Best Books of September: Book Lovers Pick of the Litter

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We’re here to squee all over you! Yes, that’s right, it’s time for our “Pick of the Litter” post. And who better to lead things off this month than our resident snarky Dragon Lover! I can’t believe Cass found a book she enjoyed that did not involved dragons. OH NOES! The sky is falling…

perdition by ann aguirreCass: Perdition (Dred Chronicles #1) by Ann Aguirre.

This book was a ton of fun! I loved the idea of a prison ship in space, and how The Man (government? corporations?) just decided to fuck worrying about guards and rioting and shit. They’re in space! Let me figure their own shit out. Leaving room for the Glorious Dred Queen to emerge. I have a sneaking suspicion future books will show how The Man rues their lackadaisical approach to prison oversight and maintenance.



some like it spicy by robbie termanStella: Some Like It Spicy (A Perfect Recipe #1) by Robbie Terman

You all know how much I love food: making it, eating it and reading about it (I can spend hours browsing food blogs and salivating in front of yummy recipes), and I am especially gaga for culinary romances! So when I saw that Entangled Publishing had a new foodie release I got excited and devoured Robbie Terman’s Some Like It Spicy in no time! (I SO LOVED it!! I even love the reference made to the Some Like it Hot movie, one of my family’s alltime favourite classics :-D) Some Like It Spicy was an utterly delightful, entertaining and sweet culinary romance, Robbie Terman just became a must watch&read author for me and I can’t wait to read her next stories! This comes highly recommended, I urge you to pick it up! And now I’m just in the mood to re-read it while munching on some freshly baked pumpkin chocolate chip cookies I made. 😉


question of honor by charles toddMarlene: A Question of Honor (Bess Crawford #5) by Charles Todd

Bess Crawford is a nurse serving in World War I. She’s also probably upper middle-class at most, her father seems to be a retired, or semi-retired, Colonel in the British Army. What she isn’t, is a titled lady of any kind. Bess answers to “Sister”, as in “nursing sister”. Bess does things, she isn’t waiting around to get married. She also meddles an unconscionable amount. She gets her hands very dirty, also occasionally bloody. This story is about the honor of her father’s regiment, from their days in India. It’s also about the dirty little secret of how children who were sent back home to England really got treated (Rudyard Kipling’s real life history is not for the faint of heart), but it’s always about the war and the home front as Bess shuttles between England and France. I enjoy following Bess because she does stuff, and in a credible way, at a time when most women didn’t. If you like the Downton Abbey period, try this series, starting with A Duty to the Dead.


hellfire by jean johnsonMarlene: Hellfire (Theirs Not To Reason Why #3) by Jean Johnson

This series has been consistently awesome. It is military SF, and there’s only the barest occasional hint of romance, and that only in the sense that human beings do occasionally fall for each other. Romance is explicitly not the point of this series. The point is about saving sentient life. All sentient life. And how immensely HUGE a sacrifice one woman is willing to make. And convince other sentient beings to make. There’s a scene I heard Jean read at WorldCon that brought absolute chills. It still does, just thinking about it. Lose a weekend (the weather’s going to pot anyway. Start with A Soldier’s Duty. Now. I order you;-)

And I’d like to give a special shout out to the clothing store “A Perfect Fit” in Dangerous Curves Ahead by Sugar Jamison. If you’re like me, and you’ve NEVER been able to buy clothing “off the rack”, the store in this book, where they specialize in perfect alterations for absolutely every woman, sounds like a dream come true. Unfortunately, it’s fiction.

So, all you book lovers out there, what were your favorite reads this month?

About Marlene

Marlene is a librarian, ebook advocate, science fiction fan, and RPG fan who lives in the Atlanta suburbs. She and her husband are owned by four cats, just ask them. She's a geek and a nerd and proud of it. She's also an avid reader of everything, including the back of the cereal box, and has been blogging since April 2011 at Reading Reality and is a reviewer at Library Journal as well as active on Goodreads. She is also the publisher of Ebook Review Central.

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  • draconismoi September 30, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    I never said there were no dragons. There COULD BE dragons. Maybe the spaceprison is actually a SPACE DRAGON. You don’t know.

  • Susan September 30, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    I’m happily surprised that Johnson has been able to keep the level of her series so high. At the end of each book I say to myself, “She can’t keep doing this, can she?” But she does. I really enjoyed Hellfire.

    I’ve been ticked at Penguin over ebook pricing, but the cost of Perdition finally dropped a bit, so I added it to my pile. I’ve heard nothing but good things about it–that it’s even better than the Sirantha Jax books.

    I’ve read the first several books in the Bess Crawford series, but need to catch up.

    September ended up being a good book month for me. Jordan Castillo Price’s latest PsyCop. Ashley Gardner’s latest Capt. Lacey. Seanan McGuire’s latest Toby Daye. Four of Nancy Holzner’s Darkland books. And the last book in Moira Moore’s Heroes series–anyone else read these? A JAK I got on sale. And I’m currently finishing up Sherwood Smith’s Lhind the Thief. Plus loads more.

    • Susan September 30, 2013 at 10:15 pm

      Ooops–Holzner’s series is Deadtown (Darklands is one of the books). Mind like a steel trap. . .

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