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Recommend A… Book that Reminds me of the Holidays

December 10, 2012 Bonnie Recommend A... 0 Comments

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Recommend A… is a new meme hosted by Chick Loves Lit. Every Monday is a new topic which allows participants to recommend a favorite book of theirs. 

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Recommend A… Book that Reminds me of the Holidays

Ah! I still can’t believe it’s December. Christmas is right around the corner and I still have so much to get done. The best part about the holidays and the Winter season in general for me is curling up on the couch with a good book and some tea. I love a good holiday book every now and then too and this one is my all-time favorite:
   
Skipping Christmas
by John Grisham
Published November 6th 2001 by DoubleDay


Imagine a year without Christmas. No crowded malls, no corny office parties, no fruitcakes, no unwanted presents. That’s just what Luther and Nora Krank have in mind when they decide that, just this once, they’ll skip the holiday altogether. Theirs will be the only house on Hemlock Street without a rooftop Frosty, they won’t be hosting their annual Christmas Eve bash, they aren’t even going to have a tree. They won’t need one, because come December 25 they’re setting sail on a Caribbean cruise. But as this weary couple is about to discover, skipping Christmas brings enormous consequences—and isn’t half as easy as they’d imagined.


A classic tale for modern times, Skipping Christmas offers a hilarious look at the chaos and frenzy that have become part of our holiday tradition.
What book reminds you most of the holidays? Let me know in the comment section below or leave me a link to your own Recommend A post and I’ll be sure and stop by. 🙂
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Recommend A…Book That I Checked Out From My Library

October 29, 2012 Bonnie Recommend A... 0 Comments

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Recommend A… is a new meme hosted by Chick Loves Lit. Every Monday is a new topic which allows participants to recommend a favorite book of theirs. 
This week’s topic?

Recommend A…Book That I Checked Out From My Library

There were so many options for this post because I live at my library part-time. Not really, but it sure feels like it. 🙂 This one is one of my all-time favorites and is also fitting for the Halloween-season!
   
Heart-Shaped Box
by Joe Hill

Published October 13th 2000 by HarperCollins

Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre: a cookbook for cannibals…a used hangman’s noose…a snuff film. An aging death-metal rock god, his taste for the unnatural is as widely known to his legions of fans as the notorious excesses of his youth. But nothing he possesses is as unlikely or as dreadful as his latest discovery, an item for sale on the Internet, a thing so terribly strange, Jude cant help but reach for his wallet.

I will “sell” my stepfather’s ghost to the highest bidder…

For a thousand dollars, Jude will become the proud owner of a dead man’s suit, said to be haunted by a restless spirit. He isn’t afraid. he has spent a lifetime coping with ghosts–of an abusive father, of the lovers he callously abandoned, of the band-mates he betrayed. What’s one more?

But what UPS delivers to his door in a black heart-shaped box is no imaginary or metaphorical ghost, no benign conversation piece. It’s the real thing.

And suddenly the suit’s previous owner is everywhere: behind the bedroom door…seated in Jude’s restored vintage Mustang…standing outside his window…staring out from his widescreen TV. Waiting–with a gleaming razor blade on a chain dangling from one bony hand…

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Recommend A… Book That Reminds You of Summer

September 17, 2012 Bonnie Recommend A... 0 Comments

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Recommend A… is a new meme hosted by Chick Loves Lit. Every Monday is a new topic which allows participants to recommend a favorite book of theirs. 
This week’s topic?

Recommend A…Book That Reminds You of Summer
Light, fluffy reads always remind me of Summer. And this is one truly wonderful light, fluffy read. 🙂
   
The Love Goddess’ Cooking School
by Melissa Senate
Published October 26th 2010 by Gallery


Camilla’s Cucinotta: Italian Cooking Classes. Fresh take-home pastas & sauces daily Benvenuti! (Welcome!)


Holly Maguire’s grandmother Camilla was the Love Goddess of Blue Crab Island, Maine—a Milanese fortune-teller who could predict the right man for you, and whose Italian cooking was rumored to save marriages. Holly has been waiting years for her unlikely fortune: her true love will like sa cordula, an unappetizing old-world delicacy. But Holly can’t make a decent marinara sauce, let alone sa cordula. Maybe that’s why the man she hopes to marry breaks her heart. So when Holly inherits Camilla’s Cucinotta, she’s determined to forget about fortunes and love and become an Italian cooking teacher worthy of her grandmother’s legacy.


But Holly’s four students are seeking much more than how to make Camilla’s chicken alla Milanese. Simon, a single father, hopes to cook his way back into his daughter’s heart. Juliet, Holly’s childhood friend, hides a painful secret. Tamara, a serial dater, can’t find the love she longs for. And twelve-year-old Mia thinks learning to cook will stop her dad, Liam, from marrying his phony lasagna-queen girlfriend. As the class gathers each week, adding Camilla’s essential ingredients of wishes and memories in every pot and pan, unexpected friendships and romances are formed—and tested. Especially when Holly falls hard for Liam . . . and learns a thing or two about finding her own recipe for happiness.
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Recommend A… Book You Read On a Vacation

September 10, 2012 Bonnie Recommend A... 0 Comments

Recommend A… Book You Read On a VacationI Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
Series: Jasper Dent #1
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers on April 3, 2012
Pages: 368
Genres: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Format: Hardcover
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Also by this author: I Hunt Killers, Game, Blood of My Blood

What if the world's worst serial killer...was your dad?

Jasper "Jazz" Dent is a likable teenager. A charmer, one might say.

But he's also the son of the world's most infamous serial killer, and for Dear Old Dad, Take Your Son to Work Day was year-round. Jazz has witnessed crime scenes the way cops wish they could—from the criminal's point of view.

And now bodies are piling up in Lobo's Nod.

In an effort to clear his name, Jazz joins the police in a hunt for a new serial killer. But Jazz has a secret—could he be more like his father than anyone knows?

Recommend A… is a new meme hosted by Chick Loves Lit. Every Monday is a new topic which allows participants to recommend a favorite book of theirs.
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Recommend A…Book You Read On a Vacation

It took me FOREVER to get through this on my last vacation, despite how truly awesome this book is. My excuse is I just got engaged and I was totally in the mood for romance and not serial killers. 🙂 This was still one seriously awesome book though and I can’t wait for the next installment.
Read my review of this book here!
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Recommend A… Book By a Debut Author

August 20, 2012 Bonnie Recommend A... 0 Comments

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Recommend A… is a new meme hosted by Chick Loves Lit. Every Monday is a new topic which allows participants to recommend a favorite book of theirs. 
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Recommend A… Book By a Debut Author
   
The Age of Miracles
by Karen Thompson Walker
Published June 26th 2012 by Random House

With a voice as distinctive and original as that of The Lovely Bones, and for the fans of the speculative fiction of Margaret Atwood, Karen Thompson Walker’s The Age of Miracles is a luminous, haunting, and unforgettable debut novel about coming of age set against the backdrop of an utterly altered world.

“It still amazes me how little we really knew. . . . Maybe everything that happened to me and my family had nothing at all to do with the slowing. It’s possible, I guess. But I doubt it. I doubt it very much.”

On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with the normal disasters of everyday life—the fissures in her parents’ marriage, the loss of old friends, the hopeful anguish of first love, the bizarre behavior of her grandfather who, convinced of a government conspiracy, spends his days obsessively cataloging his possessions. As Julia adjusts to the new normal, the slowing inexorably continues.
Read my review of this book here!
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Recommend A… Book with a Blue Cover

August 13, 2012 Bonnie Recommend A... 2 Comments

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Recommend A… is a new meme hosted by Chick Loves Lit. Every Monday is a new topic which allows participants to recommend a favorite book of theirs. This week’s topic?
Recommend A… Book with a Blue Cover

Deadweather and Sunrise: The Chronicles of Egg, Book 1

by Geoff Rodkey 

Published May 29th 2012 by Putnam Juvenile

 A stunning middle-grade debut–full of heart, humor, and nonstop action


It’s tough to be thirteen, especially when somebody’s trying to kill you.

Not that Egg’s life was ever easy, growing up on sweaty, pirate-infested Deadweather Island with no company except an incompetent tutor and a pair of unusually violent siblings who hate his guts.

But when Egg’s father hustles their family off on a mysterious errand to fabulously wealthy Sunrise Island, then disappears with the siblings in a freak accident, Egg finds himself a long-term guest at the mansion of the glamorous Pembroke family and their beautiful, sharp-tongued daughter Millicent. Finally, life seems perfect.

Until someone tries to throw him off a cliff.

Suddenly, Egg’s running for his life in a bewildering world of cutthroat pirates, villainous businessmen, and strange Native legends. The only people who can help him sort out the mystery of why he’s been marked for death are Millicent and a one-handed, possibly deranged cabin boy.

Come along for the ride. You’ll be glad you did.

Read my review of this book here!
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Recommend A… First Book in a Series

July 30, 2012 Bonnie Recommend A... 1 Comment

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Recommend A… is a new meme hosted by Chick Loves Lit. Every Monday is a new topic which allows participants to recommend a favorite book of theirs. 
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Recommend A… First Book in a Series

First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson #1)
by Darynda Jones
Private investigator Charlotte Davidson was born with three things: looks; a healthy respect for the male anatomy; and the rather odd job title of grim reaper. Since the age of five, she has been helping the departed solve the mysteries of their deaths so they can cross over. Thus, when three lawyers from the same law firm are murdered, they come to her to find their killer.
In the meantime, Charley’s dealing with a being more powerful – and definitely sexier – than any spectre she’s ever come across before. With the help of a pain-in-the-ass skip tracer, a dead pubescent gangbanger named Angel, and a lifetime supply of sarcasm, Charley sets out to solve the highest profile case of the year and discovers that dodging bullets isn’t nearly as dangerous as falling in love.
This book had me rolling with laughter, so if you’re in that kinda mood, this is so the book for you! Be sure to check out my review of this book!
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Recommend A… Book You Read This Year

July 23, 2012 Bonnie Recommend A... 4 Comments

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Recommend A… is a new meme hosted by Chick Loves Lit. Every Monday is a new topic which allows participants to recommend a favorite book of theirs. 
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Recommend A… Book You Read This Year
The Snow Child
by Eowyn Ivey
Published February 1st 2012 by Reagan Arthur Books

Alaska, 1920: a brutal place to homestead, and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel. Childless, they are drifting apart—he breaking under the weight of the work of the farm; she crumbling from loneliness and despair. In a moment of levity during the season’s first snowfall, they build a child out of snow. The next morning the snow child is gone—but they glimpse a young, blonde-haired girl running through the trees. This little girl, who calls herself Faina, seems to be a child of the woods. She hunts with a red fox at her side, skims lightly across the snow, and somehow survives alone in the Alaskan wilderness. As Jack and Mabel struggle to understand this child who could have stepped from the pages of a fairy tale, they come to love her as their own daughter. But in this beautiful, violent place things are rarely as they appear, and what they eventually learn about Faina will transform all of them.
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Recommend A… Book by a Male Author

July 16, 2012 Bonnie Recommend A... 0 Comments

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Recommend A… is a new meme hosted by Chick Loves Lit. Every Monday is a new topic which allows participants to recommend a favorite book of theirs. This week’s topic?

Recommend A… Book by a Male Author
    
The Passage (The Passage #1)
by Justin Cronin

Published June 8th 2010 by Ballantine Books


“It happened fast. Thirty-two minutes for one world to die, another to be born.” 
First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.


As civilization swiftly crumbles into a primal landscape of predators and prey, two people flee in search of sanctuary. FBI agent Brad Wolgast is a good man haunted by what he’s done in the line of duty. Six-year-old orphan Amy Harper Bellafonte is a refugee from the doomed scientific project that has triggered apocalypse. He is determined to protect her from the horror set loose by her captors. But for Amy, escaping the bloody fallout is only the beginning of a much longer odyssey—spanning miles and decades—towards the time and place where she must finish what should never have begun.


With The Passage, award-winning author Justin Cronin has written both a relentlessly suspenseful adventure and an epic chronicle of human endurance in the face of unprecedented catastrophe and unimaginable danger. Its inventive storytelling, masterful prose, and depth of human insight mark it as a crucial and transcendent work of modern fiction.


The Passage is one of my all-time favorites. Incredibly original and positively enthralling.
The series continues soon…
   
by Justin Cronin
Expected publication: October 16th 2012 by Ballantine Books


What book would you recommend from a male author?
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Recommend A… Book Published in 2010

July 9, 2012 Bonnie Recommend A... 6 Comments

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Recommend A… is a new meme hosted by Chick Loves Lit. Every Monday is a new topic which allows participants to recommend a favorite book of theirs. This week’s topic?

Recommend A… Book Published in 2010

Goodnight Tweetheart
by Teresa Medeiros
Published December 14th 2010 by Gallery

Abigail Donovan has a lot of stuff she should be doing. Namely writing her next novel. A bestselling author who is still recovering from a near Pulitzer Prize win and the heady success that follows Oprah’s stamp of approval, she is stuck at Chapter Five and losing confidence daily. But when her publicist signs her up for a Twitter account, she’s intrigued. What’s all the fuss?


Taken under the wing of one of her Twitter followers, “MarkBaynard”—a quick witted, quick-typing professor on sabbatical—Abby finds it easy to put words out into the world 140 characters at a time. And once she gets a handle on tweets, retweets, direct messages, hashtags, and trends, she starts to feel unblocked in writing and in life. After all, why should she be spending hours in her apartment staring at her TweetDeck and fretting about her stalled career when Mark is out there traveling the world and living?


Or is he?


Told almost entirely in tweets and DMs, Goodnight Tweetheart is a truly modern take on a classic tale of love and loss—a Griffin and Sabine for the Twitter generation.

This was a super cute contemporary romance and my very first Teresa Medeiros book! I loved it and have been a fan ever since.

What book would you recommend from 2010?

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