August 29th, 2006
What’s Everyone Reading?

I’m going to breakfast with a dear friend of mine this morning. It should be fun. I always enjoy chatting with her. I have to swing by the grocery store afterwards (fun, fun) and hopefully beat the UPS guy back before he arrives with our new carpet cleaner. We broke down and bought one because frankly our carpets need cleaned more than once a year.

Lately, I’ve been reading a huge mix of books. As I mentioned yesterday, I just finished Moon Called by Patricia Briggs and I’m almost done with the Dates from Hell anthology. I’ve started Blood Orchid by Stuart Woods. For some reason, I really enjoy the way he tells a story. I’m also reading Sandstorm by James Rollins and 30 Days of Night by Steve Niles. Along with these books, I’ve been reading quite a few erotic romances. I enjoyed Love Partner by Robie Madison. I have Call of the Sea coming up next by Michelle Pillow and Pike’s Peak by Mandy Roth. I also recently grabbed a couple of books by JC Grey, Darkest Desire and Dance with the Devil. I’m really looking forward to diving into them. Two Samhain books I’d like to pick up are Hunted by Amelia Elias and Midnight Sun by Rene Lyons.

There seem to be a tremendous amount of urban fantasies coming out over the next six months. I spent an hour surfing around Amazon last night and found a half a dozen to add to my wishlist. It’s both exciting and depressing. I REALLY need to get this book done and turned in.

What is everyone reading? Any books you’d like to recommend? Has anything blown your socks off lately?

26 comments to “What’s Everyone Reading?”

  1. I just finished Vanish by Tess Gerritsen – excellent! I’m now reading Killing Floor by Lee Child, which is also terrific. On deck, I have Venus Fix, MJ Rose and Dark Sky, Carla Neggers. In addition, of course, to the research. Anyone know an active or retired CIA agent who wants to help a writer?

  2. I’m reading Scott Oden’s Memnon and next on my list is the first in Simon Haynes’ Hal Spacejock series. Oh, and I have reread Lord of the Rings for the umptieth time.

    And there’s always lots of non fiction as well.

  3. I haven’t read anything in a couple weeks–not since The Cinderella Pact *g* but I’ve got the first two books in the Madonna Key series sitting in my TBR pile and I started Body Movers(cross your fingers cuz the first couple pages didn’t wow me and if it sucks I’m gonna be seriously disappointed!).

  4. Hmm, just finished A Fistful of Charms by Kim Harrison…fantastic as expected. Loved this one the best so far…Jenks so rocks!!!

    Also, read Rogue Angel: Destiny by Alex Archer…LOVED it. Great read. A female Indiana Jones set in contemporary times. It was a great thrilling read.

  5. Jo, I have Killing Floor in my TBR pile. I’m actually looking forward to Tess Gerrisen’s next book. It sounds really interesting.

  6. Gabriel, I’ve heard of the Spacejock series. I think dh read it a short while back. Can’t go wrong with LOTR. *g*

  7. Cece, Who wrote Body Movers?

  8. Oh man, Vivi, I have to pick up the female Indiana Jones book. That has my name written all over it. (wg)

  9. My current reading list: Seize the Night, Dean Koontz (Moonlight Bay #2) Heart Mate, Robin Owens and Captive Moon by CT Adams and Cathy Clamp. I think the last book I finished was The Distressing Damsel.

  10. Charli, I have Heart Mate in my pile too. Love the cover of that book. 🙂

  11. August was my marathon read month: I just finished the 5K pages challenge today. I have a raft of reviews posted on the blog, but for sock knocking highlights:
    The Madman’s Tale: Psych thriller. John Katzenbach.
    Summer on Willow Lake: contemp romance / family saga Susan Wiggs.
    Bloodlines: Star Wars/sci fi: Karen Travis, and, by same author, e-short story A Practical Man.
    Dead Silence: Contemp romance/suspense, Brenda Novak.
    Sleeping with Fear: Suspense, Kay Hooper.

    I just started East of Easy by Linda Blesser (Contemp romance, e book), which is very promising. Of all the reads, the two best were The Madman’s Tale and Bloodlines (though that book was about my all time favorite character, and his long awaited history, so it’s more of a personal thing). The Madman’s Tale was postively gripping, and very fresh.

  12. I’m in deadline hell so I haven’t read anything in awhile. But I went to a signing recently and picked up “Every Woman Needs a Wife” by Naleighna Kai –The concept sounds great “… strolling in on Vernon and his mistress one night, Brandi insists that the new woman in his life come home and earn her keep the honest wayon her feet helping the wife clean the house, keep the children and pay the bills, instead of laying on her back servicing the husband.”

    Oh, I fibbed. I did read, “Ain’t No Sunshine” by Candice Dow. About a stripper who is “saved” by a man who turns out to be abusive, before she runs away to create a new life — and make a mistake or two along the way. Another good book.

    As you can see, I’m into reading the very opposite of the romances I write. LOL

  13. Ursula, The Madman’s Tale sounds intriguing. I’m going to have to check that out.

  14. Rachelle, I go in spurts. Sometimes I don’t have a problem reading what I write and other times, I just can’t touch a romance. I normally turn to urban fantasy, suspense or action/adventure when that happens. 😀

  15. Stephanie Bond. I have to say, it’s got a great premise!

    Tess’s next HC looks good but I”m gonna give her PB a try first since I’ve never read her

  16. I’ve been reading Sue-Ellen Welfonder’s UNTIL THE KNIGHT COMES. I’m only a few chapters in, but I’m loving it.
    I miss reading and am trying really hard to read at least two books a month.

  17. *sigh* I haven’t read anything that knocked my socks off lately. I’m in a bit of a reading slump so I’ll be scanning the comments carefully for some suggestions.

  18. Cece, I don’t blame you. There’s only one hardcover I’ll be purchasing this year and that’s Christine Feehan’s Carpathian book.

  19. Julie, I’m trying to do the same. I went through my books again last night and filled a large back and a small box. I plan to take them to the used bookstore today or tomorrow.

  20. Maya, That’s why I’m trying to shake up the genres I read. I have urban fantasies, horror, action/adventure, mysteries, and thrillers in my TBR pile at the moment. It really helps to step way out of your reading zone to breakup those slumps.

  21. I just finished Rhonda Nelson’s The Specialist, the second in her Men Out of Uniform series, and loved it. I’m starting Jill’s Out of This World next, and after that is Double Dare by Ms. Saskia. Oh, and Hooper’s Sleeping with Fear, I always buy her books in HB.

  22. Bailey, I have the Specialist in my TBR pile. I guess I’ll have to pull it out and move it closer to the top. 🙂

  23. I’m going to show my ignorance (again) … what is urban fantasy, Jordan? Can you give me an example?

  24. Rachelle, An urban fantasy is a fantasy set in an urban setting. It can incorporate pretty much any type of creature. They’re normally written in first person POV, but not all. Some of the best examples of urban fantasies are: Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison, Moon Called by Patricia Briggs, Nightlife by Rob Thurman, and Dresden series by Jim Butcher. I’m leaving out several more wonderful novels. Laurell K Hamilton could be considered an urban fantasy writer. They’re not necessarily set in N.Y., but there has to be a city of some kind at least nearby. Also, with the exception of the creatures who inhabit the world, everything else should appear normal. (ie present day contemporary) Hope that helps. 🙂

  25. It’s interesting to see how you define urban fantasy. A lot of the books that are sold under “paranormal” fit into this, yes? I think it’s better to have that added distinction. I’ve placed 2 “paranormal romances” but to me they are first and foremost fantasy novels, other-worldly, and I think it’s important the reader knows that. As for reading, next up is Faerie Tale by Raymond Feist, a friend says I MUST read it, so there you go 😉

  26. Saskia, There are a few books that are sitting in the romance section that should’ve probably been shelved with sci-fi/fantasy. As you know, it’s up to the publisher. They’ll put the book where they think they’ll sell the most copies. I think it IS important that the reader understand what they’re getting, when they pick up a novel. That way there won’t be disappointment.

    I don’t think most of the paranormal books out there are urban fantasies. For example, JR Ward and Lynn Veihl don’t write urban fantasies, BUT they have started a new trend within the paranormal romance genre by writing grittier/darker novels that don’t necessarily end with a traditional HEA. I think if you want to get into paranormal romance that they are the ones to watch. If you want to write erotic paranormal romance, then Chey McCray is who you need to pay attention to. She’s carving out a niche between Laurell K. Hamilton and Kim Harrison right now. As for the books that I mentioned in my previous reply to Rachelle, they’re all shelved in the fantasy section at the bookstores I frequent.