For some reason, I’m in a bit of a reading slump. I read seven books in October, which is half the number of books I read during the month before. Though I did re-read some of my favourite Amelia Peabody books.
Anyway, here are the books I’m looking forward to in November – not that many this time around:
“An Affair Before Christmas” by Eloisa James (Historical romance) – Second book in her Desperate Duchesses series. The heroine of this one, Poppy, wasn’t really onstage during the first book, so I admit I’m more looking forward to reading about Elijah and Jemima – and hoping their marriage takes a turn for the better. I also really like the cover for this book – it’s so colourful and somehow conveys this decadent feeling, which feels really well-suited to the Georgian period setting. Excerpt here.
“Reader and Raelynx” by Sharon Shinn (Fantasy) – Fourth book in her Twelve Houses series, which is more traditional sword-and-sorcery fantasy than her Samaria series. I just love Sharon Shinn’s writing and this series is a perfect blend of fantasy and romance. Her latest book “General Winston’s Daughter” has whetted my appetite nicely for this one.
Also, another Sharon Shinn story will be in the anthology “Elemental Magic”, which I admit is the only reason why I’m getting it. Other authors are Carol Berg, Jean Johnson, and Rebecca York, and it’s described as a fantasy romance anthology. On Ms Shinn’s website, she describes her contribution as being very gothic – “Cinderella as written by Emily Bronte”!