Now that we’re in October, we’re three-fourths of the way through the year and racing towards the holiday book season. Therefore, it’s time for yet another check-in.
I’ve just about finished reading 60 books this year and while that puts me behind my pace for last year, I’m only 15 books away from making my goal for 2012. My “best of” list is starting to take shape, with Sarah MacLean’s A Rogue By Any Other Name, Eloisa James’ Paris in Love, Susan Cain’s Quiet and Deborah Harkness’ All Souls Trilogy guaranteed to make the list. (The rest of the list is still a work in progress, and therefore a surprise until December.)
I’ve been in a delightful autumn-ish mood lately and so, in preparation for Halloween, I’ve been reading a lot of books involving witches. I stumbled across Debora Geary, who publishes exclusively with Amazon; she writes an interesting spin on magic in the modern world. I recently finished Melissa de la Cruz’s Witches of East End and I heard a rumor that the book is making the leap to television with a series on Lifetime. Of course, I return to Harry Potter again and again when I want a magic fix and there are a few romance novels with magical elements I’ve been seeking out as well (Nora Roberts does this especially well).
As for what’s coming up, here’s a look at some of the books I hope to tackle before the end of the year:
- Froi of the Exiles, Melina Marchetta – This has been waiting patiently for me to find the time, because I know I won’t want to put it down once I start reading it. I have high expectations and a certainty that those expectations will be met – and then some.
- Eternally Yours, Cate Tiernan – In the third and final book in Tiernan’s Immortal Beloved series, our immortal heroine Nastasya must confront a 450-year-old family feud and figure out how to balance her new-found magical confidence with the rocky road of true love.
- The Duchess War, Courtney Milan – Milan will start her new Brothers Sinister series with this book and I can’t wait. Milan is one of the consistently best romance writers today and I’m sure I’ll love this new series as much as I loved the last one.
- One Good Earl Deserves a Lover, Sarah MacLean – Technically, this book doesn’t publish until January, but I’m hoping to get an advanced galley because Sarah MacLean is probably my favorite Regency romance writer and I have literally devoured all of her previous novels.
So, now it’s your turn, bookworms – how have your reading goals been going so far this year? What do you hope to accomplish, reading-wise, during the last quarter of the year? Do you have any good witchy novel recommendations in anticipation of Halloween? Let me know!