But First, a Little More on Advent:
My dad, who is a retired Episcopal priest, sent me an e-mail about my last post. This is one of the wonderful and helpful things he said:
Is Advent a “romance novel” dream about hope and righteousness and healing and love? Why can’t the church do a better job of dramatizing that, if it is?
My dad is another reason I’m sticking with my half-assed life of faith. Also, Dad and Mom, even though it may add to my stress level, I’m really, really glad you’re coming for Christmas!
My post on “ego-reading” (which is kind of my readerly autobiography and manifesto) is up at Anna’s blog if you haven’t seen it.
And Now . . .
Inspired by Ridley and Kelly (twice!), by the fact that I couldn’t have done it without you all and your blogging and Twittering about books, and perhaps by the semi-penitential spirit of Advent, here is a list of my purchases in recent half-off e-book sales.
(Book links to Goodreads description; listed in random order in which they appear in my Reader library).
- Cara McKenna, Coercion, Craving and Reversal (bonus shame points: these three “vignettes” follow her novel Curio and I haven’t even read it yet. So it’s not like I needed them).
- Maisey Yates, Hajar’s Hidden Legacy (bonus shame points: I don’t usually like sheikh books!) and A Royal World Apart (or fake Euro-states!)
- J. L. Merrow, Hard Tail and Pressure Head (haven’t read m/m in ages and Merrow always works for me; that might be -1 shame point)
- Olivia Waite, Hell and Hellion
- Karla Doyle, More Than Words (erotic romance with Scrabble and Marilyn of Mean Fat Old Bat didn’t totally hate it; -2 shame points)
- Emmie Dark, In His Eyes
- Charlotte Stein, Control
- HelenKay Dimon, Switched and Copy That
- Charlotte Lamb, Hot Blood and Vampire Lover (classics for my romance education; do I get a shame point off for that?)
- Caroline Anderson, St. Piran’s: The Wedding of the Year
- Alison Roberts, Maybe This Christmas. . . ? (I love that the cover model looks more like a pediatric surgeon than a cover model)
- Kate Hewitt, The Darkest of Secrets and The Husband She Never Knew (my very first post was a review of one of her books)
- Meg Maguire (aka Cara McKenna, so I guess she wins for most shame points), The Wedding Fling
- Jo Leigh, Lying in Bed (this and Maguire’s are the first Harlequin Blazes I’ve bought in ages; I’ve really gone off that line)
- Vicki Essex, Back to the Good Fortune Diner
- Marion Lennox, A Bride for the Maverick Millionaire (is it plus or minus shame points for that Harlequin-ific title?) and Her Outback Rescuer
- ETA: As Brie pointed out, I left off Sarah Mayberry, The Other Side of Us (extra shame points for buying this when I have 3 or 4 0f hers unread in the TBR–but at least I know I like her!)
Did you notice how I cheated on the numbering so it didn’t look so bad? Yeah, I thought you did. You know what I want to do now? Buy more books! Where’s my cone? It’s got to be a medical condition.
Feel free to list yours or link in the comments. In case, you know, I missed something good.