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[Book Nook] May Reads

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There are some great books coming out in May that I’m really excited for!

  1. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right? (more…)

Read it! February Book Picks

There are some great books coming out from some of my favourite authors this month! Do you have any of these books on your list?

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Norse Mythology: by Neil Gaiman

In Norse Mythology, Gaiman stays true to the myths in envisioning the major Norse pantheon: Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki—son of a giant—blood brother to Odin and a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator.

Gaiman fashions these primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds and delves into the exploits of deities, dwarfs, and giants.
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My Not So Perfect Life: A Novel by Sophie Kinsella

Everywhere Katie Brenner looks, someone else is living the life she longs for, particularly her boss, Demeter Farlowe. Demeter is brilliant and creative, lives with her perfect family in a posh townhouse, and wears the coolest clothes. Katie’s life, meanwhile, is a daily struggle—from her dismal rental to her oddball flatmates to the tense office politics she’s trying to negotiate. No wonder Katie takes refuge in not-quite-true Instagram posts, especially as she’s desperate to make her dad proud.

Then, just as she’s finding her feet—not to mention a possible new romance—the worst happens. Demeter fires Katie. Shattered but determined to stay positive, Katie retreats to her family’s farm in Somerset to help them set up a vacation business. London has never seemed so far away—until Demeter unexpectedly turns up as a guest. Secrets are spilled and relationships rejiggered, and as the stakes for Katie’s future get higher, she must question her own assumptions about what makes for a truly meaningful life.
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5 Days of Christmas Cheer: Indigo Best Books of 2016 Prize Pack

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When the holidays eventually wind down, you’re left with some blissful freedom to relax on your own. That’s the perfect time to grab a favourite cup of tea and a new book!

I still think that a book is one of the best gifts that you can give! On my wish list, I definitely have some books on there. (One of them is Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick, if anyone is listening.) (more…)

[ Read it! ] Where to Go When

I love to travel. I’m constantly thinking of new places to go, and new things to see. I visit flight sale websites weekly, if not daily, and always have my next trip planned. One thing that I’m always obsessing about is, when should I go somewhere? What’s the weather like in Australia in August? When can I avoid hurricane season in the Caribbean?

In particular, I’ll be planning a honeymoon soon (yay!) and am trying to figure out what month to go. A book that’s been helping me out is the DK Eyewitness Travel Where to Go When: The World’s Best Destinations.

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I can’t stress how awesome this book is. It breaks down each month and recommends the best places to travel.. Each month shares where you should go, what events are going on and a bit of history. It also has helpful information, such as should you rent a car, what will the weather be like, and how to get there.

I’m thinking about taking a honeymoon in August. The month of August starts with a suggestion of festivals, natural wonders, luxury and romance and active adventures.

Luxury and romance sounds perfect to me. The book suggests Verona, Italy, Sierra De Gredos, Spain and Mozambique, South Africa.

Mozambique sounds pretty interesting. The section suggests where to stay and an eight day itinerary. There’s also full colour photos of some popular destinations. In other words? It’s super helpful, and helps to give your trip some direction, or an idea of where to go.

It’s the perfect book to curl up with a cup of tea and daydream with, or to plan your next excursion. It would also be an amazing gift for your family and friends who always seem to be jetting off on another adventure.

Where to Go When can be found at Indigo.ca

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October Reads

Yes! It’s finally fall, the best time of the year, and my favourite time for new books. Here’s what I’ll be reading this month whilst consuming cups of tea.

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Bobbette & Belle: Classic Recipes from the Celebrated Pastry Shop Bobbette & Belle is one of my favorite bakeries in Toronto! They are super cute inside and make delicious cakes and hot chocolate. They are finally sharing their recipes with the world in their very first book!

Allyson and Sarah share their most loved recipes that fill their French-inspired pastry shops, from Soft and Chewy Ginger Cookies and Dark Chocolate Brownie Fudge Cake to Caramelized Almond Torte and Mile-High Lemon Meringue Pie. Over 100 recipes and variations including classic cookies and bars; cupcakes and layer cakes; loaves, scones, bundts and tortes; crumbles, tarts and pies; French macarons; confections and more to create your own magical world of sweets at home.

boyThe Boy is Back by Meg Cabot: Reed Stewart thought he’d left all his small town troubles—including a broken heart—behind when he ditched tiny Bloomville, Indiana, ten years ago to become rich and famous on the professional golf circuit.  Then one tiny post on the Internet causes all of those troubles to return . . . with a vengeance. Becky Flowers has worked hard to build her successful senior relocation business, but she’s worked even harder to forget Reed Stewart ever existed. She has absolutely no intention of seeing him when he returns—until his family hires her to save his parents.

Now Reed and Becky can’t avoid one another—or the memories of that one fateful night.  And soon everything they thought they knew about themselves (and each other) has been turned upside down, and they—and the entire town of Bloomville—might never be the same, all because The Boy Is Back.

oOtherworld Chills: Final Tales of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong. Sob! I hope these really aren’t the final tales. I love this series too much to let go. The fifth and final collection of stories–including an original novella exclusive to this book–featuring the fascinating werewolves, witches, necromancers, angels and demons of Kelley Armstrong’s internationally bestselling Women of the Otherworld series. A must-have for fans!

 

 

crosstalkCrosstalk by Connie Williams In the not-too-distant future, a simple outpatient procedure to increase empathy between romantic partners has become all the rage. And Briddey Flannigan is delighted when her boyfriend, Trent, suggests undergoing the operation prior to a marriage proposal—to enjoy better emotional connection and a perfect relationship with complete communication and understanding. But things don’t quite work out as planned, and Briddey finds herself connected to someone else entirely—in a way far beyond what she signed up for.

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Wedding Planning Tools

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So, as it turns out, planning a wedding isn’t all that easy. Although I love to plan, there’s a certain kind of stress that comes with planning the biggest party of your life. For me, the most stressful part was picking a date and a venue. Now that that’s finally done, I can get down to some of the fun bits, like picking my wedding photographer and florist. I’m trying to stay organized, so I have a trifecta of stationary to help me out. (more…)

#IndigoBookClub April: The Nest

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Have you been following along with the #IndigoBookClub? For the month of April, the book pick is the much buzzed about novel The Nest by Cynthia D’Apprix Sweeney. Can we take a moment to look at how gorgeous the cover is? I just finished reading this book and I enjoyed it. It was funny, frustrating, sad and addictive. Read more below.

On a wintry afternoon in New York City, Melody, Beatrice and Jack Plumb gather to confront their charismatic and reckless older brother, Leo, who has just been released from rehab. Leo’s bad behavior before entering rehab, culminating in a car crash while under the influence, a nineteen-year-old waitress beside him, has left the Plumbs’ joint trust fund “The Nest,” as they’ve taken to calling it, endangered. All four siblings, at very different places in their lives, believe that this money will solve a host of self-inflicted problems and their consequences.

Tender, funny and deftly written, The Nest explores what money does to relationships, what happens to our ambitions over the course of our lives, and the fraught but unbreakable ties we have with our families.

Did you read the Nest? Wanna talk about it? Join the #IndigoBookClub Twitter party with @chaptersindigo on April 27th at 7 PM to take part in a discussion about The Nest!

 

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