It’s been a very strange, extremely trying few months, but I think I’m ready to hop back in the saddle and ride. My husband is one of the sorts of people who reads in times of stress to relax, but I need to be relaxed to read. Picking up a book when my wits are scrambled results in re-reading a single paragraph for an hour before I realize I’m not getting anywhere. Reading when I’m out of charity with the world makes every misused homonym, tired cliche and authorial shortcut into a table-pounding WHY DON’T WE HAVE ANY FUCKING STANDARDS ANYMORE tirade, and that’s no fun either. So for the first third of this year I’ve been playing games and just zoning the fuck out and ignoring shit. (For anyone curious about the games, they were the indie games Terraria and Towns. Both were a ton of sandbox fun.)

Anyways. Sonomalass has a great idea in a recent post on her blog:

So here’s what I’m going to try. Below I have listed the books that I plan to read, or have recently read and plan to review, in the next few months. If one or more of those titles is one you’re interested in reading and talking about, leave a comment to that effect. (I’m likely to prioritize those books, to be honest.) When I post my reactions, I will tag the tweet with “#onthesamepage.” I’ll do my best to let you know that I have posted, so that you can come comment, and we can have a discussion.

Like her, I also feel out of step with the review blog zeitgeist. I not only don’t have any of the books people are talking about, I don’t want to have them. Rather than have another table-pounding, Record Store Clerk Taste® moment, creating our own group experience sounds like a lot of fun. I don’t own any of the books on her list, but I could see my way towards buying the Grant, Lin or Morgan books if lots of other people are reading them. When your TBR is at 225, what’s a few more, right?

Working off what I do already own, here’s what I’m looking to read soon:

  • Innocent Hearts by Radlclyffe – Lesbian romance set in 1860s Montana. I’m a sucker for westerns, and I’m always looking for f/f or lesbian romance. 
  • True by Erin McCarthy – A New Adult novel about a privileged, virgin heroine and the working-class, “bad boy” hero her friends pay to sleep with her. I don’t expect to like it, but I want to talk about it for the DA book club. 
  • The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold – A fantasy novel I grabbed in a sale on everyone’s recommendation.  
  • The Theory of Attraction by Delphine Dryden – Sure, it’s another maledom BDSM ero rom, but no one’s a billionaire and the hero seems to be on the Autism spectrum. 
  • Outlaw in Paradise by Patricia Gaffney – Gunslinger hero, saloon-owning heroine. Hello gorgeous. Where you been all my life?  
  • Something Like Normal by Trish Doller – New Adult novel from the POV of a young man back from serving Afghanistan. I’ve heard only good things.  
  • The Wedding Fling by Meg Maguire – I keep hoping every new Maguire book is the one where she plots as good as she writes.  

What do you think? Anyone want to read these too?

10 thoughts on “RISE FROM YOUR GRAVE

  1. I adore the Chalion books; an excuse to re-read! I’d read Innocent Hearts, for sure, and I’d be game to try the Gaffney and the Maguire as part of a group.

    So glad you’re up for this.

  2. I have the Bujold, Gaffney, McCarthy and Doller to read. What venue are you thinking for discussion?

  3. I’m not a big fan of Westerns, but Innocent Hearts and Outlaw in Paradise sound good. I want to read more f/f. And a saloon-owning heroine? I am here for that.

  4. I liked Something Like Normal, but no one else I know has read it. So no one to talk to about it. I could be convinced to read any of the other books on your list.

  5. I have of course read Curse of Chalion and have the Dryden in my TBR and could be persuaded to any of the others

  6. Innocent Hearts and Outlaw in Paradise look like winners. Though I mostly read spec fic, I’m looking to try some historical westerns.

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  8. Ooh, I can’t wait to read your review of Maguire’s Wedding Fling. (Read it in a glom, right after Thank You for Riding and Making Him Sweat and After Hours. There were some things that bugged me about WF, but I also liked thinking about why I was bugged. But maybe it suffered from close comparison) k, doing the tigger bouncing thing, til you are ready. Curious to get your take on the Dryden – I really enjoy your past analyses of depictions of disability elsewhere. Looking forward to Gaffney and Bujold, and may be inspired to track down the Radclyffe and Doller.

  9. Thanks for weighing in. After seeing what people are interested in, I think I’ll read Innocent Hearts this week and post about it on Saturday.

    After that I’ll read True, since the DA discussion is May 15. Maybe then I’ll go Wedding Fling, Curse of Chalion then Theory of Attraction. We’ll see.

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