Despite being in crazy deadline mode with the Kenya book (just six more chapters to go!), I’ve managed to cram in a fair amount of pleasure reading this week. Sometimes, it’s nice to listen to the voices from someone else’s head.
Here’s what I’ve been reading:
— Kristan Higgins, The Next Best Thing.
It’s no secret that I’m a huge Kristan Higgins fan. I ration out re-reads for myself, saving them for times of need– like deadline crunch time. For those who haven’t read her yet, she writes clever, heart-warming, all around fun contemporary romances. My favorites are Fools Rush In and Just One of the Guys, although my little sister insists on the superiority of Catch of the Day.
–Barbara Freethy, Suddenly One Summer.
When I’m in deadline crunch, I tend to gravitate towards small town contemporary romances. This one is the first in a series about a town in the Pacific Northwest called Angels’ Bay.
— Sarah Rose, For All the Tea in China.
Nonfiction also does the trick when I’m in lockdown. You can’t go wrong with a book that combines two of my favorite things: tea and history. Note: this also makes a great gift book! I gave it to my father as a present last year. Then I, um, borrowed it. Yes, borrowed.
— Jennifer Crusie, Trust Me On This.
It’s snarky and it’s sparky and altogether fun. Usually I dislike plots based on major misunderstandings– and plots with major side relationships– but this one works on every level, largely because of the amazing banter and chemistry between the two principal characters. And you can trust me on that.
— Anne Stuart, Lord of Danger.
This is hands down my favorite Anne Stuart. In the England of the boy king Henry III, a scarred court magician falls for his liege lord’s plain sister– a description that does nothing to capture the dark magic of the story. Although the plot is linked to both Henry III and the doomed Fourth Crusade, the book has a fairy tale feeling to it (in a good way).
What have you been reading?