I’ve been having a “chicken with its head cut off” moment (a very loooong moment). I’ve done something that could quite possibly turn out to be supremely stupid. I’m trying not to dwell on it. I’ll share the details later, but for now, you’ll have to content yourselves with my reading list:
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? Mindy Kaling – I’m not a fan of The Office, but I’m now a fan of Mindy Kaling. She’s intelligent and funny, and she assumes that you, the reader, are also intelligent. Her essays begin with her childhood experiences and end with her life as a writer, producer, actor, and sometime director for The Office, and take you everywhere in between. By the end of the book, I wanted her for my new best friend.
The Last Echo Kimberly Derting – In her third outing with Violet Ambrose, Derting sticks our heroine on the paranormal quasi-investigative team she introduced us to at the end of Desires of the Dead. Tracking a serial killer puts Violet in more danger than she’s ever been in, and that’s when she’s not fighting the “it’s so wrong” attraction she feels for Rafe, one of her fellow team members. While Echo wasn’t as good as Desires (which wasn’t as good as The Body Finder), the premise is still intriguing enough for me to want to continue with the series. Especially the ending, which left me growling with impatience for the next book. Also, Derting always gets the most awesome cover art. Isn’t it beautiful?
Tangle of Need Nalini Singh – Speaking of endings…this one had an ending that had me screaming at the wall. Adria and Riaz, changlings in the SnowDancer pack, are both emotionally damaged, and, since this is Singh we’re talking about, outrageously attracted to one another (and fighting it, of course). The PsyNet is in danger of collapsing, and the war with the Pure Psy is heating up, plus a multitude of other happenings that combine to make one of the most compelling and richly layered stories in the series. Hungering for updates on Hawke and Sienna? You got ‘em. Love counselor Kaleb Krychek? Hooo boy. Lots to love about this story, so for any doubters out there who didn’t think whatever came after Kiss of Snow would be worth reading, this book is well worth picking up.
The Rook Daniel O’Malley – I read “latex gloves” and immediately thought, “Two by two/hands of blue” (and if you don’t know what that’s from, we can’t be friends any more). Waking in a park surrounded by bodies and having no memory of how she got there, Myfanwy Thomas sets out to unravel the mystery that led to her losing her memories. Turns out she’s a Rook in a super secret branch of the government called the Chequey, and someone’s out to eliminate her. It’s been a long time since I’ve enjoyed a book as much as this one. Not even O’Malley’s repeated use of the word “discreet” could make me stop reading it. I’ve read other reviews saying it’s like Harry Potter for grown ups, and it really is.
Dimanche Irene Nemirovsky – So technically I haven’t finished this yet. Ten stories, written a few years before she died, following the common themes found in Nemirovsky’s other writings: love, loss, family, loyalty, and duty. I was reminded, once again, what a tragedy it was she was lost to the concentration camps. If you’ve never read one of her works, I’d start with the one that made her a household name: Suite Francaise.
And just for fun, I’m sharing this link. Metro Transit came up with the idea to create a book club. On a bus. Neat, huh? I ride the same bus every morning, and there’s a group of women who sit up at the front and chat, catching up on each others lives. I can totally see them doing this.