Thursday, May 26, 2011

So Many Books, So Little Time

Ellery Adams

Memorial weekend is fast approaching and I am so looking forward to three unofficial summer days of picnics, cookouts, and family visits. But even more than that, I am looking forward to slowing down. After nine moths of work, I've finished my first Charmed Put Shoppe book and am ready to take an entire THREE days off!

So what am I going to do with that delicious chunk of time?

Read. Read. Read.

I've got a few books waiting for me on my ereader including C.S. Harris' Where Shadows Dance and a copy of Marion Keyes' Sushi For Beginners on my nightstand because that's my June book club read.

I know I want to read the next Rick Riordan release, The Throne of Fire, and there are a number of cozies coming out in June to add to Mount TBR, including our own Lorna Barrett's Sentenced to Death and Maggie Sefton's Unraveled. Julie Hyzy's Grace Interrupted and Wendy Lyn Watson's A Parfait Murder will also hit the shelves.

What about you? Have you fallen in love with a book lately? Let us know what else we should be reading this weekend, no matter what the genre.


NoraA said...

I was lucky enough to get hold of a copy of The Red Throne from my library. It's a very exciting story. I even did a mini review of it. You do have to read it. I have copies of 2 of the 3 books you mentioned and a review will self explode a week before official release date. You'll just have to be surprised like everyone else. LOL Mwa Ha Haaaa

Tonya Kappes said...

Have a great weekend!! I plan on reading too:)

Sue said...

Hope you have a wonderful weekend You deserve it. Since I've finished almost all the cozy mysteries series, yours included, I will be reading Carolyn Haines Bones To Pick while I sit in the hospital with my sweetie who is having back surgery today. If he's home by Sunday then I can relax and grill out. I'll have to add a few more books to my TBR list to it looks like ;) Thanks for new suggestions.

Kristi said...

Oh, these are some good titles! I just finished "Grace Under Pressure" and will be looking for "Grace Interrupted". While it will not be in time for the weekend (out on Tuesday) I am waiting for the zombie-apocalyptic "Deadline" by Mira Grant. It is the second of her series.

Booklady said...

I'll be finishing up several books that I've agreed to review, but I'm hoping to slip in a "I just want to read it" read. The last day with students is tomorrow and then I have one last staff day and then except for a sprinkling of professional development classes, the summer is mine. I'll be spending it reading and walking (I'm doing a 39 mile Rocky Mountain Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in late June.) My book is reading The Next Thing on My List, which I'll start next week. It seems rather timely for me, since now that I've finished radiation I've started working on my Life Celebration List (I refuse to call it a Bucket List). As for the rest of my summer reads, Sentenced to Death, Unraveled, Throne of Fire, A Parfait Murder, top the list and I'm trying to get caught up on several series: The Supper Club, The Abby Knight series, The Cupcake Bakery series and The Charlotte Adams series, to name a few. Sounds like a mountain of a to read list (and that's not counting the ones I'll be reading for review), but at least with these series, I know ahead of time, I'll be enjoying a good read. And I think everyone needs to add Grace Interrupted to their tbr pile. It's been one of my favorite spring reads.

Dru said...

I just finished Tick Tock by James Patterson; I love his short chapter and this was a good book.

This weekend I plan to read Classified as Murder by Miranda James and Sticky Fingers by Nancy Martin.

Aurian said...

I am in the middle of the Abby Rose series by Leann Sweeney, and realy loving them. Reviews are on my blog as always if someone is interested.
But I also read a lot of paranormals, I am going to read the next Alyssa Day, Alexis Morgan, and Cherry Adair soon. But I also have debut author Thea Harrison on my shelf, and have read nothing but raving reviews about that one. So I want to find out for myself. I am playing hooky at the moment, took the afternoon off, just for some me-time. Which means time to blog, and to read.

Melissa said...

This weekend I plan to read A Courtesan's Guide to Getting Your Man by Celeste Bradley and Susan Donovan.

This summer, in addition to keeping up with all the new cozy releases, I really want to read Doc: A Novel by Mary Doria Russell and A Discovery of Witches.

Lisa D said...

I am finishing up Carpe Bead'Em by Tonya Kappes. Love this book! Even inspired me to get my "bead on" again.

Also, reading I Scream, You Scream. I wasn't even finished with the first chapter before I wanted ice cream. Real. Bad. So, I went to Bruster's and got a Turtle Sundae. There are so many laugh out loud moments in this book.

Enjoy the weekend and your days off. :-)

Maria said...

In Cozy I'd recommend "Take the Monkeys and Run" by Karen Cantwell-- read it last summer and it was a hoot!

I have on my cozy shelf: "Mrs. Polifax" and "Flowerbed of State" by Dorothy St. James

For Romance, I just downloaded, Maureen Miller's "Endless Night."
I don't read much romance, but this is billed as romantic suspense. I like mysteries.

For sci-fi (Do you get any of those stopping by???) HIGHLY recommend Nancy Fulda's novella, "Backlash." WHAT A GREAT STORY. Loved it. It's also in her collection: "Dead Men Don't Cry" There were some downers in that collection, but still a good read.

AND, AND, AND, the book I've really been waiting for is books four and five by Ilona Andrews (urban fantasy).

Lynn in Texas said...

Glad you'll get to kick back for a few days, Jen! I love hearing what everyone's reading, and take copious notes of the recommendations.

The other night I finished MURDER ON THE ICW: A Wilmington, NC Mystery by Ellen Elizabeth Hunter. (MC is a historic preservationist-- very interesting local lore)Now I'm almost finished Mary Jane Maffini's THE CLUTTERED CORPSE, in the Charlotte Adams, Professional Organizer series, and I always have a foodie/cookbook I'm browsing at the same time. At the moment I'm plowing thru NIGELLA KITCHEN, by the English cook Nigella Lawson & it's huge & hugely enjoyable with lots of gorgeous pictures and great recipes.

I have 2 more library books in my stack, STATE FAIR, the 14th in the Benni Harper Series by Earlene Fowler, and DAUGHTER OF FORTUNE by Isabel Allende, a historical novel of South American & various cultures.

Yesterday I received a small shipment of books, so last night I had to peek at what's next up this weekend and read a few lines of Jenny Nelson's GEORGIA'S KITCHEN, a foodie novel about a chef who goes to Italy to recover from a breakup & learn new cooking skills from her grandmother. Following in a similar vein, but set in France, I'm also looking forward to Bridget Asher's THE PROVENCE CURE FOR THE BROKENHEARTED. (No, I'm not brokenhearted, I just like to read about food,chefs & travel!;))

Hope everyone has a safe & relaxing holiday weekend!

signlady217 said...

I'm in the middle of "Anna Karenina" on my Kindle right now, so that's what I'm planning to try and finish this weekend. After that, who knows?!

Shel said...

The latest book I've absolutely fallen in love with is not *gasp* a cozy (sorry!). It's Hounded, by Kevin Hearne. It's the first in the Iron Druid Chronicles series, a new urban fantasy series. Some seriously addictive brain crack going on with these! The next one is out in June, and I cannot wait.

Linda McDonald said...

I have not read a John Grisham book in a while, but I picked up "The Confession" at the library a couple of days ago and I'm hooked. I'll be enjoying that book over the long weekend. Enjoy your reading!

Ellery Adams said...

Oh boy, I have definitely added some books to my wish list!

Nicci Stark said...

I'm reading CAT MOVES by Karen E. Rigley on my Kindle.

Brittney said...

I read Dru's last book reviews and was interested in the Sally Goldenbaum books. So I picked up the first one and can't put it down! Gotta go get the rest of the series now! Have a great long weekend :)

Angela - Bookaunt said...

This has been a month of cozies for me. I have read Knit one, kill two by Maggie Sefton; Truly, Madly by Heather Webber (which I loved); Royal Flush and Royal Blood by Rhys Bowen; and A Fatal Waltz by Tasha Alexander (not sure if this is considered a cozy). I will be starting Deeply, Desperately by Heather Webber. I just love Lucy.

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Anonymous said...

I loved the Throne of Fire! Another good book I'm reading: A Killer Plot, which you obviously don't have to read :)

Vickie said...

Just finished:
The really superb urban fantasy: MIDNIGHT RIOT - Ben Aaronovitch, set in London, a revenant playing havoc and must be stopped.

HUNT FOR ATLANTIS - Andy McDermott, archeological thriller, set world wide, fasten your seatbelts for this ride kind of book, highly excellent

BONES OF A FEATHER: Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery #11 - Carolyn Haines, Southern mystery with a nice Gothic touch this time around for Sarah Booth and Tinkie investigating the theft of a wealthy family's heirloom ruby necklace.

Currently listening to NIGHTSHADE: China Bayles #16 - Susan Wittig Albert, China's half-brother is found a victim of a hit and run and China and McQuade investigate

Bedside book is FALSE MERMAID - Erin Hart, suspense, first two books in the series are just excellent and I look forward to getting more time with this one

Purse book is ARK OF FIRE - C M Palov, archeological thriller, seem to be in the mood for this genre, really good so far

Kaye said...

OOh, Ellery, you'll love A Parfait Murder. I just finished it and the review and giveaway will be on my blog Thursday. I'm in the middle of Summer in the South by Cathy Holton and loving it more with every page. Have a good week and happy reading!