Bookish Update: April 2014

bookish updates apr 2014

Currently reading: Blade of Fortriu by Juliet Marillier

Books read in April:

  1. Polly Shulman, The Grimm Legacy
  2. Lauren Owen, The Quick
  3. Anne Sexton, Transformations
  4. Maj Sjöwall & Per Wahlöö, Roseanna
  5. Ismail Kadare, Broken April
  6. B.J. Novak, One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories
  7. Kristan Higgins, Waiting on You
  8. Sharon Kay Penman, The Sunne in Splendour

Favorite: One More Thing — I really enjoyed this witty, creative, sharp collection of short stories!

Least favorite: The Grimm Legacy — I loved the premise, but the book was just too juvenile for me.

Books acquired in April: ZERO! Are you shocked? I’m kind of shocked!

Bookish Update: March 2014

bookish updates mar 2014

Sorry this post is a few days late! The past week has been a bit rough for me, but now that the weekend is finally here (and I’ve gotten some sleep!), I can focus on what’s really important. 🙂

Currently reading: The Quick by Lauren Owen

Books read in March:

  1. Ellis Peters, The Raven in the Foregate
  2. Elizabeth Blackwell, While Beauty Slept
  3. Kathryn Miller Haines, The Girl Is Murder
  4. Caprice Crane, With a Little Luck
  5. Lorna Goodison, By Love Possessed: Stories
  6. Hannah March, The Complaint of the Dove
  7. Kate Quinn, Mistress of Rome
  8. Frank Baker, Miss Hargreaves

Favorite: I have to go with Mistress of Rome — even though it’s a total soap opera, it was a completely addictive read!

Least favorite: With a Little Luck — it wasn’t terrible, but there was absolutely nothing original or interesting about it.

Books acquired in March:

  1. Deanna Raybourn, City of Jasmine
  2. Lauren Owen, The Quick (ARC)
  3. Ismail Kadare, Broken April
  4. Kristan Higgins, Waiting on You
  5. Penelope Hughes-Hallett, The Immortal Dinner: A Famous Evening of Genius and Laughter in Literary London, 1817
  6. Jennifer Crusie, Trust Me on This


  1. Deanna Raybourn, Whisper of Jasmine (free)
  2. Ashley Gardner, The Hanover Square AffairA Regimental MurderThe Glass House, “The Gentleman’s Walking Stick,” and “The Disappearance of Miss Sarah Oswald” ($0.99 for the bundle)

Bookish Update: February 2014

bookish updates feb 2014

Currently reading: The Raven in the Foregate by Ellis Peters

Books read in February:

  1. Alan Bradley, The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches
  2. Sarra Manning, Unsticky
  3. Lois Lowry, The Giver
  4. Matt Beynon Rees, A Grave in Gaza
  5. Katie Heaney, Never Have I Ever: My Life (So Far) Without a Date
  6. Lois McMaster Bujold, Young Miles
  7. Sarah Addison Allen, Lost Lake
  8. Georgette Heyer, The Spanish Bride
  9. P.G. Wodehouse, The World of Jeeves

Favorite: I had so many great reads this month that it’s hard for me to pick just one, but I think I have to go with The Giver. It’s a very well-written dystopian novel that reveals the flaws in its society with incredible care and precision.

Least favorite: I actually liked everything I read this month, but I’d probably say A Grave in Gaza, just because it was a little heavier than I was looking for at the time. But it’s still a very interesting book, and definitely worth reading!

Books acquired in February:

  1. Claudia J. Edwards, Eldrie the Healer
  2. Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited
  3. Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, Pulp! The Classics edition
  4. Chris Wooding, The Black Lung Captain
  5. B.J. Novak, One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories
  6. Emma Jane Holloway, A Study in Silks
  7. Sharon Kay Penman, Lionheart

Bookish Update: January 2014

bookish update jan 2014

Currently reading: Alan Bradley, The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches

Books read in January:

  1. Mary Miley, The Impersonator
  2. Julia Quinn, Just Like Heaven
  3. Chris Wooding, Retribution Falls
  4. Elizabeth Hay, Late Nights on Air
  5. Katherine Reay, Dear Mr. Knightley
  6. Rex Stout, Fer-de-Lance
  7. Max Barry, Lexicon
  8. D.E. Stevenson, The Two Mrs. Abbotts
  9. Emma Newman, Between Two Thorns
  10. Susanna Kearsley, The Shadowy Horses
  11. Charlotte Mosley, ed., The Letters of Nancy Mitford and Evelyn Waugh

Favorite: Retribution Falls — I really, really liked this action-packed novel about swashbuckling sky pirates! I’m excited to read more in the series.

Least favorite: Dear Mr. Knightley — I wasn’t a fan of the writing style, and the Daddy-Long-Legs-inspired plot REALLY didn’t translate well to the 21st century!

Books acquired in January:

  1. D.E. Stevenson, The Two Mrs. Abbotts
  2. Lorna Goodison, By Love Possessed: Stories
  3. Mary Doria Russell, Doc
  4. Sarah Addison Allen, Lost Lake
  5. Nicholas Blake, Thou Shell of Death
  6. Phoebe Atwood Taylor (writing as Alice Tilton), The Cut Direct

Bookish Update: November 2013

bookish updates nov 2013

Currently reading: Un Lun Dun by China Miéville

Books read in November:

  1. Georgette Heyer, They Found Him Dead
  2. Mary Stewart, The Last Enchantment
  3. Gail Carriger, Curtsies & Conspiracies
  4. Mary Doria Russell, Dreamers of the Day
  5. Ellis Peters, An Excellent Mystery
  6. Cheryl Mahoney, The Wanderers
  7. Charles Finch, An Old Betrayal
  8. Edmund Crispin, The Case of the Gilded Fly

Favorite book of the month: The Wanderers! I had the hugest grin on my face when I finished it.

Least favorite book of the month: The Last Enchantment. While I love Mary Stewart’s novels of romantic suspense, the Arthurian trilogy was mostly a slog for me.

Books acquired in November:

  1. Mary Stewart, The Gabriel Hounds
  2. Charles Finch, An Old Betrayal
  3. Devan Sipher, The Wedding Beat
  4. Nancy Mitford, Christmas Pudding and Pigeon Pie
  5. Mary Miley, The Impersonator
  6. David Liss, The Twelfth Enchantment


  1. Cheryl Mahoney, The Wanderers ($2.99)

Bookish Update: October 2013

bookish updates oct 2013

Currently reading: Georgette Heyer, They Found Him Dead

Books read in October:

  1. Maggie Stiefvater, The Dream Thieves
  2. Dai Sijie, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
  3. Robin McKinley, Shadows
  4. Ellery Queen, The Roman Hat Mystery
  5. Chris Baty, No Plot? No Problem! A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days
  6. Ray Bradbury, Something Wicked This Way Comes
  7. Mary Doria Russell, Doc

Favorite book of the month: Doc, absolutely! This fictionalized biography of one of the legends of the Wild West is wonderfully written and captivating.

Least favorite book of the month: Something Wicked This Way Comes…the overblown writing style was way too obnoxious for me!

Books acquired in October:

  1. Hannah March, The Complaint of the Dove
  2. Jessica Park, Left Drowning
  3. Kristan Higgins, The Perfect Match


  1. Loretta Chase, Knaves’ Wager ($2.99)

I’m very proud of the self-control I exhibited in my book buying this month! 🙂 Although that probably had more to do with external factors such as that pesky government shutdown….

Bookish Update: September

bookish updates sep 2013

This month was good for reading but very bad for blogging! I’m so behind on reviews, but I’m hoping to catch up soon. Meanwhile, here are my stats for September:

Currently reading: Maggie Stiefvater’s The Dream Thieves and James Boswell’s Life of Samuel Johnson

Books read in September:

  1. Luis Fernando Verissimo, The Club of Angels
  2. Rhys Bowen, Royal Blood
  3. Mary Stewart, The Hollow Hills
  4. Isaac Asimov, A Whiff of Death
  5. Seanan McGuire, Chimes at Midnight
  6. Amy Patricia Meade, Million Dollar Baby
  7. Rainbow Rowell, Fangirl

Favorite book of the month: I really enjoyed most of my reads for this month, but I have to say Fangirl. Loved the swoonworthy romance, college setting, and flat-out great writing.

Least favorite book of the month: Million Dollar Baby. I liked the premise, but the writing was sub-par, so I never really became invested in the story or characters.

Books acquired in September:

  1. Seanan McGuire, Chimes at Midnight
  2. Elizabeth Wein, Rose Under Fire
  3. Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor’s Baby
  4. Ben H. Winters, The Last Policeman
  5. Louis Bayard, The Black Tower
  6. Meg Keene, A Practical Wedding: Creative Ideas for Planning a Beautiful, Affordable, and Meaningful Celebration
  7. Cheryl Sawyer, The Winter Prince
  8. Rex Stout, Fer-de-Lance / The League of Frightened Men
  9. Amanda Foreman, Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire
  10. Hannah March, The Devil’s Highway
  11. Hannah March, A Distinction of Blood
  12. Michael Innes, Death at the President’s Lodging
  13. Michael Innes, Hamlet, Revenge!
  14. Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt, The Most Beautiful Book in the World
  15. Bernard Cornwell & Susannah Kells, The Fallen Angels
  16. Stefanie Pintoff, A Curtain Falls

E-books (all FREE!):

  1. Earl Derr Biggers, The Agony Column
  2. Anna Elliott, Georgiana Darcy’s Diary

Onward to October! Can’t believe the year is 75% over…

Bookish Update: August 2013

bookish updates aug 2013

Currently reading: nothing (!), but I’m planning to start Luis Fernando Verissimo’s The Club of Angels in the morning

Books read in August:

  1. Jennifer Echols, Dirty Little Secret
  2. Charles Portis, True Grit
  3. Poul Anderson, A Midsummer Tempest
  4. Lauren Willig, The Passion of the Purple Plumeria
  5. Matt Beynon Rees, The Collaborator of Bethlehem
  6. Sharon Kay Penman, Devil’s Brood
  7. Georgette Heyer, Behold, Here’s Poison

Favorite book of the month: Can I say all of them? I think it’s actually true.

Least favorite book of the month: None of them!

Books acquired in August:

  1. E.F. Benson, Mrs. Ames
  2. Lauren Willig, The Passion of the Purple Plumeria
  3. Naomi Novik, Blood of Tyrants
  4. Isaac Asimov, A Whiff of Death

E-books (all FREE except for *):

  1. Anthony Trollope, The Warden
  2. Paul Leicester Ford, Wanted–A Chaperon
  3. *Charles Finch, An East End Murder
  4. *Lauren Willig, Ivy and Intrigue
  5. Mary Roberts Rinehart, The Circular Staircase
  6. Rebecca West, The Return of the Soldier

Bookish Update: July 2013

bookish updates july 2013

Currently reading: Jennifer Echols, Dirty Little Secret

Books read in July:

  1. Alexandre Dumas, The Three Musketeers
  2. Judith Martin & Jacobina Martin, Miss Manners’ Guide to a Surprisingly Dignified Wedding
  3. Etgar Keret, Suddenly, a Knock on the Door
  4. Sophie Kinsella, Wedding Night
  5. Sarah Addison Allen, The Girl Who Chased the Moon
  6. Stefanie Pintoff, In the Shadow of Gotham

Favorite book of the month: I have to go with The Girl Who Chased the Moon. It’s not my favorite book by Sarah Addison Allen, but it’s still lovely and magical!

Least favorite book of the month: Probably Wedding Night — it was a decent fluffy read, but nothing particularly special or interesting.

Books acquired in July:

  1. D.E. Stevenson, The Young Clementina

E-books (all FREE except for *):

  1. Fanny Burney, Camilla
  2. Fanny Burney, Cecilia
  3. Fanny Burney, Evelina
  4. Willa Cather, O Pioneers!
  5. G.K. Chesterton, The Ball and the Cross
  6. G.K. Chesterton, Eugenics and Other Evils
  7. G.K. Chesterton, Irish Impressions
  8. G.K. Chesterton, The Superstition of Divorce
  9. Wilkie Collins, The Woman in White
  10. *Chris Dolley, What Ho, Automaton!
  11. Maria Edgeworth, Belinda
  12. Elizabeth Gaskell, Life of Charlotte Brontë
  13. Sarah Orne Jewett, The Country of the Pointed Firs
  14. Charlotte Lennox, The Female Quixote
  15. L.M. Montgomery, Kilmeny of the Orchard
  16. Baroness Orczy, I Will Repay
  17. Baroness Orczy, The Elusive Pimpernel
  18. Baroness Orczy, El Dorado
  19. Baroness Orczy, Lord Tony’s Wife
  20. Baroness Orczy, The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel
  21. Baroness Orczy, The First Sir Percy
  22. Baroness Orczy, The Triumph of the Scarlet Pimpernel
  23. Baroness Orczy, The Laughing Cavalier
  24. Sir Walter Scott, Ivanhoe
  25. Sir Walter Scott, Rob Roy
  26. Gene Stratton-Porter, Freckles
  27. Ella Cheever Thayer, Wired Love: A Romance of Dots and Dashes
  28. Anthony Trollope,  Barchester Towers
  29. Anthony Trollope, Doctor Thorne
  30. Anthony Trollope, Framley Parsonage
  31. Anthony Trollope, The Small House at Allington
  32. Anthony Trollope, The Last Chronicle of Barset
  33. Jean Webster, Dear Enemy
  34. *Patricia C. Wrede, the Lyra novels

As you can see, I finally succumbed to the lure of the e-reader! Thanks to those of you who left comments on my earlier post. I definitely took them all into consideration, but at the end of the day I decided to buy a Nook Simple Touch. I was able to get a good price, and ultimately I wanted to be able to get e-books from more places than just Amazon. (As you can see, I went a little overboard this month!) In the coming weeks, as I get more used to the Nook, I’ll post again on what I’ve learned and what I think the pros and cons are. In the meantime, I’m enjoying my new toy!

Bookish Update: June 2013

bookish updates june 2013

June is over, and so is half of 2013! I can’t quite believe it, but here we are. So far I have read 48 books, which is actually a very low number for me! When I was still in school, I read a ton, but it’s a bit harder now that I’m working full-time and have several evening commitments (not to mention the distraction of TV!). Still, here are my stats for this month:

Currently reading: The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Books read in June:

  1. Robin LaFevers, Dark Triumph
  2. Ben Macintyre, Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory
  3. Samuel Park, This Burns My Heart
  4. Talia Vance, Spies and Prejudice
  5. Francesca Segal, The Innocents
  6. Rachel Aaron, Spirit’s End
  7. Charles Finch, A Death in the Small Hours
  8. Meg Keene, A Practical Wedding: Creative Ideas for Planning a Beautiful, Affordable, and Meaningful Celebration

Favorite book of the month: Operation Mincemeat, for sure! It’s nonfiction but reads like a novel, and the story is absolutely fascinating!

Least favorite book of the month: Probably This Burns My Heart. It wasn’t terrible, but there was nothing I particularly loved about it.

Books acquired in June:

  1. Talia Vance, Spies and Prejudice
  2. Patrick Ness, A Monster Calls
  3. Ben Macintyre, Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies
  4. Jennifer Kloester, Georgette Heyer
  5. M.M. Kaye, Death in the Andamans
  6. Amy Patricia Meade, Million Dollar Baby