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Reading Roundup: Some e-books I read this year…

A few months ago I decided to read more on my Kindle app, as I have been updating on this space on and off. While its been somewhat irregular lately, I did read a few great pieces in the e-book format that are worth discussing.

Just a Name by Becky Monson

I have a thing for chic urban stories but ones that are not too cheesy or lean more towards romance novels. So this was a great combination. The protagonist is left at the altar but decides to go on her honeymoon anyway with another man with the same name. Her choice is unlikely, but that’s what adds to the surprise element and adventure of the story.

I particularly enjoyed the pace and writing style that Monson used, and will definitely read more by her because she didn’t drag the prose or plot at all. The characters are fresh enough to draw you in but not so radical that they don’t fit the narrative.

While I wasn’t particularly bowled over by any one element, it was a decent read. Perhaps my expectations were not high to begin with, given that I am new to e-books and this was one of the first few but it did exceed my expectations with its ability to keep the reader engaged and drawn into the world created.

A Royal Runaway by Lindsay Emory

I’ll start with this: this had been on my list for a while, I was really excited to read it but it didn’t amuse me a bit. Expecting something along the lines of Meg Cabot’s Princess Diaries, that has literally created a genre of books, I went into this with reasonable expectations. However, what let me down was the dragged plot.

The characters had so much potential given their situation and they were well written however the situations they were in were described in a way that didn’t appeal to me. Not even enough to have me till the end of the book as I left a good quarter unfinished. I am usually not the one to ditch books halfway but others seemed much more attractive while I struggled to finish this one.

Mrs. Queen Takes The Train by William Kuhn

As a fan of royal fiction, this was a fairly mild read. I went in expecting encounters with unlikely incidents in a royal setting as the book deals with the most prominent royal: the Queen! However, the major disappointment was it covered more about the lives of the Queen’s security personnel and staff. Now, I love reading about royal staff, the behind-the-scenes of this world. But the promise of a royal mishap being broken by backstories of staff was a tad too distracting to enjoy what was eventually given.

Kuhn does make a huge effort to make the writing interesting with his vivid descriptions of people and places that keep it overall engaging. In line with Queen’s interests, the focus on equestrian world was appropriate and fun to read about.

Overall, I was disappointed but maybe this was because I have become used to a certain kind of royal literature backdrop that is hard to get out of.

Stay tuned for more updates on what I’m reading on my Kindle and in paper!

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