Top Ten Tuesday: Yummy Cover Art

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week they ask us to share lists on the following:

October 17: Top Ten Yummy Foods Mentioned In Books 

Here’s the deal.  The books I read don’t have much food mentioned in them.  Vampires tend to be on mainly a liquid diet… For this week I decided to look for ten books on my Goodreads shelves that feature food on the cover.  Even that was a hard find as two of them are drinks and another two are simply a single piece of fruit several others are simply cookbooks. Interesting to see how different genres of books utilize food for the cover art though.

Ten book covers that feature food.

  1. The Trouble with Twelfth Grave (Charley Davidson, #12)  This is an upcoming release that I’m excited to share with you later this month.
  2. Soframiz: Vibrant Middle Eastern Recipes from Sofra Bakery and Cafe This cookbook has some great recipes in it if you like Middle Eastern food.
  3. My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding Interesting gothic inspired wedding cake. Not sure my copy looks like this though.
  4. Twilight (Twilight, #1)  Remember when single pieces of fruit or articles of clothing were all the rage for cover art.
  5. The New Indian Slow Cooker: Recipes for Curries, Dals, Chutneys, Masalas, Biryani, and More  Love Indian food, this looks so good!
  6. The Dirt on Ninth Grave (Charley Davidson, #9)  Ms. Jones always has such cool covers.  I’d drink those lattes.
  7. Midnight Brunch (Casa Dracula, #2)  I feel like this one is kind of a stretch, but hey strawberries are still food…
  8. Ball Blue Book of Preserving  Again it’s food…
  9. Just One Sip (Dark Ones, #4.5) If this is a cocktail then it counts.  It is a vampire book so pretty much a toss-up.
  10. Simple Thai Food: Classic Recipes from the Thai Home Kitchen Right now I’m kind of on a Thai food kick.  Love me some Green Curry.

Bending the rules this week but there is my contribution to this week top ten list.

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Fowl Language: The Struggle is Real by Brian Gordon

Book Review

 


Fowl Language: The Struggle Is RealBook Genre: Humor, Graphic Novel, Comic

Book Series: N/A

Released: 10/10/17 by Andrew McMeel Publishing

Pages:  128 Price: $14.99 Paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I received a copy of this e-book from the publisher for an honest review.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Are you a mom or dad? How wonderful and annoying for you!
Do you know someone who will soon have a baby? How exciting and terrifying for them!
Are your friends parents, too? Of course they are, those poor sons of bitches . . .

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then Fowler Language is for you.
And if you answered no, then congratulations, and feel free to sleep in this weekend!

Thirty percent of the content in Fowler Language is original to the book, and the Fowl Language bonus panels will be included.

My Review:

Let me start with I am not the targeted audience for this book.  I am not a parent and relish my child-free lifestyle.  When I saw this book’s cover and that it was a read now title over at Net Galley I decided to review it because who hasn’t enjoyed these illustrations when they pop up in their newsfeed on Facebook.

I have never laughed so hard while reading a book about the ups and downs of parenthood. I laughed so hard I worried about my blood pressure!  This book was so funny and I even found parts that, as a pet parent, I could relate to.  Other bits I got simply from having once been a child myself.  So no matter who you are, parent, aunt, uncle, child-free I believe you will enjoy this book.  If you know someone who is a new or experienced parent than this would make a great gift!

My Rating:5 Stars

Top Ten Tuesday: Autumnish

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week they ask us to share lists on the following:

October 10: Ten Books With Fall/Autumn Covers/Themes

This one might be a challenge with the type of books I read.  Probably not a lot of text to go along with this one as I’m going to let the covers speak for themselves as to whether they meet the Autumn theme or not.

Ten book covers that feel like Autumn to me

  1. The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)
  2. The Twelve (The Passage, #2)
  3. Witchful Thinking (Jolie Wilkins, #3)
  4. Limerence: Omnibus Edition (The Cure, #3)
  5. Wolver's Reward (The Wolvers, #7)
  6. The Drafter (The Peri Reed Chronicles, #1)
  7. Weekend Knitting: 50 Unique Projects and Ideas
  8. Hunting Memories (Vampire Memories, #2)
  9. Melancholy: Book Two of The Cure (Omnibus Edition)
  10. The Dead Lands

So what did you think?  Do they make you think of fall?  I’m not a huge fan of the season, preferring spring and summer, so to me, autumn is a depressing time of year when everything is dying back in preparation for winter, my least favorite time of year.

1,000 Followers Giveaway!

Just wanted to remind everyone about the giveaway.  So far there are only three entries so the odds are pretty great for those that enter.  All you need to do is go to the post linked below and leave a comment on how you follow the blog.  Ends Wednesday, October 11 and I will pick a random winner next Thursday.

Good Luck!

 

Source: 1,000 Followers Giveaway!

Month in Review: September 2017 (three days late…)

Month in Review

Read this month: 5 Books, 1,950 Pages 

Read this year:  63 Books, 16,120 Pages 

A Closed and Common Orbit (Wayfarers, #2) The Rosie Project (Don Tillman, #1) The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1) The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, #1) Blood Song (Raven's Shadow, #1)

Looking Back:

First off let me say how sorry I am that this didn’t post on October first.  I was elbow deep in books and dust bunnies cleaning our home library for guests.  Then yesterday I was scraping tar paper off the floor… Today I was able to find a few moments to get this posted and I have not forgotten about the giveaway I promised you all for reaching 1000 followers.  Look for that to go live tomorrow.  Last month wasn’t a great month for reading but it wasn’t awful either.  If most people read five books in a month they would be thrilled but somehow to me, it feels like a failure… Which it totally isn’t.  Two are re-reads, two are audiobooks, and one complete series or at least what is out already.  I really enjoyed the books by Becky Chambers if you were to look into any of the books above those are the top of my recommendation list.

Looking Ahead:

Going to be a hectic first two weeks this October.  Big cleaning project at home and I’m working seven days straight followed by a weekend trip.  So not much reading is likely to be done.  Finishing up three review titles is going to be my only goal.  I already posted about my giveaway which will be super simple most likely just commenting on tomorrow’s blog post.  I hope you all have a great month of reading!

Happy Reading ~Amy

Top Ten Tuesday: Girl Crush

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week they ask us to share lists on the following:

October 3: Top Ten Book Boyfriends/Girlfriends

I feel like I’ve done this topic recently or perhaps a time or two before so this week I am putting a spin on the topic.  I’m going to pick characters I have a girl crush on.  Here is the definition of Girl Crush I am using: Girl Crush – feelings of admiration and adoration which a girl has for another girl, without wanting to shag said girl. a nonsexual attraction, usually based on veneration at some level. 

Ten Female Characters I have a Girl Crush on.

  1. Angels' Blood (Guild Hunter, #1)  Elena Deveraux – out of all the ladies on this list Elena is the one I am least familiar with.  Of what I’ve read, though, I’ve enjoyed and I look forward to seeing how the series progresses.  I am way behind at having read only two or three books.
  2. First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1) Charley Davidson – This might be my biggest girl crush on the list.  I love Charley. The sarcasm, hot husband, phenomenal cosmic powers. Sigh.  Big girl crush here.  I want Charley for my BFF.
  3. Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1) Celaena Sardothien – I’ve given up on this series but from what I remember I was totally impressed by the complexity and kick-assness of this character.  I also appreciated how she wasn’t a whiny YA heroine.
  4. Blade Bound (Chicagoland Vampires, #13) Merit – She might be my second favorite girl crush on the list.  It wasn’t an easy road and I almost didn’t stick the series out but in the end, I loved reading Merit’s story.
  5. The Witch With No Name (The Hollows, #13) Ivy Tamwood – This is a bit of a deviation from the other books on this week’s list.  Ivy isn’t the main character in this series.  I liked Rachel and all but man Ivy was something else.
  6. Up from the Grave (Night Huntress, #7) Cat Crawfield – I so miss this series.  Cat was one of the best kick-ass heroines around.  Sigh.
  7. Styxx (Dark-Hunter, #22) Bethany – I had trouble thinking of someone from my favorite author’s main series but Bethany fits the bill.  Styxx’s story was so epic that he needed to have an H.E.A to match.  She is one of my favorites despite being absent from much of the book.
  8. Deadlock (V.I. Warshawski, #2) V.I. Warshawski – I’ve not read this series for a long time and don’t have any plans to pick it up again but that doesn’t change the fact that V.I. is all kinds of awesome.  If you are not a fan of paranormal or sci-fi then this is a safe pick for you as it is a good old detective series, no magic or other funny stuff.
  9. A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1) Diana Bishop – When I stumbled across this book I knew it belonged on the list.  Diana isn’t perfect but she is totally crushworthy.  Matthew isn’t too shabby either ;)
  10. Vampire, Interrupted (Argeneau #9) Marguerite Argeanu – My last selection is also a little different.  Marguerite is only the main character in this book but she is present in many of the books.  I love this sneaky matchmaker and if I wasn’t happily married I’d want her to find me my own H.E.A.  She is always spot on in her picks.

Well, there you have this week’s list what literary crushes do you have?

Top Ten Tuesday: Among the Stars

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week they ask us to share lists on the following:

September 26:  Ten Books That Feature Characters That live or work in Space

I’ve been on a science fiction kick lately so I decided for this open-ended topic I would pick ten characters that either live or work in space.  They might be human or alien or living on another planet but all of them will spend most of their story not on Earth. After all with all the crap going on right now space sounds like an ideal place to be despite its inherent danger….

Ten Characters That Live or Work in Space

  1. Yesterday's Son (Star Trek: The Yesterday Saga, #1)  Going to start with probably my favorite space character that I have.  Spock.  He was my first crush, and was the first alien I was introduced to growing up.  He remains one of my favorites and I often find myself longing for his cool, calm, detached logical facade.  Because we should all know by now that Vulcans do have emotions they have simply learned to control them.
  2. Old Man's War (Old Man's War, #1) John Perry from Old Man’s War.  Here is what I said about him in the review: “The characters made this story, getting to know them and grow with them and grieve them. Took my breath away at the end. John is, of course, the main character in this story but also my favorite.”
  3. The Space Between the Stars Jamie Allenby in this fairly recent release is an interesting character.  She is far from perfect and faces a great internal battle for much of the book to overcome her past.  This is a science fiction story for those that want more of a character driven story than a hard-core science fiction.
  4. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1) This is tough story to pick just one character from as it is the ensemble cast that makes this story great.  If I had to pick just one I would have to say Rosemary Harper was in my top three.
  5. Artemis Jazz Bashara is the main character in the upcoming release of Andy Weir’s next book.  I’m not going to say much more as I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone but I enjoyed her character quite a bit.
  6. Born of Legend (The League, #9) Not the latest release in this Kenyon series but the last one I’ve read and the only book in The League series that I’ve given five stars to. Danger is the type of character I love from Ms. Kenyon.  She spend countless books making us hate him only to have him redeemed in his book.  This was a great read!
  7. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1) Another instance of a great ensemble cast to pick from.  I’m going to pick Marvin from this story and mainly for the movie version of the character.  Who doesn’t love a depressed paranoid AI.
  8. Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1) I read this before I was writing reviews and it is a toss-up between the two lead characters as to which I enjoyed more.  For the sake of the list I’m going to pick Amy because why the hell not, its a good name ;).  (actually I’ve never been particularly fond of my name…)
  9. Tor (Women of Earth, #2) It has been a while since I read this one but I’m going to step out of my norm for the list and pick the character Mohawk as a favorite from this story.  Partially because he was mentioned in the review as one of my favorites and I do remember being rather fond of him.
  10. The Martian  I tried really hard to not put this book on the list.  I didn’t want more than one book by an author or from a series/franchise but I just couldn’t do it.  I’ve simply not read enough science fiction yet.  Then there is the fact that Mark Watney is an amazing character.  I loved so much about him!  His sarcasm, inventiveness, intelligence, wit, persistence! He will remain one of my favorite characters and stories for years to come.

Well there you have my list this week.  What characters that live or work in space do you love that I haven’t met yet?  Feel free to leave book suggestions in the comments!  Wrote your own TTT list?  Leave that there too for everyone to go check out!  Happy Reading~

Immortally Yours by Lynsay Sands

Book Review

 


Immortally Yours (Argeneau #26)Book Genre: Romance, Paranormal, 

Book Series: Argeneau #26

Released: 9/26/17 by Avon

Pages: 384 Price$7.99 Paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Buy the Book:  Immortally Yours: An Argeneau Novel

Source: I received an e-copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

One hundred and twenty-five years is a long time to nurse a crush. That’s how long it’s been since Beth Argenis first met Cullen “Scotty” MacDonald and he instantly became the star of her most X-rated dreams. Back then, he was rescuing her from a Rogue Immortal. Now Beth’s a Rogue Hunter—a damn good one. She doesn’t need saving anymore, despite what Scotty thinks. What she does need is the fierce, wild desire that finally erupts between them.

Scotty has hesitated to claim Beth as his own. But one explosive kiss confirms what he’s long suspected: She’s his life mate. But Beth is tough, fearless, beautiful…and in immortal danger. Unless he wants to lose her forever, he’ll have to rethink everything he once believed about love and destiny as well as confront an enemy who’s terrifyingly close.

My Review:

I’ve been reading this series for some time now and have absolutely no plans to abandon it anytime soon.  I’m in it for the long haul regardless of if I love the current release or not.  Fortunately, the latest book is one that I LOVE!

The 26th installment of the Argeneau series brings us back to Canada where the rogue hunters are little scarce thanks to the drama going on with the doctor.  They are relying on hunters on loan from Europe and we end up with Beth and Scotty’s story.  Some parts of this story felt familiar and we probably met these two before for another couple’s coming together.  Please note Ms. Kenyon, this book is a perfect example of how you can revisit a plot from an earlier book without copying scenes word-for-word…  Moving on.

Beth and Scotty’s book is one of the more somber and serious Argeneau books focusing more on drama than laughs.  Don’t worry they are in there too.  But both leads had a pretty tough human life and we deal with topics in this book that don’t lend well to slapstick.  I loved how Ms. Sands tackled some heavy topics and didn’t sanitize what was most likely reality for many young poor women from Beth’s human era.

I enjoyed how it wasn’t an easy coming together for these two.  They had to work at finding their h.e.a.  Both needed to overcome insecurities and prejudices and grow as individuals before they could work as a couple.  Scotty was fun but came with his own set of baggage and needed to own up to it.  Beth was a kick-ass heart of gold heroine and I simply loved her.  She was a great pick for the pompous Scotty.  In the end, as with all of Ms. Sands’ stories, they found their H.E.A. and the mystery was solved.  There were some fresh faces in this book and I look forward to seeing who they might get paired up with in future novels.

If you love this series then I think you will love this one too.  If you feel that it is getting a little stale then I implore you to hold on for this book as it had a fresh feeling to me.  Over all, it simply was a great read and I enjoyed every minute of it.

My Rating: 5 Stars

Lady Stuff: Secrets to Being a Woman by Loryn Brantz

Book Review

 


Lady Stuff: Secrets to Being a WomanBook Genre: Non-Fiction, Humor, Comics

Book Series: N/A

Released: 9/ 26/17 by Andrews McMeel Publishing

Pages: 128  Price: $14.99 Paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Buy the Book:  Lady Stuff: Secrets to Being a Woman

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.  

Book Synopsis:

A collection of Loryn Brantz’s vibrant and relatable Jellybean Comics about her everyday experiences as a lady 

Home manicure tips, awkward seduction techniques, scoping out the snack table, and—most important—prioritizing naps: Lady Stuff reveals these womanly secrets and more. In sections like “Grooming and Habitat Maintenance,” “Mating Habits,” and others, these brightly colored, adorable comics find the humor in the awkwardness of simply existing.
 
Like the work of Sarah Andersen, Gemma Correll, and Allie Brosh, Loryn Brantz’s Jellybean Comics are accessible and funny; lighthearted takes on the author’s everyday experiences and struggles being a woman.

My Review:

Like many of you, I’ve seen this author’s work on Facebook and other social media platforms as memes but did not realize that when requesting this book for review.  What pulled me in was the title and description, also the fact that it was a read now title on Net Galley.  I decided to take a shot and see what this book was all about.

What I received was a fun little read that was quite clever and poignant at times.  Besides being totally funny I found myself thinking oh yeah I totally get that.  These illustrations are going to be so relatable to any woman, this would make an excellent gift for your best girlfriend!  Not very long but well done this book also worked well on my e-reader, perhaps the only time that a graphic novel book worked for me!

Not much more I can say beyond that.  It was a fun read that would make a great gift!

My Rating: 4 Stars