It’s raining again and I’ve a bit of a cold – it’s turning out to be a pretty grim weekend! But it is the end of June, and so a good (or logical, anyway) time to look at what I’ve read this month.
I read 22 books this month, which is a lot for me – the second-highest number of books read per month this year so far. January was the only month when I read more, and that was due to the Christmas/New Year holidays and err… the fact that I wasn’t doing much at work because I was about to move on! This time around, I’m not quite sure where I found the time. I think I spent less time online because of the on-off broadband connection of mine (which, fingers crossed, seems to be working properly now)…
Historical romance: I read a lot of Eloisa James – five books plus her new release “Desperate Duchesses”. It has been an EJ glom for me – I think I’m now completely caught up on her backlist. I also read Amanda Quick‘s “Second Sight” – a book I picked up only because it was half-price. It’s been on my TBR pile for a while, mainly because it was part of her Arcane Society series and I’m just not keen on her paranormals. I actually quite enjoyed it, but it still wasn’t vintage Quick – a quick and easy read, though.
Mystery: Eight books in total here, obviously including Jacqueline Winspear‘s “Maisie Dobbs” books, a couple of Jill Churchill‘s cosy mysteries (a few more have just arrived today in my Amazon delivery) and more Elizabeth Peters – both Vicky Bliss and stand-alones. “The Love Talker” is my favourite stand-alone EP so far, I think it’s a bit more gothic than the others I’ve read to date, with a very subtle romance.
Hmm… actually nine books if you count Janet Evanovich‘s “Lean Mean Thirteen” as Mystery. I was actually a bit disappointed in this one. It was definitely a Plum book – all the usual suspects making an appearance with the trademark slapstick comedy and let’s see… Stephanie destroying her cars, Stephanie trying to apprehend her FTAs (can’t remember but I think she lost her handcuffs as well), etc, etc. So, yes, classic Plum, but – and I can’t believe I’m actually saying this – it’s starting to feel like a paint-by-numbers book. Nothing much happens in the overall story arc, I didn’t have any laugh-out-loud moments… and I actually didn’t finish the book in one sitting. Maybe I just have too high expectations for a Plum book?
SF/F (including urban fantasy): About six books, I think – not really dominated by a single author. Let’s see, Dave Duncan, Laurell K Hamilton, John Scalzi, Carrie Vaughn, Ilona Andrews, and PC Cast/Kristin Cast. The books by the first four were continuations of various series, while the latter two books started off series (and were by new-to-me authors). Actually, is there a plural for the word “series” or is it a plural in itself – it doesn’t seem to sound right somehow?
Anyway, hard to compare these six books (and probably completely illogical – as they are mostly in completely different genres, or subgenres), but I will stick with the first four authors (yes, even Anita Blake, as I’m still too heavily invested in these characters now) and not the last two, as their books/worlds just didn’t stand out from the rest of the pack.
And I’m still after the following books – I know they’re out, but for the life of me, I can’t find them anywhere…
- Julia Quinn’s “The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever”
- Jacqueline Carey’s “Kushiel’s Justice”
- Lois McMaster Bujold’s “The Sharing Knife: Legacy”