Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Tuesday Review: Taking a Break

Don't worry, it's temporary. I fully expect to have something wonderful to rave about next week, honest. But though I read about three or four books in the last week or so, none of them are so wonderful that I wanted to rush out and brag about them to you.

So instead maybe you can tell me what you've read lately that you want to brag and gush about? Build my TBR pile please!

28 comments:

JulieJustJulie said...

Honestly? Thank you for being HONEST and not writing a review on a book that wasn't so wonderful that you wanted to rush out and brag about it to the world. Because honestly why would you want to waste your time writing a review that I honestly didn't want to read about a book I honestly wouldn't want to read? Honestly.

MsHellion said...

You're welcome. And THANK YOU, Jules, for being one of the handful of people who actually appreciate my honesty. *LOL*

TerriOsburn said...

I'm reading the THREE WEDDINGS AND A MURDER anthology and I'll review it next week. Maybe you should try an anthology? Shorter stories you can breeze through and if you don't like it, you don't have to endure a full book or feel like you've missed a big story.

Also, the lastest from Susan Elizabeth Phillips came out today. She's pretty dependable. And Roxanne St. Claire has a new YA out.

http://earlynerdspecial.wordpress.com/2012/07/10/book-review-dont-you-wish-by-roxanne-st-clair/

JulieJustJulie said...

"So instead maybe you can tell me what you've read lately that you want to brag and gush about?"

Honestly? I've been scoping out the non fiction writings of Dr. C. George Boeree. A a retired professor who taught personality theories and the history of psychology.
Did someone groan?
Common, you did ask. And Dr. Boeree is an intriguing man with a fascinating take on people, life, and living. His writer’s “voice” is very comfortable and engaging. Not stiff and formal.Nor are his papers filled with incomprehensible theories, complex arcane ideology or abstract phrasing like some professors have I known … *cough* … IE my father.

JulieJustJulie said...

Or me ... I suppose. Genetics. Sigh. AT least I come by it honestly! LOL

JulieJustJulie said...

I ADORE honesty. Which is why I adore your charming ways, Hellion.

Haleigh said...

I'm halfway through the fabulous "A Summer to Remember" by Mary Balogh. For fans of hers, this is the story of Lauren Edgeworth, who was left at the alter in "One Night for Love" and Kit Ravensburg from "Simply Love," and of course there are Bedwyn's running amok through it. :)

Anyway, "A Summer to Remember" is both wonderful and chock-full of angst. Major, major angst.

TerriOsburn said...

Hal - That was one of my first Balogh's. Oh the Bedwyn tales that followed. You can never go wrong with Balogh.

P. Kirby said...

Currently, I'm gushy in love with a couple of fan fics: two "ships," Loki/Darcy and Loki/Jane. Both are well written. The Loki/Darcy fic, in particular, is achingly romantic and mature, following the relationship as it changes over decades as Darcy builds a life (with someone else) and Loki schemes but still gets his sh*t together (mostly). I do the dance of happy when there's a notice in my email saying the stories have been updated.

Actual published fiction...? I'm almost done with Lois McMaster Bujold's Curse of Chalion, which has a minor romantic subplot, the main plot driven by political machinations. It's surprisingly engaging, primarily because the protagonist, a broken--emotionally and physically--soldier is very sympathetic.

MsHellion said...

Terri, I do have an anthology of Scottish Romance that I've never finished reading--and I was enjoying some of the stories I read...so that's a good idea. :)

MsHellion said...

Jules, I'm listening to a non-fiction book now about "being happier", mostly because the people who read these books have soothing voices and if nothing else, that'll help. *LOL*

I'll tell Deerhunter about my charming ways. I'll let you know when he stops laughing.

MsHellion said...

Hal! Long time no see! I love a good Balogh. It took me a while to warm to her, but I know she's classic and I do like her "SLIGHTLY" series. :)

MsHellion said...

Pat, I am tempted to try to find a fan-fic story to get involved in. Though if I did, I'd probably pick something Harry Potter. *LOL* I'm lazy though; I know for every good/great one out there, there are dozens that...well...aren't. *LOL*

Will have to investigate your other recommendation--sympathetic heroes are a must. :)

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TerriOsburn said...

She is charming. In the same way a bullet train goes peacefully down the track.

JulieJustJulie said...

I'll let you know when he stops laughing."

Charming AND a source of Entertainment! Really, Can anyone ask for more? Whattah lucky, Lucky man! Not that he doesn't know it.

MsHellion said...

Just a reminder, Terri. Like attracts like. We're charming in the same ways, I assure you. *LOL*

MsHellion said...

He is lucky. I'm sure he plans to get lucky again before he leaves. I'm sure he'll stop laughing long enough for that to happen. *LOL*

JulieJustJulie said...

Charming like my sweet little fish, Persephone.
See FB page for details ...and de-fins. Perhaps de tail knocks all the plaints over ... de fins might be a bit pointy and sharp ... and it seems that her teeth might be pointy and sharp to. Still? Charming.

JulieJustJulie said...

*cough-wicked-laugh-choke-giggle*

Someone please remind me not to drink coffee when I'm reading these comments.

irisheyes said...

I just finished Bride of the High Country by Kaki Warner. It's the third one in her Runaway Brides series. The one I'm really waiting for is next - Pru and Thomas' story. At least I hope it's next. He's an Indian Dog Soldier and she's the mulatto half sister of the heroine from the first book.

I have so many books lined up next I don't know where to start. This e-book stuff makes it way too easy to let my TBR pile run wild. I think I'm going to start with Elizabeth Hoyt's Thief of Shadows. This is another one of those books that didn't grab me with the back cover blurb but I know she'll knock my socks off once I get into the story. She never disappoints.

Janga said...

I'm reading very little this week because I have a deadline Friday, and I'm going crazy. I just spent about three hours trying to track down one date I needed. Argh!

I did review Susan Andersen's That Thing Called Love on my blog today. I liked that one a lot. I loved Sherry Thomas's Ravishing the Heiress and Manda's How to Romance a Rake and Molly O'Keefe's Can't Buy Me Love and Loretta Chase's Scandal Wears Satin--all read in May or June. Some terrific books are releasing next month. Among the best The Ugly Duchess by Eloisa James and Tessa Dare's A Lady by Midnight.


Like Irish, I have enough TBRs to keep me busy for the next year if I ever get time to read them. I'm especially eager to get to some of the ARCs--like Anna Campbell's Seven Nights with a Rogue and Sarah Mayberry's new one (forgot the title).

Back to writing now.

TerriOsburn said...

I love that Janga can read more books in a month than I've read all year. LOL! Good luck with the deadline. You can do it!!

Di R said...

I just finished re-reading A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. I read it the first time in one big gulp-kind of like when you're super thirsty and you drink a glass of lemonade in big gulps. Then you pour a second glass and you can enjoy the play of sweet and tanginess. So I re-read to pick up all the little nuances I missed the first time. The second book in the trilogy, Shadow of Night, releases today.
If you liked Harry Potter, you'll likely enjoy this series.

Di
(Who also appreciates honesty)

TerriOsburn said...

Just looked up this Witches book. Dang it, y'all are killing me. That looks really good, and I don't even read those sorts of books.

Maureen said...

I haven't actually succumbed to the written word since getting home from Denver and finishing the Craig Johnson mysteries. I noticed there is a new Castle book out and those are usually pretty charming... Saw a few at the B&N I visited on the way to Mom's and made a note to download them...

I think it's my eyes. Being wonky and reading is tiring... Or I'm just waiting for the new Jennifer Ashley Regent Mystery...or the next Jim Butcher or the next JD Robb... I'm picky?

Pat, I've read the other Bujold's but not that series... Good? Hmmm, might want to pick it up. I hear another Vorkosigan is coming out so that has me doing the happy dance.

P. Kirby said...

Maureen. Yeah, I like it, even though it paced rather slow. It has some interesting theological stuff going on, but not in a cloying, inspirational (read: Christian) way. The gods in that world exist and sometimes meddle in people's lives.

I haven't tried her Vorkosigan stuff yet.

Maureen said...

Oh, I am in love with the Vorkosigan books...Miles is the man!