Favorite Books of the Past Quarter

Here are some of my favorite books from the past few months’ reading. While they may not have been published in the last few months, I’ve read them in the time period. And they stayed with me long past turning the final page. I’ve been fortunate to read many excellent books in the past months, but these are stand-outs.

Bridge of Dreams by Chaz Brenchley. A lyrical, beautiful fantasy novel.

Hell’s Belles by Jackie Kessler. Urban fantasy extraordinaire, with succubus Jezebel on the run from Hell, learning what it means to be human.

The Drawing of the Dark by Tim Powers. A fascinating, compelling book about myth, reincarnation, and love.

A Girl’s Guide to Witchcraft by Mindy Klasky. One of the cleverest, warmest, funniest books I’ve read about the magic of love in a long time!

Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee by Charles J. Shields. A lovely, sensitive, thorough, and respectful (in the best possible sense) biography of this woman who insisted on running her career on her own terms, and not bowing to outside pressure.

Diaries of Lavinia Riker Davis. These diaries, edited and privately published by her family, are a wonderful portrait of this author who wrote mostly children’s books in the 1940s and 1950s.