April/May Wrap Up

Monday, May 29, 2017

Here are all of my books for April and May! I was doing finals and a vacation during these two months so they were definitely slower reading months. Looking forward to the summer and more time to read.

1. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
Genre: Fantasy, romance
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Cruel Beauty

2. The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain
Genre: Romance, literary fiction
Get it on Amazon:
The Red Notebook

3. Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer
Genre: Graphic novel, sci fi, adventure
Get it on Amazon:
Wires and Nerve: Volume 1

4. Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern
Genre: Memoir, humor
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Sh*t My Dad Says

5. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Genre: Mystery, suspense
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And Then There Were None

6. The Day I Died by Lori Rader-Day
Genre: Mystery, drama, thriller
Get it on Amazon:
The Day I Died: A Novel

7. The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
Genre: Suspense, thriller
Get it on Amazon:
The Kind Worth Killing: A Novel

Mini Review: And Then There Were None

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

A classic mystery from one of the most famous mystery authors of all time. In this book, ten seemingly unrelated people travel to an island at the request of a mysterious wealthy individual. When they arrive things immediately begin to wrong, and one by one, they die under mysterious circumstances. As they begin to understand what is happening, the mystery is heightened, tension increases, and everyone is a suspect.

My thoughts:
This was my first Agatha book and it absolutely won't be my last. I loved this. It's an incredibly intelligent mystery, which is ideal. I could not make up my mind about who the murderer was throughout the entire book--in my opinion, the sign of a great mystery. The characters are all unique and complicated, which makes their lives and deaths more interesting to the reader. The end is absolutely fantastic and so inventive.

I love this concept; it's unlike anything I've read before. The fact that Agatha manages to kill off ten characters without the reader knowing how or who or why until the very end is awesome. I was entertained and flew through every page, trying to guess the truth. Every guess was wrong! This is a must-read. I'm pretty sure almost anyone who enjoys being entertained would enjoy this.

Link to buy on Amazon:

And Then There Were None

Book Review: Signs and Seasons

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Signs and Seasons by Amy Zerner and Monte Farber

From the publisher:
Discover how to eat for your sign and nourish your soul in Signs and Seasons, the one-of-a-kind cookbook that pairs chef-driven seasonal recipes with deep insight into how astrology shapes our appetites, from iconic astrologer Monte Farber and artist Amy Zerner.

Food connects us to our families, history, culture, and to the natural world itself—to the seasons and the cycle of life. Just as our path around the sun—and through the Zodiac—dictates the seasons, the seasons dictate what will flourish, from the tender greens of early spring to late summer’s lush and impossible perfect tomatoes.

In Signs and Seasons, Farber and Zerner—along with chef John Okas—take home cooks through the four seasons and each of their astrological signs in over 95 tantalizing seasonal recipes that include starters; meat, seafood, and vegetarian mains; sides; and desserts for each sign.

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This isn't a book to read word for word. It's a creative and unique cookbook with a spin I've never encountered before. I'm not a fancy cook by any means, but I do like cookbooks and own a few. This one is specifically about cooking meals that appeal to you based on your astrological sign. The beginning of the book features pages of information about each astrological sign and how they interact with food or entertaining, as well as a list of the best foods for that sign. I'm a fan of astrology, but not in a very researched or knowledgeable way. I am familiar with the concepts but don't religiously read horoscopes or believe everything can be decided by the stars. Nonetheless, this was an interesting way of structuring a cookbook. 

The recipes are divided into the seasons and feature recipes from each sign in its respective season. The recipes are all interesting, some simple and traditional, many more complicated or diverse. I do wish that within the seasons the recipes were organized by sign--they're scattered throughout the chapter randomly, which makes it harder to find your specific recipes. The meals all look good though, and I've highlighted a few already that I want to try over the summer when I have more time.

I really like the cover for this book, though the photos inside could be more attractive and professionally taken or styled. Still, it's easy to see how much care and work was put into this book. The thought behind each recipe and example is clear. If you like cooking and are interested in astrology, this is an obvious and great choice.

Book links: GoodreadsAuthor website, HarperCollins
Link to buy on Amazon:

Signs and Seasons: An Astrology Cookbook
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review through TLC Book Tours. Check out the rest of the tour here