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Have Yourself a Merry Little Reading Break

Black Friday is behind us at last, but alas! That only means the holiday shopping season is just ramping up for many of us.  Don't get me wrong-- I love to shop.  I love making lists (and checking them twice), and I love finding gifts for the special people in my life.  I enjoy all the other things that go with this time of year, too-- baking and decorating and special events.  (I could do without the traffic, but hey, that's Rockland for you.) 

What does bother me is the sense of a looming December deadline that seems to have grown with my adulthood. 

Graphically Novel

The teens did it first.  Then the children.  (Our younger collections have always been precocious.)  Now, at last, our adult collection graphic novels have broken free of the stacks! 

The collection's been given a new home (and room to grow) next to the Speculative Fiction paperbacks.  The books have a "Graphic Novel" label on the spine, and are shelved alphabetically by author (just like the prose novels).  New graphic novel acquisitions are now listed monthly on the New Speculative Fiction page.  Some things haven't changed: books about the medium-- artists' manuals, encyclopedias, reading guides, works about writers or artists, or literary criticism (yes, there really is literary criticism on Batman)-- are still under 741.5.

New Romance Fiction for October 2013

In paperback:

High Passion by Vivian Arend (2, Adrenaline) C, M, E
Mystery Man by Kristen Ashley (1, Dream Man) C, M
Twilight Hunter by Kait Ballenger (1, Execution Underground) C, S, M
The Trouble with Being a Duke by Sophie Barnes (1, At the Kingsborough Ball) H
Blue Forever by Nina Bruhns (3, Men in Uniform) C, M
Uncommon Passion by Anne Calhoun C, E
Office Affair by Jess Dee C, E, M/F/M
High Octane Heroes: Erotic Romance for Women by Delilah Devlin, ed. C, E (Pbk-Romance High)
Winter of Wishes by Charlotte Hubbard (3, Seasons of the Heart) C, I

New Speculative Fiction for October 2013

New to our shelves:

Four Summoner's Tales by Kelley Armstrong, Christopher Golden, David Liss, and Jonathan Maberry H (Horror Four)
      (contains Suffer the Children, Pipers, The Good-Natured Man, and Alive Day)
MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood (3, MaddAddam trilogy) SF, A
Box Office Poison by Phillipa Bornikova (2, Linnet Ellery) F, M, H
Big Egos by S. G. Browne SF
The Best Horror of the Year2013 by Ellen Datlow, ed. (5, Best Horror of the Year) H (Horror Best 2013)
Crucible by Troy Denning (Star Wars) SF
Dark Lycan by Christine Feehan (24, Dark/Carpathians) F, H, R

New Romance Fiction for September 2013

In paperback:

I Married the Duke by Katharine Ashe (1, Prince Catchers) H, M
The Arrangement by Mary Balogh (2, The Survivor's Club) H
Burn by Maya Banks (3, The Breathless trilogy) C, E
Surrender to Sultry by Macy Beckett (3, Sultry Springs) C
Seduction in Silk by Jo Beverley (13, The Mallorens) H, S
A Bride for All Seasons: The Mail Order Bride Collection by Margaret Brownley, Debra Clophon,
      Mary Connealy, and Robin Lee Hatcher H, I (Pbk-Romance Bride)
      (contains And Then Came Spring, An Ever After Summer, Winter Wedding Bells, and Autumn's Angel)

New Speculative Fiction for September 2013

New to our shelves:

Omens by Kelley Armstrong (1, Cainsville/Omens and Shadows) F, M, R
The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic by Emily Croy Barker F, A, R
New Earth by Ben Bova (15, Planet: The Grand Tour of the Universe) SF, M
Blood of the Lamb: A Novel of Secrets by Sam Cabot (a.k.a. Carlos Dews and S.J. Rozan) H, M, R
Undead and Unsure by MaryJanice Davidson (12, Queen Betsy) H, R
Wrath-Bearing Tree by James Enge (2, A Tournament of Shadows) F, M
Heaven's Fall by David S. Goyer and Michael Cassutt (3, Heaven's Shadow) SF, M (SF Goyer)
Quick Fix by Linda Grimes (2, In a Fix) F, M, R

Summer Favorites: Romance

For many, the approach of Labor Day (or as some parents put it, "Independence Day") signals the end of summer.  The end of August is bittersweet; on one hand, it's sad to start packing away the beach gear, but on the other, the start of the school year means that some of you will soon have a lot more free time to read.  With that in mind, I thought I'd wrap up the summer by sharing my own favorite romance reads from the past few months.

I've encountered more than the usual number of spectacular titles this summer.  My personal tastes in romance lean towards historicals (mainly regencies) and the occasional urban fantasy, but I've been pushing myself this year to read out of my comfort zone and try a wider variety of romance's subgenres.  Regencies are still my favorites, but my wider reading has definitely unearthed a few gems that will keep me reading outside my usual categories.  (I have yet to warm to western romance, but if anyone has recommendations, I'd be happy to hear them.) 

New Romance Fiction for August 2013

In paperback:

Can't Help Falling in Love (Gabe & Megan) by Bella Andre (3, The Sullivans) C
Paradise Valley by Rosanne Bittner H, W, M, O
And Then Comes Marriage by Celeste Bradley (2, The Wicked Worthingtons) H, M
London's Last True Scoundrel by Christina Brooke (1, Ministry of Marriage: The Westruthers) H, A
Hot Summer Nights by Jaci Burton, Carly Phillips, Jessica Clare, and Erin McCarthy (0.5, Hope;
      1.5, Serendipity's Finest; 2.5, Bluebonnet, TX) C (Pbk-Romance Hot)
      (contains Hope Smoulders, Perfect Strangers, The Legend of Jane, and Ice Princess)

New Speculative Fiction for August 2013

New to our shelves:

Witch Wraith by Terry Brooks (3, Shannara: Dark Legacy of Shannara) F, H, M
MacRieve by Kresley Cole (13, Immortals after Dark) F, H, R
The Year's Best Science Fiction 30 by Gardner Dozois, ed. (30, Year's Best Science Fiction) SF (SF Year's)
On the Razor's Edge by Michael Flynn (4, January Dancer) SF
The Glass God by Kate Griffin (2, Magicals Anonymous) F, H, M
After the End: Recent Apocalypses by Paula Guran, ed. (6, Recent Monster Anthologies) SF (SF After)
The Humans by Matt Haig SF, R
Affliction by Laurell K. Hamilton (22, Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter) H, R, M

New Romance Fiction for July 2013

In paperback:

One Day in Apple Grove by C. H. Admirand (2, Smalltown, USA) C
From This Moment On (Marcus & Nicola) by Bella Andre (2, The Sullivans) C
Sweet Revenge by Zoe Archer (1, Nemesis Unchained) H, M
An Outlaw in Wonderland by Lori Austin (2, Once upon a Time in the West) H, W, M
Forged in Steele by Maya Banks (7, KGI) C, M
The Billion Dollar Cowboy by Carolyn Brown (1, Cowboys & Brides) C, W
One Sweet Ride by Jaci Burton (6, Play by Play) C, E
Take Me Under by Rhyannon Byrd (1, Dangerous Tides) C, M, E
Unforgiven by Anne Calhoun C, E

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