This is a Good Book Thursday, August 8, 2019

I’ve been doing so much re-reading lately that I began to wonder: is reading an old favorite a safety issue?  That is, I know I’m going to love it, so there’s no risk involved?  Is this the belt-and-suspenders, keep-the-training-wheels-on, don’t-go-out-after-dark version of entertainment?  Because I’m rewatching movies, too (Red never disappoints) and TV (David Tennant’s Doctor Who, I’d forgotten how great he was), so I’m thinking yes on this.  Which means I must become more adventurous.  New stuff, Jenny, try new stuff.  

How adventurous was your reading this week?

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This is a Good Book Thursday, July 25, 2019

Instead of reading, I’ve been binge watching old seasons of Grimm, which apparently. started to go off the rails about the time the Black Claw showed up.  Why is it that episodic shows always shoot themselves in the narrative foot with big mythologies?  Character, not plot, people.  Definitely time to get back to reading.

So what did you read this week?  

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This is a Good Book Thursday

It’s also the Fourth of July, which is an insane holiday in the US when people injure themselves with fireworks. and grills and hold parades and yell “We won!” about an event that happened a couple of centuries ago.  The best thing to do on the Fourth?  Stay home with a cold drink and a good book.  In my case, it’s a blog–I’m still reading and revising. my way through 2000+ posts–but you do you.

Whatcha reading?

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This is a Good Book Thursday, June 27, 2019

I’ve been reading new romances, trying to figure out what makes a good one for me (not trying to establish a baseline for “good romance” since that depends entirely on the reader).  The thing I keep coming back to is that although I love romance novels, some of them make me wince and think, Oh my god, that’s trite.  And yet I keep reading anyway.  (And some I throw against the metaphorical wall, but forget those.)  One trope that fascinates me is the “we’re pretending to be in love/engaged/married” plot, which is really the contemporary version of the Marriage of Convenience.  That plot always hooks me even though I know it’s a cliche, even though I know it’s ridiculous, even though I know that never happens in real life, it still gets me every time.  I tried writing it once when I was writing category romance, and it was fun but I kept banging up against “this would never happen” so I’ve never tried it again, although I’m coming damn close with Nick’s proposal to Nita in order to give her his money.  Since they don’t get married during the book, I think I’ve dodged that bullet, but they do move in together since somebody is trying to kill her, so I’m firmly in the “Can he protect her?” trope, which is a plot I actively hate (she’s not a victim, damn it), but it does get them in the same apartment and eventually in the same bed, so oh just hell it’s a Marriage of Convenience plot.  Well, I do like that one, I’m just kind of ashamed of it.  Sigh.  Cowgirl up, Jenny.  Own your guilty pleasures.

What did you read this week?

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Argh Author: Brenda Margriet’s Gateway Crescent

Brenda Margriet’s Gateway Crescent, Book Two in the Bendixon Sisters Series, is available for only 99 cents! The ebook goes live June 26, so preorder now . . .

Jo Bendixon loves to sing, enjoys working in a coffee shop, and is secretly teaching herself to code. If only she could find a way to combine her varied interests into a career her sisters would approve.

Luke Donwell’s Catholic faith is the bedrock of his life. For as long as he can remember, he’s contemplated a vocation to the priesthood. Now it’s time to make a final decision about taking his vows.

When Jo and Luke end up working together, neither of them is prepared for the heat blossoming between them. Luke begins to doubt his calling, but Jo encourages him to continue seeking the truth. Her heart will break when he leaves her, but how can a girl compete with God?

 

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