I was so excited to get Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik as part of the book exchange because I loved Uprooted and had read and enjoyed the first book in Novik’s Temeraire series this summer. This is a loose (very loose) retelling of Rumpelstiltskin set in a past both realistic and imaginary and involving three young women. Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, and she takes over her father’s business when his inability to demand payment leaves her family almost destitute and her mother falls ill. She turns out to be quite good at this job. Wanda is […]
Thanks Jennie! I’m very excited to read all 3 books. 🙂
Thank you, thank you, thank you! I received a Kindle copy of the celebrity memoir This Will Only Hurt a Little the day before Christmas, and a follow up package with a Hogwarts mug that looks like a cauldron (y’all, it’s got little legs/stands) after Christmas. Super excited about both, and I have already started the memoir, and some of her comments are so relatable! Thank you again to borisanne, I know you mentioned some logistical issues (I will definitely pick up Educated!) but it was perfect and thoughtful!
A huge thank you to Crystal Clear for jump starting my next CBR, which will hopefully be more successful than this one was. I read 21 books and managed to review none of them, so there’s no where to go but up!
Malin gave me this book several years ago in the CBR Book Exchange, promising that I would like it. And then I proceeded to not read it for a very long time. In my defense, it’s one of 215 (as of June 2018) books on my physical and digital bookshelves that I own but have yet to read. One of my reading goals for 2018 was to make a serious dent in my already-owned books, and that included reading all of the books I’ve gotten in the CBR Book Exchange over the years. So far I am making okay progress, but I […]
This was a fun way to spend several hours, but I actually think I would have liked it better if I had never read Pride and Prejudice. If you’re not aware, Heartstone is debut author Elle Katharine White’s retelling of the Jane Austen classic (a top ten book for me), but with dragons (and such). I want to be clear that I find nothing wrong with this book at all. It’s a cleverly told story that takes the frame of its source material and transforms it from a romantic comedy of errors with a satirical edge, to a straight fantasy […]
This week has been long. Finals are looming. And on top of that, our second snow coincided with All The Events. Too much. So, it was a great surprise and joy to come home this afternoon to a package filled with beautifully wrapped gifts from melanir. (I thought the gift wrapping from Amazon was too gorgeous not to post). Inside, I found two very exciting books: I’ve been wanting to read Amitav Ghosh’s Sea of Poppies for a long time, as it’s a premiere Anglophone novel. And melanir had read and reviewed Amal El-Mohtar’s The Honey Month awhile ago, which […]
Beth Ellen is the best, most crazy generous Cannonball Book Exchange gift giver! Thank you so much for the Mary Berry book (to be combed through this weekend) and the books I’m sure I will like because you liked them, Beth. I shared some of the cookies with my guys and when I left the room my generosity was translated into them finishing the treats, those bastards! My gift came addressed to my Pajibanym and that NEVER GETS OLD!