I’ve fallen behind!
The first week I skipped LWIBooks was because I was at a library conference when I would usually be writing it. I did get some writing done, but that was mostly for Kissing Books and several thousand words I was inspired to write after a freak incident in my hotel room that will never see the light of day.
Then, I decided to pick up LWIBooks the next week, also talking about the library conference, but I got distracted by…something?
So now, I have three weeks to cover, and it’s going to be a fast one, because I’ve definitely picked up after several weeks of slumpy-ness.
Oh man, did i finish some awesomeness. I also walked away from a book that was totally not happening, only to find redemption in a book with similar tropes that were addressed in a much better packaged way.
First Position, Melissa Brayden
An adorable lesbian romance about ballerinas. BALLERINAS.
Perfect, Cecelia Ahern
I picked this up at ALA on the last day and might have started reading it on the exhibit floor. I finished it on the flight home. Some people have their hesitations about Flawed, but I was instantly drawn in to both books in the duology.
Let it Shine, Alyssa Cole
The Juneteenth anthology has been sitting on my kindle forever. I started the first book and kind of stalled, so I hadn’t made it to this, the last story. I went to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights while I was in Atlanta, and just needed to read this when I was done with Perfect. They actually kind of went well together.
Size Matters, Alison Bliss (DNF)
I have been on a fat heroine kick lately, and this one was one I’d seen at the library and been drawn to because of the cover. If it had been an amazingly well written book that featured a heroine with super super self-esteem issues, I might have moved forward. If it had been a less-badly-written book about a heroine with self-esteem issues and a guy who wasn’t a constant victim of foot-in-mouth disease, I might have moved forward. Honestly, I was all for seeing where the story went until the hero, having offered to drive the heroine home the first night they met, discovered he couldn’t wake her up to get directions, took her to his home instead, and then took her dress off while she was still unconscious. Sure, he slept on the couch, but it doesn’t matter. You don’t do that.
Whoops. That was a lot.
Beast, Pepper Pace
This book was less-than-stellarly written, but I loved it anyway. The characters are both cinnamon rolls I want to hug and keep in my pocket and they have some serious body issues between the two of them. But they also know how to love the right fucking way. There are other real-life things that are addressed in the book relatively well, but it all ends happily.
Breathless, Beverly Jenkins
Bev can do no wrong. That is all.
This Song is (Not) for You, Laura Nowlin
I saw this book on one of the ALA book lists (Stonewall? Rainbow? Can’t remember) and knew I needed to read it. There are two teens who won’t admit they’re in love with each other and then in walks a third who doesn’t feel sexual attraction towards anyone but really comes to love these other two people. Yeah, you know I was all over that.
The Lawrence Browne Affair, Cat Sebastian
Soldier’s Scoundrel sequel starring the dashing young Georgie? Yes. Please. Also, our Mad Earl isn’t mad at all, he’s just…sciency. And anxious. And a little agoraphobic? Okay, maybe a lot agoraphobic. Still adorable as hell. And there’s totally a scene that came right out of Beauty and the Beast.
Treasure, Rebekah Weatherspoon
Precious baby butch falls for stripper and then runs into her in comp-sci. Adorbs. And at 103 pages, I didn’t even feel like it was too short.
If The Dress Fits, Carla de Guzman
Oh man, this book. I want to marry this book. I will correct its grammar every once in awhile and maybe throw out a fact that it got wrong, but I will love, honor, and cherish this book for all the days of my life.
Goddammit, I’m still working on The Perfect Play. To be fair, I haven’t picked it up really since the last time I talked about it, but it’s going to make perfect game-day reading. It will probably be in place of the Super Bowl, if I’m honest. I feel no inclination to turn it on while hubs is at work, and I can watch the halftime show tomorrow.
I’m also still working on Joyride. I picked it up to finish yesterday and ended up finishing two ebooks I’d started and set aside instead.
I’ve abandoned the other football books I started. I’ll try to read them again eventually.
Picking Up Soon
I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t given up on Hidden Figures. Not because I don’t have it sitting right there on my bookshelf, but because I’ve been more interested in the fluffy happy stuff recently (I wonder why). Otherwise, I have no idea where I’m going bookwise in the near future. I borrowed Dangerous Curves Ahead from the library and might read it, or I might just take it back and find something on my TBR shelves, which are sinking into the floor with things I want to read. (And unfortunately, or fortunately, whichever way you want to look at it, I still want to read them all; my last weeding was a few weeks ago and I only pulled out five or six things.)
What are you reading? What have you enjoyed recently? I’ve managed to add a few things to my Read Harder list, but I’m kind of falling behind.