Whatcha Reading? October 2021, Part One

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It’s October! My favorite month! I love the cooler temperatures in New England, the changing leaves, and breaking out my fall wardrobe, which I look much cuter in than my summer attire. It’s hard to make boob sweat fashionable.

We hope your reading selections have been bountiful and squee-worthy! If not, you’re always welcome to kvetch in the comments.

Shana: I’m reading Office Hours by Katrina Jackson ( A | BN | K | AB ) and it is fulfilling all my Hot Professor needs. I highly recommend it if you need some counter-programming to The Chair. You still get academic antics, but with a love interest who’s actually worth swooning over.


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Amanda: I brought Neon Gods for my flight. Will I actually read instead of sleep? Who’s to say!

Catherine: I am reading all the Sarina Bowen hockey romances because I am recovering from a broken ankle, and the first novel in her Ivy Years series has a hero on crutches and a heroine in a wheelchair and it is comforting to read stories in which people are dropping their crutches or trying to manage the logistics of carrying things without falling over. And it turns out I can’t read one hockey romance without immediately reading eight more. (NB: I have never in my life seen a game of ice hockey. Not sure whether doing so would enhance my appreciation or diminish it…)

Elyse: I’m reading Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao and it’s the bloodthirsty feminist rage book I needed

Sneezy: Making my way through the audiobook of Conflict is Not Abuse by Sarah Schulman. ( A | BN | K )


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I’ve tried to listen/read it several times now, and it’s hard for me because ADHD and the book opens with real life racial violence as an example to ground the ideas Schulman is introducing and synthesizing. I’ve heard other people learning a lot from it, so I’m trying to trundle my way through.

Claudia: I just finished The Runaway Duchess by Joanna Lowell, ( A | BN | K ) which is scheduled to come out early next year. I enjoyed this one quite a bit — unlikeable heroine who remains unlikeable, which was refreshing to me.

Sarah: I’m reading the Wrexford and Sloane series by Andrea Penrose, ( A | BN | K | AB ) which are historical mystery. I am enjoying them a lot, though I should not mainline a series because my brain loves patterns and starts to pick out quirks and repeated elements in the writing. I like the character evolution immensely, though.

EllenM: I’m reading The Devil You Know, ( A | BN | K ) the second mercenary librarians book, and I think I like it even more than the first one so far! A good mix of action and angst and suspense and LONGING.

I also just finished Blood and Ember by Isabel Cooper, ( A | BN | K ) the third book in the Stormbringer series. I thought it was a strong series ender and I liked seeing more of the fantasy world Cooper created, although I did think it had the weakest romance of the trilogy.


A | BN | K

Shana: Ooh, is that Maya and Gray’s book? I’m reading the first Mercenary Librarians book now, and I keep wishing I was reading Maya’s story instead.

EllenM: Yes it is! and haha yeah I loved the premise and action of the first one but I found myself more invested in both Maya and Dani than Nina (sorry Nina!!!).

Shana: Saaaame! Dani and Maya 4 ever

Carrie: Same!

Tara: I’m reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower ( A | K | G | AB | Au ) and it’s very cute.

Tara: I also started reading Squad by Maggie Toluda-Hall and Lisa Sterle tonight and I gobbled the whole thing in one sitting. Dang, that was fantastic.

Carrie: I’m reading Cackle by Rachel Harrison ( A | BN | K )and it’s really ruining my productivity I can tell you.

So, whatcha reading? Tell us below!

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