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)
Carly and Austin have been together since Kindergarten and shared the same dreams through it all until Carly didn't any more. At twenty-nine Carly figured she'd be married already with babies already but Austin first love is the rodeo and his "one more year" got to be one year too many. Unfortunately for Carly no one believes that she's serious that she had it with Austin, so in a fit of rebelliousness she buys a motorcycle, and then she goes of to Albuquerque to let off some steam. Austin has a hard time reconciling the fact that Carly means business and after he realizes it he's left at a loss and this time there is no more "one more year" he leaves the rodeo and now he left floundering, wondering if he can achieve his dream without Carly.
Overall, this is probably one of the best second chance books I've read in awhile. The old adage, If you love something let it go, fits in nicely with this story. I love that Carly and Austin had to grow up apart from each other to find out who they really were as adults and not just love sick kidds. This is a sweet and sexy story that plays with your heartstrings. First person that switches between Carly and Austin mostly Carly at the beginning but as the book goes on you see more and more of Austin's POV. Carly's past of self discovery is quite amusing and I love Nevada, I'm glad she's getting her own book.
Every so often, I get Amazon Prime for a month just to do some shopping, usually for Christmas or birthdays. Anyways, because it comes with a free prime book of your choosing to read, I decided to go with this one.
This is the story of the Pischke family, particularly Dennis and David, the twins, who lived on a farm in Canada during the 1950's- 1960's. The children's real father has died and their mother takes up with a man named Bob Domko, or as they refer to him, Satan. It is the story of their abuse, neglect, and horror at the hands of this man, and it is heart-breaking.
I don't know why I read stories like these....they make me so angry, and sad at the same time. But, I love it when children like them grow up and are able to rise above their situations and come out triumphant on the other side.
This one was tough to read, but it was very compelling. They even made a documentary about them.
4 stars and recommended for those with strong stomachs.