Sunday, August 31, 2014

What To Eat This Week

I'm so thankful for cooler weather. I love cooking but hate sweating while I'm doing it. Another cooler week means a happier Linda.

Breakfasts: Oatmeal for me. Cereal for Tai.

Lunches: Leftovers and Ginger-Chili Chicken

Dinners:

Monday: Dinner out

Tuesday: Mexican Chicken Bake

Wednesday:  Easy Thai Beef Salad Cups

Thursday: Bacon cheeseburgers and salads (Go Hawks!)

Friday: Steak and salads

Saturday: Dinner out

Sunday: Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers

What's on your menu this week?

Friday, August 29, 2014

Royally Lost by Angie Stanton

I don't remember how I found Royally Lost but I'm glad I did. It was an adorably cute story about falling in love. 

Becca is on a European river boat cruise with her dad, stepmom, and older brother, Dylan. Becca is glad to be away from home after her boyfriend dumped her for her best friend. Although Becca is not enjoying the sights and would like to find a way to get out of everything like her brother does. One day, Becca runs into a cute guy. She resigns herself to cute boy watching because they'll be moving on to another port the next day. Imagine her surprise when she sees him at the next stop. 

Nikolai is the crown prince of Mondovia. His family expects him to follow in the family footsteps without any problem. But Nikolai has a lot of problems. He doesn't agree with where his country is headed. He has solutions to their problems but his father, the King, ignores him. Nikolai's solution is runaway, leave home. Maybe then they'll listen. 

Stanton weaves both Becca and Nikolai's voices together perfectly. I really enjoyed hearing the story from both of their perspectives. Stanton made all the characters feel real and charming (ok maybe except Dylan. He didn't pop off the page for me). I enjoyed reading about Becca and Nikolai. In fact, I read Royally Lost in one day. Sweet story and a lot of fun too. Others who shared their thoughts on Royally Lost: Katie's Book Blog, YA Midnight Reads, Good Choice Reading, and The Reader's Den.
This is my fifteenth read for the Romance Reading Challenge.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Library Loot

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and me that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

Reloot. Hopefully I can read it this time.

The last of the Cahill Witch Chronicles. 

What did you get this week? Claire's got the linky this week.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Teaser Tuesday-A Week To Be Wicked by Tessa Dare

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:


• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


"He let his gaze drift down her form. There was a wicked thrill to knowing lushness smoldered beneath that modest sprigged muslin gown."
pg 47 A Week To Be Wicked by Tessa Dare

Monday, August 25, 2014

Goodnight June by Sarah Jio

Sarah Jio is one of my go to authors. I will always pick up what she writes. I usually enjoy her books and Goodnight June was no exception. Goodnight June combines so much of what I expect from Jio: love, mystery, and Seattle.

June Andersen left Seattle for New York decades ago. She has little intention of returning to Seattle and her family. But her aunt, Ruby, has other plans. Ruby leaves June her children's bookstore in her will. June must return to Seattle to deal with her inheritance as well as her family.

I immediately liked June. She was smart and independent but she was running away from her problems. Her family had hurt her so she left them behind and didn't want to reconcile despite their attempts otherwise. June was stubborn. But since Ruby left her the bookstore, June had to return to Seattle and find a way to reconcile her life. I enjoyed reading about June's story and I hated putting the book down at night.

Confession. I'd never read Goodnight Moon. Goodnight Moon has a strong influence in Goodnight June. I did pick up Goodnight Moon from the library and found it delightful. I don't know how I missed it as a child. If you know the story of Goodnight Moon, it might enhance your enjoyment of Goodnight June. If not, it might inspire you to check it out.

Another winner by Jio. I'm looking forward to her next book, The Look of Love, due out this winter! Others who shared their thoughts on Goodnight June: Luxury Reading, Reading for Sanity, Reading The Past, and Booking Mama.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

What To Eat This Week

Last week was cool enough for me to cook most days. We did pretty good. It's supposed to be warm again this week (boo!) so more salads!

Breakfasts: Oatmeal for me. Cereal for Tai.

Lunches: Sweet Shoyu Chicken and Split Pea Soup with ham

Dinners:

Monday: Ribs with Paleo Peach Barbecue Sauce

Tuesday: Turkey Apple Salads

Wednesday: Bean salad with shrimp and pickled onions

Thursday: Breakfast for Dinner (eggs, bacon, toast)

Friday: Grilled Chicken with Paleo Peach Barbecue Sauce

Saturday: Party at friend's house

Sunday: Chicken & Mushroom in Honey Mustard Cream Sauce

What's on your menu this week?

Thursday, August 21, 2014

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Since Lisa raved about These Broken Stars and this gorgeous cover, I knew I had to read These Broken Stars. I'm so glad I did. Amazing book. Damn near broke my heart.

When I first heard about These Broken Stars, I was dismissive. I didn't think I could read a book about space that would top Across The Universe. In fact, I felt Across The Universe spoiled me for other books about space. I was wrong. These Broken Stars is nothing like Across The Universe and amazing in its own right.

Lilac LaRoux is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. She is incredibly privileged. She, along with her entourage, are traveling on Icarus, a ship her father designed and built. Traver Merendsen is a distinguished war hero. He's been invited onto the Icarus to celebrate his accomplishments and hobnob with society. But Traver rather be back serving at his command or home with his family than be on the Icarus.

Each chapter alternates between Lilac and Traver. I loved hearing both of their voices and learning more about them. I loved how slowly Kaufman and Spooner revealed their characters and let the reader and the other character get to know them. Both Lilac and Traver felt real. And their story blew me away. I was utterly wrecked at the end. I found this to be a fantastic first book in a planned trilogy. I look forward to reading more by Kaufman and Spooner. Others who shared their thoughts on These Broken Stars: My Thousand Lives, The Midnight Garden, Esther's Ever After, Beauty and The Books, and YA Bound.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Library Loot

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and me that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

After Lisa posted about Fire & Flood, I added it to my library queue. I'm looking forward to it.

The next in the American Fairy series. 

I keep meaning to read this one. Hope I can before it's due back.

What did you get this week? Share below!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Teaser Tuesday-Goodnight June by Sarah Jio

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:


• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


"The store is just as I remember it, though like me, I suppose it's showing signs of age. The brick facade, always a bit rustic, is shedding its mortar."
pg 18 Goodnight June by Sarah Jio

Monday, August 18, 2014

Dust Girl by Sarah Zettel

I added Dust Girl to my library queue after reading Becky's post about it. I wanted to read more about the Dust Bowl and that era. Dust Girl had that plus fairies. I do love book about the fae. Dust Girl combines the historical aspects I love plus the supernatural. I'm really glad I picked this one up.

Callie lives her with mom in Kanas. Their town, Slow-Run, is being slowly vacated by its residents. The dust storms are making it hard for people to continue to live there. Nothing grows and the dust makes people sick. One day, Callie's mom disappears and some strange people show up in Slow-Run. Callie befriends a young man, Jack, who promises to help her find her parents. Callie and Jack must run from the fae.

I liked Callie. She was smart but still learning about who she was. Jack is definitely more than meets the eye. He's going to get more interesting in the next book. If you like historical fiction and fairies, I would recommend Dust Girl. I look forward to reading the rest of the series. Others who shared their thoughts on Dust Girl: Becky's Book Reviews, The Book Smugglers, Buried In Books, and Diverse Pages.