So what did I read during April? 17 books in total (full list here) but some thoughts:
I finished the final Amelia Peabody book “Tomb of the Golden Bird” *sigh*. I do hope Elizabeth Peters writes another. Though I suspect she might have to dig up some of Amelia’s missing journals, else you’ll have a 70+ year old Amelia running around her Egyptian tombs and pyramids. Heh. That could be interesting.
I tried to ease through my Amelia Peabody obsession by reading other Elizabeth Peters books – I started the Vicky Bliss series with “Borrower of the Night” and have the others in this series on order from Amazon. I’ve also been reading other stand-alone books by Ms Peters (mysteries with Gothic overtones mostly) - they’ve been mainly B- books for me.
On the romance front, I finally read a few books I’ve been meaning to read for ages: Lisa Kleypas‘ first contemporary “Sugar Daddy”, Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ ”Natural Born Charmer” and Elizabeth Hoyt‘s “The Raven Prince”. Unfortunately, none of them blew me away – still Bs though.
I’ll post my thoughts on Ms Phillips’ and Ms Hoyt’s books soon, but on “Sugar Daddy” in particular - it was weird, but I kept on thinking of Judith McNaught while I was reading this. Maybe it was the “rags to riches” storyline and how everything just worked out perfectly. Liberty was just a bit too good to be true for me, but I did like Hardy and Gage. It also pretty much felt like two separate stories in one book for some reason. Despite this, my feeling is that Ms Kleypas can write contemporary, even though I prefer her historicals. Her follow-up book to “Sugar Daddy” will still be on my To Buy list (update on sequel here - with spoilers if you still haven’t read “Sugar Daddy” as it reveals who Liberty ends up with).
Fantasy – it was mainly sequel month: I read Jim Butcher‘s third Codex Alera book, Karen Chance‘s “Claimed by Shadow” and Anne Bishop‘s “Belladonna”. Again, all good books, but none that I fell in love with.
And finally, one new-to-me author who I discovered this month – John Scalzi, who writes SF (my thoughts on his “Old Man’s War” here), and whose books I’ll definitely be buying going forward.