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Get Rec’d with Amanda – Volume 51

Hey there! Welcome back to “Get Rec’d with Amanda” – Volume 51. I hope you enjoyed our milestone 50th post celebration. As always, I have an exciting lineup of recommendations for you. This time, I’m continuing my non-fiction streak with an anthology that combines cookbook and memoir elements, as well as a captivating collection of true crime stories about poisoners. But don’t worry, I also have a cute picture book and a fantastic novella to lighten things up. And if you’re looking for something non-book related, I highly recommend the show “Deadloch” on Amazon. So, let’s dive into these amazing recommendations and don’t forget to share your own book recommendations in the comments!

Anthology Recommendations

Welcome back! I’m excited to share some new anthology recommendations with you. This time, we have a mix of genres, from a cute picture book to a true crime collection. Let’s dive in!

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Ghost Afraid of the Dark

Let’s begin with “Ghost Afraid of the Dark.” This adorable picture book follows Boo the Ghost as he navigates his first Halloween with his monster friends. However, Boo soon realizes that he is afraid of many things. Join him on his journey to overcoming his fears in this charming and spooky story. The book features delightful illustrations and even has a glow-in-the-dark cover, making it the perfect bedtime read for little ones.

If you’re interested in adding “Ghost Afraid of the Dark” to your To-Read list, you can find it on Goodreads here. And if you’d like to order a copy, you can find more information here.

The League of Lady Poisoners

Next up, we have “The League of Lady Poisoners.” This anthology was recommended to me by a friend who works at a bookstore. The first thing that caught her attention was the book’s stunning design—featuring beautiful green metallic treatment on the edges of the pages.

“The League of Lady Poisoners” is a feast for the senses. It introduces you to the infamous women throughout history who shared a taste for poison. Author Lisa Perrin beautifully weaves together the stories of over twenty-five women accused of poisoning, exploring the circumstances and skills that led them down the path of crime. With chapters organized by thematic motives, you’ll dive into the fascinating world of these poisoners. The book also includes an illustrated primer on the origins and effects of common poisons throughout history, making it a must-read for true crime fans and feminist history buffs.

To add “The League of Lady Poisoners” to your To-Read list, visit the Goodreads page here. And if you’re interested in ordering a copy, you can find more information here.

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Recipe for Disaster

If you’re looking for an anthology that combines food and personal stories, “Recipe for Disaster” is the perfect choice. This collection features stories and recipes from a wide range of contributors, including figures from the worlds of food, music, art, activism, fashion, and pop culture. Each story explores finding comfort in food, surviving challenging times, and the power of coming out on the other side.

Filled with forty recipes—both traditional and unconventional—this anthology commemorates the low points in life with the same culinary conviction as the high points. It’s a combination of a cookbook and candid confessions, reminding us that even during the worst of days, there’s something worth sharing.

To add “Recipe for Disaster” to your To-Read list, visit its Goodreads page here. And if you’d like to order a copy, you can find more information here.


Last but not least, we have “Spear,” a novella that will transport you to the world of Arthurian retellings. Written by Nicola Griffith, this book also features a sapphic romance subplot, adding another layer of depth to the story.

The protagonist of “Spear” is a young girl who senses her destiny before even knowing her own name. Growing up in the wild with her mother, she begins to receive visions of a distant lake and hears tales of Artos, the king of Caer Leon. Filled with magic and a desire to test her own strength, she embarks on a journey to Caer Leon. Along the way, she encounters great knights, steals hearts, and fights warriors and sorcerers. In the midst of it all, she discovers love, her fate, and the lake she had envisioned.

If you’re intrigued by Arthurian retellings and love a sapphic romance subplot, “Spear” is a quick and fantastic read. Don’t miss out! You can add it to your Goodreads To-Read list here. And if you’re interested in ordering a copy, you can find more information here.

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Other Recommendations

Now, let’s take a break from books for a moment and explore another recommendation I have for you: the show called “Deadloch.” While it’s not a book, it’s received high praise from various sources. Shana at SBTB loves it, and I’ve had two coworkers mention it to me as well.

“Deadloch” is a murder mystery show set in Tasmania, and what sets it apart is its representation of queer women as the main characters. If you’re a fan of solving thrilling mysteries and enjoy seeing diverse stories on screen, this show is definitely worth checking out.

Now, I want to hear from you! Have you come across any great book recommendations lately? Share them in the comments below and let’s keep the reading suggestions flowing.

Book Recommendations

Speaking of recommendations, I’d love to hear from you! If you have any book recommendations that you think I should check out, please leave them in the comments. I’m always on the lookout for new reads and would appreciate any suggestions you have.

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That’s it for this edition of anthology recommendations. We explored a range of genres, from picture books to true crime collections and novellas. I hope you found something that caught your interest and added a few books to your To-Read list. Don’t forget to check out “Deadloch” if you’re in the mood for a thrilling and diverse murder mystery show. And finally, please share your own book recommendations in the comments below. Happy reading!