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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

RetroReview: Other Romances

Castles - Julie Garwood The Emerald Swan - Jane Feather

By Julie Garwood
Bams Says: This book I got from Bunny. It was different from the two authors I usually read, but good nonetheless! It stars Lady Alexandria and Colin. A good read!

The Emerald Swan
By Jane Feather
Bams Says: This was the first Romance novel I ever read, ever! I can hardly remember it, but now after reading what Amazon.com said I remember it well! Oh this was a good book, for my first! Whee!


The Notebook
By Nicholas Sparks
Bams says: This book was a brilliant little read. It was smaller then some of the other books that I read, so it was a good one-nighter for me! It was soo cute and I can't wait for it to be made into a movie!




Note from Now: It's an unfortunate habit of mine to not fully remember books after I start the next one. i have read so many romances since The Emerald Swan, I am surprised I can recall even one detail from it. What do I remember? There is a necklace and some twins they get mixed up maybe? I remember reading two twin books right around each other so maybe thats not it? Oh well, there was definitely a necklace. And a garden sex scene that confused the hell out of 12 year old me. 


Castles I remember more for how interested I was in the flawed hero. When I say flawed, I mean physically. He had something really wrong with his leg and I remember massages and it not getting all fixed up at the end (maybe). I actually want to reread that once just for the memory I have of it.


Also I can't believe I read The Notebook before seeing the movie. That movie is awesome, and I remember the book just being sort of meh in comparison. Huh.I always thought it was because I read it after I saw the chemistry that is Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling. 



That was the last retro review! Unless I find some written ones somewhere I dont think there was a place pre-goodreads (and outside of this) that I reviewed books. Maybe on livejournal, but I doubt it. I am glad you all enjoyed this. I really loved finding them and noting the differences between myself now and myself ten years ago. I was a lot more praise-worthy back then... which I guess gives me some sort of link to the squee reviews of the teen demographic that I despise. Oh, how time passes.



RetroReview is a short series I am doing from old reviews I found on my old Geocities page, so pre-GR circa 2004. I was in high school so forgive the lingo. Bunny and Gary are my friends code names; Bams is mine.