The weekend is here.
And it's summer.
So let's talk books.
Many of you know, I love to read. I mean, I really love to read. Click here if you need evidence of my addiction.
And like most readers, I'm always on the lookout for new authors and new books.
My most favorite kind of "mindless escape" book is mystery and suspense. Not horror or too much blood and guts kind of thing. Just a nice mystery - one or two dead bodies is acceptable.
My favorite mystery author is Mary Higgins Clark. But here's the problem - the woman only puts out one book a year.
And I can read much faster than that.
Hello, Mary! I'm talking to you.... Write Faster, Lady!!!
My favorite Christian mystery writers are Randy Singer (similar to John Grisham) and Terri Blackstock. But I've read all of their books.
So I need more!
One our recent trip to Aspen, I read "Caught" by Harlen Coben and was pleasantly surprised to discover that it was a really good mystery with no bad language. I'll be reading more of him this summer.
I've really gotten caught up in some memoir type books, too, like "Half Broke Horses" by Jeannette Walls.
And for some strange reason, since I don't really like to spend too much time in the kitchen, I find myself drawn to what I call "storybook cookbooks". These books are basically memoirs with a few recipes thrown in. For example, "My Life From Scratch" by Gesine Bullock-Prado (Sandra Bullock's sister, by the way) "Home Cooking: A Writer in the Kitchen" by Laurie Colwin, and "A Homemade Life" by Molly Wizenberg.
I think I love hearing them talk about food because I love to eat. But it also brings to mind many happy memories centered around food and family.
Don't even get me started on the Mitford books by Jan Karon. I am in love with those books. And so Jan Karon did what all authors do when they have a huge following of people who love a particular series. She ended it. It almost brings tears to my eyes.
So, let's do this.
I'll ask a couple of questions and you answer them by way of leaving a comment here or on Facebook or Twitter. Heck, you can even email me and I'll move your answer over here myself. Sounds fun, right?
Two things, though -
Please don't leave me hanging. Nothing's worse than asking a question and hearing crickets chirping instead of an answer.
And I'm really sorry for those of you still having trouble leaving a comment. I am a computer dunce and while I wish I could help you, I simply can't. Click here to read a post from Reagan with a comment tutorial and maybe that will help. Facebook comments are super easy so at least try that!
OK - question time!
What are your favorite kinds of books?
Who's your favorite author?
What are some of the best books you've ever read?
Let the comments fly!
And have a great weekend!