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Literary Blog Hop Giveaway Winners

I was quite overwhelmed by the response to the giveaways. Thank you everybody for entering. I hope you had fun exploring all our blogs. Unfortunately there can only be two winners.

Random.org drew the two winners of the Literary Blog Hop Giveaways.

 

The lucky winner of “Essays in Love” by Alain de Botton is Kathleen.

The lucky winner of the bookish gift set is Deb.

Kathleen and Deb, congratulations!

I will contact you by email for your mail addresses.

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Literary Blog Hop Giveaway

”LiteraryWelcome to The Bookkeeper for the Literary Blog Hop Giveaway.

I recently became a fan of Alain de Botton, a Swiss philosopher, who writes fiction and non fiction. A novel I liked quite a lot is “Essays in Love” (American title: “On Love”). Here you can read my thoughts on Essays in Love.

So I decided to give this book away to one lucky winner. As a small second prize I decided to give away a small bookish gift set. It’s a cute bookmark and two adhesive book plates. If you would like to win either the novel or the gift set, please fill out the form a bit further down.

The book giveaway is open to anybody living in a country where The Book Depository delivers to, the little gift set giveaway is open to  all countries.

Please come back on the 25th to find out who the winners are.

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Book cover of “Essays in Love” not necessarily the one you will get.

Please don’t forget to visit all the other wonderful book blogs that participate in this blog hop, and above all, make sure you hop over to Judith’s blog “Leeswammes’ Blog” who organized this event. 

Below is a list of all participants.

  1. Leeswammes (Int)
  2. Teadevotee (Int)
  3. The Book Whisperer (Int)
  4. Uniflame Creates (Int)
  5. Bookworm with a View (Int)
  6. Stiletto Storytime (USA, CA)
  7. I Am A Reader, Not A Writer (Int)
  8. The Bookkeeper (Int)
  9. Chinoiseries (Int)
  10. Ephemeral Digest (Int)
  11. bibliosue (Int)
  12. ThirtyCreativeStudio (Int)
  13. Nishitas Rants and Raves (Int)
  14. Roof Beam Reader (Int)
  15. Actin Up with books (USA)
  16. Sarah Reads Too Much (USA)
  17. Book Journey (US)
  18. The Blue Bookcase (Int)
  19. Read, Write and Live (Int)
  20. Silver’s Reviews (USA)
  21. Graasland (Int) – From Saturday evening onwards
  22. Teach with Picture Books (USA)
  23. Books in the City (Int)
  24. thebookbee (Int)
  25. The Scarlet Letter (USA)
  26. Seaside Book Nook (USA)
  27. Chocolate and Croissants (Int)
  28. write meg! (USA)

 

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Thursday 13: Cookbook and cooking quotes

Today’s Thursday 13 is about cookbook and cooking quotes…

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Image by Skånska Matupplevelser at flickr

  • The biggest seller is cookbooks and the second is diet books — how not to eat what you’ve just learned how to cook. ~Andy Rooney
  • I did toy with the idea of doing a cook-book. . . . I think a lot of people who hate literature but love fried eggs would buy it if the price was right. ~Groucho Marx
  • Anyone who eats three meals a day should understand why cookbooks outsell sex books three to one. ~L.M. Boyd
  • Women can spin very well, but they cannot write a good book of cookery. ~Dr. Samuel Johnson
  • I can’t cook. I use a smoke alarm as a timer. ~Carol Siskind
  • I don’t even butter my bread. I consider that cooking. ~Katherine Cebrian
  • By November I had convinced myself that I had better things to do than read ‘Moby Dick’ and learn about the Continental Congress. Cook for instance. ~Ruth Reichi
  • When men reach their sixties and retire, they go to pieces. Women go right on cooking. ~Gail Sheehy
  • When compelled to cook, I produce a meal that would make a sword swallower gag. ~Russell Baker
  • What is literature compared with cooking? The one is shadow, the other is substance. ~E.V. Lucas
  • The smell of good bread baking, like the sound of lightly flowing water, is indescribable in its evocation of innocence and delight. ~M.F.K. Fisher
  • Yeah, I’ve been around. They want me to find the man who rules the Universe, but I don’t care to meet him. I believe the man can’t cook. ~Douglas Adams
  • Cookery is become an art, a noble science; cooks are gentlemen. ~Robert Burton

 

To see what other Thursday 13ers write about today, visit Thursday 13.

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Weekly Geeks 2011-6: Love is in the Air

This week’s Weekly Geeks:

On Monday it’s Valentines Day here in the US, which means love is in the air! Many of us have been talking about love all month, but I thought it would make a perfect Weekly Geek-ish type assignment to suggest a post that included anything about love that moves you.
Some ideas:
– favorite love stories.
– favorite romantic movie.
– favorite love songs.
– favorite romantic get away.
– a personal loves story you’d like to share.
– favorite couple in books, movies, TV or real life.
– things you like or don’t like about romance.
– anything love related you can think of!

This is the first Weekly Geeks post in a long time. The topic fits a poem I recently read. I wasn’t familiar with A. E. Housman until some time ago and I quite like this one.. not necessarily romantic, admittedly, but at least it is realistic. Sorry to all the Valentine’s Day lovers.

Oh, when I was in love with you,

Then I was clean and brave,

And miles around the wonder grew

How well did I behave.

 

And now the fancy passes by,

And nothing will remain,

And miles around they’ll say that I

Am quite myself again.

See what other Geeks write about this week at The Weekly Geeks.

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precious_boy by K. Z. Snow

Blurb:

It was just an amateur porn video, like thousands of others on the Internet. Like hundreds Jonathan Wright had seen and hundreds more he’d ignored. He hadn’t intended to watch it, but he gives in to his curiosity.  When he sees the lithe, blond young man who’s doing naughty things with a bearish, older man, he’s seduced… and feels like a pervert afterward. The youth in the video seems a little too young, despite the fact he runs his own escort service. Worse yet, Jon gets the nagging feeling he’s seen "Justin Time," aka precious_boy, before.

When Jon takes a chance and meets Justin in a Chicago hotel room, Jon’s past, present, and possibly his future begin to converge in alarming and confusing ways. There’s no escaping the resulting dilemma: Jon must decide just how involved he wants to get with a sweet kid whose life has turned sour… a decision made more complex by a surprising connection to a lover from Jon’s past.

My thoughts: 

This was my first story by K.Z. Snow, so I had no idea what to expect. I had read the excerpt and it drew me right in. Jonathan’s voice was very appealing. He had a sort of dry humour and matter of fact way that spoke to me. The first scene with Shane? Blaine? already told a lot about his character.

Ethan or “Justin Time” is quite mature and is the one who, even though his senior by eleven years, has to open Jon’s eyes when it comes to his confusion about the state of his relationship with his former lover. I found that insight quite amazing. He is unhappy about his entanglement with his “boyfriend” and has the common sense to want to get out of it when he sees a chance. He saw the benefits of this association, but also the negative sides. I liked that.

One point I didn’t appreciate was Jon’s giving in to his former lover’s proposition. That was so obviously without real feelings that I couldn’t believe he got involved again even though he was already falling for Ethan. I considered that quick release even though Jon was craving someone else beneath him.

There was another side character whom I liked very much, Jon’s mother. Not the usual type, for sure, but refreshing and ready to help her son out in a tricky situation. You don’t find them too often.

This was a very enjoyable read and definitely not my last by K. Z. Snow.

Have you read this book? What did you think about it? Please comment and let me know or link me up to your review of it. I will add a link to your post to send people your way.

Obsidian Bookshelf’s review of precious_boy

Title precious_boy
Author K. Z. Snow
Publisher Dreamspinner Press
ISBN 978-1-61581-723-8
Buy link Buy precious_boy
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What I like…besides books: TV – Rome

As I said before, I’m not much of a TV watcher, but I love watching TV series on DVD. I am very interested in ancient Rome, so when my husband came along with the HBO series “Rome” I was excited. The series is by no means historically correct, but it is great entertainment nevertheless. I wish they would continue it. Just because the republic is dead it doesn’t mean the story is over, does it?

The following is a scene from season 2, a wonderful fight between Marcus Antonius and Octavian, taking place shortly after Caesar’s death.

 

This is the death of Cicero who gets killed by Pullo, one of the two main fictional characters. I chose this one specifically because Cicero is played by David Bamber you will all know from his wonderful performance as Mr. Collins.

 

Yeah, a lot of people end up dead, but look at the way they die! Here it is Servilia, Brutus’ mother. Marcus Antonius is right, what an exit!

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Sweet as Sin by Inez Kelley

Blurb:

John Murphy is tormented by nightmares. A bestselling young-adult author, he writes the ultimate fantasy: stories where good always triumphs. He knows better. His past has shown him the worst in people—and in himself. When he moves next door to the sexy, vibrant Livvy—a woman completely unlike his usual one-night stands—he’s driven to explore every curve of her delicious body.

Pastry chef Livvy knows that giving in to the temptation that is John Murphy won’t lead to anything permanent, but she deserves a passionate summer fling. John discovers she’s as sweet as the confections she bakes while Livvy slowly unravels his secrets. But what will happen when she uncovers them all?

My thoughts: 

This is quite a nice story. I liked both the protagonists and the side characters. The storyline was good and Livy being a pastry chef made my mouth water sometimes.

However, there are a few points that bothered me a bit.

Even though it took Livy and John quite some time to get intimate they acted very early on (basically from day one) as if they were a long established couple. They seemed to be very comfortable and familiar with each other. Where was all the newly-in-love anxiousness? Livy hung around John’s house in his T-Shirts and took care of his nephews full time (even if not completely voluntarily); all this struck me as odd.

Livy’s behaviour at the cook out with Emily. Yes, Emily was making a pass, but Livy can’t have been able to be absolutely certain since she was not within earshot. Yes, Livy is the jealous type who immediately assumes the worst, but the way she stomped along and addressed Emily was uncalled for. Funny, yes, but totally out of line. Possessiveness might be acceptable under certain circumstances, but Livy didn’t know any of the people present and acted like an alley cat defending her territory.

Livy’s issues with unfaithfulness were preposterous. Even if your father was unfaithful it doesn’t mean that every man out there is, too. It could be that she had a hard time realizing this, but then, an adult woman shouldn’t act on her feelings without thinking for a minute. John was late, she was left alone with the kids, but what evidence did she have that he was with another woman? None whatsoever, except her past experiences with her father.

Livy’s (do you notice it all boils down to Livy being rather silly in my eyes?) blue eyed way of using John’s drawings. Yes, he should have paid more attention, but she never said explicitly what she was going to use. I would have cut her some slack here, if there hadn’t been an incident in her shop where she also acted extremely stupid and gave away a detail about John’s upcoming book simply because she didn’t think even for a second before she opened her mouth.

In spite of all those little misgivings I enjoyed reading this story and will probably check out some more of Inez Kelley’s books.

 

Have you read this book? What did you think about it? Please comment and let me know or link me up to your review of it. I will add a link to your post to send people your way.

Title Sweet as Sin
Author Inez Kelley
Publisher Carina Press
ISBN 9781426891168
Buy link Buy Sweet as Sin