Friday, November 16, 2012

Mid-month Reading Check-In

It’s November 16 – parents, what are you reading? And kids, for that matter.
I’ve been writing and editing, doing some traveling, and haven’t read as much as usual, aw…thanks for your sympathy.
I’ll be leading the ACFW Bookclub again, starting on the 20th, through the end of the month. Here’s another place where math just mystifies me: the 20th through the 30th is, like, (30-20) = ten days, although it’s really eleven, so I have to divide up the discussion into eleven parts. Minus Thanksgiving, of course, though not for our readers in other lands…and deer hunting, and a book festival I’ll be at.

Anyway, the book we’re discussion is one of Lynette Eason’s Love, Inspired romances. I liked her series of law enforcement women romantic suspense books. The Love, Inspired book is a little less dramatic, of course, The Black Sheep’s Reunion, and part of one of those intertwining serial thingies that’s all the rage nowadays. I think this is the third in that serial, and single father medical doctor male protag has been accused of the murder of his nanny. The female protag is an amnesiac young thing whom he hires to take care of the children. The only people in town who seem to believe he’s innocent (besides one or two best friends) are the rest of the police and mayor who happen to be family. Since it’s a running thread series, I’ll just tell you that it’s interesting, but one of the mysteries doesn’t get solved until the next book.

I’m reading Mary Findley right now, a fantasy historical type book called Hope and the Knight of the Black Lion. I like this kind of story, so I’m enjoying the snippets I’m reading. Also reading Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s A Gift From the Sea for book club. I’ve read it before; short little gifty-type book with a strange combination of feminism from the pre-1950s era and living the simple life. A lot of cute things for the Wisconsin Writers Association magazine I’ll be laying out soon, including a story from our own Prude.
To catch up from last month: Max Lewis’s The Diaries of Pontius Pilate was pretty good, if you like thrillers revolving around Biblical writing themes, and blood and guts espionage. Max is a former Green Beret, and it shows. Cathy West’s Hidden in the Heart was also quite good, if you like stories that stomp on your heart and then fix it all up; it’s about an adopted woman whose losing her grip on reality as she searches for her birth mother to discover if health issues caused her miscarriage.

My book stack is calling again, though, with new books that I picked up at the Great Lakes Writer’s Conference; particularly Dave and Diane Munson. I received a book in the mail, too, A Change of Fortune by Jen Turano. Can’t recall if I won it or agreed to review it. Strange. Also strange of people who demand reviews even when I tell them I have another life…

So, what are you reading these days? Let’s share!


  1. I always love to see what people are reading, but it always makes me long for more reading time! I just downloaded two of your books and can't wait to get some time to read them both! :)

    Thanks so much for mentioning this month's ACFW Bookclub read, too. If anyone wants to join, just go to

    I want to check out The Diaries of Pontius Pilate--my kind of book!

    Can't go wrong discussing books, Lisa. Great post!

  2. I say this all the time, but you amaze me! Reading, writing, encouraging, wifing, mothering etc. etc.
    Over the weekend I'll be re-reading 'King Lear' to discuss with my high school lit class. And I hope to read Becky Melby's 'Yesterday's Stardust' soon!

  3. Currently reading The Reunion by Dan Walsh - LOVE it. Finished "I Shall Not Want" a couple days ago in the Psalm 23 Murder series, which was only okay. Before that? Glamorous Illusions by Lisa Bergren - REALLY want the next book (which isn't out until next year!!!). Enjoyed it too!

  4. King Lear - holy moley, Prude, you scare me. I read Dan's book for review. Thank you from the entireness of my heart, Crystal.


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