Just a middle-brow reader who loves a good story, recipe or how-to.
Long before I was aware of Gail Carriger as an author, I unknowingly appreciated her as the woman in the gorgeous corset with buttons and spoons(!) on Pinterest. And before I read any of her writing, I had a suspicion that I was going to love it. Steampunk, victorian clothing, a finishing school that teaches espionage? Sign me up!
Now, much of Steampunk literature disappoints me. I find it boring and, much too often, poorly written. So I was afraid this might end up being the case, but I took a chance with the first Finishing School series book and fell in "insta-love." I didn't even mind the presence of werewolves and vampires. It was just a spiffing good time! And when I had finished the second Finishing School book, I was upset that I had to wait for the third and happy that there would be a fourth. So, I decided to console myself with the adult series "The Parasol Protectorate" (of which I was unaware before reading the YA Finishing School series). A bit heavy on the heaving bosoms, and it devolved into romance novel territory, but overall another spiffing good time, with even more werewolves and vampires (and I finally learned that the outrageous vampire was Lord Akeldama). Now the only issues are how to rate/review the books I've read so far without overtly gushing, waiting for the second in the adult series to come in at the library... and not becoming a cyber stalker as I follow Gail Carriger around online.