Mini Review: Dunbar

I picked up Dunbar on Blogging for Books, because I love this whole series. I’m thrilled to say that I also loved this modern retelling of King Lear. It’s one of my favorite Shakespeare plays, and this is also one of my favorites in the Hogarth Shakespeare series. I had high expectations for this book, and it met every one of them. While I encourage everyone to read all the books in the Hogarth series, Dunbar should be at the top of the list.

Book stats:

Title: Dunbar

Author: Edward St. Aubyn

Publisher: Hogarth

Pages: 256


February TBR

This month, because Valentine’s Day is coming up, I’m choosing to focus on romance and chick lit.  Here are the list of books I’d like to read this month:

  1. Surprise Me! by Sophie Kinsella
  2. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  3. Lady Susan by Jane Austen
  4. Solo by Jill Mansell

Anyone else going for the romance theme this month?  Any books I should consider?  Let me know what you’re looking forward to reading this month!

January Wrap Up

The first month of the year is over already! I got off to a great start reading SEVEN books in January.  Below are a list of all the books I read this month.

  1. Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau
  2. Death by Pumpkin Spice by Alex Erickson
  3. Death by Vanilla Latte by Alex Erickson
  4. Death by Tea by Alex Erickson
  5. The Heir and the Spare by Emily Albright
  6. Royal Pain by Megan MulryA Royal Pain (Unruly Royals Book 1) by [Mulry, Megan]
  7. The Little Book of Life Hacks by Yumi Sakugawa


I hope everyone else had a great reading month!  Let’s keep the momentum going!

The Next Classic On My TBR

So, while I was greatly motivated by rereading Civil Disobedience, my next read needs to be something new.  I’m going to continue to pull some of the shorter selections on my list, though, in the hopes that seeing the number of read books add up quickly, it will be easier to keep going when I’m reading bigger tomes like The Three Musketeers or War and Peace.

With that said, my next read will be Lady Susan by Jane Austen.  I’ve never been a huge fan of Austen, but I’ve been told that this is a much different book for her.  And it’s written completely in the form of letters, which has always been a favorite method of mine.  Maybe this will be the Austen I love.  I’m optimistic.

Top Ten Books I Really Liked But Can’t Remember

I think we all have those books.  The ones that we gush about how much we loved them and recommend to people time after time, but when asked for details we come up short.  It’s not surprising, really.  There are so many books out there, and we all read so much, it would be impossible to keep them all straight.  Here is my list of books that I loved, but can’t really remember much about:

  1. Stargirl
  2. Lady Audley’s Secret
  3. Hoot
  4. The Rainmaker
  5. Jane Eyre
  6. Go Set a Watchman
  7. Franny and Zooey
  8. Ella Enchanted
  9. The Three Musketeers
  10. In the Woods

Go check out That Artsy Reader Girl’s blog for more Top Ten Tuesdays!

New Release: Scone Cold Killer

This week, I’d like to bring to everyone’s attention a great new cozy mystery that comes out tomorrow, the 23rd.  The first in the All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mystery series, Scone Cold Killer, follows Gia Morelli, who has recently divorced from her husband, leaves New York and finds herself in a small town in Florida.  There, she fulfills her lifelong dream of opening a restaurant: the All-Day Breakfast Cafe.  Things are going well until one day when she finds her ex-husband dead in their dumpster.

What I love about the set up of this series is the motivation behind Gia getting involved in a murder investigation.  There are so many series out there where the amateur sleuth suddenly becomes devoted to solving a mystery for seemingly no reason.  Gia has the perfect reason for finding the killer: she has to prove that she wasn’t it.  Gia’s desperation to prove she didn’t kill her ex is the perfect way to propel this story and keep it going until the very end.

I have every intention of continuing on with this series.  It was easy to read, compelling, and realistic. The plot was paced well and I wanted to keep reading.  it wasn’t perfect, but it was a pleasure to read.

Four stars.

Book Stats

Author: Lena Gregory

Publisher: Kensington