This Month’s Books – October 2016

I’ve been a member of Amazon Prime for years, and for years I wished they would do some sort of lending library thing. This month my prayers were answered. Prime Reading is like Amazon’s library, and several books I read this month came from there. (Also, I read my first ever issue of Food & Wine, and discovered that I am not Food & Wine’s target demographic.) Anyway, onto this month’s books!


The first batter at the plate is Fire in the City by Lauro Martines.


And may I just say…oh dear. Only a professor at some fancy-pants university could make even the Medicis boring. This book was filled with words I have never seen before. Simony. Pusillanimous. And about 40 other words that left me like…huh?

The book is about Savonarola’s time in Florence, and I think the book was trying to make him seem like some kind of troubled genius, but he just comes across as a nutbar.

The less said about that book the better, so let’s move onto the next. Entreat Me by Grace Draven.


I’ve read this one before and read it again this month. It’s a spin on Beauty and the Beast. A warlord is cursed by his dying wife as she gives birth to a son. The boy is also cursed, and the curse only grows stronger as time goes on. When the son brings home a beautiful girl, they think the curse may be about to break.

And then the girl’s older sister follows them. The first thing she does upon meeting the father is kick him in the face. She is a crotchety shrew and is, obviously, my favorite part of the book.

If you like beauty and the beast-ish type stories, give this one a go.

Next up is Lucy and Desi by Warren G. Harris.


I knew absolutely, 100% nothing about Lucille Ball or Desi Arnaz before reading this. Now I wish I could go back to knowing nothing.

This book was very interesting. The author kept things moving along at a brisk pace, so nothing seemed boring. But the author also does not sugarcoat anything, nor is this one of those fawning biographies. No, this one tells it like it was, so both Lucy and Desi come across as…not very great people. Yikes.

But it’s worth a read. It is very interesting, and now I’m watching I Love Lucy reruns all the damn time, so the book must have had some kind of impact on me.

I read the Kindle edition of this book and there are some weird typos every so often. Just thought I’d mention it.

And lucky, lucky you, I saved the worst for last! The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg.

Jesus Quincy Adams. While searching for an image of the book cover I found out that Disney bought the rights to this book. My pain will never end.


This one was recommended to me for quite awhile. The cover is gorgeous and it sounded promising.

My short review would be: Don’t read this, it’s drivel.

My more comprehensive review would be: Don’t read this, it’s drivel. It’s about a girl that graduates magic school and has to work as an apprentice to a paper magician. (He’s a man. You all know where this is going.) Though she doesn’t want to, she is stuck working with paper magic. Think really fancy origami that you can animate.

The author messes up the time period. (No you were NOT saying/cooking/doing that at that time. You just weren’t, honey bunch.) The heroine starts doing all the cooking and laundry. (*Flips table over in anger*) Then, even though she is supposed to be apprenticed for 2-6 years, somehow, in 2 months’ time, she is able to do these amazing things. Like make a functioning human heart out of paper, in like 2 minutes because the magician guy is dying.



You know you’re in trouble when the villain of the piece sweeps in and you wish the book followed her story instead. That woman had style.

Anyway, those were the books I read in October. I will stay away from all origami-based books in the future.

See you later!