What Are You Reading?

Saturday, January 9th, 2010 • 4 Comments on What Are You Reading?

Jay got me a Barnes & Noble Nook e-reader for Christmas.  (It’s actually nook, but it irks my English major sensibilities not to capitalize a name.)  So far, all I’ve done is turn it on, register it and adjust the settings.  I haven’t exactly had a lot of free time to read lately—and when I have had time to read, I’ve been catching up on the huge stack of magazines that had been accumulating since October—but hopefully I’ll be more inclined to read if I have a few books at hand.  (Books bought in 2009 and before don’t count, everyone knows that.)  I was at Barnes & Noble the other day and didn’t have my Nook with me, but they apparently offer free content if you connect while in the store.  I’m not sure what that means, but I’ll have to try it out.  The reviews suggest the Nook is superior to Amazon’s Kindle.  I’ve only seen one Kindle up close so I don’t really have a basis for comparison, but I do seem to be adding to my arsenal of cool techie gadgets.

Now I’m looking for book recommendations.  Preferably something not related to babies, parenting, motherhood, children, etc. (I’m pretty sure I already own all the how-to books, anyway, and I need some escapism in my fiction right now.)  I was checking out David Wellington’s Frostbite and almost bought the paperback, but then I remembered my Nook and figured I would wait.  I haven’t read anything by him before, but I love a good werewolf tale (or vampire tale).  I also love that it doesn’t have a woman on the cover with a come-hither look, which seems to be the cliche of all werewolf/vampire/shapeshifter/slayer books lately.  Does the wolf on the cover mean they’re trying to appeal to a male audience or female audience?  Oddly enough, my first thought was male.  I guess I’m conditioned to pick up books with women on the cover even though I’m a woman.  (Kristina Lloyd would have a field day with that one.)

So, what are you reading?  What have you read?  What was the best book you read in 2009?  What’s on your to-be-read list (or in your to-be-read pile)?  I need to know!

Posted by Kristina in Books and Reading
  • One of my top discoveries this year is Carol Goodman, who writes literary mysteries with gothic overtones. I eat them up with a spoon and they wouldn’t be better even with chocolate syrup on top. Yum!

  • danielle says:

    ha..when i came here was actually not reading anything since i finished everything readable in the house..but after reading your post i just ordered two of David Wellington’s books…thank you for the advice..tongue laughPPPP

  • Gena says:

    I’m currently reading “Girls Will Be Girls,” a lesbian short story anthology by Leslea Newman, and I’m enjoying it a lot. I can also recommend anything by Wally Lamb, anything by Kate Christensen, anything by Julia Watts (another great lesbian writer), and my all-time favorite book “Sheila Levine is Dead and Living in New York,” by Gail Parent. And this year, on the non-fiction front, I also enjoyed the Patrick Swayze autobiography and “Assuming the Position” by Rick Whitaker.

  • Kristina says:

    Oh, I just love gothics!  Thanks for the recommendation, Dayle.  (And I owe you an e-mail… I’m digging out from the backlog!)

    Danielle ~ Well, I haven’t read anything of his yet so I can’t recommend him, but he does look like an author I’ll enjoy!

    Thanks for all of the suggestions, Gena.  I love Leslea Newman—worked with her years ago and think she’s just awesome!  Parent’s book sounds fun, I’ll have to check that one out for sure!

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