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Bambbles Rambles

Books, Reviews, and general awesomeness

About Julia

Hi everyone! This is Julia of The Broke and the Bookish, formerly blogging on my own at The Competitive Bibliomaniac.

I read mostly historical romance, but can often be found reviewing paranormal romance, young adult books (mostly distopian/fantasy), fantasy/sci-fi, classics, and the occasional non-fiction book about languages.

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Currently reading

Wanton Christmas Wishes
Eliza Lloyd, Samantha Kane, Kate Pearce, Monica Burns, Madelynne Ellis, Jess Michaels
The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm
Wilhelm Grimm, Jacob Grimm, Matthew R. Price, Noel Daniel
Progress: 21 %
I Love it When You Talk Retro: Hoochie Coochie, Double Whammy, Drop a Dime, and the Forgotten Origins of American Speech
Ralph Keyes
Progress: 28/271 pages
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
Christopher Moore
Progress: 42/420 pages

Challenge: 30 Day Book Challenge Day Twenty

Favorite Romance Book

I started reading romance novels when my cousin introduced them to me at age 12. It was a sneaky thing we did, and I wasn't sure if I should be reading them. But my cousin convinced me I would love them so I looked at the three she brought over and picked one. I chose The Emerald Swan by Jane Feather. It didn't do much for me. So I chose the one my cousin liked the most next, So Worthy, My Love. Well that did it. I glommed through Kathleen E. Woodiwiss' backlist, and pronounced Shanna my favorite of the lot. 


Now fourteen years later, it is safe to say that I have read a lot of novels with a strong romance center. I'd say most of the ones I read are solid three star books, entertaining in the moment but not something I am going to remember always. I am very much someone who can read a three star romance, and pick it up and reread it three years later having forgotten most of the plots. Thus, to make it to my favorites shelf is a place of honor, not just for romances, but I'd say on average it's harder for romances to get there. Let me rundown a few.


To Beguile a Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt

Romancing Mr. Bridgerton by Julia Quinn

What Happens in London by Julia Quinn

When the Duke Returns by Eloisa James

Dance with the Devil by Sherilyn Kenyon

The Spymaster's Lady by Joanna Bourne

Soulless by Gail Carriger

When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James

The Governess Affair by Courtney Milan

and still Shanna by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss.


And honestly these are both a)books that I have deemed favorites that I remembered to mark when cataloging and/or b)ones that I have read since starting to record what I read on GR in 2007. 


There are probably others that should be here, but its what I feel when I am shelving. Hopefully as I ever so slowly move things to BL from GR I can rethink my faves, but as of now here it stands.