Whatcha Reading? February 2018 Edition

Cozy winter still life: cup of hot coffee and book with warm plaid on windowsill against snow landscape from outside.It’s Whatcha Reading time! From here on out Whatcha Reading posts will occur on the fourth Saturday of every month, instead of the third. Mark your calendars!

We’re nearly two months down in 2018 and we all hope your reader has been spectacular.

Redheadedgirl: I am read Alyssa Cole’s A Princess in Theory ( A | BN | K | G | iB ), which is an EXCELLENT companion book to Black Panther.

And also The Decameron ( A | BN | K | G | iB ).

Elyse: I just finished Cocoa Beach by Beatriz Williams ( A | BN | K | iB ) which was okay. It didn’t knock my socks off.

Now I’m reading Hello Stranger by Lisa Kleypas ( A | BN | K | G | iB ).

And I totally agree that A Princess in Theory is amazing!

The Kiss Quotient
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Amanda: I’m reading Firelight by Kristen Callihan ( A | BN | K | G | iB ) and I fucking love it. I tweeted at her, asking if she’d ever get back into paranormal romance and she said yes, but she wasn’t sure when. I’m sensing a major book hangover when I’m done, but The Kiss Quotient is calling me.

Sarah: I’m reading Hot & Badgered ( A | BN | K | G | iB ), which isn’t out until 3/28, so I’m a horrible person for talking about it. But sometimes, you want honey badger rage, and, well, I wanted honey badger rage. (It’s delicious!)

I’m also listening to a lot of audiobooks while I walk the dogs each day, so I re-listened to Act Like It by Lucy Parker ( A | BN | K | G | iB ) because it’s savory deliciousness, too.

Now I’ve started Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging ( A | BN | K | G | iB ), which I haven’t read, so the listening-first experience should be interesting.

In the audio queue I have The Hanover Square Affair by Ashley Gardner, too.

Elyse: Oh I loved Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging.

Sarah: I think it’s one of Amanda’s favorites, too.

Amanda: YES!

The Hanover Square Affair
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I glommed that whole series as a teen.

Sarah: The audiobook has this hilarious intro of “Listen, Yanks, I know you’re not going to understand some of this so there’s a glossary in the back.” which I found very funny

Amanda: There’s a movie too, though I haven’t seen it.

Sarah: Angus call of the Scottish wild!

Dear God the transphobia, though.

Amanda: In Angus? I haven’t read them in years so I wouldn’t be surprised if they don’t hold up well.

Elyse: Yeah it’s been more than a decade I’d imagine.

Sarah: I snorted and cringed when she worried about her future as a “high flying executive lesbian.”

I’ve got this walk walk cringe cringe splutterlaugh routine going.

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The narrator sounds like a 14 year old, “knowing everything” while being mistaken, and also like the voice of oppressive normality and homogenized expectations. I’m ashamed to recognize myself years and years ago while I’m also cringing and face palming at some of the things she says.

It’s a weird listening experience.

Update: I had to stop. I felt bad for the people she was mean or unkind to, and couldn’t listen. Folks who have read or listened to this one, should I keep going?

The Hanover Square Affair in audio is pretty nifty, in other news.

Carrie: I just finished Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom ( A | BN | K | G | iB ) which is a retro science fiction adventure featuring, among other characters, the World’s Smallest Giant Robot.

Next up am reading Spineless by Juli Berwald, a nonfiction about jellyfish.

What have you read this month? Anything worth squeeing about? Let us know!

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