Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Summer Reading

A few weeks ago I decided it was time to start reading all those books that had found their way into my TBR stack and then, over time, been slowly forgotten. Plus, I had an urge to read a few old standbys (I'm currently working on The Bride of Pendorric by Victoria Holt). I'm also spending four out of five weekday mornings at the pool while my boys participate in swim team (somewhat disguised as advanced swim lessons). Rather serendipitously, I've hit upon some great reads to pack up for poolside.

Having long ago read Julie Kenner's Carpe Demon (and greatly enjoyed it), I had California Demon on my shelf, whiling away the time until I felt the fast-paced pull of a witty, multi-tasking demon-hunting soccer mom. And while in book 2 of this series there is no mention of anyone actually playing soccer (or being on a soccer team), I greatly enjoyed this book too and have since gone searching for more. Demons are Forever and Deja Demon are currently on loan from the library, and a brand-new book, Demon Ex Machina (clever, clever) is due out in October!

If you've never read a Julie Kenner novel, I highly recommend it. As a writer she is fast, feisty, and fun. I've also read her Code-Breaking Trilogy. Having met her at both a book signing and a writers conference, I can comfortably say that in real-life she is sweet as can be.

I also just finished Oh. My. Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs--very much enjoyed it--and I am looking forward to The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie--the one book I have splurged on in recent months. What are you reading??


Lucy said...

I 100% agree with you on the Julie Kenner books and her personally as well. She seems so down to earth and sweet.

It's funny because I actually pre-ordered her Ex-Machina book just last night

Anneliese Kelly said...

These look like fun summer reads. I've got some nineteenth-century literature on my list (I read it like it's my job...which it is). But I'm also soliciting feedback on some London-based romance at Damned Scribbling Women.

And I'll definitely be reading some Loretta Chase this summer.

David Cranmer said...

I spend quite a bit of time at hotels and nothing beats reading by the pool. But I do pick the evening hours or it can be distracting.

I'm reading a collection of mysteries edited by Alfred Hitchcock. Plus Free Fall in Crimson by John D. MacDonald and dozens of submissions for my e-zine.

Keri Mikulski said...

Love summer reads!!

I agree with Julie Kenner too. And she's super sweet. :)

Miss Chevious said...

alas, i've forsaken my adult TBR pile with a bunch of children's lit books...although they are rather enjoyable. :)

Liza said...

I love Julie Kenner's books! Can't wait for the newest release in October, but I'll have to get at the library until it is out in paperback.

I'm currently reading Fatally Flaky by Diane Mott Davidson. It is the latest in her Goldy Schultz series, and I'm really enjoying it so far. My big splurge will be the new Sherrilyn Kenyon book in August (Bad Moon Rising). I haven't been buying many hardback books lately, so this will be a big splurge.

Barrie said...

Thank you for the recommendations! Will you write a book review on one of them? :)