Angela: I read a fantastic book this week. The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay. It made me cry by the end and I’m not normally a crier. It had great characters that draw you in. Even though some might say the ending was inevitable, the author lulls you in a false sense of security that characters are safe. Recommend for historical fantasy lovers.
Anne: I’ve been reading a deliciously filthy Captain Swan + Liam Jones fanfiction that Head Wench Barb recommended. It’s amazing and I can’t put it down. In the audio book world, I’m listening to In the Garden of Beasts. It is absolutely terrifying how similar the things that are happening in Nazi Germany are to things happening right now, here in America.
Barb: I devoured American Prince. Could not put it down. Not my typical style, at all, but I think that's what I loved most about it. I always love a book that allows me to see the world in a way I don't normally, and American Prince did that for me. Happy Book Birthday, Sierra Simone! Look for a review and stop on the blog tour tomorrow. Now that I've finished reading my three most-anticipated books of the New Year, I am firmly ensconced in Hogwarts, reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. It is still superb after all these years.
Care: So, I’ve been entirely too quiet recently, I apologize. Getting on getting some issues figured out, so hopefully all better soon. ^_^ Anyway! Last week I gave a friend a pair of Wench Favorite Book(s), so I’m now up to my eyeballs in a Halfway to the Grave reread! So many things I’d forgotten....
Kathi: This week I finished Oryx and Crake and started The Year of the Flood, books 1 and 2 in Margaret Atwood’s highly recommended, post-apocalyptic Maddaddam Trilogy. I had set the first book aside as too hard to follow while I was sick, but now that the brain fog has (mostly) cleared, I’m enjoying these books. She makes you work to understand what’s going on, but it’s worth it! I also binge rewatched Victoria on Masterpiece Theater just because I love it.
Merit: I read The Secret Wife by Gill Paul, based on the true story of the romance between Dmitri Malama, a Russian cavalry officer, and Grand Duchess Tatiana of the tragic Romanov family. This is a “what if” historical romance that alternates between 2016, mainly in New York state, and the beginning of the 20th century in Russia, from 1914, just before the Russian revolution and the execution of the Romanov family up to 1986. The Secret Wife is an emotional story, of love and loss, war, and betrayal, a sad tragic tale with some happy moments, a captivating tale.