It seems to be hotter than usual for this time of year in the American South; just perfect to engage in a writer’s oft ignored other necessary activity. No, not editing, rewriting, or peddling my own titles on social media. If anything, I should be checking out those supposedly helpful titles on how better to promote one’s own books, or submit them to sites proclaiming to reach masses and masses of book-buyers—for a fee, of course. But…I am not.
Instead, I am allowing myself some “time out,” and to wallow in the guilty pleasure I engaged in since I learned the alphabet: Reading.
A couple of months ago, I drew up a plan for the summer. A few books, I already finished but want to share with you; while I am in the middle of a couple more, with others still on my Want-to-Read list.
(My Reviews are posted on Amazon. You can also find some on my blog
Aurelia * (Book IV of the Roma Nova series) – Alison Morton (Interesting premise)
The Sublest Soul * – Virginia Cox (Deliciously Machiavellian subtleties)
Sirocco: A French Girl comes of Age in War-Torn Algeria – Daniella A. Dahl
(A touching story about a forgotten war. I was curious, since I too wrote a “Sirocco.”)
Tidewater, A Novel of Pocahontas – Libbie Hawker (Beautifully descriptive language)
Ripple * – Tui Allen (Makes one wonder: Would the natural world be better off without us?)
In Search of a Revolution – Christoph Fischer (also read several of his other books)
(There are more, among them a provocative 5-volume Poetry series by
Canadian Poet Jim Bennett)
On The Account (Published July 7) – Helen Hollick (Non-stop action; hard time to live in)
Pianist in A Bordello * – Mike C. Erickson (Not yet settled into this political satire)
Want To Read:
In the Shadow of the Storm * – Anna Belfrage
Bring it Close * – Hellen Hollick
Inceptio * – Alison Morton
The Spirit Room * – Marshel Paul
Samoa * – J. Robert Shaffer
* denotes a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree
If you detect a “stormy-seas” theme among these titles, it is true: I love the ocean, sailing, history and exotic places. Still, I would not call myself a genre-reader, but do admit to follow an author once I like the writing style, no matter the subject.
Several books on here are titles from a series, thus begging for the rest of them to be read. HELP! I am a writer; I must stop reading! Of course, I never will.
B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree
Be sure to check out Stephanie’s interview with Inge here