Monday, October 4, 2010

A Soft Throw and Spiced Tea

Now we need a scented candle,  firelight and an appropriate October book...

Demon's Covenant is the much-anticipated sequel to the Demon's Lexicon, which I could not get enough of. Edgy, fast-paced, and other-worldly in such a natural way that it has me believing at least some of my mild-mannered neighbors must be witches. If you haven't read the Demon's Lexicon first, please do so. You'll thank me later. :)

 A Matter of Class is lovely, much like curling up in a window seat with your throw and tea and watching raindrops trickle down the glass. In fact, it would be fine setting in which to read this book. Reading this is the difference between grabbing a to-go cappuccino at Starbucks and setting down for a proper tea at four o'clock. Take the time to savor this story.


Original Sin is a gripping tale of good and evil, and masterful story telling by an author whom I greatly admire but could not read until now. Her other works were simply too...real. And I'm a big coward. But the paranormal twist lets me enjoy her genius while reminding myself that's it's just a (very, very, very good) story.


Hill Country Holdup. A dark, driven FBI agent.  A son he never knew he had, kidnapped. (And that really moody, evocative covered bridge)...this book was meant to be read on a dark October night. With the lights on. ;)






 On audio while driving? Why, Harry Potter, of course.

So what are some of your favorite October reads?
                                                                                                                                      

17 comments:

Mary Lawrence said...

Oooo nothing puts me in the mood for fall better than reading The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe. "lamentations for my lost Lenore..."

Elizabeth Stock said...

These all sound great! My favorite book this October is Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which I'm reading with my son. Will probably take us all month but it's so much fun reading it aloud. Enjoyed your post, glad I stopped by.

Kylie Griffin said...

I've just finished a reread of J.Frank's RAPTURE - I love that book. Great depth in the characters, not to mention their emotional journeys.

My next TBR book is FORBIDDEN by Aussie author Christina Phillips. She's written an erotic ancient historical love story between a Roman centurion and a Celtic druidess. Looking forward to it.

Gillian Layne said...

Hi Mary! Now you've given me the shivers. Actually, my oldest daughter's boyfriend dresses up as Edgar Allen Poe for the library and reads his work--the resemblance is creepy. I'll have to track down a picture. Tell Tale Heart always kept me up at night.

Hi Elizabeth! Nothing better than sharing a great book with your kids. I loved reading and talking about Harry with my girls. We still enjoy all the stories so much. I think O of P is one of the most introspective of the series.

Thanks for stopping by this chilly morning, ladies! :)

Gillian Layne said...

Hey, Kylie! I've never read either of those books, so more for me to discover. :) It's so exciting to hear about more and more ancient and exotic historicals.

Elisa Beatty said...

All good suggestions! I've heard others recommend the Demon's Lexicon, so maybe I should just go get myself a copy! And I'm eager to read the Mary Balogh (it's only in hardback at the moment, no?)

Harry Potter is an awesome fall choice....I should re-read Deathly Hallows before the first part of the movie comes out.

And I just picked up Angi's book a couple days ago!! Very thrilling!

As for other books: I've been enjoying Kris Kennedy's The Irish Warrior this week--I don't normally read medievals, but I won it in a contest, and it's quite absorbing. Anyway, fall is a great time to snuggle down and read!

G. Jillian Stone said...

Just started Angie's book last night, quite a thriller! I am also looking forward to Butterfly Swords and Mary Balogh (love her).

Nan Dixon said...

Right now I'm enjoying Lori Handeland's The Phoenix Rising Chronicles Series. Was a little irritated that I couldn't get them all on eBook. Hmm. More books filling up my shelves. Then I want to get Butterfly Swords and of course -- Angie's book. Got to support the Unsinkables!

Gillian Layne said...

Elisa, I cannot sing the praises of Demon's Lexicon highly enough. Especially the ending. Oh, the ending... You must read this book. :)

Hey, Jillian! Butterfly Swords sounds amazing, doesn't it?

Nan, I've heard all sorts of great things about the Phoenix series. I might start them over Christmas break. I'm surprised they would offer some but not all on eBook--but who knows how they come to that final decision. Obviously not the author. :)

Thanks for dropping by today, ladies!

Jane said...

There is nothing more relaxing than curling up with a soft throw, a good book and a cup of tea!

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Jane

Gillian Layne said...

Jane, I only wish I could remember to stop by more. Frugal fine living should be our family motto. :)

Sandy said...

I love to curl up with a great book when the weather is cold and nasty out! I have been working to turn my living room into a library/music room most of the summer. I feel so happy every time I go into the room, just looking at all the books. Thanks for visiting and your wonderful comments.
Sandy

Donnell said...

Gillian, thanks for the recommendations. I'm reading Skating around the Law by Joelle Charbonneau, Edie Ramer's Cattitude and The Help by Kathryn Stockett and reading a terrific manuscript by Julie Rowe (who I expect great things from ;)

Gillian Layne said...

Thanks for sharing the reads, Donnell, and for stopping by! :)

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

Oh, I am going to have to check out a coule of these! thanks for the heads up! Have a wonderful day!

Clarissa Southwick said...

What great book selections. I think of the ones you posted, I am most interested in reading Angi Morgan's Hill Country Hold-up.

Right now, I'm reading Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran. Not an October book, but still a good read.

Clarissa Southwick said...

What great book selections. I think of the ones you posted, I am most interested in reading Angi Morgan's Hill Country Hold-up.

Right now, I'm reading Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran. Not an October book, but still a good read.