Friday, August 15, 2014

What Are You Reading?

Know what I hardly ever get to talk about any more?

The books I'm reading.

Seems odd, doesn't it?  A writer who doesn't get to talk about books enough?

Yeah, something's wrong with that one.

This summer, I thought I'd get to do a whole lot of reading.  After all, God called me away from my teaching job, so the summer was free of yearly planning and summer meetings… except it wasn't.  I still had a couple of meetings.  And I wound up watching my precious nephews.  And we got a new niece. And my daughter's best friend spent a week with us.  And… Bible School.  Wait.  Free time?  Where did you go?

But I did get to dive into some books and thought I'd share some short impressions with you.  Ready?  And start thinking… because I want to hear what you're reading.  I need to refresh the "to be read" pile!

Love Inspired Suspense's "Witness Protection" Series:
I fell into this one by accident.  I tend to read a lot of LIS novels when I'm writing, because it keeps my head in the game. I'm weird. If I'm reading women's fiction and writing suspense, it scrambles my brain.  Anyway, I read the fourth book first, then I had to go back and read the rest to find out what was happening with the illegal baby smuggling/selling/adoption ring. I loved the way the characters flowed among the stories, so we got to see them more than once.  And the suspense… yep.  Caught myself tensing up quite a bit in some of the stories.

 Julie L. Cannon's Scarlett Says:
Julie and I were agent mates, though I did not know her well. It still tilted the world a little when she passed away suddenly before this book was published. Abingdon sent me a copy to read, and it was actually the first book I read this summer.  It took me some time to get into it, largely because I had the wrong mindset going in.  I was expecting it to be something different than it was.  Once I readjusted, I realized Julie had a real talent for making quirky characters come to life.  Joan is different… and real. And you've got to love her in spite of the fact she's not like you and me. Siggy practically stole the novel… I loved him.  And the fun tidbits about Gone with the Wind and Margaret Mitchell re-piqued my interest.

Sarah Sundin's In Perfect Time:
I just finished this one two days ago.  I read it in four days. (I guess I did find some reading time after all…) Of course, I was very low on sleep by the time I turned the last page… Sarah Sundin will do that to you. I have yet to read one of hers that I can't put down.  If you're a fan of WWII novels, go buy her books now.  In Perfect Time is the conclusion of her "Wings of the Nightingale" series about flight nurses during WWII.  This one follows "bad girl" Kay Jobson, who really isn't such a bad girl after all. It's about what happens when your dreams change… and when God gets a-hold of you and turns your whole life around.  It's about who you really are versus who you think you are.  And, of course, it's about Kay and Roger… two people with pasts that haunt their presents.  My favorite book of the summer.  (I say that about all of her books… and it's true about all of her books.)

Now… what were your summer reads?  Any memorable books on your list?

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Jodie Bailey may or may not need more time to read. She's the author of two Love Inspired Suspense novels and has a novel with Abingdon Press, Quilted by Christmas, releasing in October.  In the same month, she has a novella in the Love Inspired Suspense collection Holiday Defenders.  She's looking forward to the fall and sweatshirt time… and many more good books to read.


16 comments:

  1. Hi Jodie! Thanks for the post. I had the same problem this summer - had all kinds of plans to read, but... Anyway, I did get to a few books. Most recently I'm reading a trilogy called Snapshots of History by Murray Pura, but I also read Patricia Bradley's Shadows of the Past and Janice Cantore's Visible Threat - you might like both of those.

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    1. What a wonderful surprise to read your comment, Linda and see Shadows of the Past mentioned! So glad you enjoyed it! Thank you!!

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    2. Those sound wonderful! Will have to add them to my stack!

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  2. Oh, Jodie, I can completely relate to "time" never co-operating! Thanks for sharing these reviews, both books sound like good reads.

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    1. Time? What's that? Time to read=less time to sleep. Sometimes I'm okay with that.

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  3. The exact same thing happened to me! Here I thought I'd have all this time to read...nope, sorry.

    I did get a chance to read The Hesitant Heiress by Dawn Crandall. She is a masterful storyteller.
    I've also been reading Murray Pura & Joseph Max Lewis' stories in the Declaration of Independence series. They did a fantastic job with it taking you inside the heads of Thomas Jefferson and John Hancock.
    Other than that, it's been research reading for me.

    Amber Schamel
    Bringing HIStory to Life
    www.AmberSchamel.com

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    1. I'll have to check those out. Thanks, Amber!

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  4. Summer??? What summer? These past 2 months have passed by in such a blur...but I have read a couple of great books...Cynthia Ruchti's All My Belongings is awesome and so is Sandra Orchard's Blind Trust.

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    1. I've heard good things about both of those… Will definitely have to look into them!

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  5. Fortunately I am semi-retired and have lots of time to read which I love being able to do. I have just finished reading The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron, Stars in the Night by Cara Putman, My Enemy's Cradle by Sara Young which were all wonderful reads. I am currently Johnny McClintock's War by Gerry McCullough which is a really good one too.

    Ann Ellison
    abilene_nana@yahoo.com

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    1. Jodie, I should have mentioned your books Freefall and Crossfire because I really enjoyed both of those.

      Ann Ellison

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    2. Love that list! You have quite a few on it, Ann. And thank you so much for reading Freefall and Crossfire. It makes my day that you liked them!!!

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  6. The children went back to school this week. Sad to realize the summer is gone and I've not accomplished much. Your comments struck a chord.
    JL Greger, author of medical thrillers - Coming Flu, Murder: ANew Way to Lose Weight, Ignore the Pain, and in November Malignancy

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    1. This summer went by way too fast. I feel like it just started! Medical thrillers? I've never read any medical thrillers. As someone who couldn't make it through a whole episode of ER, I'm not sure I could do it. :-)

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  7. I've read a few books this summer. My favorites: Sweet Olive by Judy Christie, Murder at the Mikado by Julianna Deering, and Awakening by Tracy Higley.

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    1. You're not the first to mention Sweet Olive to me. My interest is piqued now!

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