Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Happy release: Threads of Magic by Monica Fairview

Threads of Magic:
A Pride and Prejudice variation
by Monica Fairview
Fantasy, Regency, Romance, Jane Austen theme | Expected publication: January 25, 2022 | Goodreads

In a magical Regency England, two powerful magicians strive to find a balance between love and duty as they confront enemies who might well be their closest friends.

Elizabeth Bennet may be a heroine, but by defying some of the most powerful mages in England, she has made enemies who will stop at nothing to embroil her in scandal.

So when she is accused of endangering the Royal Mages through her reckless actions, she no longer knows who to trust. Even the gentleman she loves is taking their side. It seems the only person who believes her is the captive French mage who is imprisoned in the cellar at Netherfield.

Meanwhile, Fitzwilliam Darcy is willing to fight to the death to defend Elizabeth, if only she would stop getting herself into trouble. Why does she always have to break the rules? And why does even her sister Jane cause him so many problems?

Join us in this magical Jane Austen Regency variation. Set mostly in Meryton, with familiar beloved characters from Pride and Prejudice, you will once again be captivated by Elizabeth and Darcy as they struggle to find true love against the backdrop of England’s war with Napoleon.

Threads of Magic is Book 2 of Mr. Darcy’s Magic. It is a standalone novel without cliff-hangers, but it is best read as part of a series.

Sunday, January 23, 2022

Lovely Books and Things - 1.23.22

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

Linking up with:
Sunday Post (details)
Mailbox Monday (details)



1. Release of the The Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis stitch along from the Stitching Book Club (details)
2. Super easy and yummy Spicy Arrabbiata Sauce recipe from Gimme Some Oven (here)
3. Mystic Package by Claudio Bravo - a hyper-realism still life painting currently on exhibit at the Legion of Honor



Cry Wolf
by Hans Rosenfeldt
Mystery, Thriller, Sweden | Published: 2021 | Goodreads

When We Cease to Understand the World
by Benjamín Labatut
translated by Adrian Nathan West
Short Stories, Historical | Published: 2021 | Goodreads

Library: audiobook
Feels Like Family
by Sheryl Woods
Women's Fiction | Published: 2020 (first 2007) | Goodreads

New York Drawings
by Adrian Tomine
Graphic Novel, Art, New York | Published: 2012 | Goodreads

Tenements, Towers & Trash
An Unconventional Illustrated History of New York City
by Julia Wertz
History, Art, Artchitecture, New York | Published: 2017 | Goodreads


Virtual Author event: hosted by Book Passage
See archive of this (here)
The School for Good Mothers
by Jessamine Chan
Literary, Dystopia | Published: 2022 | Goodreads


AND watched: Netflix
The Lost Daughter (2021)
Director/Writer: Maggie Gyllenhaal
Based on book: Elena Ferrante
Stars: Olivia Colman, Jessie Buckley, Dakota Johnson
Drama | imdb | my rating: 5

A woman's beach vacation takes a dark turn when she begins to confront the troubles of her past.


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Thursday, January 20, 2022

Books and Laundry: On the Island

On The Island
by Tracey Garvis Graves
Romance, Contemporary, Survival | Published: 2012 | Goodreads | my rating: 4

When thirty-year-old English teacher Anna Emerson is offered a job tutoring T.J. Callahan at his family's summer rental in the Maldives, she accepts without hesitation; a working vacation on a tropical island trumps the library any day.

T.J. Callahan has no desire to leave town, not that anyone asked him. He's almost seventeen and if having cancer wasn't bad enough, now he has to spend his first summer in remission with his family—and a stack of overdue assignments—instead of his friends.

Anna and T.J. are en route to join T.J.'s family in the Maldives when the pilot of their seaplane suffers a fatal heart attack and crash-lands in the Indian Ocean. Adrift in shark-infested waters, their life jackets keep them afloat until they make it to the shore of an uninhabited island. Now Anna and T.J. just want to survive and they must work together to obtain water, food, fire, and shelter.

Their basic needs might be met but as the days turn to weeks, and then months, the castaways encounter plenty of other obstacles, including violent tropical storms, the many dangers lurking in the sea, and the possibility that T.J.'s cancer could return. As T.J. celebrates yet another birthday on the island, Anna begins to wonder if the biggest challenge of all might be living with a boy who is gradually becoming a man.

First sentence(s):
June 2001 - I was thirty years old when the seaplane T.J. Callahan and I were traveling on crash-landed in the Indian Ocean.

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

To Be Read (TBR) Pile Challenge 2022

2022 To Be Read (TBR) Pile Challenge
hosted by Roof Beam Reader
January 1 to December 31, 2022 (details)

GOAL: Read 12 books on your TBR shelf. Each of these 12 books must have been on your bookshelf or “To Be Read” list for AT LEAST one full year. This means the book cannot have a publication date of 1/1/2021 or later (any book published in the year 2020 or earlier qualifies, as long as it has been on your TBR pile). Caveat: Two (2) alternates are allowed, just in case one or two of the books ends up in the “did not finish (DNF)” pile.

Mood reader that I am these days makes me hesitant to commit to a list. I have a tentative stack, but will post actual books read as I work towards the twelfth book.

Camp Austen:
My Life as an Accidental Jane Austen Superfan
by Ted Scheinman
Memoir, Jane Austen theme | Goodreads |my rating: 4


Sunday, January 16, 2022

Lovely Books and Things - 1.16.21

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

Linking up with:
Sunday Post (details)
Mailbox Monday (details)



1. A slice of galette de rois (king's cake) from La Boulangerie (here) to celebrate Twelfth Night
2. A 30-day online yoga journey with Adrienne (here)
3. A pink flamingo

To Paradise
by Hanya Yanagihara
Literary, Historical | Published: 2022 | Goodreads

Library: audiobook
by Kaitlyn Greenidge
Historical, African American | Published: 2021 | Goodreads

Gossip's Story
by Jane West
Classics, Historical, Jane Austen | Published: 2015 (first 1796) | Goodreads

Freebies: from Free Little Library
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Historical, Romance, LGBTQ | Published: 2017 | Goodreads
by Brian Sanderson
Fantasy, Epic, Magic | Published: 2017 | Goodreads

For Review:
An Honest Lie
by Tarryn Fisher
Thriller, Mystery | Published: 2022 | Goodreads
courtesy of publisher -Thanks!

AND watched: Netflix
Don't Look Up (2021)
Director/Writer: Adam McKay
Story by: David Sirota
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence
Comedy, Drama, SciFi | imdb | my rating: 4

Two low-level astronomers must go on a giant media tour to warn mankind of an approaching comet that will destroy planet Earth.

AND watched: virtual theatre
Hotel Transylvania: Transformania (2022)
Directors: Derek Drymon, Jennifer Kluska
Screenplay: Amos Vernon, Nunzio Randazzo, Genndy Tartakovsky
Based on book:
Stars: Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez
Animation, Adventure, Comedy | imdb | my rating: 3

When Van Helsing's mysterious invention, the "Monsterfication Ray", goes haywire, Drac and his monster pals are all transformed into humans, and Johnny becomes a monster. In their new mismatched bodies, Drac, stripped of his powers, and an exuberant Johnny, loving life as a monster, must team up and race across the globe to find a cure before it's too late, and before they drive each other crazy. With help from Mavis and the hilariously human Drac Pack, the heat is on to find a way to switch themselves back before their transformations become permanent.

AND watched: theatre
Belle (2021)
Original title: Ryû to sobakasu no hime
Director/Writer: Mamoru Hosoda
Based on book:
Stars: Kaho Nakamura, Ryô Narita
Animation, Adventure, Drama, Japan | imdb | my rating: 4

Suzu is a shy high school student living in a rural village. For years, she has only been a shadow of herself. But when she enters "U", a massive virtual world, she escapes into her online persona as Belle, a globally-beloved singer.


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