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Paris Echo by Sebastian Faulks

Paris Echo by Sebastian Faulks

I feel like Paris Echo doesn’t know what kind of a book it wants to be, so it is a few of them bound together: literary fiction and historical fiction with a sprinkle of self-discovery and ghosts. Our main characters are Hannah, a 30-something researching her contribution to a history book, and Tariq, a nineteen-year-old who decided to take a break from his native Morocco. Both of them have issues they’re working on though they don’t know it until they’ve…

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Accidents Happen by Sharon Karaa

Accidents Happen by Sharon Karaa

Accidents Happen is a thought-provoking, lighthearted, and quick read because, if you’re like me, you will not be able to put it down. It reads like a chick-lit rom-com, and it is in many ways, but it has much more substance and plot than a typical book in these genres. Eight days before her wedding, Tabitha finds herself taking the place of a soul collector (think grim reaper) while he makes himself comfortable in her body. While she waits for…

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November Recap

November Recap

November was mostly quiet and low-key. It was a Whole 30 month for me that was mostly successful; I took a few liberties throughout the month and then towards the end there were a few meals that were definitely not compliant. I think going forward I’ll do it for 2 weeks or so at a time, maybe a full 30 days once a year or so. I feel a lot better when I eat cleaner so I plan to incorporate…

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Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal

Several months ago while browsing in a bookstore, a friend recommended Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows to me. It sounded cute but something I would not normally seek out to read. I put it on my ever-growing TBR list anyway so I wouldn’t forget it. I found the audiobook version on one of Audible’s recent sales and decided to get it. I’m so glad I did. It is romance-meets-mystery-meets- regular life. Nikki, the daughter of two Indian immigrants living in…

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Wednesday Whimsy #21

Wednesday Whimsy #21

Happy Wednesday, the first one of November. I have a massage scheduled for today so it is an especially happy one. I’m looking at my calendar for the month and I notice that I don’t have anything French on the books. I’ll have to find a new themed book release or a Whole 30-friendly French recipe to try to spice things up a little. Oh! Or I can find a new French movie I haven’t seen. Once I finish binging…

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October Recap

October Recap

October seemed like a short month for me. I spent over half of it -16 days- in the Southwest on a road trip. Joe and I drove from Washington through Oregon and Idaho and on to Utah, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, and back home. For the rest of the month I pretty much just ate out with friends in anticipation of doing Whole 30 again for the month of November. New ReleasesAn Easy Death by Charlaine HarrisMuse of Nightmares…

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Alice by Christina Henry

Alice by Christina Henry

Alice is a darker book than I usually read. Not dark in a horror or gory way, but in a way where a lot of bad things happen in a really bad place and not a lot of good is going on. Old City, where the novel takes place, is split up into sections that are run by (the equivalent of) mob bosses and the citizens live in constant fear of the bosses or those who work for them. Everyone…

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September Recap

September Recap

For me September was busy and held a variety of things. I started the month off in North Carolina visiting family and celebrating my nephew’s third birthday. We have had cooler weather in Seattle since the end of August and Fall weather is definitely in full swing now. Here are some highlights from the rest of the month: New Book ReleasesIn Paris September 4 Vengeful September 25 Instantly French September 25    The Little Swedish Kitchen September 25The Botanical Bible…

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Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews

Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews

I purchased Clean Sweep last year for $1 and it has been hanging out on my kindle ever since, which was a mistake. I picked it to read late one afternoon on a whim and I barely set it down until I finished it later that same night. More than an enjoyable read, this book made me think this is the kind of story I want to write. Dina is an innkeeper in a small Texas town, but innkeeper doesn’t…

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Wednesday Whimsy #20

Wednesday Whimsy #20

Bonjour and happy Wednesday. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen that I deleted the app from my phone. I’m making a separate post about it, but the jist of the reasoning behind it is I kept getting super specific ads that they only could have picked up on if they listened to all of my verbal conversations despite my not giving them microphone access. Until the next great social media platform comes out, I’ll be using…

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