When I was a teenager I used to read a lot of regency romances. I think this was because my introduction to adult novels was from perusing my mom’s bookshelf and finding a handful of Signet Regencies in her mostly nonfiction collection. As you know, a desperate bookworm will go to any length to acquire a new novel to read!
So it was those regencies that got my dreamy-eyed self hooked on historicals and thus began my journey as a romance reader. I loved the balls and the etiquette and the chivalry of gentleman… all things missing from the daily life of a high schooler. Eventually I moved out of the historical phase, but every once in a while I would pick up a book to fall back into the glittering social whirl of the marriage market.
Now despite the fact I haven’t read a historical novel in ages —probably not since I started travelling five years ago— I was super excited to hear that the Bridgerton series was being adapted for a new Netflix show next year.
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You know how people go on weekend retreats? Well, there is one for booklovers too. My jaw literally dropped and I was all “Yes, I need that!” (even though I technically don’t). From what I gather, a handful of people go to this farmhouse and just read, then talk about their books over dinner. Quite often one book is chosen in advance so everyone has time to read it before/during the retreat to discuss it together.
At first I thought, if you really need to get away from your family that badly just to get a little reading time in there must be something wrong. But then I realized you may want to have a romantic bookish weekend away with your significant other rather than you are wanting to run away from them. That children don’t comprehend “me-time” and how a little personal space is necessary for keeping one’s sanity. And bosses sometimes don’t get “time off” means you should not be on call 24/7. The world has got to learn we bibliophiles need to rejuvenate our energy stores through reading, so don’t bug us!
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As some of you may know, I have been dreaming of working at Harlequin since I was a teenager. My grandmother subscribed to the books (and still does!), then would pass them on to me. Nothing else could keep up with my need to read! I adored having a love of Harlequin novels to connect over as it was really the only thing we have in common.
For me, the company had always been so reliable. I could pick up any book in whichever line and they would have the same aesthetic –good writing, good editing, good ending. It got to the point where I was choosing my books based on who published the stories rather than who wrote them. Serious branding skills right there.
I tried applying to the company shortly after graduating from my publishing course, but I just did not have enough experience working with authors yet. I did not give up hope that someday I would end up working in the editorial department there, though. I just put it off to gain more experience in publishing and in life. Now that I am heading back to Canada soon, I started thinking about where I want to live and work… and that is when I saw a tweet from Angela James saying she would be looking for freelance editors soon!
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There are so many books and movies and apps based on finding that perfect person. We are a society of secret romantics who want nothing more than our own happily ever after. And among all those meet cutes and swipe rights, there are a few stories about someone else finding your soulmate on your behalf. Whether it is parents arranging a marriage, or a busy business man delegating the search, or just a really nosy friend who wants you to find love it all comes down to one thing: matchmaking. And have you ever wondered what it would be like to try out a matchmaker yourself?
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Synopsis: All anyone can talk about is the visiting prince, Sebastian, who has come to England to discuss trade agreements and choose a british bride. But when his personal secretary is found murdered after a ball, even a local Ladies Gazette speculates on the culprit after receiving an anonymous tip. Sebastian tracks down the gazette owners, and teams up with Eliza to catch the murderer. He was not expecting to fall for a commoner –something his father would never allow– and now he has to choose between his country or his heart. Continue reading “Book Review: The Princess Plan by Julia London”
At the beginning of the year I always have good intentions to jumpstart my life and do all the things I meant to do the year before but never actually got around to. This year I plotted and planned and charted with the hope I would find a way to finally get things done. I now have a schedule, tick off my daily and monthly To-Do lists, and intend to use my blog to hold myself accountable and keep motivated. I have dreams and aspirations, so there is no time like the present to achieve them!
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Synopsis: Logan Hunt was offered the opportunity of a lifetime that would allow him to escape the poverty he grew up in. He was given a football scholarship. There was a catch, though, and one of the many rules he had to follow was ‘no women’. It wouldn’t have been a problem if he hadn’t met the coach’s daughter Jess. Falling for her would not only get him kicked off the team, but could completely derail his future. So, for now, he had no choice but to be in the friend zone… Continue reading “Book Review: The (Fri)End Zone by Sariah Wilson”