1. What new author have you discovered this year that is now on your auto buy list?
Julie Kagawa (The Iron King), Kimberly Derting (The Body Finder), and Leah Cypess (Mistwood) are all debut authors who found their way onto my auto buy list this year.
2. What author do you have yet to read although you have most of their books in your TBR?
Diana Gabaldon. Someday I must find time to read her Outlander series.
3. What book do you regret giving/loaning to a friend that you never got back or got back in a bad condition?
My copies of Suzanne Collins' Catching Fire and Cassandra Clare's City of Bones are in fairly poor condition after loaning them out more than once, but I'm still glad to have shared them.
4. A favorite author that you read no matter what genre she/he writes?
I will read anything Cassandra Clare, Kristin Cashore, Tamora Pierce, or J.K. Rowling writes.
5. A favorite book you go back to time and again and won't get rid of?
Get rid of books?! *scratches head at this strange concept* ;-) I am a pack rat when it comes to books and only very rarely get rid of them. One favorite that I return to again and again is Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice. I have probably reread that book more times than any other (aside from much-loved picture books).
The Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Jennifer at Crazy for Books, and it is a terrific way to connect with other book bloggers and readers. You can join the Hop by clicking on the image above. This week's question is:
1. Tell us about the book you are currently reading!
I just started Y.S. Lee's The Agency: A Spy in the House this afternoon. It is the first book in her series about a young woman who works for a secret investigative agency in Victorian London. I am only two chapters into the story at this point, but I'm am enjoying it so far. What are you reading today?
Summary from Goodreads:
Introducing an exciting new series! Steeped in Victorian atmosphere and intrigue, this diverting mystery trails a feisty heroine as she takes on a precarious secret assignment.
Rescued from the gallows in 1850s London, young orphan (and thief) Mary Quinn is surprised to be offered a singular education, instruction in fine manners — and an unusual vocation. Miss Scrimshaw’s Academy for Girls is a cover for an all-female investigative unit called The Agency, and at seventeen, Mary is about to put her training to the test. Assuming the guise of a lady’s companion, she must infiltrate a rich merchant’s home in hopes of tracing his missing cargo ships. But the household is full of dangerous deceptions, and there is no one to trust — or is there? Packed with action and suspense, banter and romance, and evoking the gritty backstreets of Victorian London, this breezy mystery debuts a daring young detective who lives by her wits while uncovering secrets — including those of her own past.