10 books I have read recently

Or “recently” as the case may be.

And maybe I should say ‘read and/or tried to read’ or “recently” might go back to February.

And one of the 10 is actually a 12 book series but “22 things on the 10th” doesn’t quite have the same ring.

This is sort of randomish & in no particular order

1. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson – I love the Bloggess. I’ve been reading her blog for years & am so happy to see she has a book out. It’s a mostly autobiographical book, apparently embellished in places with names changed here & there. Apart from Victor’s. I enjoyed reading about her & Victor’s early relationship.  It took me awhile to read this because I was savoring it. Very very funny & highly recommended by me

2. Love in a Nutshell by Janet Evanovich & Dorien Kelly – This is standard light & fun Evanovich. Recently divorced Kate is in desperate need of money to pay for repairs on her family’s lake house so she can turn into a B&B. She applies at a local microbrewery & restaurant. The owner, Matt, desperately needs someone to spy on his employees so he can figure out who is behind the string of sabotage he has been having on the job. If Kate can solve it he’ll pay her $20,000. Romance, mystery & lots of humor.

3. 50 Shades of Grey – I got it on a free download from Amazon awhile back but failed to read it until absolutely everyone in the whole of the internet was raving about it. After about 5 chapters I wondered why they were raving & gave up due to the really bad writing. Everyone going on about how hot & bothered they were from reading it & I was just bothered.. mostly because I couldn’t find a red pen to make corrections.. No amount of eroticism can compensate for that in my book, especially when there are better written erotic romances out there. Such as…

4. The Rough Rider’s series by Lorelei James – Erotic romance with modern cowboys. There are 12 books & a novella & apart from one virgin, the women are not innocents. They range in age from 21 to 45, various shapes & sizes, single mothers, widowed, divorced, single, career women, wild girls and not so wild girls. They know what they want & want they want is some fun with a smoking hot cowboy. The smoking hot cowboys also know what they want & demand to have it. Good stuff.

5. Keeper of the King’s Secrets by Michelle Diener – Historic Tudor era mystery. This is the second in a series. I really liked the first book. It’s based on the real life Susanna Horenbout, a Flemish painter to Henry VIII, and the equally real John Parker, one of Henry’s chief man at arms. In this book Susanna uncovers the theft of a special emerald pendant ‘stolen’ from the French king. This will cause quite a scandal if it becomes know & the perpetrators have killed already to keep it secret. Who is behind it? I had a hard time caring about half way in. I love the characters & the details about life at court & in London but the overall plot failed to hold my interest so I skipped to the end and thought “Oh, him.” I’m hoping the next one in the series will be back to holding my interest the way the first one did.

6. Venetia by Georgette Heyer – This was a good book. I read it in between the various Rough Rider books & Hayer’s  ‘they never do anything more risque than a brief kiss’ story made a nice change from modern day erotic romance. It was funny & sweet. Venetia is a strong, kind & capable woman, living a quiet & rather bookish life in the country with her younger brother and taking care of the house & property for her older brother while he is off in the army. She also has two persistent suitors who don’t take her seriously when she tries to dissuade them. She unexpectedly encounters her rakish neighbor Lord Damerel, who has hardly visited the place in the past decade & there is an immediate attraction. Everyone warns her off him and him off her but despite it they form a friendship based on books and a similar wit. Then events overtake them. This is a fun story & great example of Heyer’s writing.

7.Gilded Lives, Fateful Voyage by Hugh Brewster – Naturally with all the hype about the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titan I had to read something about it. This is non-fiction about some of the first class passengers on the Titanic. It covers every day of the voyage plus gives background information on the people covered. It’s decently done, a bit dry in places but overall a good read.

8. Paris in Love by Eloisa James – Eloisa James shares with us the year she spent in Paris with her husband and two children. The writing style is in the form of short updates from her Facebook and Twitter feeds & slightly longer parts from emails. This keeps events moving along & lets you see things without a lot of clutter. It keeps you very focused on her. I like the style. It was a fun memoir with plenty of detail about loife in Paris, the adjustments, the shopping, the kids’ adventures in schooling, the people they all encounter and of course, the food. Overall I found this a very enjoyable book

9. Devil’s Food by Kerry Greenwood – An ongoing mystery series set in modern day Melbourne & featuring baker Corinna Chapman & her PI boyfriend. In this entry Corinna’s estranged hippy mother suddenly appears on her doorstep demanding Corinna find her father who hasn’t been heard from in a few weeks. The search leads her to a strange group of monks & involves some toxic tea that makes her employees sick. The regular people in her apartment building all make their usual appearances. Nice light read & decent mystery.

10. Touchstone by Melanie Rawn – I haven’t read a fantasy book in well over a decade & that was the very badly done Dreamers series by David Eddings which was so bad it totally put me off fantasy, which is depressing because he used to be one of my very favorite authors (go read his Belgariad series, it’s excellent). But time fades all bad book memories eventually & when I saw this at the library I remembered I had generally enjoyed Rawn’s books in the past & decided to give this one a go after determining it wasn’t like 4th in a series of 7 or something (I hate coming in the middle of a series) This was a decent opening book to a new series. It is the story of the magical theater troupe who are striving to be the best in the kingdom. The people are a mix of various races with various amounts of magical ability & different ways of wielding it, together they put on illusions as plays. There was lots of backstory, as well as plot & character establishment but no real suspense. I’m hoping the next installment lives up to the potential hinted at in this one.

Read anything good lately?

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3 comments to 10 books I have read recently

  • Thanks for the list. I’ve heard of #1 from a few others, so will add it to my list. Was thinking about 50 Shades but have heard other complaints about the writing. May try the rough riders instead. We’re going to Belfast this summer (home of the Titanic, so will need to do some reading about it before then).
    I’m currently reading the Stephen King book 11-22-63. It’s okay.
    Carrie and I are guest-blogging our ten on the tenths today – come check it out!

  • I haven’t read anything by Melanie Rawn in years, but I know I really loved her books once. I may see if I can get Touchstone and see if I still like her.
    I’ve only just downloaded Shades of Grey out of curiousity. I may go looking for your cowboy books instead now *grin*

  • I am midway through a book I am really enjoying but can’t seem to ever remember the name lol It’s on my Kindle so I guess not seeing the jacket does that to me @@