April 3, 2013
To continue the discussion of what is entertaining me these days (besides my cats’ antics), here’s a rundown of what I’ve read lately, things on my Kindle waiting for the prime moment to be devoured, and some of my favorite auto-buy authors. As with TV, my reading tastes can be as different as Dexter and Downton Abbey. I just finished TOUCH AND GO by Lisa Gardner and loved it. Lisa Gardner has been a favorite author of mine since I read her chilling and somewhat disturbing thriller, THE PERFECT HUSBAND. Lisa Gardner is a master of creating nail-biting suspense with surprising twists, and her characters are so well-drawn, they stay with you well after you put the book down. The under-suspicion husband in THE NEIGHBOR is still one of my favorite characters of all time. He really broke my heart.
Up next (or as soon as I finish judging some books for the Daphne Du Maurier contest), THE BEST MAN by Kristan Higgins. I had the pleasure of eating dinner with Kristan and our (formerly) mutual editor back in 2010 when we were both Rita finalists. She won, I didn’t. But I went home and bought her Rita winning book, and she had a fan for life. Kristan is as lovely in person as her books are funny, romantic and pure reading pleasure. I’m saving her latest release for a reward when I finish my current WIP for h*ll. She’s the Downton Abbey to Gardner’s Dexter on my bookcase.
Other opposite spectrum favorites, Linda Castillo’s gritty Amish thrillers and Susan Wiggs’ Lakeside Chronicles. Harlan Coben, Karen Robards, Sandra Brown, Linda Howard are other suspense favorites, while I turn to Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Jennifer Cruise for a romantic comedy when I want a lighter tone.
I’ve also started trying to catch up on classics I missed in high school at a rate of one or two a year. In recent years, I’ve read of listened to (audio books are great for long family trips!) The Great Gatsby, To Kill A Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men, Animal Farm, and Rebecca. By the way, we have a long trip coming up. Recommendations of a classic my guys and I will all like?
I have numerous books I want to read that have been recommended. I like finding something a little outside my usual fare too. For instance, I read and started shouting about THE HUNGER GAMES series before it became the sensation it is now (Thanks to my former job in a little bookstore where I snagged an ARC of The Hunger Games. Color me tickled to have that gem on my shelf.) I don’t usually do fantasy, paranormal or sci-fi, but I’m game for a little magic, a touch of time travel or sprinkle of fairy dust.
So who are your favorite go-to authors? Summer’s coming! Time to load that Kindle and head for the hammock!