Book Recommendations

What I read this week

I’ve been reading a lot this week: fanfiction, a sad but fantastic Swedish book about the forced relocation of the SΓ‘mi, the nomadic indigenous people of Sweden (and Norway, Finland, and Russia). If you understand Swedish, you really should read it. I’ve even read a Poirot book because I was in the mood for an eccentric detective.

And of course, I’ve read romances, too, because that’s my most beloved genre. I thought I’d tell you about what I’ve read.


After Poirot, I was in the mood for more mysteries, so I picked up Tallowwood by N.R. Walker. It’s a very good book, albeit too low on the romance factor for me personally, something I grumbled about to my dear friend Kris T. Bethke.

I love a good mystery, but I love a delicious romance even more, and N.R. Walker does romances so very well, so I was a bit disappointed that I didn’t get more. But if you don’t mind a book that’s low on romance, this could definitely be for you.

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After reading and gushing about One Night in London, I decided to check out what else K.S. Murphy has written, and couldn’t resist a book named Bring Your Sub to Work Day. I realize that if you work at a regular office with other people around, having your sub kneeling by your feet while working could be a bit awkward, but it works perfectly since the MCs are working from home because of a global pandemic.

It was a quick, steamy read with a genderfluid character and it definitely made me want to read more by this author.

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Kasia Bacon seems to be an author who can accomplish the impossible: making me read and like high fantasy. For Holidays at Nell’s I read Blessing and Light, a freebie story I’d downloaded, and despite that it was part of a fantasy universe (which I didn’t know beforehand) I absolutely adored it. So when I won a giveaway (any book from Kasia Bacons backlist) in a Facebook takeover, I requested Rago. A deliciously short story about a dragon shifter. Because why not?

AND…*drum roll*…I liked it! So much that I’ve downloaded a sample of another of her books set in the same universe. Miracles do happen πŸ™‚

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When my friend Amy Tasukada asked me if I knew of any series with bad guys, I recommended the Brooklyn Sinners series by Avril Ashton. And then I realized I hadn’t read an Avril Ashton book in ages, so I decided to fix that problem. I found the sample for this book in my Kindle app, and decided to start reading it when I woke up at 4:10 am yesterday morning, and by 6am, when it was time to start my writing session for the day, I’d finished it.

It was short and steamy and intense, and I liked it. I’ve added book two to my “want to read” list on Goodreads.

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The Playlist was another title I couldn’t resist. I love lists and I love music, so playlists are the ultimate Nell Iris thing! πŸ™‚ AND it’s 4307 words long, which was perfect because I was in the mood for something short and quick.

This was apparently a book in a series, which I didn’t know when I bought it, but it works as a standalone: I had no trouble keeping up with the story. And when I finished it, I’d added two songs to to my “Nell collects” playlist: Try Not To Breathe by R.E.M. and Bullet Proof Soul by Sade. So thanks for that, Kim Davis! The gift of a new favorite song is a great gift. So is a good book, even if it was a gift to myself this time πŸ˜€

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I have absolutely no idea when or where I bought this book, but I found it in my ebook folder where I keep all my epub books. I can’t remember even hearing about the author, so it’s a mystery. But when I read the blurb and realized it was a BFFs-to-lovers story, I jumped right in.

And OH MY GAAAAWD, these two best friends were supremely dense and clueless, but the book wasn’t long enough for it to become annoying, and I ended up really liking it. It was short and sweet, and a great introduction to a new-to-me author.

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Have you read something good this week? If yes, please let me know in the comments! πŸ™‚