Suffice to say that this year has been somewhat of a rough and tumble, challenging year for chez moi. Many trips to the hospital for various family members, all of whom are okay now thankfully and our family bond is closer and stronger because of it (see I'm looking at the silver lining here). You know me, I like to stress out mightily over all things...and since money was a bit of an issue this year, I could not indulge in as much retail therapy (evil etsy!!!!) as I would've liked. Soooooo I must say that the one saver of my sanity this year was books. Books pass the time whilst in the hospital waiting room, or simply to escape one evening because the trials and tribulations of the world are too much. Books are invaluable. Books are like mana from heaven...you get the idea...so I'm gonna blog about some of the ones that really stood out for me.
I rediscovered the high fantasy genre this year, which are stories set in LOTR like worlds. Rediscovering high school favorite fantasy author Rhondi Vilott (and her numerous pen names, thank god for the internets) was like meeting an old boyfriend from high school (whom one has never quite gotten over). I know, it was like that!!! But the true treasure trove lay in heretofore undiscovered, most excellent author Dennis L. McKiernan! I srsly bought all his books (new and used) from amazon. His stories have everything...romance, pirates, sword fights, monsters, humor, and love conquers all (to quote The Princess Bride). When a character tragically died...I was in tears...I was like NOOOOOOOOOOOO...surely the priest has a resurrection spell...my priest in World of Warcraft could do it...why isn't he/she alive?????? Bloody hell!!! I'd have to say so far "The Dragonstone" by Mr. McKiernan is by far my favorite. He's written a crapload of books, I'd just pick one and jump right in. I guess you'd have to read it for yourself to understand what I'm talking about.
While Lisa Kleypas remains my all time favorite romance author, it was a pleasant surprise to find that Julia Quinn's "What Happens in London" was actually quite good. Despite my bitching earlier this year about her, I did enjoy this book. It has an Austen-esque quality to the writing to it and it further endeared me to it when I happened to have it in my purse when I took Daughter to the ER when she had a concussion...they'd just given her a very painful shot and she was crying uncontrollably...the only thing I could think of was to read to her from this book (though I did "skip" the love scenes) and it did distract her from the traumas of staying in the ER for hours on end. So Julia Quinn, thank you for this gem, it quite literally was indispensable in my time of need.
Another unexpected find was romance author Teresa Medeiros. Yes, I bought her entire backlist too and passed many a night in the sweetly written, happy, knight in shining armor happily ever after type books she writes. Some were a little corny, but hey, thoroughly enjoyable!
More on this later! Time to cook dinner!