What are you reading | October 2011?
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I finished Ravishing in Red and Not Quite a Husband. Both were from authors I had never read before and I really enjoyed them. I'm going to have to keep an eye out for more books from both of them. I actually already picked up a few. Now I'm waiting on the next book in the series from Madeline Hunter, Provocative in Pearls, to come in from the library so I'm doing a re-read of Lisa Kleypas' Then Came You.
I finished The Amorous Education of Celia Seaton which is the third in Miranda Neville's Burgandy Club. I've read the other two but just found them OK so I'm sure parts of this book would have been more enjoyable if I actually remembered some of the earlier characters. In this book, there were just too many plot devices: kidnapping, amnesia, heroine with unique background, ... Just too much for one book.
I finished A little bit wild by victoria dahl. I really enjoyed it. I'd been holding off reading this book because the first few pages turned me off but I ended up loving it.
Not sure if I'll read the second one in the series - lovers torn apart 10 years just depresses me but can't wait for the next book with this family.
I finished Lord Stanhope's Proposal by Jessica Benson. Based on reviews I saw elsewhere, I was expecting to really like this but I found it very disappointing. The prose was clunky, the pacing was off, the characters verged on stereotypes and the plot, which should have provided much fodder for comic merriment, seemed underused. I believe this was the author's first book and it certainly displays many first book flaws (that poor pacing being the dead giveaway). I'm not sure I enjoyed the author's voice enough to check out any of her later work.
Fictionwise had a 60% off sale this weekend and I picked up a lot of reissued Regency trads by writers such as Joan Smith, Joan Wolf, Barbara Metzger, Mary Chase Comstock and Allison Lane as well as a Gothic or two. An embarrassment of riches. I'm having trouble deciding what to read next!
I finished Dangerous by Amanda Quick. It was a quick entertaining read but now that I have read several of her books, the characters and the plots are all beginning to feel awfully familiar. Ah well.
I also finished The A.B.C. Murders by Agatha Christie. Now that was a great whodunit.
Now I just started The Yiddish Policeman's Union by Michael Chanon. It hasn't grabbed me yet but I will give it some time.
marietherese, you don't have to bother further, I didn't much care for her books either. I rated Lord Stanhope's Proposal with 2 stars and the other ones not much better.
Thanks, Julia. I'm glad to know that I wasn't the only one disappointed by this book (2 stars would be my grade as well) and that there's no need for me to give this author another try.
I finished Seduce Me in Dreams the night before last and thought it was good. I liked the sci-fi/paranormal mix up.
mamalaz, I, too, remember going through most of Jayne Ann Krentz's books, including the Amanda Quick ones. While her stories are always enjoyable they did run together for me. All of the heroines are spunky and pretty in a nontraditional way. Usually described as having striking features, as I recall. And the heroes are never classically handsome, but usually rugged with dark brown hair.
I just read Private Arrangements by Sherry Thomas. It was okay. While I enjoy the more "contemporary" setting of the 1890s with more industry, automobiles and outspokenness, this book really suffers from the Big Misunderstanding. I wasn't really convinced by the h/h's love, nor did I find the resolution satisfying. I did think the flashbacks were effective, however, and I liked the secondary romance.
i am actually going back and rereading some of my favorite historical romance novels. I am a little burnt out on paranormal romance so I switching genres for a little while... so far i have reread my julie garwood books and a few others. Next, I think i'm going to start lions lady then In bed with a highlander by maya banks
25 - I just finished all the Suzanne Brockmann Troubleshooters books. I really enjoyed them. there were really only two that I didn't care for as much.
Read them straight through.
My friend suggested I read A Confederacy of Dunces, so I did. It was entertaining, but generally pointless. The author was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize for it. Now I'll probably read a historical romance.
Instead of a historical romance I read Bad Land, a nonfiction account about homesteaders who settled eastern Montana. It was quite good. Then I read The Evil B.B. Chow and Other Stories by Steve Almond, an author I like. The stories were good, but mostly forgettable, and a lot of them seemed overly sexualized to me. Maybe that's weird coming from a romance reader, but they just didn't speak to me.
I think I'm avoiding picking up another romance, because I'm afraid of being disappointed. There are a lot of okay and good romances out there, but I haven't read a great one in awhile. Most of the books I've read lately have been solid three stars, nothing more.
gracer> I know where you are coming from. I think the number of average romance novels has expanded significantly - it's one of the reasons I use paperbackswap now. I feel a little better about just paying shipping for a book, even though the reading of it may have wasted my time.
Have you tried a book by Courtney Milan? I just started reading her and have really enjoyed her style and characters.. Just a suggestion...
I just finished The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides. Even though parts were very academic, it was a good read for me and made me examine love and its consequences from a different perspective. Full of memorable characters and well-turned phrases, but not romance as we know it.
reesa> I also use paperbackswap. I have saved a lot of money over the years. The time, though, I can't get back.
I have not tried Milan, but she's been mentioned a couple of times. If I see any by her, I'll try them out.
I have started reading Pride and Prejudice. I know the bare bones of the story but have never read it. Figured I might as well read a classic. And it came free on the kindle app on my phone. So far I'm enjoying it. At night before bed, I am also reading A Columbia History of the World a chapter or two at a time.
gracer - I really envy you! I wish I could read P&P again for the first time :)
Mary - Thanks, I enjoyed it! I also just recently finished Lorraine Heath's A Matter of Temptation, which was better than I expected, but not a keeper. I thought for the effort I expended in suspending my disbelief (the hero escapes from prison), I should have gotten a better resolution, especially in regards to the true villain.
Currently reading Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn. So far, I'm enjoying the rest of the story more than the romance.
I think that's why I write romance. I can whip those boys into shape!
I just finished Scandalous Desires. The heroine, Silence, somewhat annoyed me in earlier books but was refreshing in this one. I'm not quite sure what to think of the hero. He's a criminal who reforms during the book. Reforms may be too much of a strong word since he is forced to change. It was a good read if you can overcome that...
#46 - I've just started reading book 2 in the Maiden Lane Series now and am looking forward to reading Silence's story eventually in Scandalous Desires. Glad to hear you liked it. I thought she was much too rash and naive in the first book and felt terrible about what happened to her subsequently. I'm dying to see how Hoyt gives her a happy ending!
I just started reading Narcissus in Chains by Laurell K Hamilton, it's book 10 of her Anita Blake series. I love her books they have action, romance, and of course the paranormal. The leading lady is not the usual girl in trouble waiting for some guy, she has guns and uses them. To me its refreshing, although the plot is getting very tangled with characters.
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