Friday, January 11, 2013

Mid-month Reading Check-In!

What are you reading these days?
with Lisa Lickel

Hi, everyone! Happy New Year.

We've done some square-dance shuffling here at the Barn Door lately, as some of our friends have left or gone on sabbatical and we welcome new contributors. Watch for new authors and let's continue to support each other. Thank you for your encouragement and support as we move into our fourth year, celebrating all things Midwest.

It's winter, and we Midwesterners like to cozy up with a book and a steaming cup of something soothing...how about you? What's on your ToBeRead pile?


I read The Snow Child last month for a book club. It's a debut novel by Eowyn Ivey, and I was totally bowled over. It was the best book I read last year, and I loved it. Set in Alaska in the 1920s, it's a retelling of the Russian fairytale.

I've also read Irene Hannon's new thriller, Vanished, about a pulitzer-prize nominated journalist who runs into something in the night and can't get anyone to believe her. I finally finished Quakers of the New Garden, my critique buddy Ann Shrock's first publication - yippee! - one of the four stories in that book. Very nice.

I guess I've been writing more than reading this fall, and that's been a good thing for me. Next up: I Choose You, the new short story anthology from Oaktara, featuring 36 authors including our friend Elaine Marie Cooper and Susan Baganz, Jen Turano's debut, Change of Fortune, from Bethany which is getting good reviews already. I have started it and itch to get back to it, it's so cute.

How about you? What's going on in your reading world?

10 comments:

  1. I just finished "The Girl in the Glass" by Susan Meissner which I liked and some of the books in the "Green" series by Judy Christie.

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  2. I like the Susan Meissner books I've read. I'll have to check of Judy. Thanks!

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  3. I'm past half way with David McCullough's "Truman" and though it's long (very long) it's worth the time spent. Any one who cares about presidents or history will like it, I think.

    Just finished "Model for Murder" by Lisa Lickel (Yay for you) and found it a lovely contrast to the Truman book. Loved the story and the short length. A pleasant read.

    I'm also in the middle of "The War of Art," by Steven Pressfield. At first it seems easy-to-read and light, but the more I read and think about it, the deeper the book seems to go. I recommend it for artists, writers, and any artist struggling with finishing what they've started.

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    1. Thanks, Lori. I like presidential bios, too; I read about the Lincolns and Eleanor Roosevelt last year for presidential families. I'm a Wilson fan because he was a history professor.

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  4. I'm reading "Gods and Kings" by Lynn Austin and liking it (but I'm a biblical fiction fan, as you probably already know LOL). Finished Thicker than Blood by CJ Darlington earlier this week - not bad. Not sure what I'm reading next - I have WAY too many choices on my ereader! LOL We'll see what tickles my fancy when I finish what I'm working on now!

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    1. Yeah, I hear you. I am picking away at my print pile and pulled off Lorna Seilstead's last one from the family camp in Iowa series. She's fun.

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  5. I just finished two series' by Shelley Shepard Gray. Her Seasons of Sugarcreek series and The Secrets of Crittenden County series. Both were excellent reads. I'm now on The Map Quilt, the second book in a series by Lisa Lickel (plug for my friend there!). This is turning out to be a good series as well...can't wait for the next one! *wink*

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    1. thanks! lol - shameless.
      I interviewed Shelley a couple of years ago - she's a sweetie.

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  6. The Christmas Pearl by Dorothea Benton Frank, enjoyable with some recipes I used on the 25th.Christmas in Cornwall by Marcia Willett, was sweet. The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen had a bit of magic to it. The Bungalow by Sarah Jio was quite good set in WWII Pacific. I'm about to start Holes, which is a YA. Nothing kept me up all night reading, although The Bungalow did keep me from some work. I've started work on a book for Easter. My friend Ann who had a story in Quakers of New Garden was good, nice romance.

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    1. Our friend Ann! It's a great story, if I do say so myself. I haven't heard of some of the others - wil have to check them out. Holes was different. The movie makes a comedy out of it, although it was't supposed to be great lit to start with.

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