Calendar Girls August: Best Historical Fiction

What are Flavia and Melanie trying to do to me?!?!?! How am I supposed to pick just ONE best historical fiction????????

Historical fiction. A fictional novel written in the actual past, containing real events, places, and people. The main character might be an actual person, or might be a made up person. It’s a cool genre because there is a lot of flexibility, but you still have to do your research and know your stuff.

I adore historical fiction. This love goes all the way back to my childhood and Laura Ingles Wilder. There’s just something so magical about reading a great novel where you also learn a little bit. Plus, and I’m just being honest here, the clothes! *swoon* I can’t even begin to count the number of historical fictions I’ve read just about Henry VIII, his wives, and his children. It’s probably my favorite genre, if I had to pick a favorite, because I’m a terrible person who picks favorites, get over it.

I’ve been thinking for weeks trying to decide between three of my favorites, which are all VERY different. In the end I am picking the one that I personally enjoy the most, even if it’s not necessarily the most representative of the genre.

So. Drumroll please. Continue reading

The New Disney Princess Book Tag

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I saw this book tag on Flavia the Bibliophile, and even though I wasn’t tagged I just had to join in! I’ve really enjoyed the last couple of book tags I’ve done, and I am obsessed with Disney Princesses. Am I also procrastinating on starting a book that’s been on my tbr for way too long because I secretly don’t really want to read it? Maybe.

Rules:

  • Mention where you saw the tag/thank whoevver tagged you.
  • Tag Zuky’s and Mandy’s posts so they can check out the wonderful Princess fun throughout the blog world (Mandy @ Book Princess Reviews & Zuky @ Book Bum)
  • Play a game of tag at the end!

Snow White

The Book (like the movie) That Started It All
Favorite Debut Book From an Author

51GfkFJuPCL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Mmmmm, so hard to pick, but probably The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I mean, it’s just one of my favorite books period. It’s so romantic and dreamlike. I wish Le Cirque des Rêves was a real place. Continue reading

Top 5 Literary Man Crushes

It’s Man Crush Monday!

Okay, first of all, this was hard for me. I am a married woman and I’ve been with my husband since I was 18, so it has been a long time since I thought about other men romantically! I love my husband, and I wouldn’t trade him for anyone. No, not even for Mr. Darcy. So I had to think back a ways. Prepare to see a lot of the classics.

1. Fitzwilliam Darcy
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I know, I know, it’s cliche. But there’s a reason everyone loves Mr. Darcy. He’s charming, he’s got the strong silent type thing going, and we all identify as Elizabeth Bennett. However, I think the reason we really love Mr. Darcy is that, deep down, we honestly believe we can change our man. If there’s something we don’t like about him we think: “If I stick with him, I can fix him. Then everything will be amazing.” Even when it’s not true, we cling to that belief. But Mr. Darcy does change. When Elizabeth points out what an arrogant jerk he is, he looks down deep and recognizes his own shortcomings. Then he goes and changes them, becoming a better person and winning her love. And THAT is why we love him. Continue reading