Books, Booze & Bajingos: The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen by Syrie James

Last night was the monthly meet-up (via Ventrillo) of my book club, Books, Booze & Bajingos. Here is the run down.

This month’s book was The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen by Syrie James. This falls into the realm of historical fiction. Syrie James writes as though someone has found the journals of Jane Austen and imagines a life for her in which there are events in that greatly influence and inspire the novels that have become timeless.

Overall, the group had issues with this book. We were all pretty much in agreement so instead of breaking it down by who said what, here’s just an overall Pros and Cons:

CONS: This book felt like a fanfic. Someone who loved the novels of Jane Austen, took from her novels and worked them into a book about Jane Austen. Like, someone really wanted Mr. Darcy to be real, so the made up a person that Jane Austen would have based him on. Also, Maile put it best, but Jane Austen’s behavior at being “friend-zoned” at one part in the book was a bit (lot) much. Also, we all felt that the ending could have been different. The resolution, that we all knew had to happen in some form, could have been different and given more depth to Austen.

PROS: For me, personally, I hate reading Jane Austen. I LOVE the adaptations of her novels, but I find the books themselves to be tedious and boring (as I put it last night, they are all “someone goes in a room, looks around, and leaves” for the entire book). However, I feel that if Syrie James were to just write adaptions of Austen’s novels, I’d read them. This book was meant to be written as though Miss Austen wrote them, but I found Ms. James’ version of that style much more modern, but not in an off putting manner. We all agreed that she spent just the right amount of page space describing details of the day-to-day life and activities (unlike Austen, who would write a freakin’ chapter just about cross-stitching by the fire).

Overall, it’s not bad, and if you need an Austen-fix, this might do it for you, maybe. Jessie, who picked this book, didn’t even finish it. I came close to not finishing it, but did yesterday morning. I will say, it picks up in the last hundred pages.

For August, it is Laura’s turn to pick.


Her pick is:

I’ve already read this book, but the rest of the group hasn’t. It is one of my all-time favorite books, so I’m excited to hear what the group thinks of it.

So many book clubs

Today’s post is going to be late. We had to reschedule the Books, Booze & Bajingos meet up to tonight, so I will post about the July book later this evening (or early tomorrow).

Also, tonight is the live video of Felicia Day’s Vaginal Fantasy Book Club. You can watch it on the Geek & Sundry YouTube channel tonight.

Your Faves from July


Here is a round up of the top posts from July.

Too Soon?


I’m glad to see such a good response to my Sneak Peeks!

Felicia Day is an inspiration to us all (or The Birth of a Book Club)

Felicia Day is an inspiration to us all (or The Birth of a Book Club)

Follow me to the promised land

Follow me to the promised land

You are what you eat (image from Somewhat Simple)

Follow Friday: The Lonely D12


I didn’t get a chance to do any new game reviews for Part Time Monster in July. There will definitely be one in August! Want a hint? How about “Waterdeep.” ;)



Follow Friday: The Lonely D12

My new weekly post, Follow Friday, in which I share a blog that I personally subscribe to and I want to recommend to you!

This week, I am recommending The Lonely D12! This blog is fairly new to my subscriptions. I discovered it via a comment on one of my tabletop game reviews over at Part-Time Monster. One of the writers for this collaborative blog commented on my King of Tokyo post and I checked out the blog. I’ve been hooked ever since and it is now one of my all-time favorite blogs.

There are four writers for The Lonely D12. Jamie, John, Luke and Ric. Check out their indvidual “About” pages by clicking on the links. Here is the blurb from the overall blog’s “About” page:

The Lonely D12 was conceived under the notion that table top RPG gamers needed a place to find resources and content for their games. That GMs may need advice, a laugh or reassurance that it is not only their game that is going up in flames.

We are striving to be a resource for nerdy people who want to share what they love about RPGs. A place where beginning players and GMs can find support from experienced players and everyone can cultivate new ideas of how to take over the world… or become a great supportive community.

I’ve gathered some of my favorite posts, and I hope you find them as great as I do.

The Most Interesting NPC In The World (and my ALL TIME favorite blog post ever)

Dungeons and Dragons: The Birthday party

Growing Beyond The Murder Hobos (this one is actually a three-parter; I’m only linking to part one here, but you should totally check out all of them!)

Book Takes: Under The Empyrean Sky

[image, used in the blog, is by Mike Krahulik] House Rules – The Murphy

Come back next week and I’ll have another blog for you to discover!

Link Love: 7.24.14

As a child growing up, I always found my Barbie’s wardrobe limiting. Don’t have to worry about that now with 3D printing. Check out Barbie’s 3D Printed Armor (hey Mom, I could have my lady knight finally!)

To say I’ve lost my faith in the Supreme Court of the U.S. is an understatement. Now that Hobby Lobby is apparently a church (that has permanently lost my business), the Huffington Post posted this of 14 Companies That Will Likely Deny Birth Control, as well.

Do you know who Sarah Rector was? You should find out.

Here’s an article about the True Price of Fashion that won’t leave you feeling like you should throw away your Old Navy jeans, or your Target dresses.

I was very impressed when I read about Taryn Brumfitt, a (now former) body builder who decided to keep her “mother” body after she gave birth.

Check out these artist renderings of a Barbie doll, but with realistic proportions. I hope this is the kind of toy my future-if-ever daughter will get to play with as she grows up.

You are what you eat

Mr. LL and I are trying to eat better.  I’m not going to say it’s been difficult, but I will say Mr. LL has his way of doing things when it comes to diet and excercise.

The only things that have worked for Mr. LL in the past have been diets like Atkins, where you cut out carbs and sugars completely and then slowly reintroduce them to your diet.

For me it has been learning about portion control and what you should be eating to have a truely balanced diet. Then you make “life changes” (which obviously haven’t stuck).

I’ve never been one for fad diets. I don’t feel they are sustainable. But, we both could definitely use more veggies and less bread in our lives. We could also really benefit from cutting out sodas from our daily intake.

I’m glad we decided to do this during the summer, when fresh produce is cheap. I really want to make it out to one of the many farmers’ markets we have around here, one weekend, to get some figs. A coworker brought some in and I am hooked. I need my fig fix.

Anyway, I just thought I’d share with you some Pins from my Pinterest boards for healthy recipes. We are still figuring out what to do and haven’t tried any yet. We’ve pretty much just been eating salads and salad wraps (in low carb wraps that have a ton of fiber in them).

Gluten Free Dairy Free Santa Fe Chicken Packets from Once A Month Meals

Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps from

Parmesan Chicken with Tomato-Basil Salad (Video)

The Best Broccoli of Your Life from Amateur Gourmet

from Somewhat Simple

Do you have any healthy recipes? Or healthy recipe resources? What diets have worked for you?