Giving Thanks

It’s Thanksgiving in Canada today and this year we’re giving thanks with a completely vegetarian meal, the first time I’ve tried this! Since no one was interested in pumpkin pie this year, I adapted a recipe for Vanilla Bean cake for our dessert. The recipe called for salted caramel sauce, which I love, but it felt to rich and heavy for the end of our meal. So I made a lemon glaze instead.

Lemon glaze brightens up a rich vanilla bean cake

Bookish News

Last week Lucy & Dee The Silk Road went up on NetGalley for advance readers to read and review. It’s a free service and for a limited time, you can download a complimentary copy of the book.

Just click on the widget and it will take you straight there.

It’s getting close to the holiday season and we’re all being advised to order our gift book early because…supply chain issues. If you’re looking for some good ideas, LitHub has this selection of the best reviewed books of the week.

I love epistolary novels, narratives composed solely or mainly of letters. Two particular favourites have been The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, and Gone With the Windsors, by Laurie Graham. Sarah Rahman talks about how she fell in love with epistolary novels in this article and gives some wonderful examples and recommendations.

What I’m Reading Now

A delightful fall read for getting you into the Halloween spirit! This fast read is a magical fantasy about witches and wine and it doesn’t get much better than that! Romance, suspense and vengeance, oh my!

Bookshelves of Early printed books at the Long Room, TCD.

History, Then and Now

The most important lesson of my life has been that books matter. My parents were both book lovers and by the age of four, I had learned how to read. I remember going to the public library every week, library card clutched in my hand, anxious to take out more books.

It was a crushing blow when I came to the end of the books the library had in their juvenile section!

However, that was also when I learned the value of what today I call my comfort books. Books I re-read when I need a certain lift or I’m in a particular mood. When I was young, the books I came back to time and time again were books that would take me to other worlds, other places, the Narnia books, the Borrower books, A Wrinkle in Time, and The Diamond in the Window. Other popular series were the Bobbsey Twins, Nancy Drew, and the Hardy Boys. I always loved a good mystery and adventure.

I still love adventure, fantasy, history, mystery, and reinvention stories. I love finding a new series and blowing right through it!

What were your favourite books as a child? Do you still read those types of books as an adult?

Bookish News

In every blog post I’ll include this little section on interesting snippets I’ve found around the web that are helpful to readers and writers. This week, we have a piece on how to write an author bio for a press kit, the 4 best apps for keeping track of the books you own and supply chain issues plaguing the publishing industry.

Impress the Press!

Your author bio is your best opportunity to show that you are the best person to have written the book. The media and reviewers all need to know the excellent credentials behind your non-fiction book or novel. Because of the specific audience, your author bio for a press kit differs from the one you use on your book jacket and sales page. You can read all about it here https://buildbookbuzz.com/how-to-write-an-author-bio/

Your Home Library App

Having a virtual library of the books you own or have read can be a lifesaver at the library or when you’re browsing in the bookstore. Here are four apps (Android and iOS) to help you keep track of what you own, would like to own, and would like to read. https://www.makeuseof.com/apps-to-keep-your-own-virtual-library/

Holiday gift-giving just became more complicated…

Books are a popular gift item, particularly the latest best-sellers. This year, it might be challenging to find the books you want because of the supply chain issues plaguing the publishing industry. The price of lumber has soared and with it the price of paper. Print book shortages are looming. See what the fuss is about here: https://www.modernretail.co/retailers/the-publishing-industry-is-bracing-for-volatile-end-of-the-year/

What I’m Reading Now

The Bombay Prince, by Sujata Massey is Book 3 in the Perveen Mistry series

This is a series that takes me away from the every day and teaches me something new. It’s set in 1920’s India and features Perveen Mistry, the first female solicitor in Bombay. If you like colourful history and compelling characters coupled with a fast-paced mystery, this book is for you.

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