I hope you guys enjoy this! Let me know if you’ve read and enjoyed (or didn’t) any of these books!
So, this is my second post in my “Book Recs”…I guess you would call it feature? Or series? Regardless, this is the second one – the first being “Romance Focused Contemporaries”.
I hope you like this, and feel free to request a rec list for other genres as well, I like making these. If you want more contemporaries as well, I can always make a part 3…
Let me know if you enjoy these little recommendation posts, I’ll do a sequel or any other genre you guys want!
The Orangutan Librarian tagged me in this forever ago. Thank you so much, sorry its so late….
The Rules Are:
Orangutan Librarian’s Questions:
1 – Which bookish baddie would you least like to meet in an alleyway at night?
I mean…pretty much any baddie would mean I’d be dead so… All of them.
2 – If you had to be in the Hunger Games *and* fight a famous supervillain, who would you pick and why?
Can I fight The Master and have The Doctor come and save me?
3 – Winter is coming… what book will you be reading to keep you warm at night?
Its June… And I’d like to finish the Grisha Trilogy.
The Little Book Affair tagged me in this…awhile ago. Whoops?
The Harry Potter Tag – I already started this when I realized I’d done this before, so here is the link to my previous version. Whoops again.
1. Flagrate: Writing Charm – A book whose theme you found interesting, but would like to rewrite it
2. Alohomora: Unlocking Charm – The first book in a series that got you hooked
3. Accio: Summoning Charm – A book you wish you could have right now
4. Avada Kedavra – A killer book. Both Senses. Take it as you’d like
5. Confundo: Confusing Charm – A book you found really confusing
6. Expecto Patronum – Your “spirit animal” book
7. Sectumsempra – A dark and twisted book
8. Aparecium: Revealing Charm – A book that surprised you in a great way. Reveals to be more than it is
That’s it for the tag!
I’m not going to tag anyone, since I’ve tagged people before, but feel free to do this if you’d like to.
A Literary-Inspired Cookbook for Voracious Readers at Teatime
Tea and books: the perfect pairing. There’s nothing quite like sitting down to a good book on a lovely afternoon with a steaming cup of tea beside you, as you fall down the rabbit hole into the imaginative worlds of Alice in Wonderland, The Hobbit, and Sherlock Holmes . . .
Fire up your literary fancies and nibble your way through delicate sweets and savories with A Literary Tea Party, which brings food from classic books to life with a teatime twist. Featuring fifty-five perfectly portioned recipes for an afternoon getaway, including custom homemade tea blends and beverages, you will have everything you need to plan an elaborate tea party. Cook up and enjoy:
Turkish Delight while sipping on the White Witch’s Hot Chocolate from The Chronicles of Narnia Drink Me Tea with the Queen of Hearts’s Painted Rose Cupcakes from Alice in Wonderland Eeyore’s “Hipy Bthuthday” Cake with Hundred Acre Hot Chocolate from Winnie the Pooh Hannah’s Sweet Potato Bacon Pastries and Jo’s Gingerbread from Little Women Tom Sawyer’s Whitewashed Jelly Doughnuts from Tom Sawyer And more!
Accompanied with photographs and book quotes, these recipes, inspired by the great works of literature, will complement any good book for teatime reading and eating.
I really loved this cookbook. I love nerdy/literary recipes, and this book had a wide mix of of foods, sweet to savory, and a wide range of classic books. I also loved the pictures of each food – they were beautiful, and the instructions were all clear and easy to follow. I really loved how each food was paired with a tea or drink, and each had its own recipe as well, which was really creative and cute. The themed party ideas and baking tips were well done as well. The tips for less common ingredients, their uses, substitutions, explanations on certain less common baking techniques were very useful and welcome – definitely beginner baker friendly. Overall, if you enjoy baking and classic literature, this is the cookbook for you!
June 6th: Summer Reads
–With summer finally kicking off, now is the time to recommend your favorite summer reads, whatever that means to you!
Top Ten Tuesdays are a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
As always this list is in no particular order.
Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
Books I Decided to DNF (did not finish) too Quickly (are you questioning your DNF choices on any books? If you have a policy to not DNF, put a spin on the topic to make it fit you.)
Books I Decided to DNF Because I Lost Interest
Reflections on Life and Other Bad Ideas
by Jenny Allen
DNF Review – I read about the first 30-ish pages. It wasn’t bad, but I wasn’t funny like I thought it was supposed to be. It got very deep into her personal life and struggles quickly, and I just don’t know anything about her, it was hard to want to continue. I then got distracted by other books and don’t really feel like finishing – I’m pretty picky with nonfiction and members that I finish, usually I have to really already know about the person/topic. I requested this when I was on a celebrity memoirs binge which I’m now over.
It does have really great ratings from other people, its just not for me.
The Election of 2016
by P. J. O’Rourke
In How the Hell Did This Happen?, P.J. brings his critical eye and inimitable voice to some seriously risky business. Starting in June 2015, he asks, “Who are these jacklegs, high-binders, wire-pullers, mountebanks, swellheads, buncombe spigots, four-flushers and animated spittoons offering themselves as worthy of America’s highest office?” and surveys the full cast of presidential candidates including everyone you’ve already forgotten and everyone you wish you could forget.
P.J. offers a brief history of how our insane process for picking who will run for president evolved, from the very first nominating convention (thanks, Anti-Masonic Party) through the reforms of the Progressive era (because there’s nothing that can’t be worsened by reform) to the present. He takes us through the debates and key primaries and analyzes everything from the campaign platforms (or lack thereof) to presidential style (“Trump’s appearance—indeed, Trump’s existence—is a little guy’s idea of living large. A private plane! A swell joint in Florida! Gold-plated toilet handles!”). And he rises from the depths of despair to come up with a better way to choose a president. Following his come-to-Satan moment with Hillary and the Beginning of End Times in November, P.J. reckons with a new age: “America is experiencing a change in the nature of leadership. We’re getting rid of our leaders. And we’re starting at the top.”
DNF Review – I requested this back after the election because I was p*ssed off. I still am, I dislike this entire administration. The reason I lost interest in this isn’t that my opinions changed, but that reading about politics just tends to make me angry and confused at this point and that honestly, I don’t want to read the stuff I have to read for Gov/Econ let alone extra stuff, not the books fault, just a change in personal preference/interest in reading.
A True Story of Weird Politics, Money, Madness, and Finger Food
by Trey Radel
In 2013, when Washington D.C. law enforcement learned that Trey Radel, then a Republican congressman from Florida, had bought cocaine, he quickly became the target of a police sting. In October of that year, Radel was arrested for attempting to buy cocaine from an undercover cop, and subsequently became the subject of intense media coverage and scrutiny. When Radel resigned in 2014, he left with insider knowledge that remains unknown to most American citizens.
Democrazy is Radel’s candid account of the making of a modern political star and the inner workings of Congress. In his memoir, Radel recounts his early days as a TV news reporter and radio show host before running for Congress in 2012, a decision that would launch the new, infamous chapter of his life. Radel entered the political sphere with the same ideological fervor of most first-time politicians–he loved America and wanted to serve his country and its people. But Radel’s optimism waned as he witnessed the wheelings and dealings of Congress’s most powerful members. Told with humor and irreverence, Radel’s memoir is an entertaining, fascinating journey of an unlikely politician.
DNF Review – Similar to How the Hell Did This Happen?, I requested this back after the election because I was p*ssed off. I still am, I dislike this entire administration. The reason I lost interest in this isn’t that my opinions changed, but that reading about politics just tends to make me angry and confused at this point and that honestly, I don’t want to read the stuff I have to read for Gov/Econ let alone extra stuff, not the books fault, just a change in personal preference/interest in reading. I know this book is more humorous than serious like the other one, but the basic reasoning still applies.
by Jamie Le Fay
The world of the Ahe’ey challenges and subverts her views about gender, genes, and nature versus nurture.
The strong and uninvited chemistry between her and the dashing Gabriel makes matters even more complicated. His stunning looks keep short-circuiting her rational mind.
DNF Review – I was part of a blog tour for this book, and I posted Blog Tour: Ahe’ey – Promo – but as part of that I was sent a review widget on Netgalley. It seemed kind of interesting, but I’ve since lost interest. Its pretty long, and sounds a little preachy. I know a lot of people love this, and I haven’t really given it a chance, but if I go into it begrudgingly, I’m not going to like it from the get-go so I don’t feel like I’m going to get to this unless someone really convicts me to.
by A.S. Altabtabai
DNF Review – I haven’t heard much about this book. I requested it when I was in a big reading slump and basically was requesting anything that seemed vaguely interesting. I didn’t realize it was part of a series, and I don’t want to commit to that. It also seems too short to deal with the multitude of things the synopsis seems to be alluding to and I just generally don’t feel like reading this when I have so many other books I’d rather read.
by Andy Mangels
I wanted to read this book SO MUCH. It seemed super interesting even though I don’t know much about Jamie Sommers. It expired on Adobe Digital editions before I could finish though, so I mostly flicked through it. It seemed interesting, but it probably would have needed up a skim read as these sorts of books en up for me. If you like Jamie Sommers and Wonder Woman, you’ll probably love this.
(but neither is anyone else)
by Elan Gale
I care more about feeling great than being great.
I am NOT THAT GREAT.
The self-help industry tells you that if you’re positive, if you put your best foot forward and if you just believe in yourself that you will find happiness. Let’s be real, you can read all the inspirational quotes you want. You can spend your days giving yourself affirmations in your heart-shaped mirror and trying to learn to love yourself. You can say your mantra over and over again while sitting cross-legged on a yoga mat in a Whole Foods parking lot. But the truth is, you’re not a badass and you still don’t have the life you want. That’s where You’re Not That Great (but neither is anyone else) comes in. This book teaches you how to harness all the negativity in the world and use it to improve your life, taking everyday feelings like self-loathing, regret and shame and making them work for you. Positive thinking is for assholes. Negative thinking is for winners.
DNF Review – I started this, but it felt kind of preachy, it was so aggressively “not” a self help” book that it felt like one. It was aiming for funny and I just didn’t find it that. Maybe as a teenager I just couldn’t relate, but I didn’t feel like finishing this.
by Kurt Luchs
DNF Review – Similar to some other DNFs, I requested this when I was on memoir kick and quickly realized I didn’t care much for them unless I already adored the author/subject. This honestly wasn’t funny to me and I didn’t feel like continuing.
by Ellis Weiner, Steve Radlauer
If, like most Americans, you think an Ivy League diploma paves the way to Nobel Prizes, Wall Street riches, and a life of prosperity and happiness, think again. Consider these “distinguished” alumni:
John Fairbanks (Dartmouth AB, 1946), embezzlerAmy Bishop (Harvard Ph.D., 1993), mass murdererEliot Spitzer (Princeton BA, 1981; Harvard JD, 1984), disgraced NY governor and patron of prostitutesCardinal Bernard F. Law (Harvard BA, 1952), protector of abusive priestsJeffrey Skilling (Harvard MBA, 1979), felonious Enron CEOMadison Grant (Yale BA, 1887; Columbia LL.B.), eugenicistAnn Coulter (Cornell BA, 1984), professional bullyJonah Lehrer (Columbia BA, 2003), plagiaristTheodore Kaczynski (Harvard BA, 1962), the UnabomberIn 85 brief profiles of murderers, rapists, racists, cheaters, lying politicians, slavers, oligarchs, war criminals, traitors, forgers, kiddie-porners, and other moral reprobates, MONSTERS OF THE IVY LEAGUE effectively–and entertainingly!–bursts the bubble of America’s obsession with elite colleges.
(Sort of) DNF Review – This was a DNF because the file expired on Adobe Digital Editions before I could finish. I did think this was super clever as an idea, and the sections were varied and interesting. Especially helpful in mitigating stress during college applications and reminding yourself that where you go isn’t the end all be all of your life. Some parts were a little bogged down in detail or too serious when I felt they should have tried for a little more humor because the entire book seems like its kind of poking fun, but what I read was solid.
by Larissa C. Hardesty
DNF Review – I ADORE this cover. I just lost interest in reading this, it seems a little too familiar and I’m kind of sick of paranormal romance fiction at this point, so I don’t think I can approach this fairly; I’d rather read other books I own.
This took SO LONG! To be fair, this was probably too much effort for a TTT, its 10 DNF reviews – though I had to write them anyway.
I’ve said before, that I have a ton of Netgalley book DNF reviews to write not because the books are bad or really deserve a DNF but because I personally lost interest in reading them. This is the fault of the massive request spree I had on Netgalley earlier last year because I got very excited about actually getting approved for things. This is how I’m dealing with it…
Published by: Bleeding Ink Publishing
Publication date: March 5th 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Peter Pan has never been one to follow the rules. Abandoned as a child, he was adopted by the renowned Captain Hooke to join the crew of the starship Jolly Roger. But when Peter finds out that the elegant Captain is not as upstanding as everyone believes, he has no choice but to sabotage the ship, alienating him from the crew, the fleet, and the only family he’s ever known.
Wendy Darling has worked her entire life to rise through the ranks of the prestigious Londonierre Brigade. Now as a Captain, she has everything she’s always wanted, including a ship and crew of her own. But when the Brigade receives a strange transmission from the legendary James Hooke, lost a hundred years earlier in uncharted space and presumed dead, Wendy is willing to risk it all to rescue her hero from the planet known only as Neverland.
But there is more to Neverland than meets the eye, and more to Hooke than what was written in history books. When Wendy crash lands on the ominous planet, she quickly discovers Neverland’s dark secret; a malevolent being known as The Shadow that’s looking for a host body to escape its eternal prison. To fulfill her mission, Wendy must decide whether to trust the dashing Hooke or the mysterious Fleet mechanic who goes by the name of Pan–and she has to decide quickly…
Before the darkness consumes them all.
An avid reader and hopeless fangirl, J.M. Sullivan shamelessly fantasized that this was, in fact, her AUROR bio, but has since determined AUTHOR bio to be the next best thing. An almost Arizona native, she was raised in Phoenix, but when asked, she will tell you her formative years were really spent in the land of make-believe, where she passed countless hours with her favorite characters in their own worlds, Wonderland included.
Eventually, society informed her that she had to grow up, so she experimented in retail, music, and business careers before realizing her passion for kids. She now works in Abu Dhabi as a middle school science teacher who fosters a love of science, literature, and learning in her students.
Although known to dabble in adulting, J.M. is a big kid at heart who still believes in true love, magic, and most of all, the power of coffee. When she isn’t busy writing or caught in a daydream, she spends her time at home with her husband, their two cats, three kids, and a whole lot of madness. And she wouldn’t have it any other way.
I’ve been wanting to make a recommendation post for a while now, and after seeing Christine’s video (embedded below), I though Contemporary would be a good place to start.
If you enjoy this, let me know!
Take Pride: Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda
Into The Great Wide Open: Illuminae (space counts?)
It’s The End of the World: / Father Knows Best: Norse Mythology (Ragnorak!)
School’s Out for the Summer: The View from Saturday
Sick Day: The Count of Monte Cristo
Hook ‘Em: / Ocean Blue: Wake by Amanda Hocking
Dear Pen Pal: Because You’ll Never Meet Me / Nowhere Near You
Campfire Story: Books don’t scare me…