Details: 356pp, Chronicle Books hardcover
Series: Stoker & Holmes, book 1
Rating: 6/10

Summary (from Goodreads): Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes never meant to get into the family business. But when you’re the sister of Bram and the niece of Sherlock, vampire hunting and mystery solving are in your blood. And when two society girls go missing, there’s no one more qualified to investigate.

Now fierce Evaline and logical Mina must resolve their rivalry, navigate the advances of not just one but three mysterious gentlemen, and solve murder with only one clue: a strange Egyptian scarab. The stakes are high. If Stoker and Holmes don’t unravel why the belles of London society are in such danger, they’ll become the next victims. Continue reading

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W…W…W…Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB.

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I recently finished reading…. Mostly Harmless by Douglas Adams, book five — the final adventure — in his Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. It’s a little more jumbled-feeling than most of the other four. A couple days before that, I finished Scarlet by Marissa Meyer, a re-read.

I am currently reading…. Oh, several books. Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley (almost finished and HIGHLY recommend). The Patchwork Girl of Oz by L. Frank Baum. And I’ve started making more headway in my Van Gogh biography.

Next, I plan on reading…. One of the many books on my to-be-read shelf. Probably something on the lighter side so that I can then move onto my other library book that’s due on the 29th. Maybe The Girl Who Never Was.

What’s on your Christmas (or other holiday) wish list?

Guys, we are within the “twelve days of Christmas” — as long as that references the twelve days leading up to Christmas. And I am unbelievably excited! Everything is red and green and gold and silver. Everything is strung up with lights. It’s almost time!

One method I use to keep up with my wish lists is my Pinterest board. Most of the time, I have a total of two or three lists, mostly because I can’t think of things quickly enough to get them onto one! And because I continue to find books and bookish things on blogs that I follow that I want to add. My Pinterest board is what helps me keep track of what I have already put onto the lists. Highlights from my list include:

A new, full-sized bed, preferably on this bed frame from Ikea with their Sultan Hallen mattress. I question whether or not how well I could maneuver this bed into my room, but I am too big for my 10+-year old twin mattress. And I slept in a full-sized bed at my apartment for school for a year and a half and MAN that mattress is heaven.

The Penguin clothbound classic edition of Les Miserables. This is one book that
is currently appealing to me on multiple levels because 1) I want to read more historical fiction, 2) it’s a classic, and 3) it’s a beautiful edition. In 2015 I’d like to get into the swing of reading at least 1 classic (or must-read) book per month.

In case you guys are still shopping for book lovers or need to dole out suggestions for yourselves, there might be a few sites here worth looking into….

  • Barnes & Noble online has a signed books section, perfect for books lovers who can name favorite authors. As a member, you get free 2-day shipping, but if you’re not, 2-day shipping is available as an option.
  • For book lovers who love classics, Penguin online has a plethora of special editions and it tells you where you can buy them online. Just hover over “books” along the top of the page and a drop-down menu appears with the different kinds of editions.
  • In case a family member or friend really prefers to read the book before they see the movie, here are some expected 2015 book-to-movie adaptations: HuffPo, Shortlist, IBTimes

Do any of you guys have suggestions for last minute shoppers?

Last Week in Blogging….

About a week and a half ago, I finally returned from my three (or was it four?) week hiatus. This past week, my first full week back, I jumped into the swing of things with

In other news, I think I need to buy a new agenda book to keep all my dates and appointments in order. I am officially working two jobs — retail during the week and an independent business on the weekends — which means I need to keep track of my second job appointments since its events are not always constant. And because maybe, just maybe, an agenda might help me keep my blogging life in order?

What’s going on in all your lives? Do you think agendas have helped you keep up with blogging in addition to real life?

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Happy Friday, y’all! It’s bookmastime around these parts, so why not celebrate with a book haul? Mainly because I haven’t done one in 2 months and I have accumulated just a few…. Especially with BookOutlet’s Black Friday coupon! And library holds.

First and foremost, however, I have finally re-completed my Series of Unfortunate Events collection. Somehow or another, my original collection of books one through eleven mysteriously vanished. Either I “okayed” them to be put in a garage sale or in a Goodwill bag (without my remembering) or they’re lost in the bowels of our house. Not that there are really bowels to be lost in around here. Here is my new collection, thanks to Thriftbooks:



With their prices, Thriftbooks is definitely a good way to restock on an old favorite, BUT I must admit that I am somewhat disappointed with their “like new” appearances. For starters, they put identifying stickers on all the book spines, so as you can see with these, part of the spines have ripped while removing the stickers. That’s really my main complaint, so just be wary. Otherwise, Thriftbooks is great! Fabulous discounts, especially if you buy more than one book.

And then there’s the rest of my haul over the last few months, minus library books that I’ve had to return:


Mistborn, What’s Left of Me, Unwind, Grave Mercy, and Into the Still Blue all came from BookOutlet; the first 3 of those I basically got for a total of $4.50, thanks to their $10 Black Friday coupon I got! Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future I bought from Book People in Austin after the Texas Teen Book Festival in October. I heard the author speak and she sounded awesome, so I thought I’d go out on a limb and buy one of her books to try! And then my newest library acquisitions, A Thousand Pieces of You (I had to display the cover because GORGEOUS) and Lies We Tell Ourselves.

What have you guys acquired recently?

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W…W…W…Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB.

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I recently finished reading…. Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour, The Ersatz Elevator by Lemony Snicket, Cinder by Marissa Meyer among others! Cinder was a re-read because that series is a favorite and it really picks me up when I’m down. I was also impressed by the Nina LaCour, although there were quite a few times where the story didn’t read as smoothly as I’d like.

I am currently reading…. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. Continuing my re-read after a two-book break. I’ve never been super awesome at series binges — I start to feel like I’m getting too much of the characters.

Next, I plan to read…. The Blood of Olympus and/or The Vile Village. The former I’ve been putting off since I finished The House of Hades back in late October or early November.

What are you guys reading this Wednesday?

Soulless by Gail Carriger

Details: 373pp, mass market paperback
Series: Parasol Protectorate, book 1; Alexia Tarabotti, book 1.
Rating: 6/10

Summary (from Goodreads): Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations.

First, she has no soul. Second, she’s a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette.

Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire–and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.

With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London’s high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart? Continue reading