What I’m Reading – November 2011

I love to read. I guess that makes sense since I’m a writer. The two go hand in hand!

While I like many different book genres, including horror, thriller, fantasy and romance, my mind has definitely been in the realm of romance lately.

Maybe I need to go on a date. Winking smile

I thought I’d show you what I’ve been reading lately. Maybe you’ll get some ideas!

Secret Protector by Ann Voss Peterson

reading1111-02I’m reading this one right now. I’m about halfway through. So far so good!

Secret Protector is from the Harlequin Intrigue line. It features mostly suspense with a dash of romance for good measure.

Gray Scott is hired to be a secret bodyguard for a wealthy woman, Natalie Kendall, who’s in danger. He needs to protect her from…something. I don’t know what the ‘big bad’ is yet, but I have my suspicions.

I chose to read this because it’s set during Christmas and I’m all about the holidays right now.

The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen

reading1111-03As you can see, I got The Sugar Queen from the Barnes and Noble bargain section. But don’t let the low price fool you: this book was awesome.

Josey Cirrini comes home one day to find a local woman hanging out in her closet (where Josey likes to hide her mass of sweet treats and women’s magazines from her terrible mother). The woman, Della Lee, asks to stay and, in the meantime, helps Josie break out of her shell and get what she wants. Including the super hot mailman.

My favorite part of this book is the magic. It’s a completely normal book except that some of the characters have certain traits that add a small fairy tale spin to the book. (Like a cab driver that can never break a promise. Ever.) Yet it was all completely realistic.

As You Wish by Gabi Stevens

reading1111-04When I first saw the cover of this book, I thought “Why did they put a topless woman on the cover?” On closer inspection, I realized it was a man. Honest mistake! I mean, look at his flowing blonde hair.

Speaking of realistic fairytales, As You Wish is about a woman born without powers into a magical family. But, when she turns 28, she’s told that she’s now a fairy godmother.To help her discover if becoming a fairy godmother is the right choice, Reggie Scott enlists the help of a mysterious handsome man to help her do some research. But he has his own dark secrets…

This book was great. It was just what I wanted to read at the time: romance with realistic fantasy.

Bayou Bodyguard by Jana DeLeon

reading1111-05Romance? Check. Old plantation mansion with secret chambers? Check. Adventure and suspense? Check. Yeah, Bayou Bodyguard has everything I like.

Another thing I like? The main girl in this story, historian Justine Chatry, isn’t a woe-is-me helpless woman. She is strong! She reminded me of a female Indiana Jones.

Plus, a hot guy to keep her safe as she researches an old plantation house with a dark past.

Yep, another Harlequin Intrigue. I’ve been reading quite a few of those lately.

One Day by David Nicholls

reading1111-06This one was a little harder for me to get into. One Day is the talk of the town right now because it was made into a movie starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess (I haven’t seen the movie yet. Have you? Was it good?)

The book follows friends Dexter and Emma through the years. Every chapter is from the same date in each subsequent year. Fair warning: this is a cry book. You’ll probably cry. I did.

Though it took me a while to get into it, it was still well-written. The characters and situations felt very realistic, as opposed to the other books on this list. I don’t think I’d read this one again, but it was a fun journey.

What are you reading right now?

Do you have a favorite new book you can’t put down? Did you read one of the books on my list, too? Let’s talk about it in the comments!


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  1. I remember reading The Sugar Queen awhile back! It was a very cute book 🙂

    I’m reading Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell right now, LOVE that book. It’s one of those completely mind-blown, easy to get into but well written books.

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