Sunday, May 06, 2007

What I'm Reading....

In my post yesterday I mentioned that I was heading for the library to pick up a book I had put on hold. Rhonda ( asked about the book I was getting. It's an other book by Debbie Macomber although I'm listening to this one on CDs. I'm usually reading one book and listening to two; one in my car and one on the treadmill. Ever since we came back from Costa Rica I just can't read enough.

None of these are mind-taxing but all are about good people and the stories hold your attention. I started reading Macomber when I found she had written some fiction about knitting and the joy that women get from getting together and doing just that. I belong to a ladies knitting group.

Another author I love right now is Lois Battle. She writes several types of books. I just finished "Storyville" which is about the red light district of New Orleans at the turn of the last century. I just got "War Brides" but haven't begun reading it yet. I also read one called "Bed and Breakfast".

I also love Diane Mott Davidson. Her main character is Goldy who owns a catering business. In real life the author lives in Evergreen, Colorado, which is where my brother and his wife live. In the books, however, she calls the town Aspen Meadows. She's now married to a cop named Tom and has a son, Arch. Her books are about solving mysteries in which she always gets involved, often as a witness or suspect. At the same time she's cooking and catering. She includes recipes for the things she cooks in the book. If you are trying to limit your butter and sugar intake, these are not recipes for you. In my mind, the mystery part is just as good as the recipes. In fact we are having French toast for breakfast today because in the two chapters of "Dark Tort" that I read this morning, she is fixing French toast. I like to soak the bread until it practically falls apart. So does Goldy.

The next author I love to read is Janet Evanovich. Again, these are mysteries plus she has written some other books that are just plain fun to read and funny. The main character in her mysteries is Stephanie Plum who becomes a bounty hunter when she loses her job as a buyer for a cheap line of lingerie. Evanovich's books are laugh-out-loud funny. I'm listening to the first book in her series, "One For The Money". You don't have to read them in order to enjoy them. I'm also listening to another one that isn't a mystery; it's called "Smitten."

So there you have it. What I read for my bookgroup is more serious so this is what I read when I've finished that book.
By the way, we are reading "The Glass Castle" for May. A page turner but not a book for the feint of heart. But if you came from a dysfunctional family like mine, this book will make you think you were raised by Ozzie and Harriet Nelson. It's dark.

I'll post new authors as I find them. I'm always interested in what you folks are reading.


Rhonda said...

Tomorrow I'm going to the library and see if they have any of Janet Evanovich's preferable on CD as I'm forever in my car.
I really haven't heard of the other ones except for;
The Glass Castle ( I read it a few months ago)
I totally agree with isn't for the faint of heart. I did grow up in a very dysfunctional family and somehow I was comforted by the book that there are other people out there that have had "crazy" as a part of their lives.
I'm just about to finish;
Blue Like Jazz.
A very good book about a guy's perspective that isn't by any means conventional. On the cover it says at the bottom;
nonreligious thoughts on christian spirituality.
I am so liking that. :)

Thanks for sharing your reads.

mama o' the matrices said...

I love Goldy! I had to stop reading that series when the Toddles turned out to be allergic to all of Goldy's best recipes...I remember Montessori muffins, though, fondly.

ahhh. those were the days..