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The Golden Darter

My Life Through Books

 

Middle School was a weird mix of classics and Star Wars. I was obsessed with The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux to the point of the book falling apart. I also discovered that while I love Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters can go hang. As for Star Wars... I've read almost every meta-verse book that was published up until the New Order cannon. I can still go into detail and recite storylines of a few beloved books. Hence, my nerd life began.

 

High school was very paranormal, vampire, scifi, etc. I would literally go online and search for book series that concerned vampires and read everything on the list. We are talking Anita Blake, Charline Harris, Anne Rice, Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Tanya Huff, Steven King, etc. This was before they sparkled, ya'll. Early college was philosophical and political theory for school, and mainstream fiction in my personal time. Wicked, Life of Pi, Memoirs of a Geisha. These are the 3 books that pushed me into my next phase, mostly because of how ambiguous I felt about them, and their questionable endings.

 

Late-mid college I was introduced to LaVyrle Spencer by way of Hummingbird courtesy of a gripe session with my Mom about how depressing the books I had been reading lately were. I've never looked back and have been hooked on the romance genre ever since. I've read and loved a ton of LaVyrle Spencer (who is a little hit and miss), Judith McNaught (of the rapetastic 80s era of romance), and Georgette Heyer (who writes in the vein of Austen). More recently I've discovered the joys of contemporary authors like Susan Elizabeth Phillips.

 

Lately I've been trying to read more non-fiction. I really do enjoy learning about subjects that interest me, but non-fiction can feel like work sometimes. So I fall back to romance. You just can't go wrong with knowing that there will almost always be a happy ending.

Currently reading

Playing Dirty
Jennifer Echols
Searching for Someday
Jennifer Probst
Mara TP
Ming Doyle
The Quest
Susan Kearney
Play by Play (Play Makers #1)
Kate Donovan
Mrs Ronnie The Society Hostess Who Collected Kings
Sian Evans
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November 2013
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reviewed:
Copy courtesy of Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books, via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Searching for Someday - Jennifer Probst
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Copy courtesy of Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books, via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Playing Dirty - Jennifer Echols
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Copy courtesy of Diamond Book Distributors, via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Mara TP - Ming Doyle
November 2013
17
reviewed:
The premise of this comic series instantly hooked me. "Science is the new rock and roll." Come on, who wouldn't want to live ...
Nowhere Men, Vol. 1: Fates Worse Than Death - Eric Stephenson
reviewed: Down on Love
After having read several dish-rag heroines latley, George is so refreshing in Down on Love! The idea that she is a blogger w...
Down on Love - Jayne Denker
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finished reading:
November 2013
15
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Oh, goodness... This book... My mouth was literally hanging open at parts due to pure incredulity. This book gives me a heada...
Eclipse of the Heart - Carly Carson
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November 2013
12
reviewed: Preservation (Preservation, #1)
Ryan and Kate are that couple that are always either together or breaking up, in a constant state of flux. And their reasons ...
Preservation - Rachael Wade
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November 2013
11
reviewed: Mrs Ronnie The Society Hostess Who Collected Kings
Copy courtesy of Anova Books, via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Mrs Ronnie The Society Hostess Who Collected Kings - Sian Evans
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I love watching the crazysauce that is The Real Housewives of Atlanta, and Phaedra has always been one of my favorites so I w...
Secrets of the Southern Belle: How to Be Nice, Work Hard, Look Pretty, Have Fun, and Never Have an Off Moment - Phaedra Parks
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This graphic novel series was a bit confusing at first which meant I never felt a firm footing with the story. Add to that a ...
Five Ghosts, Vol. 1: The Haunting of Fabian Gray - Frank J. Barbiere, Chris Mooneyham
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finished reading:
November 2013
09
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This was such a cute book! I was expecting more of a story, not just a collection of comics, but it was so adorable that I di...
I Am Pusheen the Cat - Claire Belton
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A Man Above Reproach was full of so much promise. I absolutely loved the set-up and the meet-cute. But after the first 50 or ...
A Man Above Reproach - Evelyn Pryce
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finished reading:
November 2013
03
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Within a few pages of beginning All I Want Is You, I knew this one wasn't going to be my cup of tea. The writing style is not...
All I Want is You - Elizabeth Anthony
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October 2013
31
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This was such an adorable Pygmalion story. I will admit to a huge weakness for these stories, even though I know that they ar...
Isn't She Lovely: Flirt New Adult Romance - Lauren Layne
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October 2013
22
reviewed: Everything Bared (Six-Alarm Sexy, #2)
I really should have written this review right after I read the book, but I didn't. And now I am all foggy on my impressions....
Everything Bared (Six-Alarm Sexy, #2) - Kristine Cayne
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