Hot romance is what we’re craving this week…especially these new books hitting the shelves today!
Shield of Winter by Nalini Singh
A paranormal romance provides the perfect escapist reading. Vasic is an assassin with a conscience. But despite all he’s done, he wants to help save his people from certain death—even if it means taking on his most difficult mission yet.
By 9:30 am at the first annual BookCon (formerly known as the last day of Book Expo America – BEA, the only day open to the public in addition to the publishing trade) I was done. Not because of the excessive (but behaved) crowds. Not because of the commute from anywhere in NYC that is not the Javits Center – to the Javits Center. And not because of the drinks I had with my author friends following the Tina Fey/Jason Bateman kickoff event celebrating the book-to-movie, This is Where I Leave You, the previous evening.
When I think of reading books, I think of bay windows, beach lounge chairs and even the subway. I don’t generally think – golly gee, movie theaters! – but based on the kickoff event for BookCon this year, the silver screen is what you should be thinking of, especially when it’s adapted from a best -selling book.
Case in point – Jonathan Tropper’s best-selling book, This is Where I Leave You, the movie version of which starring Tina Fey and Jason Bateman, is scheduled to be released on September 12. Tina and Jason were on hand at BookCon tonight, along with the film’s director Shawn Levy and the author, who read passages from his book before we got a “sneak peek” of the same scenes in the movie.
Remember when you were a kid and summers were all yours? Remember playing outside until the dusk crept in and your parents called your dirty, sun-kissed body in for bed? Remember grabbing a Mickey Mouse dipped ice cream from the trucks that drove by, singing the tune of childhood? Remember joining the summer reading challenge at the local library and going home with armloads of books, each one getting you closer to a prize?
I was daydreaming about that last aspect of childhood as I popped into the library to pick up my current book the other day. Of course, as an adult, I read for enjoyment; it’s a reward to steal time away from “productive” tasks and use it to get lost in a book. But, whether I love something on its own merit or not, an incentive always makes things a bit more fun. Because of that, I’ve created a Summer Reading Challenge for adult women like us. Take a gander, then print it out, check off your accomplishments, and reward yourself accordingly!
Our roving reporter Jami Kelmenson is attending Book Expo America this week…and sharing all her adventures exclusively with Shelf Pleasure readers. You don’t need to leave your couch (or book for too long) to feel like you were there. Here’s a sneak peek at to what she’ll be up to.
What is BookCon you ask? Well, as far as this roving reporter can tell, it’s a rebranding of the Saturday agenda of Book Expo America (BEA) in which the three-day trade festival at NY’s Javits Center billed as “North America’s premier publishing event” opens its doors to the public to stand in line to meet their favorite authors and get their autographs – and then talk about their books before they are released in order to generate essential make or break buzz. Only now, the event is being produced by the same folks that bring you Comic Con, a big comic book convention for comic book nerds. I hope I don’t get confused and dress as Wonder Woman by mistake.
It seems like every book is being labeled as the “next” Gone Girl, but if the trailer for Mary Kubica’s The Good Girl is any indication, it looks like we’ve finally found a worthy contender. But don’t just take our word for it.