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Publisher’s Synopsis: When a modern woman goes back to Jane Austen’s time, she needs to know everything!  Eleanor agrees to travel back in time to prevent a deadly duel, but she doesn’t know how to behave, what to say, and most importantly … how to tell a villain from a rake.  The captivating, infuriating, and mysterious Lord Shermont is a renowned rake and womanizer-but is he also a dangerous cutthroat spy?  Eleanor has to get up close and personal to find out.  Otherwise, she could fall into a most shocking scandal.  Thankfully, Miss Jane Austen herself arrives on the scene, with sage guidance and a twinkle in her eye, to help Eleanor navigate countryhouse society and the dangerous terrain of her own heart.

Rating: 4 out of 5 Quills

Review: This is my very first read for the Jane Austen challenge.  I’m in a rush to try and finish all (or any) challenge I can before the new year.  Let me tell you, it hasn’t been easy.  But this book was still a joy to read.  Granted, it did get a little graphic at times, but I fell in love with the characters.  Eleanor was a wonderful heroine to follow into regency England.  I hadn’t been really all that into the Regency era before, but this book was a wonderful introduction.  I loved the descriptions of the house, the clothes, the gardens, the people … well, EVERYTHING!  This was a wonderful book for me to begin the challenge with.  I’m not a huge Austen buff, and this book didn’t really require me to have any prior knowledge.  I’m definitely recommending this one!

Quotes: “I suppose this author is much like any other,” Jane said.  “I once… heard an author describe writing as taking bits and pieces of her experiences and observations, then she questions, dissects, and analyzes them.  She extrapolates from them, stretching the though out.  Then she adds from her imagination a big dose of what might have been, a good measure of what would never be, and spice it all with wishful thinking” (256).


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Morning meanderings is a daily meme brought to you by Sheila at One Person’s Journey Through a World of Books. It’s a forum for me to discuss books and other things while I sip my daily allotment of caffeine.

I can’t believe that November is almost over.  Wait, today is the last day of November!  When did that happen?  Thanksgiving break was a week long and it flew by!  I had such big plans on all that I was going to do during my time off.  Unfortunately, I came down with a cold.  I have since mostly nursed myself back to health.  I’m running at about 75% right now.  Don’t worry, I’m fighting my way through dead week and then finally, FINALS!  This means I will have a lot of time for reading in December and early January.  That is something to look forward to.

In the spirit of celebration and looking forward to my future reading prospects, I have decided to sign myself up for the TBR Challenge.  The rules are simple enough and I can insist upon digging in to my massive and ever growing TBR pile.

Here is my list:

  1. Love Walked In by Marisa de los Santos
  2. Bran Hambric: The Farfield Curse by Kaleb Nation
  3. The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf
  4. Millie’s Fling by Jill Mansell
  5. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Wolf
  6. Heart’s Blood by Juliet Marillier
  7. The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
  8. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  9. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  10. Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
  11. Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson
  12. Atonement by Ian McEwan

I haven’t come up with an alternate list, but I will.  I kind of like the idea of sticking to this list though!  We shall see … I might end up reading some of these before January!

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Morning meanderings is a daily meme brought to you by Sheila at One Person’s Journey Through a World of Books.  It’s a forum for me to discuss books and other things while I sip my daily allotment of caffeine.

Seriously, what happened to my life?  I have been so busy with school, NaNoWriMo, being a CF, trying to manage a semblance of a social life, and attempting to stay healthy  that I haven’t given myself much time to read or blog.  But it’s Thanksgiving vacation, which means a whole week of to blog and read to my heart’s content!  I spent the weekend fighting off a cold and reading Mercury in Retrograde (review to come later).  I have also been catching up on all your blogs.  Yes, I do love to see what you have been reading.  And there are a lot of exciting new challenges and giveaways going on, which I couldn’t help to join.  Let me share some of what I have found with you all:

In the spirit of the Holidays, I signed up for the Holiday Reading Challenge.  Not entirely sure exactly what I”m going to be reading for this, but I made up a prospective list:

  • The Christmas Cookie Club by Ann Pearlman
  • Christmas Jars by Jason Wright
  • The Christmas Shoes by Donna VanLiere
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Also, Nikola’s Book Blog, a blog that I have only just recently started following is hosting a giveaway contest that will fit in very will with the Jane Austen Challenge that is still looming over my head.

Three winners will win a copy of both Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters.  I have heard a lot of hype about both books and would love to win them.  Wish me luck!

Speaking of giveaways and challenges, I’m hoping that as we hope into 2010 and my schedule gets a little lighter, I will be able to host my own giveaway and contest.  Stay tuned for more details in the future.  Trust me, I’m sticking around this time!

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Challenge: RIP

Going through my blogroll this morning, I saw numerous posts about the RIP IV Challenge (Readers Imbibing Peril) hosted by Stainless Steel Droppings and I just couldn’t help myself – I had to join in the festivities.  The challenge, at whatever level you choose, involves reading books from the following categories between September 1, 2009 and October 31, 2009:

Dark Fantasy.

Wonderful idea, right?  Me being the aspiring overachiever that I am have decided to Peril the 1st meaning I am aiming to read four books from any scary sub genre I chose.  How exciting is that?  Some direction in my reading picks!  Now the list for this could be endless and I’m not entirely sure what I will end up reading, but here are some possibilities.  Also, any suggestions are welcome and if you’ve read any of the books listed below, I would love to hear your thoughts.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger

The Eight by Catherine Neville

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Ghostwalk by Rebecca Scott

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz

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