Book: Today, I read Amelia: An Autumn Bride (Brides for All Seasons #7) by Hildie McQueen (autumn colors).
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.
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
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.
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)
Once again this series has delivered a solid, intriguing story full of suspense, romance, and faith. While some series might fall into a rut and begin to turn out indistinguishable heroines and monotonous plot lines, The Daughters of the Mayflower always rises to the occasion with a fresh, exciting experience. Part of this may be attributable to the fact that a variety of authors have contributed to the project. In “The Liberty Bride”, MaryLu Tyndall immerses readers in a Regency-era adventure during the War of 1812, featuring an unlikely heroine and hero. Their vulnerabilities and fledgling faith endear them to readers from the start, and the secrets that they keep ensure that there is no lack of tension. Throw in wartime conditions and you have a tightly-woven narrative that flows swiftly toward its climax, betrayal and love in its wake.
The Regency period is one with which I am not very familiar, and this book certainly aroused my interest. Piracy, blockading, spies, war…wow! I appreciated the gravity of the situation from an American viewpoint. From the comfortable detachment of history, it is easy to forget that victory was far from assured and that the action of individuals such as the characters in this novel often provided the crucial turning points in battle. Then, too, there is the dramatic internal struggle that we empathize with, and while mentally bolstering the characters and pointing out their flawed thinking, hopefully we turn some of the same introspection toward ourselves as well. After all, history reflects and informs our reality, and if, as in this case, it is done well, so does fiction.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
24 Festive Task challenge have goosed up my reading this month, plus the English winter weather has set in (darkness at 4:30pm kills any desire for going outside).
1. Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine 3.5 stars
2. Feminasty by Erin Gibson 4 stars
3. Princess Elizabeth's Spy (Maggie Hope #2) by Susan Ella MacNeal 4 stars
4. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway 3.5 stars
5. The End of Epidemics by Jonathan D. Quick, MD 3.5 stars
6. Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson 5 stars
7. Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance 3.5 stars
8. Amelia: An Autumn Bride (Brides for All Seasons #7) by Hildie McQueen 3 stars
9. Love's Unfading Light (Eagle Harbor #1) by Naomi Rawlings 2.5 stars
Task 1: Share a picture of your favorite light display. ~ I might be reaching here, but no man-made display has ever captivated me as much as the night sky (though lantern festivals come close).
Task 2: Cleaning is a big part of this holiday; choose one of your shelves, real or virtual, and tidy / organise it. Give us the before and after photos. OR Tidy up 5 of the books on your BookLikes shelves by adding the CORRECT cover, and/or any other missing information.
Well, since I can never help myself, while searching for the girl with flowers covers I ended up merging one of my books into it's proper author, and I bet I'll end up doing some more, lol.
As for my physical library, I plan on an overhaul around Christmas, so I'll post pictures then.
Task 3: Eating sweets is also a big part of Diwali. Either select a recipe for a traditional sweet, or make a family favorite and share a picture with us.
This is not an easy one to make, actually. I think we only attempted it once, it took a looooong time, and the consistence was not that firm (plus, I think we got a bit enthusiastic with the sodium bicarbonate)
Task 4: During Diwali, people pray to the goddess Lakhshmi, who is typically depicted as a beautiful young woman holding a lotus flower. Find 5 books on your shelves (either physical or virtual) whose covers show a young woman holding a flower and share their cover images.
I'm among those having a lot less difficulty finding women brandishing weapons than carying flowers among my covers, but children and classic books came to my rescue. Clearly, I might want to "make love not war" more reading-wise. If only I could find more romances that treaded better the line between crazy drama and blandness.
Book: Read a book with candles on the cover or the word “candle” or “light” in the title; OR a book that is the latest in a series; OR set in India; OR any non-fiction book that is ‘illuminating’ (Diwali is Sanskrit for light/knowledge and row, line or series)