27 November 2012

Well Said! Midnight in Austenland

"This would have killed me when I was fourteen, she thought with sudden insight. I remember that much of my younger self. The romance and awkwardness and sublime uncertainty would have broken her heart and driven her crazy...But age gave her the peace, at least, to live inside that moment like a poet - to not sacrifice the beauty to the anxiety of What Next, but to just observe."

-Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale

26 November 2012

A Despite Audiobook Review: The Name of the Star

Despite the first third of the book being a bit of a drag (a detailed coming of age with a romance I could have done without), the guy on the cover being all wrong, and the narrator's atrocious and inconsistent Southern accent, I liked The Name of the Star. The villain is scary enough, the stakes are high, the story is a bit haunting, the characters aren't bad, and the narrator's tone and pitch are quite good for Rory. Copycat Jack kept me on my toes.

Whippersnappers: Murder, mayhem, and snogging

Wind-up: The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson is read by Nicola Barber and is 9 hours and 50 minutes long. 

Audiobook rating: 3 stars. Narrator rating: 3 stars.
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20 November 2012

Yackety-yak: Let's Talk About Food Baby

So I'm curious sugar pies, how many of you dolls are cooking for Thanksgiving? Whatcha making? Are you hosting or bringing a dish? We will be celebrating with Mr. Whimsy's side of the family and I'm bringing Chef Michael Symon's Green Gratin with spinach instead. I'm so excited. Plus, with any luck, I will finish my Midnight in Austenland audio during the drive. So dish dish dish I want to here what you are making or looking forward to eating?

18 November 2012

Book Review: Talking to the Dead

I want to hug this book for being so good. For beating my slump. For keeping me up till one thirty in the morning reading. Talking to the Dead by Bonnie Grove is proof that even when a summary doesn't sound like something you might like, if a book is written well enough it doesn't matter. I almost never read about widows and drama and pain. But I was sucked in. Sucked into Kate's loss, her hearing her dead husband's voice, her journey through a dark hole of pain, betrayal, and lies. This woman falls apart and shatters but I found her story nothing short of captivating. I couldn't look away and I never got bored. It is rare that I can say that about a drama. 5 stars

Word to the wise: This book is considered Christian Fiction, but rest assured it is not preachy and Kate's relationship with God doesn't take place until near the end. 

So what I'm saying is, try it. Especially if you liked The Language of Flowers.

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15 November 2012

Sage Advice I've Been Meaning to Share

"Sometimes, Gin, life leaves you without directions, without guideposts or signs. When this happens, you just have to pick a direction and run like hell." 
"That's how you win at life, Gin. You have to imagine your way through. Never say something can't be done. There's always a solution, even if it's weird."

Pop Over

If you have a moment darlings, pop over to Wall-to-Wall Books for my interview with Wendy! 

07 November 2012

The Horrible Funk, The Flying Books, and The Whimsy Update

Oh my darlings, I'm in a frightful bookish place. I'm afraid to admit it but I'm in a funk. A terrible fierce funk. I finished a few books that were good but not great (reviews coming soon) and that has put me slap-dab in the middle of a horrible hole where I can't find anything that appeals to me. I feel like a little lost bookworm. Even my usual love for Christmas books is on the fritz. So no books but my mama is still visiting and therefore Mr. Whimsy and I have gone on lots of mini adventures and date nights.

Which leads me to the awesomeness I want to share with you today, check out the book wall art. The owner of my local architectural salvage and antique shop has covered a room in her shop with old book pages and has a curly swirl of books climbing up the wall to the ceiling. Isn't it grand? She even has little shapes popping from the pages!

What else have I been up to?

Now you tell me, what's the story morning glory?
Reading anything fabulous? Get any Christmas shopping done?
I have been so obsessed with Baby Whimsy's upcoming December 
birthday that I haven't purchased a single Christmas gift! Bad Juju!