Books On Sale

The Handmaid’s Tale, Recommended New Adult, and Rodeo Romance

Books on Sale: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood & More

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood is one of the two Kindle Daily Deals today at $1.99. This month they’ve been featuring classics and editor’s picks. This is a much-loved and very-much-still-relevant dystopian fantasy in which the US has been replaced by the Republic of Gilead, and a handmaid whose job it is to become pregnant remembers her life before, when she had a husband, a daughter, and was permitted to read. This book was published over 30 years ago, but the story is still frighteningly prescient where women’s rights are concerned.

Continue reading →

Su Sanniang: The Bandit Turned Rebel General

Featured image for Su Sanniang: The Bandit Turned Rebel General

A Note from SB Sarah: In 2015, Carrie will be writing a series for the site called Kickass Women in History, where she’ll profile different forgotten badasses from various periods of time, all of whom kicked ass in various ways. This is the unofficial first post in that series. Enjoy!  In Gunpowder Alchemy, our heroine meets a woman who leads a band of rebels. Her name is Lady Su. I assumed that this was a fictional character…

Continue reading →

Book Review

Gunpowder Alchemy by Jeannie Lin

Gunpowder Alchemy

Gunpowder Alchemy is the first book in a steampunk series set in China during the Opium Wars. It’s a fun, fresh setting, with interesting, complex characters and a great balance of plot, romance, and steampunk geeky goodness. You should know that it’s an adventure series with a lot of romance, not a romance novel with a lot of adventure. Also, it ends on a cliffhanger (WHY GOD WHY). The plot involves Jin Soling, the daughter…

Continue reading →

The Librarians, Episode 3: “And the Horns of a Dilemma”

MV5BNDI5NzMwMjAxNl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwOTc2NDg1MzE@._V1_SX214_AL_

Hey everyone!  Welcome to the dorkiest show in town: The Librarians.  We can’t resist its silly charms, as a team consisting of Eve (the fighter), Cassie, (the mathematician), Ezekiel (the thief) and Jake (the art historian) locate magical artifacts and solve magical mysteries with the occasional help of Flynn (the official Librarian) and Jenkins (keeper of The Annex).  Here’s a recap and group review of Episode Three:  “And the Horns of a Dilemma.” This episode…

Continue reading →

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…

Continue reading →

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.

Continue reading →

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?”…

Continue reading →

Friday Videos Like Sweeping Foes with the Dust Pan

Featured image for Friday Videos Like Sweeping Foes with the Dust Pan

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…

Continue reading →

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…

Continue reading →

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.

Continue reading →

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…

Continue reading →

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.

Continue reading →

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…

Continue reading →

↑ Back to Top