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I’ve spent a lot of time in the last few years buried in fanfic. Sure, I’ve read a book here and there (A Discovery of Witches, Chicagoland Vampires, Generation Kill) but for the most part I’ve been reading SVM or Twific.

Over the past six months however, I’ve somehow created extra hours in my day and started reading real books again too – well, ebooks, but you know – published stuff  – from big publishing houses to self-published books. And you know what? I like books, too. I kind of miss reading them. It’s nice to get away from reading about Edward and Bella or Eric and Sookie (though I’d much rather READ E/S than WATCH them on the fuckery that is TB, but I digress).

I’ve been recommending some fics at the end of my AiL updates and it never ceases to amazing me that: 1) people read my shit, and 2) they remotely care what I’m reading, but they seem to. Or maybe they don’t care and they just want to check out the links, cuz if you “know” someone who is reading something and you tend to like the same things, then you might like it, too. IDK, but it’s flattering as hell and I’m enjoying paying it forward to some other authors.

Anyway, this week I included two book recs in my authors note and I was thinking about sharing them here, too. Then I saw a tweet this morning about a great chart, If You Liked ‘The Hunger Games’, with YA book recs from the Lawrence, Kansas Library that was created by a fandom friend, Molly. It even got picked up by The Hollywood Reporter – how freakin’ cool is that?!  (Seriously, we are some cool chicks in these fandoms.)

So I’m going to tell you my summer reading rec’s and then you can take a look at the awesome chart below (if you haven’t already clicked the link).

I just recently read and loved Overseas by Beatriz Williams, and I devoured the first three books in Amy Bartol’s Premonition series. I’m currently, slowly, reading the first book in The Taker trilogy by Alma Katsu. 

Overseas

Overseas is a little bit of time travelly romance with a bit of mystery as to how all of the time connects together. I really enjoyed it, though I admit to an obsession with all things time travelly – Dr. Who, the Outlander books, the movie Timeline… I’ve given this book a spot in my re-read rotation and find myself opening up my kindle to read a little when I have a few minutes to kill. The other day I saw someone tweet that they’d listened to the audiobook and OMG I might have to get that too!

Here’s the summary from Amazon (note there’s no word limit like on FF. LOL)

A passionate, sweeping novel of a love that transcends time.

When twenty-something Wall Street analyst Kate Wilson attracts the notice of the legendary Julian Laurence at a business meeting, no one’s more surprised than she is. Julian’s relentless energy and his extraordinary intellect electrify her, but she’s baffled by his sudden interest. Why would this handsome British billionaire—Manhattan’s most eligible bachelor—pursue a pretty but bookish young banker who hasn’t had a boyfriend since college?

The answer is beyond imagining . . . at least at first. Kate and Julian’s story may have begun not in the moneyed world of twenty-first-century Manhattan but in France during World War I, when a mysterious American woman emerged from the shadows of the Western Front to save the life of Captain Julian Laurence Ashford, a celebrated war poet and infantry officer.Now, in modern-day New York, Kate and Julian must protect themselves from the secrets of the past, and trust in a true love that transcends time and space.

Follow this link to read an excerpt of Overseas.

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Inescapable is the first book in Amy Bartol’s Premonition series. I was hooked from the very beginning, but part of that was that I had no idea that it was set in my home state of Michigan. I was so giddy reading about places/a landscape that was familiar that I just dug in. The book summary doesn’t really give away what sort of supernaturals you’ll be reading about and I really kind of liked the “oh, whoa” moment I had when it’s revealed.

Someone asked me if (based on the summary) if it was like Twilight, but set in college. I struggled after she asked me that because when I thought about it, there were a few things that could be considered “like” Twilight. In the series as a whole though, I think they’re very different. Anyway – I just wanted to get that out there if anyone else had the same thought.

Books 1 – 3 in the Premonition sereis are: Inescapable, Intuition and Indebted. Book 4 is Incendiary.

Here’s the long summary for Inescapable – My name is Evie Claremont and this was to be the making of me–my freshman year of college. I had been hoping that once I had arrived on Crestwood’s campus, the nightmare that I’ve been having would go away. It hasn’t.

I may be an inexperienced seventeen-year-old, but I’m grounded…sane. Since meeting sophomore Reed Wellington, however, nothing makes any sense. Whenever he is near, I feel an attraction to him–a magnetic kind of force pulling me towards him. I know what you’re thinking…that sounds fairly awesome. Yeah, it would–if he liked me, but Reed acts as if I’m the worst thing that’s ever happened to Crestwood…or him. But, get this, for some reason every time I turn around he’s there, barging into my life.

What is the secret he is keeping from me? I’m hoping that it is anything but what I expect: that he is not exactly normal…and neither am I. So maybe Crestwood won’t be the making of me, but it could be the breaking of me. I have been left to wonder if the dark future my dream is foretelling is…inescapable.

Amy is busy finishing book 4 and it should be out in a few months. In the meantime I think I’ll re-read 1-3 so I’m ready. Though I need to set aside some time for the Chicagoland Vampires book that comes out in August. Oh, who am I kidding – I’ll read that in a day.

The Taker

I’m currently reading The Taker by Alma Katsu. I’m enjoying it, but have slowed down and am taking my time with it. I’m not sure why, because I really like it, maybe I’m just savoring it…

Here’s the summary on Amazon:

True love can last an eternity . . . but immortality comes at a price. . . .

On the midnight shift at a hospital in rural Maine, Dr. Luke Findley is expecting another quiet evening of frostbite and the occasional domestic dispute. But the minute Lanore McIlvrae—Lanny—walks into his ER, she changes his life forever. A mysterious woman with a past and plenty of dark secrets, Lanny is unlike anyone Luke has ever met. He is inexplicably drawn to her . . . despite the fact that she is a murder suspect with a police escort. And as she begins to tell her story, a story of enduring love and consummate betrayal that transcends time and mortality, Luke finds himself utterly captivated.

Her impassioned account begins at the turn of the nineteenth century in the same small town of St. Andrew, Maine, back when it was a Puritan settlement. Consumed as a child by her love for the son of the town’s founder, Lanny will do anything to be with him forever. But the price she pays is steep—an immortal bond that chains her to a terrible fate for all eternity. And now, two centuries later, the key to her healing and her salvation lies with Dr. Luke Findley.

You can read the first chapter here. And, holy crap, there’s a reading guide? I”m all over that!

Okay… so now that I’ve overwhelmed you with my summer reading – take a look at Molly’s chart. If you haven’t read Divergent yet, get on that… then see what else you might enjoy on the list. I’ve had Matched (near the bottom of the 3rd page of chart) on my to read list for a bit. I’m kind of digging the arranged marriage stories right now, so I might have to start that… Dang. There’s not enough time in my day!

What are you reading this summer? I’d love to hear!

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