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Drums of Autumn
Diana Gabaldon
The Counter-Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America
Gerald Horne
Clued In: How to Keep Customers Coming Back Again and Again (paperback)
Lewis Carbone

51 Of The Most Beautiful Sentences In Literature

Ahhhh, some of these are really fantastic.



A very solid series.

Succubus Revealed - Richelle Mead

I'm a bit behind on my reviews now, so it's time to catch up. 


The Georgina Kincaid series was so much fun.  It was sexy and easy to get into.  I'm a bit of a stickler for reading a series in order (I don't like to hop in a series in the middle) and although each book is stand alone, as the series went on I think it became more important to have the characters' history and back story to really appreciate the weight of certain actions and events.


I didn't really know what to expect from the series.  I thought the Vampire Academy series was surprisingly enjoyable.  This series was also a lot of fun, and thankfully did not feel YA.  And it wasn't just that there was more sexy time in this series.  The characters were more mature and more fully developed than in the Vampire Academy series. 


A very solid 4 stars for this book, and for the series overall.

OMG Serial!!

Does anybody else listen to Serial? 


If you don't, please start immediately.  A friend of mine mentioned this podcast a couple of weeks ago, and once I heard the name of it, I noticed it popped up everywhere.  So last Friday, I finally started listening and I was completely hooked.  I listened to the entire series almost all the way through, with just the last two episodes to finish on Saturday, and now I can't stop thinking about it.  Woe of woes, I have to wait until Thursday for the next episode.  And of course I've been telling everybody I know about it now.


I also just read this new article, which doesn't say anything new about the case if you've listened to the podcast, but gives a little bit more detail about the family, and how they are now. 


The Psychology of Flow: What Game Design Reveals about the Deliberate Tensions of Great Writing

Very interesting article!  And perhaps yet another book for the TBR.

8 books to read before they become movies.

And the TBR grows....

Buddy Brown contemplates the meaning of Christmas.
Buddy Brown contemplates the meaning of Christmas.

This weekend, I did not get much sleep.  Mostly because I was awakened on Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning to the sound of a power saw.  Across the street, my neighbors erected a giant almost-life-sized nativity scene.  As the weekend progressed, it was adorned with neon lights, and neon pink flamingos (I didn't realize they had flamingos in the manger).  I'm all about the holiday spirit, but the quickest way to turn me into a scrooge is by waking me up early on the weekend. 


Because the weather was so nice, we had our windows open a lot too.  Buddy liked to watch the colors and blinking lights.  We are Jewish (yes, Buddy is Jewish too) so we don't do house lights, and I think that's why he's so fascinated.


Happy December!

At long last!

Succubus Heat - Richelle Mead

At long last!  I will not spoil anything (and poop that I can't get the spoilers here to work for some reason) but suffice it to say that I've had a little hankering for everything that happened in this book, and it finally came true. 


I was not really sure what to think going into this book, and quickly I was like


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Yes yes yes indeed!


Almost gave this 4.5 stars, just because it fulfilled everything I wanted from the storyline.  But I dunno, I'm a rounder-downer, so I'm keeping it simple at a nice 4 stars. 

Science Shows Something Surprising About People Who Still Read Fiction


Succubus Dreams - Richelle Mead

Another fun read in the Georgina Kincaid series.  These aren't deep, life changing books.  But they're sexy and fun, and easy to read, and I'm enjoying them a lot.  I didn't realize how much I was connecting with these characters until I actually got a little bit teary eyed over

.....well poop, for some reason the spoilers weren't working for me, and I don't want to spoil it for anyone.  So suffice it to say, I got a little misty, and that is all.


Anyway, on to the next book in the series!

Dual review - succubus on succubus

Succubus Blues - Richelle Mead Succubus on Top - Richelle Mead

This will be a quickie review for both books. 


I read the Vampire Academy series and was actually pleasantly surprised.  After my not great week last week, I was looking for something light to get my mind off things.  These were books I could read in a night.  They're fun, sexy, and easy to lose myself in.  Maybe not YA, but not raunchy either.  Not as much sex as you'd expect from a book about a succubus, but still a lot of fun. 


I was in the midst of reading my first Netgalley book, but it's about slaves during the Revolutionary War, and it was a bit too depressing and demanding for me at this time. 


The succubus books are a lot of fun though, so I think I'll put the slaves book on hold for a moment, and enjoy the ride here.

I've been inducted into a secret club. (personal, not book related)

I knew this club existed, but didn't realize that so many women around me were part of it.  Like it's the elephant in the room.  It's there and everybody knows it, but nobody talks about it, or looks at it, and we all try not to think about, but it's still there.  And if we all just went up and pet the elephant, we'd find that we can look at it, and find comfort together in it.  And we don't have to be scared of the elephant, or pretend it's not there.  Because no matter how hard I want to close my eyes and look away, I know it will still be there when I look back.


I miscarried on Monday night.  I didn't tell very many people that I was expecting, so there weren't many people to tell about the loss.  I felt very alone when it happened.  Even though my husband was there, and he is very supportive, it is still a very isolating experience.  But the more people I share it with, the more I find that almost every woman has gone through it too, sometimes more than once, and I never even knew.  I wish it was something we could all be more supportive of each other with, that it wasn't such a secret.  It's not pretty, but it's a fact of life.  I'm sharing my story in the hopes that someone else can take comfort in knowing that they are not alone.



27 Books to read to your kids before they grow up....



I remember so many of these from when I was a kid.  :) 


Full list here.

Just come a little closer....
Just come a little closer....

This cat looks the way I feel today.



Picture picture, yum yum!

Sharing Morocco: Exotic Flavors from My Kitchen to Yours - Ruth Barnes

Any successful chef (and even unsuccessful ones like me) will tell you that you eat with your eyes first.  This is true for the presentation of a plate in front you, and for a book tempting you with foods to eat.  Especially for foreign foods that I'm not especially familiar with, pictures are so important to get a feel for what I'll be eating, and to give me guidance for what the finished product should look like.


That's why I was so excited to see that this cookbook is filled with beautiful, delectable pictures.  Almost every recipe had a corresponding picture.  Some were pretty straightforward (Cucumber Salad), but others were totally wow (Marrakech Fish Tagine with Olives and Chickpeas, and Tagine with Eggs and Tomatoes -- side note, these two were coincidentally tagine recipes, but there is quite a variety in the book).  Bonus thumbs up for Ema's chicken soup (M'rrq D'mama) which is a spin on matzo ball soup. 


These recipes are a great introduction to Moroccan food, and good for a beginner to intermediate chef. 


I won a copy of this cookbook from Good Reads First Reads.


Jamie. Just Jamie.

Voyager - Diana Gabaldon

OK, please do not read any further if you haven't read the series, or at least up until this part.  Because I hate spoilers.  And I just have to get some things off my chest.  So if you have already gone through the Outlander journey, then please read more.  But if not, then abandon hope all ye who click on.....


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