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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.


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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Lauren Miller is a Midwestern born writer with a passion for Jesus, the written word, and dogs. She has two decades of experience in the library field and reviews books for the Historical Novels Review (UK). She likes to spend her free time enjoying period films, discovering new reads, and being surrounded by other people’s pets. Lauren, her husband, and their wily Maine Coon (who isn’t quite a dog) live in Missouri. You can learn more about Lauren’s writing at


    • Amanda, definitely! I actually work at a library but what gets my friends is why I spend time there on my day off. 🙂 Gotta love being around all those books!


  1. Sounds like a great week! I hadn’t heard of Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe but I do love a food based romance or a food based anything subject for that matter! Mr. Penumbra’s been on my list for awhile. I like book based books almost as much as I love food based books!


    • 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?


  2. 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!

    My SS


    • 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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