It’s that time again where we talk about ALL THE BOOKS! We have a lovely group of new reviewers joining us, which means more books in discussion.
Let’s jump right into it!
Elyse: Oh Murderbot is the best!!
Sneezy I’m reading Through a Dark Glass by Barb Hendee. Oof! CW for homophobic and abusive family members.
Megan is up for an old noble house/financial match that was meant for her sister, except her sister died the day her new in-laws/hubby-to-be arrived. Her dad was able to wrangle a the deal so his daughter could at least choose which of the three brothers she wants to marry. Megan had expected to live out her days as a spinster, helping her father out with politics and finances, but now she has to step into her sister’s shoes. A three sided mirror shows up, showing her what her life would be like with each of the brothers as her husband. At the end she’ll lose all memory of what she’s learned, but she’ll get to make an informed choice. Hendee’s writing is pretty good, and I was engaged throughout all three life times.
I’ve…mixed feelings on how the abuse is handled in parts though.
Amanda: I have no earthly idea of what I’m reading? I’m trying to decided on train reading for RWA and I’m all over the place. My friend let me borrow her copy of Magic for Liars ( A | BN | K | G | AB ), which I’ve heard good things about. I’ve also picked up the first book in the Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear ( A | BN | K | AB ) from my library.
That’s what I’m considering!
Tara: I’m going to be diving in to Create a Life to Love by Erin Zak. Teenager who was put up for adoption finds her bio mom. Bio mom and adoptive mom fall in love, likely with a bucket of angst on the side.
Aarya: Thanks to Elyse posting about her Ripped Bodice summer bingo (which is something that I was very determined not to participate in because I’m terrible at structured challenges), I realized that I had unintentionally filled out 18 squares with my summer reading. So now I’m actually motivated to finish the dang thing (only 7 squares!), and am lining up books for this week (before and during RWA):
1) *Dragons:* Sweep of the Blade by Ilona Andrews ( A | BN | K | AB ). I read this as a serial in weekly (and excruciating) installments, so I’m interested to see how the experience will differ when I read it all at once.
3) *Kilts*: Under His Kilt by Melissa Blue ( A | BN | K | AB ). I literally searched “kilt” in my kindle library and was shocked that something came up! LOL. I just checked and it’s free on kindle right now. The first chapter is fun, so I’m hoping the rest lives up to it.
I still have four more squares to plan out (tarot, cowboys, eloping, and show business), but I have another month. How is everyone’s bingo going (if you’re participating)?
Claudia: I’m not participating but enjoy seeing what others are picking up and I like the prompts!
I was telling Sarah that I was on a bit of reading slump and reaching for older titles until something catches my interest. So I’ve reread a few favorites and some new-to-me older works, including going on a Teresa Medeiros binge to chase the high that Yours Until Dawn ( A | BN | K | G | AB ) was for me. It didn’t quite work (those things usually don’t!), although A Kiss to Remember was good ( A | BN | K | G | AB ). I will say again that His at Night is Sherry Thomas’ most underrated book, it was fun to re-read it. I also picked up Appetites and Vices by Felicia Grossman ( A | BN | K | G | AB ), and she’s an author I’ll watch with interest as this was a good debut novel.
Amanda: YOURS UNTIL DAAAWWWWNN
Claudia: I’m still processing that twist and unsure if I liked it!!
Sneezy: I ended up marathoning A Dark Glass series by Barb Hendee. It’s like being reincarnated over and over and I think it broke my brain.
Will you suffer with me? All the books in the series are $0.99 on Amazon right now.
Elyse: I’m between books and just sort of staring at my TBR blankly. I’m not sure what to read next.
Tara: That’s when I usually hit up fanfic…
Claudia: I sympathize, Elyse. And Tara, I’m here for more romances featuring moms.
Sarah: I’m reading Lady Helena Investigates by Jane Steen, historical mystery with a very strange family and a widowed heroine who is being told by a locally mistrusted French coroner that he believes her very beloved husband’s death is suspicious. Her widowhood is giving me some anxiety and upset so I am picking it up and putting it down.
I’m mixing it with nonfiction, but not sure which book to read in that department.
Lara Diane: I’m about to start reading Bound for Eden by Tess LeSue ( A | BN | K | G | AB ). I was completely unaware of just how much an Oregon Trail romance would rock my world. I began with Bound for Sin (the second in the series) and my wagon is firmly hitched to this train!
Elyse: I keep thinking of the game and how someone also died of dysentery.
The Witches of New York mostly made me recall other, better stories of witches, so I’ll probably grab Shadowhouse Fall by Daniel Jose Older ( A | BN | K | G | AB ) since Shadowshaper was so great (and I am deeply excited for Shadowshaper: Legacy).
Ellen: I’m having serious book attention span issues so I’m currently partway through like four books: Doing Harm by Maya Dusenbery (Basically about sexism in the medical system–I started out kind of worried it was going to turn into something kind of reductive and biologically essentialist but she’s won me over and I’m really enjoying it now) ( A | BN | K | G | AB ), Bloody Rose (sequel to Kings of the Wyld–I’m liking it, I think, but finding it a lot slower than the first one) ( A | BN | K | G | AB ), Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo (fluffy goodness) ( A | BN | K | G | AB ), and Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik ( A | BN | K | G | AB ) (I loved Uprooted so I’ve been kind of weirdly putting off reading this because I’m worried it won’t live up to my expectations!!).
Susan: I’m currently in the middle of Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado, which so far is a very peculiar anthology.
Amanda: Very curious to hear your thoughts on Her Body and Other Parties! Elyse and I are going to be reading it for a podcast.
Susan: It’s good, she just does this surreal blend of horror and fabulism that leaves me staring at the end of the story going “What just hit me?!”
Amanda: Oooh! I love that!
Susan: I’m only a quarter of the way through, but I’ll report back!
What have you read this month? Anything good to round out July?
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