Thursday, December 26, 2013

Books I Got

It's been established so clearly that I can't even lie about it: I have no self-control when it comes to books. I acquire them at a much faster rate than I can actually read and review them, but hopefully these posts will help those books get some exposure NOW instead of waiting until I actually manage to find time to, you know, read them.

This post is for some of the books I've gotten in the past LONG TIME or so.

For Review

Girl on the Golden Coin
by Marci Jefferson

I don't usually love Restoration England books, but this one takes a slightly different approach on the topic, so I'm curious. I've been trying to expand my historical fiction experiences, too. Plus, there's the pretty dress on the cover.

Requested and received via NetGalley.


Keeping the Castle
by Patrice Kindl

A comedy of manners? Yep, I'm up for that. It hits on a personal pet peeve of mine that some of the names are really obvious (Lord Boring?), but I'll try to get over it. Because, castles. And romance. And a comedy of manners.

I read Patrice Kindl's Goose Chase, and while I didn't love it, I did think it was a fun way to spend a few hours. I'm hoping Keeping the Castle proves at least as enjoyable.

All Our Yesterdays
by Cristin Terrill

Ok, so this was a total impulse buy. Impulse check out? I was at the library picking up a book for my husband and had ZERO intentions of getting anything for myself. Actually, I had mentally banned myself from getting anything because I already have a big review pile and other books that I need to be reading.

Obviously I have no will power, because I grabbed this book as soon as I saw it. I had read the first few chapters through NetGalley and loved them, but couldn't finish the book in time. I'm gun shy about time travel books, too. They can confuse me, but I've heard this one is done well, so here's hoping I love it!


Wolf Tower
by Tanith Lee

Tanith Lee is one of those authors I consider "classic fantasy authors I should have read" alongside people like Robin McKinley and Tamora Pierce. I had store credit to a used book store and saw this pretty hardcover containing the first three books in the Claidi Journals series. It was a no brainer.

But I don't like it. It's written in diary-style and I don't like that style. So, readers, please either tell me it's fantastic and I should stick it out (I've read about half of the first book) or I'm totally open to trades if you want my copy!

The Summoning
by Kelley Armstrong

I've had so many bad experiences with paranormal books lately that I'm not convinced I'm going to like this one. It was a quarter at my library's book sale though, so I couldn't pass it up. It also comes highly recommended by Ruby, so there's that, too.

The Chronicles of Chrestomanci
by Diana Wynne Jones

This is another Book I Should Have Read. At least I think I should have read it. It feels like one of those fantasy classics, and I'm trying to fill in the voids in my reading history so I can more assuredly call myself a Fantasy Fan.

Plus, I liked Howl's Moving Castle. And is there a talking cat? You can't go wrong with a talking cat (unless it's Alice in Wonderland, which I loathe. But that's the one exception).

What did you get this week? Are you interested in reading any of these books? What did you think of them if you've read them already?



  1. I vouch for The Summoning too, I read that while in the middle of a severe paranormal burn out, and I really liked it anyway!

    as for DWJ... I kind of liked Howl's moving castle as a movie a lot more than as a book, the book lacked focus and it was all over the place, so I'm kind of off DWJ now.

    Anyway, I hope you like your books :D And Happy Holidays :D

    1. Oh good! If you can like a paranormal book in the middle of experiencing paranormal burnout, then that's a good sign!

      I liked the movie a lot too (for HMC). The book was one of those books that I liked more after I read it than during it.

  2. I will sing Chrestomanci's praises up and down every single day of my life. You seriously cannot go wrong with DWJ and Chrestomanci was my introduction to her/her work.

    Although it's been over a decade since I first read it, that series is still one of my most recommended when friends/family/customers ask for something to read.

    :) I'm looking forward to your review - I hope you love it!

    1. Yay! Thanks for the enthusiastic endorsement :)

  3. I'm thinking about reading All Our Yesterday's, it looks really good! Hope you can get time to read!

    S.Huston @ Head In the Clouds

  4. All Our Yesterdays is so good! Have fun reading! ~Pam

    1. Thanks for the feedback! I'm going to try starting it now.

  5. I've heard All Our Yesterdays is great so it was a good impulse check out! lol

    Happy Reading!

    1. WOw, everyone seems to love this book. That's encouraging!

  6. I actually really enjoyed the Wolf Tower books. I'm sorry you aren't enjoying it. I say stick it out through the first book and then if you are not a fan you don't have to read any of the others.

    1. I like the subject, it's the diary style that's getting to me. I'll try to stick it out to the end of the first like you recommend. Thanks!

  7. Can't wait to see if All Our Yesterdays is good or not.

  8. I loved The Summoning! Ate it up!

    Also, "comedy of manners" is my ultimate hook phrase. Must read!


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