Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Summer Reads

I love summer reading – it’s like ice cream on a hot day without the calories! I move from genre to genre, somehow always coming back to the mystery or the suspense/thriller category, though. There’s just something about trying to figure out whodunit, while sitting in the shade of an oak or maple tree, even a shade umbrella, that relaxes me. I don’t consider summer reading the time for fluff either – I love books and reading at any time, but somehow, the relaxation of summer means it’s okay to spend an afternoon reading.

Right now, I have a couple of books on the go. I tried a new author with Michael Blair and his Depth of Field: A Granville Island book. I’m really enjoying it so far and it’s always great to discover a new-to-you author.

Tried and true – I’m also reading the James Patterson and Maxine Paetro book The 8th Confession on my iPod Touch. I’m a Women’s Murder Club addict and was very displeased when they didn’t pick up the series for more than one season on television. I really liked the casting, and it was a case of the series led me to the books. Anyway, just getting started on this one, but I can always count on the perfect summer read in this series.

I also like how Patterson works with other authors – can you imagine the career boost (even if you’re already successful) of working with Patterson. It’s a guaranteed sale to the publisher and lots of sales, and thus royalties. I’m not sure how the collaboration works, but it would be fantastic to have the opportunity to work with an author like Patterson who has the process down to a fine art when it comes to writing, marketing, publicity, etc.

Anyway, what are your favorite summer reads that you’re either already indulging in or looking forward to reading?


Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Right now I have "Girl Who Played with Fire" on my reading list. Right now I'm finally reading P.D. James' latest book, "Private Patient."

And I wish I had more time to read! I really have to work to make the time now---I feel guilty if I'm not writing.

Mystery Writing is Murder

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Looking forward to The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro - love a book that really shows the dark & dirty side of vampires!

L. Diane Wolfe

Suzanne Arruda said...

I'm re-reading all my Tony Hillermans and sorry there won't be any more Jim Chee. But I'm also reading the old Nairobi newspapers (microfilm)to research my series and discovered some intriguing actual murder mysteries.

Libby McKinmer said...

Love reading other people's reading lists -- suggests authors I haven't thought of or known, as well as familiar names.