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Monthly Archives: August 2016

The Cutesy Sugar Cookie

Dear Bookie who loves a cutesy sugar cookie, This recipe, be it last minute or prepping ahead can do so much for your “cutesy” reputation. I’ve baked multiple types of Sugar Cookies, in a million varieties. Similar to the Chocolate Chip Cookie, there are endless homemade sugar cookie recipes people swear by. As for mine, I can’t ever reveal it. However, below is one I have used when I need to whip up some quick dough. It’s vanilla-buttery, effortless, and original. It’s not too soft but has the perfect…

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs   Judging a book by its cover, in this case, worked in Ransom Riggs’ favor because it looks so creepy and mildly disturbing that I was curious to pick it up off the shelf. It’s quirkiness definitely followed through til the end. What I liked most about reading this book was the author’s writing. Riggs emphasized voice from the main character, Jacob. His one liners I found to be humorous and Jacob’s personality resembled that of an average teen, which was fitting. However, at the same…

Red Queen

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard Such a brilliant idea for a storyline. Mare, is introduced to us in a seemingly dystopian society as a Red. Her blood type, determining her low level in society as compared to the elite Silver bloods. The Silver, have supernatural abilities that make them close to godlike. Their powers make for a tangible plot, dividing the two types of people in social class. I love the way Aveyard set up the class system according to their blood (Reds & Silvers). It is easily relatable and manifested in real life. So what happens when you&#8217…

Ready Player One

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline Gamer nerd alert! 80’s babies raise your hands. Now, I wasn’t born until 1986, however, I love all 80’s & 90’s geek genre pop culture. And I’m a huge Star Wars fan, so I figured…..maybe I would like this book. Even though it was completely different from Star Wars, I enjoyed this cyber -punk dystopia. As the back of the book says, “In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place,” which is where this adventure starts. Ernest Cline does…

The Unexpected Everything

The Unexpected Everything by: Morgan Matson Alright, alright, another gushy- mushy summer story to add to the list. I mean, it is the perfect time for park & beach blanket reads anyhow. This 500+ YA contemporary novel is sweet and simple. (Just like the cute ice cream truck on the cover). I love Morgan Matson’s books and found this one to be yet again…. summer funzies! There are many aspects of this plot I enjoyed. The relationship between Andie and her father, the distracted congressman, whose campaign has sideswiped him through the years from raising his daughter…

Love & Gelato

Love & Gelato by: Jenna Evans Welch Wait. A summer in Tuscany? Yes, please! Oh No! Wait. Gelato? Gelato! Ok, I’m hooked! Who could not judge a book by its cover with this title? Another easy breezy, enjoyable, summer fluffy read, (I don’t mind these sometimes after stressful days of thinking too hard). I’ve read a few books set in Paris, but not yet in Italy, which is where Lina begins her journey. She sets off to find her father in Tuscany after a battle with cancer takes her mother’s life. Welch…

November 9

November 9 by: Colleen Hoover Well, aren’t we in for a twisty treat. That’s not even a question…… because you are. I started this book with the hopes of a quick read I could enjoy by the pool this summer. Happily, I did just that. I finished this book on my days off, engaging in the unexpected plot twist, the innocent turned not- innocent romance and the narrative voice of the characters. I mean, come on, two characters who decide to only see each other once a year? Note: on the same date, same…