Some of these are already on my library wish list! Side note: You don’t have to work in public relations to enjoy these titles.
I received a notification from Goodreads that two of my favorites – Jane Green and Emily Giffin – will kick off Redbook‘s Summer Beach Reads Club with a Google+ Hangout today! Tune in at 3 p.m. EST. (I’ve already added it to my calendar!)
Post questions via Twitter using #RBKbeachreads or leave a question on each author’s Facebook page.
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City of Dark Magic and City of Lost Dreams by Magnus Flyte
I think it was this time last year that I randomly picked up City of Dark Magic off a table at B&N. The themes of mystery and history intrigued me, and with the novel set in Prague I knew it belonged on my bookshelf. In the novel, musicologist Sarah travels to Prague to catalog Beethoven’s manuscripts for a new palace exhibition in Prague Castle. She isn’t in the city for long before strange (read: supernatural) things start to happen. The cast of characters blends perfectly with the complex setting of Europe’s most beautiful capital city. And did I mention there’s a Czech(-American) Prince Charming?
Fast-forward to sometime in November, when I learned of the sequel – City of Lost Dreams - thanks to one of the many publishing house newsletters I subscribe to. When the book arrived in the form of a Christmas present, I spent most of my holiday vacation days with eyes glued to the page. This time, Sarah is in Vienna searching for a cure to help her sickly friend, the child prodigy Pollina. From the Amazon synopsis:
In the city of Beethoven, Mozart, and Freud, Sarah becomes the target in a deadly web of intrigue that involves a scientist on the run, stolen art, seductive pastries, a few surprises from long-dead alchemists, a distractingly attractive horseman who’s more than a little bloodthirsty, and a trail of secrets and lies.
Not going to lie, reading these books may have influenced my summer travel plans.
I am ashamed. I hadn’t realized how long it’s been since I posted. Has time really passed that quickly? I guess it has.
I keep a running list on my phone of books I’ve finished reading, with every intention of writing a review or just posting a quick update on my thoughts. Friends and coworkers come to me for recommendations regularly and I happily oblige. My library card sees just as much action as my credit card. And the pile of books on my nightstand? It’s a revolving door of new releases and library loaners.
A recent article from the Miami Herald.
Appropriate timing, I thought.
I tend to associate the summer months with summer reading. Remember in high school, when your English teacher would assign you a reading list and you dreaded the thought of all those classics? I forced myself to read Pride and Prejudice the summer before 11th grade. Now it’s one of my favorites. Go figure.
As I packed my bag for my family’s beach vacation last month, I knew that I had to bring a few books along. Here were my choices:
I also started this title, but haven’t managed to finish it quite yet. I already have a feeling it’s going to leave an impression:
My previous beach reads recommendations, here.
I once read that if you like an author, you should read books by authors they admire, since they probably have similar styles or language. Maybe it’s a method thing. I remembered that, and pointed this book out to my mom one day at Barnes & Noble. My birthday was the following week, and thus the book came home with us as an early gift. So that’s how I came to read While We Were Watching Downton Abbey. Plus, how can you say no to a book with Downton Abbey in the title?
Set in Atlanta, and not all about Downton Abbey…just enough to make you realize what an impact the British show has had on the American public. It’s sort of a coming-of-age story for adults. The four protagonists experience love lost and love found — truly finding themselves along the way.
Any recommendation of mine really can’t do this book justice. Just read it!