Having trouble deciding what to read next? Here are a few books I’ve read recently that I’ve really enjoyed:
Mystery/Thriller: Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling)
This is the third book in a new series starring P.I. Cormoran Strike and his ever-resourceful assistant-turned-partner, Robin Ellacott. This book provides the most background on both protagonists and involves a serial killer who decides to target Robin as a way to hurt Strike. Periodically, the narrative jumps into the killer’s incredibly creepy perspective. One of the things I love about these books is how authentic the characters are – both protagonists have strengths and flaws, and their chemistry is explored in a believable way. Each mystery in this series is fantastic, ending with a classic denouement by Cormoran. Added bonus: if you enjoy audiobooks, the narrator for this series is fantastic! I’ll admit, I was a little hesitant to pick these up after reading The Casual Vacancy, Rowling’s other attempt at adult fiction. Now, I find myself impatient for the next title to be announce.
Science Fiction/Fantasy: The Oversight by Charlie Fletcher
Another series title! The Oversight is the first book in a fantasy series that takes place in a gritty version of Victorian London. The Oversight are a group of supranaturals who guard the magical borders between the mundane and the truly supernatural (and terrifying) Sluagh. At one time, hundreds of Oversight shared in this task, but now only 5 remain – the bare minimum to keep going. This dark, realistic fantasy (oxymoron, I know, but it really is!) kept me reading into the night, and I can’t wait for the final book to be released early next year.
Romance: Two of a Kind by Susan Mallery
I just can’t seem to get away from series titles! This title is well into a series of loosely connected romances in the Fool’s Gold Series by Susan Mallery. All of these titles have the same basic plot: man and woman get together, woman figures out she’s in love, man freaks out but eventually comes to his sense, then happily ever after. Even though I know what’s coming, I have still really enjoyed most of the titles in this series. Two of a Kind is one of my favorites, because of the quirky heroine. Felicia is intensely intelligent, so much so that she spent most of her childhood working at a research university. She’s takes things literally, has an amazing self-awareness, and is often surprisingly (to herself, anyway) insightful. This book was a quick, delightful read (and re-read!).
Have you read any of these? What did you think? Any other titles you’ve loved recently? Comment and let us know!