Wednesday, June 1, 2011

What I've Been Reading

I've read some great books in the last six months

This is an intriguing novel by Ariana Franklin that blends history with science. I enjoyed the premise, coupled with solid writing and a cover I kept looking at over and over again.

This book by Nancy Werlin is also an interesting mix of genres. Not only that, but she did some great things with POV, seamlessly moving from third person to first.




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I really enjoyed this book by Camy Tang. Lots of twists and I wasn't sure who the villain was, which is always nice in a suspense.


A sweet love story by Ruth Logan Herne that introduced a lifestyle I didn't know existed, or not much about it. (raising sheep)



I absolutely loved this book by Cathy Gohlke. I've never read her before but I thought her writing was exquisite and she brought the era of the story to life for me, as well as the characters.

What are you reading? Do you tend to span genres or stick with the tried and true?

27 comments:

Jessica R. Patch said...

I haven't read any of them, but love books when I can't guess the bad guys! That first one looked pretty intriguing too. Thanks for sharing.

I just read Christa Allan's Walking on Broken Glass. :)

B Kaur said...

Currently I'm reading Atonement. I like to think I span genres, but mostly I read "literary" fiction.

Linda Kage said...

If it's a romance, I'll read it. Doesn't matter if it's historical, contemporary, paranormal, YA, sweet, erotic, or whatever. I love spanning all the subgenres in romance.

Jaime Wright said...

Wow!! Great lineup!! And all of them I have not read. Sheesh, my TBR pile is growing longer!!!

I tend to stay within my genre ... mostly because I have my favorites and I just finish the pile and the next books are coming out! But I enjoy branching out too ... it's all in how much time I have.

Jessica Nelson said...

Hey Jessica, yeah, I'd like to read that one. I've heard it's very good.

Eeek! B, thanks for visiting. Literary is usually something I steer clear of. I read Atonement in high school and it was an emotionally difficult read for me. You'll have to let me know what you think. :-)

Linda, I'm similar. I like different genres, but if there's a romance in the story, that's an automatic hook for me.

Jaime, yeah, time is def. an issue. Wah! I remember the days as a kid where I spent hours reading.

Erica Vetsch said...

I'm currently reading Without Remorse by Tom Clancy, Deeds of the Disturber by Elizabeth Peters, and Along the Ribbonwood Track by Mary Moore.

A general fiction/military thriller, a historical mystery, and a romance. :)

Anita said...

That book on top! That's the one you were telling me about a while ago. I'm going to go put it on my Amazon wish list right now. :)

You've been a busy little reader, BQE. :) Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the books, and letting us glimpse those amazing covers!

Jessica Nelson said...

Oooh, you go, girl! Erica, that is quite the mix and besides Clancy, authors I've never heard of.

Heeeheee, you're welcome Anita. And I can send you the one on top if you want so you don't have to buy it. :-)

Jill Kemerer said...

I loved Camy's book too!

I just finished A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway--loved it! Now, I'm working on Michal by Jill Eileen Smith!

Jeanette Levellie said...

I love Camy Tang, and want to get this suspense novel from her. I also like Ruth LH. The others sound great, too!

I'm reading Be Anxious for Nothing by Joyce Meyer right now.

And I love all genres, except sci-fi.

Happy Day to you, Jessie!

Tana Adams said...

That first cover is way creepy! Right now I'm reading Divergent, and writing my third YA story like the insane person I am. It's a whirlwind.

Nancy said...

Mostly I like mysteries and children's books. I will try other things if they look interesting. I enjoy a few historical romances.

Karen Lange said...

Great list. Will have to check them out. I've read Cathy Gohlke's books and LOVED them. Can't wait for her next book, which happens to be set in NJ near where I used to live. :)

Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

Mistriss Bonez said...

Mistress of the art of death was a great novel, and you have to love the twists and turns as well as the ending. The part I liked the most was how strong a character she was and ho she didn't let anything stop her from finding the truth.

Terri Tiffany said...

I like the idea of going from third person to first--hmmm--- wonder what that would be like?

Jessica Nelson said...

Jill, wow, I'm impressed!

Happy Day to you too, Jeanette. :-)

Go, Tana!!!

Cool, Nancy.

Jessica Nelson said...

Karen, ooh, I'll have to check that one out. I'd like to see how she handles a different setting.

Mistress B, I totally agree! The heroine was a great mix of determined and vulnerable. It was excellent.

Terri, I almost didn't catch it! It was pretty cool.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jess -

I've read Cathy Gohlke's books. They're both Christy Award winners. I hope people will pick up her books and spread the good word.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Deb Shucka said...

Thanks for some new titles to add to my summer reading list.

I skip around, alternating and rarely sticking with one genre for long periods of time. I read lots of memoir, always return to mystery, enjoy literary, historical and some women's fiction. Once in a great while even science fiction and fantasy.

I'm reading Steve Martin's An Object Of Beauty right now - not my usual thing, but I can't seem to put it down

Stephanie Faris said...

Thanks for the recommendations. I miss romance sometimes, but I've been writing MG and YA for so long, I'm not sure I'd know what to do if I read one. I'd be wondering where the parents were and how they were staying up so late on a school night!

Jennifer Shirk said...

That's interesting! I've been looking for a good book that switches tenses too.

Kathryn Magendie said...

Oh, some of those covers are beautiful!

I love books :-D

Jessica Nelson said...

Susan, I'm certain I heard of her first book through your review, which is why I picked up the second.

Aren't they, Kathryn? Me lub books too!

Wow Deb! You're varied. That's a great thing!

Hahaaa, you're hilarious Stephanie!

Good luck, Jennifer! I read a romance that did it, but the pov throughout was somewhat distant so imo it wasn't as effective. Tricky stuff, pov.

Warren Baldwin said...

Is the last one a historical novel?

Jessica Nelson said...

Hi Warren, yep.

Eileen Astels Watson said...

I just finished Laura Frantz's Courting Morrow and still think about the characters lots. I have lots on my TBR pile that I long to get to!

Ryan and Melanie said...

Oh, these look like great books. Thanks for sharing.

-Mel