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3 Hair Raising Reads You Need Now

New Spooky Books to Shelf this Season Boo La La, that Hocus Pocus time to read is here! The daily anticipation for Halloween makes me crave candy corn minute by minute….I pretty much can’t take it anymore. With only 2 more weeks to squeeze in monster themed baked goods and ghoulish hay rides with friends, limited time remains to get your creepy reads in for the season. Here are 3 books you NEED for all the goosebumpish vibes of mystery. I find reading with the lights on a good idea if your arm hair prickles easily…

The Sugar Cookie Experiment: Recipe #2

The Sugar Cookie Experiment Recipe #2: The Sour Cream Cookie My favorite time of the year (throws leaves in the air) is here! It’s that time when the once brisk breeze now tickles your nose with pumpkin spice, elongated sighs of coziness become a daily ritual, and raking leaves are an excuse to enjoy colorful foliage. Either way, I’m onto the next cookie recipe of our 8 weeks of Sugar Cookie Experimenting. Our first recipe was nostalgic and holiday-ish with my Grandma DeMayo’s sugar cookie. This week I had goals of a softer…

The Sugar Cookie Experiment: Recipe #1

The Sugar Cookie Experiment Recipe #1: Grandma DeMayo’s Sugar Cookie Labor Day was this past week, which means summer is now waving goodbye and fall is smugly grinning hello. Meanwhile, I began my hunt for the sugar cookie recipe that tops the rest with my 8 weeks of baking, known as the Sugar Cookie Experiment. In my baking files, aka my kitchen drawer, I hold several recipes, which have been shared with me by loved ones and friends, as well as, a few famous renowned recipes that I’m hoping live up to their hype. Get your…

The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give By: Angie Thomas This may not be your typical cozy wozy read to traditionally find on The Book Cookie. However, this novel, like chocolate chip cookies in the summer, I simply couldn’t get enough of! Several of my friends referred me to this read, explaining its relation to current societal events, specifically activism and the Black Lives Matter movement. Now, Book Cookies need to keep up with the times too and Angie Thomas rounds all bases of a perfect home run contemporary novel. She shares a story of family, bravery, current events, romance, and…

The Summer I Turned Pretty

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han My first summer-fun read of the season is complete. Another charming series weaved and buried in the soft spot of our hearts. Reserved for the summer days of weightless thoughts and nostalgic teen memories, Jenny Han tells the story of fifteen-year-old Belly Conklin and her life changing summer. Belly’s annual trip with her family at Cousins beach is different this year than any other when she is reunited with the Fisher boys and their mother Susannah. It’s the first summer the Fisher boys, Conrad and Jeremiah, have…

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…

Small Great Things

Small Great Things by Jodi Piccoult Well besides being the luckiest Bookie in all of la la land, I got to meet Jodi Piccoult in person, when she was doing her tour for this multi-layered story, which I did not think I would enjoy so much as I did. The night I met Jodi, I’m not gonna lie, I had not yet read the book. In downtown L.A., a night on my own felt more enjoyable than ever. All guests were greeted with wine at the door and endless cheese plate options were begging to be paired…

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…