What I’m Reading Right Now. 11.07.17

Rain, rain, yes, rain.   I am loving it.  I need to move to a city that it rains in at least twice a week.  I have so missed the rain.  Perfect weather to curl up with a good book.  Too bad I’ve read really bad books for the past two weeks running.  BUT, I picked up one of favorite author’s at my local library a few days ago and it.was.awesome!

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

FICTION

Secrets in Death by J D Robb

A new J D Robb book!  Yay!  I love this series, it never fails to give me exactly what I want in a book.  Fast paced, great story line, excellent characters, and on and on.  It was awesome as always.  DO NOT START WITH THIS BOOK.  It’s book number 45.  Go back to the beginning and you won’t be sorry.


The Martian by Andy Weir

Since I read Secrets in Death in a day and half I needed a new book.  I knew that Andy Weir has a new book coming out in a couple of weeks that sounds amazing, and I had had this book on my must read list for a while, so I picked it up and started it.  We saw the movie with Matt Damon and really loved it, so I wanted to read this before I put Artemis on my must read list.  So far I am loving it.  It IS full of adult language if that bothers you, so something to keep in mind.


COOKBOOK

French:  Delicious Classic Cuisine Made Easy by Carole Clements Elizabeth Wolf-Cohen and Amanda Heywood

This.  This is an amazingly beautiful book.  I included the photographer above because she did an outstanding job.  I can’t wait to try out this sponge cake recipe.  Just look at it!  Divine.MAGAZINES

My magazines. You know my love of a real magazine. These are the ones that I had on my nightstand this week.

Martha Stewart Living, Rachel Ray Every Day, All Recipes, and Bon Appetit are all on sale right not for $5.00!  I love them.

By the way I love this purse!!

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Here are all of the other things I’ve been reading this year.

 

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FREE: Kindle First book for November

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November Picks: Choose one of six for FREE


Thriller

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Laura isn’t your average suicide helpline volunteer—because she’s not there to convince her callers that life is worth living. She has something else in mind. With its hushed, urgent tones that captivated me as much as it did her victims, Laura’s voice is unforgettable… Read more
— Jack Butler, Editor

Family Drama

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We all know a family that has endured tragedy or trial. How these families sustain or splinter is what defines their future. This is the premise that drew me into Janis Thomas’s compelling and heartwarming novel What Remains True. The author taps into a mother’s worst… Read more
— Danielle Marshall, Editor

War Fiction

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At the center of this gorgeous, sweeping tale of one family’s struggle to survive World War II and its aftermath is a lovely heirloom that has been through so much. Crafted with care decades ago, the object carries the chilling history of persecution and exile of… Read more
— Gabriella Page-Fort, Editor

Historical Fiction

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What I love most about Kitty, the star of this riveting novel, is her complexity. Kitty is no one-dimensional heroine. She makes mistakes. She doubts herself. She falls for the wrong men. She flip-flops between believing it’s her destiny to change the world and… Read more
— Jodi Warshaw, Editor

Literary Fiction

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As someone who maintains a public Twitter account, I always think about how my followers might think they know me on a deep level even though they only read what I share through an app. What does intimacy mean if your only tie to someone is through a social network… Read more
— Vivian Lee, Editor

Suspense

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There’s no escaping the allure of text messages sent from beyond the grave, eerie forest settings, and a cast of characters that range from charismatic to shady to deadly.

As a superfan of both the original Twin Peaks television series and The Lovely Bones… Read more
— Elizabeth DeNoma


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Last Chance! FREE Book from Amazon Kindle First – October

Don’t forget!  This is your last chance to get one of these books – completely free – if you are an Amazon Prime member.  This will reset and these books will no longer be available.

I’ll let you know what great books are available in November soon.  In the meantime, enjoy one of these – for FREE!

Quote of the Day: Michael Crichton

We must daily decide whether the threats we face are real, whether
the solutions we are offered will do any good, whether the problems
we’re told exist are in fact real problems, or non-problems. Every one
of us has a sense of the world, and we all know that this sense is in
part given to us by what other people and society tell us; in part
generated by our emotional state, which we project outward; and in part
by our genuine perceptions of reality. In short, our struggle to
determine what is true is the struggle to decide which of our
perceptions are genuine, and which are false because they are handed
down, or sold to us, or generated by our own hopes and fears.
Michael Crichton

Today would have been his birthday.  Happy Birthday, Mr. Crichton.

What I’m Reading Right Now. 10.10.17

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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 has returned to summer here in Virginia, much to my sadness. There is nothing I love more than curling up on the couch with a good book when it’s rainy and cool outside. Hopefully soon. Things have settled into a rhythm for us, which means more reading time for me. Yay!

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

FICTION

Dangerous Minds by Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton

I mentioned last week that I had started Curious Minds and that I would let you know what I thought of it. I really liked it, enough for me to pick up Dangerous Minds which is the next in the series. And I liked this one even more. They are an easy read, the plot is entertaining, and I liked the characters. I do LOVE the Stephanie Plum series, and it’s in the same vein. If you are looking for book’s that will be a quick, amusing read, these will definitely fit the bill.


Hood by Stephen Lawhead

I picked up the third book in this series last summer at a yard sale because it looked like something Liva would like to read, and it was $0.50! When I figured out is was part of a series I waited until I found the other two, which took me until now. I could have gotten my library to order them for me, (they didn’t have them), but I always hesitate to have them do that if it’s an author that I’ve never read.

I am about halfway through this first book and I really, really, like it. I’ll update you about it later! Liv hasn’t picked it up yet. Which means nothing. 🙂

COOKBOOK

The food and cooking of MEXICO South America and the Caribbean by Jane Milton, Jenni Fleetwood, and Marina Filippelli

I picked this book up some time ago, and it is beautiful. You know that I think all cookbooks should have lots of color photos, so that you can see what it’s supposed to look like in reality. This one is chock full of them. I can’t wait to try some of the recipes and I think tonight it will be the Burritos, just without the chicken since Liv won’t eat meat. I’ll let you know how they turn out.Love it!

MAGAZINES

My magazines. You know my love of a real magazine. These are the ones that I had on my nightstand this week. Cosmo is ridiculous, as always. I definitely will not be renewing this when it expires. But, Southern Living and bon appetit, absolutely. I love them.

Here are all of the magazines that are all $5.00 or less for a year, including bon appetit!

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

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Here are all of the other books I’ve been reading this year.

 

*Expired* FREE: Kindle First book for October

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October Picks: Choose one of six for FREE

Book Club Fiction

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Author Joy Jordan-Lake explores some big questions about race and forgiveness in her new novel, A Tangled Mercy, and, in doing so, uncovers the roots of a community and its infinite capacity for love.

Told through a dual lens, this story follows the events… Read more
— Danielle Marshall, Editor

Legal Thriller

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I was on vacation at a quiet cabin in the mountains when I read the manuscript for Todd Merer’s debut, but within minutes I was transported into the fast-paced, sexy, dangerous world of Bennjamin Bluestone, a lawyer whose very specialized practice has him rubbing… Read more
— Gracie Doyle, Editor

Suspense

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When I was a kid, I thought the woods behind my house went on forever. I would disappear back there for hours, and I always imagined that I could pack up a few things, set up house deep within the forest, and live out my days as a dirty woodland creature. Nothing… Read more
— Danielle Marshall, Editor

Fantasy

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The first book in this epic and totally immersive fantasy series introduces Lorness Carol—who aspires to wield magic in the expansive kingdom of her warlord father—and the age-old prophecy in which she does not realize she is destined to play the starring role. This… Read more
— Jason Kirk, Editor

Historical Fiction

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When I first learned about Fritz Kolbe, a heroic German diplomat who supplied Americans with precious information that turned the course of World War II, I was incredulous. How could I never have heard of such a person before, given how much material is available… Read more
— Elizabeth DeNoma, Editor

Family Drama

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One of Greece’s most popular writers, Lena Manta is a master at weaving an epic family saga. In her novel The House by the River, set in the shadow of Mount Olympus, I identified with the five independent-minded daughters, all of whom leave the family home to strike… Read more
— Elizabeth DeNoma, Editor


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What I’m Reading Right Now. 09.30.17

Mens Read Books,  I Will Read Books tshirt 2XL BlackI 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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Where do you read?  I can read anywhere.  In the car – Hayden can’t do this, it makes him soooo sick – on a plane, at the DMV or post office, the bathtub, anywhere.  I always keep a book in my purse.  You never know when you’re going to be standing in a line with nothing to look at but the guy in front of you at the checkout in Wal-Mart who seriously needs a lesson on how to wear his pants so that the world can’t see what brand of underwear he favors, and that they need to be replaced.

Books!  The best friend you could ever have.

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

FICTION

Curious Minds by Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton

I started this book late this week, so I’m only a few chapters into it.  I do LOVE the Stephanie Plum series though, so I have high hopes for this set of books!  I’ll keep you updated, it looks great so far!


Bitten and Stolen by Kelley Armstrong

I read Bitten this week and started Stolen.  My thoughts on these first two books in this series is conflicted.  Denton and I watched Bitten on Netflix before I knew that this was loosely based on the book.  Note to self:  Don’t skip then intro all the time!  You would then know if the series is based on a book!

So.  I have the TV series in my head while I’m reading and I’m actually having a hard time deciding if it’s the differences in the two that I don’t like, or if I am just not enjoying this set of books.

I do know this.  I am not liking this series of books as much as I enjoyed the Cainsville books.  But, I will continue on and hopefully get past all of the conflicts between the show and the book and let you know what I think then.

COOKBOOK

The Complete Cooking for Two Cookbook by America’s Test Kitchen

I was very excited to find this book.  I love watching them cook and explain all the things at America’s Test Kitchen, so this was an excellent find.

This is a very well done cookbook.  I love when they include photos – how else are you supposed to know that yours isn’t supposed to look like that – and this one goes even farther with a breakdown of things like, the visual difference between fresh mozzarella and low moisture mozzarella.  Love it!

MAGAZINES

My magazines.  You know my love of a real magazine. Here are all of the magazines that are all $10.00 or less for a year!

I actually enjoyed the Weddings magazine by Martha Stewart.  It’s beautiful with a lot of interesting information in it.  I assumed it would just be full of wedding gowns, but it also had info on travel, food, and recipes.  Yes!

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

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The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

Today, (in 1937!) The Hobbit was published for the first time.

I think it’s time for a marathon of reading and movies!  Thank you so much J. R. R. Tolkien for opening our imaginations to this fantastical world.

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Happy Birthday Stephen King!

Today is Stephen King’s birthday.  Happy Birthday Mr. King!  Your writing has kept me awake at night for years.  I hope you have a wonderful 70th birthday!

Here are some of my all time favorites!

The Shining

This is one of his scariest in my humble opinion.  The absolute tension throughout the book kept me up at night.

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The Dark Tower – The Gunslinger

Insomnia

Under the Dome

This list doesn’t even scratch the surface of his writing.  You can find the complete list here.  And this link will take you to all of the movies and TV shows that have been created from his work.

Keep the lights on and enjoy!

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What I’m Reading Right Now. 09.20.17

LERYDESI Moon pendant So many books So little time watch necklace Old Clock Steampunk jewelry necklaceI 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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My beloved Fall has withered away, back into scorching summer.  Sob.  I am longing for cooler temperatures and some rain.  And it can stay until February, when we are allowed to have 1 WEEK of Winter.  Does anyone know of the this perfect place?  Anyone?

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

FICTION

The Circle by Dave Eggers

I wanted to like this book.  I truly did.  I don’t know if it was my mood, the weather or if this is just a book I’m not going to get into.  I don’t know, but after the first 100 pages and I was still forcing myself to read it, I finally said enough.  I’ll try it again in a few months and see what’s what then.

Omens by Kelley Armstrong

I REALLY liked this book.  Enough that I finished it in two days, and went back and got the second in the series and I’m halfway through it too.  I love to find a series of books to dive into!

Update:  You guys.  I have plowed through this entire series.  I love it.  Now I have to go and get her other books to see if I love them just as much!

COOKBOOKS

Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes by Martha Stewart

This is an absolutely beautiful book.  I can’t wait to try some of the recipes!

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 $10.00 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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