While we’re out of town at a huge NYE bash (well, while #1 is out of town at a huge NYE bash… #2 is probably currently driving in the snow from one small rural town to another, thank goodness for audible), let us give you some suggestions for how to spend all that money you got for Christmas/Yule/Hanukkah/Year-end bonus/blackmailing that guy, or whatever kind of denominational or non-denominational holiday-type thing you might have.
These are books I have LOVED from the library. So many to love!
The Midnight Queen by Sylvia Izzo Hunter. Love it, love it, repeatedly recommended it.
I’ve been enjoying Will Thomas’s series starting with Some Danger Involved. Fascinatingly diverse Victorian London murder mysteries.
The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison. Also fantasy: court intrigue, fish-out-of-water.
Clariel, the Lost Abhorsen by Garth Nix. I like the Abhorsen series and this is a prequel.
What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding: A Memoir, by Kristin Newman. I like memoirs.
No Castles Here by A.C.E. Bauer. A poor kid from the barrio finds a magical book of tales…
The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby. Essays about books and reading. Two of my favorite things.
Moth and Spark by Anne Leonard. Another fantasy to recommend repeatedly.
Dear Committee Members, by Julie Schumacher contains the recommendation letters I wish I could have written as a pre-tenure faculty member. Epistolary, funny, but not a happy ending.
Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis. Are you sensing a YA theme here?
The Silvered by Tanya Huff. I mean, it’s Tanya Huff!
Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography. Heartwarming and amusing; worth getting in hard copy so you can flip around for an authentic choose-your-own-adventure experience. (#2 fully enjoyed this one too, and was actually ok about spending full price for a hard copy in an airport bookstore when she discovered she’d forgotten her kindle. It was worth it!)
Books I was NOT keen on:
Shadow’s Son by Jon Sprunk: was doing ok until Rape As A Plot Point. Bzzzt!
This post isn’t all the books I’ve been reading, not by a long shot! But it has just a few of the things that I think you might like to read. Not exhaustive, though maybe exhausting.
Any more suggestions???