Jilly: One More Day, One More Book

Can you believe it’s September already? Me neither.

Michaeline said yesterday that she plans to linger in summer for a few more weeks.  I’m allowing myself one more day. Today 😉

Tomorrow I need to get back to work. Forget Halloween, I’ve been counting the days to Christmas as I need to put together a sensible schedule for rest of the year. I know that’s sixteen whole weeks away, but in that time I would like to to publish and market The Seeds of Power, write a new draft of Alexis’s book, submit that draft for developmental editing,  (ideally) write the short novella that bridges the two books, and (in a perfect world) add some more structure to my ideas for the rest of the series.

Yeah, I need a plan. My shopping list is ambitious, but I *think* it should be do-able if I put my mind to it. Watch this space 😉

That’s for tomorrow. Today is the last day of my self-appointed staycation, and I have time to squeeze in another couple of books. I’m thinking Jackie Lau’s Ice Cream Lover (thanks, Michaeline!) would be a good way to start the day, but I’d love to find just one more excellent read to finish with.

I was planning to check out Juliet Marillier’s new book, The Harp of Kings (Warrior Bards Book 1). That would have done nicely, except it’s not available until Tuesday 😦

I already read Ilona Andrews’ Sapphire Flames, and have to confess I didn’t enjoy it as much as I had expected. I suspect part of the problem is that I set my hopes extremely high. I’ll still buy the next book in the series, and anything else Ilona and Gordon choose to publish.

I also read T. Kingfisher’s Clocktaur Wars duology, Helen Hoang’s The Bride Test, and Marie Brennan’s A Natural History of Dragons. All well-written, interesting and enjoyable books, but for various reasons none of them quite hit the squee button for me.

I’d love to end my mini-break with a Good Book Squee. Fingers crossed for Jackie Lau. And whichever other book I find for my Last Read of Summer.

No pressure, but…does anyone have a recommendation?

10 thoughts on “Jilly: One More Day, One More Book

  1. First fail of the day. I just read the Look Inside for Ice Cream Lover and discovered it’s told in alternating first-person, present tense POVs. I love the premise, and what I’ve seen of the characters. It looks really well-written, but I can’t read a whole book written in those POVs. I like my books to have one narrator/authorial voice–anywhere from visible to near-invisible in third person books, front and center in one-character first-person books. Dual first person makes me feel as though there are two people holding the authorial reins, competing for my attention and interrupting one another. It’s distracting. And I find present tense annoying, as though the author is talking at me instead of drawing me into the story.

    Maybe it’s an age thing? I’ve heard good things about Jackie Lau’s books from a number of people whose opinions I respect. There are lots of super-successful present-tense, multiple first-person books around. This is entirely about my personal preferences. One day, when I have time to kill (ha!) I might try again, but not today.

    • Oh, I’m sorry! Personally, I really like first person POV, and would write in it all the time except I was told it was Bad to do so . . . and with some writing in third person, yes, I can see the limitations of 1POV; but I still like it when it’s done well. I think 1POV needs to have a strong voice/strong voices in order to pull things off.

      • No, no–I really like first person, especially for fantasy, urban fantasy and adventure-y stories. What I don’t like is more than one first person POV character *in the same book*.

        Jeffe Kennedy has a whole fantasy series written in first person, set in the same world, but where the “I” POV character is different in each book. I enjoy that, though I think it must be hellish difficult for the author to make all those people sound distinctive and individual. I just can’t handle more than one “I” per book–it’s like being in the pub with a couple who tell an anecdote jointly and keep interrupting each other to give the story from their perspective. Present tense makes it even more pub/interruption-like.

    • I’m always interested to check out and support debut authors, and if you’re enjoying it…. Off to take a look at The Art of Scandal. Thank you!

  2. I wish I had some suggestions, but I’m pretty sure we have different catnip preferences, 😀.

    I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately and I’d be hard pressed to recommend any of them to anyone. More often than not, I find myself content editing the books while I’m reading them rather than getting lost in the stories,

    Good luck with your search and I hope you enjoy your day.

    • Not wholly different. There’s Loretta Chase 😉 . You read a lot, and I think you have a pretty clear idea of what would appeal to me, even if it’s not your catnip.

      I agree with you about the content editing, though. I’ve mentally composed a “Dear Author…” letter for almost every book I’ve read lately. I mostly rely on re-reads for narrative transportation, but I’d love to find some more titles for my keeper shelf. I think the last one was The Goblin Emperor, which I found via Jenny C’s Good Book Thursday blog posts.

      • True, we do have Loretta. 😀

        Unfortunately, I haen’t read anything lately that I didn’t delete from my Kindle or return to the library as soon as I hit the end of the book.

        The Louise Penny stories are the last ones that really caught and kept my interest. I’ve lost count how many times I’ve reread (or re-listened) to those. Throwing the Hamilton musical into the mix – a really great example of storytelling – means that most of what I’ve read since has come up sadly short by comparison.

        Right now I’m taking a break and reading Wilkie Collins’ Moonstone as a kind of palate-cleanser.

        If that doesn’t work, I might have to give up and start writing – gasp!

        • I hesitate to say this as I’d love you to take a sabbatical from other creative pursuits and start writing–cheers wildly–but out of the blue I thought about Lindsay Davis, especially her Falco mystery series set in ancient Rome. Have you read those? If not, I think you might enjoy them. Possibly Kay might like them too. They’re well-written, with a lovely light touch and plenty of humor, and the world-building is outstanding.

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