Thursday, April 25, 2013

What's in Your Lineup?

The weather is getting nicer by the hour, the outside is calling me to leave the inside and I’m wondering – what good books will I be reading come summer? I’ll bet you’re wondering the same thing so maybe it’s time, once again, to share the bounty. Of what you’ve read and would recommend. Deal?

Currently I’m hooked on “Wool” by Hugh Howie. Here’s why. Three things happened all at once. My son asked me if I’d heard of some guy who was a big self pub hit, that same guy landed on the front cover of my just-delivered- fresh-to- the- door Writer’s Digest, and Bonus! The first book in the series was free on Amazon. So how could I not investigate? In the WD interview Howie states he was pulling down 15K a month from this little gem, so I had to find out what the fuss was all about. And now I’m hooked and wish it was me who wrote the thing. Anyway – the book is about a future dystopian society where everyone lives in silos - underground. I’m on book 5 and will read as far as I need to. And also try to dream up something as good and become a phenom myself. Yup, that'll happen.  

Before “Wool” I read the latest in the series by Alexander McCall Smith, “The #1 Ladies Detective Agency.”  This was #13 and oh how I hope it’s not the last. Titled “The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection” it continues with the adventures of Precious Ramotswe and her sidekick, Grace Makutsi as they handle situations brought to them by the citizens of Gabarone in Botswana, Africa. Charming, informative, funny, inspiring – all the things I love in a book. And, really, a guy from Scotland writing about women in Africa. Aren't you just curious about how that happens???

Before that one I read the first in another series by Harlan Coben, “Deal Breaker.” This book introduces his sports agent turned detective,  Myron Bolitar. Coben gives us a unique character in Bolitar and a scary, creepy, almost evil assistant in Windsor Lockwood III. And Win, as he’s called by Bolitar, is one of the reasons I probably won’t read another in the series. The charm and wisecracking ways of Bolitar almost offset the foul language and smutty sex, but Win puts it in the “more for guys than nice ladies,” category so I’m passing on future installments. I think.

After  I finish “Wool” I have “Saving Grace,” by Pamela Fagan Hutchins waiting in the Kindle. It’s a romantic mystery and it was free for a couple of days. It got good reviews and I’ll share mine when I’m done if anyone is interested. Will post on Amazon. 

Okay, how about you? What have you got lined up for your summer reads?

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  1. I just ordered 5 books with the remainder of my Christmas gift cards from Barnes&Nobles, so here's my line-up: TAPESTRY OF FORTUNES by Elizabeth Berg (one of my favorte authors), THE STORYTELLER by Jodi Picoult(another favorite), DADDY'S GONE A HUNTING by Mary Higgins Clark (a favorite mystery writer since I was actually young!), CALLING INVISIBLE WOMEN by Jeanne Ray (who writes with such humor. I've been waiting some years for another of her books. Check out JULIE AND ROMEO), and THE STORMCHASERS by Jenna Blum (I loved her book, THOSE WHO SAVE US ~ a hard read but an incredible story). Then there's the piles I have waiting to be read in every room of my house which I won't get into those now. Reading goes well in every season, doesn't it?

    1. Cindy - Holy Cow. You've got yourself set for the season, haven't you. I finished the 5th in the WOOL series and I think I'll let it go for now. Thanks for the heads up on some awesome authors! Hugs.