Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Why Kristen Can't Read

I can't read. I'm trying to, I really am but everything I pick up lately is just, well, dreck. (And how often do you get to use that word? Not nearly enough.)

Book One - A paranormal I took with me to Spain and read through only because I had nothing else to read. Seriously. If the potato chip bag had been in English, I would have pitched that book into the Mediterranean. As it was I left it in Spain. Reading this book was like swimming through nettle-embedded mud, a long painful process. The characters were so poorly drawn and lacked any depth of personality that by the mid-point I was routing for the bad guys.

Book Two - A historical I picked up when I got home from Spain, ready to sink my reading molars into something juicy. The opening scene was a very hot, sexy description. Of two horses mating. ICK! Get real! Even in my most desperate reading moments, I wouldn't read that. It totally skeeved me out. That book is now marked for the yardsale.

Book Three - A regency that I am still reading. But not for long. The book features a rape scene between the hero and heroine. Yes, a rape scene. I'm trying to read a little further, just to see how it's handled before I make my decision whether or not to mark up my wall by pitching the thing into it. So far, neither the hero or heroine have endeared themselves to me. He's a boorish clod, she's a ninny. Not really my kind of book.

Where have all the good books gone? They are not, I assure you, on my TBR shelf where the rest of these winners came from. Fortunately, most of these books have either been given to me or won. I haven't paid for most of them. Small comfort, really.

I guess I'll have to wait for my next Amazon shipment of tried and trues. Or June, when
Gena Showalter's Awaken Me Darkly finally hits the stands. (Actually, I've preordered it from Amazon so it may come sooner. I love when they surprise me like that!)

And will someone please pick up
Catherine Spangler's new series? I need something good to read!

Sigh. I guess I'll go write...


  1. Have you read Marianne Mancusi's A Connecticut Fashionista in King Arthur's Court? I just read it last week, and I really enjoyed it.

    Doesn't it suck when you hit a reading dry spell?

  2. Kristen, you lovely thing! Thanks for ordering Awaken Me Darkly!! Made my day.

    And I adored Marianne's ACFIKAC. Great stuff! Very fresh.

  3. What can I say, Gena? I've loved everything you've written so far.

  4. I have to agree with Kristen on Gena's books :)

  5. Oh Kristen congrats on the Golden Heart finals. Sending you lots of good luck for July. I'm adding you to my blog links now :)

  6. Yuck on the horses!! But glad you had fun in Spain. Best of luck with the Golden Heart. I'll be rooting for you! :)

  7. Jeez, just pick the darn paranormal. Hummm, now I want to buy Gena's book. Great, I'll never get done writing!

  8. Jax,
    Now I want you to buy my book too LOL

    You know I love you!

  9. Don't worry Gena, if I don't buy it Kristen will beat me. :)

  10. Now, Jax, you know I won't beat you. Pummel you, maybe. But not beat you. :o)

  11. I'm reading "Minion" by LA Banks. It's pretty good. I started reading "Blue Twilight" by Maggie Shayne because I've always loved her books, I hate the heroine of this one so I put it away.

  12. I went through some boxes of books today - books I just don't have room for because my bookshelves are already screaming from the weight of what's on them - and found an old Karen Marie Moning to reread.

    Of course, Amazon was kind enough to email me today with a confirmation that my latest order is on it's way. Here comes Mia Snow!