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Display Name: MplsGirl
About me: Reader. Mom. Wife. Career Girl. Loves tulips, a glass of wine, gardening and cooking. And, of course, books. Loves to read.
Reading Interests: Cultural histories (not the boring stuff). Happy endings. Thrillers. History. Fiction. Cookbooks. Garden books (to dream and scheme for my own yard).

MplsGirl's Book Lists
paranormal romance fiction (12 titles)
Tired of vampires? Yeah, me, too. Try these for some great paranormal romance that isn't all about the bite.
Books for the lazy, but enthusiastic, gardener (6 titles)
I love planning a beautiful flower garden, almost as much as watching it grow in the warm enough months. Mulch is my friend. Thank goodness, because I might forget to water every so often. And I've been know to buy a plant because it's pretty, not because it will actually thrive in my yard. (Poor plants.) And, alas, I may be the only gardener in MInnesota who can't grow astilbe. *sigh*
So you want to bake? (4 titles)
I love baking, and I prefer a straight-forward recipe that's delicious. Thankfully my family and neighbors are happy to be my taste-testers. Try these cookbooks for some delicious recipes.
Favorite Fiction (7 titles)
The list leans towards historical fiction, but not completely. This is my all time favorites list (as of today, anyway). Looking for an absorbing read? Try these.
Let's Eat! (3 titles)
Cooking is soothing, satisfying, challenging, and fun. As a busy mom I can't often spend hours in the kitchen (and I'm not sure if I'd want to even if I had the time!). Here are some of the cookbooks that I like best.
Historical Romance Starter List (5 titles)
A few historical romances to try out if you're interested in the genre.
Three Spanish Authors (6 titles)
Perez-Reverte, Saramago, Ruiz Zafon: not sure what started it, but one day I realized that I was reading a whole bunch of Spanish translations. Huh.

MplsGirl's Comments    
Cover ArtHistorian : a novel.
by Elizabeth Kostova
A thoughtful and suspenseful page-turner, The Historian is a wonderfully crafted story about the search for a book and a vampire that readers of Perez-Reverte’s "The Club Dumas" and Pearl’s "The Dante Club" will enjoy. For readers who like a good vampire story, this isn’t a blood-sucking book, but it is a brilliant addition to Dracula lore.   posted Jun 18, 2008 at 1:03PM

Cover ArtPlaying with fire : a novel of the silver dragons
by MacAlister, Katie
I loved the Aisling Grey books because Katie MacAlister is FUNNY. But Aisling is borderline TSTL. Now, in this spinoff featuring the silver dragons we have a heroine who's smart and knows it, and the humor is still there. This isn't MacAlister's best book, but it's good, and I can't wait to read book two in the Silver Dragons' story.   posted Jun 16, 2008 at 5:09PM

Cover ArtThe darkest night
by Showalter, Gena
The Lords of the Underworld are the ultimate bad boys needing redemption. I'm not sure I've ever read a book where the Titans had overthrown the Greek pantheon--a nice twist to the servants of the gods theme. I can't wait to read book two.   posted Jun 16, 2008 at 5:07PM

Cover ArtSlave to sensation
by Singh, Nalini, 1977-
Oh my! *fans self* Sexy, original, poignant. The title bothered me a first (took two visits before I checked it out), but I am hooked on the psy-changling books. These guys are hot, these women are smart, and Ms. Singh has penned a story that is absorbing and sweet.   posted Jun 16, 2008 at 5:05PM

Cover ArtHerb gardens
by Rosenfeld, Richard, 1952-
This lovely, short, illustrated book is great for planning an herb garden.   posted Jun 16, 2008 at 4:56PM

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