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text 2017-05-24 00:09
WIN A YEAR OF BOOK BOXES!

 

The Literary Box is launching something brand new called PageHabit and they are getting the word out with a MEGA BOOK GIVEAWAY! You could win a YEAR OF BOOK BOXES! You can enter this awesome bookish giveaway by clicking this link to get started: 

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review 2016-03-29 00:00
All's Fair, Mrs. Biddle: Books 1, 2, & 3 of the Byblos Foretold Novaplex
All's Fair, Mrs. Biddle: Books 1, 2, & 3... All's Fair, Mrs. Biddle: Books 1, 2, & 3 of the Byblos Foretold Novaplex - M.E. Meegs M.E. Meegs is a fictional character who writes about the adventures of her friend and/or enemy (does it make sense at all?).

The story starts with a strong Dickens vibe; somehow it reminds me of Oliver Twist in spirit: Mrs. Biddle is a poor young single mother in a cheap hotel with practically no money to support herself and her baby... If you think you know where it goes, you are wrong. The moment the poor mother leave the hotel the story takes a completely unexpected turn. Let me just quote a part of the book description (very appropriate one, too):
In the dank attic room of a squalid inn on the north coast of France, a young and penniless American woman, only recently recovered from a difficult birth, yearns for home. May God help those who stand in her way...

I mentioned that I had no idea what to expect from this book; I had some vague notion that it was an over-the-top historic romance. I was pleasantly surprised as it turned out to be a very easy over-the-top read in spirit of classic stories from The Gentle Grafter collection by O. Henry. This is a fun read which while occasionally slows down is never boring and I was always curious about what would happen next. The slowdowns are mostly due to M.E. Meegs by getting in the way of her own story.

A group of con artists try to out-con each other and everybody else; the best and the most devious ones would win. I can also give you one hint without spoiling much: Mrs. Biddle is very competent when it comes to getting what she wants, by using any means necessary.

All the con artists in question have no trace of conscience whatsoever and as such it seems hard to root for any of them initially. To my complete surprise some grew on me and I found myself caring about them - enough to wish their side would win.

Speaking about the whole trilogy: is it worth reading? If you want to read fairly lighthearted and quite amusing adventures of a bunch of crooks, the whole thing is very much worth reading with each installment getting 4 star rating from me. I would love to read about further adventures of Mrs. Biddle and the rest of the folks if such book ever appears written by the new and promising author M.E. Meegs.

I usually try to say something witty and funny in my reviews, but in this case I let the book do it for me. The slow parts I mentioned above are the only reason for 4 stars instead of 5.
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text 2016-01-10 15:59
My RIDICULOUS book haul!

So thanks to a few B&N gift cards and BookOutlet's amazing Boxing Day sale, I was able to splurge and get a ridiculously awesome book haul this month! I also included a Blonde Eskimo by the fabulous, Kristen Hunt which I got in the mail from the Author this week. Which ended up pushing my total number of books for this haul to a whopping 40! And I'm loving the BookOutlet Bear that was a free gift I received with my order! As promised, here's a few snapshots of all my new preciouses!

 

 

 

 The sarcastic grin on my BookOutlet Bear's face is the BEST lol. My shelves are now officially overflowing, but it was totally worth it! Anyone else get a nice haul recently too? I'd love to hear about it, or see some pics! Happy Reading everyone!

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text 2015-12-27 04:38
SALE ALERT!

 

   Just wanted to share this awesome sale with you! I know I have a few gift cards from Christmas just begging to be used on this one lol. Starts on Monday and runs for 48hrs on bookoutlet.com

 

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text 2015-11-22 18:36
November Book Haul

It just so happened that in November one of our local bookstores had a used book sale.  A sale that fit right into my work schedule that weekend, and if I drive the back way home from work, drive right past said book store.  I wasn't sure what to expect with the sale.  We've only lived in the area a few months, so this was my first big sale for them.  I was thinking that they would have tables full of used books to be shifted through.  I was mistaken.  There were a couple of tables set up like that, but everything else was put on the shelves.  So it turned into a game of hide and find.  I probably spent about an hour, maybe two, digging through titles of things to find used copies.  I may have also added some books to my To-Read Shelf on Goodreads.  Two books I picked up were books I've already been planning on adding to my collection: Art of Blood and the Paranormal Casebook of Arthur Conan Doyle.  The rest just sounded too good not to pass up.

 

 

The last half the hall came a couple of weekends ago when my roommate and I had the same day off.  It doesn't happen very often, but when it does we usually plan something fun.  As it was, we went to one of our favorite thrift stores for clothes.  Winter seems to be trying to come early and I can never have enough sweaters.  Anyway, my first stop is always the books.  I always seem to find a few books that have been my To-Read list for while that I've never picked up for this reason or that.  Once again was disappointed.  I added a new Christopher Moore book to my shelves and even found an ARC of book on my TBR list.

 

 

Well, that's my haul for November.  A small one for sure, but seeing how I'm slowly running of floor space to put anything, they need to small ones.

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