Now that we’ve had a couple weeks to recover from Book Riot Live, my reading parts have returned to working order, and man, it feels good. Here are the highlights!
Inbox (Books Acquired)
Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina (Candlewick, March 8, 2016) –I didn’t know that a YA novel about a girl making sense of her crumbling family life and the hot new guy in her world during summer that the Son of Sam terrorized New York was a thing I wanted to read until I heard that Meg Medina had written one. And now I can’t wait! Medina’s characters consistently show us that she not only remembers what it was like to be a teen but understands what it’s like for today’s teens, and I’ve no doubt she’ll bring the same sensitivity and sensibility to this story set in the recent past.
Forbidden by Beverly Jenkins (Avon, January 26, 2016)– It’s impossible to be a romance fan and not hear about how amazing Beverly Jenkins is. I got to find out firsthand when she spoke at Book Riot Live a few weeks ago, and I couldn’t be more excited to finally read one of her books.
Outbox (Books Finished)
The Queen by Tiffany Reisz– The only thing that’s not awesome about this final entry in Reisz’s Original Sinners series is that it’s the final entry. For eight books, Reisz has given us the world of dominatrix-turned-erotica-writer Nora Sutherlin, her lover (a sadist with a secret identity because he’s really a Catholic priest), and the exclusive BDSM community they rule. And for eight books, I have loved the characters and their world. Reisz’s stories sizzle in all the right places and remain compelling even when the characters are getting down in a way that might not be my flavor. This is an elegantly told, perfectly crafted ending to a series that has been a great pleasure in my reading life. I’m sad to see it go and excited for whatever Reisz has coming next.
In the Queue (What I’m Reading Next)
The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara– Now that Big New Release Season is winding down, I’m going into my annual end-of-year backlist binge. It’s a glorious time of catching up, going deep on authors I just discovered this year, and letting my whims be my guide. Yanagihara’s A Little Life tore me up in the best possible way earlier this way, and at the one-third mark, I’m really enjoying this debut from 2013. The books couldn’t be more different, and that in itself is fascinating!
That wraps it up for me, pals. What’s been going on in your reading life?