I am remiss!

I have not posted since late June, and my only excuse is rampant busy-ness. I've been squeezing books into every spare moment (my dear husband can attest to that), but there SO MANY GOOD BOOKS, and really, so little free time. This working life can be such a challenge.

What follows is an incomplete list of some of the books I've read in the past two months--or, at least, those I've enjoyed enough to remember. (I do have the firm motto of life's too short to read books one doesn't enjoy!) You may notice that many of them are speculative fiction, which folks tend to assume is escapist in nature. Today's speculative fiction tends to take our modern society's ills and place them in other worlds, which often gives just enough distance to see them more clearly AND write a different ending. And the world-building! So impressive, the imaginations of these authors.

Here they are, in no particular order, and for various reasons, I enjoyed them all:

We Hunt the Flame - Hafsah Faizal (first in a spec fic series inspired by ancient Arabia)

The Hound of Justice - Claire O'Dell (the follow-up to A Study in Honor, The Janet Watson


A Gathering of Shadows & A Conjuring of Light - V.E. Schwab (the final two books in the spec fic

trilogy that began with A Darker Shade of Magic, so good!)

The Candle and the Flame - Nafiza Azad (first in a spec fic series set along the ancient Silk Road)

The Art of Theft - Sherry Thomas (advance readers copy, 4th in the Lady Sherlock mystery series)

Betrayal in Time - Julie McElwain (advance readers copy, 4th in an FBI time-travel mystery series)

Empire of Sand - Tasha Suri (first in a spec fic series inspired by ancient Mughal India)

A Beautiful Blue Death - Charles Finch (first in a mystery series set in late 1800s Edinburgh)

Hearts of the Missing - Carol Potenza (a modern southwestern mystery)

Strange the Dreamer & Muse of Nightmares - Laini Taylor (spec fic duology, beautifully wrought)

Plunder - Mary Anna Evans (#7 in the Faye Longchamp present-day archeological mystery series)

Gods of Jade and Shadow - Silvia Moreno-Garcia (set in 1920s Mexico with pre-Hispanic gods)

Six of Crows & Crooked Kingdom - Leah Bardugo (spec fic duology loosely inspired by 20th century

Europe, quite the wild ride!)

Between the World and Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates (non-fiction, a letter to his 15-year-old son)

Jane Doe - Victoria Helen Stone (modern fiction, neuro-diverse character(s))

The Kiss Quotient - Helen Hoang (modern fiction, neuro-diverse character(s))

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows - Balli Kaur Jaswal (modern fiction set in Punjabi hub of London)

Romancing the Duke - Tessa Dare (say what you will, nothing wrong with a little romance featuring

spunky feminist protagonists struggling against the status quo of Regency England)

The Lady's Guide to Celestial Mechanics (a repeat on the above riff with science and queerness)

A Better Man - Louise Penny (advance readers copy, much-beloved Inspector Gamache series)

The Wrath & The Dawn - Renee Ahdieh (first in a duology, a retelling of Shahrazad)

They're all great books! I hope you dig in and enjoy. I have most of these books in the shop at the moment, but no guarantees. I will try and be more timely with my book blurbs. In the meantime, happy reading!


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