What's On My Night Table

I know you get lots of great recommendations from my contributor Danielle each month, but I thought it might be nice for you to see what our family is reading too. This month has been a book filled month with me happily indulging in one of my favourite pastimes with some new titles and a few old favourites. With winter heading our way I’ll definitely be spending more time curled up with a good book and a hot tea.

On my night table:

This month I am stepping outside of my usual genre to read a fiction suspense thriller, The Twelve, by William Gladstone. It’s all about an unusual and unsuspecting hero, Max, as he ventures on a journey of destiny to discover the secret behind the ancient Mayan prophecy about the “end of time.” I am finding it hard to get involved with the story since it’s outside of my normal read, but if suspense and science fiction is your thing then this might be an enjoyable book to pick up.

I also have Gladstone’s sequel, The Power of the Twelve, in the Queue. New as of September 2013 this fast paced novel takes us on a roller coaster adventure that features George W. Bush, alternate earths, and the real meaning of the upcoming 26,000-year Mayan cycle. With the end of that cycle humanity has the opportunity, for the first time, to reach its full potential but someone has other plans for humanity.

My preteen and I are enjoying:

The Heroes Of Olympus - Book Four The House Of Hades

The House of Hades is the fourth book in Rick Riordan’s Hero’s of Olympus series. It’ takes us on the demigods continuing journey to save mankind from certain doom when the Earth God Gaea returns to take over the world. If you haven’t read this series yet you should. Start with The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus) and read all of the books. In fact while you are at it pick up The Olympians series and the Kane Chronicles, because you will want to read them all. Well written, fast paced, full of humour, love, honor, and adventure – these books have it all. I enjoy them as much as my daughter.

I’m not quite done this 3rd book in the Divergent series, but it’s one of those titles that I can’t seem to put down so it won’t be long. In it we go beyond the walls and find out the true depth of the deception and betrayals in a world that Tris isn’t sure she knows anymore. If you have a tablet or a Kindle pick up this title for just $6.99 from Amazon. A real steal!

My youngest is enjoying (5 years old):

A gift for Sophie is a charming tale in which Sophie and Emilio learn the importance of seeing the world through their hearts. This book teaches children about friendship, gifts as well as old age and continuity through the relationships that Sophie has with Uncle Tom and Emilio. The accompanying CD offers the narrated story and includes nine songs ranging from “A Friend That I Like” and “It’s in the Nature of Things” to “I Have a Nest Full” and “The Old Man’s House.” A Gift for Sophie was translated from the award-winning French title, Un cadeau pour Sophie (written by Canadian Hall of Fame songwriter, Gilles Vigneault and illustrated by Governor General award-winner, Stéphane Jorisch.

In the Kitchen

Low GI Slow Cooking

The Low GI Slow Cooker book is perfect for those looking for alternative and healthy slow cooker meals. The upside to slow cooking is the ease at which meals are prepared, just toss everything in and let the slow cooker do all the work.

The Low GI Slow Cooker’ includes: • French Toast Casserole • Vegetable Frittata • Cheesy Broccoli Gratin • Smoky Turkey Chili • Chicken Sausage and Kale Soup • Pulled Pork Tacos • Lamb Stuffed Bell Peppers • Mushroom and Eggplant Lasagna • Duck Legs with Shiitake Mushrooms • Spiced Sockeye Salmon with Greens • Braised Beef Short Ribs • Berry Cobbler • Chocolate Peanut Butter Custard and much more. If you want to get healthy and lose weight, while also lowering your risk of diabetes and heart disease, the recipes in this book are perfect for you. They minimize cholesterol and blood sugar reactions as well as the stress of cooking.

I enjoy an alcoholic beverage from time to time I won’t lie. Since having kids one might say that my consumption has even increased. No surprise really with all the things from poop to parties we have to deal with as parents.

Reasons Mommy Drinks is a fresh, insightful, and hilarious collection of the various struggles faced by new parents—from mommy groups and single-people envy to the end of maternity leave—with a well-deserved cocktail recipe to go with each one. This must-have resource will help sleep-deprived new moms survive the baby years with their sense of humor, if not their lives as they once knew them, intact.

Disclosure – In some cases samples were provided to facilitate reviews. All opinions expressed are my own. 

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