Mind Blown Monday – I’ve Got Your Number

Books can be amusing – they can even be funny. But, in my experience, it’s rare for me to find a book that is laugh-out-loud, burst-out-laughing, draw-questioning-looks-to-you hilarious.

That was, until I read Sophie Kinsella. She’s most known for her series “Confessions of a Shopaholic”, and you may have even seen the movie:

However, this week’s Mind-Blown Monday isn’t one of the shopaholic books, but one of her stand-alones, I’ve Got your Number. According to Goodreads:

I’ve lost it. 😦 The only thing in the world I wasn’t supposed to lose. My engagement ring. It’s been in Magnus’s family for three generations. And now the very same day his parents are coming, I’ve lost it. The very same day! Do not hyperventilate, Poppy. Stay positive 🙂 !!

Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier. She is about to marry her ideal man, Magnus Tavish, but in one afternoon her “happily ever after” begins to fall apart. Not only has she lost her engagement ring in a hotel fire drill but in the panic that follows, her phone is stolen. As she paces shakily around the lobby, she spots an abandoned phone in a trash can. Finders keepers! Now she can leave a number for the hotel to contact her when they find her ring. Perfect!
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Well, perfect except that the phone’s owner, businessman Sam Roxton, doesn’t agree. He wants his phone back and doesn’t appreciate Poppy reading his messages and wading into his personal life.

What ensues is a hilarious and unpredictable turn of events as Poppy and Sam increasingly upend each other’s lives through emails and text messages. As Poppy juggles wedding preparations, mysterious phone calls, and hiding her left hand from Magnus and his parents . . . she soon realizes that she is in for the biggest surprise of her life.

Poppy and her antics could make Grumpy Cat smile, I swear! She is delightful and sweet, and so well-meaning that I physically cringed for her when something went terribly awry. I liked I’ve Got Your Number immensely and I read it whenever I’m feeling down or need a good laugh.

When it comes to romantic comedy books, you can never go wrong with Sophie Kinsella, and you are guaranteed not to err in reading I’ve Got Your Number.

Dark Triumph – Review

I did not arrive at the convent of Saint Mortain some green stripling. By the time I was sent there, my death count numbered three and I had had two lovers besides.

The second book in the “His Fair Assassin” trilogy, Dark Triumph was a, well, a triumphant success! I found I actually liked it better than the first, which is often very rare for me. I actually ripped one page a little from flipping it so quickly.

Moving away from Ismae and Duval, Dark Triumph focuses on Sybella who is very different from her poison-wielding friend. The opening lines tell us right away that Sybella is kind of a badass. Continue reading Dark Triumph – Review

Pen Envy

After receiving a calligraphy starter set as a gift, I must confess to having the slightest bout of pen envy. There’s just something about the soft scratch it makes on paper that makes me feel connected to my period drama heroines and one of my literary loves, Jane Austen

Anne Hathaway in “Becoming Jane” (2007)

And with a close friend in Europe right now, I’ve set her to the task of procuring me a calligraphy quill pen and inkwell, not unlike this:

Gorgeous, isn’t it? Well, we can but wait with bated breath and twitching fingers.

Books on my Mind

Right now I’m reading the sequel to Something Strange and Deadly, A Darkness Strange and Lovely!

Part of the reason I love this series is because of the historical element to it (which I adore!). Susan Dennard manages to create the perfect mixture of gothic undead and high-class society and propriety. Just take a look at the covers!

You have the classic full skirt which is no doubt covering layers of petticoat, but in dark colours that a young woman such as our protagonist typically wouldn’t wear at the time. Add the black lace gloves and sleeves and you have a look that is decidedly darkly feminine. And the book itself is just as, if not more alluring than these decadent covers.

Bravo, Dennard (and marketing team), you hit the nail on the head!

Literary Wedding!

I was scrolling along Pinterest when I landed on this beauty: How to Have the Best Literary Wedding Ever

Oh my gosh, yes!

I was drooling as I scrolled through pictures of people having my dream wedding! Book cakes, and book-themed save-the-dates, it was spectacular! My favourite picture was of the reception at the Peabody Library in Baltimore:

enhanced-buzz-10176-1378308723-9 Absolutely gorgeous!! Surrounded by books is the ideal atmosphere for my own wedding, and as a Janeite, the Jane Austen cake was another favourite! I personally would have chosen more of her romantic quotes, but the design is what I really like:

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This is officially the theme for my wedding, no ifs ands or buts!

You can see more literary wedding ideas at the original post here:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/stmartinspress/how-to-have-the-best-literary-wedding-ever-7rut

Mind-Blown Monday – The Storyteller

This week’s mind-blown Monday was a book that had me up until the wee hours of the morning.

The Storyteller by Antonia Michaelis wasn’t originally written in English, but was later translated. Here is the description as per Goodreads:

Anna and Abel couldn’t be more different. They are both seventeen and in their last year of school, but while Anna lives in a nice old town house and comes from a well-to-do family, Abel, the school drug dealer, lives in a big, prisonlike tower block at the edge of town. Anna is afraid of him until she realizes that he is caring for his six-year-old sister on his own. Fascinated, Anna follows the two and listens as Abel tells little Micha the story of a tiny queen assailed by dark forces. It’s a beautiful fairy tale that Anna comes to see has a basis in reality. Abel is in real danger of losing Micha to their abusive father and to his own inability to make ends meet. Anna gradually falls in love with Abel, but when his “enemies” begin to turn up dead, she fears she has fallen for a murderer. Has she?

Award-winning author Antonia Michaelis moves in a bold new direction with her latest novel: a dark, haunting, contemporary story that is part mystery, part romance, and part melodrama

What I loved about this book was its curve. No, not curves like “Ooo, damn, look at that book spine”, but that it twisted what I thought was happening and what would happen until I had no idea what I thought. You think you know what’s happening, but doubt creeps in on you, and you’re not sure until the end.

And once you reach the end…

I don’t want to spoil it, but there’s one part that just gets me, the thing that little girl does, and then it’s just all over.

Mind-blown, heart broken, hope gone.

Beautiful.