Baking this Christmas? Here’s some Baking Book Recommendations!

It’s finally December!! Christmas time approaches!

I love Christmas! It’s so cozy and magical! But what I love the most during this time of the year, is to bake!

Here are some Baking Books I’m using this Christmas! They aren’t all Christmas related but the awesome part about baking is to adapt and make something of your own, so… Here we go!

I will talk about 8 Books that I’ve used before or similar ones to the ones I have!

I hope you like it! Enjoy ❤

In no particular order:

1. Marry Berry Fast Cakes by Marry Berry

This is one of the easiest cake books I own. It has a ton of recipes that are on the fast side and overall I’ve had a lot of luck with it! I’ve tried a couple so far both at home and at work and they are a success!

Favs that I’ve baked: Swiss roll and honey cake

2. Illustrated Step-by-Step Baking Cookbook for Kids and Teens by Skye Wade

I recently reviewed this book and was kindly sent it by the author (So thank you so much, I love it!) See the review HERE if you missed it!

I’ve only tried one recopy so far and I’m in love with how easy it is to follow – and it even gives space to write your thoughts, what you would change, and rate it!

If you have kids or just enjoy learning how to bake by yourself, I would highly recommend this one!

Here’s the one I made, and yes the ones in the book look better and I am no chef, but it tasted great, like scones!

3. The Complete Book of Cookies edited by Deborah Gray

This is an oldie but goldie! It has probably all the cookies you would wish for and there’s both easy ones and more elaborated ones. I’ve tried also a couple from this one and they were a success!

Fav that I’ve done: chocolate pinwheels (kinda like swirls) and chocolate chip cookies

I have some Finnish ones I’ll be using, but I’ll talk about similar English ones I found in the same order!

4. The Book on Pie by Erin Jeanne McDowell

The first book in my photo is a book with pies and this one is the one I would go for if I wanted to buy it in English. Seems to have a ton of pie goodness and from the cover not all seem too difficult to accomplish. Plus pies are just HEAVEN!

5. Christmas Baking by  Joyce & Laura Klynstra

The next one I have is not full on baking, but it has a decent chunk of it dedicated to it. This English one however seems to be all about it! Looks amazing and I highly doubt I would be disappointed if I got it, so I hope you wouldn’t be either!

6. Beginner’s Baking Bible  by Heather Perine

The one in the photo is a tiny book with a lot of easy baking goodies. So I thought this would be totally a good dupe for it. Plus it has A LOT more in it than mine does! I think I’m actually going to get it, and like I said I do a lot of baking but am no pro. So Beginner’s baking bible sounds like something I need!

These two are on the pro side, one is in Finnish, the other in English – but no worries, I found a good dupe for it!

7. Pastry School 

I absolutely love the one I have and it has amazing beautiful pastries in it that leave me in awe! So I though this Pastry School sounds even better! It’s a lot bigger and it’s a step-by-step book, which are my absolute favorites! Especially when it comes to pro baking, I definitely need it!

8 Éclaires by Christophe Adam

I must say I have yet to try to do these delicacies by myself! I often open the book and browse it but I need to gather the courage and try it out! They are beautiful for any occasion, but imagine serving Christmas Éclaires?! It’s a dream!

Hope you all are having a great time and tell me what you think about these books, or you can recommend me some new ones!

Thunderpaws and the Tower of London by Ben Housden – ARC Review

Thunderpaws and the Tower of London by Ben Housden

Illustrated By MonoKubo

Series: Nature’s Claws #1

Publisher: High Gate Press

Expected publication: December 1st 2021

Genres: Fantasy, Fiction

Pages: 272

Format: ARC

Buy: Amazon / Book Depository

* Received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions are, as always, my own.*

“I can be the most famous cat in history? Is that why I’m here? Mum said I was special.” 

Life as the foremost feline at the world famous Tower of London is not as glamorous as it sounds. The governor wants him out, the ravens are tricking his whiskers, and there are more scheming Royal ghosts than is healthy for anyone. Teufel has his paws pretty full already, but deep within this ancient landmark are mysteries darker and more frightening than he could ever imagine… 

– is it too late for Teufel to claw his way out of the danger closing in on every side? Is our hero about to become dog food? Or could it be, as the mouse said, that Thunderpaws is destined to save the world?

Colour-illustrated, fantasy action adventure for readers aged 9-90.

Teufel or of course Thunderpaws, since he hasn’t been able to catch any birds, is now living in the famous Tower of London, where his humans moved to from Devon. But being the new Tower Of London Cat is not as easy as it seems and has far too many rules. He soon discovers that there are ghosts with their own plans, ravens who hate him and can read his mind, and a governor who would rather he wasn’t there.
Teufel has to accept his duties once and for all and accept his destiny told by a mouse, to be able to save both the Tower and whole London.

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November Wrap-up and December TBR


Hey guys!

How has your month been?

I had a pretty good reading month this time. Especially with manga, I read a ton!

Check out what I’ve read this month:

November Wrap-up

TOP 3 books of the month:

1.The Push was my favourite book of the month hands down. It’s incredibly impactful and beautifully written. It will make you doubt yourself and it will make you cry.

2.For Your Own Good was an incredible thriller that started pretty much with the end. We know what’s going to happen and yet it’s a page turner that will make you roote for the bad guy for how perfect he makes his murders.

3.Beautiful World Where Are You was a brutally honest and raw book about real life, no sugar coating. It’s beautiful and it will make you see that life is just as difficult for everyone no matter how many filters you put on it.

What were your favorite reads in November? Have you read any of the books I mentioned? Let’s discuss in the comments below!

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December TBR

What’s on your TBR for December? Are you excited for any of these or have you read any of them? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris – Review

The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris
Series: N/A
Publisher: Atria Books
Published June 1st 2021
Genres: Fiction, Mystery, Drama
Pages: 357
Format: Hardback
Buy: Book Depository | Amazon

Get Out meets The Stepford Wives in this electric debut about the tension that unfurls when two young Black women meet against the starkly white backdrop of New York City book publishing.

Twenty-six-year-old editorial assistant Nella Rogers is tired of being the only Black employee at Wagner Books. Fed up with the isolation and microaggressions, she’s thrilled when Harlem-born and bred Hazel starts working in the cubicle beside hers. They’ve only just started comparing natural hair care regimens, though, when a string of uncomfortable events elevates Hazel to Office Darling, and Nella is left in the dust.

Then the notes begin to appear on Nella’s desk: LEAVE WAGNER. NOW.

It’s hard to believe Hazel is behind these hostile messages. But as Nella starts to spiral and obsess over the sinister forces at play, she soon realizes that there’s a lot more at stake than just her career.

A whip-smart and dynamic thriller and sly social commentary that is perfect for anyone who has ever felt manipulated, threatened, or overlooked in the workplace, The Other Black Girl will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last twist.

Nella Rogers is a 26 year-old editorial assistant at Wagner Books, and the only black girl working there. As a beginner she was an eager and bold worker with ideas on how to promote diversity and wanting to do big changes in the publishing world for black authors and readers. Especially when this was the publisher that published her fav book by a black author, so it’s the best place to start change, right? After 10 years and attempts to campaign diversity not being met with kind eyes, she turned into a more subdued person more worried into not losing her job and stepping lightly around microaggressions and other problems. But after a black newcomer named Hazel starts working in the office, things seem to start changing. And after Nella receives a note saying “Leave Wagner. Now” … nothing good can come from that.

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Meet Me Under the Northern Lights by Emily Kerr – ARC Review

Meet Me Under the Northern Lights by Emily Kerr

Series: N/A

Publisher: HarperCollins UK, One More Chapter

Expected publication: December 3rd 2021

Genres: Contemporary, Romance

Pages: –

Format: ARC

Buy: Amazon 

* Received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions are, as always, my own.*

All it takes is one moment to change your life . . .

When a cleverly edited video of radio host Lucy Fairweather goes viral, she knows she needs an escape. And preferably somewhere far away.

Where better than Wild Zone – a destination for people who want to experience the Arctic Circle? Owned by the gorgeous but brooding Tommi, Lucy agrees to help with the guests in return for her stay. But getting to grips with her skis is proving harder than it looks.

Far from home and in a winter wonderland, will an encounter with the breathtaking Northern Lights change her luck, in both life and love?

Lucy Fairweather is a breakfast show radio presenter at Star FM. Her life is crazy both professionally and personally, her taste for drinking, parties and overall disregard for rules brings her to a lot of problems. The biggest one being the video that just went viral. This video is all bullshit, but does it really matter? No. Her life is turned upside down from it, bringing threats, stalking and a lot of unpleasantness when the other person in the video, her coworker Jonno doesn’t have her back. You see, for him the video brings something good, so why not go with it?

Lucy turns to her friend Skye for help and it just so happens she has an idea, why not go help her brother-in-law in Finland at the Wild Zone near the Artic Circle! This is an outdoor retreat and she can stay there all she wants in return for her help at the place. But this might be another nightmare for her and her problematic nature brings all new problems to tackle. After all you can run but you can’t hide, at least not forever…

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The Push by Ashley Audrain – Review

The Push by Ashley Audrain
Series: N/A
Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books
Published January 5th 2021
Genres: Thriller, Fiction
Pages: 307
Format: Paperback
Buy: Book Depository | Amazon

A tense, page-turning psychological drama about the making and breaking of a family–and a woman whose experience of motherhood is nothing at all what she hoped for–and everything she feared.

Blythe Connor is determined that she will be the warm, comforting mother to her new baby Violet that she herself never had.

But in the thick of motherhood’s exhausting early days, Blythe becomes convinced that something is wrong with her daughter–she doesn’t behave like most children do.

Or is it all in Blythe’s head? Her husband, Fox, says she’s imagining things. The more Fox dismisses her fears, the more Blythe begins to question her own sanity, and the more we begin to question what Blythe is telling us about her life as well.

Then their son Sam is born–and with him, Blythe has the blissful connection she’d always imagined with her child. Even Violet seems to love her little brother. But when life as they know it is changed in an instant, the devastating fall-out forces Blythe to face the truth.

The Push is a tour de force you will read in a sitting, an utterly immersive novel that will challenge everything you think you know about motherhood, about what we owe our children, and what it feels like when women are not believed. 

This book is all about motherhood. About being a good mother even when you weren’t blessed with a good role model, like our mc Blythe. Both her mother and grandmother were complete fails as mothers, will Blythe be the same? She does her best to connect with her daughter Violet, but she is sure something is wrong with her. Nobody believes it, not even her husband. Instead they think there’s something wrong with Blythe… Is it her past? Or is there something really wrong?

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Fools In Love – ARC Review

Fools In Love: Fresh Twists on Romantic Tales edited by Ashley Herring Blake and Rebecca Podos

Series: N/A

Publisher: Running Press Kids

Expected publication: December 7th 2021

Genres: Anthology, Romance

Pages: 288

Format: ARC

Buy: Amazon / BookDepository

* Received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions are, as always, my own.*

Join fifteen bestselling, award-winning, and up-and-coming authors as they reimagine some of the most popular tropes in the romance genre. 

Fake relationships. Enemies to lovers. Love triangles and best friends, mistaken identities and missed connections. This collection of genre-bending and original stories celebrates how love always finds a way, featuring powerful flora, a superhero and his nemesis, a fantastical sled race through snow-capped mountains, a golf tournament, the wrong ride-share, and even the end of the world. With stories written by Rebecca Barrow, Ashley Herring Blake, Gloria Chao, Mason Deaver, Sara Farizan, Claire Kann, Malinda Lo, Hannah Moskowitz, Natasha Ngan, Rebecca Podos, Lilliam Rivera, Laura Silverman, Amy Spalding, Rebecca Kim Wells, and Julian Winters this collection is sure to sweep you off your feet. 

Fools in love is a collection of short stories featuring 15 different authors. It features some typical and famous love tropes with a lot of amazing representations! Overall loved the idea and I have my expectations for some of the authors! This is perfect for lovers of LGBTQ+ romance and comes with a variety of genres! We have fantasy, magical stories, contemporary ones and more!

Let’s see about each story individually!

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