Friday, December 4, 2020

On the Shelf: Oct/Nov 2020

New feature! I used to log my monthly reads on my personal blog. I'm ending the year by moving them over here to Suleikha Land! I do my best to keep track of what I've read, what I'm reading, and what books I'm anticipating. And sometimes I remember to write up little intro paragraphs. I hope someone finds these posts valuable/entertaining. 

October saw me sinking into horror and thrillers and things that go bump in the night. I could barely focus on romance. Luckily, I rallied in November and added to my reading count substantially—especially in my most beloved genre! From Ann Aguirre's exquisite fairy tale, Bitterburn, to The Bitter and Sweet of Cherry Season (no relation, lol!) by Molly O'Keefe writing as Molly Fader to Jayce Ellis' sizzling office romance Learned Behaviors and two powerhouse books by Kennedy Ryan. Meanwhile, Nico Rosso's Haunted proved a welcome entry to gothic historical romance and I finally caught up with Illona Andrews' latest Hidden Legacy book. And Kate Clayborn's lovely meditation on found family and grief, Love at First, proved a gorgeous follow-up to January's Love Lettering

The Reading Rundown
Bitterburn by Ann Aguirre (fantasy romance)
Emerald Blaze by Illona Andrews (urban fantasy, paranormal romance)
Love at First by Kate Clayborn (out 2/23/21, contemporary romance)
Learned Behaviors by Jayce Ellis (contemporary LGBTQ+ romance)
The Bitter and Sweet of Cherry Season by Molly Fader (mainstream fiction, contemporary romance; CW for domestic violence)
Little Haunting by the Sea by Kate Johnson (contemporary romance, ghost/mystery; CW for multiple tragedies, self-harm, sexual abuse)
The Twisted Ones by T. Kingfisher (horror)
Mexican Gothic
by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (horror)
The Family Plot by Cherie Priest (horror)
Block Shot by Kennedy Ryan (contemporary romance)
Queen Move by Kennedy Ryan (contemporary romance)
Haunted by Nico Rosso (gothic historical romance)
Lock Every Door by Riley Sager (thriller, horror)
The Project by Courtney Summers (out 2/2/21, thriller/suspense, mainstream fiction)
Survivor Song by Paul Tremblay (horror, thriller)

Backlist adventures: Anne Stuart's steamy historicals, Reckless and Never Kiss a Rake, filled that comfort read niche for me as November got underway. They both had blond heroes named Adrian, which was a little jarring to read back-to-back, but I'm not really complaining. Then I continued the Stuartification and read Shadows at Sunset, which was a contemporary for its time but is basically a historical now. (lolsob!) I also reread a Tessa Dare favorite, A Lady By Midnight—because sometimes you just need a restorative trip to Spindle Cove.

Currently reading: The Intimacy Experiment by Rosie Danan.

On the TBR/wish list:
How to Catch a Queen by Alyssa Cole
Illusionary by Zoraida Córdova
Wild Rain by Beverly Jenkins

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