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text 2018-12-05 21:24
24 Festive Tasks, Door 9 - Thanksgiving UPDATED to include Task 2
Amelia: An Autumn Bride - Hildie McQueen
To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918 - Adam Hochschild
Hamilton's Battalion: A Trio of Romances - Alyssa Cole,Rose Lerner,Courtney Milan
Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story - Kurt Eichenwald
The Lotus Palace - Jeannie Lin
The Jade Temptress - Jeannie Lin
Once Upon a Spine - Kate Carlisle
Bitch Planet Volume 1 - Kelly Sue DeConnick,Robert Wilson IV,Valentine De Landro
Bitch Planet Volume 2: President Bitch - Kelly Sue DeConnick
Nightingales Under the Mistletoe: (Nightingales 7) - Donna Douglas

Thanksgiving

 

Book: Today, I read Amelia: An Autumn Bride (Brides for All Seasons #7) by Hildie McQueen (autumn colors).

 

Task #1

The three books I am most thankful for reading this year are:

 

1. To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918 by Adam Hochschild

          This is what I would recommend to anyone, but especially non-history readers, if they wanted to read one book about World War I. 

 

2. Hamilton's Battalion: A Trio of Romances by Rose Lerner, Courtney Milan, and Alyssa Cole

              I'm not a fangirl of Hamilton or his musical (although I do listen and enjoy the soundtrack), but getting new material from these authors was enough for me to buy it. Courtney Milan's story was my favorite, but Rose Lerner's and Alyssa Cole's stories were wonderful as well. 

 

3. Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story by Kurt Eichenwald

             This book was a door stopper, but read so much like a novel that it didn't feel over long at all. This is the true story of the rise and fall of Enron.

 

Honorable mention: The Lotus Palace and The Jade Temptress (Pingkang Li Mysteries #1 and 2) by Jeannie Lin.

 

Task #2

My perfect meal, created by a chef and his/her/their team, is inspired by my Italian heritage. It would be time and resource intensive, ergo I would never make it for myself.

1. Starters - Caprese salad and friend calamari

2. Main - Zuppa di Pesce e Frutti de Mare (just a ton of seafood in a clear broth)

3. Sides - Baked Fennel with Parmesan and Mushroom risotto

4. Dessert - Tiramisu

 

Task #3

The book I read this year with the most "stuffing" was Once Upon a Spine (A Bibliophile Mystery #11) by Kate Carlisle. Details about the most mundane things with boring vanilla characters and constant wedding talk - and the murder mystery was an afterthought until the very end. 

 

Task #4

Honestly, I can't remember all the freebies I download in a single month, let alone in a year. So here is what I bought this month:

 

1. Bitch Planet Volume 1 and 2 by Kelly Sue DeConnick et al (from Foyles)

2. A Nightingale Christmas Carol and Nightingales Under the Mistletoe by Donna Douglas (from a charity shop)

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review 2018-09-07 14:26
a great first time author!
Perfect Mistake (Perfect, #1) - Sophia Karlson
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. 4 years ago,Simone and Carlo had 6 glorious weeks together. Then Carlo disappeared, leaving Simone pregnant. Now Carlo is back, as her boss and he's trying to find out who is using his flights for the poaching of ivory. When Simone is implicated, she has to reveal his daughter to him. Can they survive just what is happening around them, between them? I did not know, going into this book, that Karlson is a first time author. I did not,at all, get that impression while I was reading it either! Karlson spins a great tale! It's not overly explicit, not is it particularly violent. It does get a little . . . . . .yukkie. . ..when Simone's friend is describing her "gifts" though. Also, it's quite painful reading about Simone and Carlo's trip to the poaching sites. Only because it truly is awful, the poaching. I did not get who was part of the poaching ring, and I was surprised how that all went down. I sort of expected something else to happen, I was waiting for that something else, to see how Simone would deal with it,before she revealed his daughter to Carlo, but that doesn't happen, so I was a little . . . . .not disappointed, cos I really enjoyed what did happen here, but I can't find the right word word, and you know how that pains me so! It's told from both Simone and Carlo 's point of view, in the third person. It's WELL told, well defined and well delivered. I read it in one single sitting. So why not 5 stars? No idea,but I have 4stars attend of my fingertips while typing this up, so. . . . 4 solid first time stars. **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2018-07-21 13:14
4 solid stars
Home Skillet (Culinary Kings #1) - Cate Ashwood,Sandra Damien
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. James finds himself with a divorce, and the loss of his precious restaurant so he runs to the only place, the only person, he ever really called home. Ben has loved James forever, but having him crashing on his couch is playing havoc with his well built walls. But is what Ben feels as one sided as he thinks?? For the most part, I enjoyed this. I just found James a little much to deal with at times! And I am left with questions that didn't get answered. I'm NOT going to voice them here, because if you read reviews before buying you might be left with the same questions and it might spoil it for you. It did NOT spoil my reading experience, not at all, I'm just left wondering about a few things. I did like that James came to the realization of his feelings for Ben before Ben made a move. I did like that, once they decided to do this, James and Ben go ALL in, especially on James' part, since he's been in the closet all this time. It was a lovely read, a perfect way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon. A little longer than the usual hang over cure, but I used it as such. A not overly complicated, well written tale, with just a few things missing. 4 solid stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2018-07-10 22:41
The First Street Church Romances: Books 1-3 by Melissa Storm
The First Street Church Romances: Books 1-3 - Melissa Storm

 

Love's Promise (The First Street Church Romance #2) by Melissa Storm -


When you can see pieces of yourself within a story, you know that you've found something special. Kristin and Jeffrey could be any of us. The wounds run deep and the insecurities are at times hard to bear, but the message of hope and solidarity adds to the power and integrity of an uplifting journey. (5 stars) 

Love's Prophet is heartbreaking. Yet mixed within the tears of sorrow is the hope of an enlightening tomorrow. Rebecca, Molly, Liam and Jennifer are pieces of an intricate puzzle that cohesively blended to create one voice that speaks from the heart. (5 stars)

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review 2018-06-16 05:45
Lovers Lane: Summer Romances 2018 by Sandra Edwards, Regina Duke and Colleen Ladd
Lovers Lane: Summer Romances 2018 - Sandra Edwards,Regina Duke,Colleen Ladd

 

The trials and tribuliations of love from ever angle. Colleen Ladd brings a hint of the paranormal to this sweet series. In order to listen to your heart, you have to understand who you are as person. From broken hearts to restored hope, Edwards and Duke are masters at stirring up emotion. The journey to a second chance is pebbled with anger and forgiveness, but if there's faith, we'll eventually get there. Love has many layers and Lovers Lane: Summer Romances jumps into each one. Whether it's a new beginning, happy ending or an uncertain future, the risk is worth the gain. Duke, Edwards and Ladd remind us what it means to love.

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