I tend to get caught in ruts in life. I keep things the same. I adore romance, so rarely move outside the genre. But when I do, I usually love the books recommended. I majored in history in college and adore historical fiction (and I get to narrate one soon, stay tuned!), but I don’t tend to choose it unless someone reminds me. I say I am not a fan of science fiction, but I have read several excellent science fiction books, usually with a romantic theme. The same goes for paranormal, mystery, certain thrillers…
My dear friend Anne Pace is a more adventurous reader than I and it occurred to me recently that she has introduced me to all number of excellent novels over the years.
A Knight to Remember by Bridget Essex. I wouldn’t have found it as it is an other-world travel fantasy, and oh what an excellent read! The story, the main characters, the secondary characters. All blend together to make a very entertaining story. My history major was focused on medieval history, so knights were very much a part of that. Virago and her beast are glorious. I would have happily studied them in college.
No Strings is one I might have eventually found working through Gerri Hill’s backlist. Anne helped me find it faster. The book came out in 2009, before I discovered WLW fiction. The trope is one I often enjoy- the casual “no strings” relationship that becomes so much more. A cozy read in a gorgeous setting.
Turbulence by E.J. Noyes. I am now firmly in the E.J. Noyes fan club. Before I ever picked up one of her books, Anne was singing the praises of this book to me. It ended up not being my first Noyes, but it certainly became one of my favorites. Who am I kidding- they are all my favorites. If you haven’t read a Noyes yet, go grab one.
I also need to mention M. Ullrich’s Life in Death, recommended to me by Kris Bryant (whose books are also awesome). Kris told me that I would love it. I argued that I can’t handle a book where a kid dies. Kris said I would’t regret reading this one. And she was right. It’s an amazing book. Take a chance, you won’t regret it.
What books do you recommend to friends when they are stuck in a reading rut?