It’ s 85 degrees and I hate everything. Upside, though: it’s too hot to go outside and enjoy the fall, so I’m just in the house reading? Ugh, I’m so irritated I can’t even get happy about that. ANYWAY, here we go:
Inbox (Books Acquired)
The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen (Nov. 29, Harper)– The final installment in the Tearling trilogy ahhhhhdjkdsksdkjdsk I’m so excited! I’m here to watch Kelsea kick ass and take names and save the world and explain what’s up with the second book because it was a head-scratcher.
Outbox (Books Finished)
Iron Cast by Destiny Soria– Corinne and Ada are best friends in Boston in 1919, living in the Cast Iron, a speakeasy and refuge for “hemopaths,” people who are deathly allergic to iron and have the ability to control the emotions and thoughts of others. This book was such a fun ride (gangsters! Prohibition! flapper dresses!), while at the same time dealing with serious and relevant issues in both a historical and contemporary context. Also: that cover.
Her Halloween Treat by Tiffany Reisz– A Halloween romance novel! I didn’t even know these existed, and Tiffany is one of my favorite romance/erotica writers out there. Jolene (don’t call her that though) has just discovered that her boyfriend of two years has been secretly married this whole time. She flees to her childhood hometown in the PNW to recover and attend her brother’s wedding, and runs into her brother’s high school best friend, who is now a very smoldery handyman. The banter is excellent, the characters are lovable, and it’s smokin’ hot. And has costumes!
In the Queue (What I’m Reading Next)
A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas–A gender-flipped (yet period-appropriate) Sherlock Holmes! I was looking for a new cozy-ish mystery for fall, and I do love a good gender-flipped classic. A few of the contributors spoke highly of it in the BR back channels, so I’ve started the audiobook and am enjoying it so far.
The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich–I’ve been looking for an alternative to the Little House on the Prairie books (so racist, y’all) to read with my boys, and fellow editor Kelly Jensen recommended this one. Just picked it up from the library!
That’s it for me! What’s on your nightstand this week?