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

 

November Bookworm

It’s true i’ve been on a bit of a French/Parisian kick, why not dream of the City of Light while winter settles in?

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Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
It’s the third in the “Anna and the French Kiss” series, but it’s very much a stand alone story. The descriptions of Paris are wonderful!
“Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to confront the challenges every young couple must face, including family drama, uncertainty about their college futures, and the very real possibility of being apart.”

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How to be Parisian Wherever You Are
by Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline De Maigret, Sophie Mas

“You will be taken on a first date, to a party, to some favorite haunts in Paris, to the countryside, and to one of their dinners at home with recipes even you could do — but to be out with them is to be in for some mischief and surprises. They will tell you how to be mysterious and sensual, look natural, make your boyfriend jealous, and how they feel about children, weddings and going to the gym. And they will share their address book in Paris for where to go: At the End of the Night, for A Birthday, for a Smart Date, A Hangover, for Vintage Finds and much more.”

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Mastering the Art of French Eating by Ann Mah
“When journalist Ann Mah’s diplomat husband is given a three-year assignment in Paris, Ann is overjoyed. A lifelong foodie and Francophile, she immediately begins plotting gastronomic adventures à deux. Then her husband is called away to Iraq on a year-long post—alone. Suddenly, Ann’s vision of a romantic sojourn in the City of Light is turned upside down.”

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A Kitchen in France: A Year of Cooking in my Farmhouse by Mimi Thorisson
Anticipation for this book was torture! I love Mimi’s blog and was very much looking forward to her first cook book. It did not disappoint! Beautiful photos and wonderful recipes, I have bookmarked nearly every page!
“When Mimi Thorisson and her family moved from Paris to a small town in out-of-the-way Médoc, she did not quite know what was in store for them. She found wonderful ingredients—from local farmers and the neighboring woods—and, most important, time to cook. Her cookbook chronicles the family’s seasonal meals and life in an old farmhouse, all photographed by her husband, Oddur.”

May Bookworm

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City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
“What have you done to my cat?” Magnus demanded… “You drank his blood, didn’t you? You said you weren’t hungry!”
Simon was indignant. “I did not drink his blood. He’s fine!” He poked the Chairman in the stomach. The cat yawned. “Second, you asked me if I was hungry when you were ordering pizza, so I said no, because I can’t eat pizza. I was being polite.”
“That doesn’t get you the right to eat my cat.”
“Your cat is fine!” Simon reached to pick up the tabby, who jumped indignantly to his feet and stalked off the table. “See?”
“Whatever.”

Lucifer: Book One by Mike Carey (Author), Peter Gross (Illustrator), Scott Hampton (Illustrator)
“Cast out of Heaven, thrown down to rule in Hell, Lucifer Morningstar has resigned his post and abandoned his kingdom for the mortal city of Los Angles. Emerging from the pages of writer Neil Gaiman’s award-winning series The Sandman, the former Lord of Hell is now enjoying a quiet retirement as the propretor of Lux, L.A.’s most elite piano bar.
But now an assignment from the Creator Himself is going to change all that.”

My Paris Kitchen by David Lebovitz
“It’s been ten years since David Lebovitz packed up his most treasured cookbooks, a well-worn cast-iron skillet, and his laptop and moved to Paris. In that time, the culinary culture of France has shifted as a new generation of chefs and home cooks—most notably in Paris—incorporates ingredients and techniques from around the world into traditional French dishes.”

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January Bookworm

January Bookworm

“The day before the wedding, Paul and Julia were in a head-on collision with a runaway truck… The next day, they were married anyway. A picture from the happy day shows Paul leaning on a cane and Julia looking slim and feminine in a short-sleeved suit…. The dinner roll-size wad of gauze taped to her temple does nothing to detract from her serenity and happiness.”
“Richard wrote a mental diary in his head.
Dear Diary, he began. On Friday I had a job, a fiance, a home, and a life that made sense. (Well, as much as an life makes sense). Then I found an injured girl bleeding on the pavement and I tried to be Good Samaritan. Now I’ve got no fiance, no home, no job, and I’m walking around a couple of hundred feet under the streets of London with the projected life expectancy of a suicidal fruit fly.”
“I know in the spy movies it always looks really cool when the operative goes from a maid’s uniform to a slinky, sexy, ballgown in the amount of time it takes an elevator to climb three floors. Well, I don’t know how it is for TV spies, but I can tell you that even with Velcro, the art of the quick change is one that must take a lot of practice (not to mention better lighting than one is likely to find in a tunnel that was once part of the underground railroad).”

October Bookworm

October Bookworm

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

“In new situations, all the trickiest rules are the ones nobody bothers to explain to you. (And the ones you can’t Google.)”

“But you’re so helpless sometimes. It’s like watching a kitten with its head trapped in a Kleenex box.”

“Well…yeah. It just goes to show. (Peabody)
Show what (Dallas)
You should get dressed up, go dancing, drink grown-up cocktails, and have sex as much as you can before you’re dead. (Peabody)”