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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #158

Eat Up: Food, Appetite and Eating What You Want 

by: Ruby Tandoh

Eat Up: Food, Appetite and Eating What You Want
Think about that first tickle of hunger in your stomach. A moment ago, you could have been thinking about anything, but now it's thickly buttered marmite toast, a frosty scoop of ice cream straight from the tub, some creamy, cheesy scrambled eggs or a fuzzy, perfectly-ripe peach.

Eating is one of life's greatest pleasures. Food nourishes our bodies, helps us celebrate our successes (from a wedding cake to a post-night out kebab), cheers us up when we're down, introduces us to new cultures and - when we cook and eat together - connects us with the people we love.

In Eat Up, Ruby Tandoh celebrates the fun and pleasure of food, taking a look at everything from gluttons and gourmets in the movies, to the symbolism of food and sex. She will arm you against the fad diets, food crazes and bad science that can make eating guilt-laden and expensive, drawing eating inspiration from influences as diverse as Roald Dahl, Nora Ephron and Gemma from TOWIE. Filled with straight-talking, sympathetic advice on everything from mental health to recipe ideas and shopping tips, this is a book that clears away the fog, to help you fall back in love with food.


While I didn't particularly like Ruby on her season of The Great British Bakeoff, I do love her love of food, and she is very creative so I feel like I have nothing to lose in giving this a try.

Publication Date: 

February 1st 2018

The Hazel Wood (The Hazel Wood #1)

by: Melissa Albert

The Hazel Wood (The Hazel Wood, #1)
Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother's stories are set. Alice's only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”

Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother's tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.


The cover of The Hazel Wood is what got me interested in reading it, but the synopsis make it sound like this one is going to be a bit of a mind binding, angsty read and I can't wait to get my grubby hands on it.

Publication Date: 

January 30th 2018

What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday #101

Top Ten Books I Loved But Don't Remember Much About

Captivated by You (Crossfire, #4)The Tiger Queens: The Women of Genghis KhanThe Golden City (The Golden City, #1)
Bird BoxThe Last Dragonslayer (The Chronicles of Kazam, #1)Baudelaire's RevengeHadrian's WallThe AbominableThe Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds, #1)Killer of Men (Long War, #1)

I loved each and every one of these books when I read them and while I do remember reading them and have the faintest, vaguest idea about them, if I didn't have my reviews or my old notes to look back on I couldn't tell you why other than generalizations. 


We really have to stop meeting this way

First of all, I know I'm 3 weeks late but, HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Second of all, I've missed you all terribly.
If you're new to this blog and just stumbled upon it you may be wondering what I'm on about. 
If you're a longtime follower you've got to be getting pretty tired of my long, and often unexplained absences. 

I had a pretty good 6 months of blogging in 2017, until May that is. 
Unfortunately life really does have a way of well, getting in the way and unfortunately it's been staying in the way a little longer again. 
My elderly father (82)  had a bad fall in July which has left him wheelchair bound and us his children acting as his caregivers until we can find him a placement in a long term care facility which could take 6 months or more. So I need something to keep me sane and here I find myself again.

However, I'm back. I won't make any promises about how often I'm going to post. It could be daily, could be 3 times a week or once a week. I just want to come back to my blog.
I will not be taking any review copies on as I can't commit to timelines at the moment, unless you're an author I've worked with before or there is a flexible timeline.

I have another announcement, Turning the Pages will not be a books only blog. I've recently (in the past year) fallen in love with the wonderful world of fiber arts and am a certified crochet addict. So, there will be some non-bookish posts where I share things I've created, things I want to make and bring two of my favourite hobbies together. I toyed with the idea of creating a second blog but I think that would be folly. I have to get back into managing one blog let alone 2! 

I hope you'll stick around and keep reading Turning the Pages and do let me know what I've missed since May! Also do any of you do crafty things? Do you blog about it? Feel free to share links!

It's good to be home.