Sunday Post – July 4th Weekend!

Posted July 3, 2016 by Melissa in Added to the Bookshelf | 43 Comments

Bookshelves - 2014(Inspired by Mailbox Monday, IMM, Clock Rewinders and the like)

 Melissa’s Notes

I don’t know where this week went! I didn’t get a lot of reading done…I finished one audio and am still in the middle of the same two books I started last week. Hopefully I can pick up pace this week.

Speaking of audiobooks…One of my all time favorite books is one of the free downloads on SYNC this week… The Omnivores Dilemma. I’ve put the description below with the cover. I encourage you to check it out and all of the other free titles offered this summer. It’s a great way to stockpile some free listens! Go pick them up here: Sync

And last but not least – For those in the USA: HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!!!


 Recently on Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf


What I Read Last  Week

Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell (Audiobook)

What I Am Reading Today

Midsummer Night’s Mischief – Jennifer David Hesse
Please Don’t Tell – Elizabeth Adler (Audiobook)
Deadline (Newsflesh #2) – Mira Grant

Current Giveaways

♥ $20 Amazon Gift Card (7/3/16)

♥ Signed Copies of all 4 Bakeshop Mysteries, Cupcake tea towel & pot holder, Love cake topper, Bakeshop page flags, Assortment of gourmet lemonade and Triple Chocolate Chunk cookie mix (7/20/16)

Added to the Bookshelf

Library Loot

Please Don’t Tell – Elizabeth Adler (Audiobook)


The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

Michael Pollan

What should we have for dinner?” To one degree or another this simple question assails any creature faced with a wide choice of things to eat. Anthropologists call it the omnivore’s dilemma. Choosing from among the countless potential foods nature offers, humans have had to learn what is safe, and what isn’t—which mushrooms should be avoided, for example, and which berries we can enjoy. Today, as America confronts what can only be described as a national eating disorder, the omnivore’s dilemma has returned with an atavistic vengeance. The cornucopia of the modern American supermarket and fast-food outlet has thrown us back on a bewildering landscape where we once again have to worry about which of those tasty-looking morsels might kill us. At the same time we’re realizing that our food choices also have profound implications for the health of our environment. The Omnivore’s Dilemma is bestselling author Michael Pollan’s brilliant and eye-opening exploration of these little-known but vitally important dimensions of eating in America.

Pollan has divided The Omnivore’s Dilemma into three parts, one for each of the food chains that sustain us: industrialized food, alternative or “organic” food, and food people obtain by dint of their own hunting, gathering, or gardening. Pollan follows each food chain literally from the ground up to the table, emphasizing our dynamic coevolutionary relationship with the species we depend on. He concludes each section by sitting down to a meal—at McDonald’s, at home with his family sharing a dinner from Whole Foods, and in a revolutionary “beyond organic” farm in Virginia. For each meal he traces the provenance of everything consumed, revealing the hidden components we unwittingly ingest and explaining how our taste for particular foods reflects our environmental and biological inheritance.

We are indeed what we eat-and what we eat remakes the world. A society of voracious and increasingly confused omnivores, we are just beginning to recognize the profound consequences of the simplest everyday food choices, both for ourselves and for the natural world. The Omnivore’s Dilemma is a long-overdue book and one that will become known for bringing a completely fresh perspective to a question as ordinary and yet momentous as What shall we have for dinner?

A few facts and figures from The Omnivore’s Dilemma:
Of the 38 ingredients it takes to make a McNugget, there are at least 13 that are derived from corn. 45 different menu items at Mcdonald’s are made from corn. One in every three American children eats fast food every day. One in every five American meals today is eaten in the car. The food industry burns nearly a fifth of all the petroleum consumed in the United States—more than we burn with our cars and more than any other industry consumes. It takes ten calories of fossil fuel energy to deliver one calorie of food energy to an American plate. A single strawberry contains about five calories. To get that strawberry from a field in California to a plate on the east coast requires 435 calories of energy. Industrial fertilizer and industrial pesticides both owe their existence to the conversion of the World War II munitions industry to civilian uses—nerve gases became pesticides, and ammonium nitrate explosives became nitrogen fertilizers. …

freebies 7-3-16

Grasshopper Jungle – Andrew Smith (Snyc Freebie)
Hanover House (The Evelyn Talbot Chronicles 0.5) – Brenda Novak (Free on Amazon)

Review Consideration

Untethered by Julie Lawson Timmer

That’s all for me this week! What new goodies have arrived on your doorstep? Leave me a link in the comments and I’ll come check out your post!

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43 responses to “Sunday Post – July 4th Weekend!

    • Melissa

      I agree…they aren’t all for me but every once in a while I see something that catches my eye!

    • Melissa

      Glad to hear Hanover House was really good…I can’t wait to get to it…and I hope you enjoy The Omnivore’s Dilemma. It’s a really thought provoking read.

  1. Thank you for putting up the description for Omnivores. I was hesitant to download it because I know nothing about the book. But it sounds interesting, to say the least.

    I hope you’ll have a great week!

  2. Happy 4th!! I didn’t do a lot of reading last week either… maybe this week will be better. I liked your review of The Passenger and that pretty much summed up my thoughts as well.

    I’m interested in The Omnivore’s Dilemma and may have to get it.
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    • Melissa

      Greg, if you enjoy non fiction and have any interest in food, health or the environment you’ll really enjoy The Omnivore’s Dilemma.

  3. I’m not familiar with SYNC. I’ll have to check it out! I didn’t get much reading done this past week either–or the entire month really. I am hoping to do better this month.

    How did you like Eleanor and Park? I really enjoyed the audio version. I hope you did too!

    I hope you have a great week, Melissa, and a Happy Fourth of July!

    • Melissa

      I really enjoyed Eleanor and Park…though not as much as Landline…for some reason I was riveted to that one. Hope you had a great 4th!

  4. I grabbed Brenda Novak’s Hanover House while it was free too! After checking out the audiobooks (unfortunately nothing caught my eye), I signed up for audible through a deal with Swagbucks. I grabbed a book I’ve been wanting for free! I’ve been wanting to give audiobooks a try but have yet to do so. No time like the present, right? Happy 4th!!
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  5. I’ve heard The Grasshopper Jungle is kind of weird so I’m curious what you’ll think! I like some of Smith’s other books, though 🙂 And I’m so on board with the Omnivore’s Dilemma, I’m almost afraid to read it! I do eat fast food AND processed food but I’ve recently tried to cut it out in lieu of clean, natural food (err, from scratch?). No flours, no sugars, just the basics. But it’s hard as a family and it’s hard on a lifestyle. And unfortunately, for most Americans, they can’t afford it. It’s just kind of sad.

    Great books this week!! I’m sure you’ll get those books done! Happy 4th to you, too!!!
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    • Melissa

      The cost of good food is definitely prohibitive…but if you look at food costs in Europe our food is soooo cheap…and you get what you pay for.

  6. kay

    Oh, I’ve seen some good things about The Omnivore’s Dilemma, your recommendation reminds me I still have to check it out.
    I haven’t managed to do a lot of reading this past week either, but I’m hoping the rest of July will be slightly calmer! Happy reading!
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  7. oooh, yay for epic free books with the SYNC program!! I wish that worked for Australia, dangit. XD hehe. OH and did you like Eleanor and Park?!?! Fangirl is my favourite Rainbow Rowell book, but I still liked E&P!!

    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

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