This week, our protagonists struggle with their finer and more monstrous instincts, seeking peace in the face of difficult circumstances. Each has their own demons (some more literal than others) and pushes the reader to ask, "Who is worthy of love and happiness? And what price are we willing to pay for these things?" Sophie … Continue reading Reading Roundup #76: Heroes & Villains
It's tag time again! This one looked simple, but it ended up making me think quite a bit, as I tried to sort through the "best" books of 2021 and how I define that. Thank you to Madeline @ The Bookish Mutant for tagging me! And to the rest of you — if you haven't … Continue reading The Best Books of 2021 Tag
Once in a blue moon, you open a book, begin to read, and get hit by that feeling — that warm glow in your heart that whispers "this one" — and you just know you're in for a treat. That's how I felt starting Mimi Matthews's new Victorian romance, The Siren of Sussex. And I … Continue reading The Siren of Sussex by Mimi Matthews
Another week, another bunch of books that are all over the place! There were even more I read this week that were... *ahem* out there... but I decided to just include the ones I had something to say about/particularly enjoyed. And with fairy stories (beg pardon — goblin stories), murder mysteries, and romance across the … Continue reading Reading Roundup #48: Beefcake & Fairy Tales
Happy Boxing Day, bookish friends! Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, I hope you had a lovely day and that your winter is filled with comfort and cheer. I was on my own this year, so I celebrated by reading romance novels, watching reruns of I Love Lucy, and working on this delightful Bookish Christmas … Continue reading Bookish Christmas Tag
That's right, friends: we're in full-swing historical romance mode this week, with rakes, scoundrels, and jaded aristos everywhere you turn! I needed some good fluff and swoon in the midst of all my mysteries, and these books delivered. "Sebastian St. Cyr" #5-6 by C.S. Harris: Hero is finally getting more page-time and focus in the … Continue reading Reading Roundup #23: Return of the Rakes!
Oh, what a lovely week to be a reader! You may have noticed, I usually have good things to say about the books I review here, and there's a simple explanation for that: I know what I like, and if I try something new and don't like it, I drop it. It's a good way … Continue reading Reading Roundup #11: A Comedy of Manners by Gaslight