Whatcha Reading? December Edition

Book with a field and a road on the pages against a blue cloudy sky

It’s time, it’s time, it’s time! Let’s talk about what we’re reading and then buy all the books! Great plan, right? Works for me! Sarah: Currently I’m rocking out with some epic sickness, by which I mean I’m on the couch most of the day sleeping because holy bronchitis, Batman. So my reading is slooooow. I’m so congested and sleepy I can’t pay attention very well. The two books I’m convalescing with are The Lover’s…

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Books On Sale

Code Name Verity, Historical Boxed Sets, and More

Books on Sale: Code Name Verity by   & More

Code Name: Verity by Elizabeth Wein is the Audible Daily Deal today at $3.95. This is an unabridged audiobook narration of just over ten hours, and is performed by Morven Christie and Lucy Gaskell. If you’ve got travel coming up, this book might be a terrific companion – it has a 4+ star average, and many, many readers have adored this WWII story.

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The Smart Bitches Knitting Holiday Ornament

Tiny Knitting Ornament with Needles and tiny skein of yarn

Still looking for a last minute holiday gift? Know someone who knits or crochets? Here’s a project that costs less than $15 and takes about 30 minutes to complete. You’re welcome. Full disclosure: this is not an Elyse original design or anything. I was standing in JoAnn’s, looking at this eight-pack of tiny skeins of yarn and wondering “WTF do you do with those? Are those for teaching your hamster to knit? What the shit?”…

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Friday Videos Like Sweeping Foes with the Dust Pan

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This is a bit of a long Friday Video at over 7 minutes, and it’s in Japanese with English subtitles, but it’s terrific. Fix yourself a cup of coffee and enjoy. This one comes from Castiron, who wrote: Hebocon – in spite of the name, not a Jewish SF convention but rather a Japanese robot-building contest for people who are crap at building robots. The parts you want to pay attention to, aside from the gleeful…

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Podcast

120. An Interview with Maureen, Librarian and KitLit Blogger

Recently, Maureen sent us an email that read, in part, “Besides being a longtime reader of the site and of romance, I’m a children’s librarian by day, and a YA book blogger by night [at Confessions of a Bibliovore]. Basically you can’t shut me up when it comes to kids’ books. With the holidays coming up, I thought your readers might like to hear from somebody who can suggest books to wrap up for kidlings in…

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Books On Sale

Books on Sale: A Hodgepodge of Contemporary, Fantasy, & More

Books on Sale: The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker & More

RECOMMENDED: The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker is $2.99! This is a fantasy historical and reader favorite.  Carrie S. reviewed this book in June 2013 and really liked it. She says doesn’t have romance as its primary plot, but it’s a beautiful read:

I loved this book, but not so much for the love story.  I loved the mythologies, the settings, and the characters.  The neighborhoods were incredibly detailed and vivid and interesting.  The cultural and religious communities felt real and fascinating.  I love books that let me see into another world, and this book gave me that feeling many times.  The characters were all mesmerizing.  I felt like I was in each setting, meeting these real people.

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Book Review

Liar’s Game by Kait Gamble

Liar’s Game

The best thing I can say about Liar’s Game is that it was fun. It entertained me while I read it on my phone in the checkout line. The worst thing I can say about it is that when I sat down to write reviews and was trying to remember what I had read this month, I had a devil of a time remembering the book’s existence even though I had finished it on the…

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Books On Sale

Books on Sale: Paranormal Romances & Scifi Titles

Books on Sale: The Bees by Laline Paull & More

RECOMMENDEDThe Bees by Laline Paull is $1.99! I LOVED this book. Margaret Atwood, whom I worship like a saint, tweeted about the book, calling it a mix between a Cinderella story and an Arthurian tale. I knew I had to read it. On GoodReads, I gave it a 4-star rating and a mini review:

This book was unlike anything I’ve read before, and I found it both unique and mesmerizing. However, the last fifty pages seemed to lack the care and craft of the ones before it. The ending was over in a rush and I felt Flora’s story should have continued on with more detail. Regardless, I was impressed with Paull’s storytelling and her ability to make bee life interesting.

Also, it’s legitimately about bees. Like bees that think and talk and exist in their strange bee society. It so weird, but so good. That’s all I can say.

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2014 Gift Guide, Part V

Wine Glass that holds an entire bottle of wine

Christmas is almost here, and Hanukkah has already begun, so it’s last-minute time for a lot of shoppers. No worries! I have a bunch of ideas to help. First, Knock Knock has a coupon for you! Knock Knock is fine purveyors of paper goods, including the shopping list I use every week. You can use code SMART20 for 20% off an order at knockknockstuff.com. It’s a one-time use coupon code. Better yet: it expires 1/15/15, so if you need…

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Books On Sale

Board Games, Banshees, and More

Books on Sale: Soul Screamers Volume One by Rachel Vincent & More

Soul Screamers Volume One by Rachel Vincent is $3.99 at Amazon, and $4.20 at some vendors. This set includes the prequel novella in the Soul Screamers series, plus books 1 and 2, My Soul to Take and My Soul to Save.

This series is teen fiction about a young girl who learns she’s a banshee, and in moments much like panic attacks, she will scream to signal the imminent death of someone close. This boxed set has a 4+ star average on GoodReads, and might make a good gift for the paranormal-loving teen reader you know.

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Help A Bitch Out

HaBO: Heroine Hid Behind a Fake Hunchback

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This HaBO request is from Cat, who is looking for a historical romance that was taken away from her before she could finish it: I have been looking for this book for over 10 years! I only read about a third of it before my mother found it and took it away ( I was 12 and VERY curious). It was probably from the 90s. The cover was green I think with a circular cutout…

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Lighting the Flames: A Hanukkah Story

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As I mentioned in Podcast 119, I have a rule that if I complain about something twice, I either have to do something about it, or shut up already. And as you’ve probably noticed, every year, I get irritated with the lack of holiday romances that are about a holiday other than Christmas. I wanted to read more Hanukkah romances. So, I wrote one. And since tonight is the first night of Hanukkah, here it…

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Book Review

Book Rant: Breathless by Anne Stuart Made Marian Angry

Breathless

Marian sent me an email that began: One thing I love about the new site design is that I discovered all the rants. That reminded me I’d written something similar, so I’ve attached my rant. The book was one of those you’d like to throw to the floor and jump up and down on, except for it being library property. So all you can do is write about it, and maybe share with someone who’ll…

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Help A Bitch Out

HaBO: Recent Rock Star Romance With A Domme

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This HaBO request is from Andrea, who is looking for a recent contemporary. Please, please Obi-wan! You’re my only hope! I’m looking for a shortish story I read fairly recently. Like within the last 6 months. But I cannot remember the title or the author. I think it is a part of a series, maybe about rockstars? It is a bdsm erotica that was medium-light on the actual sexy-times, heavier on the relationship. It is…

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Books On Sale

A 99c Jill Shalvis and a Recap of This Month’s Deals

Books on Sale: Forever and a Day by Jill Shalvis & More

Forever and a Day by Jill Shalvis is 99c at Google:Play and at Amazon right now. I picture the Google Play fairy and the Amazon fairy having some kind of epic showdown this month. Probably with a dance-off.

Anyway, Forever and a Day is part of the Lucky Harbor series, and is book 6 – or the end of the second trilogy. The hero is an over-extended local doctor who is trying to raise his teenage sister and his young son, and the heroine agrees to be his nanny at the last minute. This book has a 4+ star average on GR, and is very popular with Shalvis fans, and with fans of the series. Have you read it?

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