Book Review | Bachelor Girl by Kim Van Alkemade

Bachelor Girl by Kim Van Alkemade
Published by: Touchstone on March 6th, 2018
Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction. LGBTQ
Pages: 416
Format: Paperback ARC
Source: Provided by Simon and Schuster Canada in exchange for an honest review

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Summary (from Goodreads): From the New York Times bestselling author of Orphan #8 comes a fresh and intimate novel in the vein of Lilac Girls and The Alice Network about the destructive power of secrets and the redemptive power of love—inspired by the true story of Jacob Ruppert, the millionaire owner of the New York Yankees, and his mysterious bequest in 1939 to an unknown actress, Helen Winthrope Weyant.

When the owner of the New York Yankees baseball team, Colonel Jacob Ruppert, takes Helen Winthrope, a young actress, under his wing, she thinks it’s because of his guilt over her father’s accidental death—and so does Albert Kramer, Ruppert’s handsome personal secretary. Helen and Albert develop a deepening bond the closer they become to Ruppert, an eccentric millionaire who demands their loyalty in return for his lavish generosity.

New York in the Jazz Age is filled with possibilities, especially for the young and single. Yet even as Helen embraces being a “bachelor girl”—a working woman living on her own terms—she finds herself falling in love with Albert, even after he confesses his darkest secret. When Ruppert dies, rumors swirl about his connection to Helen after the stunning revelation that he has left her the bulk of his fortune, which includes Yankee Stadium. But it is only when Ruppert’s own secrets are finally revealed that Helen and Albert will be forced to confront the truth about their relationship to him—and to each other.

Inspired by factual events that gripped New York City in its heyday, Bachelor Girl is a hidden history gem about family, identity, and love in all its shapes and colors. Continue reading

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Monthly Wrap Up | February 2018

February, the shortest month of the year… I still managed to read the same amount of books as I did last month and that is with taking the last week off from reading. I’ve been a little MIA on the blog here as I had to get through work before going on vacation to Iceland! I’m back now, the trip was lovely and a much needed vacation from life. It’s back to work on Monday so that means my reading will be back to normal as I read on the subway commute. I’m looking forward to it!

# of books read: 5

# of pages read: 1,574

Average book length: 314.8 pages

Goodreads 2018 Challenge: 10/75 Continue reading

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Book Review | Moonstone by Sjon

Moonstone by Sjon
Published by: Farrar, Straus and Giroux on August 2nd, 2016
Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction. LGBTQ,
Pages: 142
Format: eBook
Source: Borrowed from the library

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Summary (from Goodreads): The mind-bending miniature historical epic is Sjón’s specialty, and Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was is no exception. But it is also Sjón’s most realistic, accessible, and heartfelt work yet. It is the story of a young man on the fringes of a society that is itself at the fringes of the world–at what seems like history’s most tumultuous, perhaps ultimate moment.

Máni Steinn is queer in a society in which the idea of homosexuality is beyond the furthest extreme. His city, Reykjavik in 1918, is homogeneous and isolated and seems entirely defenseless against the Spanish flu, which has already torn through Europe, Asia, and North America and is now lapping up on Iceland’s shores. And if the flu doesn’t do it, there’s always the threat that war will spread all the way north. And yet the outside world has also brought Icelanders cinema! And there’s nothing like a dark, silent room with a film from Europe flickering on the screen to help you escape from the overwhelming threats–and adventures–of the night, to transport you, to make you feel like everything is going to be all right. For Máni Steinn, the question is whether, at Reykjavik’s darkest hour, he should retreat all the way into this imaginary world, or if he should engage with the society that has so soundly rejected him.  Continue reading

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Audiobook Review | Sourdough by Robin Sloan

Sourdough by Robin Sloan
Published by: MacMillan Audio on September 5th, 2017
Genre: Fiction, Magical Realism, Fantasy, Food and Drink
Pages: —
Format: Audiobook
Source: Borrowed from the library

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Summary (from Goodreads): In his much-anticipated new novel, Robin Sloan does for the world of food what he did for the world of books in Mr. Penumbra s 24-Hour Bookstore

Lois Clary is a software engineer at General Dexterity, a San Francisco robotics company with world-changing ambitions. She codes all day and collapses at night, her human contact limited to the two brothers who run the neighborhood hole-in-the-wall from which she orders dinner every evening. Then, disaster! Visa issues. The brothers close up shop, and fast. But they have one last delivery for Lois: their culture, the sourdough starter used to bake their bread. She must keep it alive, they tell her feed it daily, play it music, and learn to bake with it.

Lois is no baker, but she could use a roommate, even if it is a needy colony of microorganisms. Soon, not only is she eating her own homemade bread, she s providing loaves daily to the General Dexterity cafeteria. The company chef urges her to take her product to the farmer s market, and a whole new world opens up.

When Lois comes before the jury that decides who sells what at Bay Area markets, she encounters a close-knit club with no appetite for new members. But then, an alternative emerges: a secret market that aims to fuse food and technology. But who are these people, exactly?

Leavened by the same infectious intelligence that made Robin Sloan s Mr. Penumbra s 24-Hour Bookstore such a sensation, while taking on even more satisfying challenges, Sourdough marks the triumphant return of a unique and beloved young writer. Continue reading

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Monthly Wrap Up | January 2018

The first month of reading for 2018! I have set my Goodreads challenge this year to 75 books which translates to roughly 6 books a month. Yikes! Certainly doable as some months I keep picking up books that I can’t put down. I think I could have managed more this month but for some reason I keep starting books then putting them down. I think I have 3 or 4 that I read a pretty decent chunk of and then picked up another. Not a great habit. Anyways, here are the 5 books that I read this month.

# of books read: 5

# of pages read: 1,629

Average book length: 325.8 pages

Goodreads 2018 Challenge: 5/75 Continue reading

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Book Review | The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton

The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton
Published by: Avon Books on September 1, 1969
Genre: Fiction, Science Fiction, Thriller
Pages: 327
Format: eBook
Source: Borrowed from the library

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Summary (from Goodreads): The United States government is given a warning by the pre-eminent biophysicists in the country: current sterilization procedures applied to returning space probes may be inadequate to guarantee uncontaminated re-entry to the atmosphere. Two years later, seventeen satellites are sent into the outer fringes of space to collect organisms and dust for study. One of them falls to earth, landing in a desolate area of Arizona. Twelve miles from the landing site, in the town of Piedmont, a shocking discovery is made: the streets are littered with the dead bodies of the town’s inhabitants, as if they dropped dead in their tracks. Continue reading

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Friday Book Beginnings & The Friday 56 | #45

Friday Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader and the Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice.

So Friday Book Beginnings you choose the book you are currently reading or the one that is closest to you and share the first few sentences. For the Friday 56 you simply turn to page 56 or 56% on your e-reader and share a sentence or two that you enjoy. Then just add maybe a synopsis about the book in case others are interested. That’s it!

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Chocolates for Breakfast by Pamela Moore

Published on: June 25th 2013 by Harper Perennial but first published in 1956

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Summary (from Goodreads):  Considered America’s answer to the French sensation BONJOUR TRISTESSE (also published by Harper Perennial), CHOCOLATES FOR BREAKFAST follows Courtney Farrell, a classic disaffected, sexually precocious fifteen year old. Courtney splits her time between Manhattan, where her father works in publishing, and Los Angeles, where her mother is an aging actress. This wild coming-of-age story, scandalous in its day, is also the story of Courtney’s close and ultimately tragic friendship with her boarding school roommate Janet Parker. Continue reading

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