Sunday, January 12, 2014

Mailbox Monday and It's Monday, What Are You Reading? January 13 Edition

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia who now blogs at To Be Continued. It is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home on its blog. Link up to share your MM.

Two review books this week.
I'm really excited about both of these!

Panic by Lauren Oliver

Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of twelve thousand people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do.

Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She'd never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.

Dodge has never been afraid of Panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game; he's sure of it. But what he doesn't know is that he's not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for.

For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them—and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most.

Already optioned by Universal Pictures in a major deal, this gritty, spellbinding novel captures both the raw energy of fear mixed with excitement as well as the aching need to find a place to belong.

Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy

The Fault in Our Stars meets Sarah Dessen in this lyrical novel about a girl with cancer who creates a take-no-prisoners bucket list that sets off a war at school—only to discover she's gone into remission.

When sixteen-year-old Alice is diagnosed with leukemia, she vows to spend her final months righting wrongs. So she convinces her best friend to help her with a crazy bucket list that's as much about revenge as it is about hope. But just when Alice's scores are settled, she goes into remission, and now she must face the consequences of all she's said and done.

Contemporary realistic fiction fans who adore Susane Colasanti and Jenny Han and stories filled with romance and humor will find much to love in this incredible debut.

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Cape Maybe by Carol Fragale Brill

Sometimes the toughest journey is the one that takes you back to your roots. For Katie, navigating life and love is trickier than walking barefoot on a beach full of broken shells. Maybe Katie will break the family cycle of alcoholism. Maybe she won’t. Set against the backdrop of picturesque, seaside Cape May, Cape Maybe traces the push and pull of Katie’s conflicting love for her erratic mother and steadfast grandfather and her ever-growing attraction to her best friend, Dennis. Katie’s life is shaped by her vow to be nothing like her alcoholic mother. Her reckless teenage choices test the strength of family ties, friendship, and first love. Ultimately about hard-earned hope, what we inherit, and what we choose to let go, in Cape Maybe, Katie discovers what she never expected about motherhood, forgiving yourself, and creating your own second chances.

Dunstable Park House-A Victorian Time Travel Romance by Therese Stenzel

After her fiancé’s death, Brenna Keelin travels to England, stumbles up hidden stairs in a cathedral and comes out in 1871 Yorkshire. To keep from starving, she becomes a servant in a great estate. More than anything she wants to return to her modern life, especially in time for her sister's wedding, but falling in love has changed everything.

Lord Garren Buntingford left Scotland to take over an earldom. He has a lot to learn about the subtleties of being an aristocrat—and a title he never wanted. He desires to return to his vast farm and family in Scotland until a beautiful housemaid is injured by a horse and he carries her back to the estate where she works in his arms.

Brenna must hide the truth about where she is from and find her purpose for being sent through time before the stairs will open again. But soon discovers that her calling is to help Lord Garren marry an aristocratic wife. Her heart is torn between fulfilling her call and a desperate passion for a braw Scotsman that society says she can never have. Both must choose between the home they long for and a forbidden love, between duty and devotion, the upstairs and the downstairs, all under the roof of Dunstable Park House.

It's been over three months now that I started a gluten-free diet and have been feeling much better, so I couldn't pass this one when I saw it at Costco.

Grain Power: Over 100 Delicious Gluten-Free Ancient Grain and Superblend Recipes by Patricia green and Carolyn Hemming

Grain Power makes it simple to include a variety of delicious gluten-free ancient grains in your everyday meals. Ancient grains are great tasting and not only ideal for people with food allergies, gluten intolerance and health issues, but also those looking for delicious, nutrient-rich grains for a healthy lifestyle.

Packed with lots of variety and unique, natural flavors, recipes feature the most popular and versatile gluten-free ancient grains available today. It’s easy to super-charge all your meals with these health-boosting, nutrient-dense superfoods: amaranth, buckwheat, chia, kañiwa, quinoa, millet, oats, sorghum, teff.

Grain Power is a complete cookbook featuring everything you need to know about cooking these amazing ancient grains, as well as combining them into unique superblends.

Grain Power features over 100 easy-to-make, delicious recipes like Pumpkin Spice Steel-Cut Oats, Chewy Chocolate Granola with Cherries & Buckwheat, Millet & Quinoa Blueberry Pecan Snack Bars, Smoked Ham and Leek Amaranth Chowder, Thin-Crust Vegetable Pizza with Fresh Basil, and Caramel Apple Buckwheat Crêpes.

This meme is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. This is where we keep track of what we are currently reading and plan to read.  The kidlit version is hosted by Jen at Teach Mentor Texts.

Read and reviewed:
Organic Beauty with Essential Oil by Rebecca Park Totilo (Loved this book!)
The Sad Tree and Pronuba by Christina Steiner (an endearing children's book)

Bookish Posts:
Susanna Kearsley & Friends Tour and Giveaway of The Rose Garden (Ends today!)
Bucket List Challenge 2014 (See what I want to accomplish this year!)
Winner of Children's Book

Currently Reading:
A Mad Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller (Very good!)

Hope you all have a great reading week!

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