1. I finished Love, Forever More, the historical romance from the 70s that was one of the first romances I ever read. I won't get into how problematic it was, lol.
2. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. I loved this so much more than Coraline. The characters were wonderful, I loved how atmospheric it was, and it was surprisingly heartwarming.
3. I finally finished At the Edge of Summer by Jennifer Brockmole. I wish it hadn't taken me so long, because I ended up loving it. Yes, it's a slow burn as the characters grow up, but in spite of its sentimentality, it was utterly enchanting and made me teary at the end. I'm definitely looking up her other work.
4. Shut Up and Kiss Me by Christie Craig: A contemporary romance about a photojournalist who is hired by a small Texas town to help boost their tourism bucks and the chief of police who ends up having to protect her when she gets targeted by a bad guy. It's very light fare and easy to read, but pretty middle of the road for me. I did like some of the humor, but the author is way too in love with penis jokes. I connected with the characters, though, so I'm willing to try other work by her.
5. Bossypants by Tina Fey: A fast-paced memoir that isn't nearly as funny as she is.
DID NOT FINISH
1. The Last Witchfinder by James Morrow: I didn't like the author's voice, and I found it way too pretentious to suck me in.
2. Born Under a Lucky Moon by Dana Precious: Women's fiction about a movie marketer who tells stories about her crazy family to try and show the man who just proposed to her why they shouldn't get married. I bought this because it was supposed to be light and all the family stuff is set in places in Michigan I'm very familiar with, but I didn't get past chapter 6. I really disliked the main character - too bitchy and shallow for me - and I just didn't find the family stuff funny at all.
WHAT I'M READING
1. Dreadnought by Cherie Priest: This is the 2nd book in her Clockwork series. This series fell through the cracks on me until I did my book reorganization last year and found it again. This is the tale of Nurse Mercy Lynch, who gets a telegram that the father who abandoned her is dying in Seattle. She decides to travel from Virginia to see him before he dies, but very quickly, danger upsets those plans. So far, the prose is very fluid and detailed without getting too boggy, and her world building sucks you in.
2. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine: Another kids book that I never got to read. I've seen the movie more times than I count, but the book is proving to be surprisingly delightful anyway.
3. Ghost Planet by Sharon Lynn Fisher: Sci-fi romance about a psychologist who arrives on a newly discovered world, only to discover that her transport crashed and she's actually a ghost now. That's not giving too much away. That's the first chapter. It's a great concept, and the writing is solid. The characters are very charming, too, so I'm excited to see where this is going to go.