We, the subset of the TLC backbloggers called Help Me Out Here (HMOH) email group --dedicated to making less of ourselves -- do more than talk about healthier eating and more exercising, we talk gardens, nature, travel, books, books and books. We READ!
When I quit my full-time job, I knew I'd have more time to
read. What I didn't expect was the extent to which my new situation would
encourage me to expand the borders of my biblioverse (I made that up.
Cool, huh?). And with some of my extra time, I read book reviews and
am accumulating a huge TBR list. Here are some books I never would have
tried when my reading time was so limited that I didn't want to waste it on
anything but my tried-and-true favorites:
INTUITION by Allegra Goodman; THE SENATOR'S WIFE by Sue Miller; and HOUSE RULES by Jodi Picoult. In non-fiction, I've read BORN ON A BLUE DAY by Daniel Tammet, a synaesthetic man with Asberger's syndrome; THREE CUPS OF TEA, about Greg Mortensen's work building schools in rural Pakistan and Afghanistan; and BRIGHT-SIDED, by Barbara Ehrenreich.
Do you push your own reading boundaries?
Jodi (who is at present lolling around the South of France)
The books I've read so far since I left home. Sara Paretsky's HARDBALL; David Baldacci's DIVINE JUSTICE; Dick Francis' LONGSHOT; Julie Hyzy's STATE OF THE ONION; and in the process of reading Dick Francis' STRAIGHT. Bob bought a bunch of Dick Francis books from the used book section at Murder by the Book in Houston cuz he became enthralled with Dick Francis' work. I discovered I really hadn't read all of them, so am catching up. Then, of course, I have my Nook with me which has on it: Lee Goldberg's MR. MONK IN TROUBLE and MR. MONK IS CLEANED OUT; Janet Evanovich's SIZZLING SIXTEEN; Julie Hyzy's EGGSECUTIVE ORDERS; Victoria Thompson's MURDER ON LEXINGTON AVENUE; Avery Ames' THE LONG QUICHE GOODBYE; Carolyn Haines' BONE APPETIT; and Carolyn Hart's LAUGHED TIL HE DIED.
I have eclectic reading tastes, open to suggestions from many sources . . . Saturday night a doctor at a party suggested THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN and MAKING THE GHOST DANCE. My nieces pointed me toward Janet Evanovich, THE HUNGER GAMES, and TWILIGHT. From my sister, the “Cat Who” series, and Dana Stabenow’s Kate Shugak. Book clubs (three different ones) and my storytell email community add more, Mrs. Pollifax and (eclectic indeed) the Elm Creek Quilters. In the car I’m listening to Sharyn McCrumb’s THE DEVIL AMONGST THE LAWYERS.
Elaine brought me to TLC, and now I’ll never lack for good reading, with Bubbles, Blackbirds, Josie, Helen, Maisie, and presently Judy Larsen’s ALL THE NUMBERS,* the fun just keeps on coming.
This Sunday I started AMERICAN PASTORAL of Philip Roth (while taking my breakfast in bed – my week-end péché
mignon). I remember the day I discovered the author. It was in November 2002,
the day we first left our one-month daughter with the baby-sitter and went out
for dinner given by an American lawyer. We spoke literature with a guy sitting
next to us (American as well) and he turned out to be very fond of Philip Roth,
an author we didn’t know at the time being. The next day my husband and I started
devouring his novels.
The book that is waiting for me is LES BRAISES (EMBERS) by a Hungarian writer Sándor Márai. The first translation of this book was made in France and after it appeared in other foreign languages but strangely under its French title, not the original one.
I’ve just read the charming faux mystery novel HEAT WAVE by Rick Castle (of the great Castle TV show). The inside back liner says his "first novel . . . received the Nom DePlume Society's prestigious Tom Straw Award for Mystery Literature.” Nikki Heat’s oh-so-tough-and-smart NYC detective work with her funny, endearing, romantic ride-along writer is just great fun.
Judy Merrill Larsen
I’m reading THE HELP and loving it. Two other books that stand out for me from this summer are Anna Quindlen’s EVERY LAST ONE (I adore her. I want to be her when I grow up.) and Lynne Griffin’s beautiful SEA ESCAPE. On the top pf my TBR pile is Franzen’s FREEDOM (I know . . . people have said I should snub this but I’ve heard it’s amazing—and not just from Oprah). When the weather gets crisp and I’m hankering to make chili, stew and meatloaf, I gravitate toward weightier books. In the summer, I want lighter (although given the books listed above who knows). Does anyone else find that their reading changes with the seasons?
Laura in PA
During our vacation, I read THE HELP, which was awesome, and Nancy’s entertaining OUR LADY OF IMMACULATE DECEPTION, which helped assuage the disappointment in my forced inactivity due to a leg ailment.
I read mostly mysteries, with some fiction and romance thrown in. On the mystery front, I was excited to hear about NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEED, by E.J. Copperman (AKA Jeff Cohen). I love his Movie Theater mysteries, and he didn’t disappoint with this new series. Others include our own Jackie’s Maisie Dobbs (Loved! Looking for more); G. M. Malliet’s DEATH OF A LIT CHICK, second in her excellent series; and Alan Bradley’s THE WEED THAT STRINGS THE HANGMAN'S BAG, the second of his wonderful Flavia de Luce books.
I MUST read series in order. Am I alone in this? Also, when you finish a book, do you just pick up the next one on the pile, or do you have to peruse and figure out what you’re in the mood for?
I finished Elaine Viets' HALF PRICE HOMICIDE; Laurie King's A GRAVE TALENT, THE MOOR, and A DARKER PLACE; and Robert Parker 's CHANCES and SMALL VICES. Elaine puts Helen in an outrageous situation in a totally believable manner. King and Parker have me rereading paragraphs, not to untangle syntax but to savor what I just read. Do you find six books a week excessive?
I avidly read Jennifer Crusie’s new MAYBE THIS TIME and I’m devouring Jill Mansell’s backlist. I’ve finished all the current Mansell’s from Borders and library, acquiring one from Paperback Swap and now will do Amazon for the rest.
I prefer fairly Lighthearted Cozies:
DIVA LAS VEGAS by Eileen Davidson
THE COLD LIGHT OF MOURNING by Elizabeth Duncan
particularly if they involve -
DEAD AND KICKING by Wendy Roberts
TOMB WITH A VIEW by Casey Daniels
A WITCH IN TIME by Madelyn Alt
A CAST-OFF COVEN by Juliet Blackwell
THE FAIRE FOLK TRILOGY by Gillian Summers
AVENGING ANGELS by Mary Stanton
and Psychic Ability:
A GLIMPSE OF EVIL by Victoria Laurie
Sometimes I have two or three books going simultaneously depending on time of day:
BOOK OF SHADOWS by Alex Sokoloff
THE BONE ISLAND TRILOGY by Heather Graham)
CROSSING THE LION by Cynthia Baxter
- Or -
Room (i.e., my kitchen):
HOLLYWOOD THEN AND NOW by Rosemary Lord
Does anyone else read more than one book at a time?
Karen in OH
In the last two weeks, I've read: DRIVEN TO INK, by Karen E.
Olson; four titles in the Cleo Coyle Coffeehouse series; BUZZ OFF, by Hannah
Reed (I went to her signing in Waukesha); FOOL'S PUZZLE and MARINER'S COMPASS,
by Earlene Fowler; two flowershop mysteries by Kate Collins; THE VIRGIN OF THE SMALL PLAINS, by Nancy Pickard; HER ROYAL SPYNESS, by Rhys Bowen; THE GUN SELLER, by Hugh Laurie; and Robert Parker's ROUGH WEATHER.
I read a lot. I like reading all the books in a series, and often collect series. Summer is a time for light, frothy reading; winter is my time for lengthier novels and classics. Whatever did we do for fun before TLC? So many good books to read, and such fun writers and readers!