The Strange Case of the Rejected Lady & the Half-Blood Myth – #IMWAYR


It’s Monday, What are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by The Book Date.  It’s a great way to catch up on all the literary ins-and-outs of the previous week, and see what everyone is up to.  Check out this week’s linkup!

It’s been a little while since I’ve done one of these!  My entry “Confessions” pretty much sums up my absence this time…. I do apologize, for anyone reading, mais voila!  Here I am again!

thenightcircusaudiobookI’ve actually had a very productive week as I’ve delved back into my audiobooks and finished an ARC I won back in January (*guilt*).  The highlight of my week was definitely finishing up The Night Circus.  I just felt like it was this beautiful, magical book  I posted a review of that one Friday afternoon, you can check it out here.  If I start talking about it again I’m going to get all gushy and attached!  My husband is listening to the audiobook now; I’m so excited to chat about it with him.

The other finished book, aforementioned ARC, is Pistols and Petticoats by Erika Janik.  I actually have a lot of scattered thoughts on this one, but I’ve got to write a review of it later this afternoon, so we’ll discuss it in greater depth then.  In short, I’d say it was really interesting, but I found it hard to follow.  But more to come!

So replacing those two books as my go-to physical book & audiobook are The Lady of the Rivers by Phillipa Gregory and The Strange Case of Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson.  Jeckyll & Hyde is a short listen – only about 3 hours, so that’ll be finished most likely tomorrow.  While I haven’t cracked open The Lady of the Rivers yet, Jeckyll & Hyde I’ve listened mostly through.  I do like classics, but this one is not going on my list of Classics to Read Before You Die.

My husband and I are now co-listening to Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling.  We’re getting close to finishing out the series, now – I’m going to have to find something new!  I really want to get him to listen through Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, so maybe that one!  Goodness know I could listen to it over and over….

Rejected Princesses: Tales of History's Boldest Heroines, Hellions, and Heretics by Jason Porath

Finally I have my “forever” books – the ones it seems like I will never finish!  Rejected Princesses by Jason Porath – a series of short illustrated essays about the strong women in history who often get overlooked – has been relocated to the bookshelf, so really it’s on a bit of hiatus for now.  I can not emphasize enough that this is nothing to do with the book!  It’s awesome, I just have trouble getting through short stories so I pick them off a bit at a time.  Right now, I’m more focused on writing than reading, so this one has fallen to the way-side.  My “forever” audiobook is, of course, The Great Courses series of lectures of Myth in Human History, taught by Grant L. Voth.  This one, I’m actually getting close to finishing!  I only have about six lectures left.  Right now, we’re working through the trickster gods (think Loki).  Like Rejected Princesses, I actually find this series incredibly interesting, but due to its formatting, I just can’t swallow a lot of it at a time, and sometimes I am not in the mood at all, so it has taken a while.  I think I should have this one finished before October.

I’ve been writing through Camp NaNoWriMo this July as well… nothing fancy and nothing new.  I’ve acutally been using it to try and muddle through revisions on a story I wrote for NaNoWriMo in 2012, so I’m doing a chapter a day and will continue to do so past July – it just seemed a good time to start and get in on the fun!  I will probably do a writing update later this week.

That’s all I’ve got for this week – keep your eyes peeled for the Pistols & Petticoats review!


Literary Love Potion – Top Ten Tuesdays #TTT


Top Ten Tuesdays is hosted by the ladies over on The Broke and the Bookish.  This week’s theme is all about romance tropes and types!  Check up the other linkups for more great books!

I’m going to be a rebel this week and I don’t want to talk specifically about romance in the books I read, because if I do, it’s going to end on a lengthly rant on love triangles and I’m already done that at least once.

On a related vein, I got thinking about Amortentia, which is a love potion from the Harry Potter series.  The description, from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince:

“It’s Amortentia! It’s the most powerful love potion in the world!”

“Quite right! You recognized it, I suppose, by its distinctive mother-of-pearl sheen?”

“And the steam rising in characteristic spirals,” said Hermione enthusiastically, “and it’s supposed to smell differently to each of us, according to what attracts us, and I can smell freshly mown grass and new parchment and-“

But she turned slightly pink and did not complete the sentence.”

For those of you who, like me, ship Ron/Hermione hard, Rowling later revealed in an interview that third aroma was Ron’s hair.

So I was thinking about love potions and trying to come up with a topic, and it inspired me to think about some of the books I adore and if a love potion like Amortentia led me to them, what would the three distinct aromas be?

So, as follows, ten of my favorite books and their love potion scents:


Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

A joyous summer barbecue, musty green velvet, and scotch.

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

Honeyed mead, a strong river, and blood.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K.Rowling

Butterbeer, broomstick polish, and wet dog.



The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Lamb stew, wood smoke, and primrose.

The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory

Sweat, a fair England summer in the country, and stiff silk.

Feed by M.T. Anderson

Raw beef, hospitals, and pollution.

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Cake, salty tears, and tea.



The Gunslinger by Stephen King

Dry heat, campfires, and a well-done burger (no bun).

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

Pea soup, old books, and wet paint.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Starched linen, hairspray, and Minnie’s chocolate cream pie.


So, as it turns out, most of my favorite books would not smell particularly good if they were Amortentia!  Fortunately, they are not, and they all smell like paper and ink, and we get to fall in love with them by their beautiful covers and the words inside.

Still, I’m curious…

If your stories were a love potion and smelled of three things, what would they smell like?  There’s no right or wrong answer, just what seems right to you.