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Friday, July 19, 2013

What's on Your Summer Reading List?

It’s been a crazy summer and I haven’t had much time to read. Along with writing and helping my husband with ranch work, we've been preparing for a trip to France, which we will soon embark upon! When I do catch a few quiet moments to read, I’ve been making a concentrated effort to read the books I’ve had on my shelves for years, books loaned to me by others, and some of the books I downloaded to my Kindle that have been there for a long time. In the last few weeks I’ve read, The Other by R. Lawson Gamble, Tell me Your Dreams by Sidney Sheldon, and The Widow of Larkspur Inn by Lawana Blackwell. Up next, Feast Day of Fools by James Lee Burke, and A Woman Betrayed by Barbara Delinsky.

As you can see, I read all over the board. My only criteria for a book is that it has to engage me in the first few pages or chapters. If it doesn’t, I move on. There are so many books out there and so little time so I don’t waste it on something I’m not truly interested in. What’s your criteria? Do you stick to one genre, or do you read anything and everything? Do you feel obligated to finish a book even if you don't particularly like it?

I’d love to hear what you’re reading this summer and what’s on your fall/winter list. Word of mouth is the best marketing tool that exists for a book and its author, so please pass along recommendations of books you’ve read recently.

Happy Reading!

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Will Edwinson said...

14Hi Linda:

I have a couple of books I'd like to mention. The first one is, Raveled Ends of Sky, by Linda Sandifer. :)

I had read this book many years ago when it first came out in hardcover. I just recently finished reading it again on my Kindle. Enjoyed it both times.

I am currently reading a book by Tricia Corbett and Susan Corbett entitled The Raven's Crest. It is an historical novel about one of our family's ancient ancestors. Intriguing story. If your followers are into historical novels, they might enjoy this story.

I, like you, read novels all across the board, from Western, to an occasional romance novel. I have also written in three different genres.

Right now, there is nothing on my "to read" list. I guess I'll decide that when the time comes for me to start another book.

Oh, and one more thing. You asked if we felt compelled to finish a book once we have started it. That depends. If it is a book given to me by a friend, I guess I feel I owe them the courtesy of reading the book in its entirety whether I like or not.

Linda Sandifer said...

Thanks for you comment, Bill. And thank you for reading my book not just once, but twice! I so appreciate it. The Raven's Crest also sounds good. I love historicals, especially about real people, so I will add it to my list. You are right to give courtesy to books given to you by a friend. Good point.

Amanda Gaume said...

I read a little bit of everything but have been in a science fiction groove lately. I started Embassytown by China Mieville earlier this week and haven't been able to put it down. I've got tons on my "to read" list, but plan on taking Railsea by Mieville (he's one of my favorites if you can't tell!) and The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (also one of my favorites) on my trip to France.

I'm too busy to feel compelled to finish a really bad book, but I usually try to give them the benefit of the doubt and at least skim it to see how the story was constructed and maybe even learn WHY it's bad (so as not to duplicate!).

Linda Sandifer said...

Thanks, Amanda. I'll have to try Mieville sometime. I thought about taking something to France to read in the airport, but I haven't decided yet. I, too, try to analyze a book that isn't working for me.

Irene Bennett Brown said...

I'm reading a mystery set in Hawaii, not a setting I'd usually choose but like the rest of you, I read all over the board. PRIMITIVE SECRETS is published by Poisoned Pen Press and in my opinion 99 percent of their mysteries are really good. I almost always finish a book. On several occasions a book that started out just so-so for me turned into a fantastic read further into the story. And I'm glad I didn't miss out. Have a great time in France, Linda! I trust you'll be writing about your journey on your blog, and sending pictures.

Linda Sandifer said...

Irene, thanks for telling us about Primitive Secrets and Poisoned Pen Press. I'll post a few photos from the trip for sure and share some of the fun stuff.

Anonymous said...

I'm excited to get my autograph copy of Raveled Ends of Sky by you. I'm in a book group and we just finished The Rent Collector, a novel based in a Vietnamese dump...very interesting, not depressing like it sounds. Of course mysteries are my favorite but any book that grabs me into the story right off gets two thumbs up. Just finished Charlene Weir: Family Practice and Darynda Jones: Third Grave Dead Ahead.
I've also decided life is too short to struggle through a book!
Hope you take a Good Read on your trip to France

Sue Anne Hodge

Linda Sandifer said...

Thanks, Sue Anne. Both of those books sound intriguing. I'll bring your autographed copy to the next BS meeting.

Eunice Boeve said...

Just finished Little prisoners by Casey Watson about a couple who stand ready to take in severely damaged (abused) kids until a more permanent placement can be found. Reviewed it on Amazon under E.B. I read all kinds of books,except usually not mysteries or romances. An example of books I've loved: The glass Castle, Jeannette Walls, The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, Snowflower and the Secret Fan, by Lisa See, A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hossein, Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay and also my all time favorite, To Kill a Mockingbird. I won't finish a book if after about a third way through, I'm still struggling to get through it. Too many other books waiting.

Anonymous said...

I've wanted to stop reading several books, however, I was judging them at the time. So I couldn't. Lately, I've been reading books by Mary Higgins Clark (Hope I spelled her name (Higgins) right. Also, I'm on my third Tess Gerritsen. I seem to go whole hog on a writer then I don't read them again for a while. I cannot read a serious/life story unless I know it will have a happy ending. (This is a result from my former life) Also, if a character is being picked on or ridiculed, I HAVE to keep reading/skipping pages until that character comes out on top. Another result from my former life. So I like mysteries and comedies.