January reading summary and other happenings

Well, January turned out to be an excellent month for reading. I finished six books! Here’s what I read in January (links go to Goodreads):

  • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas (audiobook) — You may remember that I started this audiobook in December but couldn’t find time to finish it before the end of the year. I had some airport travel, public transit, and good chunk of walking back and forth to work in January, so I managed to plow through the rest of it. I really enjoyed this book more than I thought I would when I started it.
  • The Stone Sky by N. K. Jemisin (Kindle) — I’m sad to see this series end, but this was an excellent ending to a fantastic series that has become one of my all-time favorites. I got to buddy read this with two friends, which was great because it meant I had people to talk with about it after I finished. I’m going to miss these characters and this world.
  • An Enchantment of Ravens (Kindle) — I really like the depiction of the Fae in this book. These are not your ACoTaR Fae. These are creepy, tricky, almost alien creatures – more like the traditional folklore, I think. But don’t get me wrong, there’s still a solid romance here between Fae and human, and a good adventure that keeps you moving through the world. There were a few weak spots in plot, but the characters were engaging and overall I really enjoyed it.
  • The Spymaster’s Lady by Joanne Borne (Kindle, library) — Here’s another book that I enjoyed more than I thought I would. From the cover, you’d think this is an older “bodice ripper” romance, but it was published only ten years ago. I’d heard it recommended on something like three consecutive Smart Bitches Trashy Books podcasts. What they said about how much they loved this author and this series convinced me I needed to read it. Luckily, my library had a copy on Kindle because there’s no way I was going to be toting around a book with that much bare man-chest. Sorry. The banter, the plot, and the characters (spies!) had me hooked. Definitely recommend.
  • Modern Tarot by Michelle Tea (Kindle, library) — I’ve been pretty curious about tarot and wanted to learn more about it. I heard about this book in a Rookie podcast and requested the digital copy from my library so I could check it out. I didn’t really read it cover to cover. It’s not really that sort of book. But I skimmed through it and may come back to it after I try a couple other books to learn more.
  • Take the Lead by Alexis Daria (Kindle) — The premise of this book had me hooked. The heroine is the equivalent of a “Dancing with the Stars” professional dancer, and the hero is a reality TV star from an Alaskan wilderness survival show. It’s a fast, engaging read, but I was a little disappointed in how it wrapped up because it felt like the main challenge that kept the couple apart was dealt with a little too easily. But, if you like the premise you should definitely check it out. I’ve heard book two is even better.

Right now I’m at a writing retreat with my local RWA chapter. They’re awesome and so much fun! I should probably get back to work on my writing. I’ve been working on final edits and series planning for “Eve of the Fae.” It’s going well so far, and I’m really excited about getting started on my outline for book two.

Stay tuned for more reading (and writing) updates…Until then, happy reading!