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Finding the Break: A Surfer’s Anthology

Finding the Break: A Surfer’s Anthology By Murray Lee An Anthology of short stories composed with heartfelt emotion, Finding the Break: A Surfer’s Anthology is a simple collection of life lessons, fit for the reader who loves to reflect. It’s impossible to read this book and not instantly feel nostalgic towards the times of your youth. Through 6 various stories, we coast up and down a wave of perspective in numerous settings, with each character sharing a piece of themselves and how surfing has been a part of their lives. We journey with individuals who are…

The Echoing: A Novel

The Echoing: A Novel by Jessica Blackburn   All the pieces of teenage life are embodied in this novel of mysterious self-discoveries. Author Jessica Blackburn perfects the likable character of Rylee Perry, a typical high schooler in a small town, who realizes she isn’t a normal teen after all. When Rylee stumbles upon a creepy hut in the woods while walking her dog, she is greeted by a strange hermit woman. Old and deteriorated, she resembles what I imagine The Blair Witch would look like. Well- described and intriguingly enough, the forest wench reveals to Rylee that she…

The Explorers

The Explorers: The Door in the Alley

The Explorers: The Door in the Alley By Adrienne Kress One word to describe this book in its entirety is quirky. A book that speaks my language. From the pig in his tiny hat to the cute chapter titles and light-hearted babbling footnotes, The Explorers is a book I recommend to young readers who want to get lost in a realm of adventure, specifically, “The Door in the Alley.” Pragmatic and a bit of a brainy outcast, 12-year-old Sebastian stumbles into a new social realm one afternoon when he strays off the beaten path in…

Basket of Books

Hi Bookies, Hop Hop Hop little Bunnies! While most of the country is still bundled in blankets and cat stretching after long naps, us west coast dreamers are prancing in poppy-filled hills and using our books as shields from the sun. New Releases and Book Festivals are upon us, which means……time to fill our Easter Baskets with fresh reads! (For the YA or Adult-Fiction fans in our lives). Here are new treasured releases to keep your heart glowing all spring long! Young Adult Strange the Dreamer (March 28) Alex, Approximately (April 2) The Sacrifice of…

5 Ways to Jump Start your Reading Routine

Dear Bookies, Well, it’s already a few weeks past the New Year (hazzah!) and I’m still adventuring through the same book I started January 1st. But don’t get me wrong, I am HAPPILY loving the nostalgic memories of Provence, 1970: M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, James Beard, and the Reinvention of American Taste. I can’t wait to review it and post cutesy matching cookies. I’m thinking…. French foodie Book Club theme. So far in the New Year, I’ve been fitting about 15 minutes per day, sometimes…

Pumpkin Pie Cozy Cookies

Thanksgiving is HERE! Hoorah! Throw the confetti, dance around the turkey, stuff your face with pie! ………But don’t forget the COOKIES! If you’re like me, you save everything for the last minute. (Insert extra long, super extended, SIGHHHHH). I’m here to save the DAY! (shining angel light hovers upon the kitchen). Thankfully, these cookies can be whipped up in just a few hours, and everyone at the party will think they’re the cutest dessert since sliced turkey! Almond Sugar Cookie Recipe This is a shortbreadey, thick, & buttery cookie…

Amazon Giveaway

15 YA Books You Need to Read Right Now Hi Bookies, Take a look at this AWESOME giveaway on Kim Bongiorno’s, Let Me Start by Saying  Blog! Partnered with Amazon, this features one of The Book Cookie’s favorite books, The Clay Lion (The Clay Lion Series) (Volume 1) to win, keep, and hold forever while you stuff your face with cookies! Don’t forget to checkout Book Reviews right here on The Book Cookie, featuring this award winning novel and others to jump start your reading routine. The Fun Part Enter as many times as…

The Clay Lion

The Clay Lion by Amalie Jahn If the option of time travel does become an actuality in our future, I think Amalie Jahn unravels Brooke Wallace’s story similarly to how it would happen in real life. I’m still hooked on the discovery of time travel set forth by this government in what is deemed to be the future of science at it’s best. However, subtle sci-fi creepiness sets forth when it’s explained that time travel can affect your life in the future, for example, the case of one woman revisiting her…

Top 3 Chocolate Chip Cookies

“Just Because” you don’t EVER need a reason to bake America’s favorite cookie! I find hope of all seasons (and stressful situations) in the Chocolate Chip Cookie. Maybe you’re alone and want some comfort……… just look to the CC cookie. Maybe you just had your heart broken…..or had it put together again and feel like doing pirouettes in place………look to the cookie! Bake sale? Sleepover with besties, movie night, one hour alone with your new BOOK!? Look to the Cookie! I love CC…

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…