Month: October 2016

My Bookish Wishlist

Nowadays, I do the vast majority of my reading on my beloved Kindle. There was one short time of about 3 days when I poor kindle was drying out after an unfortunate happenstance with the bathtub, but other than that I am definitely an ebook girl. And because of this, I don’t really develop a TBR of books I already own and plan to read. Instead, I have a never ending Amazon wishlist full of my TBR.


Note that this wishlist is FOUR PAGES long! So this will be a significant post without any pictures below here. I’m bolding all the titles to make them easier to skim if you’re looking for recommendations or to get a general idea of what I like to read!

  • Map of Fates by Maggie Hill
  • Lolita by Valdimir Naboko
  • The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith
  • What Happenes Next by Colleen Clayton
  • One Day by David Nicholls
  • Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and Davis Levithan
  • A World of Itself by Jonathan Clark
  • Goddesses, Whores, Wives, and Salves by Sarah Pomeroy
  • Battling the Gods by Tim Whitmarsh
  • Ancient Greece by Paul Cartledge
  • How To Be a Tudor by Ruth Goodman
  • How to Be a Victorian by Ruth Goodman
  • Fingerprints of the Gods by Graham Hancock
  • SPQR by Mary Beard
  • Circling the Sun by Paula McLain
  • Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
  • Nobel Savages by Napoleon A. Chagnon
  • From Bad to Cursed by Katie Alender
  • 20 Something, 20 Everything by Christine Hassler
  • The Unconquered by Scott Wallace
  • Seven Years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer
  • The Most Beautiful Walk in the World by John Baxer
  • Heads in Beds by Jacob Tomsky
  • The Caged Graves by Dianne K. Salerni
  • The Lotus Still Blooms by Joan Gattuso
  • Assholes: A Theory by Aaron James
  • La Distance Astronomique Entre Toi et Moi – Jennifer E. Smith
  • La Femme sand Peur by Jean-Phillipe Touzeau
  • Espionne Malgre Moi by Ally Carter
  • New York: The Novel by Edward Rutherfurd
  • Gospel According to Coco Chanel by Karen Karbo
  • Style A to Zoe by Rachel Zoe and Rose Apodaca
  • Etymologicon by Mark Forsyth
  • Fairest by Marissa Meyer
  • Always a Witch – Carolyn MacCullough
  • Mademoiselle: Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History by Rhonda K. Garelick
  • The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
  • The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston
  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
  • A is for Australia by Thomas Ap Dewi
  • A Year Without Make-Up by Stephanie Yoder
  • Londoners by Craig Taylor
  • The Lost Girls by Jennifer Bagget, Holly C. Corbett, and Amanda Pressner
  • The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost by Rachel Friedman
  • The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  • Famous Last Words by Katie Alender
  • Educating Alice by Alice Steinbach
  • Without Reservations by Alice Steinbach
  • Mrs. Hemingway by Maoni wood
  • Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender
  • Ruined by Paula Morris
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  • What Would Audrey Do? by Pamela Keogh
  • Being Audrey Hepburn by Mitchell Kriegman
  • Peasants Come Last by J. Larry Brown
  • When the World Calls by Stanley Meisler
  • Ponds of Kalambayi by Mike Tidwell

How do you keep up with your TBRs?

NaNoWriMo: A Poor Decision

I have, perhaps, made a very poor decision. If you follow me on Twitter you may have seen the link to said poor decision, but if not, let me inform you now. I have signed up to take part in NaNoWriMo 2016… Oops?

For those who don’t know, NaNoWriMo is an annual challenge to write 50,000 words in one month. There are a few other lose “rules” but that’s the gist of it. 1,667 words every day for the 30 days of November.

Now, that’s a big chunk of writing, but I’ve done it before. In November 2012, I wrote 51,046 words of a novel that is still very close to my heart. So, you may be thinking, attempting NaNo this year isn’t such an extreme or poor decision since I’ve tried and succeeded in the past. But you would be wrong.

Just before the beginning of this month, I decided it was time to take my writing seriously again. I pulled out that old novel from 2012 NaNo and began the process of revising. That revising has developed into basically a complete rewrite. I am now about 9,000 words into the, hopefully, 80,000 word rewrite and I’ve just signed up to write the second book in the series next month.

I make very poor decisions indeed.

I suppose we’ll see what happens? I’m going to continue with this rewrite throughout this month and, hopefully, by November I’ll have a pretty decent chunk of it done. Then I can work on the second book’s first draft in November, finish the first book’s second draft in the beginning of December, and then maybe I won’t wait another 4 years to revise/complete this year’s NaNo project. Maybe?

Have you ever participated in NaNoWriMo? If so, what’s your #1 NaNo tip?

Poison or Protect: A [Novella] Review


Poison or Protect by Gail Carriger
Published: 2016
Format: Ebook
Source: Amazon/B&N/Gumroad

Poison or Protect is the first novella in Gail Carriger’s Delightfully Deadly novella series. The series is a spin off of her YA Finishing School series. This story follows one of Madame Geraldine’s girls, Preshea Villentia (Buss), as she is pursuing her life in espionage after finishing at Madame Geraldine’s.

After school Preshea has found herself a four-time widow with a title, considerable wealth, and a nickname, the Mourning Star. Now the Mourning Star has another mission. This mission will require her to attend a multi-week house party in the country side. Enter Captain Ruthven, a handsome, gentle Scotsman blocking her path. Now the true test is if Preshea is willing to risk her heart or the job.

Gail Carriger has quickly become one of my all time favorite authors. Her stories are all compelling, her characters are memorable and relatable, and her world is engrossing. I’m absolutely in love with her frank writing style and her dedication to the fashion and customs in her stories.

This story definitely does not stray from all that I expect a Gail Carriger story to be and I’m so glad. It’s a pretty quick read, which can be a nice change of pace. I often find longer books, Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series, to leave me with a difficulty remembering how we got from beginning to end (not that that’s necessarily a bad thing). This was a refreshingly short story that still managed to tell and entire story.

The cast of characters, old and new, were definitely great in their diversity and their comedy. The story itself was perfect, not drawn out longer than needed but not rushed to fit the “novella” restraints. If you like Carriger and/or liked the Finishing School Series, take a moment to catch back up with Preshea and you will not regret it!

5/5 stars!

Coming Home

Long time no see! Is anyone really surprised I lost track of time, again? Anyway…


My time with Disney ended on July 4th, 2016. I decided to come home and be with my husband and my cat and my Louisiana friends again. It was a difficult decision to be sure, but I’m glad I’m back home. I’m now working on so many different things and I couldn’t be happier.

In a little over 2 weeks we will finally be moving to a better neighborhood and nicer apartment with my best friend, Rhea. I’m currently working at the department store again, in a different department, and not hating it. I’m also rewriting my book. My first ever, honest to goodness attempt at editing and modifying and fixing the world inside my head.

Things are good.

And, hopefully, I’ll be back here again. Writing, reviewing, making lists. I’m not entirely sure how consistent I’ll be with all work and writing and a couple of more secret projects I’m working on, but I’m going to try to be here some.

That’s all I have. Nothing well thought out or planned, but I wanted to give a little hello. Now, It’s time to pack!