We have a lot to be thankful for this year, especially when it comes to all the great reads that are being self-published for our enjoyment. But all the many choices sometimes make our head spin with indecision — should we read this title? Or what about that one? Hey, this other one looks like a great read, too! If your e-checkout cart looks like you’ve gone a book-buying binge, then you’re not alone. But there’s no need to panic! We’ve designed a quiz that should help you navigate through the field of recently pubbed titles to pick out one that you’ll truly treasure:
1. You dream of spending your Thanksgiving:
A) In a cabin in the woods — far from the maddening crowds of Black Friday shoppers
B) Watching the latest action-packed blockbuster with your honey
C) In the mall!
D) On a European vacation taking in sites of historical significance
E) In New York. You love the city life!
2. You would definitely include this dessert in your holiday meal:
A) A Rustic Apple Tart
B) Chocolate Chili Cookies
C) Bittersweet Chocolate and Pear Cake
D) Figgy Pudding
E) Blood Red Velvet Cake
3. You’ve had your eye on the last slice of apple pie, but someone else swoops in for the kill. Do you:
A) Retreat to another room to be alone with your feelings
B) Analyze the pie thief and try to figure out their MO
C) Get a little sulky
D) Try to talk them out of taking the last piece
E) Fight! You’re a warrior, and that pie is yours!
4. Which store would you shop first for the holiday sales?
A) L.L. Bean. You need some hiking shoes
B) The local New Age store is having a sale on tarot cards — it’s a must buy!
C) Forever 21. You like being fashionable and getting the newest trends
D) Crabtree & Evelyn. Time to stock up on bath supplies that smell like the English countryside
E) Urban Outfitters. You prefer to look hip and edgy
5. What would complete your holiday outfit?
A) A reindeer antler headband
B) A mood ring. Not everyone’s a psychic
C) Holiday outfits are a bit lame — not gonna happen
D) You go all out and dress like you’ve stepped out of a Dickens’ novel
E) The same thing that completes your everyday outfit: A sword
If You Chose Mostly A’s … then you’re most likely in the mood for a heartwarming contemporary such as Teresa Hill’s Five Days Grace. When Grace McRae retreats to her family cabin for some much needed R&R, she finds the cabin already occupied by Aiden Shaw, an ex-soldier who is recovering from service in Afghanistan. When a storm traps them together, they may discover the healing they both need in each other’s arms. RT Reviewer Jill M. Smith praises “this beautiful tale of wounded individuals coming together.”
If You Chose Mostly B’s … you need the heart-pounding action of a romantic suspense, and Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons by Denise Grover Swank offers up a tempting tale. When a psychic vision convinces Rose Gardner of a defendant’s innocence, this not-so-ordinary member of the jury is determined to see justice prevail. RT’s Keitha Hart is certain that “readers will enjoy this lighthearted romantic suspense novel with a dash of comedy.”
If You Chose Mostly C’s … then Eva Marquez’s Sweetest Taboo, a young adult novel that features a controversial relationship, may just hit the spot. It tells the story of Isabel, a precocious fifteen-year-old, and love that develops between her and her older, married swim coach, Tom. RT’s Jaime A. Geraldi called this “a gripping account of an atypical, bittersweet romance” that poses the question of whether age matters or not when love’s involved.
If You Chose Mostly D’s … then Rose Gordon’s historical His Contract Bride may just be your cup of tea. With his interest in science and all things rational, Lord Edward Banks wasn’t keen on courting a bride so contracting one with the help of her father is much more appealing. But Regina Harris isn’t about to enter into a cold marriage with no love — can Edward convince her that their chemistry is more combustible than he had ever imagined?
If You Chose Mostly E’s … the thrilling world of urban fantasy is calling! Allyson James, aka Jennifer Ashley, continues her Janet Begay series with Nightwalker. When a dangerous artifact surfaces, all the supernatural beings begin to converge on her Crossroads Hotel to try to get their claws on it. But with Janet and her dragon boyfriend Mick on the offensive, this is going to be one hellacious battle. Reviewer Jill M. Smith is thrilled that “James is continuing this unforgettable series.”
Let us know your quiz results in the comments! You can find all these books and more available online now. And for other digital reads, be sure to check out RT's Everything E-Books Page.