October Reading List

I picked up and discarded more than a dozen books after reading anywhere from one page to several chapters. Regency romance used to be my light go-to reading but not a single one caught me last month, not even the highly rated ones I tried. Have I read too many and I’m simply saturated? Don’t know, but I need a new go-to genre. I did manage to come across several good books worth recommending, however.

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang – Romance from the POV of an autistic woman. Male escort (think Pretty Woman in reverse). Some great sex and the underlying story is handled very well. We have an autistic female in our extended family so I found myself relating to, invested in, and cheering for, the female lead in this story.

The Sundown Motel and The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James-both ghost story mysteries. St. James does an excellent job with the mystery and the spook in both these books and even manages to throw in light romance.

Midnight Crystal by Jayne Castle -old. I wanted to finish this trilogy (Midnight Crystal is the last book). I enjoy Jayne’s plots but her older books are definitely thin on everything else. Still, I like the future world this is set in and enjoyed the easy read.

Hench by Natalie Zina Walschots. This debut novel grabbed me and didn’t let me go. It’s an engrossing and imaginative tale of the cost (collateral damage) of when a superhero does his or her thing and what one woman  (a hench) does about it. It begins with our protagonist heading to an employment agency for people willing to work for supervillains–the henchmen. The author had me right there. I couldn’t put this book down.

Take A Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert. I read the first book in this series, Get A Life, Chloe Brown, several months back. Loved them both. Romance is all about emotion–learning to love, falling in love, accepting love–and Ms. Hibbert hit the genre on all fronts. The only problem is that she’s traditionally published (Avon Books) so we won’t see more than one book a year from her. That’s a shame, as I plan to read anything she puts out if I remember her name a year from now.

Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust  I had no expectations when I picked up this book. It’s a fairy tale about a princess (naturally), only this princess was cursed when only a few days old. She is poison, and anyone who touches her dies. As you might expect her life is quite restricted. There is a girl, there is a serpent, there are thorns. There is a rich world. If you like fairy tale fantasies there’s a good chance you will like Girl, Serpent, Thorn.

Shadows in Death by J.D. Robb This is the forty-somethingth book in Nora Roberts’ police procedural series. I don’t look forward to them as much as I used to because lately reading the dark side of human nature appeals to me less. That said, we are talking about Nora Roberts here, and the woman is a master of story telling. Shadows is focused on  a threat to Roarke, and as the In Death cast of characters has learned to love, or at least respect and like, Roarke, they all rally round.

The rest of my reading last month was all business related. Some days I feel as if my brain is stuffed too full and some of it needs to leak out. Other days I feel as if I’m not taking enough in. I could read for every moment of every day and night and still not get to even a tiny bit of what I’d like to read. It’s a good problem to have, methinks.

Until next month,

Charley