7/18/14

Its a Non Fiction Saturday! The Big-Flavor Grill - Chris Schlesinger and John Willoughby

5 Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Move your grilling into the twenty-first century! Don’t waste your time marinating. Instead, spend your time building big, bold, vibrant flavors with almost no effort. Grilling masters Chris Schlesinger and John Willoughby have replaced time-consuming brines, marinades, and basting sauces with quick and powerful pre-rubs and intense post-grilling flavor boosters to slap on your favorite meat, poultry, fish, seafood, and vegetables hot off the grill. With their streamlined approach, you’re just three quick steps from a fantastic grilled dinner:

Prep -
Coat ingredients with spice rubs before grilling for stronger, better-defined flavors than traditional marinades (and the rubs can be made and applied in the time it takes for the grill to heat up).

Grill -
When your fire is ready, simply grill according to the super-basic recipes.

Toss -
Toss just-grilled items with vibrant ingredients—citrus, hoisin, fish sauce, ginger, basil, fresh chiles—to take the flavor to another level.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS -
CHRIS SCHLESINGER is the former owner and chef of East Coast Grill in Boston. He was the winner of the 1996 James Beard Award for Best Chef: Northeast and is a contributing editor for Saveur. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

JOHN WILLOUGHBY is a writer, editor, and the former executive editor at Gourmet; he currently serves as the editorial director for magazines at America’s Test Kitchen and publisher of Cooks’ Illustrated magazine. He was the co-author, with Chris Schlesinger, of a monthly feature in the New York Times food section. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Schlesinger and Willoughby have written nine cookbooks together. 

MY REVIEW -
I love to grill! I hate to cook, but I love grilling. This is a great book.
I don't eat red meat so some of this book was not for me (I am sure others would love it though!) but still there was enough in this book to keep me very happy!
A section for everything you can think of -
Steak
Lamb
Pork
Chicken
Shrimp & Fish (my favorite, I love grilled shrimp)
Veggies
And even drinks

The "recipes" are very straight forward and easy to follow. With not a lot of strange ingredients that you will never re-use. Most of this stuff I already have in my cupboard. 
I like the way the directions are set up - in three easy steps - Prep, Grill, Top. Also at the beginning of each chapter are your basic instructions for each kind of meat or veg., like how to prepare your grill, where to place the meat, and how long to cook. This whole book is very usable! There is not a lot of blah blah blah, its all recipes!

Here's a couple pictures and recipes for you so you can see what they look like -



 This is a very nice Hard-cover book with lots of pictures! Yay! (you all know how important that is!) with great easy usable recipes!

Thank you "Blogging for Books" for sending me this book for my honest review!

Get your copy at Amazon - HERE

Fun Friday Foto!

This past week on garbage day I decided it was time to do away with my hanging flower baskets. They were getting kinda ratty looking and I am trying to sell my house!
After carrying them down to the curb, I turned and realized one had left a trail of flowers all the way down the sidewalk to the garbage! I thought "How romantic!".

I took this picture then thought "What a great book cover!"


Here are some possible titles I came up with -
"My Romance Went Out With the Garbage"
"My Trashy Love Life"
"How To Date a Garbageman in Ten Days"

Can you come up with some more?

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7/16/14

A June Bride - Marybeth Whalen

3 Stars

ABOUT THE BOOK -
It takes a reality TV show for Wynne to realize love isn't just a game.

Wynne Hardy never thought she'd get engaged on a reality TV show, but when she met Andy on The Rejection Connection, the two of them hit it off. Now he's asked her to marry him, much to the public's delight and fascination. They're all set to wed on live TV in a seaside ceremony at the height of the wedding season.

But just as Wynne thinks all her dreams are coming true, her ex-boyfriend walks back into her life at the worst possible time. Steve broke her heart years ago, and she's still sorting through her feelings for him. Her heart isn't as clear as her head that it's past time to move on-even though she's engaged to Andy.

At a local TV talk show appearance, Wynne meets Meredith, who won another reality TV show-Marathon Mom-proving herself nothing short of a superhero. As Wynne's beach wedding plans spin out of control, Meredith offers to help, unknowingly stepping on Wynne's secret feelings . . . and exposing some secrets Meredith has been keeping to herself. Can these two reality stars get real about their feelings? Will Wynne go through with her televised wedding and be the perfect June bride the network is looking for?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Marybeth Whalen is the wife of Curt and mom of six children. The family lives outside Charlotte, NC. Marybeth is the author of the novels "The Mailbox," "She Makes It Look Easy," "The Guest Book" and "The Wishing Tree." She also serves as director of She Reads, an online book club focused on spotlighting the best in women's fiction. Marybeth spends most of her time in the grocery store but occasionally escapes long enough to scribble some words. She's always at work on her next novel. 
You can find her online at www.marybethwhalen.com.

MY REVIEW -
Well I really liked this book... up until the end. I like books about reality shows :-)  I am not a fan of TV shows like that (The Bachelor, Bachelorette, etc.) but I do love books about TV shows like that, LOL - I don't know why??

What I look for in a Novella or short story is - Is there a definite beginning, middle and end. And this one was totally missing the end. The whole rest of it I really liked! But the end or lack of really ruined it for me. And even if it did have an end, it wouldn't have been the one I wanted.

Soooo, short story, shorter LOL, An OK read, quick, easy, fun, interesting, cute, flirty, and good character development! Just didn't like the end.

I looked up this author on Amazon and her full length novels look good and they got great reviews, so I don't think I will "write" her off. I would prob try something else.

Thank you "BookLook Bloggers" for sending me this e-book for my honest review!

Get it for yourself and you decide! - HERE

7/15/14

Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday 
 Top Ten Favorite TV Shows & Movies
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly theme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Well I LOVE Movies and I LOVE TV so this one is right up my alley! 

My top 10 movies (the first one is my FAV. the rest are not in any order)
1. Dances With Wolves (all-time Fav!!!!!)
2. Sweet Home Alabama
3. Sleepless in Seattle
4. Message in a Bottle - :'(  supper sad!
5. Practical Magic - LOOOOVE!
6. Gone With the Wind
7. Road House with Patrick Swayze  :'(
8. Twister!
9. Legally Blonde
10. The Lake House (with The Premonition a very close 11th)
Hmm there are probably other but thats what I can do for now.

TV is another story, it totally depends on the time of year because they show diff shows at different times.

Soooo, here are my fav shows right now! -
1, Misstresses
2. Devious Maids
3. Under the Dome
4. So you Think you Can Dance
5. Orange is the New Black (just finished the second season!)

My fav TV shows during the fall reg. season -
1. Revolution
2. The Good Wife! (prob my all time Fav.)
3. The Amaz Race & Survivor (and yes I CAN lump them together)
4. Castle
5. Believe
6. Chicago Fire! - Yes, lets hear it for the eye candy!
7. Parenthood
8. When Calls the Heart
9. Hart of Dixie
10. Ceder Cove

There are other shows I watch but I wouldn't consider them favorites.

Show that I am looking most forward to in the fall -
Red Band Society
 
 So there you have it.
Do you watch and or love any of these shows or movies? 

7/14/14

Nantucket Sisters - Nancy Thayer

5+ Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
When they meet as girls on a beach in Nantucket, Maggie Drew and Emma Hudson become fast friends—though Emma’s well-heeled mother would prefer that she associate with the upscale daughters of bankers and statesmen rather than the child of a local seamstress. But the two lively, imaginative girls nevertheless spend many golden summers together building castles in the sand, creating magical worlds of their own, and forging grand plans for their future.

Even as Emma falls for Maggie’s brother, Ben, and the young women’s paths diverge, the duo remain close friends. Then the unthinkable happens: a lifelong friendship is pushed to its breaking point with the appearance of the handsome, charismatic, charming, and incredibly sexy Wall Street trader Cameron Chadwick—upending both of their lives.

Struggling with the difficult choices they have made and the secrets they have kept, Maggie and Emma find the road to love and fulfillment is full of bumps and twists, as well as entirely unexpected and quite wonderful turns of the heart. They also learn that while true love may be rare, a true friendship is rarer still.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Nancy Thayer is the author of twenty-three novels, including Summer House, The Hot Flash Club, Beachcombers, Heat Wave, Summer Breeze, and Island Girls.
Nancy Thayer has a B.A. and M.A. in English literature from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. She was a Fellow at the Breadloaf Writers’ Conference. She has lived on Nantucket Island year-round for twenty-eight years with her husband Charley Walters. Her daughter is the novelist Samantha Wilde.

Visit her website - HERE

MY REVIEW -
This is a wonderfully beautiful romantic story! This got very mixed reviews from Amazon (mostly 4s &5s but a few 3s, 2s, and even 1s) but this book was PERFECT for me! This is just the kind of book I love!

Ho-ly crap this book is full of little surprises and a lot of suspense for a romance beach read!
This is a story about deep, long lasting friendship, two girls, best friends. One lives on the island, one a summer vacation resident. This is the story of their lives growing up - summer loves and loves lost, growing apart and growing closer, how things change and how they stay the same. And does money really matter - having a lot of it, or the lack of it?

This starts out almost like a sweet little fairytale, everything going just right, as sweet as sugar pie. 
Then... Whoa! the sweet fairytale goes very wrong, I totally didn't see that one coming!

I really don't know why but this kind of reminded me of "Sisterhood Of the Traveling Pants" - it just had that feel to me. 
This book is paced really well. There are some jumps in time - 4 yrs, 6 yrs. 4 yrs, but you don't feel it. You just flow along with it. I thought the time span was done very nicely.

The romance parts were also done very well. There were a few sweet awww moments that really just caught my heart in my throat. There are a few medium sex scenes, but nothing too explicit (and some swearing in a few spots). But mostly just a very sweet romantic story. And - of course a GREAT ending! To be honest I bawled my eyes out through the whole last forth of the book. It wasn't all sad, but I even cried at the happy parts thats how connected I was to the characters. Speaking of  characters - Oh my goodness, the character development was fantastic.

A really wonderful summer romance that will truly warm your heart.
Looking for a great Beach read this summer? Well grab this one and head to the beach!

Thank you "Librarything Early Reviewers" and "Random House Publishing" for sending me this beautiful book for my honest review!

Get your copy from Amazon - HERE

7/11/14

Fun Friday! - A Read-along!


First of all, Thanks to Vonnie (Vonnie's Reading Corner) for making this awesome banner and button!!!

Last year a bunch of us (and by bunch I mean 4-5 people) all read the end-of-the-world series - Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer. We had a great time reading this all together, even though it was a sad series to read. We talked about it so much and even made up little games.

When I saw this new book was out (and it seemed to be getting good reviews) I thought it looked like a good one to do as a read-along. Why another end-of-the-world book? Because those always stir up emotions and there is always lots to talk about. I don't know about you guys, but the Life As We Knew It series will stay with me a long time!


So I decided to do a formal Read-along. 
Here's my plans so far -

The book - After The End, by Amy Plum
Amazon - HERE,   B&N - HERE,   
Kobo - HERE,  Book Depository - HERE

When - We will all begin the book around Aug. 1st and finish before Aug. 27th
I will do a final post (wrap-up) on Aug 27th

I will divide the book up into 3 or 4 parts. We will have 3-4 discussions throughout the month to talk about the book. I will let you know when and where the discussions are.

I am having "people" looking to private chatrooms or twitter chat so we can use that as a form of  discussion. If this can't be done we can either do it via email or just on my blog.

I will list all the people joining us on my blog in the beginning of the month (you do not have to have a blog but would be great if you did!) I would like all you to advertise this as well! Please grab the button and post this on your blog and ask your friends, the more the merrier!

Then at the end we will all post a final review or thoughts of the book and thoughts of our discussions between Aug. 27 - Aug. 31, with links back to my blog, please. Of course I will post links to all of yours!

*** I will be doing a $10.00 Amazon e-gift card giveaway to one of the participants!!!

That's all I have right now. This is my first time doing this! If you have any suggestions or questions please comment or email me @ forevereading at gmail dot com



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7/9/14

The Witchdoctor's Bones - Lisa de Nikolits - with a Giveaway!

4.5 Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
A group of tourists gather in Namibia. Some have come to holiday, others to murder. The travellers follow their tour guide Jono, a Zimbabwean historian and philosopher, from Cape Town into the Namib desert, learning ancient secrets of the Bushmen, the power of witchcraft and superstition, and even the origins of Nazi evil. A ragged bunch ranging from teenagers to retired couples, each member of the group faces a unique challenge as third world Africa is pitted against first world greed, thwarted desire and murderous intent. With the bones of consequence easily buried in the shifting sands, a holiday becomes a test of moral character. Unpredictable, flawed, fun-loving, courageous, bizarre, weak, kind-hearted and loathsome; the individuals in this novel exist beyond the page and into real life. Seamlessly weaving history and folklore into a plot of loss, passion and intrigue, the reader is kept informed and entertained as this psychological thriller unfolds.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Originally from South Africa, Lisa de Nikolits has been a Canadian citizen since 2003. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Philosophy and has lived in the U.S.A., Australia and Britain.
Her first novel, The Hungry Mirror, won the 2011 IPPY Awards Gold Medal for Women's Issues Fiction and was long-listed for a ReLit Award.
Her second novel, West of Wawa won the 2012 IPPY Silver Medal Winner for Popular Fiction And was one of Chatelaine's four Editor's Picks.
Her third novel, A Glittering Chaos, launched in Spring 2013 to much acclaim and is about murder, madness, illicit love and poetry. 

Visit her website - HERE

MY REVIEW -
Well my first book by this author started out with a bang! I really enjoyed this book!
This story was a great mix of - touring South Africa, murder mysteries and mayhem, and a total zany cast of characters. I have to be honest, this book kept me guessing all the way through. Everytime I thought I had it all figured out, I was wrong. Well I was right on a few things, but they were only the things the author wanted you to know.

This book starts out good and just keeps going all the way to the great ending. There is so much happening in here you don't have a moment to get bored. I thought the writing was excellent. I would definitely like to read another by this great author.

The character development was very good. There were a LOT of characters but I had no trouble keeping them all straight because the author did such a fantastic job. One thing I really liked was that you got to go into the head of a madman and see what he was planning all along. This part kind of reminded me of the movie "Mr. Brooks" with Kevin Costner.

Secrets, secrets, everyone has secrets! There are so many little mysteries to figure out. And so many little romances (and almost romances).

A few great lines -
"I would have kept him around as eye candy." Ellie said, flicking at a large ant.
"Too much candy causes cavities," Gisela commented. "To sustain you in life, you need real food."
"You got it," Helen agreed. "I need a good thick steak to sink my teeth into."
"Sounds rather painful for the steak," Richard commented idly.
Kate watched Helen turn towards him, her eyes widening and she smiled. "All depends on the technique," she drawled.

"There is no such thing as a truly civilized man in the way you like to think there is. We all have the potential to kill each other and sometimes, for reasons known only to ourselves, we do."

"I like to be happy," Kate told him, "even though it can be tiring at times. How foolish is that, to say that happiness can be tiring."
"Not foolish. It means you make the effort. Making an effort is always tiring, even if you badly want the reward of what you are making an effort for,"
All-in-all - A very good mystery, very well planned out. There are also a lot of great little facts about Africa, so if you are looking for a great easy-reading book about Africa that is also fun - this is a great choice!

Thank you "Partners in Crime" for sending me this book for my honest review!

Get your copy from Amazon - HERE

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