Still trekking slowly on, but took a break from the tome you will hear about in about a month (if I'm lucky) to read quite the opposite, another from Julia Quinn (second-timer on this prestigious blog, if you're counting :)) JQ has the distinction of being the only writer in her genre (well I guess also Gail Carriger) whose books I actually follow and put on reserve. I suppose she's a typical romance writer, but she falls fairly firmly in the category of romance writers whose books actually have a story. Maybe not much of a story, but they're not too long. And the story is pretty much invariably a good one - this is romance we're talking about. And unlike many other romances, the characters are usually pretty likable. None of this, why in the world would anyone like *her*? JQ also tends toward the funny side, light and funny instead of overblown drama (usually anyway, this is romance after all so we can't expect always :)) One last thing about JQ? Interestingly enough, her books have tended more towards light and funny stories in recent years. Her Bridgerton series started it I think, and it's really made for some solid improvement in her books. I don't know if I would have continued had I started at the beginning of her writing career, but as it is, I totally look forward to her next book.
The latest one is Just Like Heaven. I think I pretty much said all I have to say about it in the paragraph above. It has the distinction about being about some recurring side characters from the Bridgerton series. It's light and funny, has a little story to it, but not too much, and it took me about two hours to read - two enjoyable hours though. The truth is, I guess good writing is good writing, and it's obvious in any genre, even one not normally associated with craftsmanship.