Good Reads

Good Reads…

I love to read, and I always have too many books on the go!
I usually have a couple of new cookbooks to peruse, 
and some mindless reading (because we can’t always be scholars right?).
Right now there are so many good books out, 
and with Costco brimming with good reads we buy a lot of books!
Here’s what I’m reading right now!
As you can see I’ve got quite an array of genres here…it’s how I roll
…I’m all over the place…in more ways than one let me tell you….
1.  The Feed Zone Cookbook by Biju Thomas & Allen Lim 
My hubby ordered this one for himself (how cute!)!  He is an avid biker, so this cookbook appealed to him…and surprisingly I have found it great!  It’s full of simple, fresh and healthy recipes, with great photos!  We’ve made quite a few recipes from this book, and have yet to be disappointed!
2.  In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
If you are interested in a different perspective on food and what we are eating, Michael Pollan’s books are fantastic.  This one was one of my favourites, next to Omnivore’s Dilemma.   I’d love to do a whole post on his books…
3.  Perennial Favorites by Lois Hole
I love Lois Hole.  She was a gardening guru from our neck of the woods…her books are my gardening bibles.  This one has been flipped through hundreds of times!
4.  The Midwife’s Confession by Diane Chamberlain
A great easy summer read.  It’s a tangled web of friendships, romances and secrets!
5.  The Magic by Rhonda Byrne
This is a great read on gratitude and opening your life to it.  It’s an easy read, and great for positive thinking!
6.  Insurgent by Veronica Roth
As you may already know, I love this series.  The first book Divergent (I did a little post on it here), is one of my favourite reads.  If you liked the Hunger Games trilogy, you will most likely like this series.  Insurgent is book 2 of the trilogy, and it’s fantastic!
7.  Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris
This series (which if you didn’t know already, inspired the HBO show True Blood) is my mindless reading series.  It’s not a scholars reading dream, but a girl needs some romance and silliness in her life right?  Even if it is with vampires and all that crazy stuff.  This book is #12 of the series. 
8.  City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
This is book #5 of the Mortal Instruments series.  Again, the genre is science fiction and fantasy.  Easy reads – it you read Hunger Games, Mortal Instruments, The Golden Compass you might enjoy this series.
9.  Pure Vegan by Joseph Shuldiner
This is a new cookbook we picked up at Costco.  The recipes look fresh, delicious and healthy.  But I picked it up more as eye candy for photography!  
10.  Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi
Again, another eye candy cookbook from Costco…I can’t resist a pretty cookbook.  I’m trying to be a self-taught food photography rockstar.  I need all the help I can get on this one!
So do you have any reading recommendations?  
I’m always on the look out for a good book, so do share!

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    Courtenay@Creek Line House
    May 24, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    Lois Hole! She went to my highschool! Or she was some sort of ambassador to my high school. I don’t know. I just remember her being at my graduation and it being a big hullaballoo. I most definitely should be reading about gardening from her. And I’d forgotten all about wanting to read the new Michael Pollan book. Thanks for reminding me!

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    May 24, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    your reading list is all over the place … I just started Gregg Allman’s autobiography – too soon to tell what it’s going to be like. I just (finally) finished Fifty Shades of Grey. Should have been one book, better written, less cheesy – just goes to show that sex sells even if it is bad.

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    May 26, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    Like you I LOVE Lois Hole’s Perennials. Love all her books in fact – I just picked up “Vegetables” yesterday at Value Village. It’s so good to have gardening books relevant for our cold, fickle climate and that are organised in such a user-friendly format. I’m onto my second copy of Perennials as my first one got so beaten up, (dog-eared, watered, muddied) that it couldn’t be saved.

    I’ve often thought I might write to her son, and see if he could do an update as there are so many new varieties of plants out there are begging for the same logical treatment…

    Hope you’ve been able to get out there and get your hands dirty between rainstorms. Don’t you love May in Calgary???

    Caroline, Calgary

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    Nessa Bixler
    May 27, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    I love book recommendations! And I haven’t read any of these. Thanks so much.

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    Good Reads

    Good Reads…

    I love, love to read, and I’m always in the middle of a good book.
    I recently just finished ‘A Discovery of Witches’, and loved it, so I wanted to share!
    It’s a story of witches, vampires and daemons…but wait, wait…I don’t want to lose you here…!  
    Don’t toss the idea of it out yet if you are sick of vampires!
    This is a new, really interesting story, that is written for adults, so there is depth to it!
    I highly recommend it!
    So what is ‘A Discovery of Witches’ about anyway?

    Honestly, I couldn’t have summed it up any better – here is a little synopsis written by Daphne Durham for Amazon Reviews…
    “It all begins with a lost manuscript, a reluctant witch, and 1,500-year-old vampire. Dr. Diana Bishop has a really good reason for refusing to do magic: she is a direct descendant of the first woman executed in the Salem Witch Trials, and her parents cautioned her be discreet about her talents before they were murdered, presumably for having “too much power.” So it is purely by accident that Diana unlocks an enchanted long-lost manuscript (a book that all manner of supernatural creatures believe to hold the story of all origins and the secret of immortality) at the Bodleian Library at Oxford, and finds herself in a race to prevent an interspecies war. A sparkling debut written by a historian and self-proclaimed oenophile, A Discovery of Witches is heady mix of history and magic, mythology and love (cue the aforementioned vampire!), making for a luxurious, intoxicating, one-sitting read.”
     –Daphne Durham (Amazon Reviews)

    Happy Reading!

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    May 14, 2011 at 9:30 PM

    Sounds like a good book. I always appreciate when I can get a review of a book. My daughter and I love reading vampire, witches books…we are True Blood biggest fans! Diane

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    Laurie@The Baking Bookworm
    May 15, 2011 at 3:48 AM

    Sounds great! I have never heard of the book before but I’m always on the lookout for a new read!! I’ll put it on my ‘gotta read list’ and will write a review on it when I’m done. Thanks!

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    May 17, 2011 at 6:24 PM

    Looks interesting is going on my list of books to read. Thanks!

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    May 17, 2011 at 6:59 PM

    I just started reading this- glad to hear it’s good!

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    More Than A Mom
    May 17, 2011 at 9:26 PM

    I’m glad you said “WAIT!” because I am tired of witch and vampire books but the summary does make it sound different. I was able to put it on hold (and in Large Print) at my local library. Thanks for the recommendation – I’m looking forward to it!

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