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.
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.