Showcase Sunday (2)

Showcase Sunday is an original feature/meme hosted by Vicky @ Books, Biscuits and Tea. ~ Showcase Sunday is designed to share your latest reads received from reviewing, libraries, book shops, and other sources. Thanks to Vicky for creating this meme and encouraging participants.

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Meet Me At The Cupcake Cafe | Starcrossed | Breverton’s Phantasmagoria | Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore |
The Magicians

This past week I loaded up at my library visit with some titles I’ve been meaning to read for a while, and some newer items recommended by co-workers. When you work around a million or more books, there’s always something to catch your eye!

1. Meet Me At The Cupcake Cafe

This seemed like a really cute book and it’s one I’ve been meaning to read for a while.  I can’t cook to save my life but I do love food and a food-based romance sounds like a sweet treat to me.

2. Starcrossed

Yes, I’ve mentioned this on my blog before but I never got around to actually checking it out. I am now. I’m crossing my fingers that Starcrossed won’t let me down, but I’m a little leery about the whole “fate and starcrossed lovers bit”.  This is a comedy, right?

3. Breverton’s Phantasmagoria

This is just one of those really weird books I stumbled upon during work hours and it’s kind of odd really.  It’s a collection of mythical and legendary beasts plus some real stuff thrown in. Plus pictures.

This isn’t something I plan on reading cover-to-cover but it could be an interesting addition to my permanent collection as a reference title so I’m looking forward to flipping the book open at random intervals and seeing what I discover therein.

4. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

This is a title that was recommended to me by a co-worker and that big red sticker on the spine means it’s considered a ‘Bestseller’.  I don’t really know much about it other than this guy owns a bookshop and there is something mysterious and maybe magical going on.

I love small mom-and-pop bookshops and there are a couple of shops locally I can think of that could house a nook or cranny that leads to a magic world. Hmm, maybe I need to schedule some more bookshop time in the near future.

The idea also reminds me of a title about unicorns I read many years ago (I’ve forgotten the name) where a chick finds a book about the care and keeping of magical creatures and becomes their veterinarian.

Anyone remember this title?  E-mail me. I. Must. Own. This. Book.

5. The Magicians

At first glance, this sounds a bit like Harry Potter, but then I hear “magical land called Fillory” and that Grossman talks about it being based on C. S. Lewis’s Narnia, and I do another take.

I read the entire Narnia series at least twice as a kid and yeah, it bothered me when I realized what the train incident meant… but by then I understood it was all an allegory.  We will all have a “train incident” someday.

Wow, that just got morbid. Sorry.

Anyway, I thought it was worth giving a shot, so we’ll see. Now, onto something much more pleasant.

6. Unleashing Mr. Darcy (e-book, not pictured)

So… I have a thing about Pride and Prejudice.  And Jane Austen. And pretty much anything written by Jane Austen. And um, most stories set in the 19th c. in Britain.

I also love dogs.

I wasn’t exactly, really, looking for this title.  I was curious if any of Victoria Connelly’s other Darcy-related books had been uploaded to my local resource for e-book loans and I did a search on ‘Darcy’.

Then my husband asked me why I was screaming (j/k).

OMG, though, Darcy + dogs.  What could be more perfect?

I can’t top possible perfection so my list ends here. Teehee!


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10 thoughts on “Showcase Sunday (2)

    • Mr. Penumbra was really enjoyable. It’s good for book nerds, computer nerds and D&D nerds. 🙂 Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe sounded promising, especially with the recipes included, but I couldn’t get into it. Sometimes I think I have to be in a certain mood in order to read, like “I feel like a mystery today,” or, “No, I want to try out that new foodie romance”. Know what I mean at all?

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  1. Cupcake Cafe sounds super cute! 🙂
    I really, really liked Mr.Penumbra’s. I think it’s the perfect book for a book lover.
    Starcrossed was okay. I read it years ago and found it was kind of cheesy with a touch of Twilight and Percy Jackson elements(meaning I found some similarities). But I enjoyed it. Have yet to continue on with the series though.
    And I really need to pick up The Magicians, too!
    Great haul!
    Happy reading!

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    • Hey Brittany, I agree about Mr. Penumbra. 🙂 Starcrossed I’ve begun to try to read and I can’t really get into it. The Phantasmagoria is a lot of fun though. Thanks for commenting!

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