Currently reading: Brat Farrar

brat farrar I’ve been going through a little bit of a reading slump lately. I have all these books to read (including library books!) and almost no desire to read them. Maybe they’re just the wrong genre– I’m kinda craving mysteries at the moment, and almost none of my TBR books are mysteries. However, I DO have several Josephine Tey books in my Scribd library, and since several people recommended Brat Farrar as a good Tey book to read I decided to go for it!

What begins as a ploy to claim an inheritance ends with the impostor’s life hanging in the balance.

In this tale of mystery and suspense, a stranger enters the inner sanctum of the Ashby family posing as Patrick Ashby, the heir to the family’s sizable fortune. The stranger, Brat Farrar, has been carefully coached on Patrick’s mannerism’s, appearance, and every significant detail of Patrick’s early life, up to his thirteenth year when he disappeared and was thought to have drowned himself. It seems as if Brat is going to pull off this most incredible deception until old secrets emerge that jeopardize the imposter’s plan and his life. Culminating in a final terrible moment when all is revealed, Brat Farrar is a precarious adventure that grips the reader early and firmly and then holds on until the explosive conclusion.

So far I’m about half a chapter in and am really liking it, though I have no idea what any of the children are talking about. Some classics thing with Ulysses, I guess? I’ll figure it out.

My free trial of Scribd is coming to an end soon, which is sad. I can totally see myself getting a few months paid subscription, though, so that’s good! But I’m probably going to wait until the new year, as I have a lot of TBR books to read and I’d like to read those sooner rather than later. Anyway, if you’re looking for an ebook subscription service and don’t mind reading on your tablet/phone, I definitely recommend Scribd. It’s only $8.99/month and they have a TON of great publishers, including Open Road, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, and Harlequin. Also, if you use this coupon code from Teleread, you can get a free three month trial subscription to try it out!

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Last Sunday was the Wizard Books Book Club discussion for The Magpie Lord. It was a LOT of fun and I’m definitely doing it again. October’s book is A Wizard of Earthsea, which I’ve already read, but I’m nevertheless looking forward to the discussion!

Book blogger Jane Litte is being sued by a publisher for a post she wrote about them. It is COMPLETELY real and also completely ridiculous. Here is a masterpost of the chaos at Ellora’s Cave for those who want to catch up on the news, and also the Dear Author/Jane Litte Defense Fund if you want to help contribute. It’s raised over $46,000 in THREE DAYS. Amazing!!

DIY a Travel Cable Cozy.

October is Queer Romance Month. Lots of great posts and events are happening throughout the month; go check out the official blog for more info.

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