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.

 

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

 

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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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*Expired* FREE: Kindle First book for September

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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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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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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

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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 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!

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What I’m Reading Right Now. 08.23.17

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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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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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