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When It Gets Cold, You Read

This is the time of the year for all of us to be warm and cozy and cuddled up, and there is no better time for reading! The temperature in Winnipeg has dropped pretty rapidly in the last two weeks, and I’m not going out of my way to spend time outside anymore. Fall rain when the weather is freezing is not a delightful prospect for any of us. I’ve not been reading very much in the last month, but I did get through the three of these! I would imagine that there will be another book post coming fairly soon, as I have a handful on the go currently.

Who's That Girl Alexandra Potter
Who’s That Girl?, Alexandra Potter
As far as chick lit goes, this is pretty middle of the road. The first half of the book is interesting; you are rooting for Charlotte and you want her to succeed! You want her to figure out who that girl is, the one who looks exactly like her a decade prior. And then you kind of stop caring, because everything slows to a halt. I’m not sure why it lost steam. I have enjoyed other books from Potter, and I didn’t have the same problem, I think this is just a one off problem. Not the worst chick lit you will ever read, just not remarkable!
The Assistants Camille Perri
The Assistants, Camille Perri
I’m not going to lie, I hated this. With a passion. Every single character was unlikeable, every single character took the shifty/morally questionable route, and there was really no climax. There were no consequences to anyone’s actions, I’m entirely unsure as to who would want to read about selfish idiots who do whatever they want no matter the consequences. Also, from a purely technical standpoint, Perri brushes past everything in the storyline. Everything is a brief sentence or two- dates, arguments, entire weeks. If you are going to write a novel, actually write it. I would definitely skip this, no questions asked!
The Massey Murder Charlotte Gray
The Massey Murder, Charlotte Gray
This was an interesting read- while Gray doesn’t really cover the murder in much detail, it is an interesting social history of Toronto at the time of the First World War. From what I have read elsewhere, there is not a lot of surviving evidence in court and police records- as a historian, I appreciate that you can only write on the sources that exist. However, she may have wanted to title the book and phrase her thesis to reflect the broad tone. I did really enjoy her chapter on the Massey family- the Massey name is well-known across Canada, but I don’t think that many of us outside of Toronto actually know who the family is. The chapter discussing the role of women in society at the time was also fascinating; women were fighting for their agency, and although the War slowed down their progress, things were changing! While it doesn’t quite live up to the title, it’s still certainly worth a read.
My new goal for library savings for the year is to get to $1,000 in books read! Given my that my pace is slowing down recently, I might not actually make that goal, but I figure it’s worth a shot. I might actually buy another library membership for the audiobook options, but I think that I’m going to wait until the new year to decide. (Our audiobooks options are alright here, but they could be better…)
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
Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery-
Alix and Nicky- $9.00
The Tao of Martha-
Game of Crowns- $30.75
Girl on the Golden Coin- 
I Regret Nothing– $19.50
The Wish List– $15.00
Grace’s Guide– $19.00
You Deserve a Drink- $13.50
The Madwoman Upstairs– $19.50
Eligible– $25.25
– $17.75
Always Pack a Party Dress– $32.25
Lessons From Madame Chic– $20.00
The Lost King of France– $15.00
Who’s That Girl?- $10.00
The Assistants– $18.00
The Massey Murder– $22.25

Grand Total Savings via Library Card- $695.25

What are you reading right now?
Until tomorrow,
The Historian!

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  • Yay! Someone else that actually still uses a library for non-study related reading! I work in a student city so thankfully the library is pretty well stocked, but I find that people are now starting to turn their noses at us library-goers because of kindles and other online reading platforms.

  • Wow! You weren’t kidding when you said you read a big range of genres, which is awesome because I do too! I haven’t heard of these books, but I love finding book bloggers because I never know what new recommendation I might get.
    P.S. You’re almost at $1,000! Keep it up!

    • It might lead to a touch of book-ADHD but I love discovering new books that I didn’t expect to enjoy! I also find that if I stick with one genre for too long, it all ends up feeling stale when I would otherwise love it. And fingers crossed I can make it!! I have a feeling that I can do it 😀

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