What I'm Reading

19th c girl in beach chairMy reading tastes tend to be eclectic—everything from literary classics to cozy mysteries to romance. (Yes, I read romance! I say it loud. I say it proud.) And in the summer especially, when I’m at my writing desk from 4-6 hours per day, at night I need to unwind out on the front porch with a good book. And a cold chardonnay, of course.

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I’m already more than a third through the brilliant, magical trip through time that is Wulf Hall, by Hilary Mantel. I love historical novels, and few render their worlds better than Mantel in this book.

In everything from the food sold at the markets to the fastenings on the women’s clothing, the historical details form a tapestry as rich as any that hang on the walls of Henry VII’s chambers. The character of Thomas Cromwell lives and breathes on the pages, but it’s Mantel’s sly, shrewd Anne Boleyn who fascinates me the most.

 

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Once I leave the Tudors, I plan to dig into  my friend Laura Drake’s The Sweet Spot, the first book of her Sweet on a Cowboy series—and what a great title, no?

Then it's on to Louise Penny's The Beautiful Mystery, last summer's release in the Inspector Gamache series. (Yes, I'm behind!). I had the honor of meeting Louise at a conference, and she was absolutely lovely. beautiful mystery

 

 And finally, waiting on my the Kindle  is Shelley Costa’s You Cannoli Die Once, the first of a cozy mystery series with a very familiar setting--an Italian restaurant. Gotta check out the competition, right???

 What's on your summer reading list?