This month we’re mixing the happy with the sad. Of course we some pretty great books picked out again for you, but unfortunately our October subscription will be our last for a while. There are just so many great book subscription services out there, that we are feeling a little superfluous. That’s not really our way, so for now we’ll disband our Oooh Shinies. But don’t worry, we’re sure we’ll be cooking up something new and exciting real soon!
Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick deWitt does not just have a great title, but also a great story. Lucien (Lucy) Minor is the resident odd duck in the bucolic hamlet of Bury. Friendless and loveless, young and aimless, he is a compulsive liar and a melancholy weakling. When Lucy accepts employment assisting the majordomo of the remote, forbidding castle of the Baron Von Aux he meets thieves, madmen, aristocrats, and a puppy. He also meets Klara, a delicate beauty who is, unfortunately, already involved with an exceptionally handsome partisan soldier. Thus begins a tale of polite theft, bitter heartbreak, domestic mystery and cold-blooded murder in which every aspect of human behaviour is laid bare for our hero to observe. Lucy must stay safe, and protect his puppy, because someone or something is roaming the corridors of the castle late at night. It is an adventure story, and a mystery, and a searing portrayal of rural Alpine bad behaviour with a brandy tart, but above all it is a love story.
How is anyone not excited about Dumplin’? That cover, that story and the self-loving message is all you need from this great read. Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed Dumplin’ by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked…until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back. Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.
We hope you enjoyed our Oooh Shiny! Book Subscription while it lasted and we’ll make sure to put up a post with replacement subscriptions that are awesome and you should give a try whenever your missing your shiny new books.