The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

“I guess humans like to watch a little destruction. Sand castles, houses of cards, that’s where they begin. “ I love this book even as I’m sucked into the throes of its deepest tragedies. Even as I’d watched the movie midway through the book, I was unprepared for its ending. Nazism, constant bombings, war-torn countriesContinue reading “The Book Thief by Markus Zusak”

Pick of the Week

Karl Pilkington brandishes his unique class of intelligence once again in The Moaning of Life, a humourous take on the human condition and crucial ever-evolving global issues. In Trust Me, I’m Lying Ryan Holiday does an exposè of popular blogosphere; hook, line and sinker of the biggest liars in social media. Onto a lighter read,Continue reading “Pick of the Week”

Book Review: Selling Scarlett

I received this book in exchange for an honest review, and here it is! Published April 13th 2013 by Barkley’s Books SYNOPSIS: Elizabeth DeVille doesn’t belong at a party like this–one where the gowns cost more than her Camry and cigars run higher than her grad school utility bills. Dragged out of seclusion by herContinue reading “Book Review: Selling Scarlett”

At Least You’re in Tuscany: A Somewhat Disastrous Quest for the Sweet Life

I received this book in exchange for a review, and here it is! By Jennifer Criswell Published September 28th 2012 by Gemelli Press LLC MY REVIEW: “It was this trip, during which I learned to say “yes” to every adventure, during which I’d felt romance and trusted my instincts, that convinced me that if IContinue reading “At Least You’re in Tuscany: A Somewhat Disastrous Quest for the Sweet Life”

Boat Girl: A Memoir of Youth, Love & Fiberglass

I received this book from Beating Windward Press in exchange for an honest review, and here it is! Published October 1st 2012 by Beating Windward Press LLC MY REVIEW: Melanie Neale’s memoir evokes a scenic memory of the Bahamas and Florida – an elusive beginning to a heartbreaking story of growing-up and falling apart inContinue reading “Boat Girl: A Memoir of Youth, Love & Fiberglass”

Confessions of a Hostie: True Stories of an International Flight Attendant

I received this book from Monsoon Books in exchange for a review, and here it is! Published July 1st 2012/October 28th 2013 by Monsoon Books MY REVIEW: “Caffeine is not a drug – it’s a vitamin. Comedian Steven Wright makes a joke about how he first makes an instant coffee just so he has theContinue reading “Confessions of a Hostie: True Stories of an International Flight Attendant”

Book Review: Waking Up Married

I received this book from Harlequin KISS in exchange for a review, and here it is! By Mira Lyn Kelly Date Published: January 22, 2013 Publisher: Harlequin KISS My Ratings: 7.2 / 10 “Life isn’t about getting everything you want the instant you want it. Some things are worth waiting for.” Additional Info: From USAContinue reading “Book Review: Waking Up Married”

Book Review: I Heart London

Published June 7th 2012 by Harper Book Number 5 brings Angela back in full circle. She is summoned home for her mom’s 60th birthday party to a weed-rolling dad, and an ex-fiance who still wishes to stick his tongue down her throat. Plus her mom convinced the family and friends to hold the Angela-Alex weddingContinue reading “Book Review: I Heart London”

Book Review: I Heart Vegas

Published by Harper, 2011 Unemployed: check. Deportation notice: check. Next stop: Las Vegas! Best friend Jenny treats Angela to a weekend at Vegas with her new room-mate, supermodel Sadie. Concurrently, Jenny’s ex-boyfriend Jeff, currently engaged, takes his posse on a stag night slash strip-club weekend to Vegas. Something smells fishy…or does it? The chapel ofContinue reading “Book Review: I Heart Vegas”

Book Review: Window (Michele Renae)

I received this book in exchange for a review, and here it is! Date Published: October 22, 2013 My Ratings: 7.5 / 10 “I loved that word: decadent. Unrestrained self-gratification. Indulgence.” Set in modern day France, this contemporary piece is written in sensual prose that tells of a girl starting afresh by moving to Paris.Continue reading “Book Review: Window (Michele Renae)”

Book Review: I Heart Paris

Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks Date Published: January 1st 2010 My Ratings: 7 / 10 Yes I truly heart Paris! With all due bias, this is my favorite in the series. Set in my dream city to live in someday, the third installation captures the mystery and allure of Paris. The Alex/Angela relationship takes a nosediveContinue reading “Book Review: I Heart Paris”

Book Review: I Heart Hollywood

Publisher: Harper Date Published: December 1st 2009 My Ratings: 7 / 10 This fast-paced sequel to I Heart New York races Angela Clark through a whirlwind week in Hollywood. James Jacob, Hollywood star and heartthrob has made special requests for her to conduct the exclusive interview, and as days progress, she finds herself in deepContinue reading “Book Review: I Heart Hollywood”

365 Guide New York City: Drink. Eat. $ave. Every Day of the Year. A Guide to New York City Restaurants and Bars.

I received this book from Hugo House Publishers Ltd in exchange for a review, and here it is! Monica DiNatale is no doubt an expert on dining out in NYC. This guide will make life for first-time NYC travelers a hell lot easier. Swishing through the pages, you’ll find the name of the bar/restaurant, itsContinue reading “365 Guide New York City: Drink. Eat. $ave. Every Day of the Year. A Guide to New York City Restaurants and Bars.”

Book Review: The State We’re In

Publisher: Headline Review Date Published: 4th July 2013 My Ratings: 7 / 10 Average Goodreads Ratings: 3.9 / 5 SYNOPSIS: What are the odds that the stranger sitting next to you on a plane is destined to change your life? Especially when they appear to be your opposite in every way. She’s a life-long optimist,Continue reading “Book Review: The State We’re In”

Book Review: I Heart New York

Whenever I’m done with a grueling day at work, a piece of light, fun chick-lit (or the likes of it) brings back the cheer in me. Lindsey Kelk’s humour is not at Sophie Kinsella’s, but rather, in a homelier manner her characters are likeable, relatable and slapstick funny. I couldn’t help liking Angela Clark. SheContinue reading “Book Review: I Heart New York”

Book Review: You Don’t Have to say You Love Me

Neve Slater’s self-esteem is buried somewhere underneath her size 32 waist-line. She battles to fit herself into a size 10 in order to finally attract the attention of her love interest William, and decides to enter a ‘pancake relationship’ with the sex-god celebrity journalist Max. Max’s social reputation as a full-time jerk with the abilityContinue reading “Book Review: You Don’t Have to say You Love Me”

Book Review: The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris

Do not read this book on an empty stomach, for it will leave you foraging for every last morsel of chocolate in the refridgerator. With the promise of being introduced to the world of The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris, Jenny Colgan has left me more than hooked: I literally devoured her novel in 2Continue reading “Book Review: The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris”

Book Review: The Food of Love

I’ve truly learnt a lot of Italian phrases from Anthony Capella and here are some of my favourites: “…what your first Italian date told you to say to anyone who got fresh with you..” 1.“Cacati in mano e prenditi a schiaffi” lit: Take a shit on your hands and then smack your own face 2.“Lei e’unContinue reading “Book Review: The Food of Love”

Book Review: Happily Ever After

“Everyone’s allowed to be in love with the wrong person at some point. In fact, it’s a mistake not to be.” ― Harriet Evans, Happily Ever After Much like hot chocolate on a rainy Sunday afternoon — which is what the coverpage conjures as an afterthought — was exactly how the book felt in my hands. ThisContinue reading “Book Review: Happily Ever After”