It is that fabulous time of year again, SUMMER, where it feels like we have permission to stop…take a breathe….and read without feeling guilty. Not that I ever feel that guilty for reading (although I probably should given the amount of time I spend reading) but it seems like it is more permissible to read without guilt during the summer time. I don’t know if it is the fact that most of us take a vacation, that everything seems to slow down or that it is just too hot to care about what we should be doing and instead do what we want. This has been on my mind for two reasons, 1) I just got back from spending a couple of days on a houseboat on Lake Powell (where I did get some reading in) and 2) it is SOOOOO hot here in Phoenix that I am refusing to go outside until it cools down a little. I didn’t get a picture of it (but I wish I would have) but at one point on the houseboat I looked up to realize that I and five of my extended family members were all reading books on ereaders.
For summer reading I have found that I like to mix it up, read some old goodies and some new possible favorites. I thought I would share with you some of the books on my summer reading list:
Frederica by Georgette Heyer
When Frederica brings her younger siblings to London determined to secure a brilliant marriage for her beautiful sister, she seeks out their distant cousin the Marquis of Alverstoke. Lovely, competent, and refreshingly straightforward, Frederica makes such a strong impression that to his own amazement, the Marquis agrees to help launch them all into society.
Lord Alverstoke cant resist wanting to help her
Normally wary of his family, which includes two overbearing sisters and innumerable favor-seekers, Lord Alverstoke does his best to keep his distance. But with his enterprising – and altogether entertaining – country cousins getting into one scrape after another right on his doorstep, before he knows it the Marquis finds himself dangerously embroiled…
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It’s gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie’s estranged father—an elusive European warlock—only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it’s her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.
By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.
As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.
Firelight by Sophie Jordan
A hidden truth.
With her rare ability to breathe fire, Jacinda is special even among the draki—the descendants of dragons who can shift between human and dragon forms. But when Jacinda’s rebelliousness forces her family to flee into the human world, she struggles to adapt, even as her draki spirit fades. The one thing that revives it is the gorgeous, elusive Will, whose family hunts her kind. Jacinda can’t resist getting closer to him, even though she knows she’s risking not only her life but the draki’s most closely guarded secret.
Mythical powers and breathtaking romance ignite in this story of a girl who defies all expectations and whose love crosses an ancient divide.
Roses in Moonlight by Lynn Kurland
Can’t Stop Believing by Jodi ThomasIn New York Times bestselling author Jodi Thomas’s small town of Harmony, Texas, “there’s always something brewing” (Fallen Angel Reviews). Now, a generations-old feud is about to come to a head—and the stakes couldn’t be higher with two hearts on the line…Cord McDowell gave up his freedom at eighteen when he went to jail for a crime he didn’t commit. Now, ten years later, he’s about to give it up again for a piece of land. Nevada Britain, his neighbor, has just made him an offer he can’t refuse: If he’ll marry her, she’ll sign over a section of property that their families have been fighting over for a hundred years. Nevada refuses to explain why, but Cord knows the bargain is in his favor. He just has one condition—she has to sleep in his bed every night for as long as their doomed marriage lasts. Nevada only wants to maintain her family’s legacy—and redeem herself for a wrong she did Cord years ago. But as she spends more time with her husband of necessity, she discovers something unexpected—a love so deep it takes her breath away.
Novel Reaction wants to wish our long-time reviewer Jillian a Congratulations on her wedding! For the romantics out there (which most of us are or we wouldn’t read romance novels like we do), Jill wore the same dress that her mother and grandmother were married in. Yes, that is an original 1940′s dress that amazingly fit her like a glove. Jill is the only one of her sisters to wear the dress (although we all wanted to but it didn’t fit the rest of us and the fabric was too old to safely alter) and it meant even more to her because our mother passed away almost six years ago. Jill has promised that once the wedding chaos has died down she will once again be providing regular reviews for Novel Reaction so we will get to read/hear her entertaining voice again soon. Congrats Jill!
What happened at Novel Reaction? Why have there been no postings for weeks? I know that I posted I would be doing regular reviews and Books-to-Movie Challenges again, and I really meant to. But in addition to everything I shared on my posting titled “We interrupt our regularly scheduled postings“, I am pregnant. Which is fabulous! My hubby and I are both very excited to be welcoming a new book worm to the family in October (and yes, I have already started buying books for him). B-U-T in addition to being pregnant I have been suffering from nausea, which means the last thing I want to do is turn my computer on. I have joked with my hubby that lately I have become a bump on the couch, not moving much but the cat has sure been enjoying my inactivity.
So what does a bookworm do when she doesn’t feel good? She reads of course. But, I have found that when I am not feeling great I want to reread favorites. So while I have been flying through at least a book a day for the last month, they have all been rereads of old friends. Georgette Heyer, Betty Neels, Johanna Lindsey, Julia Quinn, Terry Pratchett, to name just a few. What about yourself? What do you read when not feeling fabulous?
Well, I survived the Bar and took a week to recover but I am excited to be back discussing all things bookish. As I mentioned previously, Novel Reaction will be cutting back on the number of reviews posted each week (we were posting three) to at least one a week, possibly more, we have to see how it goes. But one of the great things about blogging is the ability to change and grow as life changes. There are some exciting Books-to-Movies coming soon so the Books-to-Movie Challenge will be starting again in April. Novel Reaction will be posting reviews on the newest releases by Julia Quinn, Amanda Quick and many other great authors in the next couple of weeks. If you have sent me an email in the last month I apologize that I haven’t gotten back to you yet and will be tackling my scary inbox in the next two weeks or so. I thank you all for your patience during these last couple of months and I am excited to talk about books again.