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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

The Sugar Cookie Experiment 8 Weeks of the Sugar Cookie   Holidays are fast approaching! Somehow. I don’t know how. But, what I really feel is…. WEE! Overexplosive joy for the best time of year, baking season! Specifically, cookie season! More specifically, sugar cookie season. This year, I will start and finish my quest to bake and hail thee most perfect SUGAR COOKIE recipe (of all time). Shish Boom Bah! Back to the Beginning If you know me, then you know I am consistently baking and taste testing various types of sugar cookies. If you live in…

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 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…

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…

14 Ways to Get Cozy

Tis the Season to get Cozy Wozy! Jingle Jangle Jolly Holly….and deck the halls with La La Laaaaaaaaaa! TBH, I probably use the word cozy just about every day. It’s one of my top five favorite words. So of course this month, I will be embracing “wozy” fever and cuddling in snug happiness for the entire month of December. But not all Bookies know how to get trulllllyyyyyy cozy. So here are 14 ideas to help, incase your heart is two sizes too small this year and no matter what holiday you celebrate. (Just…