On the Blog
This week was light (too light considering my backlog) on reviews. I posted only one. I really enjoyed this book and gave it 4 1/2 stars.
Other Bookish Posts
Top Ten Tuesday
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday was all about the Top Ten Books I’m looking forward to in 2017. There are so many amazing books coming out this year! It was hard to limit the list to ten. If I could add one more to this list, it would be Caraval by Stephanie Garber. It nearly made my list and after seeing it on so many other blogger’s lists, I know I MUST read this book.
$100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway
I’m so excited to be offering an opportunity to win a $100 Amazon gift card to one lucky subscriber! Good luck to everyone who has entered and many thanks to those of you who have helped spread the word. The entry deadline is 12/26/2017 at 12:00am.
In Other News…
I read this book several years ago and was very happy when one of our members picked it for our December read. I loved this book and it inspired me to read A Moveable Feast and Paris Without End: The True Story of Hemingway’s First Wife. We had a lively discussion about the book focusing on questions regarding whether or not Hemingway would have been as successful without Hadley as his wife. Several of us thought that he would not have been; that he was quite insecure and needed her as his rock and for the validation she provided. Others felt he was so talented and determined his success was almost guaranteed. Of course, we also discussed what a cad he was.
Narcissa proved to be an excellent venue, indeed. Our group eats at many-a-hyped NYC restaurant. We’ve been meeting for three years and I can count on one hand the restaurants I’d go back to. This was one of them. The service was impeccable at both the bar and the restaurant. The sommelier made an excellent suggestion at a very modest price point. I will admit I was skeptical when she suggested the Cab Franc from Jackalope Wine Cellars as I normally prefer my Cab Franc in a blend, but she nailed it!
And then there was the food… I shared the Narcissa’s salad and the beet salad with a friend as an appetizer. Both were pretty darn good, though I did find the dressing on the Narcissa’s salad to be a bit too acidic. The table shared the roasted cauliflower entree as an appetizer because the description looked so interesting. It did not disappoint. This restaurant knows how to work a vegetable! For my entree, I ordered the lacquered duck breast which was outstanding. Sadly, there was no room for dessert.
LACQUERED DUCK BREAST rhubarb, fava beans, ginger radishes
Note: If you read and enjoyed The Paris Wife, I highly recommend Georgia by Dawn Tripp.
After a somewhat complicated application process, I was notified that my application for registration to BEA was accepted. While I am very, very happy that I’ll be able to attend this year’s Book Expo, I have mixed feelings about the application process.
There has been lots of discussion about the application process and I don’t want to beat a dead horse but…. One of my concerns is that we are asked to provide 2-3 professional references. As I was filling in the blanks with authors and publicists that were kind enough to support my attendance, it occurred to be that two of the three were people who I first connected with at BEA 2016. I was pretty new to blogging then and I’m not sure I would have been able to make those connections if not for my attending. I’m hoping the good folks at Book Expo will be taking this into account when new bloggers apply.
Thanks for reading!