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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Top Ten (Tuesday) Classic Books that Defined My Childhood

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish that combines lists and books. This weeks topic is… Classic Books that Defined My Childhood.  Books that have stayed with me since I read them in elementary or middle school! 1. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin – This book helped […]


The Magicians by Lev Grossman (Audio)

Novel: The Magicians by Lev Grossman Summary (somewhat spoilery, From GoodReads): Quentin Coldwater is brillant but miserable. He’s a senior in high school, and a certifiable genius, but he’s still secretly obsessed with a series of fantasy novels he read as a kid, about the adventures of five children in a magical land called Fillory. Compared […]


Steph On Saturday and Upcoming Blog Tours

Things have been a little crazy lately, but I have some Looks From Books that I’m hoping to do soon and also maybe some cover recreations.  Because… why not?  So… something personal, then some blog tour announcements, because I’m excited and I want you to be, too. Story time.  This is point that I started […]


Book Blogger Hop: May 11-May17

Before I get to the book blogger hop, I want to announce the winner of my giveaway…. Tayte Hunter who chose Social Suicide!  Congratulations!  I’ve e-mailed you. The Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Jen at Crazy For Books that allows us book bloggers to answer a question every week.  I love this meme, because […]



I can’t believe it took me so long to read this book.  It was so much fun.  Paranormalcy follows Evie, a teenager who can see through paranormal glamours.  She has grown up at an IPCA center (IPCA is International Paranormal Containment Agency), where her skills make her incredibly useful in tagging paranormals and bringing them […]