Ocean of Noise

“The first thing you find out when yer dog learns to talk is that dogs don’t got nothing much to say…”

Thus begins The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. I picked up this book one day on a whim. I needed something to read, and I remembered someone recommending it. I had no idea what to expected. But I wasn’t disappointed.

Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness

The Knife of Never Letting Go, the first book in the Chaos Walking trilogy, begins with Todd Hewitt, a boy living in a town devoid of women, where everyone can hear each others’ thoughts (aka Noise). Even so, there are dark secrets in the town’s history that force Todd to run from the only home he’s even known.

There are a number of twists and turns, so I won’t tell you any more and give away the plot. Suffice to say, this is an utterly engaging story that did not go at all where I was expecting.

This series has been my October read. (At approximately 500 pages each, it might take me all of October to finish.) I sailed through the first book, only to be left with a cliff hanger ending that launched me right into the second one, The Ask and the Answer. I’m pretty busy right now, but I can’t wait to start Monsters of Men and see how the story ends. I would highly recommend these books to fans of dystopian/sci-fi/post-apocalyptic novels.

(I couldn’t help but be reminded of this song while I was reading.)

Chocolate Smoothie Recipe

This week I have a recipe for a delicious protein smoothie. I’ve been going to the gym recently. Even though I enjoy the sense of accomplishment after a good work out, I don’t love feeling wiped out as soon as I get home. A friend recommended trying a protein drink, and I’ve noticed a difference. Here’s how to whip up a chocolate peanut butter banana smoothie.

smoothie ingredients

Ingredients: 1 banana, 1 cup of chocolate protein drink, 5-6 large ice cubes, 1 tablespoon of peanut butter

smoothie

Directions: Cut banana into pieces. Combine ingredients in blender. Blend for 30-60 seconds, depending on blender and desired texture. Pour into glass. Enjoy!

finished smoothie

I think this is a great snack! It’s customizable, so you can adapt it to your tastes by adding more or less peanut butter, ice, or any other ingredient you want. I’ve also tried freezing the banana ahead of time as a substitute for ice cubes, and this works well also. If you try it, let me know what you think!

 

My Dream [Wardrobe] for Colder Weather

Autumn and winter are my favorite fashion seasons. Sweaters, coats, scarves – I’m all about the layers. Since it’s still relatively warm where I live, I’ve put together an imaginary wardrobe of what I wish I was wearing.

Dresses:

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The Poppy Palette Dress from Anthropologie with leggings, boots, and a sweater for an everyday look, and the Victoria Neoprene Dress from Anthropologie for all the fancy holiday parties I go to, obviously Continue reading My Dream [Wardrobe] for Colder Weather

Ten Books to Read in October

Autumn is perfect for curling up with a good book. A blanket and warm beverage are optional. So what book should you read? Here are my suggestions for ten books to read this month.

collage of book covers

This list includes mysteries, gothic romance, ghosts, vampires, witches, monsters, and even steampunk zombies! Follow the link for each book to find out more, and let me know what you’re reading this month.