LUCY BURDETTE: I have to admit, my reading has been sliding, sliding the last 2 months--too much time on Facebook and also writing! But I'm happily in the middle of Deb's THE SOUND OF BROKEN GLASS. Trying not to read too fast to make it last. Also in my Hemingway kick, I enjoyed HEMINGWAY'S GIRL by Erica Robuck. In my TBR pile, which is teetering, I have Kristan Higgins's new romance, THE BEST MAN, Jennifer McMahon's THE ONE I LEFT BEHIND (Hallie and I will be traveling with Jennifer in May,) and Paul Hendrickson's HEMINGWAY'S BOAT. That last weighs in at a whopping 665 pages, so I've got to save it for when I've finished my own manuscript!
What are you all reading?
HALLIE EPHRON: Not War and Peace.
Not War and Peace.
For Christmas I bought my husband all three collections of "Cul de Sac" comics by the wonderful Richard Thompson who sadly, for health reason, has to put down his pen. They are so sweet and wackadoodle, and feature my two favorite cartoon characters, Alice (who dances on the manhole cover) and Petey Otterloop (the ultimate picky eater), along with Miss Bliss and her boyfriend the banjo-playing Timmy Fretwork. I treat myself to ten pages of comics when I've finished my requisite writing for the day.
For comic relief, I'm in the middle of a somewhat terrifying piece in the New Yorker about the rise of Purell.
HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: Well, I just finished judging a contest so I have read SO MANY BOOKS that now my brain is fried. (So interesting how the winners emerge! Lots of bads, lots of so-so's, some possibles..and then: TA DAH! Well, you know. It's always faascinating and instructive.)
To recover, I am giving myself a treat of reading Lisa Gardner's book TOUCH AND GO. She is so incredibly talented....the book just takes off from moment one.
Of course Debs' book, I'm loving it! And I just finished RAGE AGAINST THE DYING by Becky Masterman...her main character is a retired FBI agent--a woman!-- and it's so terrific.
JULIA SPENCER-FLEMING: This is going to sound like a pile-on, but I'm also reading THE SOUND OF BROKEN GLASS (the advance reader copy. I suspect Hank and I were judges in different sections of the same contest, because I, too, have been burnt out on mysteries/thrillers and am just now getting back to reading them after a few months hiatus.
I just finished 12-21 by Dustin Thomason (you can tell how long some of the books in my TBR pile have been waiting if I'm just now getting to the Mayan apocalypse thriller.) It's a great medical thriller with a plausible and scary set-up, and shouldn't be left on the shelf just because the world didn't end with the last Long Count.
And for non-mystery fun, I'm reading THE HOT FLASH CLUB by Nancy Meyer. Sometimes you just want to read about the trials and triumphs of women in - ahem - our age group. I love her books.
ROSEMARY HARRIS: I just finished One Last Thing Before I Go by Jonathan Tropper (which I loved) and I'm in the middle of about 12 books as research for my next novel. Two of my faves..rereading The Glitter and The Gold, a bio of Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan, and Abundant Beauty, a bio of botanical artist Marianne North - two extraordinary women who lived at the turn of the last century.
What are you reading Jungle Reds?