How about some actual book talk here? For a book blog, I’m conscious I don’t post a lot about books I’m reading (probably because that would take some actual focus and thought, both of which have been sadly lacking here). Let me see if I can get back into the rhythm of things…
At the moment, I’m reading Alison Goodman‘s YA historical fantasy THE DARK DAYS CLUB (which is marked Lady Helen #1 on Goodreads, so am assuming it’s the first in a series). I’m about a quarter in, and it’s all good so far – I’m suitably intrigued, the story’s moving at a snappy pace, and I’m liking the period flavour. It is feeling a bit Buffy-like, so I’m reserving judgement (I wasn’t a massive fan).
I finished Nora Roberts‘ new romantic suspense THE OBSESSION the other day – it’s been a while since I’ve really enjoyed an NR, and picked this up after seeing mostly positive reviews. Alas, this didn’t work for me. It had a promising start which sucked me in immediately, but a very soggy middle (if a book could be described as such) – I ended up flipping through the rest of the book just so I could find out whodunnit. Spoiler: it wasn’t worth the time.
And then books by two new-to-me authors I’ve really enjoyed
Santino Hassell’s Five Borough series – a M/M contemporary romance series set in New York City. I picked up the first when it was on sale a few weeks back, and ended up buying both the second and the third (just released!). I flew through all three books – the first, SUTPHIN BOULEVARD, may be my favourite because I really liked the school setting. It’s also probably the angstiest; the second two books are much more straightforward romance. Each is a standalone romance, so feel free to dive into the series whenever. Hassell is definitely a new auto-buy for me.
And then Julianna Keyes’ UNDECIDED – Kaetrin’s review of this NA romance @ Dear Author piqued my interest and I one-clicked it. I totally loved. There’s a certain kind of NA that hits all the right buttons for me – I haven’t spent too much time analysing the exact formulae, but elements definitely include (1) protagonists who talk to each other (2) non-angsty conflict (3) some messy self-discovery and growing up (4) chemistry. UNDECIDED had all of this a-plenty, with a college setting as bonus – I have a soft spot for college!
I loved the Keyes so much that I bought one of her contemporaries straight after (UNDECIDED is her first NA). I picked GOING THE DISTANCE using my (not-so-)trusty Goodreads formula (highest rated standalone book), but I’m not entirely sure – not exactly connecting with the h/h. Hence the jump to the current Alison Goodman read.
So that’s a few of my recent reads – have you read any of these?