A Tale of Two Lovers, Maya Rodale: file under: I HATE YOU I HATE YOU I HATE YOU wait maybe i love you. a snappy, deliciously scandalous Regency romance. BONUS: lady-writers!
The Great Night, Chris Adrian: appropriating Shakespeare carries a whole host of potential pitfalls, but the bawdy and raucous use of A Midsummer Night’s Dream cast is maybe the only thing that could adequately set off the incredible tragedies in this book. a weird, wild, manic, and absolutely heartbreaking book. (nota bene: Adrian’s first novel, The Children’s Hospital, is in my top 5 favorite books of all time)
My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me, edited by Kate Bernheimer: i’ve been meaning to read this since it came out, and finally got it from the library. it is dark and delightful, as any collection of fairytales should be.
Cloudy With a Chance of Marriage, Kieran Kramer: a humorous Regency romance novel written by an ex-CIA analyst. COME ON PEOPLE. full of rompy fun. BONUS: female lead is a bookseller, male lead is a naval officer. see here, here, and here for some highlights from the book, courtesy of bookavore.
Side Jobs, Jim Butcher: for all my fellow Dresden files addicts: a fix! short stories from the Dresdenverse collected in one place. BONUS: we get one story each from Murphy’s and Thomas’ POV.
Magic Burns, Ilona Andrews: Kate Daniels is my new homegirl. this is book two in the series, and it was every bit as good as the first one. if there was any justice in the world, there would be a Kate Daniels/Karrin Murphy team-up spin-off.
Born to Run, Christopher McDougall: this book is incredible, and about so much more than running. evolution, cultural anthropology, why Nikes are even worse than you thought, extreme sports, and sports medicine all share the spotlight. Read. This. Book. immediately, whether or not you are a runner. and then come back and tell me about it so that we can all be part of the Caballo Blanco fan club!