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December Monthly News

Welcome to the December edition of Monthly News! My birthday came and went.... I love birthdays.... did you enter the giveaway? I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, to those who celebrate, as my family does. And from my family to yours we wish you all the best for the new year! Freda's Voice is hosting a reading challenge, 100+ Books in a Year! Sign up is here so check it out. I challenge you to the challenge!! I also ended one of my memes, Quote It Saturday. Sadly I do not have the time to devote to it anymore. Don't fret though, I will not end The Friday 56!


BOOKS:
1. Night Chill - Jeff Gunhus (recommend)
2. Pies Sweet and Savory (recommend)
3. Hidden - Catherine McKenzie (HIGHLY recommend)
4. Dog Encyclopedia (recommend)
5. Forbidden Sister - V.C. Andrews (recommend)
6. Ink - Amanda Sun
7. Lucky Man - Michael J. Fox (recommend)
8. AARP 2013 Almanac
9. Art That Changed The World (recommend)
10. A Shadow of Light - Bella Forrest (recommend)
11. Haven - Kristi Cook (recom…

#120: Susan Mallery's Fool's Gold Cookbook

New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery invites you to taste the local cuisine of her beloved fictional town and share in a year's worth of deliciously seasonal recipes.

Fool's Gold is known as the Land of Happy Endings, but it's also the land of hearty appetites. Throughout the series, the residents of Fool's Gold have found joy, comfort and good times through food. Now two local Fool's Gold chefs will also find love through food! Join them as they flirt, fight and fall in love, one season at a time.

You'll also find favorite recipes from popular characters in the series, such as:

Heidi's Arugula, Corn and Cherry Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese. 

Liz's Spaghetti for the Girls. 

Denise's Summer Berry Pie.  
With chapters for summer, spring, fall and winter, you can find the perfect recipe for everything from holiday get-togethers to cozy date nights, always using the freshest ingredients. And the heartwarming love story that is woven throughout …

#119: Gardening Day-to-Day Seeds of Wisdom 2013

Harvest daily seeds of gardening inspiration as gardeners from around the world share their wisdom in the Gardening 2013 Mini Day-to-Day Calendar. Heart-warming gardening quotes offer a mental respite even on days that don't permit a stroll in the garden. The calendar's backer has magnets and an easel, so you can place it on your desk or counter-top or attach it to a metal surface.


Kindle: 4827 KBPrint Length: 640 pagesPublisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing LLC; Min Pag edition (July 16, 2012)ASIN: B008J27HP2

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REVIEW:
I have always love gardening, though since living in my newest home I do not have one. No, I converted my living room into a greenhouse of sorts. It's not like I use it anyway. We're always at the other end of the house. I got two massive front windows that give off too much light for the hubby to enjoy the tv in there anyway, so what's a gal to do?! Grow everything I possibly can! This daily book has quotes …

#118: S Is For Stupid - Leland Gregory

It's the best word to describe the outrageous stories, odd newspaper headlines, and bizarre factoids included on the daily pages of the S is for Stupid 2013 Day-to-Day Calendar. Leland Gregory includes excerpts from his newest book S Is for Stupid to do a bang-up job of generating the best laughs by exposing the worst of human nature. From foolish felons and legal lunacy to marital mayhem and family feuds, these tales of ignorance promise to entertain and amaze.


Kindle: 4877 KBPrint Length: 318 pagesPublisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing LLC; Pag edition (July 16, 2012)ASIN: B008OMYIV8

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AUTHOR BIO: The jokes, wacky anecdotes, and inane quotes in Leland Gregory’s Stupid-themed anthologies showcase the best of human nature at its worst. Through his Twitter handle of @ChronicStupid, Leland shares headlines, quips, and unbelievable feats of folly culled from print, online, and broadcast media around the globe. He has authored more than …

#117: The Panopticon - Jenni Fagan

Fifteen-year old Anais Hendricks is smart, funny and fierce, but she is also a child who has been let down, or worse, by just about every adult she has ever met. Sitting in the back of a police car, she finds herself headed for the Panopticon, a home for chronic young offenders where the social workers are as suspicious as its residents. But Anais can't remember the events that have led her there, or why she has blood on her school uniform...



Paperback: 304 pagesPublisher: Hogarth (April 22, 2014)ISBN: 9780385347952

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AUTHOR BIO:A Scottish novelist and poet, her debut novel, The Panopticon, is published in the UK, US and Europe. She has just completed the first draft of her second novel The Sunlight Pilgrims. Her poetry collections are Urchin Belle and The Dead Queen of Bohemia. Her work has been nominated and shortlisted for various prizes including The Pushcart & The James Tait Black Prize. In 2013, Jenni was included on the once a…

Romwe Winter Clearance Sale Is Coming!

2014 First Big Sale! Over 1000 winter styles! Up to 70% off! Opportunity knocks once! No restock once sold out! Large amount of Spring new styles are coming soon! Time: 12/31/2013~1/6/2014 Go!> http://www.romwe.com

#116: Butter My Butt And Call Me A Biscuit And Other Country Sayings

Everyone is an expert these days. And even when they've got nothin' to say, they say it. So when the tweets grow tiresome, head back to the commonsense wisdom of the good ol' days. Each full-color page of the countrified Butter My Butt And Call Me A Biscuit! 2013 Day-to-Day Calendar imparts a time-tested nugget of truth guaranteed to make even the most jaded among us crack a smile. Here are some examples:

* When things aren't going your way, you might say . . . If it was rainin' soup, they'd hand me a fork.

* To a friend who was complaining about his day, you might say . . . You woke up breathin', so it ain't a complete loss.

* She's nuttier than a squirrel's cheeks in October.


Kindle: 4868 KBPrint Length: 640 pagesPublisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing LLC; Pag edition (July 16, 2012)ASIN: B008HF9PRO

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AUTHOR BIOS: Allan Zullo is the author or coauthor of nearly 100 nonfiction books, incl…

Percy Jackson Sea of Monsters

The magical, mythical adventures of teenager Percy Jackson - son of the Greek god Poseidon - continue in this heroic, action-packed thrill ride! Out to prove he's not just a "one-quest wonder," Percy and his demigod friends embark on an epic, cross-country journey into the treacherous Sea of Monsters, where they battle terrifying creatures, an army of zombies, and the ultimate evil. With time running out, Percy must find and bring home the fabled Golden Fleece, which has the power to save his world...and save us all!


AVAILABLE NOW!

Rated PG
106 minutes


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THERE'S STILL TIME TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY!

REVIEW:
Fun!
This film is so well made. The detail and graphics are AH-mazing! The story is filled with action and adventure. I loved how cool some of the characters were, even more so than in Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief. I would love to see a guy with 8 arms make my coffee in the morning. What a laugh that would be!
The hubby liked it more than I d…

#115: The List Lover's Guide to Jane Austen - Joan Strasbaugh

Her life, her work, her legacy—step into the world of the incredible Jane Austen. It's Jane like you've never seen! Through fun and breezy lists, discover everything there is to know about Jane Austen, the sassy literary genius we know and love. Learn her likes and dislikes, her haves and have-nots, where she traveled, how she lived, and who she knew. With a wealth of little-known and fascinating information, find out: •Her friends and her beaux
•Every place she lived or visited
•Books in her library
•Her quirks
•The last lines of everything she wrote
•and much more!
Paperback: 224 pagesPublisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (June 4, 2013)ISBN: 9781402282034

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AUTHOR BIO: Joan Strasbaugh is publisher and editor of Jones Books. She conceived of and coordinated the "Jane Austen in the 21st Century Humanities Festival" at the University of Wisconsin. She is a member of the Jane Austen Society of North America and Janeite since 1995.

REVIEW: Jane Austen fans, i…

The Friday 56

Welcome to Week 158!
Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
 *Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It's that simple.



THERE"S STILL TIME TO ENTER THE FRIDAY 56 ANNIVERSARY BASH
Still reading the same book due to the holidays!

Page 156:
The school bell clangs and guppies start swarming out the door like a virus. Faces. Eyes. Elbows. I put on my star-shaped sunglasses and stand up.






F Is For Festive Family

I don't have a lot of real close friends, got tons of acquaintances or people who may call me friend, but my selection is few.
It seems the older I get, the less friends I focus on.
I keep in contact with everyone on Facebook, family included, but only visit my two besties.
So let's put our attention on my other friends. The ones that God blessed me with. Family.
Celebrating Christmas festivities was hard this year. I had my son, but my hubby was working for the first time in 13 years we have been together. That meant it was just my son and I for most of the day. In the afternoon we spent it with my side of the family, and in the evening with my in-laws. This photo was taken at home in the morning, in front of our tree. Mom wanted a Christmas photo and the kiddo happily obliged. Then we left around 3pm to go to my sisters house for turkey dinner.
*NOTE: I am slightly dense at times and forgot to take photos at my sisters of anything other than her crazy cat. She is such a spo…

Romwe Xmas Knitwear Sale Ends Dec 31

Xmas knitwear sale! Up to 80% off! Starting from $12.99! Until the end of the month! Comment under the product and try to get as more likes as you can! The comment which gets the most “likes” will be prized with a free one as gift! Already started! Don’t miss, girls! Go: http://www.romwe.com/Christmas-Knitwear-Sale-c-378.html?ariel23

Happy Holidays!

2014 Romance Reading Challenge

For full details and sign up, visit the bookworm.

Sadly, the hosting blog is no longer around. Wish they had told us they were bunking out first, but whatev's.


I love romance so count me in!


1. Once Upon A Winter's Heart - Melody Carlson
2. A Blaze of Sun - Bella Forrest
3. The Kissing Bridge - Tricia Goyer
4. A Gate of Night - Bella Forrest
5. A Bridge Unbroken - Cathy Bryant

CHALLENGE COMPLETE ON MAY 22, 2014.

6. Avenge Me - Maisey Yates
7. Scandalize Me - Caitlin Crews
8. Expose Me - Kate Hewitt
9. The Warlord Wants Forever - Kresley Cole
10. High Witch - Mona Hanna

2014 Review Pile Reading Challenge