I. Am. So. Happy.
Books. I got books. From the library (best place on earth?? just maybe), and in the mail from the incredible Sara B. Larson who had a contest that you may remember me winning.
Yes, I got The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner today, a beautiful, hardback, dust-jacketed, brand new, one-dollar-from-this-first-edition-donated-to-the-Red-Cross novella about Bree Tanner, introduced in Stephenie Meyer's Eclipse. It's so pretty and shiny and new (I hardly ever have new books!) and is just calling me so!
Then there's Crown Duel and Court Duel, which were on my list to get when I walked into the library. I've read them before. Loved them before. Can't wait to get back to them now (yes, I read books more than once.). They have the most amazing cover art, maybe my favorite cover art of all time. So princessy and romantic and realistic and pretty! And they are all that - in the book. I don't know why more people haven't heard of Sherwood Smith and this wonderful duo (later compiled into one book and entitled Crown Duel). My library has them shelved in the adult fiction section, so I'm sure they never get read by those meant to read them. (Maybe they've had them since before YA was a genre? I'm not sure.)
In the library, I picked up a book by W. Dale Cramer that looked interesting. Upon perusal, I realized he had written another book. Upon perusal of that book, I realized that his first book was Sutter's Cross. Published by Bethany House. Looks interesting, and I hope I'll like it. Christian literature is so iffy. You have brilliant authors like Lewis, Dekker, and Peretti, and then there are authors who honestly write poorly. I'm really hoping that Sutter's Cross doesn't disappoint.
And of course, I'm in the middle of something right now (Gates of Fire, by Steven Pressfield). Will I betray it for another? Ha. Probably. (You'll get a GoF review when I finish it, I promise.) But for whom?? That's the question...