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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 Fiction Part I

Dune  - Frank Herbert Catilina's Riddle  - Steven Saylor A Murder on the Appian Way: A Novel of Ancient Rome - Steven Saylor Fatherland (Mortalis) - Robert Harris The Lords of Discipline - Pat Conroy

By Frank Herbert
Bams Says: I liked this book, but it was a little bit to confusing for me. It's very Sci Fi, and I don't mind that. But I think I would like the miniseries [tv] better then the series [books].


Notes from Now: I read Dune for a boy haha. I think this was the first book I ever read that was straight up sci-fi. To be honest the details involve usually turn me off, but for some reason I love watching them. This miniseries was spectacular. And I remember it featuring a young James McAvoy.


Catalina's Riddle
By Steven Saylor
Bams Says: I had to read this for my Latin class, but I thoroughly enjoyed it! It was a lovely mystery book set in ancient Rome. A good read if you like that sort of thing.

Murder on the Appian Way
By Steven Saylor
Bams Says: This is the next book in the mystery series. This one I do not think was as good as the other one that I read in this series. But some of my friends likes this one better. To each there own. 


Note from Now: These two books were group reads for my Latin classes in high school. Both were mystery books set in Roman times. They actually aren't that bad. I remember liking them enough.

by Robert Harris
Bams Says: Another to read for school, but this one was so brilliant, I couldn't put it down. It's an alternate history thriller/suspense book that answers the question "What would have happened if Nazi Germany won WWII?" Sound intriguing? It is! Highly Recommended!


Note from Now: This book! Seriously this book is amazing. So. Good. And I can say that with a level of certainty because I've read it since high school. it is one of my favorite things to recommend people... which reminds me. I am going to have to nominate this one for book club!



The Lords of Discipline

by Pat Conroy
Bams Says: This book was so good! Very high on the entertaining scale, with twists turns and stuff that I didn't even think would happen. It has a lot of good lessons and by the end of the book I was so involved with Will, the narrator, if he would have ran into a rose bush and bled everywhere I would have started bawling and looking for a first aid kit. BIG RECOMMEND! As long as you don't mind the high profanity.


Note from Now: Oh, the soul crushing that was this book. My heart was ripped from me reading this. So good. I've been meaning to reread it (on what I think will be my third read through). I've been meaning to tackle other Conroy as I loved this one so. But alas! I have yet to get to them. 


Also I remember being really thrown and disturbed by the word "cunt" being in print. Oh how the internet has desensitized me to the point where I cant even empathize with my former self. 


Great, great book.



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.