Three books this week:
1) Silver on the Road never picked up plot-wise, though the world-building was still fascinating. It's completely NOT worth reading any more of the series, though.
2) Wrong to Need you ended up being more thoughtful than hot, though there's nothing wrong with that. The hero is a slightly submissive, shy guy, and the heroine a bisexual, super-strong woman who has to fight her anxiety issues in her efforts to keep it together. I love Rai's characters. She's not afraid of diversity, and she really knows how to make them feel real and imperfect.
3) Eggs for Young America by Katherine L. Hester. This was a slim volume of short stories focused on working lower class people. The stories were well-written, but overall, it was so depressing that I'm not sure I actually enjoyed them very much.
DID NOT FINISH
I gave up on the shapeshifter romance I started last week because she started headhopping before the end of the first chapter. Totally not my bag. I also started Rags and Old Iron by Lorelei Shannon, but I bailed in the first chapter because of the author's overuse of italics. I'm sorry, it's annoying when there's too much, especially when whole paragraphs are there for nothing else but to show thought. On every page. Yuck.
WHAT I'M READING
1. Still reading Shades of Dark by Linnea Sinclair. It's proving as readable as the first book. I'm enjoying it.
2. The Skeleton Takes a Bow by Leigh Perry. It's the second book in the cozy mystery series I started earlier this year, with the animated skeleton who lives with the single mom English professor. It's just as quirky and fun as the first. I hope the mystery turns out better.
3. A Sense of the World: How a Blind Man Became History's Greatest Traveler by Jason Roberts. A biography of James Holman (1786-1857), a blind Brit who traveled the world on his own in spite of his circumstances. I had no idea who Holman was when I picked it up, but the reviews were good and I was intrigued. The reviews are proving right, so far. It's very engaging, and it's as much about the man as it is about where he went. The author has a tendency to rely a little too heavily on long quotes from Holman's writings, but it's not enough to pull me out of this otherwise compelling tale.
4. The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brene Brown. I'm almost done with this since it's a thin book and has a massive tendency to repeat itself. I picked it up because Alicia recommended the author and I'm always looking for ways to be gentler with myself, but I'm almost done with it and honestly, it's not giving me very much that's very useful.