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The Golden Darter

My Life Through Books


Middle School was a weird mix of classics and Star Wars. I was obsessed with The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux to the point of the book falling apart. I also discovered that while I love Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters can go hang. As for Star Wars... I've read almost every meta-verse book that was published up until the New Order cannon. I can still go into detail and recite storylines of a few beloved books. Hence, my nerd life began.


High school was very paranormal, vampire, scifi, etc. I would literally go online and search for book series that concerned vampires and read everything on the list. We are talking Anita Blake, Charline Harris, Anne Rice, Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Tanya Huff, Steven King, etc. This was before they sparkled, ya'll. Early college was philosophical and political theory for school, and mainstream fiction in my personal time. Wicked, Life of Pi, Memoirs of a Geisha. These are the 3 books that pushed me into my next phase, mostly because of how ambiguous I felt about them, and their questionable endings.


Late-mid college I was introduced to LaVyrle Spencer by way of Hummingbird courtesy of a gripe session with my Mom about how depressing the books I had been reading lately were. I've never looked back and have been hooked on the romance genre ever since. I've read and loved a ton of LaVyrle Spencer (who is a little hit and miss), Judith McNaught (of the rapetastic 80s era of romance), and Georgette Heyer (who writes in the vein of Austen). More recently I've discovered the joys of contemporary authors like Susan Elizabeth Phillips.


Lately I've been trying to read more non-fiction. I really do enjoy learning about subjects that interest me, but non-fiction can feel like work sometimes. So I fall back to romance. You just can't go wrong with knowing that there will almost always be a happy ending.

Currently reading

Playing Dirty
Jennifer Echols
Searching for Someday
Jennifer Probst
Mara TP
Ming Doyle
The Quest
Susan Kearney
Play by Play (Play Makers #1)
Kate Donovan
Mrs Ronnie The Society Hostess Who Collected Kings
Sian Evans
Naked in Death - J.D. Robb Surprised myself by actually enjoying this book. I've put off reading anything by "JD Robb" for years. 1 - I haven't really liked anything by Nora Roberts (although I must say her writing does lend itself to true crime, I can see that now) and 2 - I don't like Rom Suspense as a general rule. After becoming obsessed with Castle over the last few weeks though I decided to give it a try. I did totally see the bad guy coming and didn't get that Eve didn't see it, or at least suspect it, sooner. The futuristic setting was unexpected but ended up being subtle enough that it worked most of the time. There were some major overtones of social issues that, while I agree with most of it, I could do without in escapist literature. And I don't get Roarke. Didn't understand why he liked Eve, who he even is as a character, or why he feels compelled to use the l-word so quickly when Eve certainly is not. He was rather holographic in his depiction; hollow with just a slight bit of substance. But I guess we learn more about him as the series goes on. One gripe about the writing: The weird pov switches got on my nerves. Most of the time we were in Eves head but every now and then we would be shown someone elses pov, but only if it was furthering along the plot. Irritating because there are other ways to get points like that across.TLDR: Nice beginning to a series, but not too much beyond that.