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another five books

I didn’t make it to the local BN last week (went outlet shopping instead) but I did head to the local library branch this week to check out a few more books. And so I read these following books:

  1. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
  2. Once Upon a Tartan by Grace Burrowes
  3. Private Arrangements by Sherry Thomas
  4. Delicious by Sherry Thomas
  5. Not Quite a Husband by Sherry Thomas
  6. His at Night by Sherry Thomas

Heir of Fire – third in the Throne of Glass series. I can’t figure out if I’m starting to like the series or not – I think a bit, but I still despise Mary Sue Celaena. I’m still disoriented in the published books because the echoes of the fictionpress version occasionally rings in my head, but from an objective standpoint the prose is much more polished after ten years. And I’m well beyond my teenage years now, which may account for why I am ambiguous about this series. At best, I still have hope for it, especially what will happen to the princes, and I will finish this series.

Not Quite a Husband – this book packs an emotional wallop, but it’s my favorite Sherry Thomas romance so far. It starts in India and the set up of the socially awkward physician heroine and the gorgeous young male really resonated with me for rather personal reasons. There is a lot of internal monologue which can be terrible, but I think it was pulled off quite brilliantly with the background of war in a far off land, and not dreary old England.

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I came across Jeannie Lin’s books while reading Courtney Milan’s blog, and I instantly fell in love with the Tang Dynasty golden era Jeannie Lin’s book are set in.

For one, it’s set in ancient China and written in English by an author of Chinese descent. This is new to me in written English historical romances, but I have read and studied ancient China in Chinese in school, which was quite hard. She captures essences of Chinese culture and etiquette, even throws in a few Chinese idioms, that I think Westerners may not understand or even know such things exist. My favorite was the frog in the well reference, mostly because it’s an often-used idiom, but there are others, especially relating to war.

In the discussion of needing more POC characters, I’m not sure where her books fall into. If she is a woman of Chinese descent writing about ancient China and clearly Chinese characters, then are they still POC characters? I know they would be POC characters if she wrote contemporary romance, where modern Chinese characters interact with modern Western characters.

These are the novelsI’ve read:

  1. The Lotus Palace
  2. Butterfly Swords
  3. The Dragon and the Pearl
  4. My Fair Concubine
  5. The Sword Dancer

I disliked Butterfly Swords the most, because it smacked of exoticism, as the heroine fell in love with a blond haired foreigner. Blech. My favorite was the Dragon and the Pearl, because it was heartbreaking and reminded me of tragic love stories from ancient China. There is over 5000 years of Chinese history, hence myriad pieces of literature, formal and informal, and many many many stories told orally over thousands of generations.

Novellas:

  • The Lady’s Scandalous Night
  • Capturing the Silken Thief
  • An Illicit Temptation

And last but not least, I also read The Countess Conspiracy, by Courtney Milan.

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need to catch up

I’ve finished quite a few novels since I last updated, but haven’t gotten around to updating my list since real life has been extremely hectic. I’ve written down notes and even took a photo of the stack of the paper books I read as a record.

And I also hope to organize some of my childhood books, especially the Animorphs series.

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Finished reading Sacrifices (Shadow Grail Series #3) by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edgehill.  Borrowed from library. Getting thrown back into Arthurian myth after a hiatus. Was no surprise who Muirin is. Doing a lot more local exploring on the weekends, so less time to read.

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meh series

The Black Sun’s Daughter series by MLN Hanover. I tried to like this series, I really did. But halfway through the third book, I gave up. It was incredibly dull, and lacked humor. And there’s too many tropes that the author doesn’t even try averting or at least making it kind of funny hence bearable. Then I looked up the author and discovered it was the pseudonym of a male writer… At any rate, maybe it was because the previous book I had read was the InCryptid book and that one is full of funny moments.

The books:

  1. Unclean Spirits
  2. Darker Angels
  3. Vicious Grace (only finished reading half)

I checked out the fourth book, but I’m most likely going to return it to the library unread.

In other news, I bought myself a Canon Rebel t3i for my birthday and I am mighty pleased, except that now I am broke.

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except the queen

Went to the local B&N up here and ended up reading Except the Queen by Jane Yolen and Midori Synder.
I haven’t gotten to reading all those Free Fridays Nook Books from B&N, work just seems to be sapping all of my energy recently. Plus a couple of personal issues, and somehow, the last thing I want to do is to read. Killing zombies somehow feels more satisfying.

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Work is currently over-stressing me out, so I haven’t touched a book since July 4. I just downloaded around 4-5 books from BN Nook’s Free Fridays that kind of piled up, so maybe I’ll get to a couple this weekend. Although what I *really* need is to get outside for some sunshine and exercise.

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