Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Beautiful You by Chuck Palahniuk

Title: Beautiful You

Author: Chuck Palahniuk

Published: Doubleday, 21 October 2014

Pages: 240

Purchase: Book Depository

Summary: Sisters will be doing it for themselves. And doing it. And doing it. And doing it some more . . . Penny Harrigan is a low-level associate in a big Manhattan law firm with an apartment in Queens and no love life at all. So it comes as a great shock when she finds herself invited to dinner by one C. Linus Maxwell, aka "Climax-Well," a software mega-billionaire and lover of the most gorgeous and accomplished women on earth. After dining at Manhattan's most exclusive restaurant, he whisks Penny off to a hotel suite in Paris, where he proceeds, notebook in hand, to bring her to previously undreamed-of heights of orgasmic pleasure for days on end. What's not to like? This: Penny discovers that she is a test subject for the final development of a line of sex toys to be marketed in a nationwide chain of boutiques called Beautiful You. So potent and effective are these devices that women by the millions line up outside the stores on opening day and then lock themselves in their room with them and stop coming out. Except for batteries. Maxwell's plan for erotically enabled world domination must be stopped. But how?  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: This book starts off pretty intense.  If it had been a few years ago I feel like I would have just put the book down and run away.  However, I have now read five of his books so I kind of know what to expect with these books.  Well, when I say that, I mean, expect anything shocking.

Right off the bat, this book is very sexually explicit and not in the erotica novel kind of way.  I found myself screwing up my face and just thinking how gross some of the content was.  It didn’t deter me from reading it was just icky at times.

I think one of the main reasons I love reading Chuck Palahniuk’s books is that I can never tell in which direction the story is going to go.  Most of the time I like where the story goes and I’m so surprised by the ending.  In all honesty, I was kind of looking out for signs and hints in this book.  However, once again I was taken by surprise at the ending.  I seriously love the reveals of Palahniuk’s books.

I haven’t read Fifty Shades of Grey but I feel a little like Beautiful You, grabs some of the ideas of Fifty Shades of Grey and tips them on their head, throws them into a furnace and just goes all out with the sexual weirdness.

Beautiful You is a very weird book but I loved it.  I read the first two pages and then set the book aside.  When I was feeling more like I could read this book, I picked it back up again and devoured the thing in a few hours.  It’s just so interesting.  The premise is really unique and of course provides a very interesting way of providing a commentary on humans and how we are all ruled by basic desires.

Needless to say, I really enjoyed Beautiful You.  It’s just a very interesting story.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Bookish Bingo

I have seen this floating around on a few blogs and I thought that I may as well join in.  Now, Bookish Bingo is hosted by Bekka at Great Imaginations.  Sign-ups continue until the 15th of October so if you think this looks like fun then check it out by visiting here.

Here is my bingo card and I will be keeping track of all my reads on this post but will also do an update post at the end of the three months.

Some of these will be really easy for me to do but some of them could be quite difficult.  I am however, really looking forward to it.  As I read books that match certain squares I will be listing them here.

Green Cover:
Set in New Orleans:
Romance: Haunted by Heather Graham
"Ice", "Snow" or "Frost" in title:
Creature on Cover:
Native American MC:
Red Cover:
Set on Halloween:
Snow on Cover:
Black Cover:
Serial Killers:
Birds on Cover:
Mystery: Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet by M. C. Beaton
Set During Christmastime:
Set in Space:
A Book that Was a Gift:
Set in Autumn:
Orange Cover:
Fall or Winter Release:

Monday, October 6, 2014

Bring Your Lunch by Califia Suntree

Title: Bring Your Lunch

Author: Califia Suntree

Published: September 2014, Workman Publishing

Pages: 250

Summary: With over 60 delicious, healthful, unexpected recipes, BRING YOUR LUNCH ensures DIY lunchtime success--and significant weekly savings--while keeping the brown-bag doldrums away. And it doesn't matter if you're a make-ahead food planner or a harried last-minute type--with its innovative, doable strategies, cooks of all kinds can learn to overcome the obstacles that keep them hooked on expensive takeout or boring PB&Js. There are quick Last-Minute Lunches, including salads--Kale Salad Agrodolce, Beet and Apple Salad with Walnuts and Cheese--and sandwiches--Proscuitto and Provolone Sandwich with Fig Jam, Deli Counter Banh Mi, El Turkey Club. Leftover Leitmotifs: Lamb Pita with Spicy Yogurt Sauce, Vietnamese Lettuce Wraps, Salmon & Swiss Chard Summer Rolls, Lo Mein with Garlicky Greens. Recipes that use the freezer wisely--Pumpkin Curry with Shrimp, Easy Empanadas, and other recipes are ready to go when you are. Snacks for when you want to ditch the vending machine--Tropical Fruit Energy Bars and Chickpea "Nuts." Plus notes on essential equipment, tips for shopping and prepping, and a lunch larder of extras--Lemony Miso Dressing, Green Pea Hummus, Homemade Mayo. It's time to end the cycle of broken lunch promises, too many trips to the taco truck, and all that money that disappears every week. It's time instead to choose to BYOL--it's healthy, wealthy, and wise, and now easy as could be.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: I really love recipe books and I am always looking for new ideas for things to take with me into work to have for lunch.  When I saw this on netgalley I snapped it up in the hopes that it would give me some good recipe ideas.

I feel like the cover doesn’t match who the target audience is.  I also feel this is the case for the tone of the text.  When I picked this book up I was expecting to find a book that would offer me interesting lunch ideas that I could take with me into the workplace. 

In terms of the layout of this book though, I thought it was really well structured and really well organised.  It made flipping through the pages really easy and there was a lot of information provided about storage for lunches and other interesting tidbits which I found really helpful.

In terms of recipes, there are so many and most of them sound really good.  There’s also a huge variety of choices.  There are vegetarian options as well as a large number of different meat options such as beef, lamb and pork.

I feel like this has some pretty good recipe ideas for what to bring for lunch and would recommend this one to anyone looking to do the same.