I’m beginning to think that the period after Christmas rivals the summer for great new book releases. After weeks of ho-hum reads (or nothing) all of a sudden all of the books I’ve been looking forward to are rolling in! This makes it really difficult to get all the editing and writing done that I need to. I have no willpower. My problem is this: If there’s an exciting book in the house, I will heed its siren call to the exclusion of more important things. I really should work on that, but it’s such a good problem to have.
The Library Reading List
My Not So Perfect Life, by Sophie Kinsella. Kinsella’s books are usually a hit with me. I enjoy the British-isms and the humor. This one looks to be another winner. The premise alone is intriguing: Woman with “perfect” life on Instagram really has a regular life but she tries to make her life look great to compete with others who also have “perfect” lives. The problem is, nobody has the perfect life and all the illusions just get in the way of the truth. Given my conflicted feelings about social media, this looks to be the “perfect” read for me.
A Darkness Absolute, by Kelley Armstrong. This is the second in Armstrong’s Casey Duncan mystery series. The setting is an off-the-grid town for people on the run from their pasts, which is something different. A group of people like that is naturally going to stir up some mysteries, so there’s plenty to explore. I enjoyed the first book, City of the Lost, so I’m looking forward to this one. Of course, I look forward to almost everything Armstrong writes.
The Animators, by Kayla Rae Whitaker. Two friends go from being art students to award winning animators making successful films. Of course, success strains the friendship and long buried problems and secrets rise to the surface. I’m not sure I’ll like it (I don’t usually go for friendship-implosion novels), but the background of animation interests me enough to see where it goes.