Saturday, January 8, 2011

What Are You Reading Between the Covers?

There's a large stack of books piling up on my nightstand at the moment because I've been a little preoccupied with my newest pet, a 3-toed box turtle.  I named him Bradbury after Ray Bradbury, one of my favorite authors.

It's hard for me to resist his tiny wrinkled old man face and I've been spending more time watching him than reading lately.

A lot of friends and relatives are always asking me for book suggestions.  I read about 60+ books a year and am happy to share my good findings with you.  I read a variety of genres, but mostly historical fiction, fantasy, horror, and science fiction, though sometimes I delve into cyberpunk here and there and other genres.  (Actually, as a writer I find it hard to use blanket terms like "fantasy" and "horror", etc. because there are so many sub-categories out there and I enjoy them all!  But I'll save that for another blog, perhaps).  I also read mainstream fiction, though not as much as the genres I like to write in.

I like short stories at bedtime because I can finish a tale in one sitting and go to bed completely satisfied.  If I'm reading a good novel, I tend to lose track of time and more sleep than I should!  Last night I finished reading Death's Excellent Vacation, edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner.  It's a wonderful, humorous short story collection about what happens to paranormals on their vacations.  This collection was amusing and a fast read like the other collections they've edited together, which I also highly recommend.  It was so good, it actually inspired me to write my own gargoyle story, which I am currently working on.  If you like succubus, vampires, demons, and more, then this collection is for you. 

Here's the link to this book:

Currently, I am reading a historical novel by Isabel Allende, Island Beneath the Sea.  It's set in Saint-Domingue in the late 1700s and tells the tale of a young slave girl's journey into womanhood and her search for her own identity.  I'm about 1/5 through the book.  In fact, I stayed up later than I had planned reading because I couldn't wait to find out what happened next.

Here's the link to this book:

Now if you'll excuse me, I have a book to get back to.

As always, happy writing and happy reading to all!