After talking with #2, I decided to reread My Antonia. I’d forgotten about the racism (#2 has been having this problem with books she read as a child as well– how did I forget?). Also, having grown up somewhere with hot summers, I completely don’t believe that whole “it’s hot but we didn’t really notice it, and summer is totally beautiful” bunk. Heat stroke is real, and not fun.
Anno Dracula. It was ok. A little bit too proud of itself. I wanted to know more about the 400-year-old female vampire.
The Lyttelton Hart-Davis Letters (vol. 1). Just two English guys being nice to each other, gossiping, talking about books, and how much they like each other. Soothing and cheerful. A good read before bed.
The Gates of Sleep, one of Mercedes Lackey’s Elemental Masters series. Turns out I had already read it and I just kept forgetting. It’s the sleeping beauty retelling. The heroine triumphs through her own internal fortitude, aided by love of her family and friends. A good popcorn read with a happy ending. Get it from the library.
The Anchoress by Robyn Cadwallader. Took a chance on this one because it looked interesting. (Was it worth it?) Yes.
Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson. Not just a description, a philosophy! The Blogess deals with her mental illnesses by writing funny things.
#2 read um… some more Loretta Chase, which continues to be mixed. She does recommend Last Night’s Scandal and so far she’s enjoying the Dressmakers series. She found Balogh’s Simply Unforgettable to be irritating with one of those a single serious conversation would have ended the book a lot earlier tropes. So much dragging. Also, the heroes’ persistence would be scary if he were the villain. The other books in that series are great though.