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July Reading Roundup

I’ve been on a reading binge–anything and everything. As you’ve probably noticed, I don’t read just one type of book, I read all over the place. I always have. And my July reads were no different as evidenced by these four very unique stories.

Looking for something new? Have you read:

Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews

How is it that I missed this series the first time around? I should be pointing fingers at all my friends who didn’t insist that I READ the Kate Daniels series, starting with the first book, Magic Bites, but apparently now is my turn … Read more »

Friday Reads: Read and TBR

This week I finally got the time to sit down and read. My reading time is so precious, and I don’t get enough of it. Sadly, I hear this lament from many writers. But no complaints this week, because I scored the perfect book.

Bellewether

Susanna Kearsley’s new book, Bellewether, is all that and more. It helped that I was in Canada last week and was able to pick up a hard copy of the book–Sorry, US readers, our edition doesn’t come out until August 7th.

US Edition, August 2018

I’ve come to the realization that I am not … Read more »

Friday Reads: YA Series

This week I’ve been reading books from two different series. What is it about a good series that keeps you coming back for MORE? I think it is great characters (of course) and sometimes it’s just the sheer joy of being in that story world again.

And with some series, it is both. Then you know you’ve hit gold.

The books I’ve been reading this week are both YA fantasy series. I always find it funny when adults sort of whisper and confess that they read YA, like there is some line in the sand that once you cross into … Read more »

Sharing

And BTW, all these books are fabulous!

In my family, we never arrive or leave each other’s homes empty handed. If it isn’t being used, or you can’t use it up, you share it. Sharing is just part of being in my family. Books. Recipes. Food. Magazines.

My grandmother was infamous for always having some bit of advice she’d “clipped out of the paper just for you.”

And what is my favorite thing to share?

Books, of course.

As an avid reader, I end up with stacks of novels. (Yes, I still read paper. I just am not an electronic … Read more »

Friday Reads: Up and Away

When I travel (which I will be this coming week) I inevitably take three books with me. One for the outbound flight. One for the return flight. And a backup book in case Book A or Book B is, well, a dud.

I think sometimes I spend more time picking my three books than I do all the other things that go into planning a trip–booking everything, making arrangements, packing, et al.

Those three books get A LOT of consideration.

But here is my dilemma with this lot.

Egads, what to read first? This is like the gold strike of … Read more »

Friday Reads: Novels with Heart

I have not had much time to read lately. Well, that isn’t entirely true. I’ve been reading, but its been piles and piles of research books. Like histories of Chinese laundries in the west. And histories about Wyoming. And women’s history books. Immigrant diaries.

But in between some heavy and fascinating research, I’ve been slipping away to read Jane Kirkpatrick’s A Light in the Wilderness. It won the WILLA award in 2015 and is based on the real life events of Letitia Carson, a freed slave who came west over the Oregon trail with her white husband. It … Read more »

Friday Reads: Fantasy Finds

Like I said in other posts, I’ve gotten hooked on fantasy. Not surprising since I loved reading it as a kid and a young adult. Wrinkle in Time. The Hobbit. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Then along came Game of Thrones and I read all those and then discovered Emily Gee and her books (try: The Sentinel Mage) and just recently, I discovered Robin Hobb.

I can happily report, I’ve found an entirely new-to-me author to binge/read and someone I can enthusiastically share with you.

Assassian’s Apprentice

I spotted Assassian’s Apprentice at the … Read more »

Friday Reads: Historical Mysteries

I love mysteries. But I am particular. Like most of what I like to read I want my mysteries historical. Like that surprises anyone. My favorite historical mystery authors include CJ Sansom, Laura Joh Rowland’s Sano Ichiro series, and now . . . an entirely new crop of wonderful sleuths.

The Lady Sherlock series

Oh, my goodness! How did I not find this earlier? There are already two books out, (with a third coming in October!) and I had been meaning to read this new Holmes, but always the other books and blah, blah, blah.

I’d even been … Read more »

Friday Reads: Fantasy

I have this not so secret love affair with Fantasy novels. Of course this is no surprise if you know that the first book I ever set out to write was a medieval. I love a good quest. A battle for the soul of a land. Right and wrong. And so with the passing of Ursula K. Le Guin this week, I thought I’d share some of the great fantasy books I’ve read in the past year and hope you will share your favorites in the comments below!

First up is Red Sister by Mark Lawrence. One of those books … Read more »

12 Places to Find Great Book Deals

Who doesn’t like finding new authors and great books? Here’s a list of places I like to find great deals on books.

  1. Bookbub the be-all-and-end-all of book deal sites. Besides their daily newlsetter, you can also sign up to follow your favorite authors so that when they have a new release or a book deal, Bookbub can send you a friendly note so you don’t miss out. (Make sure to sign up for me! LOL!)
  2. Lauren’s Book Club Newsletter is author Lauren Royal’s weekly listing of book deals and favorite reads.
  3. Buy A Historical is a weekly newsletter of
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