Here are ten books from my bookshelf in the living room, which I’ve been meaning to re-organise for months now - completely randomly:
- Lee Child‘s “One Shot”: I like Lee Child and Jack Reacher. It’s funny, but I suppose if you look at my Books I Want lists, TBR pile, etc. – you probably wouldn’t figure me as a Lee Child reader. But I am - in fact, I’m re-reading “Tripwire” right now.
- Sharon Shinn‘s “Angel Seeker”: One of her Samaria books. Good, but not as great as the first three books in this series. I love Sharon Shinn. And I have all her books.
- Janet Evanovich‘s “Hard Eight”: Part of her Stephanie Plum series. I wasn’t overly impressed with the latest entry in this series (“Lean Mean Thirteen”), but these books are still worth a re-read.
- Naomi Novik‘s “Black Powder War”: Third Temeraire book. I’ve the US mass-market edition from last August, because the UK paperback version has literally just been released. An entire year after the States. Methinks the publisher’s mad.
- Cathy Kelly‘s “Best of Friends”: Cathy Kelly’s an Irish chick-lit author. I know I often say I don’t do chick-lit - but there are actually three authors I do buy: Cathy Kelly, Marian Keyes, and Anna Maxted. Marian Keyes is probably the queen of chick-lit, and Anna Maxted tackles really serious issues (one that sticks in my mind was anorexia), but in a humorous way. Actually, all three of them do – maybe it’s a subgenre of chick-lit and I should stop lumping all of them together. Hmm… I need to think about this
- Laurell K Hamilton‘s “Cerulean Sins”: Book 11 in the Anita Blake series. What happens in this one? Err… can’t quite remember, and even scanning the back-cover blurb doesn’t give me a clue! Anita re-animates a corpse.
- Mercedes Lackey‘s “Exile’s Honor”: Umm… one of her Valdemar books – this is one of her later ones, and is Alberich’s story (one of the secondary characters in the original Arrows of the Queen trilogy). I’ll be honest – IMO, the later Valdemar books can’t be compared to the first couple of trilogies (which I loved), so I can’t really remember much about this story. Or even when I last read it.
- Catherine Asaro‘s “The Last Hawk”: One of her Skolian Empire books. Errr… I love her SF books, and I bought this as part of an Asaro glom probably a couple of years ago now. Haven’t re-read it in ages, but I remember liking this. Okay, I just looked at the blurb and it’s about Kelric landing on that matriachal planet. Some bittersweet romance here – good book.
- Georgette Heyer‘s “Devil’s Cub”: Ah, sequel to “These Old Shades”, which is probably one of my favourite Heyers. I like this one as well, but even more so because we get to see a glimpse of the Duke of Avon and Leonie at the end.
- Kelley Armstrong‘s “Haunted”: Eve’s story! Probably one of my favourite in her Otherworld series. I really liked the whole Savannah-Paige-Lucas interaction in this story.
Heh. That was fun – and a really quick and easy post to write, actually. I may do more of this in the future.
Also a fairly accurate reflection of the books I read – 3 contemporary (Child, Evanovich, Kelly), 4 SF/Fantasy (Shinn, Novik, Asaro, Lackey), 2 Urban Fantasy-ish (Hamilton, Armstrong), and 1 Historical Romance (Heyer).