Jan 05
Life According to Literature: 2012

Life According to Literature: 2012

I came across this via Fourth Street Review and she in turn got it from Catherine Pope – Victorian Geek. Using only books you have read this year (2012), answer these questions. Try not to repeat a book title. Describe yourself: The Secret History of the Pink Carnation (Lauren Willig) How do you feel: Heartsick (Chelsea Cain) Describe where you currently live: Enchantment (Charlotte Abel) If you could go anywhere, where would you go: On the Island (Tracey Garvis-Graves) Your favourite form of transportation: Shadow of Night (Deborah Harkness) Your best friend is: Sweetheart (Chelsea Cain) You and your friends are: Bending the Rules (Susan Andersen) What’s the weather like: North & South (Elizabeth Gaskell) You fear: A Death in the Small Hours (Charles Finch) What is the best advice… Read more »

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Jan 04
Channel Surfing: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Channel Surfing: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

I’ve been wanting to see The Perks of Being a Wallflower for quite sometime and even though I live in a fairly large metro city, we aren’t that large or important; hence any film that has a limited release means we won’t get it. So a friend of mine was lucky enough to get ahold of a DVD screener of it and I watched it last night. I loved it! I haven’t had the chance to read the book, but have heard great things about it. I’ve added it to my to be read list. I don’t like to reveal parts of myself online, well I do, but only to really close online friends and there was something about Perks that just hit home. I suppose in many ways, I… Read more »

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Dec 31

Happy 2013!

Let this New Year be filled with happiness, joy and prosperity for you and all your loved ones. Happy New Year! Wishing you all a great year ahead.

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Dec 28

Birth of a Book: How a Hardback Book is Made

Take a look at this fascinating short vignette of a book being created using traditional printing methods. “Birth of a Book” created by Glen Milner writes: Shot at Smith-Settle Printers, Leeds, England. The book being printed is Suzanne St Albans’ ‘Mango and Mimosa’ published as part of the Slightly Foxed series.

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Dec 26

WWW Wednesday: December 26th

Hosted by Should Be Reading To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions: • What are you currently reading? • What did you recently finish reading? • What do you think you’ll read next? Right Now: Stephanie Laurens’ Devil’s Bride Synopsis: When Devil, the most infamous member of the Cynster family, is caught in a compromising position with plucky governess Honoria Wetherby, he astonishes the entire ton by offering his hand in marriage. No one had dreamed this scandalous rake would so tamely take a bride. As society’s mamas swooned at the loss of England’s most eligible bachelor, Devil’s infamous Cynster cousins began to place wagers on the wedding date. But Honoria wasn’t about to bend to society’s demands and marry a man just because they’d been found… Read more »

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Dec 22

Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

I came across another fun reading challenge. I’m a big fan of historicals in general so this is right up my alley. Here are the basics if you want to join in the fun (for full details and to link up, click on link above or below): • everyone can participate, even those who don’t have a blog (you can add your book title and thoughts in the comment section if you wish) • add the link(s) of your review(s) including your name and book title to the Mister Linky we’ll be adding to our monthly post (please, do not add your blog link, but the correct address that will guide us directly to your review) • any kind of historical fiction is accepted (HF fantasy, HF young adult,…) There… Read more »

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Dec 22

Mystery / Crime Reading Challenge

I stumbled across this reading challenge and it looks fun and interesting. I’m already a fan of the mystery genre so this is prefect! Here are the basics if you want to join in the fun (for full details and to join click the link above or below): 1. The challenge starts January 1, 2013 and ends December 31, 2013. 2. You can read any novel, short story or author just so that the genre is mystery/crime. 3. 1 novel counts as 1 novel( a novel is anything over 100 pages) of course but you will have to read 5 short stories to count as 1 novel. 4. There will be a monthly post for you to add a link or links to your post showing the progress that you… Read more »

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Dec 21
Film Friday: BBC’s North & South

Film Friday: BBC’s North & South

Have you ever been surprised to find out a film was based on a book? Film Friday is a weekly feature that spotlights films that were adapted from books. I’m a pretty big costume drama fan. There’s something about sitting down and being whisked away to the past. While the past isn’t always peaceful and beautiful as they are portrayed in these productions, it’s nice to step way from reality for a little bit. For today’s piece I have picked the 2004 BBC version of Elizabeth Gaskell’s North & South; a love story of Margaret Hale, a middle class southerner who is forced to move to the northern town of Milton. Richard Armitage is John Thornton and Daniela Denby-Ashe is Margaret Hale.

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Dec 05
Book Review: Charlotte Abel’s Enchantment

Book Review: Charlotte Abel’s Enchantment

Enchantment is first book in the Channie series and currently there is a sequel (Taken) and a prequel (part of a YA anthology, Midnight Surrender). It’s not necessary to read the prequel before Enchantment since it was written after the first book. Channie Kearns isn’t your typical sixteen year old girl and she’s use to living in seclusion. When the family is forced to flee the Ozark Mountains, they move to Colorado where they must hide the fact they are witches. What ensues is a journey about a young teenage girl falling in love and finding herself. Imagine for a moment having a name and it’s tied to your personality. You’re probably asking yourself, how can a name be tied to a personality? Let’s say your name is Charity, you… Read more »

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Nov 20
Book Review: Charles Finch’s A Death in the Small Hours

Book Review: Charles Finch’s A Death in the Small Hours

A Death in the Small Hours is the sixth installment of the Lenox mystery series and his best one to date. If you’ve never read the Lenox series, don’t fret as each of his books can be read as a standalone. Although Finch isn’t one of those writers to drown you in a character’s back story, I do believe a reader new to the series will fail to appreciate the personal history of his characters. As the series progresses, the Lenox characters grow and I’m afraid a reader will miss key elements that would help further understand a character’s way of thinking or reaction to a situation. Therefore, I do recommend you start at the beginning with A Beautiful Blue Death and work your down the list, but it’s not… Read more »

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Nov 15
Interview: Charles Finch

Interview: Charles Finch

Charles Finch was kind enough to agree to an interview. He’s one of my favorite authors and his first novel, A Beautiful Blue Death, was nominated for an Agatha Award and was named one of Library Journal’s Best Books of 2007, one of only five mystery novels on the list. Q. You chose the Victorian Era as the foundational time frame to your novels because it serves as a reflection of contemporary issues in a literary framework. Notwithstanding the connection, given the opportunity, would you travel back in time to the Victorian Era? Would you want to live there, or just visit? Why or why not? I would love to travel back in time to the Victoria period – briefly. One of the things I try to emphasize in my… Read more »

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Nov 12
Book Review: G. Brailey’s Deathloop

Book Review: G. Brailey’s Deathloop

G. Brailey’s debut novel can be described in one word: brilliant. Deathloop captivates and through a series of twists and turns, it will keep you on the edge of your seat. Zack Fortune is successful, charismatic, and gorgeous. He’s also a bastard of the first order and makes no apologies for it. In fact, he’s the first to agree that he’s one. Sam, his best friend, once said he was a romantic bastard. You know the type, will wine and dine you and in many ways romance you the old fashioned way, then out of nowhere dump you. One night Zack reluctantly agrees to participate in a past life regression and is given clear instructions “no matter what you see do not come out.” His regression is terrifying and nothing… Read more »

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