Recommend Me Some Books

What are you reading right now? Anything lately that knocked your socks off or made you laugh out loud? Better yet, anything that made you cry? Send those titles my way.

It’s amazing how little time authors have for reading — for me, it used to be between deadlines and whenever I sprained or broke something. I didn’t like carrying books in my purse, so I rarely read much away from the house. Since I got the Kindle, all that’s changed. I read while Bob’s pumping gas, in the post office or the pharmacy. I read through physical therapy and while I wait in doctors’ offices. In fact, I read any time I have a chance to grab the Kindle out of my bag and open it to a page. (I had it out in a restaurant a few weeks ago, the waitress started asking questions, and by the time I’d shown her some of the features, she was sold on it for a Christmas gift for her niece. And my therapist is interested, too.)

Right now I’m reading Enchanting the Lady by Kathryne Kennedy, a British historical where magic is an accepted part of everyday life. The hero’s a shapeshifter — a magnificent lion — while the heroine, the daughter of two powerful magickers, has no power. I love a familiar setting that’s been turned upside down.

I’m also reading I Quit: Stop Pretending Everything is Fine and Change Your Life by Geri Scazzero. Geri’s a pastor’s wife who one day quit his church in search of a better fit for her. Quitting is not something that comes easily to me, but Geri points out that quitting is just really a way of choosing something else. If you quit lying, you’re choosing to tell the truth. If you quit saying yes to everyone, you’re choosing to spend time on the things that matter to you.

And I just finished Native Star by M.K. Hobson. It has an American West setting, but again, magic is a more-or-less accepted part of life. I liked the book a lot, though it’s written entirely from the heroine’s point of view. The hero, Dreadnought Stanton, was an interesting character, and I would have liked to been in his head a bit.

So y’all tell me what you’re reading now.