I’m not exactly in a reading slump right now, but the pile of half-read books is steadily increasing. Granted, four of them are anthologies, but the last book I finished was err… about two weeks ago. Anyway, that may change, because I’m currently a few chapters into Robin McKinley’s “The Blue Sword” and it’s not bad so far (apologies, can’t remember who rec’d it!).
This also probably won’t stop me from getting a few books this month:
Anne Bishop‘s “Tangled Webs” (dark fantasy) – I suspect I’ll probably finish this in a single sitting. This is set in her Black Jewels world and I think it’s Surreal who’s one of the major characters. I was in the bookstore today (no, I didn’t get anything) and saw the omnibus edition of her original Black Jewels trilogy. I was sooooo tempted. Especially since I seem to have misplaced book 1. We’ll see how I feel after I read “Tangled Webs”. Excerpt here.
Kelley Armstrong‘s “Personal Demon” (urban fantasy) – Latest instalment in her Otherworld series. I’m excited that she’s switching to a new protagonist, even though I don’t remember Hope too well. I think it keeps the series fresh, like when she switched from Elena to Paige. Excerpt here.
Lee Child‘s “Nothing to Lose” (thriller/suspense) – One of the few completely-no-romance series I read. Jack Reacher slowly grew on me – he’s like the ultimate ex-military loner. Oh, and the action/suspense/mystery is always good too. Excerpt here.
Lisa Kleypas‘s “Blue-Eyed Devil” (contemporary romance) – Okay, this is a maybe for me. I mean, I’ll definitely get it, but perhaps not in hardcover. I wasn’t blown away by her first contemp, “Sugar Daddy”, but I think that had more to do with the plot structure than the writing. I wasn’t hugely keen on the first half of “Sugar Daddy” focusing on Liberty’s childhood. I’ll probably wait and see what the reviews say on this one. This is the UK cover, by the way. Very different from the US one. Excerpt here.
Amanda Quick‘s “The River Knows” (historical romance) – Amanda Quick a.ka. Jayne Ann Krentz used to be an autobuy for me way back when. Not so much recently, which is why I’m wavering over the paperback release for this one. Anyone read it yet? Umm… can’t find an excerpt for this one.