Books & Munchies – Travel Edition: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

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This is Bookmunchies’ Books & Munchies! A fun post with a book review and pictures of yummy, yummy food. These upcoming posts will be a travel edition with books I’ve read while on my holiday and some of the foods that I’ve eaten. So fair warning, you’ll probably get hungry, so grab a snack!

THE BOOK:
Code Name Verity - Elizabeth WeinPublisher: Egmont Press (February 6th 2012)
Paperback: 447 pages
Series: Code Name Verity
Add on: Goodreads
Rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have two weeks. You’ll shoot me at the end no matter what I do.

That’s what you do to enemy agents. It’s what we do to enemy agents. But I look at all the dark and twisted roads ahead and cooperation is the easy way out. Possibly the only way out for a girl caught red-handed doing dirty work like mine — and I will do anything, anything, to avoid SS-Hauptsturmführer von Linden interrogating me again.

He has said that I can have as much paper as I need. All I have to do is cough up everything I can remember about the British War Effort. And I’m going to. But the story of how I came to be here starts with my friend Maddie. She is the pilot who flew me into France — an Allied Invasion of Two.

We are a sensational team

Review:

I actually started Code Name Verity before I left my trip, but didn’t get to really read it until my 15 hour flight from Chicago to Hong Kong. (Let me tell you, 15hrs on a plane without your own little media screen really sucks.)  … I just realized I read  a book detailing about pilots and planes while on a plane haha.

This book was so amazing in so many ways. It was heartwarming and it was heartbreaking all at the same time. This is a story about two best friends, Maddie and Queenie, fighting in World War II. Two entirely different people that probably would have never met, let alone be friends, if not for the war. It’s a little hard to explain the plot without giving away too much (it is an espionage book after all). The book opens with the narrator being captured by the Gestapo in France. She is given paper to tell her story, of how to ended up here and to tell her secrets.

The book can feel a little slow because of all the intricate details that Wein puts forth in regards to a pilot’s job, the planes, and the air force. But the details also gives time to really now the characters. I really love both Queenie and Maddie and I love seeing how their friendship grew. The history of  World War II was always one of my favourite things to study and this book gives us a view from  women’s involvement in the war along with the air force. The story is engaging, it had me on the seat of the chair, it had me laughing and crying. Definitely a book worth reading.

THE FOOD:

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Chicago Deep Dish Pizza

From: O’Hara International Airport, Chicago

Our flight got delayed over 3 hours ): but thankfully the airline gave us food vouchers for the wait, so of course, when in Chicago (or at least the airport), eat deep dish pizza right? It was definitely delicious.

 

 

IMG_1662Hainanese Curry Rice with Pork Belly & Eggs

From: Maxwell Food Court Hawker Stand, Singapore

My first meal (besides the free breakfast at the hostel) in Singapore and some how even after two months of eating it’s still my favourite dish the entire trip. It was seriously amazing and it was dirt cheap to boot! Only S$2.70! (which is like $2.20 CAD).

IMG_1697KL (Kuala Lumpur) Wonton Mee

From: Sentosa Island Resort World Malaysian Hawker Stand, Singapore

More hawker stand food! Because that’s really the way to go in Asia. Thankfully even at the touristy Sentosa island had cheap food. It was pretty good, but not as fantastic I’d hope it would be.

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Eggplant Parcel

From: The Pelican, Marina Bay, Singapore.

So definitely the most expensive meal in Singapore, and also the smallest portion. But it was pretty tasty. I think we were paying more for the view of the gorgeous Marina Bay and light show.

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Melaka Laksa (& Lemonade)

From: Dutch Harbour Cafe, Melaka, Malaysia

My first foray into the amazing soup that is Malay laksa and it didn’t disappoint. Spicy and creamy. Also this little cafe was right next to the river with cute outdoor seating too.

Author: Cyn

noun. a bum a student again. A master’s student…oooh. procrastinator. reader. eater. sleeper. music listen-er. movie go-er. Loves food too much.

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  1. The eggplant looks fabulous. I began Code Verify and couldn’t slip into the world, but perhaps I need to try again since so many people loved it. What a hoot that you read it on a plane..how many people can truly say that! Great review and foodie info..i am now starving!

  2. […] I have to say, I’m just not one for tears. For the longest time, the only thing that made me cry was the one scene from the Lion King. Though as I’ve gotten older, I think I’ve gotten more emotional, and sometimes it nice to have a cry haha. That being said, not many books get me all weepy eyed. Code Name Verity however, this one broke my heart a little bit. (my review) […]

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