I blame it on the name

So I have been trying to read a book called Tribal Law whose heroine is named Vassiliki Verity. I am not on an ego trip when I claim that this character is named for me. She is. I know this because I was told by both the author and Kat Mayo of Bookthingo.

Tribal Law by Shannon B. CurtisSo here is the story: Tribal Law is a crowdsourced story. Author Shannon B Curtis (full disclosure: Shannon and I have twittered together, supped together and presented on a panel at a library event together so are on pretty friendly terms) wrote a story whose plot and main characters were given to her by members of the Australian Romance Readers Association (another full disclosure: I am not a member of ARRA though I have attended all their conventions to date). There was a big meeting, I was told it was rather raucous and fun and I was also told that Kat Mayo – friend, borrower and romance reading mastermind – insisted that the heroine be named for me. Because she loves me. Or should that be loves torturing me.

I am up to Chapter 7 of this book and though it is well-written, interesting and funny I just cannot continue (at least at this point) because  of the heroine being called Vassiliki and there are sex scenes and I just can’t stay in the story because I keep seeing my own name and I have no idea how all you “normal” named people can cope with reading books where you constantly see your own names.

Especially when I see the phrases such as “Vassiliki is a vamp” before my eyes.

I purchased my own copy of Tribal Law.

PS This book has a hatchback driving hero. I will return to read it just for this one reason!

 

 

The Betty then is no better than The Betty now

I very nearly didn’t post anything for August’s TBR challenge even though Kicking it Old Skool is one of my favouritest topics in romance reading. I adore reading older romances especially from the 70s and 80s. I regularly reread old favourites and I also seek out titles from markets and op shops. My only foray into Old Skool romance this past month was revisiting Betty Neels.

Now let me start by telling you – nay showing you! how I felt about Betty Neels as a teenager:

Bored person slumping in their seat from the tediousness of what they are listening to

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ShallowreaderBingo! July Edition!

It’s the end of July and @Bardsong over at Flight into Fantasy won the call early in the month! Wooot! Here is a link to her entry. Meanwhile, the audience goes wild!

As for my own efforts…well! Having had a rather dismal fiction reading month, I was all prepared to admitting to only crossing off one square and then a few days ago I decided to read the last book left on my library TBR. It has been sitting on my shelves for 3 months and I could not renew it again. I thought I would give it a shot, DNF after 2 chapters and wallow in my fiction slump. But no! Not only did I get out of my slump but I also scored EVERY SINGLE SQUARE ON THE JULY SHEET WITH THE ONE BOOK!

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Superquick post

July has been a bit crazy involved for me. Lots of family stuff and study stuff has kept me occupied and away from the interwebs. I have been able to occasionally mini-blog over on Twitter but even my engagement there is minimal.

I always knew that there would come a time in my thesis that I would go on hiatus with my blog. I feel that time is coming nearer but I don’t want to stop altogether. I have decided that I need to curb my propensity for 2K+ posts and just bring over to my blog some of my meanderings from Twitter, Instagram and Goodreads (but rarely ever Facebook). I will also continue with my Bingo cards. Even though there are only a handful of people playing, I love creating the cards (so much fun!) and I adore that handful of people. They all blow me away. I always thought I was a big reader but they are such avid readers I remain in awe of all of them.

So here goes with a super quick review:

Required to Wear the Tycoon's RingRequired to Wear the Tycoon’s Ring

Maggie Cox

Seth Broden needs this last deal to achieve the success he’s always desired—but to close it, he must make the one acquisition he’s never wanted: a wife! A chance meeting with pretty but penniless Imogen Hayes gives Seth the chance to propose a mutually beneficial arrangement… 

Jilted bride Imogen vowed to save herself for her wedding night—but she never expected to be walking down the aisle to Seth! With the brooding tycoon waiting for her at the altar, will Imogen succumb to his charm and be his wife in more than name only?

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ShallowreaderBingo! July

The July card is here!

My Bingo game has been going for 6 months and I want to add a new category. I have been giving a shout out to the fastest bingo caller. Several people who would like to play have said that the game is too fast/too many boxes for them so I’m going to now give a second prize!

A shout out to the best match up between a bingo square and your chosen material. It doesn’t matter if you have read 25 items or only 1 item, I will choose my favourite entry depending on how amusing I find it. It is a very objective measure, scientifically proven.

Meanwhile, as her prize for winning, two of the boxes have been contributed to July by BookThingo who won last month’s game. Can anyone guess which ones are hers?

Remember that any reading goes – novels, letters, lyrics, news, captions, blogs – the lot!

Join in and play!

Row 1: XXL; It’s Complicated; July; Insta-WHAT!; Quaint Row 2: Tyranny of Distance; Ghost Town; Lick; Pyrrhic Victory; Fifty-Fifty Row 3: Crushed it!; They; True Love’s Kiss; And the Fandom Rejoiced; Ice Castles Row 4: Pulling out!; Wicked; Summer Lovin’; π (maths notation pi); Happy Dance Row 5: Betty; Going Solo; Delicate; Sausage Sizzle; 18