Monday, November 17, 2008

Whatcha Readin'?

As most writers tend to be, I'm also an avid reader. Right now two novels divide my readerly attention: A Tale of Two Sisters, the story of close sisters who abandon their relationship when circumstances make it easy, written by Anna Maxted, and Emma, the classic tale by Jane Austen.

What are you reading now? What do you recommend? Help create a list to keep nearby for the cold winter months ahead.

24 comments:

Angie Ledbetter said...

Just finished The Secret Life of Bees, and am now devouring The Da Vinci Code and beta reading two manuscripts. How's the sister book so far?

Ang said...

"Trying" to read Mother of the Bride by Lynn Michaels. NaNo seems to be getting in the way, but I am sure I will pick it back up in about 2 weeks. And then I plan to take with me on our trip to Ohio, Nicholas Sparks', Nights in Rodanthe.

Happy Reading!

thedomesticfringe said...

Ok, I'm currently reading the Twighlight series. Do I admit this? It's just that I've heard SO MUCH about it, I had to read them for myself. I wish they had a little more action throughout. I recently finished What Happened To Anna K. by Irina Reyn.

Melissa Marsh said...

I'm reading Jennifer Donnelly's The Winter Rose. It has completely sucked me in. And it's a huge book. But it's one of those where I almost don't want to keep reading for fear of what is going to happen to the characters - yet I.MUST.KNOW. :-)

Jen said...

Ooooh! I just got a whole bunch of books for my birthday. Ordered them from B&N, actually, so they aren't here yet.

I got:

The Crying Lot 49 -Thomas Pynchon
Expensive People - Joyce Carol Oates
I Am Legend - Richard Matheson
No Country for Old Men- Cormac McCarthy.

Should keep me busy for about a week, I think, depending on how long they are.

Nothing better than a new book and some hot chocolate or tea on a cold winter's night, is there? :)

Joanne said...

How about a Christmas book? Fannie Flagg's A Redbird Christmas is heartwarming, short, and easy reading in this hectic season. Especially heartwarming.

Barbara said...

I'm reading The Shack.

Turkey Lurkey said...

I am on the last book of two different series. I got half way through Breaking Dawn, stopped and read the rest on Wiki. But I cant leave it half read, so I tucked back into it last night. (although with less vigor)

I am also reading the final Potter book. (Second time) There were a few unanswered questions I had with plot and such, so I wanted to give the book a second look.

Turkey Lurkey said...

Ooh! Barbara, I plan to read The Shack next! :) It looks very interesting.

Melanie Avila said...

Janna, I'll never understand how anyone can read more than one book at a time. To me that's like watching two movies at once. Too distracting!

I'm reading Atonement and I LOVE it. So good. The big life-changing event just happened and I can't wait to get back to it.

Terri Tiffany said...

I enjoyed reading about what everyone else is reading! I don't have any book going right now (shock!) because I was studying real estate stuff--but I PASSED..!

WendyCinNYC said...

I'm reading The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. It started slow, and with a tremendous amount of backstory for a debut novel might I add--but it's an excellent read.

Michaéle said...

I took the best book with me on my recent trip, "Audition" by Barbara Walters. It was a good, long meaty read, perfect for a long airplane trip. I read it all the way to Florida, didn't pick it up at all while I was on the cruise, but was anxious to start reading it again on the way home. VERY interesting. I love biographies and she has some great stories to tell.

Janet said...

I'm reading Gardens of the Moon and not liking it at all. Very, very complicated geopolitical historical situation with too few explanations, way too many characters and very thin characterization. Lots of magical bang-bang and conflict, which is boring me more than intriguing me. Oh well.

And reading A Father's Law by Richard Wright which is much more interesting but I always feel bad when he yells at his son. That's why I picked up Gardens of the Moon in the first place. Can't win for trying.

On the positive side, I recently re-read Smiley's People by John LeCarré. If I ever teach a writing class, I think I'll make it assigned reading. Description, characterization, vibrant minor characters, impeccable plotting... He does so many things right, it's scary.

Rachel Burton said...

High Fidelity by Nick Hornby. Even though I've seen the movie and read most of his other books, I hadn't got aroud to this one before. He's a funny bloke.

Janna Qualman said...

Angie - Me, too! I forgot to add the two betas I'm doing. So technically, that makes four novels I'm reading. ;) And I have to tell you, I for some reason couldn't finish reading The Secret Life of Bees. It just didn't keep my attention. I don't even care to see the movie because of it. Isn't that horrible? Oh! And the sister book is really, really good. The feel is similar to Bridget Jones and the like.

Ang - Nights in Rodanthe was one of the first Sparks books I read. He's one of my favorites!

Fringegirl - You can if I can! :P What do you think? I read the first two; haven't decided yet if I'll read the second two.

Melissa - I've heard that author's name a lot lately. What genre(s) does she write?

Jen - Happy Birthday!!! I LOVE ordering books and anticipating their arrival. So fun!

Joanne - My mom loves the Fannie Flagg books. I read one of 'em, but now I can't remember which title it was. :/

Barbara - I've not heard of that one. I'll have to look it up!

Turk - So Wiki gives the goods? Wow, I can't believe you're going to finish reading it. I hope it's not too sludgy for you.

Melanie - I guess I don't jump back and forth too much, but I may read a little on one and then a little on the other. Did I see you say somewhere Ewan McGregor wrote that?! I wanna say it sounds familiar. So he's a good writer?

Terri - That's wonderful! I know you've not been looking forward to it, but maybe this'll be a good thing for you. Hugs and luck!

Wendy - Another I haven't heard of, but I'll look it up. I have to admit, I'm getting worse about sticking around with slow-starting novels. Did you have a hard time not putting it down?

Janet - You certainly get an A for effort! :D

Janna Qualman said...

Rachel - Good movie. LOVE John Cusack! I hadn't realized it was a book first. Hmm...

Melanie Avila said...

Janna, close, but no, lol. Ian McEwan wrote it (he has quite a few other books). Ewan is the actor, that's why he sounds familiar. But I lurve him so now I'm drooling.

I've never read any of Nick Hornby's books but I've heard he's funny. True story: I saw John Cusack's chair when they were filming High Fidelity in Chicago. The chairs were outside under a tree near all the trucks and they were inside filming. It sounds like nothing but it was very exciting. :)

Janna Qualman said...

*snort* I'm such a dork. I knew he was the actor.

colbymarshall said...

Just picked up the new James Patterson today: Cross Country. I'm so stoked to start reading it!

Janna Qualman said...

Colby - I hadn't heard about his newest. But the most recent before that (Sundays at Tiffany's?) is on my To Read list. Did you read it? Love him.

thedomesticfringe said...

I have to say that the first two books of the Twilight series have been a little bit of a let-down. I think it may be because of the hype surrounding them. I expected them to be phenomanol. They are good, but I think they need a little more action. Book one got a little slow and then finished big. I'm only 1/2 way through book 2. What do you think?

Pink Ink said...

I'm reading about Magellan's Voyage, immersing myself in that time period for my current WIP.

Janna Qualman said...

Fringegirl - I feel the same: disappointed. I've about decided not to read the last two books, but we'll see.

Pink - Way to be thorough! :)