Friday Fun is a group post from the writers of the NHWN blog. Each week, we’ll pose and answer a different, get-to-know-us question. We hope you’ll join in by providing your answer in the comments.
QUESTION: What fiction are you reading right now? What made you pick these titles? Are there any fiction books you’ve recently abandoned?
Lisa J. Jackson: Interesting that the question implies we’re each reading more than one novel at a time – do we all do that? I don’t like that I have multiple novels started – must mean that some aren’t holding my interest! I won’t say I’ve abandoned them since I do feel I’ll get back to them. Anyway, the one I’m currently reading in bits and spurts is Charlaine Harris’s From Dead to Worse. It’s been in my TBR pile for over a year and I just dug it out a week or so ago. I have several J.D. Robb novels to get to (haven’t started any of them). I’m a huge fan of the Dallas series, and these are part of that.
Wendy Thomas: When I was a clinical microbiologist, if there were so many bacteria in a culture that it was impossible to accurately count them, we’d indicate this by using the notation TMTC (too many to count.) That’s kind of the way I am with fiction and non-fiction books. I have books tucked all over my house, waiting like old friends, for me to continue our conversations. Current fiction includes: The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker. Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor, Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, and I’m in the process of re-reading The Power of One by Bryce Coutenay (if you haven’t read that one you absolutely should.) I didn’t get a chance last week to tell what non-fiction books I’m reading but that list is truly TMTC!
Deborah Lee Luskin: Because I’m neck deep in writing a novel, I’m not reading novels right now. Instead, I’m reading the slim volumes of poetry and flash fiction that have piled up on my bedside table. Inspiring, restful, spare.
Julie Hennrikus: I am supposed to be reading Wolf Hall for my book club. It is on my Kindle, waiting. I know I will like it, but haven’t had the focus to dive in yet. Instead I am looking at Julie Hyzy’s Fonduing Fathers. I like her White House Chef series, and think that it would be a nice distraction. And Hank Phillippi Ryan’s book The Other Woman is begging to be read.
Jamie Wallace: I am SO with Lisa and Wendy! I used to be a monogamous reader – one book at a time. These days, I’ve become a bit more wanton in my reading habits. Like Wendy, I have a house whose nooks and crannies are filled with fiction of all kinds in all stages of being read. Some have only had their covers cracked and a few first pages read. Others are mellowing in the halfway done space. A few are lingering on table tops and chairs even though they’ve recently had their last page turned (usually, if I’ve made it that far, with some regret). The current crop include the following titles:
- Igraine the Braveby Cornelia Funke – Recommended by friends as a good girl power book – finished & enjoyed.
- Chime by Franny Billingsly – Recommended by a friend and just started.
- The Secret of Lost Things by Sheridan Hay – I started this one in the summer and put it aside, but it’s been calling to me recently.
- Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones – I heard Jones speak at Grub Street’s Muse conference last year and, although it wasn’t the type of thing I’d usually pick up, I bought her book. I’ve been enjoying it both for the story and for the quality of her writing and her characters.
- Sabriel by Garth Nix – The first in a trilogy, I’d read this before, but recently “read” it again as an audio book. I enjoyed it so much that I bought the other two books in the series (also on audio). Nix creates a world rich with history and magic, and the story is one of humanity and mystery intertwined. Dark, but so delicious.
- The Cat Who Wasn’t There by Lillian Jackson Braun – There are some books that bring comfort in the chaos. This series by Braun has always been that for me. I am enjoying them even more as audio books, incomparably read by the dashing George Guidall.
The list goes on and on … and that’s a good thing.
P.S. In case you were wondering, audio books are not cheating.
Susan Nye: I usually read one book at a time. I recently was forced to do a little juggling, so in the past day or two … I finished The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay and The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom. The Power of One was a re-read and one of my favorite books of all time.The Kitchen House was for book club. It was good but not wonderful. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh is next on our list.