Books for Days

I have continued on in my frenzied reading since my last post! It’s beautiful out, and sitting with a nice candle, a good cup of tea, and a fantastic book has been a wonderful way to relax. I’m still really enjoying listening to audiobooks, though I may slowly be exhausting the books that I am interested in that are actually available through the library. When you have a good story and a solid narrator, it makes the world of difference!

I Don’t Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star, Judy Greer

This was a fantastic memoir to listen to! I’ve been considering getting this for a while now, so I was quite excited to see it available on the Overdrive app. Judy has been in countless TV and movie roles, and you probably have seen her. However, as the title suggests, you might not remember where from. She typically plays supporting roles. That’s not a bad thing- not all of us are protagonists, some of us are supporting players. We are just as important 🙂 She shares stories with light humour without loosing a sense of reality! She loves her family, her job, and CVS stores, and she is more than happy to share it with you. I would recommend this to anyone! 5/5

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A Weekend with Mr. Darcy, Victoria Connelly

I read the second book in this series a little earlier, but I agree with Goodreads reviewers: this is certainly stronger! I enjoyed spending some time with Jane Austen fanatics and scholars at an Austen themed conference. There was an irritating boyfriend that you knew had to be booted, but everyone else was fairly enjoyable company. It loses one star for a rather rushed ending, but still worth reading! 4/5

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Razing the Dead, Sheila Connolly

I’m not going to lie, I didn’t really enjoy anything about this cozy. Nothing jumped out at me, the characters were meh, and I wasn’t really drawn in. I don’t think that I jive well with Connelly’s style. 2/5

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The Girl You Left Behind, Jojo Moyes

When I saw this on the Overdrive app after reading Me Before You, I knew that I had to read it! This balances a storyline during the first world war, and then one in the 2000s, and masterfully so. When I first started this, I was a little confused by the first chapters- I will admit to not ready the synopsis fully. However, though the two storylines seem separate and unrelated, they are actually very related and almost mimic each other. I could not put this down, I read it in one sitting. 5/5

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Preppy: Cultivating Ivy Style, Jeffrey Banks

This is a fairly well-informing coffee table book. It’s a good size with a wide variety of pictures! However, the picture isn’t always related to what is being discussed, and other than a few in text references, the fact that Preppy as a style is based on English style isn’t discussed at all. If you are in it for the pictures, though, worth a look! 3/5

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Bitter is the New Black, Jen Lancaster

When I first started listening to Bitter, I had a few thoughts. 1. Is that really what Jen Lancaster sounds like? She sounds like someone I might know. 2. How can anyone be that arrogant and out of touch? 3. Should I even bother to keep listening? Listening to a book about Gen Xers deal with the dot com bust, and how they want better opportunities stings when Generation Y (aka, the dreaded millenials, we who are apparently the scourge of the earth) never had those opportunities to begin with. However, about halfway through, it took a turn. Jen’s care and love for her two dogs and her husband are genuine and touching, and although she comes on strong, she feels everything the same as me. When she is worried for her husband, she has the same thoughts that I do. And her love of Maise and Loki (fantastic dog names, though I may be biased) really hits it home for me- I would do anything for a dog. If you are into memoirs, give this a spin! 5/5

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You’re Never Weird on the Internet, Felicia Day

Other than The Guild, I didn’t actually have any idea who Felicia is. I watched all of Buffy, but I suppose I watched the later episodes only once. Felicia’s childhood was simultaneously interesting and just like yours. Throughout, although Felicia was homeschooled with a somewhat unique education, went to college at 16, graduated in 4 years with a double major in math and violin (perfect 4.0), went on to create a successful and popular web series, and weathered an intense online storm, she still stays honest and relate-able. Sidenote: I had no idea what Gamergate is/was, and it blows my mind. I have no idea how she didn’t just crumple, but here she is: still awesome and a wonderful person! 5/5

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The Knockoff, Lucy Sykes

Another book that I loved! This is wonderful chick lit- it is fun and snarky and interesting but still has heart and a layer of meaning underneath. We follow Imogen, a 40 year who returns back to her job as a magazine editor to find that it has been turned into an app. Although it’s hard to believe that anyone who was 40 in 2010 doesn’t understand email, I think that we can all relate to feeling in over our heads and the ground shifting beneath us. The two authors (who created the pen name of Lucy Sykes) take you on a never ending ride and you will want to read this in one sitting! 5/5

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And now to check in on my savings- this library is saving me some serious cash now, and it’s still only been 2 months. I’m wondering if I could potentially even make it up to $1,000 saved. Hmmm, things to ponder. To recap, audiobooks are assigned a value of $15, and other books are given their value from amazon.ca (rounded to the nearest 25c)!

Serving Victoria– $37
The Sisters of Versailles– $18.75
Death of a Maid-$15
Death of a Perfect Maid– $15
Death of Yesterday– $15
Shopaholic to the Stars– $15
First Grave on the Right-$15
The Perfect Hero– $16
The Royal Palaces of London– $55
China Rich Girlfriend-$15
The Art of the English Murder– $18.50
I Don’t Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star- $15
A Weekend with Mr. Darcy– $25
Razing the Dead– $10
The Girl You Left Behind– $12.25
Preppy: Cultivating Ivy Style-$30.50
Bitter is the New Black– $15
You’re Never Weird on the Internet– $15
The Knockoff– $19.50

Grand Total Savings via Library Card- $375.50

$375.50!! Not too shabby, not too shabby, indeed!

What are you into reading right now?

Until tomorrow,
The Historian!

3 thoughts on “Books for Days

  1. coffee&twigs June 11, 2016 / 2:17 pm

    I just read Felicia Day’s book too! I had only seen a couple of seasons of the Guild but I received it as a gift. I was skeptical, but wound up breezing through it. She’s charming!

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