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On the heels of Devil's Cub, this book is different in tone, characterization, and pacing. It is Jane Austen like and actually three of Austen novels are referred in the book. The set up is also akin to an Austen novel where there is a poor family and marriage as a way out of that. There are some really amusing supporting characters as well which is reminiscent of Austen. Unlike Austen, the protagonist is a…

This week on BTT: Has a book ever inspired you to change anything in your life, fiction or non-fiction alike? There have been books I loved, books that I fell in love with, and books that changed my life, and they’re not always the same nor mutually exclusive. I have read some inspiring books both fiction and non fiction. I don't know if they have necessarily changed my life in a big way though. I…

This is my first Georgette Heyer novel. I have been curious about Heyer for awhile now. Since I started blogging about books a few years ago, her name kept coming up on the blogosphere. It was inevitable especially since I adore Jane Austen's novels. Austen and Heyer are not exactly the same of course. Heyer is detailed and must elucidate on historical details such as fashion and dress. I don't really read a lot of…

I have been reading this series for at least five or six years now. I can't remember when I started, but I've read almost every annual anthology. I always enjoy these books. I would like the chance to read more periodicals, but I rarely have the opportunity. I also like reading about travel, but I have been doing less of that reading and indeed, travelling in general. I haven't really travelled for the last two…

It has been a lethargic week for me and to be honest, I hadn't read a book for two weeks until yesterday. Yikes. It's suppose to be a year of me reading more again. I remember summers as a teenager and two weeks without a book would be very strange. It use to make me angsty when I didn't have a book on hand. To be honest, I have been doing much of anything lately.…

BTT this week: What are your literary “pet peeves”? At first, I didn't know how to answer, but on more thought: precocious child geniuses. I don't know why, but the reason I couldn't stand Artemis Fowl was due to the eponymous character. I know he is an antihero, but the fact he was 12 made it worse. Similarly, I didn't mind the mystery in The Sweetness at the Bottom of Pie, but the preciousness of…

This week's BTT: What book took you the longest to read, and do you feel it was the content or just the length that made it so? I think the content is usually what makes it take awhile. I thought about this for a bit, and the longest book was JRR Tolkien's The Two Towers. I read The Fellowship of the Ring and started TTT, but I was getting bored so I put it down.…

Progress on my blue Garter Yoke Cardigan: [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="367" caption="Taken on the new iPad 3 and Instagram since I wanted to test both features."][/caption] I finished one sleeve yesterday. While I was doing the body, I didn't want the sleeves to take up my remaining yarn so I put the body on hold (it's beyond the waist shaping now) and started the sleeves. That way, I can make this a fairly long cardigan.…

Timeless is Parasol Protectorate No. 5 and the last of this series. I have been reading this series since late 2010 I think. I like it because it has comedy, supernatural elements, steam punk and urban fantasy, but it isn't as dark as some of the latter two elements usually. It's fun 'fluff', but it also has some wit and great diction. The series is found in the young adult section of the library, but…

Girl Reading by Katie Ward is another 2012 "TV Book Club" pick. As often is the case, I saw the episode before I read the book. The premise is that this novel is really a series of short stories based on artwork featuring women's reading. Each chapter is one standalone story with characters and often incorporating the creator or artist. There are almost no quotation marks in this novel. The dialogue is written without them.…

This week on BTT, Bookish Sarah asks: If someone asked you for a book recommendation, what is the FIRST book you’d think to recommend (without extra thought)? Actually, I don't have a book that I would recommend without extra thought to everyone. I tailor my book recommendations to people based on their interests, personality, and other books they like. I have a varying tastes so there is usually something I could recommend. It also doesn't…

It's been over a year since I read the books, but I did enjoy them for the most part. They are entertaining and it is definitely a series which I thought would translate on screen especially since the author Suzanne Collins wrote the screenplay and seems to be so involved with the films. I enjoyed the film too, and it is hard to condense such an action packed book into a film even if the…