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Ladies don’t tell

I have an odd para-social relationship with Alexis Hall’s books.  On one hand, I love the sarcastic, self-deprecating mess that is Luc O’Donnell and his uptight, organized partner Oliver Blackwood from both Boyfriend Material and Husband Material.  The books have such a gay Bridget Jones vibe that I adore them to pieces.  However, I was … Continue reading Ladies don’t tell

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Memoirs, biographies and non-fiction, oh my.

Autobiographies, biographies, unauthorized biographies, memoirs.  There’s nothing more the public likes that to read about other’s secrets.  Especially if the others in question are rich and famous.   I’m old enough to remember when then Ronald and Nancy Reagan’s son wrote a “tell-all” book about his life and his parents. Which was shocking.  What was even … Continue reading Memoirs, biographies and non-fiction, oh my.

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The Deconstruction of the Author

In the summer of 2022, a book was released by St. Martin’s Press. Corinne was written by an unknown author by the name of Rebecca Morrow.  While it’s not unusual for new authors to get contracts with major publishing companies and be promoted, it was the way this book came onto the scene.  The front jacket … Continue reading The Deconstruction of the Author

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2023: Looking back and looking forward

Happy New Year friends and welcome (belatedly) to 2023. Wow, seven days in and it's already been a roller coaster ride, hasn't it? The end of 2022 was just a free fall into crashing and burning. I won't bore you will the particulars but I'm back for a new year, new ideas, new books and … Continue reading 2023: Looking back and looking forward

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Holiday shopping & readings

We are now officially into the holiday shopping season. Christmas, Hannukah, Yule, Kwanzaa to name a few. No matter what holiday you're shopping for, (does Festivus need shopping days?) there's plenty of options that will appeal to the book lover in your life. Or as a well done to you after holiday shopping. Credit to … Continue reading Holiday shopping & readings

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I need more books like this!

In a good majority of romance novels and Hallmark movies, there’s the woman who lives in the Big City and is forced to go to the Country/Small Town for whatever reason.  Seduced by the small town. First, let me preface this by saying, this was a book I didn’t know I needed until I began … Continue reading I need more books like this!

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All Good things…

I know I discuss books and book related things here but today we're going to talk about the potential end of Twitter. I'm not getting into the do's and don'ts or any of the 'political' ramifications or reasons on the potential end of Twitter. I just want to talk about what the site meant to … Continue reading All Good things…

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Do literary tastes change?

I'm assuming so. After all, there are books I read when I was much younger that don't impress me now. But there are books I read when I was younger that still captivate or, in certain cases, terrify me. Tastes change. Clothing styles, music, movies, food. A person's tastes change as they get older or … Continue reading Do literary tastes change?

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Romances and unusual children by the sea.

A while back, maybe last year, there was a bit of discussion regarding the popularity of m/m books being written by women and the men writing these books being frozen out, so to speak.  Going in search of a male writer for a m/m romance, I stumbled upon TJ Klune and his novel The House … Continue reading Romances and unusual children by the sea.

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It’s a Scream

Hello my ghosts and goolies, It’s near that time again, the first holiday in what begins the final three months of holidays. Also, my personal favorite, Halloween.  A time when the weather gets cooler, the leaves begin to fall, the warm apple cider is brought out and we gorge on chocolate.  There’s also campfires and … Continue reading It’s a Scream

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Where have all the good Husband Material gone?

Books are like people.  Sometimes there are some you just don’t like.  There are some you love and keep around you at all times, and then there are a few that you love enough, but then they come back around, it’s like they never left.  Alexis Hall’s sequel in his London Calling series came out and I … Continue reading Where have all the good Husband Material gone?

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What is it about Benedict Cumberbatch?

I have my preferences on books.  While some people enjoy nonfiction or memoirs; I prefer fiction.  I’m trying to escape; I want to be taken away by a book that is set in a fictional place with fictional people.  That said, when I heard about this book: This is not a Book about Benedict Cumberbatch, … Continue reading What is it about Benedict Cumberbatch?

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Why are people keeping gates anyway?

It’s been a while friends, since we’ve had a Book Twitter controversy. While I was thinking about what to write this week, an American author wrote out a quote-tweeted thread giving her opinion on the differences between science fiction and fantasy. Now as a humble reader of books, my thoughts regarding the difference between science … Continue reading Why are people keeping gates anyway?

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It’s not really loveless, just not romantic.

By now, everyone knows who Alice Oseman is.  The person who created the LGBTQ graphic novel series, Heartstopper, recently a popular Netflix series (Recently being 2022). In 2021, Osman wrote Loveless, the story of Georgia, who doesn’t understand why she has no immediate need for a romantic partner, nor finds the concept of dating or … Continue reading It’s not really loveless, just not romantic.

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Journals AND books!

Just when you think you’ve seen all the cute bookish things, someone hands you something new and you must crow about it. My best friends handed me a package today as a belated birthday present.  A lovely tablet cover with a journal and a set of multicolored fine tip felt pens.  Anyone who knows me … Continue reading Journals AND books!

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A Devilish Good Time

  I am under the belief that audiobooks are books, no matter what the current argument is.  Just because one isn’t sitting either on their Kindle or with a paper book in their hand does not make the story any less exciting and engaging.  Audio dramas, however, are up in the air because, while the stories … Continue reading A Devilish Good Time

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Organization?  Don’t know them.

I really should be more organized.  Book reviews are easy (HA!)  Well, not easy but at least I know what I’m doing there.  Read a book, review it, post onto blog.  It’s these in between posts, where I’m supposed to be talking about other things, book related where I get a little lost.  What I … Continue reading Organization?  Don’t know them.

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There’s No Place Like Home

The temperatures are still hot, and it’s not quite fall yet. Here we are, reviewing a book that should be destined for October.  When the temperatures cool and the nights are just a bit spookier, that’s the perfect time for a haunted house story. Instead, we’re reading Home Before Dark by Riley Sager now.  Because … Continue reading There’s No Place Like Home

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Parallel Cases: What do Mycroft Holmes & St. Louis have in common?

Mark Twain and his band of Futurists.  Who knew? In my rabbit hole of Holmesian comic books and graphic novels, I finally set upon Mycroft Holmes and the Apocalypse Handbook written by Kareen Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld.  The story takes place in Mycroft Holmes’ younger years, still in university and refusing to make his mark … Continue reading Parallel Cases: What do Mycroft Holmes & St. Louis have in common?

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My rabbit hole is the size of Reichenbach Falls.

I fell down a rabbit hole this past weekend. It started with a comic book, A Study in Emerald. Then it was Major Holmes and Captain Watson. Then I was reminded that I ordered another comic, Mycroft Holmes and the Apocalypse Handbook which I'll be reviewing next week.  During my search and discussion of Holmesian … Continue reading My rabbit hole is the size of Reichenbach Falls.

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Why’s everyone gotta pick on Archduke Ferdinand?

Happy June everyone!  Last year I reviewed two LGBTQ books but this year it’s the month of Sherlock Holmes comics.  But never fear, because Sheffield Holmes is here! Last review we had Sherlock Holmes (sort of) in alternate Victorian London where Lovecraftian Elder Gods ruled.  This week we have Sherlock Holmes (sort of) in an … Continue reading Why’s everyone gotta pick on Archduke Ferdinand?

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A Study in Sherlock Comics

There’s an old adage in the Ghostbusters/ Real Ghostbusters fandom that dictates that when writing fanfiction, you can crossover GB/RGB with any fandom.  I’m beginning to thing this adage may apply to Sherlock Holmes as well.  There are so many pastiches and variations surrounding Sherlock Holmes.  He’s met Dracula, Jack the Ripper, Scooby Doo, The … Continue reading A Study in Sherlock Comics

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Look Back Diaries: Ten Years Later

If you’ve been following me for even a month, you know that one of my favorite books is Pride and Prejudice and that in my spare time I devour P&P variations from Kindle Unlimited.   Seriously, don’t look at my Goodreads, it’s ridiculous.   Ten years ago, a few small named people: John Green and Bernie Su … Continue reading Look Back Diaries: Ten Years Later

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Cosplay All the Way

For those who aren’t in the know, I am a huge geek.  This weekend is the release of Dr. Strange and the Multiverse of Madness and to say I’ve been waiting years for this is an understatement.  I was raised on a healthy diet of Star Wars, Star Trek, X-Files, Musicals, PBS, British sci-fi…you get the idea.  I … Continue reading Cosplay All the Way

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April conventions

Hello friends. How has your April been? I know I missed a week this month, a week where I would normally post my bi-monthly musings, but I had just gotten back from a convention. It was the first convention out of state I’ve attended since 2019 so it was an exciting time. 221B Con, a … Continue reading April conventions

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Mr. Darcy’s deeds.

Welcome back friends!  No, I haven’t gone anywhere, I just…apparently took a week off to recuperate from my first out of state convention in 2 years.  I’ll post about that next week but for today let’s discuss something light and fun to read, Engaging Mr. Darcy by Rachel John. This is going to be short … Continue reading Mr. Darcy’s deeds.

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America’s Retail Wasteland

There’s something unnerving about abandoned places.  Buildings, houses that you know at one time were teaming with light and laughter and people and now they’re shadows.  Masses of empty, forlorn, forgotten places where everyone is gone, and it is just a ghost of its former self.     While abandoned houses are both creepy and beautiful, there’s something … Continue reading America’s Retail Wasteland

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The Personalities of Writers: J.D. Robb

Happy April everyone! This is not an April Fools Joke.  I never got the hang of April Fools Day. So, let’s dive in!  I’ll never post a review of Nora Roberts’ body of work, or new releases, because, let’s face it, there are more professional and much better paid critics who are paid to read and … Continue reading The Personalities of Writers: J.D. Robb

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When you’re everything for everyone but nothing for yourself.  

Last month two anticipated books on my pre-order list dropped and I was so excited. So apologies for a BOTM book not being mentioned this month but Alexandria Bellefleur’s final chapter in her trilogy just dropped and like that, I dropped everything to read it.   Okay, listen to it because Lauren Sweet reading these three … Continue reading When you’re everything for everyone but nothing for yourself.  

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Second hand anxiety

Audiobooks, or programs like Audible are wonderful for readers. It opens worlds for people who can no longer read or have reading disabilities.  It allows us to read multiple books at one time.  It allows us to read books during times when we normally couldn’t.  On the drive to and from work or driving anywhere for that matter.  While … Continue reading Second hand anxiety

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Sowing the Seeds of a new favorite series.

I love a good detective story.  I am not usually all that up on futuristic science fiction though.  But give me a good murder mystery and an equally detective/ murder cop who gets thrown in the middle of an investigation and you have my attention. Until this month, my go-to murder cop was Lt. Eve … Continue reading Sowing the Seeds of a new favorite series.

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Spring (not) Cleaning 

According to Phil, we have six more weeks of winter. As of this post, it’s actually more like two or three weeks left.  Plus, one more week until Daylight Savings Time and we lose that extra hour but gain and extra hour of sunlight each day.  It’s a trade off I’ll happily take.   It’s been a little … Continue reading Spring (not) Cleaning 

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Some Like it Spicy

From a British baking show to the American cooking show.  I wasn’t expecting a theme this month, but here we are. Love and other Disasters by Anita Kelly is my Book of the Month Club review for February. A sweet, utterly lovely story that, instead of dealing with a large amount of contestants, it focuses … Continue reading Some Like it Spicy

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All the tropes!

What's your favorite tropes in books. It's February so we'll start with Romance novels. Personally, I will devour a good fake dating romance novel like a gourmet meal. Other's like friends to lovers, still other's like secret baby. According to Masterclass.com, tropes are popular because they both offer readers something familiar and give them a … Continue reading All the tropes!

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East End Boys and London Girls

Until I started reading Alexis Hall, I never knew it was possible to utterly dislike the main character in the beginning of the story yet end up utterly invested that this person gets to have a happy life. Yet that exactly what happened in Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake. This is the second time this … Continue reading East End Boys and London Girls

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Why are Men so fun to read?

Last weekend Twitter once again blew up with controversy. This time it was a subject that I’ve struggled with for the last few years so buckle up friends, this is going to get uncomfortable. On Sunday, author Jack Harbon posed a question, what do women gain from exclusively and solely writing about queer men? I’ll … Continue reading Why are Men so fun to read?

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The Lion Sleeps Tonight

While I am a fan of Sherlock Holmes pastiches, I must admit I have a soft place in my heart for stories that are based on other characters in the canon. There's an interesting series for young adults that deals with Mycroft Holmes' daughter and Irene Adler that is really good as well as the … Continue reading The Lion Sleeps Tonight

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Shadows of Camelot

I was in high school when I first discovered the lyrical ballad The Lady of Shalott by Lord Alfred Tennyson and fell utterly in love with it. For anyone who doesn’t know the ballad, it centers around a woman, Elaine of Astolat, who lives in a castle on an island. She watches the world pass … Continue reading Shadows of Camelot

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Looking into the Future. What’s in Store?

A full year of this review blog is in the bag and I could not be happier or more grateful to everyone who follows me or who has read my blog in this past year.   There’s still work to be done, as this is a learning process for me as well, so while I will … Continue reading Looking into the Future. What’s in Store?

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It’s a Review. Looking back on some of my favorite reads of 2021

I know other blogs did this at the end of 2021 but I figured I'd start out the new year with a two-parter before I got back to the business of reading books. This week we'll be looking at some of my favorite reads from the last year (mostly because I want to squee over … Continue reading It’s a Review. Looking back on some of my favorite reads of 2021

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More delicious literary tapas for the New Year

Hello my reading friends and happy New Year's Eve!  While this week would usually be a musing of mine, I thought it would be nice to post one final book review for the season. A final treat for readers.  This time it’s for a book not out yet so it's more an anticipation.  Let’s dive in. … Continue reading More delicious literary tapas for the New Year

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And you thought the Blue Carbuncle was the only Christmas Story.

Is there really a better way to end out a year of book reviews than with Sherlock Holmes?  I say nay. Which is why I was excited to find Sherlock Holmes: The Twelve Days of Christmas by Roger Riccard.  Twelve short stories fitting enough to join any pastiche and to add to the holiday festivities and rituals … Continue reading And you thought the Blue Carbuncle was the only Christmas Story.

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas…Traditions.

For those in the know, or for those who aren’t, I’m currently running an advent book list on my socials.  My Instagram, Mouse’s Reading Nook, is hosting a picture of a book based on a theme each day from December 1st to Christmas Day.  This week’s themes have been Green, Red, Angels, Ornaments and Stockings. … Continue reading It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas…Traditions.

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Mr. Jingle Bells

I put out the question to a friend group for Christmas themed books and Mr. Jingle Bells by Leta Blake was suggested.  Glancing at it, it checked a lot of boxes for me.  Christmas romance?  Check. Fake dating? Check. Dogs?  Check. The bonus round was bisexual man falling for another guy.  I’m here for that.  … Continue reading Mr. Jingle Bells

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What’s Your Favorite?

It’s Christmas season and I want to know, what’s your favorite Christmas book?  You know, the one that you read every year around this time.  The one you read as a child and resonated with you long after to the point that you can still remember parts of the story?  I know a lot of … Continue reading What’s Your Favorite?

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A Marvellous Story

Friends recommending me books seems to be my go-to way of finding some of the most exciting and interesting books I’ve read in 2021.  And his one is no different.  A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske was suggested to me under the synopsis of the book jacket: Robin is a good over brother, a responsible … Continue reading A Marvellous Story

Be Our Guest

Tale as old as time…  No really, that’s the name of the publishing company in By the Book by Jasmine Guillory. A publishing company in New York that Isabelle Marlow joins after college.  The assistant to Marta Wallace one of the top editors, and one of the few black women who work in the publishing business, … Continue reading Be Our Guest