Wrap Up

October 2018 Wrap Up

Good Afternoon Everyone! It’s Halloween!

So where I am working now we get x amount of holidays and then we get to choose a holiday to take from a list.  Yep, I take Halloween.

So October seems to have just flown by in the blink of an eye.  Yes, that may be due to me running around like crazy. Really my daughter has to be somewhere after school every day. So that is when I read. If any of you follow me on Instagram you have seen how I spend the non-raining football games. My daughter is in the band so I only have to pay attention during halftime and pre-game.

FB Reading 2018

When I am not running around for that she is also in the orchestra.

String Rreading 2018

So I was looking at what I read in September and October and I could not figure out why my reading had gone down so much from July and August.  Well, I keep needing to remind myself that I am much busier now that school is in full swing. And I should be happy if I just read one book. So that is something that I am working on. Just being happy with what I can accomplish and not focusing on what I didn’t. I know this seems like a simple concept but I am truly my own worst enemy.

But you are not here to hear me ramble about all of that you are here to see what I read this month so here we go!

I finished 10 books this month and DNF’d 2.

Books Read

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss
5 Stars
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The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton
4 Stars
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Brisingr by Christopher Paolini
4 Stars
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The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee
4 Stars
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Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carriger
5 Stars
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Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa de la Cruz
2 Stars
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Girl at the Grave by Teri Bailey Black
4 Stars
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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
5 Stars
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Monstress Vol. 1: Awakening
5 Stars
by Marjorie M. Liu and Sana Takeda
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Lethal White by Robert Galbraith
5 Stars
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Books DNF’d

Mem by Bethany C. Morrow
DNF
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Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
DNF at 57%
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Well, that wraps up this month.

How was your reading this month?

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Reviews

Review: Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carriger

Book Review

Waistcoats & Weaponry
Waistcoats & Weaponry

by Gail Carriger
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Synopsis
Sophronia continues her second year at finishing school in style—with a steel-bladed fan secreted in the folds of her ball gown, of course. Such a fashionable choice of weapon comes in handy when Sophronia, her best friend Dimity, sweet sootie Soap, and the charming Lord Felix Mersey stowaway on a train to return their classmate Sidheag to her werewolf pack in Scotland.

No one suspected what—or who—they would find aboard that suspiciously empty train. Sophronia uncovers a plot that threatens to throw all of London into chaos and she must decide where her loyalties lie, once and for all.

What I thought
This was a re-read for me, the first time I consumed this book was as an audiobook from my local library. Anyone out there looking for audio books and can’t afford a subscription I would check out the apps Overdrive and Libby and connect up with your local Library.  Anyway at some point this year I decided that I wanted to read the books from Gail Carriger’s Parasolverse in chronological order. This leads me to start the journey of the Parasolverse Read-Along in August 2018. If you would like more information about the read-along please visit my post about it here. At the beginning of each month, I will have a brief read-along post go up letting you know what the book for that month is. Now on to why you are really reading this post.

Waistcoats & Weaponry is the third book in the Finishing School Series. This world is a blend of paranormal, steampunk, and some romance. I love this world so much! It’s like someone sat down and took everything that I love and put it all together. Sophronia has now been at Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing School for Girls of Quality for six months and it is now time for a review.

I am not going to say anything about the plot because I do not want to spoil anything from the previous books.  I really love the world that these books live in.  No matter how I am feeling these books always make me smile and laugh. They are so wonderful that way.

“Oh, Pill, I really would like to help, but we seem to be in the middle of some kind of whose-top-hat-is-the-biggest contest.”

As this world blossoms so does these characters. They grow so wonderfully. With each book I find myself liking each one more for different reasons.  She grows each character in their own direction and yet they all work as a whole.  I am not sure that makes much sense.  I have tried to explain that a few different ways over the last few days and I just can’t seem to get the words out. This friend group is true friendship goals.

Sophronia learns how to use most amazing intelligencer accessory a bladed fan.  Sorry, I had to mention it, and it’s on the cover so not really a spoiler.

I so want one!!!

I found this image by going to Gail’s page by going to merch.  You can find this here.

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As I have probably said already I really recommend these books I just love them and they always make me feel better when I’m reading them.

My Rating: /5

5 Stars

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Read Along

Parasolverse Read-Along – October 2018

Good Day, All!

We are heading into the third month of the Parasolverse Read-Along.  The book for October is Waistcoats & Weaponry Book 3 of the Finishing School Series.  If you are still interested in joining along please do so!

Waistcoats & Weaponry
Start Date: October 1, 2018
Post Review: October 25, 2018
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Waistcoats & Weaponry
Sophronia continues her second year at finishing school in style—with a steel-bladed fan secreted in the folds of her ball gown, of course. Such a fashionable choice of weapon comes in handy when Sophronia, her best friend Dimity, sweet sootie Soap, and the charming Lord Felix Mersey stowaway on a train to return their classmate Sidheag to her werewolf pack in Scotland.

No one suspected what—or who—they would find aboard that suspiciously empty train. Sophronia uncovers a plot that threatens to throw all of London into chaos and she must decide where her loyalties lie, once and for all.

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