Thursday, August 17, 2017

What Are You Reading?

I'm deep into this month's reading for Library Journal, reading mysteries that come out October through December. Even so, I'm reading chapters of Martin Edwards' The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books. It's fascinating history, and I'm making a list of books I want to read. I also read Louise Penny's forthcoming Gamache novel, Glass Houses. Her books continue to be unbelievable. She's such a wonderful writer. I'm not even going to say anything about the story until I review the book here.


So, what are you reading this week? I'll check back to see throughout the day, and I know others will be checking back, too. Please share!

19 comments:

Sharon said...

After reading your review, I picked up Murder in Mayfair by D.M. Quincy. I loved it and can't wait for the next one in February. I also read Cicada Summer by Maureen Leurck and liked that very much as well. Now I am reading Gone Gull by Donna Andrews.

Bill Crider said...

I'm reading the first issue of ESPIONAGE magazine, from December 1984, and CRAZED, a serial killer novel by Jacob Stone.

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

I'm reading the latest tome from Dr. Crider, DEAD, TO BEGIN WITH. As always, it is great to visit Sheriff Rhodes and his entourage, and this one has a murder in the theater. Great stuff, as usual.

Also reading the very interesting WHEN BOOKS WENT TO WAR: The Stories Thast Helped Us Win World War II by Molly Guptill Manning, the story of how librarians led the way in getting books (ultimately, the paperback Armed Services Edition) to our fighting men in World War II. There's even an Index of all the books published in those editions.

I finished the second (and last) collection of Indianapolis newspaper stories by Terence Faherty, FILES OF THE STAR REPUBLIC, and I'm reading (it's good to laugh, especially these days) P. G. Wodehouse's early collection, DEATH AT THE EXCELSIOR and Other Stories.

As soon as I finish the Crider I will read the latest (last?) P J. Tracy Monkeewrench book, NOTHING STAYS BURIED.

SandyG265 said...

I Just started a mystery SECRET LIVES AND PRIVATE EYES by Heather Weidner.

I finished several books this week.
A Mystery THE MAD CATTER by Kathi Daley
A paranormal romance A DRAGON SPEAKS HER NAME by Kira Nyte
A re-read of an old YA fantasy book THE SILENT STRENGTH OF STONES by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
And a non-fiction book STRAYS:A LOST CAT, A HOMELESS MAN AND THEIR JOURNEY ACROSS AMERICA by Britt Collins

Strays was just OK but I enjoyed all of the others

Gram said...

Jeffrey I read When Books Went to War some years ago and really enjoyed it too. I am now reading The Cozy Cookbook - recipes from cozy writers. Blood, Bones, and Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton - an autobiography of a chef. and continuing to read Fern Michaels Sisterhood books as I need to catch up.

Lesa said...

Raising my hand. I also read When Books Went to War. Bogged down a few times in it, but I was proud of what librarians did.

Sharon! I'm so glad you liked Murder in Mayfair. You're the second person I recommended it to who said they loved it. Great!

Keep those book comments coming, everyone!

Sharon said...

My daughter and I both read When Books Went to War several years ago also and found it fascinating.

Kaye Barley said...

In my quest for gentle escapism I'm reading light and lovely. Tahereh Mafi's "Furthermore," (delightful!), "My Secret Guide to Paris" by Lisa Schroeder (which I recommend to you), and a re-read of "The Sorcerer's Stone."

Carol N Wong said...

I am still listening to the Matchmaker by Erin Hilderbrand. The story is sort of lazingly along which is OK but everytime the main character says that she is not feeling well, I am rolling my eyes and thinking, see a doctor.

Also reading Gangster Nation by Tod Goldberg. Picked up some tips about places not to go too. LOL

Charlotte said...

Finished Naked in Death by J D Robb

Reading Glory in Death by JD Robb
Put hold on reading One Coffee With by Margaret Maron because the Robb books are from the Over Drive library and you can't renew them
This book is on my Kindle and I can read it any time.

Hope there is always time for reading 📚 in your day.

Lesa said...

Charlotte, Loved your last comment. Thank you!

Kaye, I know exactly what you mean. We do need a break. I'm actually listening to the latest book by Lisa Scottoline and her daughter, and it's funny & just what I need. I NEVER listen to books, but my friend Donna told me how much fun it is to listen to Lisa and Francesca read the books.

Carol, Sounds like a book I might have given up on.

Sandie Herron said...

Unfortunately I'm reading non-fiction this week - Now What?: A Patient's Guide to Recovery After Mastectomy by sisters Amy Curran Baker, MaryBeth Curran Brown, MaryBeth Curran Brown, Linda Curran. While I've had just a lumpectomy so far, I've had genetic testing to help me decide whether a mastectomy would be better for me. This book is revealing a lot of the realities of the procedure and after care. I'm sure it will go even deeper into the psychological effects too. All good to learn.

That being said, Audible had a 2 books for 1 credit sale, and I stocked up on a few titles including Alexander McCall Smith's first No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency mystery. I've seen the TV movie but never read the book as yet. I'm stocking up for post surgery reading, and this is a good one. I also purchased Tess Gerritsen's new Rizzolli & Isles title - I've Got a Secret. And while I've already read it, I'm happy to see Shirley Rousseau Murphy's Joe Grey book out - Cat Shining Bright.

Glen Davis said...

I read The Second Skin by Eric Van Lustbader. I remember when he was quite popular in the 80s, although I was too young to read his books. I don't detect any sort of nostalgia or rediscovery for the series. Probably for the best.

Night of the Assassin, by Russell Brand.

All of Barbara Allan's e-book novellas.

Currently working on The Second Life of Nick Mason by Steve Hamilton. Of course, I read the second book in the series first. Such is my life.

Going to start Bill Crider's newest when I pick it up at the bookstore Saturday.

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

Charlotte, my wife is a HUGE fan of J.D. Robb's Eve Dallas series. She's read them all (plus the novellas) and currently has the new one coming as an ARC from a friend. She has the whole series in paperback just in case of future rereading.

Lesa, I think I discovered the WWII book from your comments. I bought the Martin Edwards and have it on the shelf. I have to remember to fit it in with all the other books.

Sandie, good luck. My sister has been through it. I'm a fan of The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency too. I've read more than half of them and have a few others on the shelf. Excellent comfort reading.

Lesa said...

Sandie, That's exactly what I'd be looking for - lighter reading that I expect to enjoy. Good luck, and hugs, while you make decisions.

Like you, Glen, I remember when Eric Van Lustbader was popular in the 80s. In fact, libraries changed how they catalogued him - from Lustbader to Van Lustbader, or the other way around. I haven't looked it up to see which way it is. But, it changed.

Margie Bunting said...

I just started reading Lockdown by Laurie L. King (a standalone), and I'm already engrossed in the story.

Margie Bunting said...

I forgot to mention that I'm about to re-read Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I read it about 6 years ago and it was one of my favorites of the year (never thought I'd be so enamored about a gamer story), but I wanted to revisit it before the movie comes out. I'm also making Mike read the book for the first time. Our son Nick says he's read it 5 or 6 times and can't wait for the movie.

Karen Reittinger said...

My week has been a bit over busy so my reading time has been cut back. I'm halfway through MAGPIE MURDERS by Anthony Horowitz. Like it. Thanks Charlotte! Bill Crider's DEAD TO BEGIN WITH kept whispering to me so I started it too. Now you've all got me interested in WHEN BOOKS WENT TO WAR so I put it on hold at the library. I too love the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency mysteries. This would be the perfect time for a visit with Precious Ramotswe.

Sandie Herron said...

A quick note to say thanks for your concern and confirmation of my choice of reading material. Good thing that two-for-one deal also prompted me to buy another title in the No 1 Detective Agency series.