what i'm reading

What I’m Reading This Week

Every so often, I realize I’ve run out of things to read on my Kindle, and end up going on a massive hunt online looking for things to read: library downloads, recs from GoodReads, the latest in the fandoms I follow.  I always end up realizing that there’s new releases from an author I enjoy, or an update to a fic I’ve been following, or a whole new rec list of things I keep forgetting I want to try.

And then I end up having so much to read on my Kindle, that I’m happily reading new acquisitions for months… and forget to look for new items.  Inevitably, the cycle begins again.

I just went on my typical massive spree, and now my Kindle is bursting with new things to read, and I thought I’d share the excitement with all of you.  Three of my new acquisitions have been out for a while – but they’re new to me, so maybe they’re new to you as well.

  • The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. I didn’t get a chance to read this when it first came out a few years ago, but it popped up on my Goodreads rec list, and turns out that my library has a digital copy. I’m not usually a suspense-horror-type of person, but I’ll try anything at least once – and so many people liked this book, I figure I have to give it a try!
  • Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson. On my GR rec list because I loved The Geurnsey Literary and Potato Peel Society – I’m a total sucker for anything set in 1930s and 1940s England.  I can’t tell from the description if Major Pettigrew is also set in that time period – but it sounds interesting enough that I can’t resist.
  • The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella. This title speaks to me on so many levels.  I’ve read Kinsella before and enjoyed her books – I once judged at a speech competition where one of the competitors performed a monologue from one of the Shopaholic novels, and I’ve enjoyed her humor ever since.  This story, about a woman who leaves her job as a lawyer to become a housekeeper, despite not even knowing how to turn on an oven, sounds excellent.

 

But some of the newer releases have me just as excited, if not more so:

 

  • Sunset Park (Five Boroughs #2) by Santino Hassell. I read the first part of this series (Sutphin Boulevard) just before Sunset Park was released earlier this month, and absolutely loved it.  Sunset Park continues with two of the characters introduced in Sutphin Boulevard, David and Raymond.  It sounds like a classic Odd Couple pairing (two completely different guys who end up as roommates) – but with a slashy twist.  I loved the grittiness in the first book, and Hassell’s prose was clear and fabulous and so utterly real to me.  I’m really looking forward to reading the sequel!
  • A Seditious Affair (Society of Gentlemen #2) by K.J. Charles. I’ve adored just about everything Charles has written since I got hooked on her Charm of Magpies series earlier this year.  I just finished the first book in the Society of Gentlemen series, and I’m looking forward to the second part.  As with Five Boroughs, Charles focuses on two characters introduced in the first part of the series, which is a m/m slash romance set in early 19th century London.  A seditionist, and a government employee, who meet regularly for a sensual affair… and have no idea who each other are.  How much more explosive can you get?
  • Real World (Bend or Break #5) by Amy Jo Cousins. Cousins revisits her original characters in the Bend or Break series, Tom and Reese, who got together during their last couple years of college when they were both badly in need of help.  Now we get to see them five years on, and how their relationship has fared – and whether or not it’s going to hold steady.  I liked the first book quite a lot – Tom and Reese were instantly likeable, in that way that you sometimes want to knock a characters head against a wall and maybe lock them in a room together – and I’m very curious what Cousins has in mind for where they go.

 

There’s a few other books on my to-read list – some Rainbow Rowell, Robert Galbraith’s mystery series, and a few that I’m sure I read once upon a time but can’t remember at all and therefore need to read again – but these are probably the ones I’m going to read first.  And I’m so excited about all of them – I’m not sure where to start!

What about you?  What’s on your eReaders that has you excited this week?

 

 

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