What I’m Reading: Backlist Haul

Normally about this time of the week, I’d be linking up with Claire from The Captive Reader and Sharlene from Real Life Reading  for a Library Loot meme. None of my holds have come in this week — but a box of used books from betterworldbooks.com did! All are backlist books that aren’t available in ebook form from my library. They went straight up to my nightstand, so for this post, I’m linking up with Modern Mrs Darcy for What I’ve Been Reading Lately.

If you haven’t used Better World Books before, there are some pros and cons: Most of the books are ex library and quality is variable. But they are cheap, and they often have 5-20 year old backlist titles that are hard to find elsewhere. (Readers: do you have another favorite source for backlist titles?)

So, here’s what I’m reading:

Earth Logic by Laurie Marks. I started reading this fantasy novel immediately – it’s a sequel to Fire Logic, which has been one of my favorite reads so far this year. Warning: Earth Logic features a pandemic. I also got Water Logic, the third book in the series.

This Must Be the Place by Kate Racculia. This is the debut novel from the author who brought us like Bellweather Rhapsody and Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts. I hope this one is as quirky as her later two novels – I love a good quirky read and they’re hard to find.

A whole pile of Fiona Buckley. I’ve been blazing through her Tudor mystery novels during the lockdown. I’m not normally into the Tudor period nor do I read many historical mysteries, but these hit a sweet spot for me with period detail and a strong heroine, without being too dense. The romantic plot line also keeps spiking throughout the long series, which is impressive. I just finished the fourth book in the series, To Ruin a Queen – I’m glad I read it out of order because it was my least favorite book in the series and I might not have continued past it. I’m still glad I picked up two later books in the series, Queen’s Bounty and A Perilous Alliance, as well as her standalone novel, Late Harvest. There’s also a novel I thought she collaborated on based on other sources, The Proud Villeins, but it looks like I may have been wrong on that.

And finally, two books from another long running historical mystery series, this time Stephanie Barron‘s smart, satisfying series about Jane Austen. I just finished Jane and His Lordship’s Legacy which had the best Jane Austen historical feel yet with lots of detail about her final home. I also just finished / skipped through Jane and the Prisoner of Wool House which was too nautical for me (personal issue). My library offers some of these in ebooks, but their list has mysterious gaps in it. I filled in those gaps with Jane and the Canterbury Tale and Jane and the Waterloo Map.

And that’s it! Do you think that will keep me busy until my library holds come in?