Am back!

Arrived back home yesterday evening – this is the last time I fly into Heathrow on a Saturday evening.  It was a complete nightmare from start to finish, starting with when the plane had to circle the airport waiting for a landing slot, followed with a massive queue at Immigration, and the longest-ever wait for the bags to be unloaded.

Anyway, I had two Amazon deliveries when I was away – it’s always nice to come home, but even nicer coming back to new books!

  • The Secret Countess (Eva Ibbotson) – YA.  Recommended by Jennie.
  • The Mirador (Sarah Monette) – Fantasy.  On my August “I want” list, so hurray!  I decided to order this one from Amazon because it’s hardback (i.e. cheaper from Amazon) and well, I was going on holiday so it wasn’t as though I would run across it in a bookstore…
  • Demons Are Forever: Confessions of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom (Julie Kenner) – Paranormal.  I’ve read the first two books in this series (imagine Buffy all grown up, married, and settled down in the suburbs) – this is the third book. 
  • Succubus Blues (Richelle Mead) – Paranormal romance.  I wanted to get this when it first came out, especially as there was a lot of good buzz around this.  But it was in trade paperback and I was trying to control my book budget (I manage this now and again, really!), so I waited until the mass market paperback came out.  I’m a bit “paranormal romanced out” now though, so it may be a while until I get around to this.
  • Be Buried in the Rain, Search the Shadows, and Shattered Silk (Barbara Michaels) – Mystery.  My first Barbara Michaels books.  Heh.  I have practically all the Elizabeth Peters books now, so am hoping these are just as good.  These particular books were recommended by various peeps on different posts…
  • The Sharing Knife: Legacy (Lois McMaster Bujold) – Fantasy.  I think this was on my list of books to get in June, but better late than never!
  • The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever (Julia Quinn) – Historical romance.  Also on my June list; am not sure why it’s taken me so long to get it.
  • The Four Forges (Jenna Rhodes) – Fantasy.  This caught my eye when it came out in hardcover last year, so I’m glad I remembered when the mass market paperback was released.  Err… can’t really remember what it’s about now (I think there are elves 🙂 ) – but I do like the cover art and it’s published by DAW, and for some reason, I generally like most DAW books.
  • Cocaine Blues (Kerry Greenwood) – Mystery.  Recommended by Marg on the Historical Tapestry blog – it’s set in Melbourne in the 1920s.  I’m on a bit of a historical mystery kick at the moment, so looking forward to this. 

So lots to read, plus I also have thousands of posts to catch up with (what would I do without Bloglines).  It is nice to be back!

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5 thoughts on “Am back!

  1. Oh, yes, The Sharing Knife and the Ibbotson are fantastic, and so are all three of the Barbara Michaels titles. If you end up liking Shattered Silk, keep in mind that it’s related to two more paranormal-heavy books, Ammie Come Home (my gold standard in ghost stories) and Stitches in Time. Chronologically, it falls between the two, but can be read alone perfectly well.

  2. I’m really stuck as to what to read first, which is always a nice dilemma to have 🙂 I’ve started with “The Mirador”, but it’s really the sort of book which you have to set time aside to read properly – so I may read one of the BMs or maybe “Cocaine Blues”, as that looks slimmer (and I love the cover!).

  3. Ooh, I hope you like the Ibbotson. And I’ll be interested to see what you think of the Barbara Michaels. I actually have Stitches in Time out of the library right now. (Hmm, I think I need to renew it…) 🙂

  4. I ended up reading the Ibbotson first, and absolutely *loved* it – it’s one of the best books I’ve read this year! I can’t believe I haven’t read anything by her before. I have to do a proper post on this soon…

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