Friday, April 12, 2013

What are you reading?

Well, I could have posted an interview today, but I didn't want to do them two days in a row. I had a meeting last night, and didn't have time to finish my book. So, let's talk about what we're reading since it's Friday, the day everyone discusses Friday Reads on Facebook and Twitter.

I'm finishing Doctor Who FAQ: All That's Left to Know about the Most Famous Time Lord in the Universe by Dave Thompson. I've started The Clover House by Henriette Lazaridis Power. Brunonia Barry, author of The Lace Reader, calls it, "A provocative examination of family secrets and the the things we inherit." And, I'm going to start Jenn McKinlay's Going, Going, Ganache. That one, the latest in the Cupcake Mystery series, has cracked the New York Times Bestseller List at #20. Congratulations, Jenn!

So, what are you reading or listening to this week?

11 comments:

Jody said...

I've been on a fantasy kick for much of the last few weeks (though I have read a few mysteries). This morning at breakfast I started Scarlet (bk. 2 of the Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer. I really enjoyed the first one, Cinder. There are mysteries in these books. From what I've read so far, Scarlet is trying to discover what happened to her missing grandmother. Not saying what's happening with Cinder (her story continues in this book) because that's a spoiler.

Rosemary said...

Hi Lesa,

I've been away in London, & on the train I read 'Trains and Lovers' by Alexander McCall Smith, which I quite enjoyed. You have to get over the central premise, which is that four people who meet for the first time on the Edinburgh to London train happily tell each other their life stories (without interruption from the other three too) - this I found totally implausible, but if you can put that aside, it's an enjoyable little book.

Now I'm reading a Jane Wenham Jones non-fiction book, 'So you wannabee a writer' - I find many writing handbooks a waste of time, but this one is great - very entertaining but also full of really useful ideas and tips. Wenham Jones doesn't take herself too seriously, so she's not constantly banging on about her own success - in fact she happily admits to having struggled for years to get published, and to being the world's worst procrastinator (which she can't be because that's me...) who'd rather have a glass of wine or a bar of chocolate any day rather than get down to work. She's also spoken to lots of other 'mid-list' writers who've shared their advice - and their bad habits. I am laughing out loud at some of the examples of bad writing.

After that I'm thinking of re-reading some early Jilly Coopers, as Wenham Jones says they're such good example of the well-written but light page-turner, and I've always loved her earlier novels - Harriet, Prudence, etc.

Rosemary

Lesa said...

I just love seeing what everyone is reading. Then, I feel as if the blog is partially yours so we can have a discussion. Thank you, Jody, for not revealing spoilers. Rosemary, I love it that you were reading "Trains and Lovers" on the train! Perfect. So, you're the world's worst procrastinator, hmm?

Beth Hoffman said...

The moment I saw the cover of THE CLOVER HOUSE, I was fascinated. It's now on my list and I'll be curious to hear what you think of it.

Hope you and the kitties have a lovely weekend, Lesa!

SandyG265 said...

I'm reading a young adult book - Goddess Inheritance by Aimee Carter. I'm hoping that my library will get Going, Going, Ganache. I've read all of the earlier ones in that series.

Karen C said...

Sadly, I've been busy and haven't read too much lately, although I'm getting some great ideas today!

Mrs. Mac said...

I'm still reading, and enjoying, Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand. At over 400 pages, it will take me a bit to read this. Having watched the movie a few times, the characters already have faces and voices. But mostly I find it exceptionally fascinating because I have a dear friend who raises Shetland ponies and she writes a daily blog, and I now have a better appreciation of the "horse thing" -- but I still wouldn't ride one. ;)


Lesa said...

Isn't that a gorgeous cover, Beth? That cover is what drew me, too. Karen, I'm glad you're getting some good ideas.

Thanks, Sandy & Mrs. Mac!

Page said...

I'm reading Rage by Debra Webb. I just picked up City of Dark Magic by Magnus Flyte and Three Grave Full by Jamie Mason.

Lesa said...

Another person with a TBR pile, Page? Thanks!

susanjmcleod said...

A Doctor Who fan? Hurray! I have some guide books, but there's really no way to make sense of it all. They had no idea the show would last for 50 years, and continuity is spotty to say the least. But so much fun!
I'm reading Oliver Twist right now. I don't know how I missed it but it's the only Dickens I've never read.