Romantic

My Lady’s Choosing by Kitty Curran and Larissa Zageris

I love Regency Romance novels. It doesn’t bother me one little bit that there are more Dukes in these stories than people in my hometown, the stories are lovely and sometimes all I want to read is something lovely. So, when I saw My Lady’s Choosing by Kitty Curran and Larissa Zageris I had to read it.

myladyschoosingMy Lady’s Choosing is a Choose Your Own Adventure novel that stars you as a plucky, penniless, Regency-era London lady. You begin your adventure as a companion to your dragon Aunt and through a series of choices end up in a wide variety of situations and endings.

For those who don’t remember these books, Choose Your Own Adventure novels typically give you two avenues and your selection takes you to a certain page. This continues until the end of the chosen story-line. I loved them as a kid. A number of years ago I discovered that there were adult versions out there but I never really enjoyed them like I did the juvenile versions. Many of the adult choices were daunting and I kept dying or getting kidnapped. The adventure part was missing. I didn’t want to chose whether to take a job or go back to college – I was actually making those decisions already.

This is what makes My Lady’s Choosing so fun for me. Finally I get to participate in a Regency romance from inside the story. I get to decide whether to slap the gentleman caller or kiss him. One path had me taking a position as a companion to an older gentleman or choosing to teach orphans. I decided whether to help the insufferable Lord or travel to Egypt. All paths obviously included romance.

My one complaint is that I felt at times that the authors were overly mocking regency romances. I accept that this book as a parody but still, names were frequently too silly and the characters could be inconsistent in their historical accuracy. But, I let many of the details pass as the Choose Your Own Adventure stories of my childhood were riddled with similar issues.

If you enjoy historical romances this book is a fun way to participate in the story. I had a great time working my way through the book five times already and I know that there are several other paths I have not yet taken!


Tell me, please!

What do you think of Choose Your Own Adventure novels?


Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday

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Throwback Thursday was originally started by Renee at It’s Book Talk. It is a way to highlight some old favorites or share books that I’m finally getting around to reading that were published more than a year ago. Or, in my case, usually more than ten years ago.

attachmentsAttachments, by Rainbow Rowell, was published in 2011 and takes place from late 1999-2000. This, for any reader born after 2000, was the real beginning of companies using intra-web applications and playing with allowing employees to have access to the internet. There were rampant concerns about Y2K and IT people came out of the shadows to save us all. And, obviously, read our e-mails.

Rowell focuses on this snippet of recent history and features Lincoln O’Neill who has been hired by The Courier as an internet security officer. He thought he would be putting up firewalls and crushing hackers when his night actually consists of reading e-mails that are flagged for inappropriate words. Typically, he reads the e-mail and sends the individual a warning. But one exchange, between Jennifer and Beth, pops into his folder and he is so captivating and engaged in their messages that he not only doesn’t warn them, he continues reading. The more he reads, the more he becomes invested in these women and their lives. And he finds himself falling in love with Beth even though he had never seen her. How can he admit his feeling when he has been invading her privacy?

I worked in an office as a intra-office e-mail trainer right around this time and Rowell took me right back to that (horrible) job. Beyond explaining to people that their disk holder was not a cup holder (for real) it was also my job to review their exchanges looking for porn and time wasters. Lincoln got to read adorable conversations between Jennifer and Beth and I got to inform a nasty man that just because other people couldn’t see into his cubicle didn’t mean that it was permissible to watch “light” porn on his break. Sigh. Life is better in books.

Rowell may give Lincoln a better experience than mine but he deserves it. At 27 Lincoln has several masters degrees but lives with his Mom and is still nursing a broken heart from his first love. Reading the supportive and loving messages between Jennifer and Beth is a balm for his soul. And who could blame him? Jennifer and Beth are the epitome of great girl friends – supportive, loving, hilarious and just there for each other.

I loved this little book for all the reasons I hated my IT job – the people. Rowell’s characters are good to the core and grow into only more likeable characters as the story continues. If you have not already enjoyed this sweet story I highly recommend it!


Tell me, please!

Have you ever worked a job featured in a book? How was your experience the same / different?


WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday April 25th

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WWW Wednesday, as always, is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. Join the fun by either checking out all of the other amazing WWW posts or answering the following three questions yourself!


What did you just finish reading?

Oh my bookish friends, things have been ugly here. A strange combination of books that failed to keep my interest and a free 30 day subscription to Hulu has resulted in me not reading very much at all. Still, I finished a couple of books and placed a few more firmly into the dreaded did not finish pile.

Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston was in my April OwlCrate. It was such a pretty book and I love (love) this author so I was pretty excited. Sadly, this book will not be receiving a SilverButton review. It was a retelling of Princess Anastasia told from four (four!) different points of view and it was a bit of a mess. Apparently it is also Book 1 in a series so perhaps the fabulous Poston will make it all work in the sequels.

I Work at a Public Library by Gina Sheridan was delightful! You can read my review here.

All four of these books went back to the library unfinished. Perhaps it is my mood but I couldn’t get into any of them. The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules was a wonderful premise but the translation made the story stilted and boring. The Case of the Missing Books featured a main character that I hated and I couldn’t stick with him. The Book Jumper was another I-have-super-powers-and-we-move-a-lot-and-I-call-my-Mom-by-her-first-name story. And The Wish Granter was just overdue. I didn’t even crack into it.

See? It might be me! I could be in a true book funk.


What am I currently reading?

I am trying to limit myself a little bit this week to only three books: One fiction, one non-fiction, one graphic novel. So, this week I am a couple of chapters into the inspirational book The Book of Joy. So far, I am deeply moved by the profound words and the loving relationship of these two spiritual leaders.

I either love Rainbow Rowell books or….not. Attachments is from 2011 but I am halfway through it and really enjoying it.

Brazen is the graphic novel to pique your interest in learning more about Brazen women who rocked the world. I have already enjoyed half of the book and I cannot wait to see the rest of the ladies!


What do I plan to read next?

I picked up The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell because the cover reads “Tales of a 6’4”, African-American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and proud, Blerd, Mam’s Boy, Dad, and Stand-up Comedian. SOLD.

Batman Nightwalker by Marie Lu is part of the DC Icons series. I love Warbringer and so I was curious enough to check out Batman even though Batman is my least favorite superhero. Maybe Marie Lu can bring me to the bat-side.

I first saw Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Franklin reviewed on Ryan’s site Muse With Me. His review is here and if you read it you’ll see why it piqued my interest. After The Book of Joy I really want to explore resilience and this book seems like a fine place to start.


Tell me, please!

Have you read any of these? Thoughts? Also, let me know what’s on your WWW list in the comments section below!