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TSS: a post that nearly didn’t happen

I have not been feeling particularly well today and I had a distraction with me, so all I’ve managed so far is a slow walk around town and the purchase of a single book, The Needle in the Blood by Sarah Bower.  We stayed in for Valentine’s Day yesterday and mostly just ate, which may be the source of my current blah-ness.  Since my favorite distraction just left, I decided that since I am going to be reading for the rest of the evening, I might as well write about where I’m spending the next few hours!

So, I’m almost halfway through The King’s Rose by Alisa M. Libby.  It’s an ARC and I picked it up thinking that since I’m now scheduling reviews in March, I should start reading the ARCs that have to be reviewed then and lessen the pressure when essay season starts up again (well, actually, I’ll be starting research this week, so the more I read now the better).  I didn’t realize that this one doesn’t need to be posted until the 19th though, so it will be a good long while before the review actually shows up.  I’m enjoying it though.  It’s YA historical fiction about Catherine Howard, so while I like it, my insides are cringing anticipating the ending.  I can’t imagine what it would be like reading a book about Anne Boleyn or Catherine Howard (or Lady Jane Grey, for that matter) and not know the ending.  I think I’d be absolutely devastated because it’s often very easy to become attached to them.  At least this way I can mentally prepare myself as the novel moves on.  I just realized that this may be a spoiler, so I hope everyone reading knows at least that bit of Tudor history.  *crosses fingers*

Just yesterday I finished Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn and let me tell you, I adored it from beginning to end.  That’s a review I can’t wait to write and I’m busy being overjoyed and impatiently waiting for Silent in the Sanctuary to come in the mail so I can get to it.  I already have an ARC of Silent on the Moor.  I can’t wait for Lady Julia Grey to come visit my beloved Yorkshire and I’m very pleased with my new author discovery.

Next up will be The Brightest Moon of the Century by Christopher Meeks.  I’ve been excited about this book since it arrived in the mail last month.  I loved Meeks’ two short story collections and this is his first novel, so I suspect my eagerness is justified.

So, great stuff for me ahead this week!  What’s next on your reading list?


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