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New name and new book review!

  So today I logged on and realized that I have been blogging on here for for than two years, and it doesn’t feel like it has been that long. But, when you have your nose deep within the pages of books to keep from wanting to live the life of a sociable human, I guess time does fly by.
  Among the many books I’ve finished as of late, my new favorite one is called A Fine Imitation by Amber Brock. I originally picked this up for Mariah, who btw, flew through it. After hearing her raving about it I have it a go.
  Set in the glamorous 1920’s, A Fine Imitation is an intoxicating debut that sweeps readers into a privileged Manhattan socialite’s restless life and the affair with a mysterious painter that upends her world, flashing back to her years at Vassar and the friendship that brought her to the brink of ruin.

Vera Bellington has beauty, pedigree, and a penthouse at The Angelus—the most coveted address on Park Avenue. But behind the sparkling social whirl, Vera is living a life of quiet desperation. Her days are an unbroken loop of empty, champagne-soaked socializing, while her nights are silent and cold, spent waiting alone in her cavernous apartment for a husband who seldom comes home.

Then Emil Hallan arrives at The Angelus to paint a mural above its glittering subterranean pool. The handsome French artist moves into the building, shrouds his work in secrecy, and piques Vera’s curiosity, especially when the painter keeps dodging questions about his past. Is he the man he claims to be? Even as she finds herself increasingly drawn to Hallan’s warmth and passion, Vera can’t suppress her suspicions. After all, she has plenty of secrets, too—and some of them involve art forgers like her bold, artistically talented former friend, Bea, who years ago, at Vassar, brought Vera to the brink of catastrophe and social exile.

When the dangerous mysteries of Emil’s past are revealed, Vera faces an impossible choice—whether to cling to her familiar world of privilege and propriety or to risk her future with the enigmatic man who has taken her heart. A Fine Imitation explores what happens when we realize that the life we have always led is not the life we want to have.
 

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“We’re all a little mad here”

   It feels like it has been forever since my last B4B review but I have finally found a book that I thought I would enjoy. 
   I was taking a break from coloring so I could work on some of my own art to potentially have some home decor for our room but I’m hung up on finding picture frames at a decent price that won’t fall apart. 
   I picked Wonderland by Amily When because I LOVE ALL THINGS ALICE. Growing up I read and re-read Alice in Wonderland so many times and I never seemed to get enough.
   This coloring book had its pros and it’s cons like all others. The pictures are beautiful and quite detailed. It follows it’s own story while incorporating new story fragments which was interesting. 
   The cons are pretty much what I had a problem with on a lot other the other coloring books, they are dual printed, front and back and the pages are NOT perforated. Also, as much as I love the detail, it is so hard to get into most of the spaces if you are like me and don’t have a ton of fine point pens to color with. 
   Other then that I would say I like it but I’m taking out the pictures I want and passing it on…

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~Synopsis~
   Follow the White Rabbit into this imaginative coloring book inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, featuring intricate pen-and-ink drawings by acclaimed artist Amily Shen. Meet the Cheshire Cat, attend the Mad Hatter’s tea party, and play croquet with the Queen of Hearts in this evocative tale that invites you into a strange and beautiful new world of coloring.

“What we all want, really, is to be loved. That craving drives our worst behavior.” ― Jodi Picoult, Handle with Care

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  I love Chrissy Teigen! She is always bubbly and happy at least on camera. She never hides the fact that she loves food and honestly, that is something people like me like to hide. I have always been a bigger person and its normal for me to want to hide the fact that i thoroughly enjoy food. In her cookbook it shows where she came from and where that love of food came from.

From reading this book i have come to a few conclusions. 1: Chrissy Teigens life revolves mainly around family. 2: She prides herself in cooking all of her meals herself, which, lets be honest, as a celebrity it would be so much easier to hire someone and let them cook for you. and 3: she likes to live a simple life.

Every recipe she has in this book seems fairly easy to replicate and a lot of them have minimal ingredients which is nice for our family because it makes cooking meals for five to eight people easy and still pretty cheap. In our household we have five people, sometimes sic in our household throughout the week and eight people total on the weekends, plus and toddler. Money for groceries add up and the list we make each week is thoroughly plotted out and meticulously planned with a set price in mind and we hardly ever go over our $75- $80 a week budget.

Some of these recipes are mainly for couples but if its just you and your significant other it would be perfect for you to add a little variety to your weekly menu! So if thats the case or you just like collecting cookbooks like me, pick it up! Ill leave the description below and link for anybody who would be interested in checking it out! Keep reading my lovelies!

~Synopsis~

   Maybe she’s on a photo shoot in Zanzibar. Maybe she’s making people laugh on TV. But all Chrissy Teigen really wants to do is talk about dinner. Or breakfast. Lunch gets some love, too.
For years, she’s been collecting, cooking, and Instagramming her favorite recipes, and here they are: from breakfast all day to John’s famous fried chicken with spicy honey butter to her mom’s Thai classics.
Salty, spicy, saucy, and fun as sin (that’s the food, but that’s Chrissy, too), these dishes are for family, for date night at home, for party time, and for a few life-sucks moments (salads). You’ll learn the importance of chili peppers, the secret to cheesy-cheeseless eggs, and life tips like how to use bacon as a home fragrance, the single best way to wake up in the morning, and how not to overthink men or Brussels sprouts. Because for Chrissy Teigen, cooking, eating, life, and love are one and the same.

~Buying link~

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B012KJXFNW/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?ie=UTF8&btkr=1

 

“If we surrendered to earth’s intelligence we could rise up rooted, like trees.” —Rainer Maria Rilke, Rilke’s Book of Hours: Love Poems to God

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Let me start off by saying… THIS WAS NOT WHAT I THOUGHT IT WAS GOING TO BE…. AT ALL!!! But i also when into this book completely blind! Every time i picked this book up, i wasnt sure how i felt until it was over… and at that point i couldnt take it back. Now everyone knows how i feel about romance novels and even though i see this as one, it isnt like most romance novels.

Yeong-hye and her husband are ordinary people. He is an office worker with moderate ambitions and mild manners; she is an uninspired but dutiful wife. The acceptable flatline of their marriage is interrupted when Yeong-hye, seeking a more ‘plant-like’ existence, decides to become a vegetarian, prompted by grotesque recurring nightmares. In South Korea, where vegetarianism is almost unheard-of and societal mores are strictly obeyed, Yeong-hye’s decision is a shocking act of subversion. Her passive rebellion manifests in ever more bizarre and frightening forms, leading her bland husband to self-justified acts of sexual sadism. His cruelties drive her towards attempted suicide and hospitalisation. She unknowingly captivates her sister’s husband, a video artist. She becomes the focus of his increasingly erotic and unhinged artworks, while spiralling further and further into her fantasies of abandoning her fleshly prison and becoming – impossibly, ecstatically – a tree. Fraught, disturbing and beautiful, The Vegetarian is a novel about modern day South Korea, but also a novel about shame, desire and our faltering attempts to understand others, from one imprisoned body to another.

This is a three part book told from different points of view, one part for each of the main characters of whose life was touched the most by the main character. It is a very dark tyoe of book and there are somethings i read that im sure i will never be able to un-read…. I also thought the book was laid out in an odd way… i start to understand the writers train of thought when… WHAM!!! im am lost and confused yet again… As a whole i was fairly disappointed and confused most of this book but it might just be that after a while i was tired of being confused and just… read it to read it….

” A little bit of chicken fried, Cold beer on a Friday night!”

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One of our families favorite things to make for a dinner is fried chicken. We dont do it often because it takes sooooo much to feed everyone! When we do make it though, its a four to five hour experience. We have at least three different ways of making it and each time we switch off between those three recipes. This last week I picked Fried Chicken By Rebecca Lang from Blogging For Books because in my opinion you can never have to many fried chicken recipes. Its not a bad book to have in our household of five people because ninety percent of the time we have Tims family here. So most of the time its not just the five of us… it can be anywhere from five people to ten people and everyone likes something a little.

This cookbook is split into three chapters; chapter one is skillet fried chicken, chapter two is deep fried and chapter three is combination fried. Now i myself only always skillet fry my chicken but i like the idea of different fry techniques. It also covers the different types of oils to cook with, how to cut up a bird, as well as proper oil temps. My only problem with this book is that a lot of these recipes dont really look like fried chicken. They look amazing, just not like fried chicken.

Amazon Buying Link:

http://www.amazon.com/Fried-Chicken-Recipes-Crunchy-Comfort-Food/dp/1607747243

Journals, Journals, Everywhere!

The other day a friend of mine on Facebook posted about how Facebook seems to be a personal, yet public, journal and then proceeded to ask how many people on her friends list actually still used a normal pen-to-paper journal. I was the first to admit that yes i do still keep a journal and let me explain why.

In high school when my mother had signed me up to see a psychologist weekly, he had suggested that i keep a journal. I explained that things like that were not possible because i had two, very snoopy, very sneaky, younger twin sisters. He looked at me and said;

“And that is stopping you, why?”

Before i could answer him, he turned around and dug around in his desk looking for something. When he found what he was looking for he turned around and handed me a lighter. I sat there just staring at it. The ugliest lighter i had ever seen, bile yellow and completely full with lighter fluid. I guess i was in shock that an adult was handing me a lighter, almost like he was telling me to commit arson. I started to ask him what i was supposed to do with an ugly ass lighter but he stopped me and said;

” Sharon, if there is nothing for them to find, then they cant read it.If you write something down and you dont want it read, burn the pages and let them float away. You get them out and let your anger float away like the pages.”

BRILLIANT MAN!

So since then i have always kept a journal and occasionally, on the days i write to get anger out, and say things i dont mean i still burn those pages. But my journal collection continues to grow and i find myself burning pages less and less. While on blogging for books i found a Q&A a Day journal almost like the last ones i reviewed for B4B but its SO MUCH BETTER!!! Its for artists! Or maybe not just artists but those who feel like doodling! I absolutely love it! Its a four year journal and every page has a writing prompt, you draw how you see that prompt and fill in the year of that entry! Since i have been doing more drawings i thought it would be a great addition to my other new “artsy” journals. I just recently got a wreck this journal box set that included Wreck This Journal, Mess, This Is Not A Book and Pocket Scavenger! Brilliant journals and i have no shame in admitting i WRECK those journals! If your a journal writer or havent started or wrote in one for a long time i highly suggest every one of them! They are fun and give you ways to get those feelings out and sometimes without even knowing you are doing it! Read on, Bookworms!Snapshot_20150824

“If you keep on drinking rum, the world will soon be quit of a very dirty scoundrel!” ― Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island

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When you are a child, the thought of finding lost, buried or even new-to-you things is addicting. The thought of going on a mystery treasure or scavenger hunt is not unheard of but happens occasionally while playing with friends or siblings. Of course when I was growing up I loved the idea of finding a buried a treasure in a book store, you know that book in the very back of a bookcase or box in an old run down second hand shop for only $0.25. Those were my favorite treasures and nothing could beat them. One of my absolute favorites was Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. When I picked up this book I never knew how drawn into the book I would be, and certainly that I would not end up reading the book a couple dozen times in my life.

While browsing through the list of books on Blogging For Books last week I opened another tab to look at my new weeks book. I choose The New World By Andrew Motion and was so excited to find out that it is a continuation type of story from Treasure Island. I was not disappointed in the slightest with this story and i feel that Andrew Motion should do continuations of all of the Great American Classics. Now this book could definitely be read as a stand alone but I highly suggest that if you have read Treasure Island you run, type or call for a copy of this book! I’m almost positive that its books like these that will convert children and teens of this generation from smart phones and gaming consoles to print and e-books. Below, as usual, I will post the synopsis and buying link and don’t forget; READ ON, MY LOVELIES!

Book Synopsis:

Washed ashore after escaping Treasure Island, young Jim Hawkins and his companion Natty find themselves stranded on the Gulf Coast of Texas. Their ship, the Nightingale, has been destroyed, and besides one other crew member, they are the only survivors.  Before they can even grasp the full scope of their predicament, they realize they are not alone on the beach. When a band of Native Americans approaches the shore in a threatening fury, they brutally kill Jim and Natty’s last shipmate, rob their dead crew, and take the two desperate survivors hostage.

Suddenly, Jim and Natty are thrust into an adventure that takes them all across the unruly American South. Starting with a desperate escape from a violent chief who obsessively keeps close on their trail, they join up with a troupe of entertainers who take them to a thriving and dangerous New Orleans, and seek the closest port so they can set sail for home once again.

In magnificent, free-wheeling prose and in a high-flying style, Andrew Motion has spun a fantastic yarn that will win the hearts of adventure lovers everywhere.

Amazon Buying Link:

http://www.amazon.com/The-New-World-A-Novel/dp/0804138451