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 just finished the newest Elizabeth Peters’ offering A River in the Sky and, as always, enjoyed it. I also recently read Michelle Moran’s Cleopatra’s Daughter. Tried and true – I’m reading James Rollins’ Altar of Eden on my iPod Touch. Just getting started on this one, but I can always count on the perfect summer read from this author.
I’m waiting for the new James Patterson and Maxine Paetro Women’s Murder Club novel – The 9th Judgment. I love this series (and wish the tv series had lasted longer). 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?