Whatcha Reading? November 2019 Edition, Part One

November 9, 2019

Cute ginger cat is sleeping in the bed on warm blanket. Cold autumn or winter weekend while reading a book and drinking warm coffee or tea. Hygge concept. Text on the pages is not recognizable.We have reached November! Many of us at SBTB HQ have been groaning about reading slumps. Is something in the air?

Let’s get into what we’re reading now!

Shana: I just started a bunch of novels in a moment of book hangover desperation. The one I’m enjoying the most so far is White Whiskey Bargain by Jodie Slaughter ( A ). It’s a marriage of convenience plot between two super sexy moonshine smugglers in contemporary Kentucky.

Tara: I’m reading Sweetest Thing by Natasha West, which is an f/f enemies to lovers romance that takes place against the backdrop of a British competitive baking show. It starts off a bit shaky, but then gets way better about a third of the way in and is very cute.

Sweetest Thing
A

In audio, I’m listening to One Walk in Winter by Georgia Beers ( A | BN ). It’s great, which isn’t a surprise because she’s one of my favs. It has a meet cute opening, followed by the revelation that one of the women is the new boss of the other at a small resort in New York State. Also, there is a sweet dog named Walter who is clearly the best boy.

Maya: In what I now realized is a bit on the nose reading considering I just did a cross-country move (including a solo cross-country drive with my two cats!), I read Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman, which I know Carrie reviewed a while back. I liked it, but it was a bit too angsty for me, so I’m aiming for something cheerful next. Also, I am very excited about a pie recipe book I just ordered called Sister Pie by Lisa Ludwinski. I’m planning to christen the oven at my new place with the toasted marshmallow butterscotch pie!

Sarah: I’m listening to A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny ( A | BN | K | G | AB ) while I cross stitch and (I HOPE) finish the major project I’ve been working on this year. I love that as it gets dark earlier, I’m wrapped in blankets and listening to a book tell me how cold all the characters are while I’m warm and cozy.

Charlotte: I’m re-reading Elizabeth Boyle’s Lord Langley is Back in Town ( A | BN | K | G | AB ), which I love because the hero and heroine are both older (their exact ages aren’t clear, but the heroine seems to be in her mid 30s and the hero is in his 40s). As I get older, my interest in 20 year old debutantes becomes less.

Claudia: Oh god, I feel like thumping my chest and saying “through my own fault” because I gave an author I was iffy about another chance and the book was terrible.

I need to detox somehow.

Sister Pie
A | BN | K | AB

Sarah: Might be time to break out some Tessa Dare.

Claudia: Yes, I think I need to re-read A Week to Be Wicked ( A | BN | K | G | AB | Au | Scribd ). That ought to do it.

Lara: There is almost nothing that A Week to Be Wicked cannot fix.

Claudia: Agreed, Lara.

Lara: I’m trying to think of a Plan B, just in case Dare fails you (which is impossible, but still)… and it might be Jennifer Crusie’s Bet Me. I like the idea of a Romance First Aid kit.

Which I think is probably already a thing? (This podcast about how we create memories has me doubting ALL of mine).

Claudia: Ooh good idea to have a fallback — A Week to Be Wicked is often checked out in my library.

Can’t Escape Love
A | BN | K | AB

Aarya: I haven’t read anything in the last couple of days, but I’m determined to break that slump tonight. I think the problem is that I’m in a contemporary rut; I have so many contemporary arcs on my tbr. The more I read them, the less enthused I am about the subgenre (I love it, I just need a break). So to break the slump, I’m going back to my bread-and-butter: PNR and historical.

I want to try Alexis Hall’s Shadows & Dreams ( A | BN | K | G ), which is the second installment in a wonderful f/f urban fantasy series. The first book is snarky and has the perfect balance between mystery, romance, and action. If that doesn’t pan out, I’m going to try Mia Vincy’s A Beastly Kind of Earl ( A | BN | K | AB ); the previous book in that series has wonderful banter and I so desperately need to laugh right now.

Catherine: I just inhaled Can’t Escape Love by Alyssa Cole. It’s a novella in her Reluctant Royals series, and it’s just an adorable, low-conflict, fannish romance with a smart, disabled heroine and a sweet, neuro-atypical hero and it just melted me. So good.

Oh, and I read The Widow of Rose House by Diana Biller after reading Aarya’s review here, and I loved it so much.

Empire of Sand
A | BN | K | AB

AJ: Ha, mine is an Aarya rec too! I just picked up Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri, which I’m hoping will bust me out of my current romance reading slump.

Aarya: I feel extremely powerful (and nervous that you won’t like the book!).

Sneezy: The Pasha of Cuisine by Saygin Ersin ( A | BN | K | G | AB )! As you might guess from the title, do NOT read on an empty stomach.

Elyse: I’m torn between reading some YA fantasy or The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell ( A | BN | K | G | AB ).

Amanda: I picked up Strange Practice by Vivian Shaw ( A | BN | K | G | AB ) last night and I’m enjoying and I’m actually bummed I don’t have more reading time right now.

Which books have you finished so far this month?


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