Cookies and Books

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Another quiet, lovely week over here. I’ve been taking my kids to the swimming pool, the park and the library, eating wonderful chocolate chip cookies made by my dad, and of course doing my writing. I sent off my latest freelance audition on Monday – please wish me luck! – and since then, I haven’t had any deadlines to worry about. I’ve been doing steady writing anyway, of course, but I haven’t pushed myself too hard when it comes to hitting high wordcounts at speed.

Yesterday, I had a really delicious breakfast out (French toast with strawberry-infused cream cheese! Mmmm!) with one of my oldest friends and we got to have our first non-Skyped bookclub meeting in ages. Our unanimous conclusion was that Nicole Burstein’s Othergirl is really fun and gets the dynamics of high school friendships just right!

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Next, we’re going to be reading Cherie Priest’s I am Princess X, which looks fabulous.

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Have any of you guys read it yet? I picked up my copy late yesterday morning, and I can’t wait to dive in as soon as I finish the book I’m reading right now, Ilona Andrews’s Magic Shifts, which is really fun so far. I bounced off the first book in this series, but then someone recommended I try starting again with Book 3, Magic Strikes, and that REALLY worked for me. I’ve been a huge fan of the series ever since!

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I also just finished one of my favorite birthday presents, Elizabeth Hand’s creepy, atmospheric fantasy novel (for adults) Wylding Hall. If you like gothic novels, British folk-rock, or just fantasy that feels genuinely magical, you should really try it out. Elizabeth Hand has been one of the fantasy authors I’ve most admired for about 20 years now, but this turned out to be by far my very favorite novel she’s ever written.

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What about you guys? Do you have any reading recommendations this week?

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