Betsy Whitt

I read. I write. I think. I live.


I find myself becoming friends with more and more people who wait for book releases like “normal” people wait for movies to come out. It gives me a giggle every time I think about it, because I think it’s fabulous. Tho, on a side note, I’m definitely looking forward to May 2, when Made of Honor comes out. But that’s not the point. The point is books!

It’s been a while since I talked about books here, and since I have managed to amass a whole shelf’s worth of books I’m waiting to read, I thought it might be time to list them out and get on with the actual reading of a few of them.

I spent a large part of my day today at the University of Denver’s library and the Tattered Cover, so I’ll start with my most recent acquisitions. The first three are purchases (I’ve been saving my money for these) and the other four are library books:

  • Natural Born Charmer – I know, Aubrey, this isn’t one of your favorites, but it was my first Susan Elizabeth Phillips read, and I love it despite its flaws. A contemporary romance, for those of you who aren’t familiar with SEP.
  • One Foot In The Grave – Jeaniene Frost’s sequel to Halfway To The Grave; a vampire romance. I’m not allowed to read this until I’m done with all my school work for the term, because I will get nothing else done while I’m reading.
  • Ink Exchange – sequel to Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely, which was one of the best books I read all last year. Another that I can’t read until schoolwork is done.
  • Everyday Life in Ancient Egypt by Lionel Casson – less than 150 pages, and the bits I read at the library were easy to follow and read rather quickly, which is very nice. My novel doesn’t have Egyptian-types in it directly, but I’m particularly interested in the chapter on ancient methods of travel and I like Egypt stuff, so I grabbed it.
  • Other Worlds: The Fantasy Genre by John H Timmerman – I considered saving this for next term’s critical theory book, but it’s hardly 100 pages and extremely easy to read, so I thought I might as well go through it now. I’ve got another lined up for next term, anyway. Looks good, and will hopefully support my reading in From Homer to Harry Potter from a non-Christian scholar’s point of view, which would be great.
  • A Better Country: The Worlds of Religious Fantasy and Science Fiction by Martha C. Sammons – this one’s my required thoery text for this term, and I chose it particularly because of its focus on religious fiction and its portrayal of fantastic worlds as parallel to paradise/heaven. This one is more scholarly, and I have a feeling I should dedicate myself to reading a chapter every day or two to process it well enough to really get any good out of it. But I’m not regretting my choice now that it’s in my hands.
  • The Lebanon and Phoenicia by John Pairman Brown – I’ll admit that this choice is a bit out there when one takes into account all the other things I need and really want to read, but this has some great info about ancient Phoenicia, which is much closer to my novel’s setting, so I couldn’t resist pick it up, too. I very much doubt I’ll read all of it… in fact, I might not get to read much of it at all, but I just couldn’t pass it up.

So those are the latest acquisitions. I also have to read David Eddings’ Pawn of Prophecy and re-read (and pay attention to details of) Carol Berg’s Breath and Bone for school. In addition, I have the stack on my shelf that I have borrowed from the library and/or friends but haven’t read yet. Some highlights:

  • The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett – borrowed from friends, along with the second one, and I still haven’t read it. Argh.
  • Acacia by David Anthony Durham – part of the fantasy challenge Shara tossed out back in January, and no, I haven’t read a single one of them yet, drat it all.
  • Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb – I finally saw this on the shelf at the library (rather than having to request it) and snatched it up because I’ve been meaning to read it for years. We shall see.

There are also two historical romances, a trilogy of inspirational romance recommended by a friend, and Lies of Locke Lamora, which I need to read before the June residency.

And right now I’m reading Archangel by Sharon Shinn, and loving it – it’s the first of five, I believe, and I don’t know when I’ll get to the rest, but this one’s fascinating and extremely well-done. Not that I’m surprised, having been a fan of Ms. Shinn’s for several years now. It reads like a fantasy, though I strongly suspect that it’s a science fantasy, not unlike Anne McCaffrey’s Pern books, but dealing with different issues. Really amazing thus far, but I’m only a little more than halfway through.

So that’s what’s on my reading shelf at the moment, and now it’s time for me to get back to reading some of these. . . .



  1. I like Natural Born Charmer, I just don’t think it was one of her bests. I was so excited to read Dean’s story after he was introduced in Match Me If You Can, and I just felt a little let down afterwards.

    Also, like I told you yesterday, Ink Exchange is fantastic. It’s darker than Wicked Lovely, but oh so good.

  2. Yeah, I know what you mean… I think Dean’s challenge to Blue is a little strange, really, but I do like the rest of the story and, like you, I love seeing how Dean’s grown up a bit since Match Me If You Can.

    And stop taunting me about Ink Exchange! I can’t read it until I’m done with my school stuff! Oh, it’s so pretty I want to drool all over it, and that’s just the cover.

  3. Betsy,

    Yes, there’s always too many books to read. And I’m always amazed at how many of the books on my shelves have gone unread for years. I guess that’s good, though. Better there be too many instead of too few. Of course, I’d love it if Acacia were to rise to the top of that unread stack. If it does, I hope you give it a shot.

    By the way, I remember reading Everyday Life in Ancient Egypt in college. It’s basic, but I remember it – and studying Egypt – quite fondly.



  4. And stop taunting me about Ink Exchange! I can’t read it until I’m done with my school stuff! Oh, it’s so pretty I want to drool all over it, and that’s just the cover.

    The cover is gorgeous, isn’t it? There’s an actual drawing of the tattoo in the very back of the book. It’s really cool looking.

    Better hurry up and finish school stuff! We only have two weeks left anyway. :-)

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