72 Reasons to Be Vegan – Gene Stone, Kathy Freston

January is long gone, but reading books on veganism is one of my guilty pleasures. Despite having been plant-based for more than fourteen years now, they keep me motivated and occasionally help me find some new, interesting information. While I generally prefer reading recipe books --a decent area of my bookcase is dedicated to those, actually--, some titles, such as anything written by Jonathan Safran Foer, are simply too good to pass.

Stray Witch – Eva Alton

Alba, a mother of two, is going through a rough divorce. Her life seems to change for the best when she meets Clarence, vampire and scout for the vampire queen of Emberbury, but things might not be what they seem, and soon Alba is torn between her feelings and her fears. And a desperate need for money. Clarence is an old school vampire on a redemption path, while Alba is a woman who has lost herself. She's a stray, both as a witch and as a person: no close family, no real friends. While she's not looking for her tribe, it's pretty clear she needs one. Her arc is one many women can relate with, and this is the reason why empathizing with her is so easy. In fact, I found myself rooting for her and her two daughters from the very beginning, especially given the situation they are running away from.

The Meaning of Colour Book Tag

The pile of work to do has become so big that I can't even look at my computer without freaking out, but I really want to be lazy today. Procrastinating is fun, after all. So, instead of being reasonable, I decided to look around for nice book tags. When I found this one on Lynn's Book Blog, I knew it'd be challenging enough to keep me entertained for a long time.

The Neighborhood Division: Stories – Jeff Vande Zande

Isn't it ironic how I keep telling you guys that I'm a quick reader when it took me a while to read a good portion of the books I've reviewed so far? Truth be told, I am a quick reader, at least when I'm inside the bubble of my comfort zone: give me some supernatural baddie, violence, gore and sex --Urban Fantasy has been my jam for the past 20 years-- and I'll read your book in a heartbeat. The rest? I need time to adjust.

Max and the Spice Thieves – John Peragine

When I was 5, I had my little address book where I'd written down all the people I needed to call in case of emergency. A couple of years later, I had to cook and shop for groceries on my own. At 10, I was obsessed with translating into Italian all the Latin sentences in The Name of the Rose, and I enjoyed doing my best friend's trigonometry homework. If I try to recall memories of me as a teen, I don't think I ever acted like one. I've never been able to be my own age back then, but I sure did love kids and teen literature. Even now that I'm a grownup --sort of--, I still have a soft spot for this kind of stories, so when John Peragine asked me to read Max and the Spice Thieves, I was more than happy to accept.