Whatcha Reading? October 2019, Part One

October 12, 2019

old book on the bench in autumn parkOctober is here! There are so many damn books releasing this month that I’m honestly a little overwhelmed.

Is the season affecting your reading? Do you want something more spooky in anticipation of Halloween? Let us know!

Aarya: I just finished an arc of Chloe Neill’s Wicked Hour ( A | BN | K | G | AB ), the second book in the Heirs of Chicagoland series. I have mixed feelings despite liking most of it. I am completely invested in the relationship between Elisa and Connor; they have a species enmity/childhood enemies/adult friends-to-lovers vibe. But as with the previous book, I am ambivalent about the PNR mystery subplot. I’d honestly be okay skimming the B-plot and focusing on the couple instead. If you like vampire/werewolf/magic politics, then you might enjoy the series and it’s worth a try (I’m liking it FAR more than the previous series, which I rage-quit after Something Unforgivable happened).

Xeni
A | BN | K | AB

I’m also currently in the first quarter of Rebekah Weatherspoon’s Xeni. I am LOVING it so far, and I think many in the Bitchery are excited for this book. It has a contemporary marriage-of-convenience (forced by a will, of course!), bi MCs, terrific chemistry, and possibly my favorite cover of 2019 (look at it! It’s so gorgeous!). I hope the book lives up to my first impressions of it.

Shana: I’m also reading Xeni right now. Book twins! I adore it so far. It’s so nice to have a hot chubby hero. I just finished Work for It by Talia Hibbert ( A | BN | K | G | AB ). It’s a contemporary m/m romance about a damaged playboy who escapes to the British countryside and falls for a laconic and misunderstood elderflower farmer. I found it delightful.

Lara: I’m in the midst of Safety Breach by Delores Fossen ( A | BN | K | G | AB ). It’s romantic suspense with a surprisingly complex plot. I’m still in the post-reading afterglow of Wolf of Wessex by Matthew Harffy ( A | BN ). I didn’t realise I loved a Dark Ages quest, but I do!

Grilled Cheese and Goblins
A | BN | K | AB

Catherine: I just finished reading Grilled Cheese and Goblins by Nicole Kimberling, I think based on a recommendation from the Bitchery? If not, consider this a recommendation from the Bitchery. It’s a collection of short stories and novellas about Keith Curry, former chef turned supernatural food inspector (or rather, food inspector to the supernatural or dealing with supernatural issues). It’s funny, occasionally gruesome, and enormous fun. Genre is kind of hard boiled detective but in a fantasy world where the detective works for the government as a food inspector and deals with problems like suspected cannibalism, contaminated blood supplies, and leprechaun versus pixie industrial disputes connected with food additives. Also, there’s a rather sweet M/M romance threaded through the sequence, which I love. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Claudia:  I read A Convenient Fiction by Mimi Matthews ( A | BN | K | AB ), with a whole delightful chapter about a Victorian seaside holiday, with bathing machines and snootiness toward day trippers. Right now I’m reading The Clothier’s Daughter ( A | BN | K | AB ), by new-to-me Australian author Bronwyn Parry. It’s set in the “year without a summer,” 1816, and it’s a second-chance romance with a suspense element. So far so good!

Elyse: I just woke up to Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo ( A | BN | K | G | AB ) on my Kindle so I’m sure I’ll be reading that tonight.

Amanda: It’s real weird.

Charlotte: Shana, you had me at “elderflower farmer.”

Promise of Darkness
A | BN | K | AB

I just finished Promise of Darkness by Bec McMaster. It was well-written but I had the same problem I often do with McMaster, namely, that the romantic tension resolves a bit too early in the book for me. It’s very, very reminiscent of A Court of Thorns and Roses if you enjoyed that – just with less-developed worldbuilding.

Amanda: A lot of my upcoming books are heavy on dragons. Not a bad thing. I just started Fireborne ( A | BN | K | G | AB ), which has been on my radar since BEA.

And my nighttime kindle, turn my brain off read is Butterface by Avery Flynn ( A | BN | K | G | AB ). I’m a quarter of the way into it and surprised by how much I like it. Cop heroes aren’t my favorite and the initial setup of a kiss cam made me nervous.

Sarah: I can understand that!

Amanda: And I’m very sensitive to second hand embarrassment!

Sarah: ME TOO

Tara: I’m reading Secrets Well Kept by Lynn Ames ( A | BN ), which is a lesbian historical about the women who were making uranium for the bombs in WWII. I thought it was a romance, but I’m halfway in and the two leads haven’t met yet, so maybe not? It’s very good, though.

Chasing Sunset
A | BN | K | AB

In audio I’m listening to Chasing Sunset by Missouri Vaun, which is an f/f roadtrip romance with an actress and an aspiring stunt driver. It’s cute.

Maya: I’m reading Bound in Flame by Katherine Kayne ( A ). Mostly I grabbed it because the cover was so pretty!! It’s about a turn of the century Native Hawaiian woman. Not own voices, but there’s magic and the main character seems like a bit of a badass so I am hoping it holds up!

Shana: I’m really curious to hear your thoughts on this one, Maya! The early reviews were brutal which scared me off.

Aarya: I have heard REALLY bad things about that book. I’m curious, too.

Maya: Yeah, I’m a little concerned, too, but I haven’t really gotten past the prologue, so I don’t have anything concrete to say except pretty cover!!

The Viking Queen’s Men
A

Sneezy: Just finished The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls ( A | BN | K | AB ), and starting Our Women on the Ground! ( A | BN | K | G | AB )

Kiki: I have somehow made my way into the paranormal Viking aisle of romance and just finished Her Viking Wolf by Theodora Taylor ( A ) which was strange and magnificent and honestly I might just go back and reread it. Am now reading The Viking Queen’s Men by Holley Trent!

Ellen: I just finished Gideon the Ninth and it was everything and I loved it so much and all I want is to wrap myself in skull face paint and start shaking bone bits around menacingly (#JustGideonTheNinthThings). Otherwise I have like 40 books checked out of the library right now (this is not an exaggeration) so I’m having a bit of choice paralysis as to what I should start next…

Carrie: For the book club I lead in Sacramento I’m reading Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo ( A | BN | K | G | AB | Au | Scribd ) and I am loving every minute of it.

What books have you finished already in October?


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