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It’s summer, I must be reading…

July 8, 2008 by in category Blogs with 5 and 0
Home > Writing > Blogs > It’s summer, I must be reading…

What’s the best thing about vacation time? Uninterrupted, guilt-free reading!

About now, I’m starting to look at that enormous stack of unread books on my nightstand, on my floor…in my office…the living room…and for the first time in ages, they’re more than a twinkle in my eye. I will read some of these books! Soon!

I’m going to tell you some of the vacation reading I have lined up, and I hope you’ll tell me some of yours.

Three to Get Deadly, by Janet Evanovich – I read some of the later Stephanie Plum novels, but only recently read books one and two. Which means I now need to read book three.

Nature Girl, by Carl Hiaasen—I love his books!

Beauvallet, by Georgette Heyer—it’s not a vacation unless I read a Georgette Heyer. I haven’t read this one before, so I’m looking forward to it, even though it’s not the usual Regency style story, going by the cover blurb.

Mulberry Park, by Judy Duarte—bought this a while back, heard good things, haven’t read it yet.

A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Husseini—I’ve had this a while, but need a decent chunk of time to sit down and read it.

Good at Games, by Jill Mansell—looks like a fun romantic comedy.

Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic—this one will be a re-read, it makes me laugh every time.

Might pick up a new book by Rhonda Pollero. Cindy Kirk has one out I’m wanting to read. I’ll get the latest in this year’s Harlequin NASCAR series (all linked stories, so far all great) and a few Superromances. Might buy a Jan Karon if I see them in the shops—the last one I read in the Mitford series was Out to Canaan, can’t remember which one comes next – hopefully it’ll say in the front of the book… On my wishlist: A new Susan Elizabeth Phillips, but I don’t think there’s one planned.

That ought to keep me busy…but if you think there’s something I must read, tell me! Or just tell me what you plan to read.
Abby

5 Comments

  • Anonymous
    on July 9, 2008

    Hi Gillian
    I am a relatively new convert to Hiaasen – this will be maybe the fourth I’ve read. If you have kids, he’s done a couple of great books for 12-15 year olds, called Flush and Hoot.

    I’ve heard good things about Marissa Doyle, too…
    Abby

  • Anonymous
    on July 9, 2008

    I love NATURE GIRL! (Thanks to Michelle Thorne for getting me hooked on Hiaasen!)

    I just finished reading Randy Wayne White’s KEY WEST CONNECTION. (Thanks to Harlequin Ex Editor Mary-Theresa Hussey for starting me on Randy’s books!)

    I’m dying to get my hands on the CHASING DARKNESS, the latest Elvis Cole novel by Robert Crais that just hit the stores.

    I also want to buy BEWITCHING SEASON by Marissa Doyle. (Twin teen sisters with magical abilities in 1837.) I judged this in an unpublished contest a couple years ago, and LOVED it! Can’t wait to read the whole book!

    I’ve ordered as many of the books that I can find of the finalists in OCC’s Book Buyers Best Awards. (List is on our website) Read several already. Great books!

    – Sue Phillips aka Gillian Doyle

  • Anonymous
    on July 9, 2008

    Yes, it’s McCrumb also. It’s fun but not as deep as St. Dale.

    Linda / Lyndi

  • Anonymous
    on July 8, 2008

    Hey Lyndi, I read St. Dale just recently! I really enjoyed it, a real NASCAR-meets-Canterbury-Tales story. I learned a lot, too 🙂

    Is Once Around the Track a McCrumb book too?
    Abby

  • Anonymous
    on July 8, 2008

    They all sounds good, Abby. I love Georgette Heyer, but haven’t read Beavallet. I think I’ve got it somewhere.

    Speaking of NASCAR, I’ve been reading Sharyn McCrumb’s ST. DALE, about a group of pilgrims on the Dale Earnhardt Memorial Tour of Southern speedways, and ONCE AROUND THE TRACK. The books are fiction, not romance, but you might enjoy them. McCrumb has a great sense of humor but she makes you think, too.

    Lyndi

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