a jane of all reads

The Bitching: I was going to pick out a new “mailbox” meme to join in on, even though I haven’t participated in one in many months. I thought about it. I really did. I buy a lot of books, borrow a stack from the library from time to time and I get a fair amount in for review. I know how much I love looking at pictures of artfully stacked, newly acquired books and it seems rather selfish to not share what new lovelies are gracing my shelves. I will strive to do better, just not in a meme. For many reasons, but one in particular, I think a little distance from such events is warranted. Somewhere in all the recent unpleasantness, blogger bashing and general hate and discontent we lost sight of what book blogging is all about. It isn’t about the community, it isn’t about the number of page views and it damn sure isn’t about whoring yourself out and kissing ass in exchange for free books.

IT IS ABOUT THE BOOKS.

In regards to the above mentioned “recent unpleasantness” (which is also an expression used in reference to the Civil War), I’m going to say this and then let that be that: DON’T FUCKING STEAL. It is an affront to the written word, something any reader should hold dear, and it shouldn’t be tolerated by anyone. Plus it makes you look like an asshole.

The Books: So I did indeed storm the library on Monday morning and rescued:

This is the best series I’ve had my hands on in quite a long time. It has EVERYTHING you could ever want in an urban fantasy and then some. If you happen to pick up the first book, Magic Bites, don’t repeat my mistake- GET THE ENTIRE SERIES. Look for reviews from the rest of the series in days to come.

I behaved myself rather well and only purchased one book this week. A very nice second hand copy of Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead crossed my path in a bookstore and I brought it home to love. Something in me has been wanting to read this and far be it for me to deny my inner self.

For review, I snagged an ebook of Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein from Netgalley. Disney-Hyperion was awesome enough to open this up for a short time.

And from Penguin, I got this little surprise:

The Baking: Speaking of GUILT, Pinterest is the devil. Seriously. HAVE YOU SEEN THE HEAVENLY ASSORTMENT OF DESSERT RECIPES AVAILABLE ON PINTEREST!?!? It’s impossible to resist! And since I have absolutely no willpower, and regardless of the fact that I have to fit into a wedding dress in just over a month, I BAKED THE EVIL. GUILT.


M&M Cookie Pie. Recipe can be found HERE.


Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Cupcakes. Recipe can be found HERE. They are suppose to be refrigerated for at least four hours. Screw that.

8 Responses to “Bitching, Books and Baking”

  1. Chachic says:

    Yep, it really is all about the BOOKS. Yay for the Kate Daniels series and Code Name Verity. :) Looking forward to hearing your thoughts about those books. Also, I want that giant M&M’s cookie.

    • Laura says:

      CNV sounds like a win. I’m still on the last Kate Daniels book. It’s good but I have book ADD at the moment.

  2. Holly says:

    I’ve made those cupcakes! Mmm, they were worth each of the four hours. I would suggest halfing the recipe. That’s what I did and we were still eating them for days! Nice book haul, btw. I’m curious about your thoughts on CNV.

    • Laura says:

      Omg I know! It says that it makes about 30 but I had wayyyyy more left over than that. Oh so good. Sinful even.

  3. I resent your bashing of my street corner shenanigans. Ur just gelus of my raisins.

    And you thought you could keep that recipe from me! Mwuahahahahahahaha! Pinterest Schminterest!

  4. Yay for Kate and Curran! Love that series!! I’m afraid to ask what you thought of VA? It’s one of my favorite series…

    That cookie thing looks awesome and I am coveting your apron.

    • Laura says:

      I read a few pages of VA, just to see if I was going to like it. Haven’t had time to pick it back up (BITTERBLUE AND INSURGENT ARE OUT!!!!) but I’m definitely going to read it.

      Glad you like the apron! I found it in a little town you may have heard of, called New Orleans. :D

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