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Friday, September 30, 2016

5 Books I Want to Read...Cupcakes

I keep a wish list on Goodreads called "want to read". Currently, it's up to 2686 Yeah. I also have several stacks of books tucked against walls throughout my house. Each is probably at least 3 feet high of books I haven't read yet. I periodically go through my list and purge it, but it still is not slowing down. Nor are the books that keep appearing on my Kindle. They're all still on my wish list, I just haven't gotten to them yet.

Each month I highlight 5 books I want to read. I don't set out to plan themes, but somehow patterns creep into my viewing.

So cupcakes? Weird, I know. Where did this theme come from? I have no idea, but as I browsed through my Goodreads list, I noticed a couple of books with the word "cupcake" in the title and did a search to see how many there were. Suffice it to say, I found more than five... And most of my fellow bloggers who participate in this meme all did scary books. What can I say?

Cupcakes are awesome. Still very trendy, but awesome.

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Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan

Issy Randall can bake. No, more than that--Issy can create stunning, mouth-wateringly divine cakes. After a childhood spent in her beloved Grampa Joe's bakery she has undoubtedly inherited his talent. So when she's made redundant from her safe but dull City job, Issy decides to seize the moment and open up her own cafe.

How to Eat a Cupcake by Meg Donohue

Funny, free-spirited Annie Quintana and sophisticated, ambitious Julia St. Clair come from two different worlds. Yet, as the daughter of the St. Clair’s housekeeper, Annie grew up in Julia’s San Francisco mansion and they forged a bond that only two little girls who know nothing of class differences and scholarships could—until a life-altering betrayal destroyed their friendship.

A decade later, Annie is now a talented, if underpaid, pastry chef who bakes to fill the void left in her heart by her mother’s death. Julia, a successful businesswoman, is tormented by a painful secret that could jeopardize her engagement to the man she loves. When a chance reunion prompts the unlikely duo to open a cupcakery, they must overcome past hurts and a mysterious saboteur or risk losing their fledgling business and any chance of healing their fractured friendship.

Semi-Sweet: A Novel of Love and Cupcakes by Roisin Meaney

Hannah Robinson is just about to open the doors to her new shop Cupcakes on the Corner when out of the blue her boyfriend Patrick announces that he's leaving her for another woman. Faced with starting a business on her own, Hannah begins to wonder if her life-long dream has just turned into a nightmare. So her best friend Adam sets his birthday as a deadline - seven months to make her shop a success, or walk away from it all. And as Hannah immerses herself in her new business, she soon discovers that she's too busy to think about Patrick and his now pregnant girlfriend ...or to notice an increasingly regular customer who has recently developed a sweet tooth for all things cupcake. But while Hannah is slowly piecing her life back together, family friend Alice's is falling apart. Her husband Tom's drinking is getting out of control and things are about to get a whole lot worse. As the seven-month milestone approaches, Hannah must decide her future. And while she's figuring out what's really important, it becomes clear to everyone that happiness in life, and in love, is all in the making.

When Only Cupcakes Will Do by Daisy James

When life gives you lemons, make lemon drizzle cupcakes...

Lucie thought that proposing to her boyfriend in Tiffany’s would be the best day of her life. Until he said no. In just a few seconds, her whole world is turned upside-down! And when she accidentally switches cocoa powder for chili powder at work, she finds herself out of a job, too...

Baking has always made life better in the past, but can Lucie really bake her way to happiness? Starting her own company, selling cupcakes out of an old ice cream van might just be the second chance that Lucie needs!

Of course, she never expected to find love along the way...

If you Give a Cat a Cupcake by Laura Numeroff

If you give a cat a cupcake, he'll ask for some sprinkles to go with it. When you give him the sprinkles, he might spill some on the floor. Cleaning up will make him hot, so you'll give him a bathing suit . . . and that's just the beginning!

The lovable cat who first appeared in If You Give a Pig a Party now has his very own book! Written in the tradition of the bestselling If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond's newest story will show everyone that Cat is where it's at!

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What about you? What books are on your "want to read/wish" list?

5 Books I want to Read is a monthly meme started by Stephanie at Layered Pages. If you want to check out some other terrific bloggers and what their wish lists look like, you can do that here: Layered PagesA Bookaholic Swede, The Maiden's Court, A Literary Vacation, Flashlight Commentary.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Cover Crush...Triple Love Score


I will freely admit that I judge books by their covers. The cover is usually what first captures my attention when browsing Goodreads or Netgalley. Actually, in all honesty, it isn't just usually, it's pretty much all the time. The cover determines if I look at the synopsis and reviews.



I loved this cover the minute I saw it. 

I am a Scrabble junkie. It's my favorite game, ever. My family won't play it with me anymore. So a book that uses Scrabble as a plot point? I am so there. This is my current read and the review will post soon.

What about you? Any book covers capture your attention this week?

Cover Crush is a weekly series that originated with Erin at Flashlight Commentary. If you want to check out some other terrific bloggers and what their Cover Crush posts look like, you can do that here: The Maiden's Court, Flashlight CommentaryA Bookaholic SwedeLayered Pages, indieBRAG.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Conversations at Our House...Chocolate

It's no secret that we love chocolate at our house. The Brother, especially. Cadbury Dairy Milk is his favorite, but he loves pretty much any kind. This was a fun conversation we had when he was about 8.
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This morning, before breakfast, The Brother handed me the remaining 1/2 of a bar of Cadbury Dairy Milk:

J: "Mom can I have all of this?"
M: "No, you can have 3 squares like normal. We haven't had breakfast yet."

10 minutes later I notice the bar is gone. J comes in, looking rather sheepish...

M: "What happened to the rest?"
J: "Well, I had the first part and then I had to taste the second part and then I just had to eat the last part."

He ducks his head and tries to look sorry. He's so darn cute. I give him a hug:

M: "How can I get mad at you, my little chocolate bug?"
J: "I know. I just love chocolate, Mom. It's in my nature!"

That it is, son. That it is!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Cover Crush...To Whisper Her Name


I will freely admit that I judge books by their covers. The cover is usually what first captures my attention when browsing Goodreads or Netgalley. Actually, in all honesty, it isn't just usually, it's pretty much all the time. The cover determines if I look at the synopsis and reviews.


Loved this cover. Loved this book.

The colors are vibrant; the dress is absolutely gorgeous. Truly stunning. The model posed before the window is striking with the green pasture and horse in the background. It's just sumptuous.

What about you? Any book covers capture your attention this week?

Cover Crush is a weekly series that originated with Erin at Flashlight Commentary. If you want to check out some other terrific bloggers and what their Cover Crush posts look like, you can do that here: The Maiden's Court, Flashlight CommentaryA Bookaholic SwedeLayered Pages, indieBRAG.