Monthly Archives: September 2011

Book Beginnings on Friday: A Gentleman of Fortune

Welcome back to Book Beginnings on Friday, a weekly meme hosted by A Few More Pages. Last week was my first BBOF and I have to confess that I gave up on the book. Actually, I am totally ok with that. Here is a new teaser:

                                  Richmond, Wednesday 27th May 1806

My Dear Eliza,

The great Mrs Lansdale is no more.
She was carried off on Tuesday night by a sudden seizure. It is a very heavy loss, for not the neighbourhood can no longer discuss the alarming symptoms of her nervous complaints, nor can it exclaim over every rumoured disagreement between the lady and her nephew.

So begins A Gentleman of Fortune or, The Suspicions of Dido Kent by Anna Dean. This sequel to Bellfield Hall is another charming Regency era mystery. Having read the first book, I knew I was in for a treat when I started the second.

I am sure I will be back to a YA book next week.

Happy Reading!


How to Get Out of a Reading Rut


I have about 20 library books at home, I have recently purchased at least that many, my TBR list is always growing, and I have a book club book that needs to be read and yet, I am in a rut. I think it started last week with Rot & Ruin. Despite my love of zombies and all the rave reviews, I could not get into this enormous book. I tried. Really, I did. So, over the weekend I set it aside (not quite ready to abandon it) and tried something else, and another something else and another…until I finally found a book that held my interest for more than ten pages. My relief was short-lived. Yesterday on my way to work I realized that I was not enjoying my audiobook. I spent all day feeling anxious about what I should pick to replace it. I am pleased to report that I once again found the book that I needed and I am completely free of my reading rut. What did I pick?

Currently reading: A Gentleman of Fortune, or, The Suspicions of Miss Dido Kent by Anna Dean. This sequel to Bellfield Hall is a charming Jane Austen-esque mystery.


Currently listening to: Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling.

I chose each of these books for different reasons. I chose A Gentleman of Fortune because it is not YA. The majority of what I read is YA, and I love it. However, sometimes I miss reading a good “grown up” book. I have also been going through a bit of an anglophile phase (I have recently enjoyed the BBC show Sherlock, a young Sherlock Holmes mystery, and Downton Abbey), so it was a natural fit. The book is clever, charming, and fun and a welcome break from all the awesome YA dystopian I have been reading.

I chose Harry Potter because it is familiar. The sonorous voice of Jim Dale is just an added bonus. I have read all the books and seen all the movies and I know exactly what is going to happen next. I am enjoying the fact that I don’t have to concentrate to hard on what is going on. It’s a fun vacation for my brain.

I have found the perfect books to get me out of my rut, but there is one more thing I need to do. I need to return all of my library books and start fresh. It’s hard for me to do that, but it has to be done. Actually, I am kind of excited to have a whole new stack of books to neglect, I mean read. So, if you find yourself in a reading rut my advice to you is to ignore the books you currently have and choose something that is either familiar and comfortable or something you don’t normally read.

Happy Reading!


Top Ten Tuesday: Sequels I Can’t Wait to Read

Did everyone have a nice holiday weekend? I worked on Saturday so I am looking forward to a short work week. It’s time again for another Top Ten Tuesday list. This weekly meme is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week the topic is the top ten sequels I am dying to read. My first thought was just look at last week’s list, but upon further consideration I have a brand new list for you.


Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins is book 3 in the Hex Hall series. Due out March 2012





There is no cover art for Endlessly by Kiersten White yet, but I am dying to read book 3 in the Paranormacly series. Due out sometime in 2012.





I am not sure if this is the final cover art since it looks nothing like the rest of the Spellman books. I can’t wait for Trail of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz. Book 5 in the Spellman Files series is due out in February 2012.





I keep looking for more information about The Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi. I have read that it’s not a sequel to Ship Breaker, but companion book. I have read that it will be out in April 2012. No cover art, not much hype…I am not sure what to think. But, if it’s ever published I want to read it!



The Traitor in the Tunnel by Y.S. Lee is book 3 in the Mary Quinn Mystery series. I do enjoy a good Victorian mystery starring a spirited female detective/spy. This one is due out in the U.S. in February 2012.





Black Heart by Holly Black is the third book in The Curse Workers series. I can’t believe I have to wait until April 2012 for this one!





Broken Harbour by Tana French is another one with no cover art and an ever-changing release date. Book 4 in The Dublin Murder Squad series should hit the shelves in the U.S. in March 2012




Bleeding Hearts by Alyxandra Harvey is the fourth book in The Drake Chronicles series (the Drakes are my favorite vampires). From what I can tell this one will be more about Lucy and Nicholas. I am so excited that I only have to wait until the end of October for this one!



Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles is the final book in the Perfect Chemistry series, starring the smokin’ hot bad-boy Fuentes brothers. We finally get Luis’ story. This one is out now, I am just waiting my turn. Soon, very soon.



10. Finally, I am also dying to get  Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan, Frost by Wendy Desol, Crossed by Ally Condie, and The Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare. I hope you read that really fast like it was all one title. No pictures because then I would have to list them individually, making this a Top 13 list, which I just can’t do two weeks in a row…

Happy Reading!


Book Beginnings on Friday

I don’t know about you, but I have had a busy week. I started a couple of posts and book reviews and haven’t had the chance to finish them. I thought a new meme might help me out of my slump. Welcome to my first ever Book Beginnings Friday, hosted by A Few More Pages.

Here are the rules: Share the first few lines of the book you are currently reading, offer an impression, and link up at A Few More Pages.

Benny Imura couldn’t hold a job, so he took to killing.

It was the family business. He barely liked his family-and by family he meant his older brother, Tom-and he definitely didn’t like the idea of “business.” Or work. The only part of the deal that sounded like it might be fun was the actual killing.

Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

There is bound to be killing in any good zombie book and this one puts it right out there in the first paragraph. I am now 150 pages into this 458 page book and it is nothing like I expected.

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a great weekend and I hope to see you back here Tuesday for another Top Ten Tuesday. The topic this week is sequels I want to read. Maybe Dust & Decay, the sequel to Rot & Ruin will top the list?

Happy Reading!