December Bookworm

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If you’re like me winter days call for a cup of tea, warm cozies and and big old stack of books, in your TBR pile!
At the top of my stack are all the new Holiday Anthologies! Go check out these suggestions at Goodreads & Amazon. If you’re in the mood for stories set during winter then click –>here<–

Another great place I get book recommendations is Smart Bitches Trashy Books (SBTB) Their Books on Sale Friday newsletter has brought to my attention some great new (to me) authors, Lucy Parker, Maya Banks, Shayla Black & Lexi Blake to name just a few! If you’re a fan of romance then do check them out it is the source!

Because I shy away from reading the genre in which I am writing, (I’m working on a fantasy series right now) I’ve discovered some really great authors in the contemporary genre! See above, but also I’ve become reacquainted with spy/action thrillers and cozy mystery reads.

Lee Child’s Jack Reacher Series is amazing! Please don’t let the movies put you off. Child’s Reacher is NOTHING like the film version.

Another intriguing character is Daniel Silva’s Gabriel Allon. I am 100% hooked on this series!

A few days ago I discovered that Charlaine Harris is continuing her Aurora Teagarden mystery series! Ms. Harris just… here…take my money, please!

That’s all for December! I’d love to hear about what you’re reading! Tell me in the comments!

Summer Bookworm

Summer is prime time for reading! On the beach, by the lake, snatching a chapter on break at the Dairy Queen, up way past your bedtime (just one more chapter!) Here’s what I’ve been reading this summer.
What about you? Any recommendations?
Summer Bookworm

 

May Bookworm

May Bookworm
For those of us who were distraught about The Mortal Instruments series wrapping up, and next year can’t arrive too soon so we can dig into The Dark Artifices, Cassandra Clare, along with a who’s who of popular YA authors, offers us a short story e-book series based in the Shadow Hunters universe.
There are going to be ten stories in all, one released each month January – November of this year.
So far I’ve read the first four. I could jabber on and on but fans of the original series only need to have one word: Simon! For those who haven’t read The Mortal Instruments this is a stand alone series so you don’t have to.

And here’s a fun thing, the covers are a surprise until the day they are published. They fit together to form a mosaic of Simon drawing his bow!

“Simon Lewis never thought he’d become a Shadowhunter…and now he has the chance. After living as a Mundane and a Vampire, Simon never thought he would become a Shadowhunter, but today he begins his training at Shadowhunter Academy.”
“Simon learns the worst crime a Shadowhunter can commit: desertion of their comrades. 
In the early nineteenth century, Tobias Herondale abandoned his fellow Shadowhunters in the heat of battle and left them to die. His life was forfeit, but Tobias never returned, and the Clave claimed his wife’s life in exchange for Tobias’s. Simon and his fellow students are shocked to learn of this brutality, especially when it is revealed the woman was pregnant. But what if the child survived…could there be a lost Herondale line out in the world today?”
“Jack the Ripper stalks through London, and only the Shadowhunters can stop him. 
Simon learns the truth behind the Jack the Ripper murders—“Jack” was stopped by Will Herondale and his institute of Victorian Shadowhunters.”
“Simon learns about James Herondale’s time at Shadowhunter Academy.
It’s hard to be a Shadowhunter when you’ve got demonic powers. Simon learns about the school-time struggles of half-warlock James Herondale in this prelude to The Last Hours.”

April Bookworm

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Picnic in Provence: A Memoir with Recipes by Elizabeth Bard
If you love a good story plus recipes, I would sincerely suggest you read Picnic in Provence.
Her journey continues in France as she and her husband say jusqu’à ce qu’on se revoit to their life in Paris and start anew in the idylic Provencal village of Céreste.

Though I loved her first (Lunch in Paris), this one I related strongly to. The book goes deep into her relationship with her Father, as well as the difficulty she had bonding with her Son. The serene book cover belies the soul-searching Bard’s pilgrimage takes. It’s not a fluffy travel memoir…and yet, her sharp wit and dexterous turn of phrase keep you smiling through out.

“Ten years ago, New Yorker Elizabeth Bard followed a handsome Frenchman up a spiral staircase to a love nest in the heart of Paris. Now, with a baby on the way and the world’s flakiest croissant around the corner, Elizabeth is sure she’s found her “forever place.” But life has other plans.
On a last romantic jaunt before the baby arrives, the couple take a trip to the tiny Provencal village of Céreste. A chance encounter leads them to the wartime home of a famous poet, a tale of a buried manuscript and a garden full of heirloom roses. Under the spell of the house and its unique history, in less time than it takes to flip a crepe, Elizabeth and Gwendal decide to move-lock, stock and Le Creuset-to the French countryside.”

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The Martian by Andy Weir
I’ve been pestering everyone I know to read this. Been driving them nuts so I could have fan-crazed discussions about how much we love this book!

I’d heard about Weir’s debut novel from the internet nerd/sci-fi community {Spoilers} as a must read last year and filed it away in my head to check it out. Then last month standing in the checkout at the grocery I grabbed it off the rack and read the first page (The first line actually) and was sold.

“Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him & forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded & completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—& even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—& a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?”

The story starts with Watney’s first person mission logs; they not only highlight the pure genius of the man, but also that he’s just plain hilarious.

“I need to ask myself, ‘What would an Apollo astronaut do?’ He’d drink three whiskey sours, drive his Corvette to the launchpad, then fly to the moon in a command module smaller than my Rover. Man those guys were cool.”

“I can’t wait till I have grandchildren. When I was younger, I had to walk to the rim of a crater. Uphill! In an EVA suit! On Mars, ya little shit! Ya hear me? Mars!”

“Actually, I was the very lowest ranked member of the crew. I would only be “in command” if I were the only remaining person.”
What do you know? I’m in command”

“I’m calling it the Watney Triangle because after what I’ve been through, shit on Mars should be named after me.”

Any more and I’ll spoil it for you, but trust me, there is an overflowing treasure chest of gems like the above!

Anyone read this yet? Where my sci-nerds at? Comment below if you have!

March Bookworm

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The Bad Mother by Esther Walker

Having read Esther’s “The Bad Cook” I was looking forward to her latest effort. She, of course, didn’t disappoint.
She’s certainly not calling herself a bad mother, nor you either! Instead she examines her own stint as a mother so far and offers anecdotes of her successes, failures and hard won wisdom.
Sleep
“Parents of young children are always thinking about sleep…Sometimes they are actually having semi-sexual fantasies about sleep.”
Eat
“Now from the lofty position of having two children both past the recommended breastfeeding stage…I don’t care what you do with your kids. Feed them breastmilk, or formula, or a McFlurry! It’s nothing to do with me.”
Poo
“‘What have you tried?’ people would say. ‘Have you tried bribery?’ Ha!…Yes…I have tried bribery. I would give her a puff on a fuc*ing crack pipe if she’d only crap on the potty.” …If the the kid doesn’t want to do it they just won’t do it. She. Doesn’t. Want. A. Fuc*ing. Sticker.

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The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson
The third book in the “Shades of London” series.
The ending of the second book “The Madness Underneath” left us with a lot of FEELINGS about “The Thing that HAPPENED!” Fans (me) were salivating for this continuation of the story. Johnson picks up right where she left off and takes us all on a crazy ride.
Things get weird, y’all.
“Rory and her friends are reeling from a series of sudden and tragic events. While racked with grief, Rory tries to determine if she acted in time to save a member of the squad. If she did, how do you find a ghost? Also, Rory’s classmate Charlotte has been kidnapped by Jane and her nefarious organization. Evidence is uncovered of a forty-year-old cult, ten missing teenagers, and a likely mass murder. Everything indicates that Charlotte’s in danger, and it seems that something much bigger and much more terrible is coming.”

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Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich

Evanovich’s plus sized heroine is refreshing. The take on the Pygmalion myth isn’t a new concept, but she writes the woman in transition/transformation story with realism. Holly doesn’t go from overweight to model thin in the span of a makeover montage. She struggles and fights her way to healing.

“Holly didn’t expect to be a widow at thirty-two. She also didn’t expect to be so big. After her husband’s death, food was the one thing she could always count on. Now, those extra pounds make flying coach feel like medieval torture—especially when she’s squished next to Logan Montgomery. A personal trainer to famous pro athletes, her seat mate is so hot that he makes Holly sweat in all the right (and so embarrassingly wrong!) places.
Though Holly doesn’t make the grade on Logan’s first-impression meter, he finds himself intrigued by her sharp wit and keen insights—a welcome change from the high-maintenance models he dates—so he impulsively offers to get her back in shape. A little skeptical but ready to make at least one positive change in her life, Holly agrees.”

Note: Some light S/M play and dominance between the characters are depicted.