Monday, November 2, 2015

November Book Club

Another month, another book club selection! At least this time I have it ready to go at the beginning of the month, so we're making progress right? Right. This month we are reading the Finishing School series by Gail Carriager, which starts with the pictured book, Etiquette & Espionage. We both bought most of the books in this series on sale a few months ago so we figured November would be the perfect time to tackle it! We first heard of Gail Carriger a few years ago when Jen bought me her other series, The Parasol Protectorate. Brief description of that series: Beginning with Soulless, this series is composed of five books chronicling the exploits of Alexia Tarabotti, a lady of considerable assets including large Scottish werewolf, battle-parasol, gossip, and treacle tart tenancies. Oh yes, and she has no soul. That series was such a fun mashup of genres so I'm really excited to see what this new series has in store for us. 

Etiquette and Espionage book description
It's one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It's quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to Finishing School.

Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is a great trial to her poor mother. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners--and the family can only hope that company never sees her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. So she enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

But Sophronia soon realizes the school is not quite what her mother might have hoped. At Mademoiselle Geraldine's, young ladies learn to finish...everything. Certainly, they learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but they also learn to deal out death, diversion, and espionage--in the politest possible ways, of course. Sophronia and her friends are in for a rousing first year's education.

I also found this book trailer which I thought was kind of interesting to introduce the book and the series. It's pretty cute!


Jen and I have also been discussing ways to change up our book discussion posts. They can get long, which we know can turn readers off, especially since you might not have read the series, and it's daunting for us as bloggers since it can sometimes take 2+ hours to finish those long discussions! We are thinking that on months we pick a series of book, only discussing the first book in the series and then just giving an overall rating for the entire series. This will cut out a lot of spoilers and maybe make it easier for people thinking of checking out the books to give it a chance. Book discussions are some of our favorite things and we are hoping this becomes something that interests readers more with these changes. If you as readers have any suggestions for book discussions especially, we are very open to hearing them! We absolutely love our little blog and are grateful for every person who stops by to check us out! 


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