Romanceopoly: An Introduction + January’s TBR

I thought I’d make a little introduction post for Romanceopoly in case anyone’s unfamiliar. It’s a reading challenge hosted by the ladies at Under the Covers Book Blog and Jessica at Peace Love Books.

You’ll find all the rules, challenges, and recommendations on the Romanceopoly site, but here are some introduction videos, as well:

Under the Covers:

Peace Love Books:

I’ll be completing the board via the direct route as a native, which means I’ll be going clockwise around the board, from “Welcome to Romanceopolis,” to Dungeon, to Firestation, to Heartbreak Hospital, and all the way back to the beginning. This should total to 39 books for me to read.

Now, that sounds like a lot, and considering that I should be starting grad school in June, these books may end up being the only ones I read until the end of the year…but that’s fine.

My plan is to read roughly 3 a month, plus the mystery challenges when they pop up. I may get ahead of schedule, I may get behind schedule, but I WILL finish.


Leather Lane: Read an urban fantasy where the series is already completed.

I am currently reading this one, and it’s Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost.

Library: Read ANY book you want!

I plan to read Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare for this one so I can finish up the Castles Ever After series.

Kickass Lane: Read an urban fantasy with a picture of a kickass heroine on the cover.

For this one I’ll be reading Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews.

There’s still time to sign up if you want to participate! Even if you don’t want to play along, you could always use the prompts anyway to get some ideas. Regardless, happy reading!

Book Review: Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean

Title: Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake (Love by Numbers #1)
Author: Sarah MacLean
Year: 2010
Pages: 423
Dates Read: May 29 – June 1, 2017
Format: Kindle
Genres: HR
Rating: ★★★★★
Summary: A lady does not smoke cheroot.  She does not ride astride.  She does not fence or attend duels.  She does not fire a pistol, and she never gambles at a gentlemen’s club.

Lady Calpurnia Hartwell has always followed the rules, rules that have left her unmarried—and more than a little unsatisfied.  And so she’s vowed to break the rules and live the life of pleasure she’s been missing.

But to dance every dance, to steal a midnight kiss—to do those things, Callie will need a willing partner.  Someone who knows everything about rule-breaking.  Someone like Gabriel St. John, the Marquess of Ralston—charming and devastatingly handsome, his wicked reputation matched only by his sinful smile.

If she’s not careful, she’ll break the most important rule of all—the one that says that pleasure-seekers should never fall hopelessly, desperately in love. (Goodreads)Read More »

Book Review: The Governess Affair by Courtney Milan

Title: The Governess Affair (Brothers Sinister #0.5)
Author: Courtney Milan
Year: 2012
Pages: 134
Dates Read: May 24-26, 2017
Format: Kindle
Genre: HR
Rating: ★★★

Summary: Hugo Marshall earned the nickname “the Wolf of Clermont” for his ruthless ambition—a characteristic that has served him well, elevating the coal miner’s son to the right hand man of a duke.  When he’s ordered to get rid of a pestering governess by fair means or foul, it’s just another day at work.

But after everything Miss Serena Barton has been through at the hands of his employer, she is determined to make him pay.  She won’t let anyone stop her—not even the man that all of London fears.  They might call Hugo Marshall the Wolf of Clermont, but even wolves can be brought to heel… (Amazon)

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Book Review: An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole

Title: An Extraordinary Union
Author: Alyssa Cole
Year: 2017
Pages: 320
Dates Read: May 8-20, 2017
Format: Kindle
Genres: HR, W
Rating: ★★★★
Summary: A white man and a black woman spy for the Union during the American Civil War, not suspecting that their relationship with each other will be their most important puzzle to solve.
Favorite Quotes: 
  • “Elle lowered her face so she wouldn’t have to acknowledge the way Malcolm looked at her, like she was a tome that he wanted to curl up with for days on end, savoring every word.”
  • “Damn, she was impressive. If she didn’t kill him, he’d tell her so.”
  • “She wanted to join in his recitation. Not to one-up him or to prove anything, but for a reason that was new to her: for the enjoyment of it.”
  • “The words hung between them, leaving Elle feeling exposed. They were as intimate as any declaration of ardor, and maybe more so. She’d performed poetry for audiences before, but she’d always done so without feeling. She’d shared her body and her heart with another before, but never her mind. She’d thought those things must be kept separate.”

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Litmix: Henry Winter

Hey guys.  This is something I may try to do more of in the future.  I like to listen to music that reminds me of the book I’m reading at the moment.  That could be a themed playlist that someone else has made for the book, a soundtrack, or music from the time period in which the book is set.

I made this playlist for Henry Winter, a character in Donna Tartt’s The Secret History.  I’m not currently reading the book–in fact, I first read it way back in September 2013.  I do, however, plan to reread it soon, and lately I have been listening to lots of playlists that other people have made.

You don’t need to have read the book to enjoy the playlist.  They’re all good songs, I think.  But you’d (hopefully) enjoy the playlist more if you have read the book.

Here’s the 8tracks version, and here’s the link to the Spotify version.  The only difference is that the 8tracks version has Jen Titus’s rendition of “O Death” from Supernatural, while the Spotify version has the Ralph Stanley one.  I personally prefer the former, but I couldn’t find it on Spotify 😦

Anyway, I hope some people like it!

Tome Topple Readathon

I’ve decided to participate in the Tome Topple Readathon.  Basically, the goal is to read big books that are at least 500 pages long.  The Goodreads group can be found here, and the Twitter is here 🙂  This readathon is set to last from today, April 7, through Thursday, April 20.

There are also some extra challenges to attempt:

  1. Read more than one tome. – Definitely planning on doing that.
  2. Read a graphic novel. – May or may not happen.
  3. Read a tome that is part of a series. – Sort of.  Basically.  Yeah, sure.*
  4. Buddy-read a tome. – Not gonna do that.
  5. Read an adult novel. – I am only reading adult novels for this, so that’s pretty much completed already.

Right, so here’s the important part: my TBR!

The Crimson Petal & the White has sat on my shelf unread for years, so this needs to happen.  My reading of this also nicely coincides with Hulu’s new series Harlots, as they both deal with the trials of prostitutes.

I really wanted to read The White Princess before the show airs on Starz on the 16th, so I hope this works out.

*It sort of fulfills the third challenge because it’s part of the Cousins’ War series, which doesn’t really need to be read in order but is still technically a series.

I don’t know if I’ll get to Possession or not, but I’ve wanted to read it for a few months now.

I’m currently reading some of Mary Oliver’s poetry, which I’ll probaby continue to do during this readathon for a sort of break, but I am putting everything else I was reading on hold, with the exception of America’s First Daughter, because it does qualify for this readathon and I’m both reading and listening to it.

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Spring Covers

It’s officially spring!  Even though it doesn’t quite feel like spring here yet, I thought I’d try to get myself into the mood by finding book covers that make me think of spring.  I searched through my books to find the covers that most reminded me of spring because I thought that, by making this post the first of what I hope to be many to come, I could find some sort of blogging inspiration.

While these aren’t necessarily books I’ll read this spring–or even books that are remotely about spring–I like their covers and think they have a nice spring-y feel to them.  So, here they are!
*These are the ones I’ve read.










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