This Week’s Topic
Well, the topic really is Auto-Buy Authors, but I’m a librarian (albeit in a university library) and my budget allows for few purchases. I read almost exclusively from my public library (and our state’s regional system). So, I tweeked the topic to be “auto-read” authors.
Alexander McCall Smith
Both of these series release dates are on my calendar! I enjoy both of these series and have enjoyed a few of his other books as well. Start with Book One in each series or you’ll be lost. To The Land of Long Lost Friends and The Peppermint Tea Chronicles by Alexander McCall Smith.
All the denizens of Three Pines are like old friends at this point. The end of August is when this one comes out and I’m counting the days. A Better Man by Louise Penny.
Debuting this year on my Must Read list…
I fell in love with her almost on the first word of her first book, The Poet X and then went completely to head-over-heels listening to With the Fire On High. What a superb voice! No one, I repeat no one, can perform her books except her!
I will be interested to read a British author’s take on Appalachia in the Great Depression–The Giver of Stars. I follow her Twitter and found her tweets during her research trip to the region interesting.
I did not get to finish The Peacock Emporium, her last book, as there were holds at the library on it. I need to get back to it before I read Giver of Stars. I am working through her backlist as well.
I’ve loved her books, all except The Lacuna. I did give the audiobook of Unsheltered back to the library without finishing it. Some authors should not perform their own books. Sadly, Barbara is of them. I will read this in print. I still have a couple from her backlist to read, too.
Any author who writes a book where the fat girl gets the hot guy has my vote. It gives hope and a better idea of how good boys CAN be. I love her books! I have not seen the Dumplin’ movie yet, but would like to Ramona Blue, Dumplin’, and Puddin’ by Julie Murphy. I have not started reading her backlist yet.
I did find parts of Letters From Skye to be far fetched (how to keep getting all those letters in a small place, but no gossip??) but I still love her books. I have one or two more of hers to read yet. I love, too, that she writes in…wait for it!….INDIANA and not NYC. Woman Enters Left by Jessica Brockmole and Fall of Poppies with story by Jessica Brockmole.
Amy Belding Brown
Amy’s historical fiction is brilliant! I have not read her early novels, just the two pictured above. I would gladly re-read them annually–they are that good. Flight of the Sparrow by Amy Belding Brown.
Review of Mr. Emerson’s Wife from my old blog:
My only question about Amy Belding Brown’s Mr. Emerson’s Wife is WHY did I leave it on my to-read list so long! This was superb! It’s one of those books I wish I had written–it’s that “real” and that moving. These are not cardboard cutouts of famous men and women. These are REAL people and they come alive on Ms. Brown’s pages. The passion, grief, longing, heartache, joy, lust, ennui, fickleness, commitment, and endurance of a deeply-felt marriage is all right here in one book. These are not mere “pages” of a story but a canvas ripe in emotional detail–another of those “inner” books I love. Ms. Brown writes possibly the most amazing line ever penned to describe an act of physical love:
“And how, when he was finished, he displayed such astounding gratitude, as if what I had given him was not my body, but a miracle.” (p. 69)
Another line that lept off the page and straight into my heart was this, written about a passionate friendship that may or may not have become physical:
“…she’d given him his most profound experience of the divine…” (p. 304)
This book is so amazing! Three words: Just Read It!
There are others, but my list changes with my mood!
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