Book Nerd Bites: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Pumpkin Pasties

Friday, August 26, 2016



Book Nerd Bites is an original monthly feature created by some lovely book bloggers Becca, Cyra, Kristie, Natasha, and I as part of the Book Blogger Creativity Project hosted by Nori. Thanks to my team for coming up with a fun and creative way to satisfy both our book-- and actual appetites!  
Each month we will be sharing exciting recipes inspired by some of our favorite books. Feel free to join in, but please make sure you link your post back to us so we can enjoy your favorite bookish delights as well!

Don't forgot to use if you want to share your food inspiration with us on twitter or instagram!

Today for my first post for this project, I will be featuring...Harry Potter and the Cursed Child!


I have been dreaming about this book for awhile and I am so glad that is finally here! I pre-ordered it but Amazon did not bring it to me until Monday night. I had to stay off of Twitter just to be sure that I did not get spoiled.

The book is written in a screen play format. I am not used to reading in that format, so it was different but I felt I was able to follow along decently. I think that some of the scenes are meant to be seen and I look forward to the day that the play makes its way to the USA. I was happy to be reunited with Harry, Ron, and Hermione and find out how their lives have been going. I could say alot more, but I don't want to spoil anything for anyone who hasn't read it yet.
 

However until then, I teamed up with my team to make some yummy inspired Pumpkin Pasties.

Here is the recipe: (Credit to the Geeky Chef for this information)


Ingredients:
2 eggs, slightly beaten
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups fresh sugar pumpkin (or 1lb. canned)
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tbs. melted butter
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. cloves
1/2 tsp. cardamom
1/2 tsp. allspice
1 can evaporated milk
18 oz. pie crust pastry (enough for four single standard pie crusts)





Directions:
If you don't know how to prep fresh pumpkin, here's some instructions.
Add eggs and sugar to a mixing bowl and mix until well blended. Stir in the pumpkin, butter, salt and spices. Add evaporated milk and mix well. Bake the filling in a large casserole dish that has been buttered or sprayed with pam. Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350 degrees and continue baking for 45 minutes or until your fork comes out clean. Let the filling cool completely. Make or purchase pie crust pastry. Roll pastry thin and cut into circles about 4 inches in diameter. Put a spoonful of the pumpkin mixture towards one side of the center of the circle. Fold over the crust into a half-circle and firmly crimp the edges closed. Cut with a paring knife three small slits in the top for venting. Place on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degrees only until crust is a light golden brown, around 10 minutes. Brush each with some butter and dust with cinnamon and sugar.

Don't forget to check out the rest of the teams posts for this week! :)

Monday – Cyra
Tuesday – Natasha (Me)
Wednesday – Becca
Thursday – Kristie
Friday – Valerie
Saturday – Nori

Have you read this book? Happy Reading and Eating! 

#Readthemallthon: Pewter City Gym

Thursday, August 25, 2016




Hi Everyone! 

Just stopping with my third review for the #ReadThemAllThon Readathon. For the third gym, I have read the book "Lock and Key: The Initiation' by Ridley Pearson. I believe that with finishing this book, I should be at +20 for taking the gym, +20 for the review. +37 for pages read (this book is 372) long, and +2 for the tweet, I will send after I post this.  

So I think Nidorana (female) was at 165 CP and would now be at 244




Lock and Key: The Initiation
Ridley Peason


In this book, we are greeted by James, who is sent to Baskerville Academy and ends up being roommates with Sherlock Holmes.  Despite a mutual dislike for one another when things happen at the school, they are forced to work together.

The reason I liked this book is the quest to solve the mystery. It takes both James and Sherlock working together to get to the bottom of it. The story is very entertaining all the way to the end. I am surprised by the amount of things that they had to put together and I am not sure that I would have been able to solve all of it. That said, I am glad that they had each other to figure it out!

The characters in the book had unique personalities. I enjoy when the author takes the perspective of a famous book and creates a new story. The early years of Sherlock Holmes are interesting and I appreciated that. I am not sure where the series will take them next, but I did appreciate the idea and story.


If you are looking for a book that has a mystery vibe or one that involves a national treasure sort of feel, this may be the book for you.


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Have you read this book? Did you enjoy it?

Happy Reading!

Waiting on Wednesday: The Other Einstein

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Photo Credit: Amazon


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. This week I am excited to feature a book that looks stunning. I love the cover and the idea behind the story. I cannot wait to get my hands on this one!

The Other Einstein
Author: Marie Benedict
Release Date: October 18, 2016

Details from Amazon:
In the tradition of The Paris Wife and Mrs. Poe, The Other Einstein offers us a window into a brilliant, fascinating woman whose light was lost in Einstein's enormous shadow. It is the story of Einstein's wife, a brilliant physicist in her own right, whose contribution to the special theory of relativity is hotly debated and may have been inspired by her own profound and very personal insight.

Mitza Maric has always been a little different from other girls. Most twenty-year-olds are wives by now, not studying physics at an elite Zurich university with only male students trying to outdo her clever calculations. But Mitza is smart enough to know that, for her, math is an easier path than marriage. And then fellow student Albert Einstein takes an interest in her, and the world turns sideways. Theirs becomes a partnership of the mind and of the heart, but there might not be room for more than one genius in a marriage. 

There are so many good books coming out in October! Can't Wait!

Happy Reading! 

The Time I Almost Met Emily Giffin

Tuesday, August 23, 2016




Hi Everyone!

Just stopping by with a few pictures in light of a regular post today. Last month I was supposed to go see Emily Giffin, one of my favorite authors speak. Unfortunately, I had tickets but had a change at the last minute and was not able to make it. I contacted the publisher and they thankfully still were willing to send me a signed book, since I had paid for it with my ticket! Yay! Thank You --Random House! That arrived in the mail yesterday, so I wanted to share a picture with you all.

This is a copy of her new book, First Comes Love. I haven't read it yet, but I am excited to.

For those of you don't know what it is about, here are the details from Amazon:
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 

A pair of sisters find themselves at a crossroads in this dazzling new novel from the author of Something Borrowed, Where We Belong, and The One & Only. First Comes Love is a story about family, friendship, and the courage to follow your own heart—wherever that may lead.

Growing up, Josie and Meredith Garland shared a loving, if sometimes contentious, relationship. Josie was impulsive, spirited, and outgoing, Meredith hardworking, thoughtful, and reserved. When tragedy strikes, their delicate bond splinters.

Fifteen years later, Josie and Meredith are in their late thirties, following very different paths. Josie, a first grade teacher, is single—and this close to swearing off dating for good. What she wants more than the right guy, however, is to become a mother—a feeling that is heightened when her ex-boyfriend’s daughter is assigned to her class. Determined to have the future she’s always wanted, Josie decides to take matters into her own hands.

On the outside, Meredith is the model daughter with the perfect life. A successful attorney, she’s married to a wonderful man, and together they’re raising a beautiful four-year-old daughter. Yet lately Meredith feels dissatisfied and restless, secretly wondering if she chose the life that was expected of her rather than the one she truly desired.

As the anniversary of their tragedy looms, and painful secrets from the past begin to surface, Josie and Meredith must not only confront the issues that divide them but also come to terms with their own choices. In their journey toward understanding and forgiveness, both sisters discover that they need each other more than they knew—and that in the search for true happiness, love always comes first.


Have you read it? What did you think? No spoilers please! I am looking forward to getting to this one.

Happy Reading!

#VASRP Mini-Challenge Nine

Monday, August 22, 2016


The ninth mini-challenge for the #VASRP is here!

We have been so grateful for such an awesome group of readers this summer! We want to say thank you to each of you and encourage you to thank those people who have made you a reader!

The Challenge: Gratitude

Has someone made a difference to you as a reader?
Have a favorite author you can’t get enough of?
Show us how you say thank you!

Don’t forget to share using the #VASRP hashtag!

#SBPT Wrap Up

Sunday, August 21, 2016


Hi Everyone!

Just stopping by to wrap up the summer of posts as part of the Summer Blog Promo Tour! I had alot of fun posting on the others' blogs and having them post here! I hope that you enjoyed it too! It is nice to mix things up now again! :)







 So just wanted to take a minute to say thanks for all you that made it happen! I am glad that I got to meet some new people, check out some new blogs, and I look forward to the future! :)

Thanks again!
-Valerie

#ReadThemAllThon Review: Fuschia City

Saturday, August 20, 2016




Hi Everyone! 

Just stopping with my second review for the #ReadThemAllThon Readathon. For the second gym, I have read the book "Open Road Summer' by Emery Lord. I believe that with finishing this book, I should be at +20 for taking the gym, +20 for the review. +36 for pages read (this book is 368) long, and +2 for the tweet, I will send after I post this. (My first tweet and the one I will post as soon as this is live!) So I think Nidoran (female) was at 87 CP and would now be at 165. Nidoran (female) evolves at 150.

Which means she has evolved to Nidorina!! Check out how cute she is! :)

  
Photo Credit


Open Road Summer
Emery Lord


In this book, we are greeted by Lilah (Dee), the country music star and her best friend Reagan. When they hit the road for a tour and summer on the road, a lot happens. They are soon joined by Matt, another star.  This book is about friendship, some romance, and what it means to look out for one another.

The reason I liked this book the most was because of the writing style. I enjoy Emery Lord’s books very much and she writes in a way that makes you want to keep reading to know what will happen next. Her stories within the story are amusing and heartwarming. I appreciate that.

The characters in the book had unique personalities. I am not sure that I always liked them as characters, but I understand why they were being the written that way. The setting of the book, involving both exploration and country music was something that appealed to me. I enjoyed the overall story of the book and am glad that it ended this way.

If you are looking for a book that is about country music or a contemporary romance, this may be the book for you.  


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Have you read this book? Did you enjoy it? I love Emery Lord's writing and I cannot wait for her next book to get here! 

Happy Reading!
 
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