Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal is Jane Austen-esque book with a little magic twisted throughout. Jane Ellsworth is practically a spinster at eight-and-twenty and lives in the shadow of her younger sister’s beauty. The only thing Jane believes she has going for her is her music and knowledge of glamour, the art of twisting the ether into tableaux. She delights in bringing life to paintings, rooms, and her music.
Jane finds herself at odds with her sister Melody who is not always the most sensitive with her comments. As a result, Jane finds herself becoming close friends with Miss Elizabeth Dunkirk and firmly in the sights of her brother Mr. Dunkirk. While Jane finds her feelings for Mr. Dunkirk growing deeper, she is not sure if he can look past her too sharp nose to the woman she is beneath.
And let us not forget the mysterious and sullen Mr. Vincent, a famous glamourist who has been hired by the Ellsworths’ neighbors to create a grand glamural. Mr. Vincent and Jane seem to bump heads at every meeting, and Jane can not understand what she has done to so offend the man.
I thought this was a nice light read. I wish I would have gotten a little more out of Mr. Vincent by the end of the novel. I felt his character was somewhat flatter than I would have liked. I liked the play of glamour throughout the novel. It added a nice hint of whimsy to the story and was something I much needed!
So I’ve just discovered a great website that creates word clouds out of your writing. It’s called Wordle. Basically what it does is make the words used the most the largest. It was interesting to see which words I use a little too often and which words I didn’t use as much as I thought I did. I use the word “just” and “know” and “eyes” the most after my characters’ names. So after spending a little too much time, I thought it would be fun to put in the text of Pride and Prejudice to see what words Jane Austen used the most. This is what I got!
Obviously Elizabeth and Mr play a huge role. I like that “must” and “much” were big too.
So I encourage you to check this site out and let me know what words you use the most!
So for anyone that is out there who still reads this blog, I want to apologize for my long absence. Sometimes I find myself in periods of rapid reading that leaves little time for me to update my blog, and I get behind. Then I continue to get so far behind that getting caught up seems like it will never happen. But it is a new year, and I want to get caught up. I am hopefully still on track with my reading, although I haven’t checked lately. I’m going to continue to post until I am completely caught up. I will give approximate dates for the posts, estimating when I finished a book. So for anyone still reading, please bear with me. Things may seem a little off as I update, but I promise to straighten everything out as soon as possible. Please know that I have read several books, and it may take several days to finish updating, but I will soon be caught up!
Happy New Year!
I’ve been reading for as long as I can remember. I’m happy to lose myself in books, and reading is the one thing I can do anywhere. A book accompanies me wherever I go, and I can lose myself for hours surrounded by books. So when I stumbled upon someone’s blog one day and saw she was trying to read 101 books in 1001 days, I couldn’t help but think of taking up the challenge myself. But I didn’t want to take that exact challenge. Instead, I decided to increase the challenge and devour 150 books in 1100 days. But devour is not the proper word. A book should be savored, and that’s what I plan to do. I’m going to savor 150 books in 1100 days. I’ll use this blog as a way to keep track of my progress and tell about the books I’ve given myself to.
I chose Christmas as my starting day because there’s something magical about the holiday that I couldn’t resist. And I also received a nice stack of books to get me started. So today is the fourth day of my challenge which will end on December 30, 2011. Although I love books and can never get enough of them, I know this will truly be a challenge. A challenge to find time in the next three years to read 150 books. But I have confidence that I’ll be able to do it. And I can’t wait to get to the finish line and look back on all I have read and then look forward to all I will read.
So now all I have to do is dive right in.