skjam: Man in blue suit and fedora, wearing an eyeless mask emblazoned with the scales of justice (Default)
First, I finished the last of my homework, now it's just waiting to hear back if I did well enough to earn my Associates' degree. If so, it's time off from college and hopefully a new job somewhere!

And now, let's take a look at what Goodreads recommends based on my romance shelf. Here I put not only category romances, but non-fiction books about love and relationships, and fiction books where the romantic relationship is a major theme. (As opposed to, "oh, and the hero got the girl too."

You're going to see a lot of shoujo manga on this list.

Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye by Victoria Laurie
Alice 19th, Vol. 01: Lotis Master by Yuu Watase
All My Darling Daughters by Fumi Yoshinaga
Angel Sanctuary, Vol. 1 by Kaori Yuki

Bitter Virgin 1 by Kei Kusunoki
Body Movers by Stephanie Bond
Boys Over Flowers: Hana Yori Dango, Vol. 1 by Yoko Kamio

Cherry Juice, Vol. 01 by Haruka Fukushima
Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand

Dawn of the Arcana, Vol. 01 by Rei Toma
A Devil and Her Love Song, Vol. 1 by Miyoshi Tomori
The Devil Does Exist, Volume 1 by Mitsuba Takanashi
Dramacon, Volume 1 by Svetlana Chmakova

Electric Daisy, Vol. 1 by Kyousuke Motomi

Forbidden Dance: Volume 1 by Hinako Ashihara
From Far Away, Vol. 1 by Kyoko Hikawa

The Gentlemen's Alliance +, Vol. 01 by Arina Tanemura

Hana-Kimi, Vol. 1 by Hisaya Nakajo
Happy Hustle High, Vol. 1 by Rie Takada
High School Debut, Vol. 01 by Kazune Kawahara
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin

I, Spy? by Kate Johnson

Kamichama Karin, Vol. 01 by Koge-Donbo
Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne, Vol. 01 by Arina Tanemura
Kitchen Princess, Vol. 01 by Natsumi Ando

Love*Com, Volume 1 by Aya Nakahara
Love Hina, Vol. 01 by Ken Akamatsu

Maid-sama! Vol. 01 by Hiro Fujiwata
Mars, Volume 01 by Fuyumi Soryo
The Measure of Katie Calloway by Serena B. Miller
Melusine by Sarah Monette

The Nightingale and the Rose by Oscar Wilde
Nodame Cantabile, Vol. 1 by Tomoko Ninomiya

The One I Love by CLAMP
Oresama Teacher, Vol. 1 by Izumi Tsubaki
Ouran High School Host Club, Vol. 01 by Bisco Hatori

Phantom by Susan Kay
Pita Ten, Vol. 01 by Koge-Donbo
Pixie Pop: Gokkun Pucho, Vol. 01 by Ema Tōyama

Rasetsu, Vol. 1 by Chika Shiomi
Red River, Vol. 1 by Chie Shinohara
Rosario + Vampire, Vol. 1 by Akihisa Ikeda

Sakura Hime: The Legend of Princess Sakura, Vol. 01 by Arina Tanemura
Skip Beat!, Vol. 01 by Yoshiki Nakamura
Spying in High Heels by Gemma Halliday
The Story of Saiunkoku, Vol. 1 by Kairi Yura
Suppli, Volume 1 by Mari Okazaki
Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner

Tramps Like Us, Vol. 1 by Yayoi Ogawa

We Were There, Vol. 1 by Yuuki Obata

As always, let me know if you're read any of these, heard some interesting buzz, or know a romance book that you think will fit my tastes.
skjam: Skyler Sands as a UNIT soldier (Unit)
Board to Death: A Trio of Mysteries in the Dangerous Games SeriesBoard to Death: A Trio of Mysteries in the Dangerous Games Series by Amy Barkman

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Disclosure: I received this book as part of the Firstreads giveaway program on the premise that I would write a review of it.

As the subtitle says, this is a set of three mystery stories linked by the theme of games. It's double-spaced with fairly large type, so the book was a fast read.

The protagonists are all older women ("baby boomers" as the blurb puts it) and the stories double as romances as each of them finds love as well as danger. The stories are compentently written, although only one of them is a "fair play" mystery that the reader can solve with the given information. The links between the stories as the games go from one person to another might seem a bit too "cute" to more cynical readers.

Which leads to the next thing I should talk about. All of the protagonists, like their authors, are practicing Christians. This leads to rather more God-talk than most cozies contain. I was comfortable with this, but I know many readers might find it intrusive or off-putting.

A peculiarity of the stories is that there's only two religion settings for characters: practicing non-denominational Christian and entirely secular. This is pointed up by one of the secular characters calling people who go to church of a Sunday and pray at appropriate moments "religious fanatics." Clearly, she's never met any real religious fanatics...such as those who would ban board games from their homes for leading to gambling.

And a generally conservative worldview predominates. The motive for one of the deaths caught me by total surprise because it was old-fashioned, almost quaint.

I'd recommend this book most to Christian "cozy" fans, and older romance literature fans.

View all my reviews


skjam: Man in blue suit and fedora, wearing an eyeless mask emblazoned with the scales of justice (Default)

September 2017

3456 789


RSS Atom

Most Popular Tags

Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags
Page generated Oct. 20th, 2017 11:29 pm
Powered by Dreamwidth Studios