For all its much vaunted “algorithms” I hate trying to find something new to read on Amazon. If I’ve got the title, or the name of a favourite author, yep, it’s a doddle to find a good book. But if you don’t know what you want, Amazon offers a rubbish browsing experience (imo).
I end up finding most of my books through recommendations. I put a note at the end of my last newsletter asking readers what they’d recommend me to try. I only got one response, but my, it was a doozy! The Girl from Everywhere is time travel and magic, folklore and heist, friendship and coming of age, and it’s entirely gorgeous.
I’ve finished The Girl from Everywhere now, so – what do you recommended, lovely reader? Anything good you want to share?
I travelled in time and space this week, with Kristy Tate’s The Pirate Episode. It’s a time travel romance which took me to the sunny Caribbean during the American revolutionary war.
I loved it! The sense of place was gorgeous – I could feel the sun on my face. Kristy’s writing is light and deft and I vehemently wanted a happy ending for her characters. Perfect weekend reading!
And because I am a reading demon at the moment I snapped right to the present day and also read Cookie O’Gorman’s Ninja Girl. This is her second (as far as I know) and it was just as much a delight to read as Adorkable. It is flawed – I could see the plot twist coming a mile off (way before any of the characters did, which was a bit unlikely), but somehow that doesn’t matter when you’re reading Cookie O’Gorman!
I loved them both. Check back next week to see how I got on with Slayer. It features dragon shifters, and I really hope I like it better than Shadow Queen which has the same trope but left me cold!
My “M” book is The Midnight Society by Rhonda Sermon. Now, this book has been wandering around at the edges of my awareness for yonks. At least a year, I swear. I remember it with another cover – it’s been that long. So in all that time, why on earth did no one take me to one side and tell me to READ THE THING?!
The Midnight Society is ENORMOUS FUN. Time travel, friendship, world-saving, crosses and double-crosses, and huge amounts of delectable snark. It’s absolutely GORGEOUS.
Stop reading this and go grab a copy. You can thank me later.
Check back next week and see if I’ve managed to resolve my alphabet muddle. There was I, thinking I’d got ahead of myself because I’ve read The Midnight Society AND Only Dancing in a week … until I realised that “M” is, in fact, conventionally followed in almost all English alphabets by the letter “N” rather than the letter “O”. Oops. Good job I’m a fast reader – I’m not panicking … yet!