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About meCo-founder: Aboard the Jolly Roger! (to satisfy all of my swashbuckling urges. We talk about nautical books, pirate books, any sort of adventure books really. Please stop by!)

I read absolutely voraciously and have since I was quite small. Now in an effort to make sure I don't read the same mediocre books over and over again because I don't remember I read them, or why I didn't like them, I'm reviewing as I go (more or less). Hopefully at some point I'll have reviewed everything in my library. Well... I can dream, can't I?

I'll read and review things upon request provided it is already in my library. Just ask away. Be warned, though, my books are scattered across continents, so it may need to wait until it can be shipped or I can get to it next.

About my libraryI devour books. Books of most any kind, really, although I'm not a real fan of non-fiction stuff. The big idea behind my reading is for brain candy first and edification if it happens to be a good read.

There seems to be a dearth of good romance collections with actual reviews out there. I find this sad, and am working on building up my reviews. Let me know of your favorites, or if you see something in my library that you'd like reviewed.

I'm always up for recommendations in romance, pirates, general swashbuckling, knights, etc. Please let me know what you've read and loved!

GroupsAboard the Jolly Roger, Art & Books, Fairy Tales Retold, Historical Fiction, Historical Mysteries, Knights Galore, Mythology, Naval History and Fiction, Read YA Lit, Reviews of Early Reviewers Booksshow all groups

Favorite authorsJane Austen, Elizabeth Boyle, Emily Bryan, Meg Cabot, Debra Doyle, Jasper Fforde, Anne Gracie, John Grisham, Julie James, Gail Carson Levine, Louis A. Meyer, Michelle Moran, Olivia Parker, Elizabeth Peters, Tamora Pierce, Julia Quinn, Ann Rinaldi, Maya Rodale, William Shakespeare, Robert Louis Stevenson, Oscar Wilde, Patricia C. Wrede, Jane Yolen (Shared favorites)

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Favorite bookstoresBorders - Washington, D.C. - L Street, Half Price Books - East Northwest Highway

Favorite listsBest of Travel Narratives, A High School Trip to France, A High School Trip to Italy

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Caramel, I really , really like The Round House and all the more so because that, too, was a book group read and our discussion of it really brought out some points I would otherwise have missed. One of our members is a retired high school English teacher and she did a good job comparing it to To Kill A Mockingbird which is something that certainly never would have occurred to me.

If you're interested I encourage you to visit us at http://bookchatcentral.yuku.com/ and choose the Book Bunch Reading Group forum. Our discussion is still stuck to the top in there and we love having new readers join us, even if it's only an occasional thing.

Karen
Hi there! And I should say first sorry for responding so late to your comment! I tend to forget that I have this account (although I have found more than my share of good recommendations using this cite, so I should pay more attention to it, really) and I didn't even know we could leave comments for each other like this!

I'm happy to find a fellow Paul Bettany fan! (I swear the only thing I enjoyed from Legion was naked Paul Bettany...well, and just him playing a broody angel, period...)

I have NOT seen The Reckoning, but now it is on my netflix queue. I think I can trace my infatuation back to his role in A Knight's Tale as well, come to think of it. He played such an amazingly irreverent Chaucer, didn't he?

And as for Inkheart, I must recommend you watch it...if for nothing else, it's Paul Bettany playing with fire. Literally. ^_^

But it is a good movie and a good book -- I don't know if I'd say that one is better than the other (there are differences, of course), but I thoroughly enjoyed both.

p.s. I noticed in your profile that you're a fan of romance books and adventure books...if I might recommend a bit of a chick-lit type book that although not seriously might humorously meet both of those likes of yours, there's one I've read called "Blow Me Down" by Katie MacAllister. It's very much of the fluff variety, but it deals with pirates and romance but isn't a straight up historical bodice-ripper and I enjoy MacAllister's sense of humor.
Thank you for letting me know! I was on here for an hour & a half posting all my reviews, so I knew I was bound to mess something up. :)
I had not seen that yet! Thanks for sharing. I knew that they were working on it but didn't know it had launched!

Penn
Hi,
I saw your comment in the HarlequinBooks profile...I could totally use some help finding my way around this wonderful site and ideas for what HarlequinBooks can do to make things neater and cleaner for the stuff we add.

I guess I should introduce myself. I am Penni, I am the employee who will be checking in the most often for HarlequinBooks. After this month, I think I'm the employee who will be loading our current releases into the HarlequinBooks library.

So my first question for you is - when you said, "to sort the books in 'collections' that correspond to the Harlequin line" what did you mean?

You can reply via my account or the HarlequinBooks account or through my email (it should be public - I think it is, so if it's not showing up, pls let me know).

Thanks!

Penni
Thanks for the tip on the new Patricia C. Wrede compilation! I feel like it wasn't that long ago that I bought Mairelon the Magician, so I was really surprised (and bummed!) to go back and find that Magician's Ward was out of print. It's nice to know I'll be able to get hands on it in one form or another. :)
Hi Lana,

Just wanted to let you know I'm sending the guest blog post to you on your email address shortly. Thank you!

Kathleen
Hi Lana,

A post about Claerwen will be fun to write. I will get on it as soon as I can. Thanks so much for asking!
Cheers, Kathleen
Hi Lana,

Thank you for asking about writing a guest blog post. I would love to! Let me know what you would like me to write on or if you want me to chose a topic. Looking forward to your review! Cheers, Kathleen
Hey Lana thanks for stopping by! That’s good to know, I love fantasy so if there’s romance and fighting to come I should really enjoy the other books. I’m kinda curious to see what happens next so I’m sure I’ll end up reading all of Tamora Pierce’s books. In fact my friend has brought me the other 3 Alanna books so I’ll be sure to read them soon and update you on my thoughts as I go along :)
Thanks for your note on my review of The Heretic's Daughter. I was so surprised that I have read so many books on the Salem witch trials and this was the first one that gave me perspective on what it must have really been like to live through that time. It's nice to know I'm not the only one who felt that way.
Yay, a kindred spirit! I quite liked your review of The Time Traveler's Wife as well; it's refreshing to see more critical thought among all the gushing five star reviews. Cheers!
Hello!

Thanks for stopping and checking out my book reviews. If you like Pastworld, you may want to take a look at Spellbinder. Another original YA novel which I really enjoyed. Happy reading!
Glad to hear that you'll be giving the Prydain Chronicles a go! It's really a charming children's/YA series. The second book, The Black Cauldron, was a Newbery Honor Book in 1966 and the fifth/final book, The High King, won the 1969 Newbery Medal. Let me know what you think of them!
Thanks for leaving your comment on my Island of the Blue Dolphin review. I'm glad you liked it. I've been wavering on Westerfeld's Leviathan, but it looks as though you really liked it, so I'll take a look at your review. Happy New Year!
Thanks for the Anne Gracie recommendation. I have one of the books from that series on my TBR pile, so I'm sure I'll get to them eventually. I look forward to reading more of her books.
Hey :) Thanks for the note on my review for The Time Traveler's Wife--I think the farther and the farther I got into it, the more I was just frustrated and annoyed. Oh well--there are certainly enough wonderful authors and books out there that I won't be left without good reading material! I'm reading In the Skin of a Lion by Michael Ondaatje now, and it's certainly not your typical romance, but it is wonderful. If you're looking for a romance that's a bit different, you might pick it up, though I suppose I should say that I'm only about halfway through as I make that recommendation... Well, good reading regardless!
Aww, thanks so much for the kind words about my EON review! I am so excited for the sequel as well; can it come out already?? Hehe.
Hey, Caramellunacy!

Thanks so much for the wonderful positive review! I am thrilled that you enjoyed the story. Please don't give up on Jack just yet - I know he is a bit of a rascal, but TORY is the first book in a three book Revolutionary War series, and I think he will grow on you.

UP THE REBELS!!!

Christine Blevins

author of THE TORY WIDOW
and
MIDWIFE OF THE BLUE RIDGE
Thanks for telling me about the Tamora Pierce fan-group, I'm pretty much brand new to her books (I've only read the Song of the Lioness so far) but I can't wait to read them all and now I'll be able to talk about them with other fans! Also, I really like your library-your reviews are so fun to read! I hate it when a person either has zero reviews or zero ratings, but it's even worse when you read a review and it gives away the entire story! So thank you, I'll be checking out your library again to see how you felt about certain books and to read some of the books you gave such great reviews for, starting maybe with The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.
I just saw a comment you made a couple months back about intentionally taking romances with 'bodice-ripper' covers onto the Metro, in protest over a misguided ad campaign which suggested that romance-readers are dolts...

Your post really made me laugh! I'm just finishing PhD studies in Comparative Literature, but also have an addiction to romance novels featuring sultans and sheiks. It started as a joke, but soon I was hooked. Some are funny, some romantic, and some just plain piss me off with their stereotypes. But also sometimes, FYI, the heroes of such stories are pirates! (For instance, in novels featuring lovely ladies kidnapped off the Barbary Coast to be sold into harem bondage... like the 1978 title "Barbary Bride" by Melissa Masters, which I'm reading currently.) So I thought I'd mention this to you.

Anyway. Read on, without shame! :-)

PS: I just started my first LT group dedicated to sheiky romances. Is there one for pirates yet...? Hah! Best wishes.
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