January 9, 2017

What I've Been Reading

One thing I didn't think I would be doing last year on the blog was writing book reviews, but I fell back in love with reading. I have made a promise to myself to take some time out of my day not staring at a computer or phone screen and instead dive in to a book.

One thing I want to change about my book reviews is adding in a quote or two that stood out to me while reading because I always find a handful in every book that I love. I think giving you a little piece of what I found from the book can help you determine if it's something you might like to read along with my review.

We Are All Made of Stars 4/5
book review

"There's something she has to do, and it will keep her alive until it's done. We've all seen it, patients will keep going when everything medical and scientific says they should be gone. They will live until the person they are waiting for arrives, or until they've completed some task, or said something to someone that they must. To families it often feels like some kind of miracle, except that miracles never really happen, not in here. Or at least they're only temporary. And yet a nurse doesn't have to be religious to believe with total certainty in the human spirit. We see it, fighting until the very last, burning brightly in the eyes of the people who are already dying. And we honor it."

I picked up this book at the library because I liked the cover and the title. I'm trying to step outside of my love of mystery, horrors and thrillers to read something at least every few months that's a little different from that genre. I really enjoyed this book about Stella, a hospice nurse who works the night shift at her job so she can stay out of the way of her husband Vincent who recently returned from Afghanistan very injured. Stella is having a tough time figuring out how to live with Vincent, so she opts to work at night and write letters for the patients she's with to give to their loved ones after they pass. I enjoyed the break between the main story line with the letters intermixed and how certain characters all came to interact with one another in the end. This one took me a while to read until I really got in to it, but I loved the ending.

The Sprinkles Baking Book 5/5
Sprinkles Baking Book Review

"Most importantly I want the process of baking to be fun; something you can do with your kids, your friends, other loved ones, or on a quiet afternoon by yourself, when the rhythm of baking brings a happy smile. Because at the end of the day, life is meant to be sweet."

Candace Nelson started Sprinkles in 2005, and it's America's first cupcake only bakery. I already enjoyed Candace from watching Cupcake Wars on TV, but she opens up and shares her baking secrets to making Sprinkles Cupcakes along with 100 delicious desserts. My favorite is the Sprinkles Red Velvet Cupcake, and the amazing recipe is shared in this cookbook along with the also tasty dark chocolate, vanilla, strawberry and many more.
I really enjoyed the fun tidbits Candace sprinkled in like "how to eat a cupcake" offering different ways people try them,  the time Oprah called and wanted cupcakes for her audience 12 hours Chicago, and how she gets her signature swirl on the frosting of a cupcake. 
Recipes I can't wait to make: Spiced Zucchini Bread With Cream Cheese Frosting, Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes and Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie.

Miracle on 5th Avenue- 5/5
Miracle on 5th Avenue Review

" isn't so much about the individual people as what they represent. Family is about love, isn't it? And security. And that doesn't have to come from a mother. It can be a father, or an aunt, or in my case a grandmother. What a child needs is to grow up with the knowledge that they're loved and accepted for who they are."

I got this recommendation from Nadine and actually finished it cozied up on the couch by the tree on Christmas Eve. I loved this cute storyline and how things didn't play out in some magical fairytale. Eva Jordan is sent on a work mission to decorate and watch crime writer Lucas Blade's penthouse in New York City over Christmas while he's gone working on his next book. Turns out, Lucas never left...and he hates Christmas, the exact opposite of Miss Claus Eva. I enjoyed the entire story, especially since I LOVE Christmas. This book was part of a series (From Manhattan With Love) from Sarah Morgan and I'm excited to read the rest of them (a little backwards now).

 I have a L O N G list of things I want to read, but always love hearing new book suggestions from you too, some drop me one in the comment section if you have something I may like to check out. Also, if you have anything different you would like to see in my reviews let me know!

Happy Reading!

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