Fall Non-Romance Preview

j_k_rowling_casual_vacancyYeah, I read non-romance.  Not much, but I do.  That being said, with romance reading and review books, plus grad school coursework, I have to be really choosy with what I read.  At the same time, I’m determined to branch out from romance and YA, and I’m going to make it my goal to read at least one non-romance book each month.  Since fall is big publishing season, here are three non-romance books that caught my eye, in no particular order:

The Casual Vacancy, by J. K. Rowling

Her first book since Harry Potter.  There is no way this is not going to be a publishing phenomenon, and canny for her, she’s going into adult contemporary fiction.  It looks good though – satire and small town secrets, and all that – and I like the cover.

Sweet Tooth, by Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan does 1970s espionage and romance.  Needless to say, I doubt it’s going to end happily, but I’m really, really looking forward to this one.  Features an Oxford mathematician as a heroine, who gets recruited by MI-5 and falls in love with the guys she’s spying on.  It’s already out in Canada (although not until November in the States), and the reviews are fantastic.

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By | September 5th, 2012|Categories: Authors, Book news, Books, Jean AAR, Publishing, Reading|Tags: |10 Comments

You Can Call Me Gorgeous!

I wrote briefly about Terms of Endearment but my article doesn’t have the depth of data that was discovered by Siteopia.com. MSN summarized the information Siteopia.com discovered after interviewing 2,000 British individuals between 18 and 60. Only one in five call their significant other by his/her first name. That means that 80 percent use pet names. The short version of the article is many people don’t want you to call them Babe.

Here is a list of most disliked and liked names. […]

By | September 5th, 2012|Categories: AAR afterhours blog, Leigh AAR, Real Life|Tags: |1 Comment