A Month in Books: August 2012

August: the dog days of summer … and high wedding season if you’re in your late 20s/early 30s. Luckily road trips/weekends away leave lots of time for reading, and very little time for writing or reviewing. I’m trying to take advantage of what time I have left for pleasure reading since I start school on September 10th (more on that later!)  I have a sneaking suspicion that school’s going to take up all the time I had tucked away for pleasure reading. 🙂

Now that summer has drawn to a close, what was the best book you read this summer?

For me, it was hands down Carrie Lofty‘s Starlight. Damn that woman writes a good book!

(Links take you to full reviews on Goodreads.  Go ahead and click. Sometimes the snark is worth it.)

The Dragon and the Pearl (Tang Dynasty #2), Jeannie Lin
2 stars
Despite two characters who were the most intense thinkers, navel-gazers and ruminators, I still enjoyed this book. The wonderful setting and history do a lot to smooth other the almost total lack of dialog.

In The Flesh (Ladies Sewing Circle #5), Portia Da Costa
3 stars
I’m still shaking my head over the ending of this one. It’s worth the read just to get to the giant clusterf*ck, OMGWTFBBQ ending.  (And the sexy times are pretty steamy, too.)

The Walking Dead, Volume 16: A Larger World, Robert Kirkman
2 stars
I WANT MORE ZOMBIES. All this postulating on the nature of evil and trust and community and faith and hope and BLAH BLAH BLAH. Hear me, Mr. Kirkman?  Moar zombeez, plz. Kthxbai!

A Wedding Wager (Blackwater Brides #2), Jane Feather
2 stars
I am an Old Skool Jane Feather fan, but this was so boring I …… Zzzzzzzz.

The Winter Palace: A Novel of Catherine the Great, Eva Stachniak
2 stars
A sucker for a gorgeous cover, this book sucked me in … and spit me back out about 200 pages later. Overly long and drawn out, this book could have been much better had it lost 100 pages.

Starlight (The Christies #2), Carrie Lofty
5 stars
I think I can make the official Perusals Announcement that Carrie Lofty is the Queen of Awesome. Fascinating setting (Glasgow in the late Industrial Revolution), with a North & South character dynamic done oh-so-right. Hot, sizzling, and wonderfully descriptive. Carrie Lofty FTW!


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