Finished
The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick: Words fail me. This book lived up to ALL the hype. I don't even LIKE sports and it didn't bother me one iota that is was almost another character in this book. And I can't even really describe WHY I LOVE this book. Matthew Quick is just a writer who writes so crisply and wonderfully that you float away on the music of it all. 

City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5) by Cassandra Clare: I really liked this book. But that's not horribly surprising - Cassandra Clare is an incredible writer and also a very consistent writer. This isn't one of my favorites of hers, but again that's because the bar that she has set with some of her other books is so dang high. If you like YA fiction, start at her first book and when you finally work your way to this one, I think you'll enjoy it :)

Desperate Duchesses (Desperate Duchesses, #1) by Eloisa James: Ah Eloisa James! One of the reasons she ranks as one of my favorite romance writers is that she's capable of creating entirely different tones in her books. Let me explain: an author like Amanda Quick (who I also love) has a certain tone she writes in: the heroine is typically a strong, stubborn Victorian woman who demands help from the hero who ends up helping her to make sure she doesn't get hurt in her hare-brained scheme. It works. I've read like 20 of her books with that plot and loved them all. But what I love about Eloisa James is that she can slip between writing a sweet fairy-tale like love story and then write one like this one which is more snarky and less, well, rose colored glasses about relationships, but still just as enjoyable. She also managed to keep me guessing far longer than 99.9% of other romance novels on who the hero was. Very satisfying - I liked it! [Note: not for the kiddos]

Wicked Widow by Amanda Quick: Yes, the plot is exactly as I described it in the review above and it's identical to 99% of her other books under the Amanda Quick pseudonym, but the enjoyment comes from the accessories she hangs on the basic plot. This book passed a pleasant afternoon. 

Midnight Secrets (Wildefire, #1) by Ella Grace (ARC): This is one of the advanced reader copies I got. It'll be published on April 30th. Don't bother putting it on your To Read list though. It's ok, as long as it's the first romance novel you've ever read. Otherwise, there really isn't anything original or interest catching. It's plot bits from a lot of other romance novels reworked. I occasionally read a book where it seems like it was written not because the author had a story inside that needed to be told, but that they just wanted to write a book. The motivation was the writing, not the story. As a reader, I'm not here to satisfy your itch to be a writer, I'm here to be enraptured by the new worlds your story will open up to me. Perhaps that's not what happened here, but I'm still left wanting.

Silent Warrior (Dragon Kings, #0.5) by Lindsey Piper: (ARC): Another of the advanced reader copies I got. It will be published April 22nd. I was torn on my thoughts on this book. On one hand it seems somewhat underdeveloped but on the other hand the characters did interest me. As it was an 80 page prequel, I've decided that justifies the underdevelopment and will tip me into deciding I liked it well enough. I'll try the first full book in the series and if that still seems underdeveloped, I'll cut my losses. [NOTE: THAT kind of romance]

Currently Reading:

Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changeling, #1)  by Nalini Singh (2% Complete): I loved Angel's Blood, the first book in the Guild Hunter series and was struck on how singularly good of a writer Nalini Singh is, so I may have too high of an expectation going into this book, but seeing that this book is just as highly rated on Goodreads as Angel's Blood, I'm also highly optimistic that I will be proven correct!

People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks (19% Complete): This is my second run at this book. It just looks like it's going to be sad, so I'm having to psych myself up for it. This time I will succeed! 

Those other two books I'm still reading: they will remain nameless as I'm so ashamed I haven't made any further progress :(

Around the Internet
I've started a sub-blog on Tumblr called I Could Read A Story About. It's a collection of pictures/art/inspiration that makes me go "ooooh, there's a good book in there..." One of my first posts has garnered 69 notes already, which is pretty impressive when you consider I have like two followers on that specific Tumblr.

One of my pinterest pins got 119 repins. Pretty snazzy.
 





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