Now that Memorial Day is behind us and summer has officially begun, I turned my mind to my summer reading list (it should be on my summer writing list, but alas . . . ). Right now, I’m reading Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy by Karen Abbott. It’s about four women undercover during the Civil War. Next up will be Nora Roberts’ latest, Come Sundown, and The Uses of Enchantment has been on my shelf for a while now and I’d like to get to that one.
If anyone is looking for a good romance author, I recently discovered Tessa Dare. A word of caution – while I really like her stories, they always (or at least mostly) have a hugely improbable sex scene: under a willow tree in the middle of the village green, in a forest glade during a house party, or a conservatory during a house party, etc. And it’s not like Stephanie Laurens in which they cleverly fold back gowns and trouser falls so that they aren’t mussed and can right their appearances quickly. No, they strip down to nekked, in the great wide open. However, as with other craft/plot errors, the rest of her stories are good enough that I just roll my eyes and get through these highly improbable scenes.
The New York Public Library published this list. Real Simple has this one and one of the nice things about this one is that it is a mix of new, old, and classic (Valley of the Dolls, The Iliad, etc). TED.com has this list from last year, but I usually like the recommendations. Lastly, Bill Gates has an eclectic list for you here.
What’s on your list this summer? Any interesting recommendations?