Monday, December 31, 2012

The Gilded Lily by Deborah Swift, 471 pages

This was a historical fiction book I was sent to review by Night Owl Reviews.

The Daughters by Joanna Philbin, 275 pages

I managed to mess up and read the second book in this series, so I had to go back and read the first one. It was funny and well written.

I Saw Zombies Eating Santa Claus by S. G. Browne, 201 pages

This was a hilarious zombie book I was sent to review for Night Owl Reviews. Lisa would love it.

Renfield Slave of Dracula by Barbara Hambly, 306 pages

The story of Dracula as told through Renfield's point of view. It was a very good twist on a classic vampire story. Fans of Dracula shouldn't miss this entry.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

The Art of Men by Kirstie Alley, 301 pages

I'm a fan of biographies, and Kirstie Alley always struck me as a funny person. This book was really nothing but fluff, but was a fun read that gave me a little bit of a backstage view of Hollywood and the people she knew. I also enjoyed the little bit about Patrick Swayze and North and the South, both of which I'm a big fan of.

Jane: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan by Robin Maxwell, 320 pages

I'd seen a review for this book and it sounded intriguing. I've read some of the original Tarzan books and have always liked them. Plus, I'm a fan of any book that tells the story from the female point of view. It was really well done and held my interest, while staying true to the original storyline. I recommend this to Tarzan fans and those who have yet to discover the stories.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Totally Mad, 253 pages

A look back at the history of Mad. I enjoyed getting to learn about the history of Mad but it would have been nice if the comics had been a little bigger so I could read them without so much trouble.

December Dread by Jess Lourey, 278 pages

This was a good book in that we get to see Mira let go of her past a little bit while working towards her future. These monthly murder mysteries are always intriguing and a good read.

November Hunt by Jess Lourey, 280 pages

I'm a fan of these monthly murder mysteries. I can't believe I'd missed November's entry.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Provincial Lady in Russia by E.M. Delafield, 344 pages

This was the final book in what has been a really enjoyable series. I must say this one was a little disappointing because it wasn't nearly as funny or witty as the previous books.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Three Girls and a Guy by Francine Pascal, 179 pages

I keep getting closer and closer to the end of this series.

The Heroines by Eileen Favorite, 233 pages

This was the December book club book. I didn't really enjoy it that much when I read it a few years ago, but it was a better read the second time. Still wasn't my favorite book, it should have been name The Victims.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Sunday, December 9, 2012

The Little Lady Agency and the Prince by Hester Browne, 613 pages

Sometimes you just need a light, fluffy romance to unwind and relax with. This was a great read for that. Melissa runs an agency in London devoted to helping men become better, aka princes. But she's getting ready to move to Paris to marry her American fiance. Before that can happen, her grandmother asks for help in sorting out a friend's grandson, who's an actual prince. The problem is he's more cad than prince. The challenge is not falling in love with the prince in training.

Heads in Beds by Jacob Tomsky, 247 pages

I'm a fan of the behind the scenes books of different industries and nonfiction books galore. So hearing about a new, funny novel about the hotel scene sounded like a treat, and the book delivered. Jacob Tomsky started out as a valet, was a housekeeping manager, and spent years on the front desk. So he knows the dirty little secrets that go on and offers up tips to get a great room, and the hard work that goes into keeping that room clean.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling, 435 pages

I've been rereading the Harry Potter books as Samantha's been reading them. It's been a while since I'd read the early books and I'd forgotten just how good they were. It's been really great watching Samantha discover the magic for herself.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The Woman in Black by Susan Hill, 160 pages

I'd seen the previews for this movie but didn't really want to see it since it looked really creepy. And, I'll read a creepy book way easier than I'll see a creepy movie. Then I discovered it was based on a book. This was very Victorian, a proper English ghost story. It was enjoyable, would be a great book to read on a dark fall night with the lights turned down low.

How to Steal a Dragon's Sword by Cressida Cowell, 355 pages

This series has become very sad and doesn't look like it's going to have a happy ending at all. But I can't keep myself from reading each and every book as they come out.

How to Break a Dragon's Heart by Cressida Cowell, 299 pages

This is a wonderfully sweet series, that is funny and full of adventure. I check these books out and never even show them to my kids since I want to read them first.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Twelve Drummers Drumming by C. C. Benison, 374 pages

This was an intriguing murder mystery, set in England with a widowed vicar as the main character.