Saturday, August 7, 2010

What Are You Reading?

Here's a topic that I hope will encourage some responses...good books. Summer, especially for those of us who work in education, brings extra time to read and lots of sunshine to do it in. Like others. I seem to get in a rut and read the same authors over and over. I'd love to hear what you've read recently that you've loved and get some ideas for new authors or books to try.

For "beach reads", I usually grab a good thriller from one of the following authors: James Patterson, Tami Hoag, David Baldacci, Sandra Brown, Sue Grafton (love the main character, Kinsey Millhone), Tess Gerritsen, Robin Cook, Patricia Cornwell, et al. Any other good mass-market/paperback thrillers you've read lately and would like to recommend?

Lately, I've been wanting to read more historical fiction...any suggestions of good individual books or series would be appreciated. I spent an hour looking the other day at the library but wasn't sure what to choose without a recommendation. I did just pick up Diana Gabaldon's An Echo In the Bone, which I know will be good - love the time travel element in her stories. Her books are long and take forever to read (a good thing) so I think I'll save that one to read in the truck on the way to Texas and back (to pick up our new camper) later this month.

This week, I also bought the first two books of the Millenium trilogy by Steig Larsson: The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire. Nancy and I plan to share these... we'll buy the third one in the series, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, when we finish the first two. talk...bring it on! What are you reading right now? earlier this summer? What would you recommend? You can use the Comment button below to join the conversation!

p.s. I took the photo on our screened porch yesterday morning. Rob is re-reading Atlas Shrugged (God bless him for that!), Hank is reading the James Patterson novel, and The Girls from Ames was a recent read of mine.


  1. Just finished the Girl with the Dragon Tatoo--so good and I'm now into book 2 of the series by Steig Larsson, the Girl who Played with Fire--today I ran out and bought the third and final in the series, The girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest--also bought The Help, by Kathryn Stockett--highly recommended by many people--looking forward to starting both of them! Nancy

  2. Can't wait to get started on this Steig Larsson trilogy...hopefully this weekend.
    Here are some more recommendations...
    from Karen Chadbourne (her book club in California read these and she loved them):
    Stockett, The Help (Nancy just bought this)
    Diamant ,The Red Tent (Cheryl just ordered)
    Zusak, The Book Thief (Cheryl just ordered)
    Ken Follett, Pillars of the Earth
    and from Rhonda, one of the secretaries at school, also recommended:
    Carr, The House on Olive Street (Cheryl just ordered)

  3. I also am reading a book on chess, and another on consulting. Meant to do some Faulkner over the summer too.