Historical Romance Book Bingo #1

Duke

Tall, Duke, and Dangerous by Megan Frampton

Rating: 2 out of 5.

After finishing the first novel in the A Hazards of Dukes series, Never Kiss a Duke, I was looking forward to picking up the second. Sadly the second novel in the series didn’t hold the same appeal as the first.

While I did enjoy the characters and liked seeing them together, the trope used and reasoning behind the pair meeting felt so contrived and eye roll inducing. In addition to this, I often found myself cringing during the audiobook at some of the narration. The voice actress did what she could with the content but some of the intimate moments were so embarrassing to listen to – I often found myself pulling a face while listening.

Do not let my words deter you though, Megan Frampton is a great author who has an amazing back catalogue. So feel free to pick up any of her books, I would really recommend Never Kiss a Duke!

Fake Engagement

The Perfect Rake by Anne Gracie

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I have been meaning to find and finish this book for years now and was so happy to see a new audiobook release of The Perfect Rake because I still have no located my physical copy 😓.

As before, when I made it half way through the book, I can say that what I enjoyed most were the characters. I adored Gideon and loved his character arch which saw him start as an aloof rake who gradually and without his realising it, fall completely and wholeheartedly in love. I adored the almost blind and unaware devotion he showed Prudence.

For me, the main draw of the book was the romance between Gideon and Prudence. As when I read it before, the plotting of the book lost me once they left London but the start is almost perfect in its sincerity and hilarity.

I have The Perfect Rake earmarked as an example of the Fake Engagement trope in my Clarification post and would whole heartedly recommended that if people can, they give Anne Gracie’s book a read!


If you’re interested in using taking part in the above challenge, you can find out more information by clicking the button on the left ❤


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Confessions of a Book Lover – I pick books because of their covers

My name is Ally and I 100% pick books because of their covers.

I am comfortable admitting that I am fickle and can be won over or put off by a book cover. Not going to lie either – the prettier the cover the more likely I am to read the blurb.

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2021 Reading Challenge – Historical Romance Book Bingo

I’m very excited to introduce you to my 2021 Historical Romance Book Bingo Challenge!

I had so much fun last year with my 12 Tropes of 2020 challenge but wanted to expand out again and broaden the challenge by creating a ‘normal’ bingo card.

So without further adieu, check out my 2021 Historical Romance Book Bingo.

Alright so the action plan for my 2021 Historical Romance Book Bingo is to, you guessed it, read a bunch of historical romance novels and reach a bingo. Knowing myself through I’ll try and mark off each square. I tend to read a lot of regency romance but these prompts should span across a number of different subgenres.

As an added bonus, I’ve included the top line of circle prompts which feature some of the British Noble Ranks. These shouldn’t be too difficult to cross off as they feature predominantly in the genre!

If you’re interested in taking part in my bingo challenge all you need to do is:

  • Use my Challenge Card or make/ask for one of your own (I have happy to customise colours and/or include your own logos)
  • Add a link and pingback to this post
  • Use the hashtag #HistoricalRomanceBingo and
  • Have fun!

You may notice a lack of diversity prompts, I have chosen to not include these as I feel that I should be reading broadly anyway and do not need to include these specific prompts as they can be quite problematic. So you want to include characters or authors of backgrounds, sexualities, or voices different from your own – read away and fit them within the offered prompts!

If you’re interested in using the above challenge card, you can download the .png file in the button on the left.


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12 Tropes of 2020 Reading Challenge Check In

It is half way through the year and despite all the things that have happened, I have managed to stay on track with this challenge.

I’ve really enjoyed this challenge so far, it is quite fun to find books that fit the tropes and since I was the one picking the challenges its been things that I actually enjoy reading. I have a couple of the remaining books picked out but so far I have had some last minute changes, so watch this space!

You can check out how I’ve gone in the graphic below or the links to each post and trope. Also because it is so close to be published anyway, you get an extra special spoiler that my next 12 Trope post is about Superheroes.




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Long Lost Review: Lick by Kylie Scott

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Lick

Kylie Scott.

Evelyn Thomas’s plans for celebrating her twenty-first birthday in Las Vegas were big. Huge. But she sure never meant to wake up on the bathroom floor with a hangover to rival the black plague, a very attractive half-naked tattooed man in her room, and a diamond on her finger large enough to scare King Kong. Now if she could just remember how it all happened.

One thing is certain, being married to one of the hottest rock stars on the planet is sure to be a wild ride. 

Taken from book blurb

Since it’s just before Valentine’s Day, I thought I would celebrate with a romance themed Long Lost Review. So sit back and enjoy a review of a book I have not read in many, many years.

Lick was a book that was highly recommendation to me by my friend, Jess. So with this glowing review, I quickly tracked down and picked up a copy of this new Australia author. I remember reading the book and thoroughly enjoying it!

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12 Tropes of 2020 Reading Challenge

I’m very excited because I have finished making my 2020 Reading Challenge Card. Similar to this years Book Bingo, which I have really enjoyed, I am toning down the amount and instead focusing on 12 tropes of 2020.

The action plan for my 12 Tropes of 2020 Reading challenge is to once a month, pick a trope, read a book that fits, and then write a post about the book and the trope. So keep your eyes out for a post and my hashtag #12Tropesof2020.

If you’re interested in taking part all you need to do is:

  • Use my Challenge Card or make/ask for one of your own
  • Read 12 books and write 12 posts throughout the year
  • Add a link and pingback to this post
  • Use the hashtag #12Tropesof2020 and
  • Have fun!

If you’re interested in using the below challenge card or want to take part but want different tropes, let me know! I’ll see if I can make you a graphic or if not you can download the blank graphic that is available at the end of the post.

So without further adieu, check out my 12 Tropes of 2020 Challenge.


So what do you think? Do you like the new layout? Digging the trope choices? Interested in taking part? Leave a comment and let me know!



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Confessions of a Professional Book Lover: I Cannot Stand Fictional Librarians

My name is Ally and I am a Librarian.

I am also a Librarian who cannot stand fictional librarian characters.

I love my job and I am very proud to call myself a Librarian. I am also passionate about freedom of information, which to me means that people can borrow whatever they want and that I will never censor their choices. Nor will I stand for people attempting to remove content from libraries.

Libraries will of course stick to the traditional censorship guidelines of films and television shows. In my current library these restrictions are related to ages and what patron accounts can borrow MA15+ and R18+ movies.

I say that I can’t stand reading books with librarian characters because so many of the authors get the profession wrong. While yes, I may check a lot of books in and out, shelve, and help people with reference questions – I never shush people and I also never stop people from borrowing ‘inappropriate’ content.

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Confessions of a Book Lover – I Don’t Read Unfinished Series

My name is Ally and I don’t read unfinished series.

Let me unpack this because I know that it can come across as very problematic. I shall rephrase:

My name is Ally and I don’t read unfinished series by bestselling authors.

I am more than happy to support smaller authors, independent publishers, and people who need the support so they can keep writing their books. I love you all and want you to keep writing so I will happily read your unfinished series!

All those multi-millionaire, best selling authors though – you can wait.

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Confessions of a Professional Book Lover – I Borrow Books and Don’t Read Them

My name is Ally and I am a Librarian.

I am also a Librarian who rarely reads the books that I borrow.

I love my job, and I am very proud to call myself a Librarian. I will admit though, that the biggest draw of the job is also the biggest drawback – I work in an environment where I am surrounded by books.

Books that I can take home, for free.

A person can only have so much self control. So naturally I borrow a lot of books.

Also completely naturally, I do not have enough time to read all of these books.

So I am a librarian who borrows a lot of books, takes them home, thinks about reading them, and then has to return them back to the library… unread.


So there it is, my terrible professional secret. Try not to judge too much, I could always be out there actually buying these books and never reading them 😋 Do you also borrow library books with the best intentions but never read them? Please tell me I’m not alone in this 😅 Leave a comment and let me know!

Confessions of a Book Lover – I Don’t Read Introductions

My name is Ally and I don’t read introductions.

I know that the Introduction section of a book is there for a reason, I just don’t read them.

Don’t get me wrong, I started off reading them but one rambling 20 page chapter after another, I grew tired and just a little bit jaded about the content of these sections.

I figured it wasn’t worth reading these sections as they made me feel a number of things:

  • bored
  • bogged down
  • lost in the rhetoric of the author
  • less enthusiastic to read the actual content of the book.

To be fair though, the majority of these long winded introductions are found in non-fiction books. Which has me reminiscing about my long winded PhD research days.

I will admit, if a non-fiction book is interesting, then sometimes I will return to the introduction. But then, and only then.

Just to clarify, sometimes in classic fiction there is a foreword by a modern day author introducing the book, usually these are discussions about the importance of the book or the authors memory or experience with the classic – I skip these as well.

To be fair, in non-classic fiction books I will read these introductions as I have found them to be quite short and usually just a note about the world of the book. I’m not a complete monster.

It’s been my personal experience that when I do read the Introduction of a book, it will take me longer to read and I will also feel more bogged down in the content. In my growing years I have become fickle with my remaining time on earth and skip straight to the content. Why wait for the good stuff?


What are your opinions on introductions and forewords? Do you avidly read these sections or do you skip them like me? Do you think they provide much worth in a book or are they just taking up space? Leave a comment and let me know!