FREE: Kindle First book for September

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Did you know that if you are an Amazon Prime member you get a FREE Kindle First book each month?  This means that you can read them before they are released.  For FREE!

Not a Prime member?  You can try it FREE for 30 days here.

Also, if you have a student, they can get Amazon Prime for half off!

Here are September’s FREE books!

Thriller

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  • Release Date: October 1, 2017
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This thriller laced with cutting-edge science sucked me in from page one, making my adrenaline surge in the same way the works of Michael Crichton and Dan Brown do. Theo Cray, a computational biologist and professor, is a brilliant yet flawed hero. Much more… Read more
— Liz Pearsons, Editor

True Crime

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  • Release Date: October 1, 2017
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When author Michael Arntfield first described this book to me as a love story, I was floored. How could a story about a serial killer who manages to slip through the cracks be described as such? But Mad City isn’t just about the gruesome string of deaths that the… Read more
— Vivian Lee, Editor

Historical Fiction

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In Paris during the closing days of World War II, American journalist Copper Reilly befriends a timid, unknown designer from the back rooms of a decaying fashion house. His name? Christian Dior.

I was swept away by Marius Gabriel’s vivid descriptions of… Read more
— Sammia Hamer, Editor

Suspense

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A teenage girl has disappeared. What would I have done if I had seen her on a train, harassed by a group of strange men only the day before? Would I have intervened? And if not, how could I have forgiven myself when I learned what happened?

These are… Read more
— Jack Butler, Editor

Memoir

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Go for a run with Mirna; I promise you won’t regret it. From the sights, sounds, and smells of her youth on Hart Street in Brooklyn to a grueling 50K trail race in the forested hills of humid South Carolina, you can’t help but be held tight by her biting wit, humble… Read more
— Erin Calligan Mooney, Editor

Literary Fiction

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Though I’ve never been to China, reading Happy Dreams brought home the vibrancy of a culture unknown to me—and the grittiness of life on the margins of a rapidly modernizing country—in a powerful, almost visceral, way. Happy and his friend Wufu leave their village for… Read more
— Elizabeth DeNoma, Editor

 

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What I’m Reading Right Now. 09.03.17

I must have a book at hand to be able to function.  Or a magazine.  Or a shampoo bottle.  Words are nourishment for my mind and are essential to my well-being.  In this space each week I’ll tell you what I’m reading and you can tell me what you’re reading and we’ll all be happy!

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It was another filled to the brim week at our house.  How about yours?  School starting back always throws a wrench into everything, but I think we have our groove back.  Annnd, school starting again means that fall will be here soon.  Yay!

Here’s what I carved out time to read this week.

FICTION

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

I truly enjoyed this book.  I didn’t expect to.  I don’t think that I would have ever picked it up, but Casey Neistat recommended it and I’m glad I didn’t let the plot deter me from reading it.  It was great.

Seeing Red by Sandra Brown

I rate Sandra Brown up there pretty close to Nora Roberts.  She doesn’t churn out near the amount of books that NR does, so I don’t read her as much anymore.  But when I do, it’s a fun, easy read, which I prefer sometimes.

COOKBOOKS

Weelicious by Catherine McCord

Have you seen this cookbook yet?  I picked up this copy from the library this week and I love it.  She has some yummy looking recipes that I want to try.  You should get yourself a copy of this one.

MAGAZINES

My magazines.  You know my love of a real magazine.  This week Country Living, Good Housekeeping, Eating Well, Better Homes and Gardens, Rachel Ray Every Day, Cosmopolitan and All Recipes are all $5.00 each for a year!

All of this is what was on my nightstand this past week.  What have you been reading?

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What I’m Reading Right Now. 08.23.17

I must have a book at hand to be able to function.  Or a magazine.  Or a shampoo bottle.  Words are nourishment for my mind and are essential to my well-being.  In this space each week I’ll tell you what I’m reading and you can tell me what you’re reading and we’ll all be happy!

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Life.  It cuts into my reading time.  Does this happen to you too?  School has already started back in our neck of the woods.  Getting back into the groove of things is always a painful process when we’ve had the whole summer to lay about until 7:30 in the mornings.  Ha!

But, we are making it.  Here’s what I’ve been reading when I can steal 20 minutes here and there.

FICTION

Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling

It’s been several years since I picked up the Harry Potter series of books and I wanted to see if they were truly as good as I remembered them being.  They are.  Truly.  So far, over the past couple of weeks I have plowed through Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.  They are awesome.

COOKBOOKS

Real Simple ~ Meals Made Easy by Editors of Real Simple Magazine

You know my love of magazines and this is one of my favorites.  This is an amazing cookbook.  You should check it out.

NON-FICTION

1,000 Places to See Before You Die by Patricia Schultz

This is a great book to keep on hand.  It is laid out very well and easy to navigate.  One of the reasons that I love it: if you are going to an area new to you, you can see if there is anything in that vicinity that will interest you and add it to your itinerary.  Very informative and useful!

MAGAZINES

My magazines.  You know my love of a real magazine.  This week Good Housekeeping, Eating Well, Better Homes and Gardens, Rachel Ray Every Day, and All Recipes are all $5.00 each for a year!  BTW, Cali had to be in this photo too.  Pretty kitty feet.

All of this is what was on my nightstand this past week.  What have you been reading?

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College. It’s ridiculously expensive.

$196.75!!!

We are now into the new fall semester for our two (two!) college people and I just have to talk about books.

Everyone knows that college is expensive.  Even community college where Denton and Hayden are both attending right now.  But some things are just beyond bearing in my opinion.  Each new semester I make ask Hayden nicely to give me his class schedule with the book requirements on it.  And then I begin my search for the very lowest of the low prices on what we are going to have to give our arms and legs over to purchase said books.

Last semester we rented one of his book’s and saved around $30.00.  One he could access online and we saved around $90.00.  Woohoo!  This time he’s taking BIO 101 and they informed us 1 week BEFORE SCHOOL STARTED, that they had upgraded to a new book and that they hadn’t arrived yet.  Finally two day’s before school started we found out which book he would need and even online it’s the same price as the bookstore.  $196.75!!

I did find it used online, but even with expedited shipping we were only going to save about $40.00, and yes, I know it’s still $40.00, but we’ve been down that road before and not gotten books until well after he needed them.  Not good.  $40 or my baby’s peace of mind is a no-brainer.

So this morning, Hayden says to me that he needs a very large binder for his BIO class.  I I get him one from our stash and casually ask him why he needs such a large one.  He laughs and says “You paid two hundred dollars for this book and it’s not even a book.”  It’s about three inches of loose paper that is hole punched.  Yes.  They couldn’t even be bothered to bind this stupid thing.

I have mined the internet so that we can all have some comic relief from the stresses and bank account drainage that is college.  Enjoy!

And last but not least….a friend shared this on her Facebook this week.

When you find out what books cost this semester….

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What I’m Reading Right Now. 07.31.17

I must have a book at hand to be able to function.  Or a magazine.  Or a shampoo bottle.  Words are nourishment for my mind and are essential to my well-being.  In this space each week I’ll tell you what I’m reading and you can tell me what you’re reading and we’ll all be happy!

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Well, as you can see I am very behind.  I have an excuse though!  And we all know how good excuses are.   😐   I have been reading, not as much as I would like, but we have had a houseful of people this summer.  It cuts in on reading time people!  Another good thing about summer ending though – other than summer coming to an end – is that my routine comes back into play and that means more books for me!  Yay.  Here’s what’s been on my nightstand.

FICTION

The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton

You know my love of Michael Crichton books.  I was left feeling….not quite intelligent enough with this book.  Maybe it was the houseful of people and my distractedness, or heck, maybe I’m just not intelligent enough.  The writing and story-line were superb as always, but I just don’t know.

NON-FICTION

Spark Joy by Marie Kondo

I really loved this book.  I went into it with the foreknowledge of the previous book, so I knew what to expect.  It’s a great read and lot’s of good advice if you want to clear out your house that you just feel ho-hum about.  Highly recommend.

Reader’s Digest More Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things

This was an interesting book.  I didn’t read the whole thing – you know, distractions – but what I did read was useful!

COOKBOOKS

Barefoot Contessa by Ina Garten

I bought both of these at my local library and I love them.  I have long loved her show, too bad we don’t have regular TV because I miss her show!  Does anyone know if it’s on any of the big three (at my house that’s Netflix, Hulu and Amazon)  I haven’t looked.  These are beautiful and fun books, you should check them out.

All of this is what was on my nightstand this past week.  What have you been reading?

 

 

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What I’m Reading Right Now. 07.14.17

I must have a book at hand to be able to function.  Or a magazine.  Or a shampoo bottle.  Words are nourishment for my mind and are essential to my well-being.  In this space each week I’ll tell you what I’m reading and you can tell me what you’re reading and we’ll all be happy!

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FICTION

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

I was disappointed in this book, along with Fire.  I loved Graceling and I felt like neither of the follow-up books were up to par.  Sigh.

NON-FICTION

Simplify Your Work Life by Elaine St. James

This was an excellent, quick read.

COOKBOOKS

The Cook’s Book of Intense Flavors by Robert and Molly Krause

This is a beautiful and lovely cookbook.  I love it when the pages make me happy.

MAGAZINES

My magazines.  You know my love of a real magazine.  Right now, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Eating Well, and more are on sale!

All of this is what was on my nightstand this past week.  What have you been reading?

 

 

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What I’m Reading Right Now. 07.05.17

I must have a book at hand to be able to function.  Or a magazine.  Or a shampoo bottle.  Words are nourishment for my mind and are essential to my well-being.  In this space each week I’ll tell you what I’m reading and you can tell me what you’re reading and we’ll all be happy!

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FICTION

The Dark Tower – The Gunslinger by Stephen King

This was another request from Hayden.  He wanted me to read it.  It was a strange, compelling, excellent book.  I’ll write a proper post about it later.

Come Sundown by Nora Roberts

Ahhhh, you all know my love of a good Nora Roberts book.  She never disappoints me.

COOKBOOKS

One Pan to Rule Them All – 100 Cast Iron Skillet Recipes For Indoors and Out by Howie Southworth and Greg Matza

I loved this cookbook.  It is absolutely stunning.  I’ve already tried one of the recipes and can’t wait to try more.  You should get it!

 

 

All of this is what was on my nightstand this past week.  What have you been reading?

 

 

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What I’m Reading Right Now. 07.02.17

I must have a book at hand to be able to function.  Or a magazine.  Or a shampoo bottle.  Words are nourishment for my mind and are essential to my well-being.  In this space each week I’ll tell you what I’m reading and you can tell me what you’re reading and we’ll all be happy!

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FICTION

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

I had bought Liv the book Bitterblue last summer when Hayden and I were out and about at one of my local thrift store haunts, not realizing that it was the third book of a series.

When I was in the library a few days ago I picked up Graceling, which is the first.  It says very clearly that you don’t have to read this set in order, that they are each a stand alone book, but I just can’t stand it.

Anyway, she was in the middle of a book and I wasn’t interested in the one I was reading, so I picked it up.  I’ll write a proper post about my thoughts on it later, but it was awesome!

NON-FICTION

The One Hundred by Nina Garcia

Do you ever do something like this?  I love to wander the stacks at the library.  I always have, it’s one of my happy places.  Last week I had an eye appointment and knew that I would be there awhile.  I went to the library and wandered the stacks looking specifically for a book that would fit in my purse.  You should try it sometime!  You will amaze yourself at some of the wondrous things you’ll find, that you ordinarily wouldn’t pick up.

This was one of those books.  It is fascinating.  Hayden picked it up off of the coffee table when I brought it home and asked if it was a joke!  I assured him the book wasn’t a joke, but he kept insisting that he thought it was.  I asked him why and he said, “Well of course everyone would have most of what’s in here already”.  Hmmmm.  He is much more worldly than I was at 19!

COOKBOOKS

Weber’s Time to Grill by Jamie Purviance

Oh my love of cookbook’s.  It never wanes.  This book is big, bold and beautiful.  I love it!

MAGAZINES

Magazines.  Always the magazines.  Right now Amazon has Real Simple magazine and Southern Living for $5.00!!  For a year!!  This is big news people.  I love this magazine.

All of this is what was on my nightstand this past week.  What have you been reading?

 

 

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Micro. Michael Crichton. 🔖

424 pages – first published on November 22, 2011 – I rate it: 8 bookmarks out of 10


I popped into my local library and picked this book up last week.  I dove right into it because you know my love of Michael Crichton books.

Micro took me almost a hundred pages in before I was hooked.  And by then.  Holy Moly.  This book is brutal.  You don’t get a quarter of the way through this book before people start dying.  In very gruesome and horrifying ways.

It took a lot of effort for me to finish this book.  I don’t want to give anything away in case you haven’t read this, so.  It was a really great book, if you can stomach all of the terrifying ways people die.

This is also the first book of Michael Crichton’s that I’ve read that had a co-author.  In case you live under a rock like I do most of the time, Michael Crichton died in 2008.  It was the world’s loss.  Seriously, what will we all do when we get through all of his published works!?!

If you need some of this in your life, be sure to snag yourself a copy of it!

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What I’m reading right now.

I must have a book at hand to be able to function.  Or a magazine.  Or a shampoo bottle.  Words are nourishment for my mind and are essential to my well-being.  In this space each week I’ll tell you what I’m reading and you can tell me what you’re reading and we’ll all be happy!

FICTION

Micro by Michael Crichton and Richard Preston

I picked this up from our library.  I am in the middle of it right now.  I’ll post what I think of it next week and link it here.

COOKBOOKS

Perfect Vegetarian by Terry Jeavons

Liv and I found this book on our adventure this past week and I cannot put it down.  It has so, so many recipes that we want to try.  I’ll try to remember to take photo’s and post any recipes that we try.

MAGAZINES

Just like I love the feel of a real book in my hands, I love a real magazine.  Swiping on a kindle is just not the same thing.  My weekly delivery of what Denton says is hundreds of magazines – an exaggeration, ahem – makes me happy.

In the mix this week were all of the titles you can see above, along with Time, People and Entertainment Weekly.  I LOVE Real Simple magazine.  It’s awesome!

Don’t worry, I always donate ALL of the magazines to either my local food pantry, Salvation Army or the library.  They are definitely not going into the landfill at my house or even the recycle bin.  You wouldn’t believe how many magazines I see at the recycle center each week.  Take them to the library or a hospital people!  People need to read.  And feel real magazines!

What are you reading right now?

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