Here’s a quick look at the books I’ve been curling up on the couch with. Well, curling up with these, a big grey cat, and a hot mug of Earl Grey tea.
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The October Daye Series by Seanan McGuire. I really tried to dislike this series, I really tried. At dinner one night I said I thought the first book was well written, but just too violent for me. And then I read another two or three, and didn’t stop until I finished the whole series. It easily took me less than two weeks to glide through all eight books; and now I long for the magical world of the faerie with all of the political intrigue, infighting, and imaginative world-building. October “Toby” Daye is a half human half fae (as in fairy or fairy-ish) hard-boiled detective type who also happens to have considerable talent with the decidely not human skill of ‘riding blood.’ When she tastes blood, she sees and experiences the story of whomever the blood has come from; and given that she’s a detective, that blood is often coming from a freshly dead body. If you love fantasy, this is a great series to consider sinking into over winter.
Singer From The Sea by Sheri S. Tepper. Raised to be proper and polite, and assuming she will eventually become the wife of a powerful man, Genevieve is thrust into treacherous court life at a moment’s notice. She survives, thrives, and brings great change to her world, but not without some serious bumps, bruises, singing, and swimming. It’s not quite what you think, and is definitely delightful.
The Spice Box by Lou Jane Temple. If you enjoy historical mysteries set in the upstairs/downstairs intrigue of fancy houses, think about adding this to your reading list. It’s set in Manhatten when horses still ruled the streets, and a young immigrant Irish cook just might be able to help a wealthy merchant solve a mystery or two. This is an easy read book that also includes a handful of recipes. And the spice box itself? Not nearly as big of a deal as I thought it might be.
The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George. I bought this at the bookstore on Mackinac Island (see, I even buy books when I’m on vacation.) The story took awhile to really grab me, but once it did, I was sailing along with the crew. Book and boat references? Yes, and lost love and redemption.
Archangel by Sharon Shinn. There was something about the cover of this book that made me pick it up at the recent library book sale. It’s a red-headed woman holding a glowing blue orb in one hand, and a single white feather in the other. I can’t tell if she’s in ecstacy or communing with the gods/goddess. Regardless, it intrigued me, so I threw it into the box and brought it home. It’s a captivating story about a pure mortal (well, maybe) who marries an angel (seriously, an angel.) They spend most of the book disliking each other. And the end? Pure magic, of course. Now I’ve found another sci-fi/fantasy author to read – hurrah!
The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. You all know I read all sorts of books, and this was at the annual book sale at my local library. I couldn’t remember reading it as a child, so brought the 1956 paperback published by the Henry Regenery Company in Chicago home. This is not the Hollywood movie and, like most books that are made into movies, I liked the book a whole lot better.
The Unkillable Kitty O’Kane by Colin Falconer. In October bought a 4th Generation Amazon Kindle at an estate sale sans power cord for $35. It took me another week to acquire a power cord, charge the device, and download my very first free book. I’ve read plenty of books on the Kindle app on my iPad, but never on an actual Kindle. And most free/cheap books I’ve read in the past needed both more content and an outside editor. This is not the case with The Unkillable Kitty O’Kane. It’s a fun romp from Dublin to New York on the Titanic and back to England on the Lusitanita (literally – the main character is on both and survives.) She is a feisty and independent, struggling to find herself in a world where such independence is frowned upon for women – but can she find love? You’ll have to read the book to find that out.
And as for the ‘raging’ battle between electronic and actual books? I prefer an actual book, and love the convenience of electronic.
Chanel by Edmonde Charles-Roux. The subtitle of this biography is “her life, her world – and the woman behind the legend she herself created.” This is a deep and detailed exploration of the early life of famed fashion designer Coco Chanel. It tells the story of how a peasant girl stubbornly climbed to the top of the fashion industry and (pretty much) stayed there. At times I was bored with the musings of the author, other times fascinated by the bravado of Chanel. A must read for any fashionista. Speaking of which…
The Time-Traveling Fashionista On Board The Titanic by Bianca Turetsky. This charming book came from the local library sale; I liked the sparkly pink front cover and the blue gown on the back cover was intriguing, too. I didn’t know it was geared towards the middle school age group until I started to read about the awkward seventh grade Louise Lambert who has recently discovered a passion for vintage fashion. She goes to an unusual vintage store and ends up on the Titanic. As in the *real* Titanic. How she gets there, survives, and gets home are all part of the story – as are gorgeous illustrations of clothing featured in the book.
The Why Did I Bother?
Thankful none of the books I’ve read over the last couple of months have been this bad. I’m just curious if you’ve gone back and re-read some of your childhood favorites. What was that like for you?