No reviews or spotlights or giveaways today…today it’s only about books. Books that have made you feel, sigh, or float away on a happy cloud and hope you never come down. Ones that hit your sweet spot. Yes, a book high. That’s what it is.
One of those books that make you want to stay in the pages forever, make you switch genres for your next read so you won’t muddle up the joy waters. A book you’d rate a ten if you could. Know what I’m talking about?
Books highs are hard to come by for me. I can’t pinpoint exactly what it is other than something about the story has sucked me in, made me forget chores, eating, and even my own writing duties. Sometimes it’s the romance, especially if it’s a broken hero who finds love. I have a confession to make…*whispers*…after Lover Awakened, I haven’t read more of J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood. Maybe it’s irrational, but I don’t want to lose any of the Zsadist feels. Seeing him overcome his dark, dark past and self-worth issues to find love made me warm and fuzzy.
In the past two weeks, I’ve been thrilled to be riding a dual book high. I’ve stuck to my vow not to buy any more books this year, but my birthday came up and with it some presents: books I’ve been dying to read. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again—Anne Bishop is one author who I’ll buy whatever she writes, and her The Other series is phenomenal. Not that I expected anything less. So for my birthday, hubby wisely bought me Murder of Crows, the second in the series. *Happy sigh* Urban fantasy perfection, people. A damaged main character you can’t help but love, a community of dangerous creatures who aren’t as human as they are…dun, dun, dun…Other, and the stirring of unrest threatening them all. The romance hasn’t hit yet, but I cannot wait for the two main characters to finally get together. Talk about building tension. So after shutting that book with a smile and wishing it was Christmas so someone could give me Vision in Silver, I switched to a YA fantasy so I wouldn’t affect my UF high.
Another book present from hubby. Did I say he was a smart man? He knows that coffee and books make me happy. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. I’ve been wanting to read her assassin series for the longest time (if only someone would pay me to read), but when I heard this one had a Beauty and the Beast hint to it, I knew I had to have it. This one has tons of Fae elements in it, a human heroine who’s fighting to keep her family from starving and then later safe from the fae, a cursed fae prince who takes her captive, and a blight that’s creeping toward them all. Feyre, the main character, was awesome—both tough and vulnerable, guarded and brave. The prose was beautiful and the world building fabulous. And there’s nothing better than an antihero who I’m hoping will star in the next book—I found a new book boyfriend in Rhysand, High Prince of the Night Court. Happy, happy sigh.
So yeah, I’m still on that book high and I hope it lasts.
Do you have any books that make you ultra-happy? Maybe one you read every so often just to recapture that high?