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April Open Thread for Readers

This is the Open Thread for Readers to post about books that they are interested in reading this month, are looking forward to next month, have in their ever looming TBR piles and so forth. Anything that you want to post about, go forth and post.

If you are looking for some author recommendations, take a look at the Sunday Night Open Thread for Authors.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Stephanie
    Apr 07, 2008 @ 20:57:11

    Um, in YA-land, Richelle Mead’s second Vampire Academy book, Frostbite, is due out this Friday. A couple weeks later, we get Esther Friesner’s Nobody’s Prize, the sequel to her brilliant Nobody’s Princess, about the early years of Helen of Troy. I’m looking forward to both.

  2. Kerry D.
    Apr 07, 2008 @ 21:08:37

    I saw the cover for Patrica Briggs’ next Mercy Thompson book today and I think it is lovely.

    See here

    I think the cover gods must love her.

  3. Leah
    Apr 07, 2008 @ 21:14:29

    I am currently half-way through Carpool Diem by Nancy Star and I really like it! It’s about Annnie Fleming, a hyper-organized corporate executive who believes she is completely on top of both her career and her family. She loses the career, and finds out her family is a little more out-of-control than she imagined. Currently (mid-book), she is trying to work as an independent consultant for an impossible company, running her household, and managing her daughter’s soccer team. Last year, I might have read about the politics of soccer and travel teams with amused disbelief, but now that I have been in the local PTO for a year, some of it seems scarily familiar. It’s a nice, relaxing, sitting in the drop-off/pick-up line book.

  4. orannia
    Apr 07, 2008 @ 21:38:22

    My favourite medieval romance EVER is Knight’s Move by Jennifer Landsbert ( Does anyone know if this author has published under another name as it is the only book by her that I have ever read and I would love to read more? (Not being very good at saying why I like a book I will try and explain why I loved it: the slow development of the hero and heroine’s relationship, the detail, the plot, story flow, etc. [See, not good at doing the book justice]).

    orannia *who is keeping her fingers crossed*

    PS I second Kerry – the covers are amazing!

  5. Sherry Thomas
    Apr 07, 2008 @ 22:04:48

    Thanks to the recommendations here at DA, I read Ariana Franklin’s Mistress of the Art of Death recently. It was awesome. Will be reading more from her very soon.

    And I look forward to A Countess Belowstairs.

    And of course Meredith Duran’s The Duke of Shadows is sitting at the very top of my TBR pile.

  6. Shelley Munro
    Apr 07, 2008 @ 22:12:49

    I’m looking forward to reading Dog Days by John Levitt (urban fantasy) and Hallowed Ground by Lori g Armstrong. (mystery)

  7. GrowlyCub
    Apr 07, 2008 @ 22:55:49

    I can’t wait for Lois McMaster Bujold’s third book in the Sharing Knife series. Passage will be released April 22.

  8. Quaisior
    Apr 07, 2008 @ 23:15:37

    I’m also waiting anxiously for Passage, but I doubt I’ll get it from the library before the end of the month. The rest of my TBR pile for the month is romantic space opera and I’m currently reading Grimspace.

  9. Shannon C.
    Apr 08, 2008 @ 00:47:27

    Right now I’m reading and thorougly enjoying “The Devil’s Daughter” by Laura Drury, which is an interesting mix of paranormal and western. The book releases tomorrow, and it is quite appropriate considering I have just sold my soul to Sybil. And I really really need to read the Sharing Knife books by Bujold since I love her so much. I just haven’t because I’m already hooked on enough series. *LOL*

  10. Marianne McA
    Apr 08, 2008 @ 02:39:42

    Thanks, GrowlyCub – hadn’t realised that would be out this month – doesn’t seem that long since Book 2. (Shannon, I like Bujold enough that I’ll autobuy her, but, so far, I’m mildly enjoying this series rather than absolutely loving it.)

  11. loonigrrl
    Apr 08, 2008 @ 02:55:51

    I’m currently reading Witch Blood by Anya Bast, but am having trouble getting into it. I enjoyed the first one, but there’s something about the heroine that I don’t love. I can’t really put my finger on it. Anyone else read it?

  12. Laura Elliott
    Apr 08, 2008 @ 06:10:09

    I was reading the June issue of Realms of Fantasy magazine last night and saw a blurb for Gods of Manhattan by Scott Mebus. I don’t remember the premise exactly, but it’s a YA about a kid who can see the ghosts of important historical figures who lived in Manhattan. It sounded interesting to me.

  13. Jill D.
    Apr 08, 2008 @ 08:00:25

    Hey Loonigrrl, I read Witch Blood a couple weeks ago and I felt the same way about the heroine. She just seemed to have a big chip on her shoulder. I thought Thomas was delicious though and was glad he didn’t put up with her crap. Keep reading because there is a twist to the end that I really enjoyed. It actually saved the book for me. I posted a review of it on my blog :)

  14. readerdiane
    Apr 08, 2008 @ 10:28:24

    Usually I read a couple of books on a weekend but this last week I savored Magic Burns. For some reason I kept coming back to it in my mind. I really enjoyed it. Do you find when you read a book you really like, that you are reluctant to start a new one because it might disappoint?

  15. Jane
    Apr 08, 2008 @ 10:58:14

    Diane, I am like that too. Sometimes a really great book makes me hungry for more of the same and sometimes, it makes me just want to re-read the one I liked rather than moving on. Often I try to read in a different genre or sub genre so that I am not constantly judging one book against another.

  16. Lisa
    Apr 08, 2008 @ 11:50:07

    I’ve got so many in the TBR and am so not sure what to read next. I bought Duke of Shadows this weekend, and have Moira Moor’s Heroes Adrift coming from Amazon. There’s also Robin Hobb’s Assassin’s Apprentice in the TBR, and Maria Snyder’s Magic Study. I’m also still working through Balogh’s Slightly series.

    How’s a girl to choose?

    However, I’m also looking forward to a couple new Kresley Coles and the new J.R. Ward.

  17. Shannon C.
    Apr 09, 2008 @ 01:48:03

    I’m so embarrassed. The author of the book I liked so much is Laura Drewry, not Drury.

    Aaaanyway, Diane, yes, I am the same way. If I thoroughly loved a book in one genre, I won’t start reading something in that same genre. I have to find something completely different to cleanse the palate.

    Sadly, I haven’t found a book in a while that I’ve wanted to sink into and never leave. Which makes me a bit sad, because I love that feeling.

  18. Jennifer Landsbert
    May 17, 2008 @ 16:08:12

    Orannia, you are so kind about my book Knight’s Move and I am delighted that you enjoyed it. I wrote it years ago when my oldest son was a baby. I thought at the time that I would make a full-time career out of writing historical novels, but am now too busy with my four children to find time to write. Maybe I’ll get back to writing when they’re older. In the meantime, your enjoyment means a lot to me. Thanks for your kind comments. Best wishes, Jennifer Landsbert

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