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The other woman, a shack-up honey, a kept woman, one’s inamorata…there are plenty of names for mistresses throughout history. Who do you side with? The mistress or the wife? Does it all depend on the story?
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We understand that not everyone is interested in books that win important literary prizes. Sometimes you just want to find a thrilling new story in your favorite category. If you can relate, be sure to check out the recent winners and nominees of the The Reading List, which honors the best in genre fiction. These must-reads are selected by librarians who know which titles not only have the best buzz but also live up to the hype. See below for the winners and click here for readalikes and the runners-up.
Adrenaline: Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson
Fantasy: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Historical Fiction: Doc by Mary Doria Russell
Horror: The Ridge by Michael Koryta
Mystery: The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino
Romance: Silk is for Seduction by Loretta Chase
Science Fiction: Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey
Women’s Fiction: The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
When precocious teenager Susan (Shirley Temple) falls hard for a playboy artist (Cary Grant) who lectures at her school, it will take more than common sense to break the spell. Hoping to be his model, she sneaks into his apartment and is discovered there by her sister Margaret (Myrna Loy), the judge who recognizes the wisecracking gent as someone who appeared before her in court. Only in the movies would Susan’s family pressure Richard to “date” her until the phase passes, but the result is comic gold, especially when the judge herself isn’t completely immune to his charms. The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer is a sparkler of a screwball comedy that will put a shine in your eyes.
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In 1988, translator Sophia Velikonja took the courageous step of leaving her home in Czechoslovakia for the United States. That same week, a young mother in Wisconsin was tragically killed in an accident, leaving behind a devastated husband and three struggling children. The Rileys needed someone to help run the house, and Sophie’s lonely life in Chicago was not the opportunity she’d anticipated. When God brings these hurting souls together, they discover ways they can help one another. Written by Lori Wick, one of Christian fiction’s most beloved authors, Sophie’s Heart is a touching and surprisingly complex story of healing, family, faith, and love.
In the mood for sweet fun and a splash of romance? Take a chance on Shooting Fish, a light PG-rated British comedy released in 1997. Jez and Dylan have a particular talent for ingenious schemes, and the money they pocket goes toward providing a stately home for orphans. Since they themselves are the orphans, it might not be as altruistic as first appears. You won’t really mind, though, because it’s so much fun watching them concoct their elaborate cons. When they hire Georgie (Kate Beckinsale) to pose as a secretary, their long-established twosome makes room for a third. Smart writing, witty dialogue, and winning performances make enjoying this film as easy as…well, you know.
Dreamland is a crumbling amusement park that Mab has been hired to restore. What Mab doesn’t know is that Dreamland is more than an old fun park. It’s a demon keep. Four of the world’s most dangerous demons are held prisoner in various statues and rides. As Dreamland’s Halloween grand re-opening draws closer, someone starts releasing demons. Meanwhile, Mab thinks she’s in love, and Ethan, the park owner’s son, well, he’s not looking for love, but he is looking for a good time. Wild Ride, by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer, is a comedic, supernatural romance à la Joss Whedon. In fact, it’s even dedicated to him. If you like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, you should give Wild Ride a try
Jamie Fraser is a sexy Scotsman who millions of people have fallen in love with via Diana Gabaldon’s bestselling, time-travel adventure, Outlander. Outlander is the story of Claire Randall, a WWII Army nurse who is propelled back in time to 18th century Scotland. While Claire attempts to find a way back home, she falls in love with the kilt-clad, gun-toting Fraser. The Exile is Gabaldon’s first attempt at a graphic novel, and it explores Outlander from Jamie’s point of view. Hoang Nguyen beautifully illustrates Jamie and Claire’s explicit exploits, but be warned - the graphic novel does cut short Gabaldon’s exposition, and readers who haven’t experienced the novel might get confused by the graphic novel’s shortened plot.
If summer puts you in the mood for romance, snuggle up to one of the new winners of the 2011 RITA Awards. Given by the Romance Writers of America, the RITA Awards celebrate outstanding published works in diverse categories of the romance genre. Among this year’s honorees:
Best Regency Historical Romance – The Mischief of the Mistletoe by Lauren Willig
Best Inspirational Romance – In Harm’s Way by Irene Hannon
Best Young Adult Romance – The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
Best Romantic Suspense – Silent Scream by Karen Rose
Best First Book – Pieces of Sky by Kaki Warner
Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements - Welcome to Harmony by Jodi Thomas