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It’s no secret that I have a tiny obsession with Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series and all things related to it. What may be less well known is that I also collect cookbooks of all kinds, so when Outlander Kitchen was announced I knew I just had to add it to my library. Continue reading “Book Review: Outlander Kitchen by Theresa Carle-Sanders”
As schools start up across the country it’s a great time to indulge the book nerd in all of us. Do you need a new planner or calendar? Some bookish stationary? How about some fun book related accessories? Whatever’s on your shopping list, you’re going to love what we’ve found for you this time. Continue reading “Gifts for the Bookish: Back to School Edition”
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Looking for a special gift for the book lover in your life? Need ideas to add to your wishlist? Just looking to buy yourself a present? Well whatever your reason to shop, we can help! This series of posts are a compilation of some of our favorite items sure to please any bookworm. Continue reading “Gifts for the Bookish: Part One Clothing and Accessories”
Being the full-fledged book dork that I am, I can’t resist buying merchandise related to my favorite books and since Outlander is my current bookish obsession I just had to have this ring. It’s a “replica” of the wedding ring Jamie gives Claire and even has the “Da Mi Basia Mille” engraving that Claire discovers in Dragonfly in Amber. Aside from its obvious charms for an Outlander fan, the ring is a quality piece of Celtic jewelry on its own and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in purchasing a lovely, subtle piece of bookish jewelry.
Claire’s ring and other Outlander related items are available from the following sites:
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Format: Audible/Kindle using Whispersync Voice.
Rating: 5 Kilts
Read: January 2014
Summary: The novel begins in 1945 shortly after the end of the war. A former field nurse, Claire Beauchamp Randall is in Scotland reconnecting with her husband, Frank. Claire and Frank are going through the normal awkwardness of becoming comfortable with each other once again when something astonishing happens. Claire is visiting one of the many ancient stone circles scattered about the countryside when suddenly she finds herself in the middle of a battlefield. In 1743.
In which I finally meet James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser…
First a little background–I love historical fiction, especially when set in the United Kingdom and I’ve recently become interested in the Jacobite rebellions. I am not intimidated by long books or series, in fact I prefer them most of the time. I also tend to take recommendations from my friends fairly seriously. Knowing all that, I don’t really understand why it took me years to read Outlander. Plus there’s the added benefit of hotties in kilts. Historical hotties in kilts. That should have been enough to convince me. Well whatever the reason, a group of my online book friends decided to read (or re-read) Outlander for our New Year’s read. What happened was a surprise even to me.
Going into the read, I knew little about the novel except that the romantic leads are Jamie and Claire, somehow Claire travels back in time to meet Jamie in all his kilt-god glory and the story really starts from that point. From the recommendations I’d gotten I expected a well written historical romance, a solid 4 star read. What I got was an emotional roller coaster of love, angst, torture, political intrigue and action. At any point in the book you could find me cursing the book or crying over it, usually both at the same time. Definitely not a fluffy historical romance.
I originally tried to write this review as soon as I finished the book but I was in such a daze from some of the chapters near the end it took a while longer before I could be articulate in any way. Now that I’ve had some time to think about it (and become obsessed in ways I didn’t quite expect) I still don’t know if I can express how wonderful this book is. There are so many characters to fall in love with in Outlander (not just Jamie) and I think that’s why I feel so compelled to continue reading. I dare anyone to read this without crying, laughing, hurting alongside and falling in love with each and every one of them. What I can say for sure is I’m very glad I read this book and will have to thank my RKB friends for recommending it after I finish strangling them for doing it. Not only will I continue with this series, I know I will read this one again. At some point. With a bottle of scotch and a box of tissues.