THERE WAS MORE CHRISTMAS FOR ME! A NEVER ENDING BOOK FLOOD <3 <3 <3 I got so many goodies this year. Jen K has been so amazingly good to me getting me both things off my wish list and some really great surprises! I am beyond thankful and I love all of cannonball, you guys are the best! Thank you so much Jen K, I can’t wait to read all the things!
The Thousand Names has sat on my 2013 TBR shelf for five years now. Each time I would pick it up I would go, “Eh” and set it back down. There wasn’t any real reason for my dislike. My husband had read this and two subsequent books and liked them all. But for some reason each time I picked it up and the knowledge that it was in part about a colonial like military campaign would give me pause and back on the shelf it would go. After finishing my cannonball, I decided to tackle something that if I didn’t […]
Ahern wrote this book when she was 21. The premise is clever, a bitter-sweet gimmick where Holly’s husband dies, but he leaves her a series of letters to help her cope in the first year without him. Each letter has a surprise or a challenge and always ends with “P.S. I love you.” “Their plan had been very simple: to stay together for the rest of their lives. ” The book however does not quite work. Writing about the grief and pain of losing someone you love is a hard task and Ahern does not measure up to it. Not […]
For Real by Alexis Hall is not my normal sort of romance novel (I tend to favor quasi-historical romps). But I kept seeing people recommend it in various different places and I finally picked it up out of curiosity (the list that tipped me over was Slytherin/Hufflepuff pairings). I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. It is contemporary BDSM m/m erotica but it has a compelling romance to ground it all. Laurie is a trauma doctor who is pushing 40. He sees 19 year old Toby at a BDSM club and has pants feels for him. The book […]
Dear Tessa Dare. I am sorry. I don’t know why I ever said I don’t like your book except that I was expecting my first Romance novel to read a certain way and yours did not and that vexed me. You are delightfully batty and I adore you. Several years ago I made Say Yes to the Marquess my first foray into Romance after decades of giving them side-eye because of cool girl brainwashing. Sadly, I was expecting something more akin to Austen and the utter fruitloop crazyness of it baffled me. I thought I would be served delicate lavender […]
I recently moved to the South and since I was in need of some light reading I decided a romance with some southern flair would help with the transition. I found a discussion group that mentioned Ain’t She Sweet by Susan Elizabeth Phillips and it had a lot of really good reviews so I hopped onto Amazon to purchase the whole book. I have regrets… Overall the book is…okay? I just didn’t much like the main characters. Sugar Beth Carey was the princess of the town of Parrish when she was young – beautiful, rich, and spoiled by her doting […]
There’s a lot to admire in Drew Magary’s debut novel, The Postmortal. The plot is fascinating: what if, this year, scientists could discover the cure for aging? What if you could get a series of shots that would guarantee that you would never age a day — and would live for as long as you wanted, unless you died from a disease or an accident or an act of violence? Would you do it? If you did, what would it change about the way you live your life? Like I said, a fascinating idea. And some parts of it are […]
Thinking about it only makes it worse is a collection of posts that Mitchell has written for the guardian over the years. Dealing with everything from contemporary politics to weird hangups on grammar David Mitchell does what David Mitchell does best: is slightly grumpy about things. “Brainchild” is an odd word. You hear it a lot in explanatory voiceovers and I suppose I was trying to join in, but I don’t really like it. I’m not keen on the idea that my brain could have a child. Would it be made of brain – a child, made of grey brain, […]