Friday, November 13, 2015

Current Read: The Player of Games by Iain Banks

"This is the story of a man who went far away for a long time, just to play a game. The man is a game- player called 'Gurgeh'. The story starts with a battle that is not a battle, and ends with a game that is not a game." page 1, The Player of Games by Iain Banks.

Happy Reading!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley

The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley
Hardcover, 636 pages
Published May 2015, Atria Books

Source: NetGalley

The Seven Sisters is the fourth book I have read by Lucinda Riley. I am a fan. I really do enjoy the time jumping between different generations of families and the historical settings. This one didn't disappoint. In one book, I traveled to Buenes Aires, Paris and Geneva in present day and the 1920's.

The story follows Maia, one of seven adopted sisters. With the death of their father, they receive clues as to where they are from and there biological family histories. In this first of seven planned novels, Riley takes the reader to Brazil in search of Maia's ancestry. 

There is mystery and intrigue, love and heartbreak. So much to keep you reading to the end. I enjoyed every page of it. Looking forward to the next book in the series which comes out in the Spring.

Happy Reading!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Current Read: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

"Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to sat that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. They were the last people you'd expect to be involved in anything strange or mysterious, because they just didn't hold with such nonsense." page 1, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling.

Happy Reading!

Thursday, November 5, 2015


Well, we have reached the end of RIP X. With the ReadaThon and a couple of RALs- I have to say that I had a very successful reading experience. Lots of books were read and finished...

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Harry Potter Readalong

Couldn't pass this one up. I dug my books out of the boxes I had packed them in and have put them back on my shelf. I started Book 1 last night. It really has been too long since the last time I read them.
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Friday, October 30, 2015

Current Read: The Hidden Child by Camilla Läckberg

"In the stillness of the room, the only sound came from the flies. The buzzing as their wings beat frantically. He wasn't actually a man anymore. Not if you defined a man as a living, breathing, sentient being. By now he was reduced to a food source, a haven for insects and maggots." Page 1, The Hidden Child by Camilla Läckberg. 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Quick Review: Definitely Dead and All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris

 Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris

Wasn't hard to pick up where I left off many years ago. Harris does a great job of refreshing the readers memory of what has happened in the previous books. This is Book 7 in the series and as usual focuses on Sookie. This time she is summoned to New Orleans to clean out her cousin's apartment and of course gets caught up in solving a murder, and witnessing a new one. She does get a new love interest out of it all. A Were-Tiger named Quinn.

Fun, quick read, as usual. Perfect book for the readathon and for RIPX

All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris

Book 8 of the series begins a few months after Hurricane Katrina. Louisiana is still in recovery and the Queen is feeling the brunt of it as well. She lost vampires to the storm and her headquarters and she is also going to trial for the killing of her husband. Sookie travels with the Louisiana delegation of Vamps to Rhodes, up North, for their annual summit and will also be the sole witness in Sophie-Anne's Trial.

As you can imagine, it doesn't go very smoothly. This book was just okay for me.

Happy Reading!

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Salem's Lot by Stephen King

Another October, another R.I.P., and another King Read-a-long.

This time I joined Melissa , Trish and Care in reading Salem's Lot

This was a first time read for me, believe it our not. This book has been on my bookshelf for over a decade and this was the first time I actually read it. So glad I did. It had really proper creepy vampires.  Yay!

I was seriously yelling at my book and feeling anxiety for these characters when they wouldn't get things done before sundown. Why don't they get their vampire killing on first thing in the morning? No, they wait until half an hour before the vamps are to awaken. Agh! Way to get my heart going really fast, King!

But that is why I read these, right? 

So here is the tease they give for the book:

Thousands of miles away from the small township of 'Salem's Lot, two terrified people, a man and a boy, still share the secrets of those clapboard houses and tree-lined streets. They must return to 'Salem's Lot for a final confrontation with the unspeakable evil that lives on in the town.

So, did I miss the final confrontation? 
I know they go back, but I don't really remember a confrontation. 

Okay, ladies, what's next on our list of King books. :)

Happy Reading!

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Monday, October 19, 2015

Readathon Wrap-Up Post

Hey all. Did you survive 24 hours of reading on Saturday? 

I read for about 12 hours, which is pretty good for me. I have a five year old who required transport to a birthday party at a Chuck-E-Cheese 30 miles away from here. We also had to drive the hubby to the airport and then I drove the little girl to her grandparents house to spend the night. After all that I was finally free to read. Yay.
In the morning I finished the last 100 pages of Salem's Lot by Stephen King. I started and finished Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris -324 pages. I started and fell asleep reading All Together Dead, also by Charlaine Harris- 54 pages.
With the little girl, we read a couple books before we were off for the day. She chose two Christmas themed books for us to read. Auntie Claus and Auntie Claus: The Key to Christmas by Elise Primavera.  
So, not too bad. I finished a couple books, I participated in a couple of challenges, and I really had a great time connecting with other readers on Twitter. All in all, a very successful Readathon. 
Happy Reading!

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The Taco Cleanse

The Taco Cleanse by Wes Allison, Stephanie Bogdanich, Molly P. Frisinger, Jessica Morris
Published by The Experiment, December 2015

Source: NetGalley, publisher for review

There are so many diets and cleanses going around that claim to be the best thing for you- they will "Change Your Life" they say. Well, so far this is the only one that the hubby and I have happily jumped on the bandwagon for. 

The Taco Cleanse!

"The Tortilla-Based Diet Proven to Change Your Life"


The hubby and I basically lived on this "cleanse" for nine years when we lived in Austin.  Funny that the writers are all Texans, some Austinites. Seriously, the taco should be the official state food of Texas.

Anyway, without even making a recipe from here I am completely, 100% a proponent of this cleanse!

 So, this turned out to be all vegan recipes, which on occasion I do make for myself and for friends, but my husband and I are not vegan or vegetarian. We enjoy our tacos with carnitas, chicken al pastor and brisket. We like sour cream and jack cheese. But, you know, it's not a bad idea to mix in some veggie and/or vegan meals every now and then and tacos are a great way to do that. 

I really want to make the Deeply Roasted Chipotle Butternut Squash. Looks amazing and sounds tasty. The salsas and pico de gallo recipes sound on point and the margarita recipes are calling to me.

I really do miss my Austin taco staples - breakfast tacos from Taco Shack, lunch tacos at Maria's Taco Express, dinner tacos at Guero's. I think this book may help this Californian out, but I probably will add some meat and cheese for this non-vegan family.
However, I do have friends who will be getting this for Christmas!

Happy Reading!