Friday, 4 November 2011

Clarissa Reads Books

(1) A to Z Stories of Life and Death by D Biswas

What is it about? Twenty-six A to Z stories, based on the twenty-six letters of the
alphabet, question our moral compass: How do you judge a teacher toying
with the sexuality of her teenaged student? A boy who decides to murder
his mother? What thoughts rage inside a pedophile serial killer before
he shoots himself? They challenge the concepts of beauty, truth, and
morality, by revealing the face of the other side.

What did I think? This book was created during our special A to Z Blogging Challenge created by our friend Arlee Bird. It contains 26 short stories that are amazing starting with a woman's dilemma with snails. Each story is unique and a bit off the wall. It makes me want to do a similar concept for next year's challenge.

Buy it here for $1.99

(2) Rapid Recipes for Writers... and Other Busy People by Marsha Ward and Kay Gibson

What is it about? 31 Quick and Easy Recipes: One new thing to eat each day for a month.
Your family will never suspect that you've been slaving over a hot
keyboard all day long if you spring these quick and yummy dishes on them. This
 compilation of quick and easy recipes originated when the editor of a
small magazine, Marsha Ward, asked her regular writers to submit their
favorite easy recipes to be published in chapbook form. "Rapid Recipes
for Writers...And Other Busy People" was first published in the mid

What did I think? I love it! None of the recipes are extreme, containing ingredients Martha Steward hasn't heard of. And they look good. I haven't tried all the recipes but there are beef and chicken and even easy desserts.

Buy it here for FREE!

(3) Clockwise by Elle Strauss

What is it about? Boy watching with her best friend would be enough excitement for fifteen year old Casey Donovan. She doesn't even mind life at the bottom of the Cambridge High social ladder, if only she didn’t have this other much bigger problem. Unscheduled trips to the nineteenth century!
When Casey gets talked into going to the Fall Dance, the unthinkable happens--she accidentally takes Nate Mackenzie, the cutest boy in the school, back in time.
Protocol pressures her to tell their 1860 hosts that he is her brother and when Casey finds she has a handsome, wealthy (and unwanted) suitor, something changes in Nate. Are those romantic sparks or is it just ‘brotherly’ protectiveness?
When they return to the present things go back to the way they were before: Casey at the bottom of the social totem pole and Nate perched on the very the top. Except this time her heart is broken. Plus, her best friend is mad, her parents are split up, and her little brother gets escorted home by the police. The only thing that could make life worse is if, by some strange twist of fate, she took Nate back to the past again.
Which of course, she does.

What did I think? First of all, what a cool cover! I don't really know the last time I read a YA novel like this. It's not really my typical genre and I wouldn't really describe this novel as chicklit. However, it's very well written. I liked it a lot. Although the main character was young and it took me awhile to remember what my life was like so, so, so long ago, I eventually found myself "getting" her. I rooted for the two main characters. Also, because this novel took the reader back in time, you learn a lot about history and what life was like for both young men and women during a Civil War. Pick it up now!

Buy it here for $2.99


  1. Good reviews. The A-Z stories sound very interesting.

  2. Oh, great reviews. I'll have to check these out. Thanks! <3

  3. Thanks for recipe book link - that looks great!

  4. I love your reviews. You read so fast that it makes me envious.

  5. Thanks for the great reviews. These all sound intriguing. Definitely have to check them out.

    Thoughts in Progress

  6. Totally agree about Elle's cover :) Gonna look into the easy recipe book.

  7. Great reviews, Clarissa! Have a great weekend! :)

  8. Thanks for the intros and reviews to these most ecclectic selection of books! Yay! Take care

  9. Okay...stopping by this afternoon just added another 3 books to my ever growing collection!!!

    I guess if the reviews weren't so good I would be 3 books lighter! LOL

  10. Thanks for the reviews! I'll have to check out the recipe book . . .

  11. Great reviews and ya can't beat the price.

  12. Good reviews Clarissa. Makes me want to buy them all, which is a good thing! Yes, isn't Elle's cover fantastic.


  13. I need an easy recipe book to banish my excuses.

  14. thanks for the reviews, Clarissa. I've just bought the recipe book - I so need quick and easy recipes!!

  15. I've seen CLOCKWISE before around the blogosphere, seems like a nice story but the book needs a more professional cover, this one is really bellow standards.

  16. All these reviews! Now I really feel bad that I'm so far behind with my reading :o[

  17. Thanks for the links to the book recommendations. They all sound awesome. Going to check them out.

  18. Wow! The first book appeals to me. Great reviews!

  19. Nice reviews and great recipes to try...

  20. Hey there,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog :)
    Yes bonfire night is a nice tradition which we have here in the UK, But whilst fireworks are pretty, they get a bit tiresome when they have been going off for weeks lol.
    Hope you have a fab weekend :)

  21. Clarissa - I like the variety of books here very much! Thanks for the helpful reviews :-). I'm going to have to try those A-Z stories. Novels are wonderful and I generally do read them, but sometimes, short stories are just the proverbial ticket.

  22. Wow I love your reading list Clarissa. I'll definitely be looking these up. That was very impressive of Arlee and an ingenious idea for the challenge.

  23. Clarissa hi again,
    a while ago you did a post on Amazon daily book deals and I bookmarked but now have no idea where. Can you please point me towards that post again?

  24. Great reviews! I might need that recipe book very soon...


  25. I also read Clockwise and thought it was great

  26. A to Z sound like such a cool idea. I really like Arlee.

    I've heard good things about Clockwise 'round the blogosphere.

  27. More stuff to add to the pile. I really liked Damyanti's stories when I read them. Deep stuff that makes me think.

  28. Fabulous reviews! Dang, I wish I could read at your speed.

  29. Wow! That's very cool about the A-Z book. I didn't know you guys were making a book out of the posts. Very cool. And I also liked Clockwise. Yay for Elle! Probably the best SP book on the market. :D <3


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