When I joked on Twitter that I was making a holiday reading list and already had a year’s worth of books on it, a few people said “why don’t you post it!” Since I love spying on/being inspired by what others are reading (here’s Ros’s holiday list, for instance), I figured, “Why not?” It’s more like “I want to read this, and this, and oh yeah, that” rather than a real plan. I guess that way it can take me well into the new year!
Reading Right Now:
Griever: An American Monkey King in China, by Gerald Vizenor (thanks to a conversation with Robin about American Indian writers). Despite my PhD training at an institution steeped in post-modernist theory, I like my fiction realist and traditional, so I feel more than a bit like all the Goodreaders who say “I don’t know what to make of this.”
Scenes of Passion/Scenes of Peril, by Suzanne Brockmann and Jill Sorenson. I bought this mainly for Jill’s novella, because a) I have a soft spot for the snowbound trope, b) I enjoy her books, and c) we’re Twitter “friends.” But I’m reading (rather briskly) Brockmann’s first. So far it’s got too little of the parts I like–hero and heroine doing community theatre together(!!) and trying to improve the business he inherited (there’s one of those complicated category romance will provisions involved)–and too much of the parts I don’t–almost-thirty heroine who has been utterly passive in her adult life and calls herself a loser; really, really obvious secret hero is keeping; heroine feeling bad about having the hots for her best friend’s high school boyfriend even though it’s 10 years later and BFF is happily married to someone else.
What I’m Listening to Now:
Dirty Wars, by Jeremy Scahill (narrated by Tom Weiner). So seasonal and uplifting! (There’s quite a bit of non-fiction on my want-to-read list that’s even more depressing and I just can’t face right now).
With This Ring, by Amanda Quick (narrated by Barbara Rosenblatt). Silly, fun comfort reading, kind of a tribute to the “horrid novels” its heroine writes.
I Swear I’m Reading Over the Holiday:
The River of No Return, by Bee Ridgway. Because a big fat genre mash-up sounds like perfect holiday reading. Also, I bought this in hardback and I’m damn well going to get to it before the paperback comes out in April.
What Else I Might Read:
(If you want to vote for a title in the comments, go for it. But I’m reading as the mood strikes me, because it’s vacation, baby).
Bone Rider, by J. Fally. If Sunita loves a book, especially against her expectations, I’m pretty much sold. (And since I discovered I had a ton of unused e-book bucks at AllRomance, I got this free!).
I’m actually in a romance mood again, and maybe even a Christmas romance mood. I’ve got a selection from Marion Lennox, Alison Roberts, and Sarah Morgan. I’ll read at least one.
I’d like to catch up with some of my favorite historical romance authors, like Miranda Neville and Courtney Milan. I’m tempted to go back and re-read Milan’s Brothers Sinister series from the beginning, but glomming doesn’t work for me and I’d never get to a new one that way.
I could go on, but, you know, my vacation is only two weeks, and not all of that is really vacation–I’ve got planning for next semester to do too. I’m enjoying having extra time for reading, though, and since next semester’s teaching is all Academic Writing, which means less reading for work, I’m hoping the trend will continue.
It’s dark at 4:30pm, there’s a fire in the fireplace, and I’m under a furry blanket beside the Christmas tree. Time to open a book! What are you reading?