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Sunday, November 6, 2011


Our choices in books are so personal to us--and there are so many choices out there. Of course, many of us are influenced by the best sellers. As my friends can tell you, I became a Stieg Larsson fanatic when I picked up his first book, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

What are you reading these days. I'm reading "The Murderer's Daughters"by Randy Susan Meyers, an exceptionally well written book that I believe would be considered Womens Fiction based around families broken due to violence. It's not my normal reading and I am struggling a bit with the plot, since I favor more desperate, on-edge plots aka Dragon Tattoo, but reading different genres is interesting.

Some statistics on what we are all reading these days
From Romance Writers of America web site:

Comparison of fiction sales in 2010:
  • Romance: $1.358 billion
  • Religion/inspirational: $759 million
  • Mystery: $682 million
  • Science fiction/fantasy: $559 million
  • Classic literary fiction: $455 million

The five hottest books right now 
From The Daily Book Beast:

° My Long Trip Home
by Mark Whitaker
An award-winning journalist turns his pen on his own complex family history.

° Mr. Fox
by Helen Oyeyemi
A battle of the sexes sets the stage for this fairytale-inspired novel.

° Headhunters
by Jo Nesbo
Norway’s most successful author pens a cerebral thriller for the crime-fiction junkie.

° American Gangbang
by Sam Benjamin
In this hilarious memoir, an Ivy-League grad pursues his dream to make artful pornography.
° Loose Diamonds
by Amy Ephron
Fascinating recollections from author Amy Ephron

10 Best Summer Beach Reading *probably appealing to women
From Good Housekeeping:
Then Came You
by Jennifer Weiner
The queen of chick lit returns with a new novel about four women, bound by obligation and opportunity, who must struggle to become a family.

The Paris Wife
by Paula McLain
The twenties are roaring, and a not-yet-famous Ernest Hemingway has just met the woman who will be his first (of four) wives; she narrates this engrossing novel about their love and its undoing.

State of Wonder
by Ann Patchett
A researcher flies to Brazil in search of her former mentor, who in turn is hunting for a drug that can extend fertility past 60. Delusion? Think Heart of Darkness with formidable female leads.

Planting Dandelions
by Kyran Pittman
Pittman's memoir wryly and perceptively traces her improbable path from a bohemian 70s childhood in Newfoundland to her current “semi-domesticated” life as a wife and a mother of three in the American South.

The Gap Year
By Sarah Bird
A shy teen takes up with the high school football star, then vanishes with her trust fund. Her parents (exes) reunite to track her down. A funny story about growing pains, with a twist or three.

The Memory of All That
by Katharine Weber
Weber’s family boasts a slew of characters: Grandma was Gershwin’s mistress, while a granddad inspired Annie’s Daddy Warbucks. This rollicking memoir does them all justice.

by Esmeralda Santiago
A Spanish bride sails to Puerto Rico in 1844 to help run her in-laws’ plantation. There, she battles heat, disease, and the cruelty of slavery — and comes out on top, defying convention at every turn.

Caleb’s Crossing
by Geraldine Brooks
Curl up, literary romantics: It’s 1665, and a secret, risky friendship is set to unfold between a Native American graduate of Harvard and a minister’s daughter who herself yearns for education

Nothing Daunted
by Dorothy Wickenden
Drawing on a cache of old letters, Wickenden tells the true story of two Smith grads (one of them her grandmother) who venture out to rugged Colorado in 1916 to teach in a frontier school and leave an indelible mark.

by Rosamund Lupton
When her artist sister is found dead, Bee doesn’t buy the suicide verdict. She moves into Tess’s London flat, befriends her friends, and gnaws her way toward the truth. Taut and tingling.

So what are you reading and why are you reading it?  Just asking, since so many of us fill our leisure with books, and hey, you wouldn't have come to this web site unless you read and/or wrote. What do you suggest we read?


  1. I just finished Who Is Cotton Malone? by Steve Berry. AN interesting book with suspense and intrigue involving religion. I was reading an anthology with JD Robb and others. I was to the last story and I lost the book. I also lost one I had just started by C A Meyers, Cathy spoke at our RWA meeting last month. I bought the book from her and it was autographed. It bugs me that they apparently fell out of my purse between Killeen and Houston and I never realized it. I would have sworn I took them out before the trip but I didn't I remember reading on one while waiting for my great niece to eat. I read several books at one time. I am currently reading HUSH HUSH by Becca Fitzpatrick. It is a young teen I think the sticker on the back cover says. A friend loaned it to me and I hate when we go to the doctor and I have to help in some way. Because then I can't just sit and read. I read in odd places. I don't just sit and read. I'm on the computer 99% of the time if not writing then playing a game of some type.

  2. Thanks for sharing your reading world, Kathy. I'm going to consider some of those books you're reading. Thanks for sharing it on the blog.

  3. I'm currently reading Yasmine Galenorn's newest release- Courting Darkness, which is part of her Otherworld series. I'm reading it because I've been following the series since the first book, Witchling. I never miss one. She's one of my favorite authors.

    I write romance and this series is more urban fantasy, so it gives me a chance to escape into something different than what I write, though I do love romance, too. When I finish this one, I'll probably start reading Running Scared by Cheryl Norman. I also have been meaning to read Foolish Is The Heart by Michael Embry, one of my fellow Kentucky authors, that I have on my Kindle for PC.

    I have such a huge and varied TBR pile, I don't know half the time what to pick next! LOL Love books.

  4. Thanks for sharing, Taryn. There are definitely a lot of fantasy/paranormal books out there to choose from these days.

  5. Goodness, I have such an eclectic list, but almost all fall in the romance subgenres. I just read Sarah Grimm's After Midnight this week. I probably won't start a new one for a few days. I like to let each read simmer before I review it on Amazon or Goodreads. I want to read Pride and Prejudice. I have it on the Kindle, but it will take a long time of concentration that I just can't spare right now. Maybe a good historical, mystery? Suspense? I'll have to see what sounds good when the time comes.

  6. Thanks Calisa - I'm going to look up After Midnight - love the title. Pride & P has been my favorite book for fifty years! I actually think I know many lines by heart - but it's definitely the old style - not current quick hook and move on expected of books today.


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