Dear Fahrenheit 451

 

About this book:

If you don’t have a best friend who is a librarian, get this book. Anyone who loves to read needs to find a librarian who likes to read the same books. I was lucky: a librarian found me and got me reading again after college. I haven’t stopped reading yet. And whenever I’m stumped about what to read next she can take a peek at my Goodreads To Be Read (TBR) list and pick out a half dozen good books. Actually, she can do it off the top of her head.

For those of you who aren’t besties with your local librarian, Annie Spence is trying to fill that void with “Dear Fahrenheit 451.” In this book Spence writes love letters to books she is seeing on her stacks. Some are love letters. Some are break up letters. All are recommendations to readers. She covers everything from children’s lit to female sexuality books.

This is a cute, quick read that will fill up your TBR pile faster than a visit to a bookstore. The one thing I wish the book had was an index that listed all the recommended books and cross-referenced it to the chapter in which it was discussed. I would’ve loved taking such a list, photocopying it, and crossing out all the books I’ve already read. I would have thought a librarian would have loved an index like that as well. One thing book lovers like to do is check off books from a list. I tried to make my own list but I only covered some of the fiction books. (See bit.ly/DearFahrenheit451.) Thanks to Spence I added 148 books to my TBR pile. And you can tell that some books were discussed in length while others were quick one sentence recommendations.

I may never read most of the books recommended by Spence but I know my librarian friend and I will have great discussions about them in the future. I love those discussions. I’m looking forward to them almost as much as I’m looking forward to reading and discovering new books. So if you don’t know what to read next check out this book and ask your librarian what she thinks of it. You may find some great reads and if you’re truly lucky you’ll find a great friend, too.

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Clockwork Princess

Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3)Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

Series: Book #3 of Infernal Devices
Release Date: March 19, 2013 (expected)
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Category: Steampunk, Young Adult
Setting: Victorian, London
Author Website: http://www.cassandraclare.com/

About this series:

This series is a sequel to The Mortal Instruments series, which is going to be released as a movie in summer, 2013.  This is the world of Shadowhunters who hunt and kill demons in London’s Downworld. The Downworld is where all the vampires, werewolves, and warlocks live unknown to mortals.

About this book:

This is the final book in this trilogy. It is time to make choices. How will our young heroes uncover the evil Magister who seems to be pulling all the strings?

Learn about other books in this series:

Book #1: Clockwork Angel

  • Published: August 31, 2010
  • Tessa Gray is a 16-year old American who comes to London in search of her missing brother. What she discovers is a world she never expected filled with supernatural heroes and magic. But the biggest mystery may be what she finds out about herself.

Book #2: Clockwork Prince

  • Published: December 6, 2011
  • The Magister continues to hunt Tessa. This time he is striking at Charlotte, the head of the London Institute and leader of the London Shadowhunters. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street unprotected.

Lord of Darkness

Lord of Darkness (Maiden Lane, #5)

Lord of Darkness by Elizabeth Hoyt

Release Date: February 26, 2013
Category: Romance
Time Period: 1730’s London, England
Series: Book 5 of Maiden Lane
Author Website: http://www.elizabethhoyt.com/index2.php

I love stories where the husband and wife are both leading secret lives and they bump into each other as alter-egos. Who figures out their identities first?  How do they pick up their lives when the masks come off? Will either finish with their objectives? It is also a formula for humor and passion.

Also see:

  • Wicked Intentions, published August 2010 (book #1)
  • Notorious Pleasures, published February 2011 (book #2)
  •  Scandalous Desires, published November 2011 (book #3)
  • Thief of Shadows, published July 2012 (book #4)

Immortally Embraced

Immortally Embraced (Monster M*A*S*H, #2)Immortally Embraced by Angie Fox

Series: Book #2 of Monster M*A*S*H

Release Date: February 26, 2013
Category: Fantasy, Romance
Setting: Future in Hell

Author Website: http://www.angiefox.com

About the series:

Dr. Petra Robichaud is an army doctor in Hell where a civil war has been going on for years. This book series has all the humor we grew to expect from the hit TV Show M*A*S*H with the added bonus of hot sex – the kind of sex you can’t show on public TV in the U.S. There are some interesting fantasy twists such as demons, werewolves, and demi-gods to make this a favorite of the paranormal readers.

About this book:

In Immortally Embraced, Petra must deal with a pregnant Medusa and her continued fight to save humanity with the help of the Oracles. However, her boyfriend Galen has decided he can’t put her in danger anymore by staying with her…until he learns there may be a mysterious new man in Petra’s life.

Learn about other books in this series:

Book #1: Immortally Yours

  • Published: August 28, 2012
  • Petra is keeping secrets in Hell like the fact that she can see ghosts. But when she almost loses a demi-god patient on the cutting table, this M*A*S*H doctor finds herself hiding more than just her special talent; she has to hide her attraction to her patient.

Book #3: Immortally Ever After

  • Published: coming August 2013 (Book #3)
  • This book has the fate of humanity at stake after a quick cease fire on the battlefield while continuing the troubled love story between Petra and Galen.

India Black and the Shadows of Anarchy

India Black and the Shadows of Anarchy (Madam of Espionage Mystery #3)India Black and the Shadows of Anarchy by Carol K. Carr

Release Date:  February 5, 2013
Category: Mystery, Romance
Setting: Victorian England
Series: Book #3 of Madam of Espionage Mysteries

Author Website: http://www.carolkcarr.com

 

About this series:

Carol K. Carr is fast becoming one of my favorite authors with her India Black series.  I appreciate a heroine who is smart enough to know when she needs help and independent enough to do her own thing; even when it goes against convention. The Victorian time period is well represented without being white washed. Book #3 is high on my must-read-next list!

About this book:

In this book prime minister Disraeli asks India to take on a solo mission. Can she infiltrate the secret group, the Dark Legion, to unravel this mystery?

Learn about other books in this series:

Book #0.5 India Black and the Rajah’s Ruby

  • Published: December 31, 2012
  • Available in Kindle Edition only, this is more a novella than a full-length novel.
  • This prequel involves a background story with India’s lover Philip Barrett and helps to set the stage for the India we have seen in the rest of the series.

Book #1: India Black

  • Published: January 4, 2011
  • Madam India Black gets drawn into the world of intrigue when an employee of the War Office dies in her establishment.

Book #2: India Black and the Widow of Windsor

  • Published: October 4, 2011
  • Scottish nationalists are planning to assassinate the widow Queen Victoria. India and a British spy, French, are put on the case to help protect the Queen.
  • This novel travels to the Scottish highlands – a favorite setting for me – and involves some of the supernatural as the queen attempts to reach her beloved Prince Albert with a séance.

How to Entice an Earl

How to Entice an Earl (Ugly Ducklings, #3)How to Entice an Earl by Manda Collins

Release Date: January 29, 2013
Category: Romance – Historical
Setting: Regency, England
Series: Book 3 of Ugly Ducklings

Author Website: http://www.mandacollins.com/

I’ve been looking forward to this third and final book in the Ugly Duckling series. I’m a sucker for underdog stories! This series has been a joy to read as the plain Janes of the London season finally get their turn on the dance floor of love.

In this final book, Lady Madeline “Maddie” Essex is the last of the “ugly” girls to find love and I’m sure that Christian, the new Earl of Gresham, is going to be a perfect match for her. Maddie has been a loyal supporter of her friends in the previous two books so it will be wonderful to see her heart filled with love.

Learn about other books in this series:

Cinder’s Next Adventure Includes Scarlet

Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles, #2)

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Release Date: February 5, 2013
Category: Sci-fi
Setting: Future, New Bejing

Author Website: http://www.marissameyer.com

Being an amputee I am drawn to any book where the main character has a prosthetic. This second book in the Lunar Chronicles series will be expanding the story with an additional hero and heroine but we’ll still see Cinder and continue her battle against the evil Lunar Queen.

Books in the Lunar Chronicles series:

  • Cinder, published January 3, 2012 (book#1)
  • The Queen’s Army, published November 23, 2012 (ebook #1.5)
  • Scarlet, coming February 5, 2013 (book #2)

Also don’t miss out on the illustrated story:

  • Glitches, published December 5, 2011 (book #0.5)