

5)The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey– This book looks really interesting. I read another by Rick Yancey and loved it. So I figure this could also be a great book.

6)Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley– I found this book while looking through the list of Printz awards. It sounds like it has potential to be seriously good. Along with the fact that it won two awards, so there’s probably a reason for that.

7)Unstrung by Neal Shusterman– I need to have this. The first three were amazing. I know the fourth will be just as wonderful.

8)The Sum of All Kisses by Julia Quinn– This just came out, and I adore Julia Quinn’s books. So it’s a must.

9)The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle– I just adore Lauren Myracle. This also sounds really cute.

10)Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, &Lauren Myracle– I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book. Also, John Green.

These are the books that I’ll hopefully get to spend my winter reading. What’s on your list for this winter?

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Person X

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week we have a different topic that we write our top ten about. This weeks topic is top ten books I’d recommend to X person. I’m choosing my younger sister. She’s fourteen years old and seriously doesn’t like reading. It baffles me because I was such a freaking bookworm at that age. So here are the top ten books I would love for her to want to read.

1)Looking for Alaska by John Green– If any of you have been paying attention, it’s kind of my favorite book ever. I’ve tried to get my sister to read it several times. I will succeed eventually.

2)Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards– I bought this book for my sister about a month ago to try and get her to read something. She still hasn’t read it. I’ve read it and reviewed it. It was pretty good.

3)Graceling by Kristin Cashore– I’d like for my sister to read this book because I think it would be the perfect book to get sucked into the fantasy world and the crazy adventures. It hopefully would make her want to get away in more books.

4)The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins– I feel like this needs to be on this list because it’s such an age appropriate book for her right now. Also, the second movies coming out. Oh, and I love these books and she needs to as well.

5)Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard– This is another that I’d like on here because it’s very much age appropriate for her. Along with the fact that she loves watching Ravenswood with me. And this series goes right along those lines so I know she’d like them.

6)Divergent by Veronica Roth– When I was reading this series my sister seemed really interested. She’d ask a bunch of questions about the books while I was reading. I adored this trilogy. I reviewed all three. I’d like to push these on her if I could.

7)Peace Love & Baby Ducks by Lauren Myracle– This is a book pretty much entirely about sisterhood and being able to maintain your relationship with your sister. Which I think she could use some advice on.

8)Bloodlines by Richelle Mead– I think this ones on the list specifically because I need her to love this series as much as I do.

9)Burned by Ellen Hopkins– Burned has to be in this top ten because it’s on my list of favorites. This book was one I read over and over again through high school. I’d love to be able to share that with my sister.

10)The Bride Quartet by Nora Roberts– This saga is VERY much not age appropriate for my fourteen year old sister. But I figured I could end my top ten with a book I’d like to get her to read after she’s read all the others and is as obsessed with books as me.

These are my top ten books I’d suggest to my younger sister. What books would you suggest?

-Amanda