Happy Valentine’s Day! I think I’ll use this day to come out of the closet as a cake pop addict. Not that I want to but I may need to add another blog to my life called Holly’s Other Hobbies or something for all my baking/sewing projects.
Onto more bookish topics, this year I’m quickly becoming a big fan of read alongs. After doing my first last November, I’ve done four total read alongs so far. My newest is the Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell read along hosted at Iris on Books. A whopping 1024 pages in the hardback, I’ve understandably avoided it for years despite the wonderful things I’ve heard about this 19th century British tome about magicians. Best of all, it’s not too late to sign up! Iris has set a timetable for reading each volume. The deadline for the first volume is February 22. That gives you a whole week to read it if anyone’s interested. I’m so excited to finally be reading this book.
I also wanted to spread the word about the North and South Celebration over at Melanie’s Musings, which started yesterday and runs through February 24. I was thrilled when I happened to come across Melanie’s blog for the first time on the day she’d announced the feature. If you’re a fan of the book and/or mini-series it’s not to be missed. (And there’s a giveaway!) John Thornton aka Richard Armitage FTW!
And lastly, Happy Book Birthday to Scarlet by AC Gaughen! I just finished this YA Robin Hood retelling over the weekend and surprisingly it’s quite an appropriate read for Valentine’s Day. You know, if you like thievery and knifes and a little blood and pain with your romance. Review to follow.