A Mid-Summer Night’s Read

July 23, 2013

When I was a little girl, I was cool and popular and always being invited to parties and campfires and cookouts during the summer.

That’s a lie.

My family owned a business, and summers meant a lot of hard work.  But if I worked hard, I often got rewarded.  So while I spent my days working hard in the family restaurant and store, after closing time, my mom would drive the twenty minutes into town to the nearest Wal-Mart where I was allowed to pick out a book.  A book which I would stay up all night reading, and be waiting the next day to be taken to Wal-Mart to get another book.  And so summers were for absorbing as many books as I could.

But nowadays, Mom doesn’t drive me to Wal-Mart to pick out a book every night.  Now I have books at the tip of a fingertip as I swipe through my Kindle, and I’ll take all the help I can get to figure out what is worth my precious reading time.  So I put it out to my Facebook peeps to see what everyone was reading.

From Linda:

A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan

A Discovery of Witches Series by Deborah Harkness

From Anna:

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Broken Harbor by Tana French

The Round House by Louise Erdrich

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

(Anna is a fellow blogger on another blog I write for, so check out her full blog regarding summer reading here.)

From Brie:

Sherrilyn Kenyon, Sherrilyn Kenyon and Sherrilyn Kenyon

JR Ward Black Dagger Brotherhood

Lara Adrian The Midnight Breed Series

And what am I reading?

I am what is called a 24/7 author, because I have a day job that gets in the way of my writing.  So my reading is fast and furious and sometimes deadly.

Started Early, Took Dog by Kate Atkinson (British, terribly timely in light of the royal baby celebration)

Stop the Wedding! by Stephanie Bond

Somebody to Love by Kristan Higgins

The Cider House Rules by John Irving (Would also highly recommend A Prayer for Owen Meany!)

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James (I’m a bad indie romance writer, and I am just trying to get through this!)

The Lady Risks All by Stephanie Laurens

Exposing Alice by Inara Scott

The Boss’s Fake Fiance by Inara Scott (Yep, she’s so awesome, she gets on this list twice!)

The Look of Love by Bella Andre (Fellow indie writer and amazing!)

Lost in Shadow by Cynthia Luhrs (Also an indie writer and yes, still amazing!)

Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker (Mind.  Blown.)

Maybe This Time by Jennifer Crusie (Sigh of contentment followed by satisfied smile.)

And as always Karen White, Karen White, and Karen White.  Especially the House on Tradd Street Series.

And not to be left out…


Lady Josephine is reading Cirque de Ole by Judy Schachner because she never misses a Skippyjon Jones book.

Ok, your turn.  What are you reading?


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