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Let’s Talk About… Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum [DNF]

I like to keep this blog upbeat, but I also try my best to give honest opinions here. This is going to be a super quick post because I stopped reading Hausfrau at page 65. I held onto a paperback ARC of this novel for a few years because the premise and cover were cool, but the story was not my cup of tea. The writing was a lot more erotic than I expected, I think it’s safe to say there were at least 8 graphic sex scenes in the first 65 pages, I felt like there was non-stop detailed descriptions of Anna’s affair and not enough story structure. I also found the writing a bit erratic because a single chapter bounced between several settings and time lines at once. Lastly, I’m not a huge fan of anything that glorifies infidelity, so this book is not for me. Maybe someone else will enjoy Hausfrau, but I’m certainly never going to finish it.

Katie x

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Stories of the Month: December 2017

December has been a super busy month filled with finals, travelling, and holidays, but I managed to squeeze in some time for fun and devoured a few stories this month! Here’s to a new year and hopefully more great stories!

Movies

Little White Lies [Les Petits Mouchoirs]—French Film—(2010) 

I went into this film not knowing that it was 2 and a half hours long… that said, I enjoyed the story line. It was a bit long for my taste, but I needed to watch it for my French class so I spread out the watching process over 2 days. I also had no clue what this film was about until I started watching, so it was a bit depressing once I realized it centered around death, like the other movie I watched for this class *face palm* But again, I liked the film, it’s a good one to watch if you’re into French films.

My Grade: B-
Rotten Tomatoes: 42%

Television

Big Family Cooking Showdown—Netflix original—(2017)

I haven’t fully finished this yet, but I am enjoying the cozy nature of this cooking show, reminiscent of Bake Off. I loved Nadia when she won Bake Off a couple of seasons ago and she is such a sweet host for this show. The food makes my mouth water (even though English cuisine is much different to American food) and I find this is an easy program to turn on when I’m folding laundry or doing chores around my dorm.

My Grade: A

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel—Amazon Original—(2017) 

I knew I would like this show because it’s written and produced by the Gilmore Girls team! If you have read my recent posts, I think I have mentioned several times that I’m currently re-watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix because it’s my favorite cozy show to just put on in the background. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is no different! The humor and fast-paced dialogue is everything I hoped for and more. Rachel Brosnahan is fantastic in the title role and I loved the nod to Gilmore Girls in the return of Alex Borstein (also in the Lizzie McGuire Movie for those my age) as Susie. I loved the setting of the 1950’s as well because it feels extra wrong for a woman to separate from her husband in that day and age and the Jewish culture was hilariously represented by Midge’s family and her in-laws from episode one until the finale. I really hope they are already working on a second season because 8 episodes is simply not enough for me!

My Grade: A+
Rotten Tomatoes: 95%

P.S. Even the IMDb page for this show is on brand!

Books

The Dollmaker of Krakow by R.M. Romero 34079578

Even though it was a slow reading month, I read one awesome book so I’m fine with that! This book was so sweet and I was genuinely impressed by how well R.M. Romero put together her WWII world with Karolina the doll and the Dollmaker. I think this is a story for all ages and it has just enough positivity to offset the realistic element of death and discrimination. This novel is very well done and I highly recommend this story to everyone! I have already posted a full review (with spoilers) and you can read that here!

Release Date: 27 September 2017

My Rating: 5 stars
Goodreads Rating: 4.19 stars

For Class:

Parts of the Inferno by Dante Alighieri

Shakespeare plays- Othello, The Winter’s Tale, and King Lear

My Most Anticipated Books of 2018!

2018 is going to be a great book year for me! I think I have finally found the right balance of reading for fun and doing my school work because I smashed my Goodreads goal this year and hope to do the same next year! Here are a few books that I can’t wait to read in the new year!

Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare (The Dark Artifices #3)13541056

I’m bummed that this one won’t be out for about another year, but I am so excited to see how Cassie Clare wraps up Emma and the Blackthorn’s story. I know she has a book about Magnus coming out this year but I’m not quite as excited about that one as I am about this new TDA book!

Release date: 4 December 2018

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (The Illuminae Files #3) 24909347

I literally can’t wait for this book! It comes out in March, which means that I will probably not be able to read it until May when the semester is over, but I am excited regardless. This is the last book in the Illuminae Files trilogy and I look forward to seeing how this story ends because I love everything about the previous books.

Release Date: 18 March 2018

I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon 33989585

I have an e-ARC of this one that I haven’t gotten to read yet, but it’s at the top of my list to read before it comes out in March! I think this story sounds very interesting because it’s about the struggle of Anastasia Romanov to be recognized as her true self. You’ll have to read the Goodreads synopsis to know what I mean. I love historical fiction so I am very much looking forward to reading this in the new year!

Release Date: 27 March 2018

The Emerald Sea by Richelle Mead (The Glittering Court #3) 29935874

I haven’t read Midnight Jewel yet, but I really liked the first book in this series. I think I will have time to catch up before this one comes out in June! This series is different to most I’ve read before because all three books tell the same story from a new perspective each time. This final installment will follow Tamsin’s journey to the Glittering Court and beyond because she disappears a few times in the first book and then mysteriously comes back. I thought Tamsin was one of the best characters in book one so I look forward to reading her perspective on the story.

Release Date: 26 June 2018

As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti 34569846

I really enjoyed Sedoti’s last book, The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett. I think she has a cool writing style and kept me interested even when I thought the plot was a bit predictable. I am hoping this book is like the first, and maybe even better! I have an e-ARC of this novel as well, though I won’t be getting around to reading it before the release date I am putting it up high on my TBR list. I don’t actually know much about the plot of this book but I think it’s different from Lizzie’s story because it appears this book is not a mystery type of story. I’m happy to go in blind though and see what happens!

Release Date: 2 January 2018

The Atomic City Girls by Janet Beard 35069547

This last one is another that I have an e-ARC of and, again, will be placing high on my TBR list because it comes out in a little over a month! This is another historical fiction novel based on World War II America. The premise sounds super interesting, I’ll link to Goodreads again because I can’t properly explain the plot of this book either, so I am looking forward to reading this story!

Release Date: 6 February 2018

What books are you looking forward to reading in 2018?

Katie x

Let’s Talk About… The Dollmaker of Krakow by R.M. Romero [ARC Review]

I received an ARC of this novel from Netgalley a while back and I was really excited to read it! I don’t have any knowledge of final changes, but I assume that nothing major was changed. The cover is beautiful and I love historical fiction about World War II and the holocaust so this book is right up my alley. I highly recommend this book if you like these things as well. The Dollmaker of Krakow is sweet, heartbreaking, and inspiring and I think readers of all ages can enjoy this middle-grade novel.

My Rating: 5 stars
Goodreads Rating: 4.19 stars

Release Date: 26 September 2017

Synopsis from Goodreads


In the land of dolls, there is magic.
In the land of humans, there is war.
Everywhere there is pain.
But together there is hope.

Karolina is a living doll whose king and queen have been overthrown. But when a strange wind spirits her away from the Land of the Dolls, she finds herself in Krakow, Poland, in the company of the Dollmaker, a man with an unusual power and a marked past.

The Dollmaker has learned to keep to himself, but Karolina’s courageous and compassionate manner lead him to smile and to even befriend a violin-playing father and his daughter–that is, once the Dollmaker gets over the shock of realizing a doll is speaking to him.

But their newfound happiness is dashed when Nazi soldiers descend upon Poland. Karolina and the Dollmaker quickly realize that their Jewish friends are in grave danger, and they are determined to help save them, no matter what the risks.


**There will be spoilers in this review, so only read ahead if you have finished the** book! Continue reading “Let’s Talk About… The Dollmaker of Krakow by R.M. Romero [ARC Review]”

Let’s Talk About… Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa de La Cruz [ARC Review]

Release date: 17 October 2017

Goodreads Rating: 2.76 stars
My Rating: 3 (more like 2.5) stars

Synopsis from Goodreads


Darcy Fitzwilliam is 29, beautiful, successful, and brilliant. She dates hedge funders and basketball stars and is never without her three cellphones—one for work, one for play, and one to throw at her assistant (just kidding). Darcy’s never fallen in love, never has time for anyone else’s drama, and never goes home for Christmas if she can help it. But when her mother falls ill, she comes home to Pemberley, Ohio, to spend the season with her dad and little brother.

Her parents throw their annual Christmas bash, where she meets one Luke Bennet, the smart, sardonic slacker son of their neighbor. Luke is 32 and has never left home. He’s a carpenter and makes beautiful furniture, and is content with his simple life. He comes from a family of five brothers, each one less ambitious than the other. When Darcy and Luke fall into bed after too many eggnogs, Darcy thinks it’s just another one night stand. But why can’t she stop thinking of Luke? What is it about him? And can she fall in love, or will her pride and his prejudice against big-city girls stand in their way?


I was looking forward to reading this book after being granted access to the eARC from Netgalley. I love stories that will put me in a seasonal mood, but I have to be honest and say that I didn’t like the novel very much. I gave this book 3 stars on Goodreads but I would probably say it’s more worthy of 2.5 stars for me. I thought the characters were flat and uninteresting and that Darcy’s story was too self centered. I will admit, I have never read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, nor seen any screen/book adaptations and renditions of the story so I don’t know if I would like a different version better. But I felt like Darcy’s story really didn’t do it for me.

*There are spoilers in this review* Continue reading “Let’s Talk About… Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa de La Cruz [ARC Review]”