Beneath the Sugar Sky – Seanan McGuire Review

Beneath the Sugar Sky (Wayward Children, #3)Title: Beneath the Sugar Sky

Author: Seanan McGuire

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Series: Wayward Children #3

Goodreads Rating: 4.09/5

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Synopsis: Beneath the Sugar Sky returns to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children. At this magical boarding school, children who have experienced fantasy adventures are reintroduced to the “real” world.

Sumi died years before her prophesied daughter Rini could be born. Rini was born anyway, and now she’s trying to bring her mother back from a world without magic.

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What I thought about the book:  I think this one would be 3.5 stars (probably the lowest rating I’ve ever given a Seanan McGuire book). I just didn’t find the story as interesting as the others but it was still very enjoyable.

My Rating: ★★★★☆

Get the book: Amazon | Book Depository 

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“Children have always tumbled down rabbit holes, fallen through mirrors, been swept away by unseasonal floods or carried off by tornadoes. Children have always traveled, and because they are young and bright and full of contradictions, they haven’t always restricted their travel to the possible.”

― Seanan McGuire, Beneath the Sugar Sky

Wayward Children Series

 Every Heart a Doorway

Down Among the Sticks and Bones Down Among the Sticks and Bones

Beneath the Sugar Sky Beneath the Sugar Sky

In an Absent Dream In an Absent Dream

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard Review

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)Title: Red Queen

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Series: Red Queen #1

Goodreads Rating: 4.07/5

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Synopsis:  

Graceling meets The Selection in debut novelist Victoria Aveyard’s sweeping tale of seventeen-year-old Mare, a common girl whose once-latent magical power draws her into the dangerous intrigue of the king’s palace. Will her power save her or condemn her?

Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with common, Red blood serve the Silver- blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.

To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard—a growing Red rebellion—even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.

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What I thought about the book: Ok, I’m not (usually) a fan of YA but I really enjoyed this. It was so suspenseful with lots of action and intrigue that kept me guessing. The love triangle didn’t even annoy me.

My Rating: ★★★★☆

Get the book: Amazon | Book Depository 

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Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire Review

Rosemary and Rue (October Daye, #1)Title: Rosemary and Rue
 
Author: Seanan McGuire
 
Genre: Urban Fantasy
 
Series: October Daye #1
 
Goodreads Rating: 3.75/5
 
 

Synopsis: October “Toby” Daye, a changeling who is half human and half fae, has been an outsider from birth. After getting burned by both sides of her heritage, Toby has denied the Faerie world, retreating to a “normal” life. Unfortunately for her, the Faerie world has other ideas…

The murder of Countess Evening Winterrose pulls Toby back into the fae world. Unable to resist Evening’s dying curse, which binds her to investigate, Toby must resume her former position as knight errant and renew old alliances. As she steps back into fae society, dealing with a cast of characters not entirely good or evil, she realizes that more than her own life will be forfeited if she cannot find Evening’s killer.

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What I thought about the book:

This series is based on fairies such as the Tuatha Dé Danann (the narrator pronounced Tuatha as “tootha” and drove me crazy!!!!) which I grew up with and just loved having them feature in modern adult stories.

Toby (October) is a fae halfling or changeling who works as a knight and has to constantly prove her worth and strength to full-blooded fae. The ongoing plot of the series centres around her life in this position, she has many experiences and undergoes many changes.

My Rating: ★★★★☆

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My 2018 in Books

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Happy 2019 everyone! I’m jumping on the 2018 stats post bandwagon today mostly because I love reading stats. Do you track your reading stats? I would love to get more detailed info on my reading so please let me know how to do it below.

I set a goal of 100 books at the start of the year and read 110 which is pretty good. It’s a lot of books to talk about in a single post though so I’m just going to list them at the bottom and share my top and bottom 5 books and some stats. I LOVE stats!!! Bring on the charts!


Stats from Goodreads

(some books are missing because I don’t set them to read until after I review them)

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Started the year with a 3 star review and ended with a 3 star review. What does that say about my reading year…


Format

2018 Reading Stats Elaine Howlin Formats

  • Print – 14 books
  • eBook – 36 books
  • Audiobook – 60 books

Ownership

2018 Reading Stats Elaine Howlin Ownership

  • Own – 51 books
  • Borrow: Scribd – 41 books
  • Borrow: Library – 10 books
  • Borrow: NetGalley – 8 books

Top 3 Authors

2018 Reading Stats Elaine Howlin Top 3 Authors

  1. Kresley Cole – 10 books
  2. Seanan McGuire – 10 books
  3. Laurell K. Hamilton – 8 books

Male vs Female Authors

2018 Reading Stats Elaine Howlin Author Gender

  • Female – 86 books
  • Male – 21 books
  • N/A – 3 books

Top 5 Books


Bottom 5 Books

  • Manfried the Man by Caitlin Major ★★☆☆☆
  • RoomHate by Penelope Ward ★★☆☆☆
  • Nightlife by Rob Thurman ★★☆☆☆
  • Devil to Pay by Jeaniene Frost ★★☆☆☆
  • Dad Jokes? I Think You Mean Rad Jokes! by Elias Hill ★★☆☆☆

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The Book List 2018 Reading List and Stats Elaine Howlin Blog

The list is arranged as book title, author, date finished, genre, format, rating.

  1. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawernce – January 2nd, Classics, Paperback ★★★★☆
  2. Sunglasses After Dark by Nancy A. Collins – January 12th, Urban Fantasy, eBook ★★★☆☆
  3. Red Rising by Pierce Brown – January 16th, YA Dystopia, Audiobook ★★★☆☆
  4. Uprooted by Naomi Novik – January 25th, Fantasy, Paperback ★★★★★

  5. Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire – January 27th, Urban Fantasy, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  6. Nightlife by Rob Thurman – January 28th, Urban Fantasy, Audiobook ★★☆☆☆
  7. MacRieve by Kresley Cole – January 28th, Paranormal Romance, eBook ★★★★☆
  8. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander – February 7th, Fantasy, Audiobook ★★★★★
  9. Binti by Nnedi Okorafor – February 15th, Science Fiction, Audiobook ★★★☆☆
  10. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – February 17th, Nonfiction, Audiobook ★★★★★
  11. Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou – February 17th, Memoir, Audiobook ★★★★★
  12. Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire – February 17th, YA Fantasy, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  13. Dark Skye by Kresley Cole – February 19th, Paranormal Romance, eBook ★★★★☆
  14. The Hound of Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle – February 21t, Classic Mystery, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  15. An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde – February 21st, Classic Play, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  16. The Head That Wears a Crown: Speeches for Royal Men by William Shakespeare – February 25th, Classic Play, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  17. An American Marriage by Tayari Jones – February 25th, Literary, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  18. The Warlord Wants Forever by Kresley Cole – Paranormal Romance, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  19. Black Friday by Karen Chance – February 26th, Urban Fantasy, Online Short Story ★★★★☆
  20. The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett – February 26th, Fantasy, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  21. Tempt the Stars by Karen Chance – March 3rd, Urban Fantasy, eBook ★★★★★
  22. Wild Fire by Christine Feehan – March 4th, Paranormal Romance, eBook ★★★☆☆
  23. Salomé by Oscar Wilde – March 5th, Classic Play, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  24. She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith – March 5th, Classic Play, Audiobook ★★★★★
  25. A Local Habitation by Seanan McGuire – March 5th, Urban Fantasy, Audiobook ★★★★★

  26. An Artificial Night by Seanan McGuire – March 6th, Urban Fantasy, Audiobook ★★★★★
  27. Late Eclipses by Seanan McGuire – March 7th, Urban Fantasy, Audiobook ★★★★★
  28. One Salt Sea by Seanan McGuire – March 8th, Urban Fantasy ★★★★★
  29. Mammy Walsh’s A-Z of the Walsh Family by Marian Keyes – March 10th, Humour, Audiobook ★★★★★
  30. Herding Cats by Sarah Anderson – March 14th, Comic Humour, eBook ★★★★★
  31. Ashes of Honor by Seanan McGuire – March 17th, Urban Fantasy, Audiobook ★★★★★
  32. Tall, Dark & Hungry by Lynsay Sands – March 18th, Paranormal Romance ★★★☆☆
  33. Asking For It by Louise O’Neill – March 27th, YA Contemporary, Paperback ★★★★★
  34. The Happy Pear: Recipes for Happiness by David & Stephen Flynn – April 4th, Cook Book, Hardback ★★★★★
  35. Room Hate by Penelope Ward – April 4th, Contemporary Romance, Audiobook  ★★☆☆
  36. Wicked Cravings by Suzanne Wright – April 5th, Paranormal Romance, eBook ★★★★☆
  37. Dad Jokes? I Think You Mean Rad Jokes by Elias Hill – April 5th, Comic Humour, eBooks ★★★☆☆
  38. Vegan 100 by Gaz Oakley – April 10th, Cook Book, eBook ★★★★★
  39. Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal – April 10th, Contemporary, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  40. Manfried the Man by Caitlin Major – April 11th, Comic Humour, eBook ★★☆☆☆
  41. Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day by Seanan McGuire – April 11th, Urban Fantasy, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  42. Braving the Elements by K.F. Breene – April 13th, Paranormal Romance, eBook ★★★☆☆
  43. Witches of Lychford by Paul Cornell – April 13, Urban Fantasy, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  44. Veggie Burger Atelier by Nina Olsson – April 15th, Cook Book, eBook ★★★★★
  45. On the Edge by Ilona Andrews – April 18th, Paranormal Romance, eBook ★★★★☆
  46. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Long Way Home by Joss Whedon – April 28th, Comic Urban Fantasy, Paperback ★★★★☆
  47. Little Moments of Love by Catana Chetwynd – May 7th, Comic Humour, eBook ★★★★★
  48. My Lady’s Choosing: An Interactive Romance Novel by Kitty Curran – May 7th, Historical Romance, eBook ★★★★☆
  49. Breaking Up Is Hard To Do… But You Could’ve Done Better by Hilary Campbell – May 7th, Comic Nonfiction, eBook ★★★☆☆
  50. Rockabilly/Psychobilly: An Art Anthology by Jamie Kendall – May 8th, Art, eBook ★★★★★

  51. Afterburn & Aftershock by Sylvia Day – June 4th, Contemporary Romance, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  52. Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare – June 4th, Historical Romance, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  53. Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews – June 4th, Paranormal Romance, eBook ★★★★☆
  54. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne – June 4th, Contemporary Romance, eBook ★★★★★
  55. Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare – June 4th, Historical Romance, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  56. Falling for a Dancer by Deirdre Purcell – June 17th, Historical, Paperback ★★★★★
  57. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie – June 17th, Self Help, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  58. The Virgin and the Gypsy and Other Stories by D.H. Lawrence – June 17th, Classic Short Stories, Hardcover ★★★☆☆
  59. Nadiya’s Family Favourites by Nadiya Hussain – June 24th, Cook Book, Hardcover ★★★★★
  60. Only for the Weekend by Ella Sheridan – June 29th, Erotica, eBook ★★★☆☆
  61. Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton – July 7th, Urban Fantasy, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  62. The Love Story of W.B. Yeats and Maud Gonne by Margery Brady – July 9th, Nonfiction, Hardcover ★★★★☆
  63. The Laughing Corpse by Laurell K. Hamilton – July 17th, Urban Fantasy, Audiobook ★★★★★
  64. Circus of the Damned by Laurell K. Hamilton – July 18th, Urban Fantasy, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  65. The Lunatic Cafe by Laurell K. Hamilton – July 18th, Urban Fantasy, Audiobook ★★★★★
  66. Bloody Bones by Laurell K. Hamilton – July 19th, Urban Fantasy, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  67. The Killing Dance by Laurell K. Hamilton – July 25th, Urban Fantasy, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  68. The End of the Affair by Graham Greene – July 26th, Classics, eBook ★★★★☆
  69. Burnt Offerings by Laurell K. Hamilton – July 29th, Urban Fantasy, Audiobook ★★★☆☆
  70. Blue Moon by Laurell K. Hamilton – August 1st, Urban Fantasy, Audiobook ★★★☆☆
  71. The Professional by Kresley Cole – August 2nd, Erotica, eBook ★★★★☆
  72. The Second Sex (extracts) by Simone de Beauvoir – August 2nd, Feminism, Paperback ★★★★☆

  73. Sweet Ruin by Kresley Cole – August 5th, Paranormal Romance, eBook ★★★★☆
  74. Lover’s Knot by Karen Chance – August 6th, Urban Fantasy, eBook ★★★★★
  75. Shadow’s Bane by Karen Chance – August 13th, Urban Fantasy, eBook ★★★★★
  76. Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews – August 17th. Science Fiction, eBook ★★★★★
  77. One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews – August 19th, Science Fiction, eBook ★★★★★
  78. Devil to Pay by Jeaniene Frost – August 20th, Urban Fantasy, eBook ★★☆☆☆
  79. Shadow’s Seduction by Kresley Cole – August 28th, Paranormal Romance, eBook ★★★★☆
  80. Shadowed Souls by Jim Butcher – August 31st, Urban Fantasy, eBook ★★★★☆
  81. The Matchmaker’s Playbook by Rachel Van Dyken – September 1st, Contemporary Romance, Audiobook ★★★☆☆
  82. The Princess Bride by William Goldman – September 4th, Fantasy, Paperback ★★★☆☆
  83. Dragon’s Claw by Karen Chance – September 27th, Urban Fantasy, eBook ★★★★★
  84. The Price of Pleasure by Kresley Cole – October 10th, Historical Romance, eBook ★★★★☆
  85. I Am Heathcliff by Kate Mosse – October 11th, Short Stories, Audiobook ★★★★★
  86. How Not To Be a Boy by Robert Webb – October 18th, Memoir, Audiobook ★★★★★
  87. A Woman of No Importance by Oscar Wilde – October 26th, Classic Play, Audiobook ★★★☆☆
  88. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell – October 31st, Classic Romance, Paperback ★★★★☆
  89. Red Queen by Elizabeth Aveyard – November 3rd, YA Dystopia, eBook ★★★★☆
  90. When a Scot Ties the Know by Tessa Dare – November 4th, Historical Romance, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  91. Do You Want to Start a Scandal by Tessa Dare – November 4th, Historical Romance, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  92. Poison Princess by Kresley Cole – November 7th, YA Dystopia, eBook ★★★★☆
  93. Racing Hearts: First Heat by Ruth Gowan – November 9th, Contemporary Romance, eBook ★★★☆☆
  94. Endless Knight by Kresley Cole – November 9th, YA Dystopia, eBook ★★★★★
  95. Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik – November 10th, Fantasy, Audiobook ★★★☆☆
  96. Dead of Winter by Kresley Cole – November 12th, YA Dystopia, eBook ★★★★★
  97. A Night to Surrender by Tessa Dare – November 14th, Fantasy, Audiobook ★★★☆☆
  98. Chimes at Midnight by Seanan McGuire – November 20th, Urban Fantasy, Audiobook ★★★★★
  99. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – November 24th, Classic, Audiobook ★★★☆☆
  100. The Winter Long by Seanan McGuire – November 25th, Urban Fantasy, Audiobook ★★★★★

  101. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard – November 29th, YA Dystopia, eBook ★★★☆☆
  102. Once Upon a Christmas Eve by Elizabeth Hoyt – November 29th, Historical Romance, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  103. The Bite Before Christmas by Lynsay Sands & Jeaniene Frost – November 26th, Paranormal Romance, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  104. Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb – November 30th, Historical Fiction, Audiobook ★★★★★
  105. I Thee Wed by Amanda Quick – December 1st, Historical Romance, Mystery, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  106. Wicked Widow by Amanda Quick – December 2nd, Historical Romance, Mystery, Audiobook ★★★★☆
  107. Voyeur by Fiona Cole – December 3rd, Contemporary Romance, eBook ★★★☆☆
  108. Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood – December 13th, Cosy Mystery, Historical, Audiobook ★★★☆☆
  109. Murphy’s Law by Rhys Bowen – December 15th, Cosy Mystery, Historical, Audiobook  ★★★★☆
  110. Death of Riley by Rhys Bowen – December 21st, Cosy Mystery, Historical, Audiobook ★★★★☆

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How was your reading year?

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December Haul

December is all about buying for other people so I didn’t do any book shopping in December but I did receive a few cookbooks and a novel that my brother’s girlfriend picked up for me. I signed up to Kindle Unlimited this month as well because they have a really good offer on at the moment. You get three months of the service for £1.99! With Kindle Unlimited you can borrow 10 books at a time from the unlimited library and I have already taken out a few which I will show you below.

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Cookbooks

The Wicked Healthy Cookbook

The Wicked Healthy Cookbook

Hi, we’re Chad and Derek. We’re brothers who craft humble vegetables into the stuff of food legend. Everything we create is a bold marriage of delicate and punchy flavours, crunchy textures, and all with knife-sharp attention to detail. We’re proud graduates of the University of Common Sense who simply believe that eating more veg is good for you and good for the planet.

THE WICKED HEALTHY COOKBOOK presents a delicious game plan endorsed by every doctor and health organisation in the world: eat more plants. Chefs Chad and Derek Sarno are among the world’s foremost authorities on plant-based cooking and here they share their secrets for making killer meals.

THE WICKED HEALTHY COOKBOOK is unlike any other book on the market, and takes the badass plant pushing moniker to a whole new level, with sumptuous recipes and equally gorgeous photographs. The chefs include must-have tips on everything from barbecuing and entertaining, to cooking oil-free (if you’re into that), to organising an efficient kitchen. Featured throughout are informational sidebars and new innovative cooking techniques, helping to ensure readers end up with all of the flavour and texture they could want from a meal, minus the guilt!

Celebrating the central role of beautiful, crave-able food for our health and vitality, Chad and Derek provide 129 recipes for everyday meals and fancy dinner parties alike and also show us how to kick back and indulge with drool-inducing recipes like Sloppy BBQ Jackfruit Sliders with Slaw, New England Style “Lobstah” Rolls, and Grilled peaches with Vanilla Spiced Gelato and Mango Sriracha Caramel. That’s all part of the plan: Shoot for 80% healthy and 20% wicked, and you’ll be 100% sexy: That’s Wicked Healthy!

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Vegan Christmas – Gaz Oakly

Vegan Christmas

Vegans and vegetarians everywhere will have the best holiday period ever with Gaz Oakley’s fantastic alternatives to the trad turkey and trimmings. Gaz is an expert in bold flavours and textures, so everyone can enjoy a spectacular centrepiece and amazing food throughout the festive season. Gaz talks you through the menus and the planning, from Christmas morning breakfast like Sweet Potato Waffles and Tofu Benedict, through to a show-stopping lunch with the likes of Ultimate Christmas Wellington, “Turkey” Roast and Festive Nut Roast Wreath served with all the trimmings: “No Pigs” in Blankets, Hasselback Potatoes and Fluffy Yorkshire Puddings – all rounded off with spectacular dairy-free puds including Boozy Tiramisu and Creme Brûlée Tarts. There are vegan versions of mince pies, Pavlova and the traditional Christmas Pudding with Custard, and even a “cheese” board for afters! And it’s not just about the big day: Gaz offers a supreme spread of party food for when you’re celebrating with guests – Mini Sausage Rolls, Sticky BBQ “Ribs” and Arancini, among many others, plus ideas for Boxing Day leftovers including Bubble & Squeak, Christmas Curry and Gyros. Packed with suggestions for the festivities and advice on how to keep cool in the kitchen if you’re cooking on the big day, Vegan Christmas Cookbook offers every solution you’ll ever need for what to cook for vegans and vegetarians at Christmas.

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BOSH! – Ian Theasby, Henry Firth

BOSH!: The Cookbook: Simple Recipes. Amazing Food. All Plants.

‘The vegan Jamie Olivers’ The TimesWant to cook ridiculously good plant-based food from scratch but have no idea where to start? With over 140 incredibly easy and outrageously tasty all plants meals, BOSH! The Cookbook will be your guide.

Henry Firth and Ian Theasby, creators of the world’s biggest and fastest-growing plant-based platform, BOSH!, are the new faces of the food revolution.

Their online channels have well over 1.8 million fans and constantly inspire people to cook ultra-tasty & super simple recipes at home. Always ensuring they stick to fresh, supermarket-friendly ingredients, BOSH! truly is “plant-based food for everyone”.

In BOSH! The Cookbook, Ian and Henry share over 140 of their favourite go-to breakfasts, crowd-pleasing party pieces, hearty dinners, sumptuous desserts & incredible sharing cocktails.

The book is jam-packed with fun, unpretentious and mega satisfying recipes, including Creamy Mac and Greens, Burrito Samosas, the Big Bhaji Burger, the World’s Best Pesto Lasagne, Satay Sweet Potato BOSH! Bowl, Spanish Beach Churros, Gooey PBJ Brownies and Salted Caramel Chocolate Crunch Tart, all easy enough to be rustled up any night of the week. It’s enough to convince the staunchest of carnivores to give plants a whirl.

Whether you’re already sold on the plant-based lifestyle or you simply want to incorporate more meat, dairy and egg-free meals into your week, BOSH! The Cookbook is your plant-based bible.

BOSH!

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15 Minute Vegan Comfort Food – Katy Beskow

15 Minute Vegan Comfort Food: Simple & satisfying vegan recipes

From the author of the bestselling 15 Minute Vegan comes 15 Minute Vegan: Comfort Food. The book shatters the notion that vegan food is cold and soulless by showing you how to create inspired comfort foods, whether you’re vegan or not. Vegan cookery expert Katy Beskow celebrates cooking for pleasure, soul and enjoyment, without having to spend hours in the kitchen. Using ingredients readily available in supermarkets, Katy’s easy recipes and instructions will have you making delicious, nutritious meals time after time. The book explores how a mindful cooking process is as comforting as the final dish, even when you have just 15 minutes to spare, and offers 100 recipes across five chapters: comfort classics (chocolate chilli, moussaka bowls); sides & bites (sweetcorn fritters, speedy samosas); social sharing (mushroom bourguignon, garden biryani); solo recipes (spicy falafel burger, cashew chow mein); and sweet comforts (cherry pot pies, jam sponge pudding).

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Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor & Heather Web

Last Christmas in Paris: A Novel of World War I

New York Times bestselling author Hazel Gaynor has joined with Heather Webb to create this unforgettably romantic novel of the Great War.

August 1914. England is at war. As Evie Elliott watches her brother, Will, and his best friend, Thomas Harding, depart for the front, she believes—as everyone does—that it will be over by Christmas, when the trio plan to celebrate the holiday among the romantic cafes of Paris.

But as history tells us, it all happened so differently…

Evie and Thomas experience a very different war. Frustrated by life as a privileged young lady, Evie longs to play a greater part in the conflict—but how?—and as Thomas struggles with the unimaginable realities of war he also faces personal battles back home where War Office regulations on press reporting cause trouble at his father’s newspaper business. Through their letters, Evie and Thomas share their greatest hopes and fears—and grow ever fonder from afar. Can love flourish amid the horror of the First World War, or will fate intervene?

Christmas 1968. With failing health, Thomas returns to Paris—a cherished packet of letters in hand—determined to lay to rest the ghosts of his past. But one final letter is waiting for him…


I actually listened to the audiobook of Last Christmas in Paris in November and I loved it so much I will definitely reread it in the future. My brother’s girlfriend spotted it in town for €3 and picked me up a copy. The print version is so pretty. The letters are arranged so nicely, I’m really looking forward to reading it.

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The Ladies’ Room by Carolyn Brown

The Ladies' Room

Secrets told in the church ladies’ room are supposed to stay in the ladies’ room. But that doesn’t mean that what Trudy overhears there during her great-aunt Gertrude’s funeral won’t change the rest of her life.

Trudy has a daughter in the middle of a major rebellion; a two-timing husband who has been cheating for their entire married life; and a mother with Alzheimer’s residing in the local nursing home. She doesn’t really need a crumbling old house about to fall into nothing but a pile of memories and broken knickknacks.

Billy Lee Tucker, resident oddball in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, lived next door to Gert, and in her will she leaves him the funds to help Trudy remodel the old house. That’s fine with Billy Lee, because he’s been in love with Trudy since before they started school. And just spending time with her is something he’d never ever allowed himself to dream about.

A beautiful home rises up from the old house on Broadway, and right along with it rises up a relationship. But is Trudy too scarred from what she heard in the ladies’ room to see a lovely future with Billy Lee

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Box of Frogs by Helen Harper

Box of Frogs (The Fractured Faery, #1)

One corpse. Several bizarre looking attackers. Some very strange magical powers. And a severe bout of amnesia. Madrona is not having a great week. It’s going to be okay though. All she has to do is find out who she really is, protect a soap star from being attacked by a stalker and work out why so many people seem so afraid of her. Because surely she’s a good person.

Right?

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Edinburgh Twilight by Carole Lawrence

Edinburgh Twilight (Ian Hamilton Mysteries #1)

As a new century approaches, Edinburgh is a city divided. The wealthy residents of New Town live in comfort, while Old Town’s cobblestone streets are clotted with criminals, prostitution, and poverty.

Detective Inspector Ian Hamilton is no stranger to Edinburgh’s darkest crimes. Scarred by the mysterious fire that killed his parents, he faces his toughest case yet when a young man is found strangled in Holyrood Park.

With little evidence aside from a strange playing card found on the body, Hamilton engages the help of his aunt, a gifted photographer, and George Pearson, a librarian with a shared interest in the criminal mind. But the body count is rising. As newspapers spin tales of the “Holyrood Strangler,” panic sets in across the city. And with each victim, the murderer is getting closer to Hamilton, the one man who dares to stop him.

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Pines by Blake Crouch

Pines (Wayward Pines, #1)

Secret service agent Ethan Burke arrives in Wayward Pines, Idaho, with a clear mission: locate and recover two federal agents who went missing in the bucolic town one month earlier. But within minutes of his arrival, Ethan is involved in a violent accident. He comes to in a hospital, with no ID, no cell phone, and no briefcase. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into the disappearance of his colleagues turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he get any phone calls through to his wife and son in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what is the purpose of the electrified fences surrounding the town? Are they meant to keep the residents in? Or something else out? Each step closer to the truth takes Ethan further from the world he thought he knew, from the man he thought he was, until he must face a horrifying fact—he may never get out of Wayward Pines alive.

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