Wednesday, December 06, 2017

'Tis the Reading Season

This year I decided to be my own Secret Santa and buy some new books to read this month. I set myself a limit of three, and to get some variety I shopped for a favorite author, an author I haven't read in a while, and a new-to-me author.



Mary Balogh is of course the favorite author, and I've been waiting since February for her third Westcott novel, Someone to Wed. The fallout from a bigamous earl's death continues in this installment, which features his heir, Alexander Westcott. I've liked this character since the series began, and I have no doubt this will be a wonderful addition to the series.

I've read Dean Koontz's novels on and off for years; I've been off the author since Innocence depressed me a bit too much back in 2013. The Silent Corner is the first book in a new series featuring a female protagonist, and the cover copy got me curious. I liked the first page. No doubt it will all end up being a government conspiracy, but these days, what doesn't?

Caroline ~ Little House, Revisited by Sarah Miller is the new-to me author's novel. The book was authorized by the Little House Heritage Trust, and evidently tells some of Laura Ingalls Wilder's pioneering childhood stories from her mother's POV. I had some reservations right off the bat -- the Little House books are one of the reasons I became a writer, aka sacred ground -- so I did read the first four pages before I bought it. While it's not written in the voice or style of the Little House books, and the way Caroline Ingalls is portrayed doesn't match my mental image of her, I decided to quit nit-picking and give it a shot.

What are you reading this season? Let us know in comments.

2 comments:

  1. I saw that Caroline book and will be eagerly awaiting your review -- I'm thinking of putting it on my Christmas list.

    Dean Koontz I read all the Odd Thomas books but was a bit wary of him otherwise. Maybe I'll look this one up.

    A new author I've just been introduced to and like very much is N K Jemisin -- a sci fi/fantasy author with strong characters and interesting worlds.

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  2. Ghost Story by Peter Straub. He's not new to me but I've never read this one even though I really enjoyed the movie mainly because of the actors.

    Except the Dying by Maureen Jennings. This is an older book and the first in the Murdoch Mysteries series. I love Murdoch Mysteries, the Canadian TV series though it's taken a different path than the books, and approved by Jennings by the way. So I wanted to read the book that started it all. And Marry in Haste by Anne Gracie. I absolutely love her. Her Merridew series is what got me hooked on her and I've read it a dozen times. Marry in Haste came out several months ago, but I didn't read much this summer with everything I had to do so this is one I'll curl up in front of the fireplace with.

    And...I'm still sick! I'm really hoping this is gone by Christmas. :(

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