Monday, March 11, 2013

What'cha Reading?

When asked to describe myself, one of the first words is always "reader". I read. Voraciously. I own more books than I can count. More than can fit in my house (to my husband's dismay). I am a bibliophile, and I am not ashamed. I read fast, too. Super fast. I inhale books. And I read them over and over (and over) again. My taste in books is incredibly eclectic - something I'm proud of and for which I thank my also-passionate-about-books Mom (Victoria Holt is still my all time favorite!). This eclecticism has raised many an eyebrow of visitors who peruse my book titles (and those are just the ones I have displayed, lol).

Reading has always been my escape - a vacation in moments. If I only have 5 minutes, I'll use them to read. It's like meditation- it relaxes me, even just a few minutes will lower my stress level immensely. I love it.

A few years back, I got hooked on the Twilight series and The Host by Stephanie Meyer (books, people - I said the books, NOT the movies, lol). My daughter (who's now planning a wedding) turned me onto them - they were the first books she actually read willingly, so of course, I had to see why. Hooked. From there, I started tapping into what my youngest daughter was reading (enter Hunger Games).

Though I still have my favorite fiction authors (JD Robb / Nora Roberts, Kay Hooper, Iris Johansen, Mariah Stewart, Maggie Shayne, etc), and I also devour non-fiction, particularly recipes and health  & fitness titles, and other special interest (and I won't even bring up how many magazines I have - because they must ALL be kept) - lately I've really gotten into the Young Adult genre. And I've discovered some really great authors who write with incredible depth and skill.

Due to my lack of space (and a desire to spend less money) I've been reading iBooks on my iPod. Didn't think I could let go of the security of the printed page, but I can - and I enjoy it. That little device is a lot lighter than a hardback ;-)  And I read anywhere and everywhere - waiting in a parking lot, waiting in a doctor's office (or hospital), airport, mall, restaurants... seriously - have reads, will travel.

Here are some of the terrific YA (young adult) authors I've read this year (yeah, I said this year - told ya' I read fast!).

Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins (re-read them again, and will repeat just in time for the 2nd film!)
Divergent series by Veronica Roth (can't wait for book 3!!)
Fairest by Chanda Hahn (I've got 4 of her books and can't wait for more!)
The Mind Game series by Lori Brighton
Bound series by CK Bryant
Hex Hall series by Rachel Hawkins
The Grey Wolves series by Quinn Loftis
Destroy Me series by Tehereh Mafi
The Eden Trilogy by Keary Taylor

In Adult fiction, here are some more recent reads...
Anything and everything by Molly Harper, Michelle Rowan, HP Mallory, Shanna Swendson, and Juliet Blackwell. JD Robb (can I be Eve Dallas when I grow up? Really, I would like to be that badass - just sayin'.) and Nora Roberts new releases, plus those of my other favorites.

I did mention that I read alot - and fast - right? ;-)  

So... what'cha reading? Who else should I add to my repertoire?

More bookshelves, please ;-)


  1. I love Dan Brown- a murder happens in the first page & Francine Rivers!

  2. I have recently fallen in love with Bryce Courtney- historical fiction-Trilogy about Australia was Awesome- & The Power of One!