Bookstr’s Three to Read This Week 12/20/19

With the holidays right around the corner, there is no better gift than the gift of books!

Check out Bookstr’s Three to Read, the three books we’ve picked for you to read this week!



by Temple Drake




Set in the otherworldly megalopolis that is today’s Shanghai, Temple Drake’s suspenseful first novel blends the gothic, the erotic, and the supernatural as it charts an intense and dangerous affair.

One night in 2012, executive Zhang Guo Xing takes a group of European clients to a fashionable nightclub in Shanghai. While there, he meets a strikingly beautiful young Western woman called Naemi Vieno Kuusela. The physical attraction between them proves irresistible, and they embark on an intoxicating affair. But Naemi is not what she appears to be…

To Zhang’s surprise, she veers between passion and wariness, conducting the relationship entirely on her own terms. He feels driven to find out more about her, and is swiftly drawn into a web of intrigue, mystery, and horror. Is she a ghost? A demon? Do the living dead walk the streets of twenty-first century Shanghai?

Written in spare, high-octane prose, NVK is the first in a series of dark, hypnotic novels that explore the roots of desire and the cruel costs of immortality.



Set in Shanghai, Drake’s debut novel dives deep into the encounter between Zhang, a wealthy businessman, and Naemi, a stunning, yet elusive woman. With mutual attraction in the air, they start what they think is a one time, affair. When their affair turns into love, Naemi fears her secret will be out. With her strange habits and mysterious scar, she is anything but human. What happens when Zhang digs deeper into her past? Booklist glorifies Drake’s book stating, “An atmospheric and evocative tale buoyed by a sensual affair, Drake’s debut is a compelling read.”



Coffee Shop read


by Asa Maria Bradley




Scott Brisbane has been in love with immortal Viking healer Irja Vainio for years, but as a human, let his fear hold him back. Now that Scott has finally earned his place with the tribe whose king his sister married, there’s nothing standing in the way of his true feelings. But Irja knows that getting close to someone is a death sentence…

When the Viking warriors start falling into comas one by one, Irja is desperate to stop the illness from spreading. Without a cure, she’ll have to rely on magic she hasn’t used for centuries–magic that taught her to never let anyone get close. When the evil god Loki offers her the cure, it comes with a steep price that could cost Irja and Scott everything…



Asa does it again, stealing our hearts, with her third Viking Warriors book. With the evil god, Loki, planning to end the world, Irja must use magic to cure the Vikings. But we all know that magic comes with a price. So, when Irja teams up with Scott, a mortal who’s been in love with her ever since he laid eyes on her, chaos is havoc is bound to wreak. Bradley’s story is a whirlwind of action, suspense, humor, and a ton of romance!  We advise you to grab a warm cup of coffee and cozy up because you’ll be reading this page-turner the whole day! Booklist praises the book saying, “The romance is sizzling, the battle scenes top-notch, and the characters intriguing.”



dARK horse

Hello, Cookie dough: 110 doughlicious confections to eat, bake, & share

by Kristen Tomlan




Finally, you can eat cookie dough how you’ve always craved it: straight from the mixing bowl! In her rule-breaking first book, Kristen Tomlan, the Queen of Cookie Dough, spills her secrets about how to make cookie dough safe-to-eat and all of the best ways to enjoy it. Kristen is sharing 110 decadent recipes–a mix of fan favorites from her famous New York City confectionery and never-before-seen creations–each with an innovative twist.

HELLO, COOKIE DOUGH is filled with recipes for cookie dough lovers at every age and skill level. All 40 flavors, spanning the classic to the wildly creative, are ready to eat off the spatula OR can be baked into perfect, chewy cookies. Kristen’s baked creations are equally tempting, with treats like cookie dough-stuffed cinnamon rolls, deep dish skillet cookies, and molten cookie dough cupcakes. Sprinkled throughout are her tips on perfecting your confections plus easy swaps to make the recipes gluten-free or vegan. Since cookie dough is best when shared, Kristen is serving up inspiration for all your party needs, including ideas for baby showers, weddings, ice cream parties, and the all-important girls’ night in.

This is the unconventional baking book every person with a sweet tooth will love. Join Kristen on her mission to make cookie dough all about joy, transforming this once-forbidden treat from a “no-no” to HELLO!



Our favorite time of the year is here and the only thing we love more than books is indulging in heavenly sweet creations! We also heard that calories don’t count during the holidays so, we’re definitely digging in! In this book, Kristen Tomlan makes our dreams come true with 110 delicious recipes that can be safely eaten straight from the bowl or baked. Trust us, we were as shocked and excited as you guys! This book belongs in the kitchen of every sugar-loving heart.



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