Thursday, July 7, 2011

What We're Reading!

We thought it would be fun to share what we’re reading right this moment! So here’s the scoop on which spines we’ve got cracked and those covers we just closed.

Bethany: I'm reading GEEZER GIRLS, a crime novel by British author Dreda Say Mitchell. The first couple of chapters aren't thrilling me (a garter can NOT hold up a .357), but I really want to like it, so I'm gonna give it little bit longer. And of course, I'm waiting for LITTLE BLACK DRESS to arrive in the mail! (Wish I could speed that up for you, Bethany! :->)

Joelle: TORN (the debut book for the Kensington KTeen line) by Erica O'Rourke. And hey--I also ordered LITTLE BLACK DRESS. I'm feeling like I'm one of the family! (Aw, thanks, Joelle! And you are!)

Laura:  Emily Giffin's LOVE THE ONE YOU'RE WITH.  Very entertaining, fun fast read!

Lori:  I just finished SHELTER by Harlan Coben (comes out in September--his first foray into the YA world).  But I also just read NO REST FOR THE DEAD, a collaboration of 25 mystery authors. Pretty cool!!! (Here’s an excerpt from Lori’s review:  When I read the preview for this book I was immediately enticed. So many great authors all in one place?! A readers dream come true.  Was it possible for twenty-five different authors to write one seamless story? I would quickly find out that the answer was – heck ya!)

Maggie: I'm reading THE SPELLMANS STRIKE AGAIN by Lisa Lutz. Love, love, love this series but haven't had time to read the latest installment until now. It's about a family of private investigators and when I say family, I mean it--the youngest is a teenager. They are constantly getting into each other's business and sabotaging each other's plans. It's hysterical but with a pretty good mystery embedded. One of my favorite series.

Maria: I just finished MOCKINGJAY by Suzanne Collins. It was a great ending to a great trilogy!

Marian (Northern half of Evelyn David): I just finished BOSSYPANTS by Tina Fey. A hoot! Am re-reading MURDER ON A GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT by Anne George. Great characters, delightful humor.

Marilyn: I’m reading two books, one is Kris Neri’s REVENGE FOR OLD TIMES’ SAKE, which is delightful, and an ARC of a YA novel called JANE JONES:  WORST VAMPIRE EVER by Caissie St. Onge—which is also the name of the heroine. Clever story and I’m enjoying it.

Rachel: Just finished DEAD MAN’S SWITCH by debut mystery author Tammy Kaehler. This is a great choice for fans of a strong female protagonist as it features a resourceful amateur sleuth who is also a racecar driver. Girl power! Kabam! I'll blog about this one soon over at Write It Anyway. Next up for me is a beta read for my thriller writer pal CJ West, whose new one is called ADDICTED TO LOVE, and then I think I'll finally show up (years) late to THE HUNGER GAMES party (Suzanne Collins) because I've just heard too many good things not to give it a try.

Rhonda (Southern half of Evelyn David): I just finished STILL MISSING by Chevy Stevens. This is an excellent psychological mystery. A real estate agent was abducted during an open house. She was missing for a year. The book starts after her return. She is seeing a psychiatrist and one chapter at a time she tells us, and the psychiatrist, what happened to her then and what's happening now. STILL MISSING is a fascinating, well written novel. The book has a very unique plot construction with its one session at a time method of conveying the story. Definitely not for the squeamish. There's some sexual content, although not as graphic as you might suppose. I highly recommend it. Next up – THE GIRL WHO DISAPPEARED TWICE by Andrea Kane.
Susan:  I just finished A PUG'S TALE by Alison Pace, which was adorable.  It's about a woman who works in the restoration department of the Met.  She's dog-sitting her boyfriend's pug, Max, while Ben is halfway around the world doing pro bono legal work, and she realizes a painting hanging in one of the galleries is a forgery.  The thief leaves her notes, like a scavenger hunt, until she figures out whodunit (with Max helping, of course!). Now I'm reading EARTHLY PLEASURES by Karen Neches about a greeter in Heaven who's sent down to earth. I'm really enjoying it!

So tell us which book you’ve got open right this minute! Or one you just finished. We’d love to hear what everyone else is reading.


  1. I think it's always interesting to see what others are reading.

    Rhonda ~ I just finished (and reviewed) her next book Never Knowing. Amazing. And I'm about 80 pages into the Andrea Kane book. I'm really enjoying it so far.

  2. Hi Lori,

    I'll have to pick up Knowing! Thanks.

    aka The Southern Half of Evelyn David

  3. So I can't stick a .357 in my garter, Bethany? Bummer! I just love the title, GEEZER GIRLS. Maggie, I need to read the SPELLMANS series. I have the first one, but haven't gotten to it yet. I know, I'm so behind! Maria, I read THE HUNGER GAMES but not the second or third book. Must get to those someday, too! Lots of great titles mentioned here, Gang! Now my TBR stack (um, stacks) will have to keep growing.

  4. You guys are adding to my TBR pile! Susan, you must read the SPELLMANS series; it's fantastic. And anyone who doesn't have LITTLE BLACK DRESS on order? Get to it! It's fantastic! Maggie

  5. I just finished the new Jon Ronson book "The Psychopath Test" and it was good.

    Reading an old collection of essays from David Rakoff, "Fraud".

    Still trying to get into Franzen's "Freedom", though.

    And, I'll pitch again for the C. Schine book "The Three Weissmanns of Westport"--light but good.

    Trying to sneak in more personal (vs. work) reading time this summer, but only having mild success. Boohoo.

  6. I just finished reading the third book in the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich.
    Currently I'm reading The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson.

  7. Nina, the early books in the Stephanie Plum series are so much fun! And I remember seeing THE GARGOYLE everywhere when it came out. It looks good.

    Vicky, I've been wanting to read THE THREE WEISSMANS OF WESTPORT. I'm going to put that on my list now. :-)

  8. Err... probably shouldn't read my review of THE THREE WEISSMANS over at goodreads if you're really looking forward to it. And NO! There's a reason that thigh holsters are made with a giant size strip of velcro - guns are heavy. I'm giving her a discount due to being British and therefore having no way to personally research guns. Plus, I like her name because, if you punctuated it, it could be a sentence.

  9. No Rest for the Dead is a well told, well laid out and plotted mystery, I couldn't stop reading it. It's rather like a well designed quilt, all of the separate pieces are finally stitched together to make a solid piece. It's the fine stitching and the weaving of the threads that bind the pieces that make the finished quilt strong and sturdy. That's what you have in No Rest for the Dead.