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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Winterlong Winter Reading Circle- When the weather outside is frightful...

You are here: #1 of 6: What Book Is That? (http://www.whatbookisthat.com/2010/12/winterlong-winter-reading-circle-when.html

When I was asked to participate in the grand finale of the Winterlong tour, the Reading Circle, I kind of jumped at the chance, as recommending books to people kind of makes my heart go pitter pat all over the place.  Winter certainly has arrived in grand style, and the theme of this reading circle is books you can curl up with on those frosty, blowy, cold winter nights.  So without further ado, here are some excellent books to keep you inside and out of the weather!

I should mention that the vast majority of these are part of a series, because hey, who doesn't like being able to plow through a series in one go? Seriously.

Buck Fever: A Blanco County, Texas, NovelBuck Fever by Ben Rehder is the first in the Blanco County, Texas series of mystery novels (the rest of the series, in order, is Bone Dry, Flat Crazy, Guilt Trip, Gun Shy, & Holy Moly) and if you're a fan of Carl Hiaasen or similar authors then you'll want to dive right in here. Drug smuggling, deer hunting, nefarious characters, and a hilarious pair of poachers named Red and Billy Don mean that this series is a riot from the word go.  I will say that the books can be a little tricky to track down new, but check your library, as mine has them all!

The War Against Miss WinterThe War Against Miss Winter by Kathryn Miller Haines is, again, the first in a series, the rest of the books in order being The Winter of Her Discontent, Winter in June, & When Winter Returns.  The books are set in New York during World War II and star Rosie Winter, an actress who just wants to make a buck and survive, even if it means solving a few mysteries in the process.  I've read and reviewed the first three books in this series here at What Book is That? and have the fourth one out of the library as we speak and I can definitely say that these book are engrossing, fun and incredibly detailed regarding the historical time period, perfect for sinking your teeth into on a cold winter night.

If Angels Burn: A Novel of the DarkynFans of the Black Dagger Brotherhood will enjoy the Darkyn series by Lynn Viehl, which opens with If Angels Burn and continues with Private Demon, Dark Need, Night Lost, Evermore, Twilight Fall, & Stay the Night. Vampires, Templars, and romance, oh my!  Plus there's the unusual caveat that this is a finished series, so once you're at the end, you've successfully finished the series, which is admittedly an unusual occurrence.

The Secret History of the Pink CarnationThe Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig is always a winner for me, as is the rest of the series (The Masque of the Black Tulip, The Deception of the Emerald Ring, The Seduction of the Crimson Rose, The Temptation of the Night Jasmine, The Betrayal of the Blood Lily, & The Mischief of the Misteltoe). Adventure, romance, snark, silliness, it's all here, with no signs of stopping!

Random MagicOf course, this list wouldn't be complete without mentioning Random Magic by Sasha Soren.  If you like oodles of literary references, a prologue that is memorable to me to this day, and characters and adventures that will suck you in and keep you there, then you've got yourself a winner, folks.

Visit the next stop (#2 of 6) on the Winter Reading Circle: Take me there! (http://www.tinasbookreviews.com/2010/12/winterlong-random-magic-tour-winter.html)

#1 of 6: What Book Is That?
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#2 of 6: Willowdust Reviews – Tina’s Book Reviews
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#3 of 6: Diary of a Bookworm
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#4 of 6: A Reader’s Adventure
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#5 of 6: vvb32 Reads
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#6 of 6: La Femme Readers
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