I have a huge To Be Read Pile. In fact, I have several huge To Be Read Piles. It’s a wonderful problem. I just can’t help buying books! I don’t smoke or drink but man do I buy books. Consequently, The Stack!!!!! So I decided that I’d take a week or so and try to make a dent in the thing. Here are the results.
The Ugly Duchess by Eloisa James
I have a confession. I have about SIX James novels on The Stack and hadn’t cracked open a single one before Ugly Duchess. Actually, that’s not true, now that I’m thinking about it. I got about a page or two into A Kiss At Midnight before life got super crazy and deadlines all came up at once and I had to forego the book. But this time, I had settled in and hunkered down, much like a swan on her egg…or uh, something like that. I would read this book to the end!!!!! And guess what?
Really, really liked it! Her prose leans to the more lyrical side, which I adored Her heroine was great and spunky and I loved that the book was divided into two parts. It made for some great cliffhangers! The romance was just right and the hero and heroine had some great chemistry. All in all, The Ugly Duchess is a great spin on the classic tale and I can’t wait to check out the next James’ book in The Stack!
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
I adore the Peter Pan mythos and story. I’ve watched the movies, I’ve watched movies about the play (Finding Neverland is one of my FAVORITE movies ever!) and read books about and based off the story too (see below). And I’ve read the Barrie book up to the middle before, again, getting incredibly buried under deadline! So I finally finished it and man, J.M Barrie just blows me away! The prose is so clever, the idea of the story is so clever. Everything about the tale is wonderful! Barrie’s imagination is just…gah! He wrote about the spirit of childhood! I mean, who thinks to do that??!?!?!?! As an author, I just bow to him. As a reader, I just buckle up and enjoy the ride. Loved this book!
The Bridgerton Second Epilogues by Julia Quinn
Julia Quinn holds a very dear place in my heart. She’s what I call an Auto-buy Author. I see her name and ding ding! Purchase! I don’t care what the book is about, I don’t care what the cover looks like. If her name is on it, I’m buying. I have every single title of hers and because of this great love affair with all her fictional heroes, she was one of the first people I ever interviewed! She was gracious enough to give me a wonderful, insightful interview and I just love her even more! So when the Second Epilogues came out, I bought them all! How’d I enjoy them? Well, let me put it to you this way:
Imagine a beautifully wrapped box of chocolates filled with every single piece of chocolate you love best. Caramels and nuggets and milk chocolate and fudge and…..yeah, you get the picture. Imagine those chocolates taste like everything you need them to taste like, they hit the spot just right.
That’s what reading the Second Epilogues is like. Each story was it’s own fabulous creation that, together, presented something truly original and great. I’ll indulge in those stories again and again, no doubt.
Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Like I said above, I adore the Peter Pan mythos. It’s just great. So when I found this book by Jodi Lynn Anderson, I bought it without hesitation. It’s taken me a couple months to get to it, but every time I’d pass The Stack, my eyes would always fall to it and I’d always sigh in longing. The cover is gorgeous, the cover copy is so lyrical and bittersweet and just….sigh. So I read this book, took about two hours, which is always a good sign! And the minute I was done, I immediately went to my laptop and started Googling Anderson, as I wanted to interview her for the site right then and there! I needed to know how an author crafted something so beautiful. I needed to know why she decided to end things the way she did, why she decided to have her characters make choices the way they did, and I needed to know that most basic of question: where’d she get this idea? I needed to know if it felt like I hand twisting her heart at the very end. So if anyone knows where I can get her contact info, let me know!!! Cause I really want to interview her.
Catch Me by Lisa Gardner
Lisa Gardner is not someone I’ve interviewed but she is the first author who ever sent me autographed book plates. I have them to this day. I’ve always been a huge fan and have followed her career. She has a wonderful newsletter. But I must admit, it’s been awhile since I’ve read an adult thriller/mystery. My tastes have been leaning toward romance, NA and YA. The majority of the books on The Stack are in those categories, about fifteen percent are in literary fiction, and about five is in thriller/mystery. So I decided to jump back on the wagon with Lisa’s Catch Me and I got to say, I’m glad I’m reading thrillers again. There’s nothing like that feeling of absolutely having to know what happens next, and that’s all the feeling I had with this one! This was a wonderfully crafted sleigh of hand story. Just when you think you know who did it….BAM! Totally not true! My favorite Gardner book is The Perfect Husband, and while Catch Me didn’t really have any romance to it, I got to meet up again with JT Dillon and Tess and it was great! I adore JT Dillon. And I adored Catch Me.
Whew! Five books down, about a million more to go! But I’m motivated and am on a hot streak! So I’ve vowed that between all the stuff going, I’m going to continue my rapid pace of reading. I’m about a quarter way through The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, and I’ve got Bel Canto, The Night Circus, and a few beautiful romances up next!