Monday, June 23, 2008

Summer Reading Club: Romance Novels

The Summer Reading Club is in full swing, and I have had time barely to read five books. That is all that you need to complete an entry into the Adult Summer Reading Club drawing, as well as a free book coupon to the next Friends of the Library book sale and (while supplies last) a free map or other item in our box of "goodies". If you are on the road a lot this summer, or don't have time to read, you can also listen to audiobooks.

I read a variety of books, but I've been focusing mainly on romance novel and chick lit type books. After this, I am going to read some science fiction novels. I am a sucker for genre books.

Certain Girls: a novel by Jennifer Weiner
This is a follow up to Good in Bed, the book that put Jennifer Weiner on the map. I loved this book. It was a smart update of what happens to the heroine thirteen years after the first book when its time for her daughter to have a bat mitzvah.

Secrets by Jude Deveraux

I've loved Jude Deveraux ever since I read Knight in Shining Armor when I was a teenager (gave me a love of time travel as well as romance novels). But her foray into psuedo romantic mysteries and supernatural romance has not had me impressed. Secrets does a better job than most of her recent books have of keeping my interest. The love interest is a secret agent and the nanny of his daughter, who is our heroine, doesn't know it. Misunderstandings over this basic plot fuel the rest of the book.

No Choice But Seduction by Johanna Lindsey
Another novel in the ongoing series about the Malory family. I really do love Johanna Lindsey (I used to own every one of her books in first edition), but it can get annoying with her having to describe every single person who is in the main character's family.

Bellwether by Connie Willis
Not an actual romance or chick lit novel, but the closest thing to it that Connie Willis, an award winning science fiction author, has. The book is about a scientist that studies fads only to find that sometimes only chaos has the answers. She has two love interests, one rancher who spends more time on the internet than with his sheep, and a scientist she works with who might be "immune" to fads.

Undead and Unworthy by MaryJanice Davidson
I haven't read this particular novel in her Queen Betsy series, but I just picked it up yesterday and can't wait to read it. This series brought the supernatural to romance novels, in this case with vampires and werewolves. Trying not finding a supernatural romance novel now can be daunting.

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