A Bibliophile’s Pile (32): Does Anyone Actually Read These Titles?


Paris for One and Other StoriesParis for One and Other Stories by Jojo Moyes (physical / own / audiobook / library)
My rating: 2.75 of 5 stars

Moyes is talented, but her subject matter mostly depresses me. The only story I truly liked was Last Year’s Coat.

3 stars for the title story, in which sad sack Nell engages in incredibly risky behavior in Paris and miraculously survives. The third star is because Moyes managed to mostly make me forget the ridiculousness and feel like it was actually romantic.

3 stars for Between the Tweets. It was fairly dull and predictable, but saved by the 2nd “twist”.

3 Stars for Love in the Afternoon was a bit too real to be truly enjoyable.

2 stars for A Bird in the Hand. Ugh, a story about an affair.

2 stars for Crocodile Shoes. A story about how casual sexism can get a woman ahead, if she only plays it right. 🙄

3 stars for Holdups. It’s a weird little story – reminds me of some of Roald Dahl’s adult stories.

4 stars for Last Year’s Coat. Sweet, and the heroine has a great name.

2.5 stars for Thirteen Days with John C. The twist was not the one I expected, but I still didn’t particularly enjoy the story.

2.5 stars for The Christmas List. Ray was a nice character, but the story was depressing.

The Black ReckoningThe Black Reckoning by John Stephens (audiobook / library / with kids)
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Like the other books in the series, this felt incredibly derivative to me. My kids, who’ve read less fantasy than I have, enjoyed it quite a bit. Jim Dale was, of course, superb.

The Sense and Sensibility Screenplay & Diaries: Bringing Jane Austen's Novel to Film (Newmarket Pictorial Moviebooks)The Sense and Sensibility Screenplay & Diaries: Bringing Jane Austen’s Novel to Film by Emma Thompson (physical / own)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Extremely interesting behind the scenes look at S&S. Thompson is witty and insightful. It made me want to re-watch the film, even though I just watched it 2 days ago!

The Tempest by William Shakespeare (physical / own / audiobook /library)
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I listened to the wonderful Naxos audiobook, starring Ian McKellan and Benedict Cumberbatch, while reading along. Either I’m becoming more accustomed to read Shakespeare, or this play is easier to understand than some of the others I’ve read.



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The Tempest by William Shakespeare


The Tempest by William Shakespeare


The Sense and Sensibility Screenplay & Diaries: Bringing Jane Austen’s Novel to Film by Emma Thompson

Paris for One and Other Stories by Jojo Moyes


Blogging Besties: Novelty Print

The Blogging Besties series is the brain child of Alex @ The Cheerful Closet and Whitney @ Whitney à la Mode. In 2015, the series expanded to include yours truly @ My Closet Catalogue and Selah @ A Bibliophile’s Style. It’s based on the idea of “take one, pass it on,” but we’re passing on an element from another blogger’s outfit. It’s a fun challenge that inspires us to be creative!

Last week, Selah stayed svelte and sassy in mint green:

This week is brought to you by: “flowing silhouette, mint green, feathers, or a throwback piece”.

And for your viewing pleasure, I give you: a flowing silhouette.

It’s been a while since I’ve rocked a maxi. My recent foray into 40s and 50s vintage didn’t really allow for the silhouette. But I continue to evolve and as my aesthetic started trending into later decades, I simply couldn’t resist this delicious dress.

It just ticked all the boxes for me: vibrant color, stunning print, an empire cut that de-emphasized all the wrong bits while emphasizing all the right ones. I especially love the fabric’s drape; whoever said polyester was a horrible textile had obviously never met this dress before.

Now, I don’t know if I have the audacity to wear this to work – it’s a bit in-your-face, even for me. My students could have a hard time focusing on my words as they become mesmerized by the raucous design. Add to that a decidedly bold ruffled neckline and butterfly sleeves, and I may just end up courting distraction disaster.

It does, however, fit this week’s prompt of “flowing silhouette”. It’s long and elegant and it’s got loads of ruffles at the hem that punctuate the overall billowy-ness. And maybe someday I can find an occasion to wear it beyond the confines of my sitting room.

For Alex’s turn next week, I challenge her to the following: ruffles, fall colors, or unique sleeves/neckline.

Vive le vendredi!

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Dress – eBay
Wedges – Dexflex @ Payless

:: Scream it from the top of your lungs ::
One Hundred Sleepless Nights by Pierce the Veil