Ranking Austen

Since Star Wars Episode 8 came out about a month ago, I’ve seen TONS of lists ranking the Star Wars movies from worst to best, favorite to least favorite, whatever. Oh my gosh, it’s so much fun, and I just had to do it too! Which led to a LONG list ranking my favorite Marvel movies (lots of unpopular opinions there!), and then led to me talking about all the bookish rankings I could do.

Oh my gosh. Ranking books and movies is my new addiction.

So, for absolutely no reason at all other than this is what I WANTED to do on a Sunday morning while I’m stuck in bed having braxton-hicks contractions, my list of Jane Austen novels from most favorite to least favorite. Enjoy! Continue reading

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Calendar Girls January: Favorite Book With a Non-North American Setting

Happy New Year everyone! What better way to start off 2018 than with a Calendar Girls post? I’m particularly looking forward to this one because I read SO MANY books set in America and England, but I’m super interested in books about other countries. Especially when they are written by people FROM those countries!

First of all, I read a LOT of Fantasy and Sci-Fi, but it seemed like kind of a cop-out to choose one of those, so I’m ignoring them. Similarly, England also seemed a bit of a cop-out as it is so similar to America. In fact, I avoided everywhere with white people almost altogether for the purposes of this post. I only considered Scandinavia and Eastern Europe.

Once I started thinking about it, I realized that I have read SO MANY good books that take place in non-North American settings! The trouble is, these books are often heavy, so they don’t end up being favorites. Here are a few examples that came to mind:

  • The Kite Runner
  • Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Siddhartha
  • The Iliad and The Odyssey
  • The Alchemist
  • The Good Earth

Like, all brilliant novels, but none of them will I probably ever re-read. However, I highly recommend all of them, and most of them (keyword MOST) were written by folks from the countries they were writing about, which is part of what makes them so amazing.

But after I briefly struggled with thinking I was going to have to pick The Bear and the Nightingale AGAIN, one book sprang to mind. A book that completely changed my life and the way I look at books. I can only be talking, of course, about …. Continue reading

Feel-Good Books for the Holidays

I don’t like to read Chritmas-themed books. I don’t know, they seem a little hokey to me. Also, they tend to be romancy, which isn’t really my thing.

However, at this time of year I do prefer a lighter read, preferably one that gives me all the warm fuzzies. Bonus points if its set in the winter, but I’m really not going to go out of my way to find that.

So. Here are five books along those lines that I would recommend at this time of year.

1. Landline by Rainbow Rowell

18081809I’m an absolute sucker for Rainbow Rowell’s books, and of the ones I’ve read this has been the most feel-good. It really left me overwhelmed with all of the feels. I loved the realistic adult romance, as well as the family aspect. Bonus points, it’s actually set over Christmas! Continue reading

Review: Renegades

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Series: Renegades
Genres: Young Adult, Action/Adventure, Fiction
Maturity Rating: 3+
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Rating: ⋆⋆⋆⋆


The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone…except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.


They told me Marissa Meyer was a genius at world-building, and it wasn’t that I didn’t believe them, I guess I just didn’t get it. HO-LY COW. This world was completely real to me. I was so convinced, there was so much detail, just wow. Only occasionally did the extra-super-hero-y names and words kind of jump out and jolt me into remember that this book is, in fact, pretend. Words like “chromium”, “Galton City”, stuff like that. I don’t know, it was a little cheesy. Perfect for a super hero novel. But I loved how easy it was to get absorbed into the world and the characters and the story.

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Review: Stalking Jack the Ripper

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Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper
Genres: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Fiction
Maturity Level: 4-
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Rating: ⋆⋆⋆⋆


Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.


While not the best-written book I have ever read, Stalking Jack the Ripper sure was a lot of fun! There’s not enough books out there about Jack the Ripper in my opinion, and I’m glad Maniscalco gave this one such a fun twist.

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The Great British Bake Off Book Tag

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Okay, confession, I’ve never watched the Great British Bake Off. I don’t actually enjoy cooking reality shows. *GASP!* I don’t know, if I can’t taste the food myself I don’t really care what the judges think. They’re strangely addicting though, aren’t they? I was at the doctor last week, and some c-list baking show was on, and I was so distracted from my book because even though it was stupid I couldn’t stop paying attention.

Anyway, thanks to The Orangutan Librarian for tagging me in this one! Even though I’ve never watched the show, I found the questions interesting.

Rules:

Ready, get set, Bake! (or tag)


Amateur Baker

A book that is self published

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I don’t technically know if Eragon even counts since it eventually got picked up by Knopf, but originally Paolini’s family created their own publishing “firm” just to publish Eragon. I adored Eragon in high school, because dragons. Even know, I don’t mind giving it a re-read from time to time, though I tend to ignore the sequels which are clearly less good. Continue reading

Book Recommendation for My Dad

Christmas is officially coming! I love Christmas!

But I hate hate HATE Christmas shopping.

Is it just me, or is it kind of a lot of pressure to get somebody something thoughtful that they will actually LIKE? I’m always so worried that I’ll pick something that they’re indifferent to, or that I’m not spending the right amount (especially that I might be being cheap…), or that it’s not PERFECT. Some of my family members are really hard to shop for, too.

Fortunately, my dad is pretty easy. He loves to read, especially science fiction books. God bless John Scalzi for writing something new my dad will like every single year. The only risk is that my dad’ll buy it for himself before I can give it to him for Christmas!

But this year I wanted to do something different. I’ll still buy my dad the latest Scalzi book, Collapsing Empire, but I want to get him something else too. He recently mentioned that he wants to broaden his horizons, and read more than JUST Sci-Fi exclusively. Yay!

The problem is that I’m 100% sure he won’t like the books I’ve loved this year. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is REALLY not his thing, lol. He likes books that are fast-paced and fun, but not just fluff. I don’t read a lot of things like that.

So can you help me??? Continue reading