I swear, I thought today was Allison’s Thursday. (oops) I have no clue why I thought that, because it’s clearly marked on my calendar.
So, let’s talk about what you have been reading lately? I’d love it if you’d elaborate! Tell me what you loved. Who was new to you that you now are putting in the “keep and re-read” stack? What are you looking forward to in the next couple of months?
I know some of my fellow MSWers have books coming out next month. [Ladies, y’all please chime in here with what you have coming up next.] I recently thoroughly enjoyed Allison’s KISS ME, KILL ME (stunning suspense, seriously) and Rocki’s EDGE OF SIGHT (sexy, smart, funny, page-turner).
Me? I finally read HUNGER GAMES and really enjoyed it, but am sort of worried about reading the sequels, because I don’t see how they could possibly live up to the first. (I am always worried about that with sequels, though.) I loved the toughness of Katniss, and how she grew into someone making choices instead of reacting, (though I honestly cannot see how they’re going to make this into a movie for kids the age the book was intended for–if it followed the book, it would be very graphic). Have you read the sequels? Were you glad you did?
I also recently read Eileen Dreyer’s historical, BARELY A LADY, and loved it. Eileen has a way of bringing that historical to life and bringing those characters’ issues and layers forward that is just… well… luminous is the word that comes to mind.
Karen Marie Moning’s FEVER series had me absolutely captivated last month. (Read all of those back-to-back when I was completely sick with the flu, running my own fever, and stuck in bed for about two days, which is probably best, because I might have wanted to scream if I had had to wait between book 3 and 4). What I loved about this series is what she accomplished with Barons. [Spoiler…..] She did not change who or what he was, or sugar coat it — but she deepened that character to the point that you completely understood his actions and empathized and accepted him for what and who he was because of his complete dedication to Mac, in all her incarnations. Even though he may have started off with ulterior motives and that’s all Mac saw for a long long time, there was always that something else pushing him, and you realized that in the sacrifice part of the books. Um… I forget which book that was in, now. But I couldn’t believe she did it when she did it, and I was stunned… and completely reading as fast as I could read to find out how in the hell she was going to get back out of that. And then it made complete sense because she’d set it up already.] [Wow.]
Really loved Patricia Briggs’ RIVER MARKED. (It’s against the law to chain a favorite writer to their desk to get three or four books a year, right? damn. Just checking.)
Monica McCarty’s Highlander series? YUM. (Yet another writer I want to chain somewhere to have more books, faster.)
On my TBR pile: Unforgiveable (our own Laura Griffin), Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter (Tom Franklin), Rogue Island (Bruce DeSilva)… and probably a few that y’all will mention today.
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