Review: Chef’s Kiss

Chef’s Kiss was a cute, quick read. I really liked the story of discovering yourself and your passions.

I really liked how supportive the chefs at the restaurant were, but I did feel like Ben made the wrong decision by not talking about his difficulty finding a job when he graduated, and his job at the restaurant with his family.

Also, Watson was such a fun character – and I loved the scenes he was in.

I will definitely be trying the butternut squash soup recipe in the back of the book! That sounds so, so good!

Review: Girl on Fire

I didn’t know anything about this book when I picked it up. I bought it because Alicia Keys has always been a fantastic artist, whose voice is soothing and powerful, and Fiction Addiction Bookstore in Greenville, SC had a signed copy. 

What I got was a poignant story of family and learning to be yourself. Even if yourself is someone with superpowers. 

I do hope to see more of this world and of Lolo, because I feel like her story was just getting started. 

Review: They Called Us Enemy

I feel like my knowledge of recent history is lacking. In school, we spent so much time on ancient history, the building of civilizations, that by the time we got to more current history, either we had to breeze through it or the school year was over. 

Luckily, we have people around still today who can tell their stories so we don’t forget our history. I’m so thankful for writers like George Takei who are willing to share their past. 

They Called Us Enemy is told from the point of view of a child in the Japanese internment camps during WW2. 

George’s story was heartbreaking, I had to put this aside a few times because it was hard to read. But, I am so thankful I did.

This is one of those parts of history that we don’t talk about – we don’t teach in schools – and it’s such an important lesson to learn. 

If you haven’t already read this graphic novel, definitely pick it up.

Book Review: Check Please Vol. 1: #Hockey

I might have picked up volume one of Check Please soley on the fact that the MC bakes. And baking is my stress reliever. But I did not expect a) so many pies! b) so much hockey and C) to enjoy it so much.

Each chapter is a Vlog of Eric Bittle’s time at Samwell University as part of the Men’s Hockey team. The side characters are fantastic and Bitty is such a lovable character that I absolutely just devoured this graphic novel!

And the ending?! Okay, no spoilers. But holy freaking moly. Just. Swoon.

Believe me, I’m definitely picking up volume two. And in the mood to bake a pie or three.

Review: Heartstopper Vol. 2

OMG! I thought Heartstopper Vol. 1 as adorable, but Volume 2 was so heartwarming and swoony that I could not put it down.

Nick is working through figuring out his identity and the entire 300 plus pages are around this gender identity search as well as Charlie and Nick’s budding relationship.

I’m so glad that for once, I took a chance on this hyped series because I am absolutely in love with Nick and Charlie.

Review: March (Book 3)

March Vol. 3 is the final book in the March trilogy from John Lewis, and it was definitely not a let down. In fact, it had me weeping throughout the graphic novel. Not only because there is so much work still to be done, but by what those who fought for civil rights endured.

Without giving too many spoilers (besides, ya know…history) I don’t want to give too much about the book.

But the illustrations are fantastic and there were times I spent time just taking in all the details of the illustrations.

If you haven’t checked out this series yet, definitely go pick it up now! And if you have been wanting to dip your toes into the graphic novel genre, I would recommend starting with this series.

Review and Recipe: Heartstopper Vol. 1

“You can’t tell whether people are gay by what they look like. And gay or straight aren’t the only two options.” 

Heartstopper was absolutely a Bookstagram made me do it book. And while I don’t typically read books that are this hyped on social media, this one was worth all of the hype it has received.

Nick and Charlie are adorable together, and I love their friendship and the story of finding your identity. This is such a sweet, heartwarming, wholesome story – and clean! Yay for clean YA books! 

But that ending was heart breaking. So much so that I cannot wait to read the next book.

Like chocolate and peanut butter, Charlie and Nick are so sweet together. Below I’m sharing a chocolate peanut butter cupcake brownie recipe that is perfect to snack on while you read Heartstopper!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake Brownies

Ingredients

3/4 cup cocoa

2/3 cup vegetable oil

2 cups sugar

4 eggs

2 tsp vanilla

1 1/4 cup flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp. Salt

1 10-oz bag of peanut butter chips

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Stir together cocoa and vegetable oil in large bowl until smooth

Stir in sugar

Beat in eggs and vanilla.

Stir in flour, baking powder, and salt

Once mixed, stir in 1 cup of the peanut butter chips (reserve the rest for the topping)

Spoon batter into lined cupcake tines, filling about 3/4 full

Bake 15 to 19 minutes (mine took about 19 minutes)

Remove from the oven and immediately place fingers full of the reserved peanut butter chips into the center of each brownie, using a knife to swirl.

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