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Be my friend on Goodreads

I used to have two Goodreads accounts. One was under my IRL name, where I reviewed most of what I read (when I remembered). The other was under Delilah Night, where I only reviewed erotica, because I thought my readers wouldn’t want to know what I thought of this urban fantasy or that YA book.

However, that got to be a giant hassle and I stopped reviewing on Goodreads completely.

This year, however, I have gotten back in the saddle and decided to only use the Delilah Night account for all my books. Further, I set myself a goal of reading 100 books this year, and have been faithfully documenting everything I’ve read, and I am on my fortieth book this year.

I’d like to invite you to be my friend on Goodreads. I do read and review erotic romance and erotica, but I’m also a fantasy, YA, memoir, and romance fan.

Top Books I’ve read (so far) this year are

  • A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole, which is about a grad student named Naledi, who keeps getting bizarre emails telling her she’s the betrothed to a prince of an African country. Certain this is a scam, she emails them back to Fuck Off. Prince Thabiso is in search of the girl he was betrothed to as a child. When he goes to confront her, and she thinks he’s a waiter she was supposed to train, he doesn’t correct her. Great story, good pacing, hot sex scenes.
  • Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho, which is the story of Zacharias, a freed slave who has risen to the position of Sorcerer Royal in an alternate version of London. He’s trying to solve the question of where all the magic in England is going. Prunella is a woman with immense magical powers in a world where women aren’t supposed to have such powers. She is looking for a husband, and convinces Zacharias to help her. The first section of the book is slow, but once Prunella is introduced, it really takes off. The book doesn’t gloss over the racial prejudices both Zacharias and Prunella face, and that makes it a richer novel. I’m looking forward to the second book.
  • Hamilton’s Battalion by Alyssa Cole, Courtney Milan, and Rose Lerner. As a total Hamilfan, I had to read this anthology of three novellas. The framing device for the anthology is that soldiers are coming to Eliza Hamilton’s house to share the story of serving with her husband (something the real Eliza Hamilton actually did). The first story, my favorite, is called Promised Land–the story of Rachel who has disguised herself as “Ezra” to fight for the country she believes in. She thinks Jews will be more welcomed in a free/fair America, and her Judaism is a big part of the story. The second is The Pursuit of, which tells the story of a Black soldier and the white British deserter and how they fall in love—and lots of cheese. So much cheese. I mean literal cheese, not that it’s cheesy. The final story is That Could Be Enough, which is the story of Eliza’s secretary, and the dressmaker who worms her way into her heart.
  • A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena, which is a realistic fiction YA novel set in Saudi Arabia. The story is told from multiple viewpoints to create a complex portrayal of a girl who died in a car with a man she was unrelated to.
  • Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah. Noah’s memoir about being half white/half black in South Africa during and after Apartheid is incredibly eye opening. Seeing him on The Daily Show, you’d never imagine half of what he has done and experienced.

I’m currently reading the eleventh book in the October Daye series by Seanan McGuire, which is great urban fantasy set in and around San Francisco (which, coincidentally is where I moved a year ago). I am a huge fan of McGuire (who also writes as Mira Grant). If you jump into the series, read it in order as McGuire is constantly world building, and things that happen in one book often have consequences in another book. Stay with the series until book three/book four. The first two are the weakest (but are still good), but for me the series really began to take off with book three. I’m a bit bereft as when I finish this I’ll have to wait until September for book twelve.

Upcoming books include

  • We Killed: The Rise of Women in American Comedy
  • Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows
  • Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card
  • Touched by an Alien
  • Beneath the Sugar Sky

What are you reading? What do you think I should add to my to-read shelf? Add me as a friend on Goodreads if you use it.