It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 9/22/14 Edition

Posted September 22, 2014 by Brooke in Meme, Uncategorized / 14 Comments

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Hello! Sheila over at Book Journey hosts an awesome weekly meme called It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? This is a fun way to share what you’re hoping to read this week. It’s also a great way to catch up with other bloggers/readers and find out what they’re reading…and add to your never ending TBR in the process. 😉 Check out what I’m reading below. Be sure to hit the comments and let me know what you are reading this week! Click the button at the top of this post to head to Sheila’s blog and check out the other blogs participating in this week’s link-up.

This week, I’m reading (covers link to Goodreads):

stirringtheplotStirring the Plot by Daryl Wood Gerber
Cookbook Nook Mystery #3
Paperback ARC

Halloween in Crystal Cove, California, is a big deal, involving a spooky soiree where the Winsome Witches, a fund-raising group, gather to open up their purse strings and trade superstitions. But party magicians, fortune-tellers, and herbalists are only the beginning of this recipe for disaster…

Jenna Hart has packed The Cookbook Nook chock-full of everything from ghostly texts to witchy potions in anticipation of the annual fund-raiser luncheon. But there’s one unexpected addition to the menu: murder.

When the Head Priestess of the Winsome Witches is found dead under mysterious circumstances, there’s no logical answer and plenty of blame to go around. With her aunt, Vera, unable to call on her ability to foresee the future, Jenna will have to use more than just sleight of hand and a few magic tricks to conjure up the truth…

becomingjosephineBecoming Josephine by Heather Webb
Paperback

Rose Tascher sails from her Martinique plantation to Paris to trade her Creole black magic culture for love and adventure. She arrives exultant to follow her dreams of attending Court with Alexandre, her elegant aristocrat and soldier husband. But Alexandre dashes her hopes and abandons her amid the tumult of the French Revolution.

Through her savoir faire, Rose secures her footing in high society, reveling in handsome men and glitzy balls—until the heads of her friends begin to roll.

After narrowly escaping death in the blood-drenched cells of Les Carmes prison, she reinvents herself as Josephine, a socialite of status and power. Yet her youth is fading, and Josephine must choose between a precarious independence and the love of an awkward suitor. Little does she know, he would become the most powerful man of his century- Napoleon Bonaparte.

BECOMING JOSEPHINE is a novel of one woman’s journey to find eternal love and stability, and ultimately to find herself.

corneredCornered by Alan Brenham
Paperback

He’s haunted by the memory of a kidnapping case gone wrong…

Not wanting history to repeat itself, Detective Matt Brady struggles to solve the disappearances of seven young women, but he quickly finds himself pitted against a criminal organization that knows as much about police procedure as he does—an organization that will do whatever it takes to stay one step ahead of him. His troubles are compounded when a young veterinarian injects herself into the investigation and is targeted to become victim number eight. When he tries to protect her, he finds himself in the crosshairs of a professional cop killer. Can Brady solve the case in time to save his new love, or will this investigation be the death of both of them?

realcostoffrackingThe Real Cost of Fracking: How America’s Shale Gas Boom is Threatening our Families, Pets and Food by Michelle Bamberger and Robert Oswald
Hardcover – Library Book

A pharmacologist and a veterinarian pull back the curtain on the human and animal health effects of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”

Across the country, fracking—the extraction of natural gas by hydraulic fracturing—is being touted as the nation’s answer to energy independence and a fix for a flagging economy. Drilling companies assure us that the process is safe, politicians push through drilling legislation without a serious public-health debate, and those who speak out are marginalized, their silence purchased by gas companies and their warnings about the dangers of fracking stifled.

The Real Cost of Fracking pulls back the curtain on how this toxic process endangers the environment and harms people, pets, and livestock. Michelle Bamberger, a veterinarian, and Robert Oswald, a pharmacologist, combine their expertise to show how contamination at drilling sites translates into ill health and heartbreak for families and their animals. By giving voice to the people at ground zero of the fracking debate, the authors vividly illustrate the consequences of fracking and issue an urgent warning to all of us: fracking poses a dire threat to the air we breathe, the water we drink, and even our food supply.

Bamberger and Oswald reveal the harrowing experiences of small farmers who have lost their animals, their livelihoods, and their peace of mind, and of rural families whose property values have plummeted as their towns have been invaded by drillers. At the same time, these stories give us hope, as people band together to help one another and courageously fight to reclaim their communities.

The debate over fracking speaks to a core dilemma of contemporary life: we require energy to live with modern conveniences, but what degree of environmental degradation, health risks, and threats to our food supply are we willing to accept to obtain that energy? As these stories demonstrate, the stakes couldn’t be higher, and this is an issue that none of us can afford to ignore.

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14 responses to “It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 9/22/14 Edition

  1. Stirring the Plot looks fun, and i like the sound of Cornered. I think we’re all liking those two! 🙂 I’m curious about the fracking one too, as that is all the debate right now and I don’t know as much as I’d like to .

  2. I enjoyed a lot Becoming Josephine, and in case you love this author, her next one is coming out in January: Renoir’s Lover! can’t wait. I organized a book tour for it, and all the slots were filled in in 48 hours

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    Please let me know where you got your design. Many thanks

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