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Sometimes you need a La Nora fix.
Sometimes you need a La Nora fix.

I sent this pic to Sarah at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books a while back. Every book on that shelf is by Nora Roberts. It's my go-to re-read shelf.

A Little Bit Wild - Victoria Dahl I agree with the Dear Author review on this - the book is fun and entertaining, but it jars in the sense that the entire premise seems implausible in the time period. Love the hero Jude, though. Love love love.

All He Wants (Merry Kinkmas)

All He Wants (Merry Kinkmas) - Emily Ryan-Davis I love the hero in this book. He's hot but sweet and caring.
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Aztec & Maya: The Definitive Chronicle Of The Ancient Peoples Of Mexico & Central America - Including The Aztec, Maya, Olmec, Mixtec, Toltec & Zapotec - Charles Phillips Good reference for surface info and a bit of detail. Doesn't really delve into the culture so much as a catalogue of archaelogical evidence and some mythology. Nothing about societal workings (i.e., marriage customs, family group customs aside from religious possibilities) also assumes religious significance for all art - doesn't really allow for the possibility of art for enjoyment/beauty.

Charlotte's Younger Man

Charlotte's Younger Man - Emily Ryan-Davis Fun, with an interesting twist on the older woman/younger man tale.
Spirit Within - Mima I love Mima's Within series, and this was no exception. Powerful and really visceral.
Butterfly Swords (Harlequin Historical) - Jeannie Lin Intriguing setting, great characters. I loved the interplay of cultures and the way the characters worked within the limitations of the setting.
The Duke & the Pirate Queen - Victoria Janssen Loved this book. Love the characters, love the plot, love the settings. This is a grand adventure pirate story turned on its head and I loved it.
Bed of Roses - Nora Roberts La Nora is consistently good. This is no exception - great characters, solid plot, real relationships, fantastic dialogue.
The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream - Barack Obama Nothing new, but engaging and interesting nonetheless.
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals - Michael Pollan Eye-opening and ridiculously easy to read. Pollan's style makes mucking through the technical stuff so easy you don't even notice it. Great discussion of something that affects every person on the globe - food.
Burn - Linda Howard Um. totally off-the-charts wacked plot, characters weren't engaging, entire thing was just...not the level I expect from Howard.
Quicksilver - Neal Stephenson I wish there was a way to give 3.5 stars. Stephenson's writing style just didn't resonate with me. As much as the research and prose were excellent, I never felt invested in the characters. I felt more like a spectator than a reader, if that makes sense.
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon - Grace Lin recommended by Jane Litte, I read it with my daughter. Loved, loved, loved this book.
Behind the Red Door - Jackie Barbosa Connected novellas are always a tricky proposition, but Barbosa does a lovely job of hooking them together but letting them stand alone. Interesting concepts for each story and intriguing characters.
Midnight Rainbow - Linda Howard Love Jane as a character. She's fantastic, absolutely wonderful. Plot is interesting, Grant is sexy without being a total jerk. But, really, this book is all about the awesome of Jane.