Beach Reads (I Wish…)

Shanyn's avatarby Shanyn Hosier

I’m off with the family for vacation, and while I’m looking forward to hanging with my sister’s family, our dad & stepmom, watching our boys make lifetime memories and enjoying some beach time with the hubs, I have to confess this family togetherness comes at a massively inconvenient time. I’ve barely made a dent in my summer reading stack, and TWO long-awaited releases are coming out TOMORROW.

<hand wringing> <lip biting> <anxious looks in direction of Kindle>

My beloved Book Club has selected Steinbeck’s East of Eden—one of my favorites—as this month’s read. It’s been 20-odd years since I read it, so I don’t remember much. I’m so looking forward to diving in and fantasizing about James Dean as one of the infamous brothers…

Then there’s Christopher Moore’s Serpent of Venice. It came out in April, when I was plowing through writing the final chapters of a WIP. I fell in love with Pocket, King Lear’s lewd, crude, and socially unacceptable jester in Fool, and I can’t wait to see what trouble he gets up to in Othello’s Venice. I just adore Moore’s irreverent humor, and had high hopes of reading his entire body of work this summer. [Pro tip: go follow the hilarious Christopher Moore on Twitter @TheAuthorGuy] Must… make… more… time…

On top of that, Courtney Milan is releasing a new novella in the Brothers Sinister series tomorrow—The Suffragette Scandal. The historical romance series as a whole is a little uneven, but the most recent installment, The Countess Conspiracy, totally rocked my world. This one looks like a quickie afternoon read, and I can’t wait to see what Milan spins next…

And finally, the heartbreaker… Deborah Harkness is releasing the final volume in her All Souls trilogy—The Book of Life—tomorrow as well. I’ve reread A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night in anticipation… it’s been TWO YEARS since Matthew and Diana steamed up the pages with their epic love story, and I am about to pee my pants in anticipation. That pre-ordered sucker’s getting whisked into my Kindle tonight at midnight, and I can’t read it! Aaaaaahhhh….

Unfortunately, I can’t afford to go into book-hibernation mode just yet. There is family fun to be had, treasured memories to be made. It’s worth the sacrifice, I know. But my manicure is going to bear the brunt of my impatience.

What new release(s) are you most looking forward to?

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