Thursday, June 15, 2017

What Are You Reading?

It's Thursday! Not only do we get to talk about what we're all reading here, but I also participate in
#AskaLibrarian on Twitter from 12-1 ET. Readers can tell librarians from all over the country what they're reading, and we make suggestions for their next book. I love Thursdays!

I just finished one of the best Krewe of Hunters books by Heather Graham,  Dying Breath. Now, I'm rereading Billie Letts' Where the Heart Is for a book discussion group next week.That's the story of a seventeen-year-old, seven months pregnant, whose boyfriend leaves her stranded at a Walmart in Oklahoma. I read it years ago, and only really remember liking the story about a group of people who help her out.

So, what are you reading this week? Tell us, please!


Jeffrey Meyerson said...

Jackie will be glad to hear about the Krewe of Hunters book, though she is still way behind. She's reading Shelly Laurenston's latest, THE UNYIELDING, after finishing SILENCE FALLEN by Patricia Briggs, the latest Mercy Thompson book.

I've been reading G. M. Ford's newest Leo Waterman book, SALVATION LAKE, on the Kindle, and a library book, John Scalzi's THE COLLAPSING EMPIRE, which I'm enjoying so far. And now another library ebook download just popped up, Andrew Cartmel's second VINYL DETECTIVE book (The Run-Out Groove), so that will be up next.

Also still reading the Saki stories (at least one a day). We've been pretty busy with the theater lately, as we've been to eight shows (half on Broadway, half off-) in the last eight weeks, including PRESENT LAUGHTER with Kevin Kline and A DOLL'S HOUSE Part 2 with Laurie Metcalf. And we have tickets for the next two Sundays.

Grace Koshida said...

Lesa, I have never read any of Heather Graham's KREWE books.

Jeffrey: I miss reading Leo Waterman, so it's good to know there is a new one with SALVATION LAKE.

I am reading a couple of new debut authors:

RED LINE by Brian Thiem is an excellent Oakland police procedural in which the protagonist is trying to stop a serial killer.

KILL THE NEXT ONE by Federico Axat has a unique premise. A man with a terminal brain tumour is prompted by a stranger to kill two people. After those kills, he becomes the next target.

Sharon said...

I finished Rise and Shine Benedict Stone by Phaedra Patrick on Monday. I found it delightful. Now I am reading The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan.

Bill Crider said...

I'm reading Michael Crichton's latest posthumous novel, DRAGON TEETH and also Christopher Moore's THE SERPENT OF VENICE. Moore's always good for a lot of laughs. The Crichton book isn't great, so I'm not reading it very fast.

Lesa said...

Jeff, I had the John Scalzi book at home, but someone was waiting and I took it back. I'll try again later.

I saw Present Laughter when I was in New York at the beginning of the month. Kevin Kline was terrific in it. What else have you seen? (My favorite of all 4 I saw on Broadway was Come From Away. Just loved it.)

Lesa said...

Grace, I recently read Brian Thiem's new book, Shallow Grave. Very good.

I don't read Heather Graham's other books, but the Krewe of Hunters ones are favorites. Love those books.

Sharon, I haven't read or heard of either of the books you mentioned, but I love the titles.

Bill, Interesting to hear about the Michael Crichton book. I gave my copy to a friend who loved his books. I haven't heard her reaction. I'll have to ask her.

Grace Koshida said...

Lesa: I have an eARC of SHALLOW GRAVE which I am looking forward to reading this month. Good to know you liked it.

Karen Reittinger said...

I'm reading the first Vinyl Detective book, WRITTEN IN DEAD WAX by Andrew Cartmel. Great fun. I'm also rereading a favorite Sue Hubbell book, A COUNTRY YEAR:LIVING THE QUESTIONS. A quiet place to visit after a crazy, full day.

Charlotte said...

These are the books I have just finished.

Secrets Girls Keep ~~ John Ellsworth
The Law Partners ~~ John Ellsworth
Carlos the Ant ~~ John Ellsworth
Sakharov the Bear ~~ John Ellsworth
Thaddeus Murfreesboro ~~ John Ellsworth
The Defendants ~~ John Ellsworth
As you can tell I like this author.

Still need to finish Hide and Seep by M J Arlidge. Have been side tracked by John Ellsworth's books.
I have ten days left to read The Wrong Side of Goodby written by Michael Connelly.. I have it checked out on ebook from the library that is why the rush.

Trust everyone is reading some great books this summer.
Till next week.

Lesa said...

Karen, I love to see a reader say a book is great fun. And, I read Sue Hubbell way back when. My go-to-book for quiet is an out-of-print title called A Thread of Blue Denim by Patricia Leimbach.

Charlotte, I've never heard of John Ellsworth. But, it sounds as if his books are great reading for you.

Trisha said...

I just read This is your life, Harriet Chance, which I have mixed feelings about. The writing was good and the technique was interesting, but I felt like the narrator had no sympathy for his protagonist (and that sometimes he disliked her. It felt very much like a he.)

Speaking of narrators, I am reading The Art of Joy and hoping the narrator's voice decreases soon so I can hear more from the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Tutu.

SandyG265 said...

I'm reading a mystery, When the Grits Hit the Fan by Maddie Day

Charlotte said...

The writing below is about John Ellsworth. I know you could look him up your self. You are always so busy I thought I would share with you what I have found out about him. I will read all his books and wait for new ones to come out.

What I want people to know about me right out of the gate is that I write books to entertain them. That’s right, my work isn’t deep and dark and plodding—no, I consider that I am what the Beatles sang about, a Paperback Writer. Pulp Fiction—that’s where I dwell and it’s where I want to be. You can expect that I will use every tool I can find in order to grab your attention on page one and keep you turning pages until THE END. You can expect a roller-coaster ride as the book paces along and takes you away.

Now for the meta-data. I live in Southern California, married to Deb, five daughters (yes, I know what it’s like to yearn for my own bathroom with only one key), three dogs, too many guitars to count, and a love of anything outdoors. Right now I live two blocks from the beach and spend long days there, working on an iPad and tasting the salt air in between sips of my Starbucks. For fun, there’s a motor scooter and a three-wheel bicycle that I ride up and down these crowded Ocean Beach streets causing minor traffic jams as I go past. Oh, well.

I have written full time for 28 months and expect to keep writing until the judge turns the lights out. My books have been downloaded one million times and the number keeps racing upward every day.

To say it’s been an unbelievable ride to go from exhausted trial lawyer to energized writer is an understatement. It’s been a dream come true. And I owe it all to my readers. I love each and every one of you. Now, buy a book and keep turning pages!

Sandie Herron said...

Hey everyone. i'm re-reading the Sookie Stackhouse books, again. I've read them all three times already, but being the gloomy summer that it's been so far here in Florida, very uncommon, I decided to pick up a series I am totally absorbed by. I truly feel that Charlaine Harris wrote a new genre of book with that series, but I'm not certain what to call it - Southern Gothic Romantic mystery? In any case, I about know some passages by heart by now, so I guess I need to call it a comfort read. Is there a definition of a comfort read?

When I think of how HBO took over the books and twisted them all around into something they felt was saleable, I get miffed because they did take the books and twist them into something I watched and enjoyed for the most part. However, they destroyed some of the charm, and I still enjoy the books more. Well, except for how the actor playing Bill said "Sookie..." Even so, the audiobook narrator - Johanna Parker - has a wonderful voice for Bill that is equally as memorable. As you can tell, I have mixed feelings! I've reviewed the first book again, and I just had to add a paragraph warning the reader how different the book was from the TV series, and how they could enjoy both equally well, just so they know one doesn't translate into the other.

Has anyone else run into strong feelings about book vs. TV or movie?

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

COME FROM AWAY is definitely on our list, though we haven't seen it yet. Others we've seen:

Groundhog Day
The Roundabout
The Artificial Jungle
Cost of Living

Glen Davis said...

I read:

The Detachment by Barry Eisler. He's got a new book coming out soon, and I wanted to get all caught up before it came out. I was seriously considering dropping him for a while, but either he changed, I changed, or we both changed.

Use of Force by Brad Thor. Won Thor's monthly drawing!

Antiques RoadkKill by Barbara Allan. Trying to get caught up on these. MAC likes to say this series is a parody, but I'm not sure I buy that.

Blind Side by Penny Warner, a cozy set at the Calaveras County Jumping Frog Contest. I've enjoyed all of Warner's books, but now she's doing juvenile mysteries.

Gastrophysics, a book about the science behind food and the sense of taste.

Caesar's Last Breath, a popular science book about the air and atmosphere.

Lesa said...

This was great. I unpacked books for 2 1/2 hours, and took a late lunch to come back and find all these comments about narrators and books vs. TV vs. movies, and background on an author and theatre! As well as your whole list of books, Glen. Thank you, everyone.

Sandie, I think the book is almost always better because I can use my own imagination as to how the characters look and sound. I like the TV show Longmire because I love Lou Diamond Phillips' Henry Standing Bear, but I enjoy the books and short stories for the sound of the language.

Thank you, everyone!

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

It's funny. I feel exactly the opposite. Much as I like Lou Diamond Phillips, he is so not how I picture Henry, who is, after all, bigger than Walt. He's supposed to be a huge guy, and every time Henry is beat up on TV, I can't help but think, "As if!"

Carol N Wong said...

Still reading The Bookshelf ar Water's End bu Patti Callahan Henry.

Patricia Stoltey said...

I'm reading Stephen King's Full Dark, No Stars -- a collection of four novellas. Next up is Margaret Mizushima's Timber Creek K-9 mystery Stalking Ground.

Mary said...

My summer list is long
The Last Chance Matinee by Mariah Stewart
Saints for All occasions by Sullivan
Bear Town by Backman
Broken Road by Evans.

I like a mix of authors.
I will stop here but could go on.

Can never have enough new authors on my to do list.

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I'm reading a mystery, When the Grits Hit the Fan by Maddie Day..
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