Each month, we ask our bloggers to share the best thing they’ve read (or things, plural, if our bloggers declare a tie ’cause they just can’t choose). It doesn’t have to be a new book, as evidenced below; just something that made the month sparkle a bit more.
Without further ado, here’s the installment for October 2013 (and if you’ve missed any, be sure to check out past recs via the Related Posts section at the bottom of the post):
Sweet by Erin McCarthy - McCarthy's second turn in New Adult is her best work yet, in an incredibly sweet love/hate story. When Jessica and Riley are forced to spend the summer as roommates, a grudging acquiescence leads to an unexpected friendship. All of their preconceptions about each other are shaken, and the result is a lovely coming-of-age about self-discovery, the inaccuracy of first impressions, and how two people can be true partners.
My best of October is The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. Last month Laurie Gold raved about it, in the Best of September column so as soon as it was available I downloaded it. I elected to go with the audio book, narrated by Dan O’Grady and I loved it. Dan’s accent – which sounds Australian to me immersed me in the whole reading experience, since the locale of the book is Melbourne. Initially I was worried about how Don Tillman – a unconventional hero with Asperger’s would be portrayed. I didn’t want humor at the expense of his condition. But Don is so matter of fact about who he is—he understands that he is just wired differently from most of the population. Both Don and Rosie, discover that love means accepting a person for who they are—making The Rosie Project a truly uplifting book.
I’m just finishing a funky, fun ebook called Speakeasy Dead by Vicky Loebel. It’s set in the 1920s and is loaded with atmosphere. The book is a real hodgepodge of the age, gangsters, speakeasies, dance contests and motion picture stars – and Loebel throws in witches, warlocks, zombies, demons and an efficient golem. The best part is the humor. I keep having to stop to read a line or two to my husband. I think Loebel’s got another book set in the same universe. I’m off to buy it as soon as I finish these last few pages of this one.
My favorite read this month was Stripped by Edie Harris. I love, love, love the hero Declan. I can hear his Irish brogue when reading his point of view and after having read my share of heroes who are emotionally unavailable, the way Declan owns his feelings for the heroine, even as he struggles to deal with their intensity had me head over heels for him by the first chapter. The fact that he's interested in Fiona and acts on that attraction like an adult completely won me over. He is real hero material.
My best read of October was Love Between the Lines by Kate Rothwell. This inventive Victorian romance is anything but ordinary, as American journalist Lizzy will stop at nothing to get to the truth of a story, and peer turned publisher, Gideon, knows that Lizzy is exactly the writer he needs. Though Gideon woos Lizzy across the pond to London with promises of plum assignments at his newspaper, Lizzy soon finds herself impatient with the society articles she's asked to write. Their professional relationship becomes even more complicated when they can't deny the powerful attraction between them, even though Gideon's betrothal to the aristocratic Lady Edith progresses. Gideon and Lizzy bond over their passion for publishing, and though their black moment is black indeed, how they come back from it is a testament to the overcoming power of real love.