What’s Next? #3 | Eating with Bella Meaning

What’s Next is a weekly meme originally created by IceyBooks; where bloggers ask their readers to vote on which one they should read next.

Today on Words of Mystery, I need to decide which of the three titles on my shelf I should read first.

Susan’s life would never be the same after she meets Peter Buckley. A man who was larger than life, Peter pulls Susan out of her comfort zone to taste the fine life, literally. Together they embark on a rollicking adventure through Michelin-starred restaurants in France to the souks of Morocco and the waters of the Red Sea and the Caribbean. They explore the world, and along the way discover the most desired tables (sometimes in a tent) and the best markets, moving from Peter’s adventures with Hemingway to sampling delectable treasures in an Alpine meadow.

When they return to New York, Susan and Peter—a writer, photographer, gourmand, as well as an inventive chef—incorporate their adventures into their daily American life. As they explore three-star restaurants, French farms, and Italian cheesemakers, the reader gets a taste of famous gastronomic dishes and their chefs, in addition to learning about mouth-watering recipes, culinary moments around the Buckley’s kitchen and table with family and friends, and many of their New York food secrets.

If much has been written about La Haute Cuisine in the past, nothing compares to the fresh, personal, and tantalizing tone Eating with Peter offers. All twenty-eight recipes in the book have thoroughly been tested, and should invite the reader to recreate the joys of Susan and Peter’s experience.


Kamin Mohammadi, a magazine editor in London, should have been on top of the world. But after heartbreak and loneliness, the stress of her “dream life” was ruining her physical and mental health. Gifted a ticket to freedom–a redundancy package and the offer of a friend’s apartment in Florence–Kamin took a giant leap. It did not take her long to notice how differently her new Italian neighbors approached life: enjoying themselves, taking their time to eat and drink, taking their lives at a deliberately slower pace. Filled with wonderful characters–from the local bartender/barista who becomes her love advisor, to the plumbers who fix her heating and teach her to make pasta al pomodoro–here is a mantra for savoring the beauty and color of every day that Italians have followed for generations, a guide to the slow life for busy people, a story of finding love (and self-love) in unlikely places, and an evocative account of a year living an Italian life.

When a moment of quietly ignored bigotry prompted his three-year-old daughter to ask “what happened?” David Chariandy began wondering how to discuss with his children the politics of race. A decade later, in a newly heated era of both struggle and divisions, he writes a letter to his now thirteen-year-old daughter. David is the son of Black and South Asian migrants from Trinidad, and he draws upon his personal and ancestral past, including the legacies of slavery, indenture, and immigration, as well as the experiences of growing up a visible minority within the land of one’s birth. In sharing with his daughter his own story, he hopes to help cultivate within her a sense of identity and responsibility that balances the painful truths of the past and present with hopeful possibilities for the future.

So, which book do you think I should pick up next? Cast your vote via the Twitter link below!

What’s Next? #2 | Deadly Summer Golden Hairpin

What’s Next is a weekly book blogging meme originally created by IceyBooks; where bloggers ask their readers to vote on which one they should read next.

Today on Words of Mystery, I need to decide which of the two mystery novels on my shelf I should read first.

Ten years ago, Summer Butler was television’s most popular teenage sleuth. Since then, she’s hit—what gossip sites just loveto call—the gutter. Nearly bankrupt, betrayed, estranged from her greedy mother, and just about unemployable, she’s coaxed into that desperate haven for has-beens: reality TV.

Winging it as a faux PI, she’ll solve off-the-cuff mysteries in her hometown of Sweet Briar, Alabama. For added drama, there’s police chief Luke Montgomery, inconveniently Summer’s first and only love.

It’s when Summer stumbles upon a very real corpse that Darling Investigations takes an unexpected twist. The growing list of suspects is a big draw to viewers, but the reality is that Summer doesn’t know whom she can trust. Someone has written this killer new scene especially for her, and unless Summer gives the role everything she’s got, it could be her last…

In ancient China, history, vengeance, and murder collide for a female sleuth.

At thirteen, investigative prodigy Huang Zixia had already proved herself by aiding her father in solving confounding crimes. At seventeen, she’s on the run, accused of murdering her family to escape an arranged marriage. Driven by a single-minded pursuit, she must use her skills to unmask the real killer…and clear her name.

But when Huang Zixia seeks the help of Li Shubai, the Prince of Kui, her life and freedom are bargained: agree to go undercover as his eunuch to stop a serial killer and to undo a curse that threatens to destroy the Prince’s life.

Huang Zixia’s skills are soon tested when Li Shubai’s betrothed vanishes. With a distinctively exquisite golden hairpin as her only clue, Huang Zixia investigates—and discovers that she isn’t the only one in the guarded kingdom with a dangerous secret.

So, which book do you think I should pick up next? Cast your vote in the Twitter poll below!

Sisterhood of the World Blog Tag


I was tagged by Ri from Hiver et Café awhile ago to take part in this fun little questionnaire type post chain. I never get tagged to do things like like this so thanks, Ri! (sorry if its too late)

The Rules:
1. Thank the blogger that nominated you and link back to their website.
2. Post the award’s logo on your blog.
3. Answer the ten questions you have been asked.
4. Nominate ten other bloggers and ask them ten other questions.

Ri’s Questions For Me:
1. Who is your favourite book boyfriend?
I don’t really have one as all the male characters in books I like, I like them within a couple more than single. Haha

2. What is a book that you absolutely NEED right now?
China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan and Winter by Marissa Meyer

3. What’s a book that you’ve been recommending?
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan or the Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer.

4. Which Hogwarts house are you?

5. How did you get into book blogging?
Through my bookish friends who are all mostly bloggers!

6. What is the first book you ever got signed? (Or have you not? That’s okay too!)
I think it was Astronaut Academy by Dave Roman?

7. How do you balance book blogging in your daily life?
I always have my email and twitter on, and I schedule all my posts ahead of time. I also use hoot suite for social media stuff. Basically LOTS of very advance planning and scheduling.

8. What are you currently reading?
I’ve had a few books on the go and keep switching but currently am reading Mr. Miracle by Debbie Macomber and most likely with stick with it as I like it a lot so far.

9. Which OTP sails your ship? (AKA. What’s your favourite bookish couple?)
Cinder and Kai from the Lunar Chronicles!!

10. Where do you like to read?
I love reading on trains during my commute, also buses too!

And here are my nominees for this award, I know I’m supposed to pick ten but I wasn’t sure of who else to tag. So if anyone who’s reading this wants to do this tag, then go ahead. Anyways here are the two bloggers that I nominate:

Shipa @ Sukasa Reads
Grace @ Texan in Tokyo

Here are my ten questions:

1. What are you currently reading?
2. What is one book that you didn’t get to this year but will definitely get to in 2015?
3. What’s your favourite thing about being a blogger?
4. What’s one thing that other bloggers may not know about you?
5. What country would you most like to visit and why?
6. What is one book that you think everyone should read? Besides your own.
7. Besides blogging what else do you like to do?
8. What TV shows are you addicted to right now?
9. What’s your dream job?
10. Do you have any daily rituals you do everyday to start off the day? If so what are they?

What’s Next #1 | Stay Calling

What’s Next is a weekly hosted by IceyBooks; where bloggers ask their readers to vote on which one they should read next.

Today on Words of Mystery, I need to decide which of the three historical fiction novels on my shelf I should read first. (All have been sitting on my shelf for some time and figured it was time I started to read some of them)

stay Stay follows Abbey, a young woman from Canada now living in a village outside Galway. She falls in love with Dermot, an older Irish man, in an unconventional, affectionate but troubled relationship.

The extraordinary skill of Stay lies in its unsentimental depiction of modern Ireland. The inhabitants of Dermot’s village form a riotous and poignant chorus, commenting on their rapidly changing world with wit and insight. Here is a beautiful, funny and richly rewarding novel about history and obligation, and above all, the meaning of human connection in a land poised uneasily between past and present.


In Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler, eighty-nine-year-old Isabelle McAllister has a favor to ask her hairdresser Dorrie Curtis. It’s a big one. Isabelle wants Dorrie, a black single mom in her thirties, to drop everything to drive Isabelle from her home in Arlington, Texas, to a funeral in Cincinnati. With no clear explanation why. Tomorrow.

Curious whether she can unlock the secrets of Isabelle’s guarded past, she agrees, not knowing it will be a journey that changes both their lives.

Over the years, Dorrie and Isabelle have developed more than just a business relationship. They are friends. But Dorrie, fretting over the new man in her life and her teenage son’s irresponsible choices, still wonders why Isabelle chose her.

Isabelle confesses that, as a willful teen in 1930s Kentucky, she fell deeply in love with Robert Prewitt, a would-be doctor and the black son of her family’s housekeeper—in a town where blacks weren’t allowed after dark. The tale of their forbidden relationship and its tragic consequences makes it clear Dorrie and Isabelle are headed for a gathering of the utmost importance and that the history of Isabelle’s first and greatest love just might help Dorrie find her own way.

So, which book do you think I should pick up next? Cast your vote in the poll below!