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Giveaways for January: Cookbooks & Stuff Books!

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Hey BookLikes users! We've got some awesome giveaways for you this month! 

 

You can enter to win The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook, Stuff Every Groom Should Know, and Stuff Every Golfer Should Know in our January giveaways. We can't wait to see some of your early reviews! 

 

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It's Time For New Romance - January Romance Releases

 

Here we go - seven new romance novels released in January 2015.

 

Silver Thaw - Catherine Anderson 

Release date: January 6, 2015

 

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Coulter and Harrigan Family novels comes a brand-new contemporary romance series about first love, second chances, and hope reborn.…
 
After years of living in fear of her husband, Amanda Banning has left him and moved to Mystic Creek, Oregon, for a fresh start. But she’s having a tough time providing for herself and her six-year-old daughter. Writing her secret yearnings on slips of paper and sending them into the wind helps her cling to the hope that things will get better…and that she can find happiness again.
 
Jeb Sterling has no idea that the handwritten messages he finds scattered across his land are the first hints that his life is about to change. Nor does he understand why he feels so compelled to help Amanda Banning and her daughter when a cold snap leaves them temporarily homeless. Maybe he’s inspired by Amanda’s courage or perhaps by her beautiful brown eyes. Either way, the man who once renounced love suddenly finds himself willing to do anything for the pair. Amanda seems to have given up on her dreams, but Jeb refuses to quit until he makes her every wish come true... - Silver Thaw - Catherine Anderson  

 

 

Rodin's Lover: A Novel - Heather Webb  

Release date: January 27, 2015

 

A mesmerizing tale of art and passion in Belle Époque France

As a woman, aspiring sculptor Camille Claudel has plenty of critics, especially her ultra-traditional mother. But when Auguste Rodin makes Camille his apprentice—and his muse—their passion inspires groundbreaking works. Yet, Camille’s success is overshadowed by her lover’s rising star, and her obsessions cross the line into madness.

Rodin’s Lover brings to life the volatile love affair between one of the era’s greatest artists and a woman entwined in a tragic dilemma she cannot escape. - Rodin's Lover: A Novel - Heather Webb  

 

 

The Importance of Being Alice: A Matchmaker in Wonderland Romance - Katie MacAlister 

Release date: January 6, 2015

 

First in a new series!

From New York Times bestselling author Katie MacAlister comes a series about finding your own wonderland—through one roadblock at a time....


Nothing about Alice Wood’s life is normal right now. Her fiancé, Patrick, called off their wedding and relationship only days before their nonrefundable wedding trip. And though a luxurious European river cruise for one is just what she needs, it’s not what she gets....

Due to a horrible misunderstanding, Alice is now cramped in her “romantic” suite with one of Patrick’s friends. Instead of cruising along the Rhine, Main, and Danube rivers sipping champagne with the love of her life, she’s navigating the waters with a strange—yet mysteriously handsome—British aristocrat.

A baron of dubious wealth—and not-so-dubious debt—Elliot Ainslie is just looking forsome alone time to write the books that keep his large family afloat. But his stodgy, serious self is about to be sidetracked by a woman who seems to have jumped out of the pages of a fairy tale, one who is determined to shake up his life...and include him in her own happily ever after. - The Importance of Being Alice: A Matchmaker in Wonderland Romance - Katie MacAlister  

 

 

Trust No One - Jayne Ann Krentz 

Release date: January 6, 2015

 

Following up on the incredible success of River Road, New York Times–bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz delivers another masterpiece of romantic suspense.
 
I
t’s no coincidence when Grace Elland finds a vodka bottle next to the lifeless body of her boss, motivational speaker Sprague Witherspoon. The bottle is a terrifying—and deliberate—reminder of the horrors of her past.
 
Grace retreats to her hometown to regroup and tries to put everything she’s learned about positive thinking into practice—a process that is seriously challenged on the world’s worst blind date.
 
Awkward doesn’t begin to describe her evening with venture-capitalist Julius Arkwright. She has nothing in common with a man who lives to make money, but the intense former Marine does have some skills that Grace can use—and he’s the perfect man to help her when it becomes clear she is being stalked.
 
As Witherspoon’s financial empire continues to crumble around them, taking a deadly toll, Julius will help Grace step into her past to uncover a devious plan to destroy not only Grace, but everyone around her… - Trust No One - Jayne Ann Krentz  

 

 

Contradictions - Tiffany King 

Release date: January 6, 2014

 

When everything starts spinning out of control...

Three years into college, Tressa Oliver’s life is a nonstop party. She’s skating by in her classes, and there’s no shortage of drinking, dancing, and general hell-raising. The only aspect that hasn’t been much fun: She can’t shake the toxic jerks that always seem to gravitate toward her.
 
It will take someone totally wrong...
Trent James is the classic anti–bad boy: smart, boring, and way too serious. To a wild girl like Tressa, there’s no way in hell they’re compatible—especially since Trent seems to see straight through her defenses.
 
To set her right. 
When a college prank goes terribly wrong, Tressa starts to suspect that her partying ways are leading nowhere fast. Now she has to turn to the last person she ever thought she’d ask for help—and quickly discovers that there’s more to Trent than meets the eye... - Contradictions - Tiffany King  

 

 

Falling Away: The Fall Away Series - Penelope Douglas  

Release date: January 6, 2015

 

From the New Adult sensation and New York Times bestselling author of Rival

Jaxon is the guy she’s supposed to avoid. K.C. is the girl he won’t let get away....

K. C. Carter has always followed the rules—until this year, when a mistake leaves her the talk of her college campus and her carefully arranged life comes crashing to a halt. Now she’s stuck in her small hometown for the summer to complete her court-ordered community service, and to make matters worse, trouble is living right next door.

Jaxon Trent is the worst kind of temptation and exactly what K.C. was supposed to stay away from in high school. But he never forgot her. She was the one girl who wouldn’t give him the time of day and the only one to ever say no. Fate has brought K.C. back into his life—except what he thought was a great twist of luck turns out to be too close for comfort. As they grow closer, he discovers that convincing K.C. to get out from her mother’s shadow is hard, but revealing the darkest parts of his soul is nearly impossible... - Falling Away: The Fall Away Series - Penelope Douglas  

 

 

Wicked All Night: A Wicked Lovers novella - Shayla Black  

Release date: January 20, 2015

 

A fast-paced, sexy thrill-ride of a novella from the New York Times bestselling author of the Wicked Lovers series.

Rachel Linden is a schoolteacher who changed her town, her job, and her life after her divorce. Now, this wallflower is determined to have a little fun—specifically, with Decker McConnell, a bodyguard whose talents under the sheets make her melt. Until she learns that his motives are just as dangerous as they are wicked… - Wicked All Night: A Wicked Lovers novella - Shayla Black  

5 Best Mystery Books Of 2014

 

We Were Liars - E. Lockhart 

 

 

A beautiful and distinguished family. A private island. A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy. A group of four friends — the Liars — whose friendship turns destructive. A revolution. An accident. A secret. Lies upon lies.True love. The truth. We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

 

 

Gray Mountain - John Grisham 

 

 The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer’s career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track—until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed, escorted out of the building. Samantha, though, is one of the “lucky” associates. She’s offered an opportunity to work at a legal aid clinic for one year without pay, after which there would be a slim chance that she’d get her old job back.

In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia, a part of the world she has only read about. Mattie Wyatt, lifelong Brady resident and head of the town’s legal aid clinic, is there to teach her how to “help real people with real problems.” For the first time in her career, Samantha prepares a lawsuit, sees the inside of an actual courtroom, gets scolded by a judge, and receives threats from locals who aren’t so thrilled to have a big-city lawyer in town. And she learns that Brady, like most small towns, harbors some big secrets.

Her new job takes Samantha into the murky and dangerous world of coal mining, where laws are often broken, rules are ignored, regulations are flouted, communities are divided, and the land itself is under attack from Big Coal. Violence is always just around the corner, and within weeks Samantha finds herself engulfed in litigation that turns deadly.

 

 

The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line - Rob Thomas,Jennifer Graham 

 

Ten years after graduating from high school in Neptune, California, Veronica Mars is back in the land of sun, sand, crime, and corruption. She’s traded in her law degree for her old private investigating license, struggling to keep Mars Investigations afloat on the scant cash earned by catching cheating spouses until she can score her first big case.
 
Now it’s spring break, and college students descend on Neptune, transforming the beaches and boardwalks into a frenzied, week-long rave. When a girl disappears from a party, Veronica is called in to investigate. But this is no simple missing person’s case; the house the girl vanished from belongs to a man with serious criminal ties, and soon Veronica is plunged into a dangerous underworld of drugs and organized crime. And when a major break in the investigation has a shocking connection to Veronica’s past, the case hits closer to home than she ever imagined.

 

 

Top Secret Twenty-One - Janet Evanovich 

 

Death threats, highly-trained assassins, highly-untrainedassassins, and Stark Street being overrun by a pack of feral Chihuahuas are all in a day’s work for Stephanie Plum. The real challenge is dealing with her Grandma Mazur’s wild bucket list. A boob job and getting revenge on Joe Morelli’s Grandma Bella can barely hold a candle to what’s number one on the list — but that’s top secret.

 

 

The Son - Jo Nesbø 

 

 Sonny Lofthus has been in prison for a dozen years, nearly half his life. Now Sonny is the seemingly malleable center of a whole infrastructure of corruption: prison staff, police, lawyers, a desperate priest — all of them focused on keeping him high and in jail. And all of them under the thumb of the Twin, Oslo’s crime overlord. But when he learns a stunning, long-hidden secret concerning his father, he makes a brilliantly executed escape from prison — and from the person he’d let himself become — and begins hunting down those responsible for the crimes against him.

Top 10 books about reading

U and I - Nicholson Baker To the River: A Journey Beneath the Surface - Olivia Laing Portrait of a Novel: Henry James and the Making of an American Masterpiece - Michael Gorra The Possessed: Adventures With Russian Books and the People Who Read Them - Elif Batuman How to Live: A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at An Answer - Sarah Bakewell How Proust Can Change Your Life - Alain de Botton Out of Sheer Rage: Wrestling With D.H. Lawrence - Geoff Dyer Parallel Lives: Five Victorian Marriages - Phyllis Rose The Magician's Book: A Skeptic's Adventures in Narnia - Laura Miller A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter - William Deresiewicz

The Guardian Books has picked the top 10 books about reading, would you add anything to this list? 

 

Here's the interesting quote from the author of the Guardian article, Rebecca Mead:

My favorite books about books, or about reading, are those in which the writer has not felt it necessary to hide his or her own personal involvement in the subject – or to limit its disclosure to a preface or afterword – but instead has taken his or her own investment as a starting point. Reading isn’t a terribly dramatic activity to write about, admittedly. But since all real writers are also readers, it is, for some of us at least, a compelling, indeed unavoidable, subject. I bet if skydivers could skydive about skydiving, they would. (via)

Source: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/nov/12/top-10-books-about-readers-nicholson-baker
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Dracula Untold - Trailer

 

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I want a wooden bookmark!

 

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10 Graphic Novels You Need to Read This Summer

This One Summer - Mariko Tamaki, Jillian Tamaki Anya's Ghost - Vera Brosgol The Silence of Our Friends - Mark Long, Jim Demonakos, Nate Powell Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb - Jonathan Fetter-Vorm Ghost World - Daniel Clowes Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood - Marjane Satrapi, Mattias Ripa, Blake Ferris Fun Home - Alison Bechdel Calling Dr. Laura: A Graphic Memoir - Nicole J. Georges A Bintel Brief: Love and Longing in Old New York - Liana Finck Bohemians: A Graphic History - Paul Buhle

I'm not a fan of graphic novels, at least not yet. The Mashable presents a marvelous list so I might become. 

 

Source: http://mashable.com/2014/06/25/graphic-novels
"Football is all very well as a game for rough girls, but is hardly suitable for delicate boys."

- Oscar Wilde 

 

 

 

 

The quote was added by The Boat Was My Friend as a comment and a complement to my recent post Writers Who Like Football. Thank you!!! It's excellent. 

Game of Thrones and the World Cup - A Perfect Match!

I just died when I saw the World Cup kits for Game of Thrones houses :D

They are perfect!

 

 

Source: http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2014/jun/27/world-cup-uniforms-inspired-by-game-of-thrones-families?CMP=fb_gu

Writers Who Like Football

Albert Camus

 

George Orwell

 

Jean-Paul Sartre

 

more on Guardian

Source: http://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/gallery/2014/jun/24/14-quotes-from-football-inspired-writers-fans-world-cup

NPRBooks presents 12 Summer Reading Lists - Pick a Journey, Pick a Book

Book Your Trip: Because Reading Is About The Journey

The Young Adult Summer Reading List

Source: http://www.upworthy.com/95-young-adult-books-to-read-this-summer-instead-of-reading-harry-potter-again-5?g=2