Review of Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck & Fortune by Roselle Lim (digital arc)

 

 

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Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck & Fortune by Roselle Lim

 

Lush and visual, chock-full of delicious recipes, Roselle Lim’s magical debut novel is about food, heritage, and finding family in the most unexpected places. 

At the news of her mother’s death, Natalie Tan returns home. The two women hadn’t spoken since Natalie left in anger seven years ago, when her mother refused to support her chosen career as a chef. Natalie is shocked to discover the vibrant neighborhood of San Francisco’s Chinatown that she remembers from her childhood is fading, with businesses failing and families moving out. She’s even more surprised to learn she has inherited her grandmother’s restaurant.

The neighborhood seer reads the restaurant’s fortune in the leaves: Natalie must cook three recipes from her grandmother’s cookbook to aid her struggling neighbors before the restaurant will succeed. Unfortunately, Natalie has no desire to help them try to turn things around–she resents the local shopkeepers for leaving her alone to take care of her agoraphobic mother when she was growing up. But with the support of a surprising new friend and a budding romance, Natalie starts to realize that maybe her neighbors really have been there for her all along.

“Vivid and lyrical with a touch of magic.”–Helen Hoang, author of The Kiss Quotient 

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Discussion Post: What Makes or Breaks a Book?

 

As you’ve probably noticed, I’m not a very picky reader and generally like everything I read.  But I do know there are some issues that a lot of people have with a book.  I want to know what makes a book great to you and what makes a book terrible.

 

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Signing up for the 2019 Audiobook Challenge

 

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I decided to join another challenge for 2019.  This one is for audiobooks.  You can sign up here.

 

Challenge Details

  • Runs January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019. You can join at anytime.
  • The goal is to find a new love for audios or to outdo yourself by listening to more audios in 2019 than you did in 2018.
  • Books must be in audio format (CD, MP3, etc.)
  • ANY genres count.
  • Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.
  • You do not have to be a book blogger to participate; you can track your progress on Goodreads, Facebook, LibraryThing, etc.
  • If you’re a blogger grab the button and do a quick post about the challenge to help spread the word. If you’re not a blogger you can help by posting on Facebook or Tweeting about the challenge.
  • Updates plus a giveaway will be posted twice during the year. First update in June 30, 2019 and last update in December 15, 2019.

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My Top 25 Books Read In 2018

 

I read so many great books in 2018.  It was hard to narrow down to a top 25.  I probably could have done a top 50.   But these are the ones I went with.  Some are older books and some were arcs of books coming out in 2019.  I will have another post soon with my top books released in 2018.

 

The order for these change a lot, so kind of ignore that part of it.  I honestly feel bad about some of the books that just missed my list.

 

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Cover Reveal and Giveaway for Kill Code by Luna Kayne

 

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Today Luna Kayne and Rockstar Book Tours are revealing the cover and an exclusive content for KILL CODE, the first book in her new Romantic Suspense Series which releases on January 22, 2019! Check out the awesome cover and enter the giveaway!

 

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My October TBR and Beyond Challenge (wrap up)

 

I finished up my challenge early for the Halloween Choose Your Own Adventure.  I ended up changing my path to make it harder and add more books.  So I’m pretty happy that I got it all done.

 

In case you missed the original post, the game can be found on facebook here.

 

This is my finished board.

 

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