Reading is Cool + Monday Madness Link Up

I hope everyone is enjoying their extended weekend!

For a second time I participated in Chaotic Goddess Swap's Books 'n Bloggers Swap. Let me tell you - these ladies host the best swaps in all of Blogland. This time around I was paired with Jessica from Writing Pearls.  Jessica is the sweetest and most genuine blogger around and I was glad we ended up together!

Not only did Jessica send me the three books that we were required to send to each other, but she hooked me up with some yumbo Italian candies and the amazing stemless wine glasses I'd been eying which  I promptly used to drink raspberry sparkling water she sent me!

Of course I was totally stoked about the books too!

While walking home from work one evening, Jeff Manning is struck by a car and killed. Two women fall to pieces at the news: his wife, Claire, and his co-worker Tish. Reeling from her loss, Claire must comfort her grieving son as well as contend with funeral arrangements, well-meaning family members, and the arrival of Jeff’s estranged brother, who was her ex-boyfriend. Tish volunteers to attend the funeral on her company’s behalf, but only she knows the true risk of inserting herself into the wreckage of Jeff’s life.Told through the three voices of Jeff, Tish, and Claire, Hidden explores the complexity of relationships, the repercussions of our personal choices, and the responsibilities we have to the ones we love.

In downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Lou works tirelessly to build her beloved yet struggling French restaurant, Luella’s, into a success. She cheerfully balances her demanding business and even more demanding fiancĂ©…until the morning she discovers him in the buff—with an intern.

Witty yet gruff British transplant Al is keeping himself employed and entertained by writing scathing reviews of local restaurants in the Milwaukee newspaper under a pseudonym. When an anonymous tip sends him to Luella’s, little does he know he’s arrived on the worst day of the chef’s life. The review practically writes itself: underdone fish, scorched sauce, distracted service—he unleashes his worst.

The day that Al’s mean-spirited review of Luella’s runs, the two cross paths in a pub: Lou drowning her sorrows, and Al celebrating his latest publication. As they chat, Al playfully challenges Lou to show him the best of Milwaukee and she’s game—but only if they never discuss work, which Al readily agrees to. As they explore the city’s local delicacies and their mutual attraction, Lou’s restaurant faces closure, while Al’s column gains popularity. It’s only a matter of time before the two fall in love…but when the truth comes out, can Lou overlook the past to chase her future?

When Amelia Tate is cast to play the Audrey Hepburn role in a remake of Roman Holiday, she feels as if all her dreams have come true. She has a handsome boyfriend, is portraying her idol in a major motion picture, and gets to live in beautiful Rome for the next two months.

Once there, she befriends a young woman named Sophie with whom she begins to explore the city. Together, they discover all the amazing riches that Rome has to offer. But when Amelia’s boyfriend breaks up with her over her acting career, her perfect world begins to crumble.

While moping in her hotel suite, Amelia discovers a stack of letters written by Audrey Hepburn that start to put her own life into perspective. Then, she meets Philip, a handsome journalist who is under the impression that she is a hotel maid, and it appears as if things are finally looking up. The problem is she can never find the right time to tell Philip her true identity. Not to mention that Philip has a few secrets of his own. Can Amelia finally have both the career and love that she’s always wanted, or will she be forced to choose again?

A couple of items:

1. Ladies of London Season 2 starts tonight!

2. Link up below. You'll feel much better once you do!


  1. Ooohhh these look really good!! I want to participate in this sometime...very cool!! Have a great Monday! Since today's another day of my weekend, I'm linking up tomorrow!! :)

  2. That swap looks fantastic! I've done one of their swaps before and loved it! Thanks so much for hosting this link up :)

  3. I'm so excited that Ladies of London is back! That show is so fantastic.

  4. Alright, you had me with the title. I am a math person so I was instantly interested in the author behind the awesome title. Found you through The Peacock Roost. Love your blog and am your newest Bloglovin' follower. I have been looking for something new to read, thanks for the recommendations. I will have to check these out. And I am intrigued by the blog swap! Have a great day!

  5. I read and liked the first two but I will need to check out Rome in Love. Looks good for the beach!

  6. Ooh! Your books look pretty good. Being a Wisconsin girl, I'd be interested to see how "The Coincidence of Coconut Cake" is. It kind of sounds like a "You've Got Mail" plot.

  7. Wow- what a great package! I love that she sent you Italian candies, too...perfect to go with those books. :D Thanks so much for joining us for this swap!