This will be my last post before my HoF hiatus begins. Come the time I'm up again, I will have a new book about to release (Seeking Carolina, from Lyrical/Kensington.) Fall will be in full swing, Halloween on the way, Thanksgiving and all the winter holidays just there on the horizon. But before me now is glorious summer, and we readers and writers know what that means--
When we were kids in school, we were the ones who might have complained about the summer reading assignment along with our friends, but secretly rejoiced. We could read without being told, "Go do something!" or "You're sitting under a tree reading when you could be at the lake with your friends?" Come on. You know you were that kid. I proudly admit to being so. When I was a little girl, I sat in tree in my yard reading about Ramona and Pippi and Harriet the Spy. I read fiction and non-fiction. Romance and fantasy and westerns. Black Beauty, My Friend Flicka, and Cimmaron fed my love of horses. When I could drive, I went to the park just because I could (and because the massive branch finally broke off during a hurricane.) I sat under a tree there and got to know King Arthur and Guinevere, Frodo, Bilbo, Gandalf, Thomas Covenant, Polgara, Tannis Half-Elven. Summer reading has ever been my favorite reading, and continues to be to this day. It wasn't long ago that I sat in my skychair devouring the entire Harry Potter series. There's just something about summer and reading that just goes so nicely together.
I want book recommendations. Caveat--it can't be your book. If you're an author, this is not the place to pimp your prose! Any and all blatant plugs will be deleted. Here are my book recommendations:
The Storied Life of AJ Fikry, by Gabrielle Zevin. Easily one of the best books I've read all year.
Garden Spells and First Frost, by Sarah Addison Allen. Garden Spells was her first; First Frost her most recent. They revolve around the same group of characters. Not only does it make a more complete story read together, but--if you're a writer--it's interesting to see the evolution of her writing skills and style. (Note, anything you pick up by SAA will be a summer treat. She's a favorite of mine.)
Od Magic, by Patricia McKillip. What can one say about Ms. McKillip? She's simply brilliant. Anything you read by her is going to become one of your new favorites. Od Magic happens to be my favorite.
The Gold Coast, by Nelson DeMille. This is an older title, but it makes a great, exciting summer read.
Here Be Dragons, by Sharon K. Penman. Another old title (1985,) but if you love a meaty historical, this one will keep you entertained. There are also three others in the Welsh History series. I read it about twenty years ago and I still think about it all the time.
I could go on forever. So many great books! What do you recommend?