So what are YOU reading?

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Last year I was on a historical romance novel kick, toss in a little time travel and I was happy. Lately it's been murder mysteries...heavy on serial killers. No idea why except that I love the author James Patterson. Most are probably are familiar with his The Women's Murder Club series and the ill-fated TV show.

I started with the Alex Cross series and think I have read most. A quick read, his chapters are 1-3 pages for the most part. Easy to pick up and put down but definitely hold your interest. I have also been reading several of Sandra Brown's mysteries as well as Catherine Coulter's FBI Series.

I am a fast'd think that would be a good thing. Not really, for one I am always on the lookout for more CHEAP/FREE books to read. LOL! And secondly, I tend to scan read and thus lose details....which means re-reading something earlier in the book. LOL!

Stu is currently working on a book by Robin Cook and has Stephen King & Nelson DeMille books in the wing. I've saved my James Patterson books for him, I think he'll enjoy them.

So, what's on YOUR reading list?

Till next time - keep on rollin',
Donna & Stu


  1. i'm a year behind you,.. as i monitor the high school study halls and computer lab i'm zipping through romance novels,.. maybe there is a "Stu" in my future,?... hee hee... that would be good.

  2. I'm partial to mysteries too. Just finished the latest Parker Spencer mystery. They're always good!

    Tim Dorsey's Florida based novels are a riot! And, his hero in all but one of the earlier ones is a serial killer, Serge Storm. Lots of true Florida trivia in the books. Laugh out loud humor throughout too. And, Serge is really a good guy who only kills those who need killing (like the hurricane price gouger and the bozo in the boom box car beside you in traffic). Trust me, when you meet someone fitting the bill of one of Serge's kills, you'll say to yourself, "Where the hell is Serge when you need him?" checkout His latest is to be released on Jan 29 -- I just preordered it on Amazon

    All of David Baldacci's books are good, but I've really enjoyed the 4 (out of last 5) that were about the Camel Club. Hint: Start back with "The Camel Club" book and then go forward.

    Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum novels are a hoot. The characters are wild -- Lulu (a retired 'ho) and Grandma with her love of going to funerals -- will leave you in stitches. (They all have a number in the title and she's up to #14)

    Sue Grafton's A, B, C series is a good read. She's up to the letter T in the series.

    I also like Stuart Woods stuff.

    So there is my list of recommended authors for your cheap book scouting/shopping.

  3. I'm a sucker for anything by Nicholas Sparks. I have found myself fleetering around his "turf" (Carolinas) thinking about his stories set in the area.

  4. I'm usually a mystery reader but lately I started reading Homer Hickam's books. So far I've read "Sky of Stone" and "The Keeper's Son" now I'm reading his book "The Ambassador's Son".
    Homer Hickam is the guy that wrote "Rocket Boys" that book was made into a movie called "October Sky". It's about a group of WV coal miner's kids that started building rockets. Watching the movie is what motivated me to start reading his books.
    I'm also reading Ellis Peter's "A Morbid Taste For Bones" and I'm reading ARRL's "Extra Class License Manual" I'm trying to upgrade my ham license from General to Extra Class.... Wish me luck..
    I never read books as a kid growing up.

  5. I read everything from mysteries to biographies, to business related books, as well as history and travel books.

    Right now I'm reading "One Ranger Rides Again" by Joaquin Jackson. It is the sequal to his autobiography "One Ranger"

    Jackson was a Texas Ranger working the area along the Mexican boder in the 1960s through the 1980s. Since my dad was a Border Patrolman in that area and in Arizona in the 1950s and 1960s, a lot of it reminds me of those days.

    I'm not sure if they ever met, but reading his books reminds me of sitting around listening to my dad's war stories.

  6. I finished reading the Southern Vampire (Sookie Stackhouse) series by Charlaine Harris. I am absolutely addicted to these books. They have a little of everything, supernatural animals, vamps, sex, etc. I am waiting for her 9th book to come out, supposed to May of this year. Until then I am reading an unauthorized sequel online at The follow ups are #'s 1, 2, & 3.

    I also love any books by Tess Gerritsen, she writes murder/horror books. They can be very graphic.

  7. Donna, you are a reader after my own heart! I am an avid reader and a fast one. I, too, have to go back sometimes and re-read parts 'cause I skimmed over them the first time! ;) Right now my "shelves" are full of Nora Roberts and her alter ego, J.D. Robb. I made a commitment to read all of her (their) books, from the first ones written. I've got a way to go to get through that goal.

    If we ever run into each other, we can share our books! Safe travels.

  8. I am also a reader, Donna...I like works by Steve Berry, Patricia Cormwell, Janet Evanovich, Clive Cussler, Shirley Roussau Murphy, Diane mott Davidson. Novels by: by Joan Medlicott, Jennifer Chiaverini Neta jackson,Robin Jones Gunn, Phillip Gulley, and Debbbie McComber. Right now I'm reading "The Last Templar" by Raymond Khoury.
    I have alot of classics on my KINDLE reader. I like that KINDLE! Go to Nick Russell's site and click on his ad and it will take you right to KINDLE and read about them. Now you have a longer list of authors to read, and do I from all these other readers Thanks for sharing. Aloha, Deb Robinson

  9. I think you'd love the Patricia Cornwell series. It's best if you can start from the beginning, to get the real feel of all the characters...Tater

  10. I'm on a Sci-Fi/Fantasy kick again after spending the summer reading mysteries all summer.
    I've just started Robin Hobb's Tawny Man trilogy. Just finished Fool's Errand and started Golden Fool today

  11. Have you tried Stephen White yet? He has written about 20 books and his characters are based in Boulder, CO. They are murder mysteries without being overly graphic. Safe travels, Kate, full-timing in Tucson

  12. I'm not reading anything these days as I am up to my eyeballs in my new jewelry making hobby, but while we were in Phoenix I read all of Catherine Anderson's books that I could find. I also got a Cooking Light magazine, if you count that as reading, but it's mostly just drooling at the pictures like a crazy woman.

  13. If you like James Patterson's Women's Club Murders, you will LOVE Fern Michaels Vendetta Series. Again about a group of very strong women. I have read every book she has written. She has several series books, and as suggested above, it is best to start at the beginning.Patricia Cornwall's Kay Scarpetta books are very good too. If you are going to be in Texas for awhile, can't you get a library card?


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