7.21.2014

Same Author, Different Books...

I find that I'll occasionally latch onto an author, and then read a couple of their titles in quick succession - and recently I did just that! 

Sarah MaClean's Rules of Scoundrels series is FABULOUS. :-) Regency romances all (of course!), this series features three (and soon, the fourth) partners in a gaming hell in London who all have their own secrets and crosses to bear - and of course, there are the women who drive them mad. :-) I actually read the third book first, not realizing it was a series, then turned around and immediately read the other two, because I couldn't wait to hear their stories! The women are smart and different, the men flawed and interesting, and the setting something not often read in Regencies. I loved them! Can't wait for the fourth! The titles in order are A Rogue by Any Other Name, One Good Earl Deserves a Lover, and No Good Duke Goes Unpunished.

The Beach House by Jane Green features an aging lady in Nantucket and her too-large house, and the renters who move in and slowly become a part of her life. I loved the setting and pace of this novel, and it was "the right book at the right time" for me - warm, cheerful, funny in parts and with a great location and characters. I so enjoyed it, I moved on to...

Another Piece of My Heart by Jane Green (again!), which is quite different. Andi is 37, childless, and has just settled into a fantastic marriage with Ethan, who has two daughters from a previous marriage. Andi is desperate for children, or to make a connection with Ethan's children, and succeeds - halfway. The older daughter is a hellion and daddy's girl, and makes Andi's life impossible. What follows is their journeys away from, then back towards, each other. Started off so strong to me, but the second half felt...weaker. A fine ending, but felt like a whimper, rather than a roar. 

The Guinea Pig Diaries by A. J. Jacobs has been on my list for ages - since I read his nonfiction work about reading the entire Encyclopedia Britannica. ;-) In this latest memoir, Jacobs tries different experiments, from trying "radical honesty" to outsourcing his life to India. This is one of those memoirs you don't read in one sitting, or it loses its zing and freshness, but Jacobs is funny, fearless, and makes for interesting thought. :-)

Drop Dead Healthy by A. J. Jacobs narrows the focus - to Jacobs only doing things that reputedly improve his health. He goes vegan, he tries different workouts, and works on "extreme chewing". Again, great in small doses, and laugh out loud funny for those who have tried so many different body altering paths. :-)