Favourite Books

Favourite Forensic Pathology And Anthropology Books!!

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My dream job would be to work full-time in forensic pathology, but as I am a casual with three jobs in pathology including forensics, I just have to dream this will come true.  So I read and study and day-dream about it.  I know this is not a job that most people would want to do, but it is for me the best job ever.  Here are just a few of my favourite forensic and forensic anthropology books, both non-fiction and fiction.

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Any of the Jefferson Bass Body Farm books (fiction).

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Forensic Anthropology books.

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Forensic Pathology books.
I read a lot of different kinds of books, but forensics is my favourite whether it is non-fiction or fiction.  They feed my dream to one day work full-time in forensics, participate in a mass grave exhumation or work in forensic anthropology.  Cheers, Michele

More Favourite Books!! The Joe Ledger Series by Jonathan Maberry!

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Jonathan Maberry writes some of my favourite zombie books and he also writes comics and other fiction.  I love his Joe Ledger books about a special agent in a secret government organization who takes on the ultimate bad guys, apocalyptic scenarios and zombies as well.  I highly recommend this series as great escapist reads.

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They are full of action, monsters, terrible bad guys and apocalyptic warnings.  Joe Ledger is the ultimate bad good guy who has lots of dark secrets and rough edges.  They are a great summer or anytime read.  Happy reading, Cheers, Michele

Winners Of The Anniversary Giveaway!! Congratulations!

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So here are the winners of the individual prizes for my anniversary giveaway.  I will be contacting the winners to notify them of the prize they have one.  Congratulations to the winners!!

Beauty Bundles 1-3

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  • Ashley
  • Tiffany
  • Kelly-Lynne

Beauty Bundles 4-5

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  • Carol
  • Deanna

Beauty Bundle 6

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  • Mary

Book Bundle Cookbooks

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  • Willy

Book Bundle Fan Fiction

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  • Michele

Complete Thrifted Outfit

  • Judy

So there are the winners of my anniversary giveaway.  I enjoyed doing this so much, there will be more giveaways in the future.  Cheers, Michele

More Favourite Zombie Books!! By Jonathan Maberry!

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As a big zombie fan and a huge Jonathan Mayberry fan, I of course love hiss Rot and Ruin series of books.  They follow a group of kids through their experiences after the “First Night” of the zombie apocalypse.  They are action filled, funny and very enjoyable…I highly recommend them as a great summer (or really any time) read.

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The first in the series is Rot and Ruin : Warrior Smart. It is the story of how Benny Imura becomes a zombie hunter, learning everything he needs to know from his brother Tom.

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The second in the series is Dust and Decay.

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Dead and Gone is the next book.

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Then Flesh and Bone.

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And Tooth and Nail.

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Then Fire and Ash.

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And then Bits and Pieces.  Some of these books are so-called filler books between the main 5 books in the series.  They fill in stories about the surrounding characters and just add to the great stories that are in these books.  They add characters in that are found in some of his other book series, so if you are a Jonathan Maberry fan or could be, it makes the stories much more interesting.  I highly recommend them if you are a person who loves zombies or just likes a good read.  I hope you will try them out and enjoy!  Good reading, Michele

More Favourite Books!! Pride and Prejudice Sequels and Prequels!

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As I have mentioned in previous posts, Jane Austen is one of my favourite writers.  Luckily for me and for other Austen fans, many writers have taken up the task of writing sequels, prequels and other versions of Pride and Prejudice.  Here are just a few.

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If you are an Austen fan, you should check some of them out, some are set in the original time period and some are more modern.  Some are more true to the original story line, and some like Pirates and Prejudice are completely different twists on the original story.  I hope you like reading as much as I do and will check some of them out.  Happy reading, Cheers, Michele

Favourite Books I Have Been Reading…Again!!

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I am the type of person who hangs on to books I love and reads them again and again.  My latest post about my favourite Zombie movies and TV shows inspired me to search my book shelves for the following three books to re-read.

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The first book that came out in this series was Pride Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith.  I bought this book when we were touring the England one summer and read it cover to cover in one day while we were staying in a very old stone house in the Cotswolds.  I instantly loved it!!  It follows along the lines of the original Pride and Prejudice except the Bennet family are trained Zombie slayers.  It adds an interesting quirk to a story I already love as I am a huge Jane Austen fan.

imageThe Prequel to this series is Dawn of the Dreadfuls by Steve Hockensmith which is set four years before Pride Prejudice and Zombies and follows the Bennet family as the girls begin their training to become Zombie slayers.

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The Sequel to this series is Dreadfully Ever After by Steve Hockensmith.  It follows Elizabeth and her husband Darcy years after the original book when Darcy has been bitten and Elizabeth hunts for the elusive “cure” to the curse of the zombie bite.

I will have to say that the original Pride, Prejudice and Zombies will always be my favourite of this series.  It is well written, funny and of course who can deny that the combination of Jane Austen and Zombies will always be dear to my little Austen and Zombie loving heart.  I think that these books have opened up the wonders of Jane Austen’s writing to a whole new audience and hopefully encouraged them to read the originals of her books. Have you read any of the books in this series?  What did you think?  Are you a Jane Austen and/or zombie literature fan?  I would love to hear from you.  Cheers, Michele

These Are a Few of My Favourite Things!! Cookbooks!

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My family knows that I have gone through periods of having an unhealthy addiction to cookbooks.  Now this is a strange thing, because mostly I cook by instinct or imagination or what ever and just use cookbooks for inspiration.  I love all the ideas and the beautiful pictures but rarely follow a recipe exactly, often not even closely.  And the fact that I can thrift cookbooks makes them even more dangerous, they are cheaper, so hey, I can buy more.  But I have been trying valiantly to reduce the number of cookbooks I have and here are just a list of a few of the cookbooks or cookbook authors I refer to regularly.

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Nigella Lawson. Not only do I have a cookbook addiction, I used to be addicted to cooking shows, and Nigella’s was one of my favourites.  I love her cookbooks, she is unapologetic about enjoying the sensual nature and pleasure that food brings.

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Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. I love his River Cottage TV series and have watched them all.  I love his cookbooks and how he tries to teach people where our food comes from and how it should be ethically and locally sourced.

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Irma S. Rombauer. Her “The Joy of Cooking” is an absolute must for any beginner or advanced chef.  She talks about everything from how to trim meat to making the perfect meringue.

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The Canadian Living Cookbook. This book was given to me as a wedding present in 1988 by my mom’s best friend Liz Bayne and although it has lost it’s dust cover and part of it’s binding due to excessive use, it is still a valued and loved cookbook.

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The Best of Clean Eating.  This is a great cookbook for focusing on healthy clean eating, I love lots of recipes and ideas from this book.  I love the magazine too.

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Cooking Light Complete Cookbook.  This is another cookbook based off a magazine that I love.  The waffle recipe is the best I have ever eaten, I just make it gluten-free for me.  So good.

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Hot Sour Salty Sweet.  A fantastic culinary journey through Asia.  The pictures are amazing and I have made many a recipe inspired by this book.  My copy is a bit beat up from use and it was purchased second-hand.

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Julia Child.  I loved her cooking shows and I love her cookbooks.  I have read her biography and autobiography.  She had the most amazing life and the greatest laugh.

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Jamie Oliver.  I loved his shows as well.  I have several of his cookbooks on my shelf and refer to them often.

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Jeff Smith.  “The Frugal Gourmet” was a popular cooking show years ago and I rarely missed it on a Saturday afternoon.  I have used his “On Our Immigrant Ancestors” cookbook to try out lots of different ethnic cuisines.  An oldie but a goodie.

These are just a few of my favourite cookbooks or cookbook authors.  What cookbooks can you just not live with out?  I would love to hear as I am always on the look out for a new one to add to my collection of over 50 cookbooks (conservative estimate).  Cheers, Michele