The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum – I’m sure you’re all somewhat familiar with this story. But, if you’re basing all your thoughts on it on the Judy Garland movie (like I was), then you’re pretty off base. Dorothy doesn’t even have Ruby slippers in the book! Crazy. But I would highly recommend it. It’s a really quick read. I listened to in as an audio book while I was unpacking and finished it in a few hours. Also, it’s in the public domain so you can get the audio for free if you Google it.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a children’s novel written by L. Frank Baum and illustrated by W. W. Denslow. Originally published by the George M. Hill Company in Chicago on May 17, 1900, it has since been reprinted numerous times, most often under the name The Wizard of Oz, which is the name of both the popular 1902 Broadway musical and the well-known 1939 film adaptation. The story chronicles the adventures of a young girl named Dorothy Gale in the Land of Oz, after being swept away from her Kansas farm home in a cyclone. The novel is one of the best-known stories in American popular culture and has been widely translated. Its initial success, and the success of the 1902 Broadway musical which Baum adapted from his original story, led to Baum’s writing thirteen more Oz books.
Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson – This book was crazy. It was so kinda creepy, but I couldn’t stop reading it! I’m not sure if you’re familiar with the Bluebeard fairy tale, but this is a retelling that takes place before the Civil War. Very well written, too. It’s one that I’ll be thinking about for awhile. Totally go read it.
When seventeen-year-old Sophia Petheram’s beloved father dies, she receives an unexpected letter. An invitation—on fine ivory paper, in bold black handwriting—from the mysterious Monsieur Bernard de Cressac, her godfather. With no money and fewer options, Sophie accepts, leaving her humble childhood home for the astonishingly lavish Wyndriven Abbey, in the heart of Mississippi.
Sophie has always longed for a comfortable life, and she finds herself both attracted to and shocked by the charm and easy manners of her overgenerous guardian. But as she begins to piece together the mystery of his past, it’s as if, thread by thread, a silken net is tightening around her. And as she gathers stories and catches whispers of his former wives—all with hair as red as her own—in the forgotten corners of the abbey, Sophie knows she’s trapped in the passion and danger of de Cressac’s intoxicating world.
Glowing strands of romance, mystery, and suspense are woven into this breathtaking debut—a thrilling retelling of the “Bluebeard” fairy tale.
Well, apparently this month I had a thing for books with girls on the cover. Also, I have a feeling that my reading will be slowing down a bit. I have run out of Amazon gift cards to get books for my Kindle and the library has horrible wait times for all the books/ebooks that I would like to read. But that’s probably a good thing. I’m already at 11 for the year (probably 12 by tomorrow night) so I can slow down a little
The Silent Governess by Julie Klassen – I’m a sucker for Regency Era romances and nobody does them better than Julie Klassen. So well written and very clean. Love it. This one was really good. Olivia has to flee from home after thinking she committed a major crime. After a series or unfortunate events she ends up being coerced into working as an under nurse at a manor house with the condition that she is not allowed to speak. I especially liked this one because there is a little bit of mystery involved in the story line too.
The Maid of Fairbourne Hall by Julie Klassen – When the elite Miss Macy runs away from home to escape marrying a horrible person she ends up as a servant in disguise at the home of a man that she once refused to marry in favor of his older brother (who never actually ends up proposing). She gradually realizes she may have had her sights on the wrong brother. It was pretty entertaining the whole way through. Highly recommend it.
Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger – This one was surprisingly good. I got it not knowing anything about it. I didn’t even read the summary. The reason it made it onto my Kindle was because the books I wanted to check out from the library had a long waiting list but this was available. It’s about a 14 year old girl that’s always getting into awkward situations, but has a knack at getting herself out of them. She finds herself being send to a finishing school that’s more than meets the eye. It was a really fun read (it’s in a steam punk setting which was new to me) and had some great one liners throughout.
The Captive Maiden by Melanie Dickerson – Give me a fairy tale retelling and I’ll be a happy girl. I’ve loved all of them that I’ve read by Melanie Dickerson and this one was no exception. It was the story of Cinderella and told in a very realistic, believable way. There were no magic carriages or fairy godmothers and I kind of liked that. I bet everyone will love it just as much as I did so give it a try.
This month was another pretty high volume reading month. There also seemed to be a theme: Regency Romance (with a couple YA fiction thrown in). I won’t give a little run down of each one like I usually do since they were all pretty similar and great but here are my 3 favorite: Just Ella, The Kiss of a Stranger & The Rejected Suitor. And don’t worry, they’re not as cheesy as their covers make them – just as cheesy as the average clean romance
*please excuse that the covers are cropped. I couldn’t find a rectangular template :)*
Just Ella – Annette K. Larsen
Timebound – Ryse Walker
Reforming Lord Ragsdale – Carla Kelly
The Defiant Governess – Andrea Pickens
The Kiss of a Stranger – Sarah Eden
Miss Grimsley’s Oxford Career – Carla Kelly
The Rejected Suitor – Teresa McCarthy
The Princess of Egypt Must Die – Stephanie Dray
If you guys have been following me for awhile then you may already know that I have struggled with infertility and pregnancy loss for the past 4+ years. If you didn’t know that I guess now you do :). Since 2008 I have had 7 pregnancies, 1 live birth (our amazing 5 yr old Abi) and 2 failed adoptions. You could say that the “get Abi a sibling” track has pretty much sucked.
Well, guess what? Prayers are answered and 7 is apparently our lucky prego number. I am currently 21 weeks with a healthy, and judging by how much he dances, happy little baby boy. As you can imagine we are BEYOND THRILLED and can’t wait for June to get here so we can meet the little man.
And since every post needs a picture, here is a horrible phone pic from a few weeks ago
Brad and I are currently unloading the moving truck after our 10th move in the 7.5 years that we have been married.
But with this move we’re finally going to be back near family! We’ll be staying with my sister in the Raleigh area until we can find a place of our own. To say that I’m excited would be a little bit of an understatement
So please excuse me if things are a little hit and miss for a bit. I’ve got quite a few posts scheduled for January so you shouldn’t miss me too much
Well, this month was sort of a low month for me if you’re only judging by the amount of books I read. I went from a whopping 11 books for November to only 2 this month. I blame it on two things: 1) I was a little worn out after Novembers marathon reading & 2) I’ve been spending all my free time packing.
Hero by Alethea Kontis – I read another of Alethea Kontis’ books last month (Enchanted) and really enjoyed it so I thought I’d give this one a try. I really like that way she mixes up about 5 different fairy tales into one story. It’s fun to see how she incorporates them all. The main story line of this one is Sleeping Beauty, only the rolls are reversed – it’s a woman that has to go and rescue the prince. And while the Prince isn’t sleeping, he’s being held captive by an evil witch. Although I enjoyed the story of the Enchanted a little better this one was still a really fun read.
My Own Mr. Darcy by Karey White – My sister recommended this one to me and I’m so glad she did. you know how some girls are obsessed with Mr. Darcy, and more specifically Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy? Well the woman in this book is obsessed with the Matthew Macfadyen Mr. Darcy (from the Kiera Knightly Pride & Prejudice). She’s convinced that she could never love a man that wasn’t like him, until her roommate forces her to go on 10 dates with the next guy to ask her out. Then, right as she’s falling for this guy, Matthew Macfdyens “twin” walks into her work one day and stares her down with his haughty superiority before he asks her to lunch. So now what is she supposed to do? She’s finally falling for someone, but the man of her dreams is showing some interest. I really liked this book and even finished it in one night