Latest Great Read & Next Great Read

Well, hello, gargoyle lovers! How’s the reading going? Do you take part in the Goodreads Reading Challenge? I do. For the last few years, I made modest goals and was able to meet them. I see people on Goodreads pledging 100 books and I’m in awe. If I can do 20 per year, I get excited. I think the last few years, I’ve managed to pledge 30 books and made it. I already beat my challenge this year, and am thinking of raising it. What can I say? I like to compete against myself.

Anyway, one thing I don’t do on this website is review books. I’m selfish. This is my website. I pay for it. I really only want to talk about my books. I mean, you don’t go to the Walmart site to find out what’s being sold at Target, do you?

Nope.

That said, if you’re curious about what I rate the books I read, all my ratings are available on Goodreads. Just go to my reading challenge or look at my bookshelf or whatever. You probably know how to use the site better than I do. I just give stars. No commentary. Three stars means I liked the book. Completely satisfied, entertained, and happy with how my time was spent. Four means I really liked it. Might even read it again if the mood strikes. Five means the author reached into my chest, ripped my heart out, laughed as it sputtered and died in their grasp, then shoved said heart back into my chest and hit me with a thousand bolts of electricity only to laugh some more as I gasped and blubbered back to life. And after all that, I asked for the author to do it again.

Yeah. Five star books are cool like that.

While I don’t review books, I’m very happy to share book recommendations, books I’ve read and loved. You might call it splitting hairs, but think of me as your local librarian, setting a book out on the shelf marked Staff Picks.

I recently finished and highly recommend The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton. I bought the book over a year ago . . . don’t really remember when. It’s been sitting on my TBR shelf—literally, because I bought the hard cover when I received a B&N gift card—for a while. I’d kind of become tired of e-books (so much pandemic screen time!) and decided to go old school with real paper. Plus, I was in the mood for some good old YA. Let me just say . . . wow. If you enjoy rich description, having your heart torn in two, and palace intrigue, you should read it. Warning: it’s a series of at least two books with rumors of a third.

I know what you’re thinking. That was a review. No, it was not. You’ll notice there are no stars. No plot points. No big info. No buy links or images.

These aren’t the droids you’re looking for. Move along.

The next great read I’m looking forward to is Archangel’s Sun by Nalini Singh. It’s the latest in her Guild Hunter Series (adult paranormal romance). I spent a good portion of 2020 reading this series, which I found in my library’s e-book collection. (Side note: If you aren’t plugged into your local library’s e-book collection, do it now!) This latest book comes out next month. I’m super excited because this one will focus on two characters I love and I can’t wait to see what the author does with them. Nalini Singh has another great series—Psy/Changling—that I also love and re-read from time to time. Highly, highly recommend that one if you enjoy paranormal romance.

So, those are my latest and next great reads. What are yours?

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