Real Steph

Things I like in real life: Coffee, books, makeup, sunshine, laughter, roadtrips. Things I like in books: Serial killers, heartbreak, betrayal, lies, boarding schools, twists.

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Sunday’s In Bed With… Prudence and Fake ID

It has been a while.  It has been so long, I'm torn between sharing a long update and just jumping right back in.  It's like I forgot how to do this. Some of you may know that I began teaching high school English this year.  It has been awesome, but also exhausting and overwhelming.  When you start any job, but I think especially teaching, there is a tendency for the job to take over your life.  It definitely has with mine.  However, I want to start taking back the things that make me … [Read More...]

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Death Comes to Pemberly by P.D. James

Quick Review, Kim-style:  Last summer, I read Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice for the first time.  It blew me away, as it was funny and charming and wonderful.  Then I heard about Death Comes to Pemberly by P.D. James.  I was nervous because it was a sequel not written by Austen and the story revolved around a murder.  However, I loved this book. I was really impressed by James' ability to capture Austen's voice.  It sounded authentic, but keep in mind I'm a Jane Austen newbie.  However, … [Read More...]

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All Fall Down by Ally Carter

Quick thoughts: I’ve been a fan of Ally Carter’s since I first read I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You.  I read all of her Heist Society books and was very excited about her new series: Embassy Row.  Book one, All Fall Down, introduces us to Grace, adventurous yet troubled, and quite possibly crazy. […]

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Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers

  Thoughts:  The His Fair Assassin series has become one of my favorites.  It has made me question my belief that I don’t like historical fiction, plus the first two books both have a ton of heart and plenty of swoon.  I was nervous and excited for Mortal Heart because it is about Annith, in […]


American Ride!

Host of AMERICAN RIDE, Stan Ellsworth breaks the mold of the stereotypical High School history teacher. Former history teacher Stan Ellsworth tours the country on a Harley Davidson for the television show “American Ride.” Ellsworth’s approach to American history in AMERICAN RIDE removes the “bow tie and sweater vest” of history professors, puts on the […]

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Waiting On Wednesday: Jessica Darling’s It List 2 by Megan McCafferty

Waiting On Wednesday, hosted by Breaking the Spine, lets us book hoarding bloggers highlight a book we’re excited for each week. This week I’m waiting on The (Totally Not) Guaranteed Guide to Friends, Foes, and Faux Friends (Jessica Darling’s It List #2) by Megan McCafferty. GoodReads Description:  Jessica Darling is getting the hang of seventh […]

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Waiting On Wednesday: Blood of My Blood by Barry Lyga

Waiting On Wednesday, hosted by Breaking the Spine, lets us book hoarding bloggers highlight a book we’re excited for each week. This week I’m waiting on Blood of My Blood (Jasper Dent #1) by Barry Lyga. GoodReads Description: Jazz Dent has been shot and left to die in New York City. His girlfriend Connie is in […]


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Secret Santa

This year I participated in a Book Blogger Holiday Swap!  The person who had me is totally on top of things and I arrived home after my Thanksgiving travels to find a neat little Amazon package with two books that I’ve been really wanting to read! Holidays On Ice by David Sedaris and Little Brother […]


Movie: One For the Money

I’m going to keep this as short as possible, because I had high hopes for One For the Money.  And they were dashed to pieces.  I’m so depressed about it that I might not even be able to finish this post.  For me to consider a book well adapted, the film needs to save the […]


Anna and the French Kiss

I ordered Anna and the French Kiss MONTHS ago when everybody just wouldn’t shut up about how great it was.  It sat on my counter for too long before I finally picked it up.  Then, I DEVOURED it.  (I think I avoided reading it, because I don’t like real people who share my name.  It’s […]


Waiting On Wednesday: The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson

Waiting On Wednesday, hosted by Breaking the Spine, lets us book hoarding bloggers highlight a book we’re excited for each week.  This week I’m waiting on The Madness Underneath. GoodReads Description: After her near-fatal run-in with the Jack the Ripper copycat, Rory Devereaux has been living in Bristol under the close watch of her parents. So when her […]


St. Vladimir’s Summer School Week Five: Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead

It’s Week Five of St. Vladimir’s Summer School.  Jen Ryland, Jen from Owl Read It, and Lauren from The Headless Owl are participating this week and I bet they didn’t cut it as close to the deadline as I did.  Actually, I’m in detention again.  It’s just been one of those months where I’m having […]