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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
Nowhere Men, Vol. 1: Fates Worse Than Death - Eric Stephenson The premise of this comic series instantly hooked me. "Science is the new rock and roll." Come on, who wouldn't want to live in a world where physicists supplanted the Beatles in popularity? I really enjoyed the entire conceit put forward through the issues of these four wonder-scientists and the eventual combustion of their group, much like a few rock bands I could name. I felt like the central idea of their being rock-stars could have been delved into a little more, but maybe that shows up more later...

The only gripe I have is regarding the non-comic supplementary articles. They were formatted to look like they came out of books and magazines, but most just broke the action for me and irritated me to the point that I ended up skipping most of them, reading the plot, and coming back later to read those. It's mostly just background material on their breakup. I can see how it would be less annoying in the original serial format, but in this trade it just slowed things down.

Otherwise, I am really looking forward to continuing this series and really can't wait to see where they are going with the interesting mix of characters we are left with at the end of this first volume.

Copy courtesy of Diamond Book Distributors, via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.