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: We’re well into summer with its warm breezes and cold beers. Things are a little more relaxed. Time to take our collective pulse and find out what warm weather books we’ve been reading.
Wendy Thomas – part of my job is to review books for a publication, so I read a lot. (The fact that you can rarely find me without a book – I even take them when I go to the movies, because you never know – means that I go through many books. Here are some of my most recent –
- The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer – you read about that one yesterday in my post.
- The Summer before the War by Helen Simonson – fantastic for those of us going through Downton Abbey withdrawal
- The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney – broken families and blue blood
- The Fireman by Joe Hill – classic King horror
- You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero – How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life – a good kick in the pants.
- How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big by Scott Adams (the Dilbert guy) – funny and motivational
On my list to read are Atonement (recently saw the movie and now I want to read the book) and New York in a Dozen Dishes.
Lisa J. Jackson: I haven’t read much for personal enjoyment this summer. All I’ve managed, that I can recall (have given a lot of books away as I pack to move), are Jessica Andersen’s Lord of the Wolfyn, Rob Smales’ Echoes of Darkness (compilation of short stories), and Jim Benson’s and Tonianne DeMaria Barry’s Personal Kanban (reading still in process).
I usually read in the evenings and weekends, but not this summer!
Diane MacKinnon: I’ve been reading a lot of nonfiction this summer, but my son and I just finished listening to The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan and immediately started on the second book in the series, The Throne of Fire. I’ve always loved mythology of every culture, so it’s been really fun to read (listen to) stories about the Egyptian gods and goddesses. I also recently bought The Hobbit on CD for us to listen to on a long car trip coming up in August. I bought it rather than get it from the library because it’s one I read many times as a child and I know we will listen to it many times over the next few years.
Deborah Lee Luskin: I am currently and completely engrossed in Jeffery Lent’s A Slant of Light. Before that, The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin. For me, the warm weather doesn’t really change what I read, just where: I have an Adirondack Chair in the shade outside my studio where I like to decompress in the late afternoon, when my brain’s fried from writing and it’s too hot to do anything else.