Saturday, February 5, 2011

To End The Reading List For January.....

Last Friday I finished another book on the oh so amazing Kindle. I have  now come to think of my this amazing gift from my parents as the gift that just keeps giving and I cannot thank them enough for it.

Yet again I found myself reading a light hearted, love story called "Always The Baker, Never The Bride" another freebie from Amazon. 

Always the Baker, Never the Bride

I don't have much to say about this book other than that is was simple and cute.  It was a great light hearted read that was a great way to end a long day before bed.  From the beginning you can kind of see where the book is going and by the third chapter you pretty much have it all figured out.  I am looking forward to reading more books by the author even though they are not my normal style it was a good change. 

I think I also loved this book because when I was younger I wanted to go in to hospitality and do some sort of event planing or run a hotel and well this book has both of those aspects. 


Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

When diabetic Emma Rae Travis wins the prestigious Passionate Palate Award for her innovative crème brûlée wedding cake, she is thrilled to be offered the position of pastry chef by the new proprietors of the Tanglewood Inn, an Atlanta institution being renovated into a five-star wedding-destination hotel. She is also attracted to its CEO. But Jackson Drake is still mourning his beloved wife’s untimely passing and is unable to reconcile his burgeoning feelings for Emma Rae with his loyalty to Desirée’s memory. Although both consider themselves blessed with supportive family and friends, Emma Rae and Jackson would rather be spared the well-meaning efforts at convincing them to return to their childhood faith. And when Emma Rae’s unappreciative former boss and her ex-boyfriend—the cad and his fiancée are about to become the Tanglewood’s first wedding clients—both suddenly want her back, Bricker’s contemporary inspirational romance really heats up! Topical recipes, menus, and how-to tips entice the reader with an insider’s perspective on the lucrative business surrounding all things bridal. --Lynne Welch

Product Description

Thirty-six-year-old Emma Rae Travis has been baking specialty cakes and melt-in-your-mouth pastries at The Backstreet Bakery in historic Roswell, just outside of Atlanta, for the last six years. But here s the rub about her job as a baker ... Emma is diabetic. When she tastes her creations, it can only be in the most minute portions. Emma is considered an artisan for the stunning crème brulee wedding cake that won her the Passionate Palette Award last year, but she s never even had one full slice of it.

When Jackson Drake hears about this local baker who has won a prestigious award for her wedding cake artistry, he tells his assistant to be sure and include her in the pastry tastings scheduled at his new wedding destination hotel the following week. And for Jackson, that particular day has started out badly with two workmen trapped in a broken elevator and a delivery of several dozen 300-thread-count bed linens in the wrong size abandoned in the lobby. But when the arrogant baker he met a week prior in Roswell stumbles into the dining room with a platter of pastries and a bucketful of orders, he knows for certain: It s going to be a really rotten day.

Can these two ill-suited players master the high-wire act and make a go of their new business venture? Or will they take each other crashing downward, without a net? And will the surprise wedding at The Tanglewood be theirs?
The past few days I have been trying to get into another book.  After having Lasik done last Saturday (that blog is soon to come) I got to use the "text to speech" app on my Kindle and loved it, but after a few hours felt like I wasn't reading anymore and well part of my love of books is getting to read it myself.  The past few books I have tried to start have not pulled me in yet I am looking forward to reading them, I guess they are just not what I am in the mood for.  I think I finally found "the one" today, it is called "A Dog Named Slugger". 

I was doing my monthly check up on my 2011 goals (check out all my big plans for the year in this blog from earlier last month http://bart-megan.blogspot.com/2011/01/wow-its-really-2011.html) and I am happy to say that I kicked my two books a month goals butt!  Sadly I started one business book and I am still trying to finish it so I didn't meet that goal, but I am doing better on cooking!  I know not even related to the same topic but hey I can be proud.  I also have been doing better on my lesson plans and keep up with stuff around the apartment.....now if only I could tackle some of those other goals this month.  Oh and even with a very stressful month last month I think I did much better at just staying happy and not worrying as much. 

I know, I know I ramble.  So what was this blog about again?  Oh yes books! One of my favorite things in life.  I guess to recap this month the books I got to enjoy, ponder over, and can hopefully talk some of you into reading were:

  1. "The Potluck Club" and I must say that it was a great way to start off the New Year and I cannot wait to read more from the series.   
  2. "Confessions of a Shopaholic" cute and fun.   
  3. "So I Dated An Axe Murderer" it was interesting and I liked but oddly a little to short for me.   
  4. "The Justice Game" this one I liked but I didn't like, it's hard to explain exactly what is going on inside my head about this book. 
  5. "Always the Baker Never The Bride"
To read a much more thought out and better put together review of any of these books check out past blogs or even better yet just run your mouse over my Shelfair bookshelf over on the left side.  Sadly shelfari is a sight one of my friends who also loves to read got me hooked on and I love it.  It is a great way to keep up with everything I have read, because sadly sometimes books that I loved somehow seem to just slip through the cracks of my brain when I am trying to find something new to read.  Now I just have to look back and I am instantly reminded of what I thought about the books and the sight will even recommend other books I might like by that author or in that general area. 

And now it is time to wrap this blog up.  I guess I will end today with a question, something I have never done before because well I know that most of the time my family and some very close friends read this to keep up with is going on over here in the land of far far away and don't have time to post back.  But here it goes. What books do you recommend?  What are you reading? 

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend and I hope those up in the cold cold north are staying nice and warm, maybe even with a good glass of wine and a great book!

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