Weekly News Update & Reading List: 12/22/17 — Holiday Edition!

Weekly News Update & Reading List: 12/22/17

I know, it’s been a while since I’ve done a reading list post! But with everything that’s been going on with the holidays, writing, Nanowrimo, and life, it’s been tough to get in any reading. I’ve managed a little e-reading, but that doesn’t photograph well. Mostly I’ve been getting books out of the library and returning them unread because there’s just no time! Shameful, I know.

This week, though, two titles that I’ve been particularly excited about came in so I’m going to make the time. It helps that I’ll get extra time with these due to the library’s holiday closures. Woo hoo! Free book days!

There’s no really big news this week, other than to say that this will be the last “real” blog post of the year. There will be a couple of things published in the coming days, but they’re just for fun. I’m going dark for the holidays to spend some quiet time with family. I’ll be back next year, though!

The Reading List

Year One, by Nora Roberts. This one is a complete departure from Nora’s usual romantic fare. It’s a sci-fi/dystopian thriller (first in a series). It’s so far off her usual that she published an open letter to her fans in various magazines letting them know that this was not her normal fare. That was nice. People expecting romance won’t be disappointed or make an auto-buy. Me, I’m super excited to see what she does with this genre. Sometimes an author branching out into something entirely new goes wrong, but I’m hoping her talent can carry this.

The City of Brass, by S.A. Chakraborty.  This is a tale of magic, djinns, and politics set in the Arabian desert. It sounds so lush and fun. Not fun as in humorous or light, but as in a good story. And I need a really good story these days. It’s been a while since I’ve found something that pulls me in and won’t let go. I’m hoping this is it.

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