To all my fellow Americans...
We have plans to have our holiday meal at a friend's house with other military families. Today I baked 3 pumpkin pies, 1 apple crisp, and defrosted one pecan pie (requested by my friend's husband and courtesy of my friend Marie Callendar). The rest of the weekend will be spent reading and watching movies - I DO NOT DO BLACK FRIDAY. I worked at Wal-Mart prior to going into the military and worked 3 BFs - honestly I would rather go back to Iraq than ever participate in the BF madness.
Here's the reading I hope to get done by the end of November:
1. Through Waters Deep (Waves of Freedom #1) by Sarah Sundin (for the second square)
2. Good Girls Revolt by Lynn Povich (for the first square- black and white cover)
3. The Toymaker by Kay Springsteen (for the first square - heroine is named Ivy)
4. Bloom by Kelle Hampton (Pop Sugar challenge and hoping to fill in another square on the 16 Tasks)
Billie Holiday, eine der größten Jazzsängerinnen, die jemals gelebt hat, erzählt ihre Geschichte in ihren eigenen Worten: Ihre Armutserfahrung in der Kindheit, das Leben als schwarze Frau vor der Bürgerrechtsbewegung und ihre persönlichen Suchtkämpfe spiegeln sich in der unglaublichen Klangfarbe und Tiefe ihrer unverwechselbaren Stimme wider.
Wir alle haben es in ihrer Musik gespürt, aber Fans werden es genießen, mehr über die Geschichte dieser musikalischen Legende zu erfahren. Eine gute Biographie oder Autobiografie ist ein bisschen wie Blues: Sie scheut sich nicht vor den Schmerzen, die das Leben begleiten und verliert trotz allem nie den Sinn für das Schöne und Erhabene.
Yours for the Holiday is a seasonal friends (sort of) to enemies story, that is sure to warm you up! JJ is friends with Derek, and Remy is Derek's younger brother. For years, JJ has liked what he has seen, but didn't know how to deal with it. Throw in the fact that he is worried about upsetting the only family he has ever really known, and you can understand his dilemma. Remy, however, thought JJ was only ever teasing him, and learnt to give as good as he got. That didn't stop him from having feelings for JJ, but he resigned himself to the fact that it would never be.
What you get with this book is a seasonal glow (and this from someone who is more the Christmas Grinch than the Christmas Fairy!), a fantastic story, likeable characters, and situations that are completely believable.
This story is excellently written, with no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow. The pacing was smooth, and the scenes flowed from one to the next. With sexy times, and plenty of humour, this is a wonderful book to read during the holidays, and definitely recommended by me.
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
The premise for this story sounded adorable, and this really could have been a fun, light read. I can absolutely see this being made as a Hallmark movie. As both a Romance and as a Christmas story, it failed for me, though, and I don’t see any other reason for reading this book. As a Romance, it was full of those tired old tropes that are the worst representation of the genre, and the internal logic just didn’t hold up. Shy, sweet heroine who thinks she’s plain, even though she only needs new clothes and makeup to become a total hottie? Check! Handsome, hypermasculine hero who has been so hurt by women in the past that he’s a commitment-phobe who only dates unmarriageable women, but is secretly a sweet teddy-bear who only needs the Right Girl to teach him the value of True Love? Check! Slutty mean beautiful rich girlfriend to serve as the villainess to keep our lovebirds apart? Check!
I just couldn’t like either of our protagonists. The heroine is far too passive and so lacking in common sense logic that I just can’t buy that she’s smart enough to have been admitted to vet school. The hero literally only thinks of adult women as either “good-timing bimbos” or “nice girls you take to the altar”. Throughout the entire book, he only thinks of them with regards to what they can do for him, either sexually or as support systems.
As a Christmas story, I suppose the message is about family togetherness? Because he’s forced by circumstances and basic common decency
to take in his mother and stepsisters, so he has to finally listen when she talks to him, and forgives her?
Really, this is just set at Christmas time, so has the trappings of the season.
Audiobook, borrowed from my public library, with a very good performance by Kathleen McInerney. I read this for The 16 Tasks of the Festive Season square 2: Guy Fawkes Night: Any book about the English monarchy (any genre), political treason, political thrillers, or where fire is a major theme, or fire is on the cover. There is a fire in the fireplace on the cover art.