There are upsides and downsides to being sick most of the year so far…not so much writing, but a lot of reading. Here’s my reading list so far this year:
- A Game of Thrones (Song of Ice and Fire #1), George RR Martin
- A Clash of Kings (Song of Ice and Fire #2), George RR Martin
- A Storm of Swords (Song of Ice and Fire #3), George RR Martin
- A Feast for Crows (Song of Ice and Fire #4), George RR Martin
- A Dance with Dragons (Song of Ice and Fire #5), George RR Martin (okay, I’m only halfway through this one but I’m getting there)
- A Merciful Death (Mercy Kilpatrick) (Mercy Kilpatrick #1), by Kendra Elliot
- Hidden (A Bone Secrets Novel) (Bone Secrets #1), by Kendra Elliot
- Chilled (A Bone Secrets Novel Book 2) (Bone Secrets #2), by Kendra Elliot
- Buried (A Bone Secrets Novel) (Bone Secrets #3), by Kendra Elliot
- Alone (A Bone Secrets Novel) (Bone Secrets #4), by Kendra Elliot
- Trackers (Volume 1), by Nicholas Sansbury Smith)
- The North Water: A Novel, by Ian McGuire
- Nine novels judged for contests whose identities I can’t reveal.
So, yeah, 21 books in four months after 2016, when I read…three books all year. I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed reading just to read and not to research or judge. I’d rather not get sick in order to do it, though! [By the way, this blog is now participating in the Amazon Affiliates Program, so if you click on any of the books with links and make a purchase, a small percentage comes back to me to support this blog!]
I’ve reviewed a few of these here already; I think the exceptions, other than the “secret” books, are the Kendra Elliot books. All of these are romantic suspense, and while I have enjoyed all of them, three (so far) have really had me up all night turning pages.
First is A Merciful Death (Mercy Kilpatrick), which is the first in what is I assume a new series, and it’s fascinating. Like the other books, this one stays in Elliot’s comfort zone of the Pacific Northwest. The main character in A MERCIFUL DEATH is Mercy Kilpatrick, an FBI agent who, in this first book, is sent in to investigate a string of killings involving doomsday preppers around her small hometown. She left her family and town under painful circumstances many years ago and Elliot deftly blends past and present together into an intriguing set of characters and a culture (the preppers) I find fascinating. The romance is totally realistic in this book—you know how I hate instalove—which means it takes a backseat to the suspense. The second book in the series comes out in June.
The Bone Secrets series is more traditional romantic suspense, so there are some elements of instalove but they don’t beat you over the head. My favorites of the series so far are the second, Chilled (A Bone Secrets Novel Book 2), and third, Buried (A Bone Secrets Novel), where the tension builds and builds and builds until, yep, it’s 4 a.m. and I have to go to work in three hours so I might as well finish the damned thing. Elliot writes intricate, well laid-out mystery plots and vivid recurring characters, each of whom gets a turn as the main character in a novel. That said, these books can stand alone very, very well, so reading them in order isn’t a necessity.
Next up: the fifth (last? Not sure) book in the Bone Secrets series, Known (A Bone Secrets Novel).
So….what are YOU reading these days?