You Tell Us: What are you reading right now?

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I feel like this is kind of a lame question in the You Tell Us series, but I’ll tell you two things: Today is actually a day off for me (it’s a holiday AND I just spent 7 days straight traveling for work/working) and I actually really love to hear what people are reading. I’m pretty endlessly fascinated by all of the different books that people who have a common thread (this common thread being anyone who reads the Carina Press blog) read. Also, I’m prone to looking up books that are mentioned and I’ve never failed to find something new to read from this type of discussion.

So…humor me and tell me what you’re reading. Don’t forget to tell us the book title and author. Let us know what you think of it. If you’re in between books, tell me what you just read. And hey, if you want to talk about how you came to end up reading the book, or who the publisher is (or if it’s self-published) I love that type of detail!

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  1. I went on a reading binge yesterday, starting with the last book of Mari Carr’s Wild Irish series. (which I loved) and then kind of got in the Mood for M/M so read Christine D’Abo’s “Pulled Long” which I found delicious :). Northern Exposure by Mari Carr and Jayne Rylon was free on Amazon yesterday, so I devoured that while hubs watched an episode of Dr. Who that I had already seen several times.

    Then something convinced me that I had some extra $ in the reading budget (which, I probably don’t), and I hadn’t read any Lauren Dane in awhile, so I bought “Sword and Crown” and “Undercover” with the intention of using them as rewards for getting stuff done around the house. Well, I finished Sword and Crown about an hour ago, and my house is still a mess, so hopefully I can hold out on starting Undercover until after the kitchen is clean and the laundry done.

    If there is a twelve step program for ebook addiction, I might need to find a meeting. :)

    Enjoy your day off!

  2. Just finished Stone Arabia by Dana Spiotta. Review to come on Goodreads, but I found it to be filled with the expected [excessive] navel gazing that goes with that type of fiction. Worth reading, though, for some of the passages on aging, memory, etc.

    Just started A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. Only a few pages in…too soon to tell.

  3. I’m reading the last book of the Hunger Games Trilogy (no spoilers please!), Mockingjay. I’m late to this party, I know, but jeesh, these books are incredible. I can’t wait for the movie!

  4. I generally read two books at a time: one fiction for fun and one non-fiction for work (I’m a sports business reporter and non-fiction sports author). Right now my fiction is Barefoot by Elin Hilderbrand and my non-fiction is Big Time Sports in American Universities by Charles Clotfelter.

  5. Finally catching up on Thea Harrison’s Serpent’s Kiss but I just finished On The Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves which I didn’t think I would like but I really loved. I thought I would be skeeved out by the age difference but I’m really glad I read it because it was awesome.

  6. I’m, right now, reading a beta of a friend’s UF. And Heart of Steel by Meljean Brooks

  7. I am currently reading Born to Die by JD Robb (comfort reading) and I just finished Forever His by Shelly Thacker.

  8. Currently reading Barbara Wallace’s “The Heart of a Hero,” which was a Christmas gift that I misplaced in the post-holiday shuffle. She’s an auto-buy, and not just because she knows where I live. ;)

    I’m trying to be good and not buy more books until I get my royalties for the last quarter, but it’s tough. I’m kind of salivating to read Eric Arvin’s “Galley Proof” (M/M).

  9. Oh, and Forever His was interesting with a good ended for time travel and overall a good read. I believe it came to my attention either through a Twitter mention or while surfing Amazon. Read it on my Kindle. Born to Die iss paperback and I just needed a dose of Roarke and Eve. :D

  10. I am reading “Seeking Persephone”, it is a Regency Romance novel I got for Christmas. It is written by Sara M. Eden and published by Covenant in Utah.

    I am a little more than half way through the book and it’s good. She’s easy to read and so far the story line is good. It is beginning to repeat itself so I’m hoping that ends as I continue with the novel and the story gets on its way.

    For awhile there I felt it had a little bit of a Beauty and the Beast vibe to it as the Duke has a disfigured face and Persephone agrees to marry him to help save her family from ruin. But that’s where the similarities end.

    Read the book. So far it’s been good. I would be done by now, but I only read here and there when not busy working on quilts.

    I am also in the middle of reading Sherlockian. Not as much of an attention grabber, but has been interesting to say the least. Will go back to that one soon.

  11. I’m reading editing notes…

    :P Wrong answer?

    I just finished BLOOD ORCHIDS by Toby Neal for fun, and CHAIN REACTION by Zoe Archer. I’m looking for another fun read this weekend. *browses the website*

  12. I’m reading two books right now. One is a historical non-fiction, A Royal Affair: George III and His Scandelous Siblings by Stella Tillward. The other is Rival to the Queen by Carolly Erickson, a historical fiction novel set during the reign of Elizabeth I.

  13. I just finished The Bone House by Brian Freeman. It was a FANTASTIC thriller–twists and turns, real and honest 3d characters, an unpredictable ending, which is difficult for me to find. I can usually puzzle it out or at least have suspicions, but this guy is GOOD.

    I also liked that he explored the fact that not all men accused of sex crimes are guilty. Next up is Rachel Gibson’s first Chinook book. I can’t recall the title.

  14. I’m re-reading Lisa Shearin’s Raine Benares series for the bazillion-th time. No matter how many times I read them I always stay up all night.

  15. Well making my way through a fairly large ALASTAIR REYNOLDS space opera novel for a long while, but want to get the new CLIVE BARKER ABARAT 3 novel. Did aim to begin going through DON QUIXOTE this year, ZADIE SMITH, and writing books as usual and my own manuscripts.

  16. I’m reading THE WHAT IF GUY, by Brooke Moss. I’ll just say this: I have a ton of things to do around the house, but I am sneaking in every chance I can get to read a few pages at a time. Life is just going to have to wait until I’m done with this book. Love it!

  17. I am reading “Live Free or Die by John Ringo =. I am reading it because my library had all 3 book in the series.

  18. I’m in the middle of The Hero of Ages (book 3 of Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy–traditional fantasy), and also Playing Love’s Odds by Alison Kent (romantic suspense).

    I have a shelf full of TBR’s, so I don’t know what I will read next. Haven’t read a historical in a while or a longer futuristic (have read a couple of good SFR novellas last year).

  19. I’m taking a break from reading Science-fiction and fantasy romance by reading WHAT FRESH HELL IS THIS?, Dorothy Parker’s biography by Marion Meade. I’m not even half way through but it’s clear Meade researched her subject tenaciously. She relates Parker’s life as both a success and a tragedy with compassion.

  20. Little Women because I realized I’d never really read the book, just watched the movies.

    Home by Morning by Alexis Harrrington.

    Waiting for a good stretch of time off from work to begin Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins.

  21. I just finished Master of Crows by Grace Draven and I really enjoyed it. It’s hard to find fantasy romance that’s not too “fantasy lite” for me (after years of readying Martin and Jordan) and this had a pretty good balance. It was recommended to me by @has_bookpushers on Twitter – and I’m so glad I listened! Made for an enjoyable weekend read.

  22. I’m still in the middle of “The Big Book of Culinary Medicine” and I have oodles of tweets & blog postings & open tabs in Chrome to read on which I may forgo to start “Heart of Steel” by Meljean Brooks.

  23. I’m reading The Devil’s Star by Jo Nesbo. He’s a Norwegian author (and economist, and musician, and …), and has a detective series featuring Harry Hole that’s not quite like mysteries/thrillers written in English (I’m reading it in translation). Grittier, darker, more complex. He’s a really good writer, and the books would make a great basis for a movie or tv series.This book is the 3rd or 4th in the series and is about a serial killer, and also Harry’s (not to be too dramatic) existential crisis.

    I was tipped off to his books by someone on Twitter.

  24. I just read (and loved) Lothaire, but I stopped in the middle of another book to read him. I never do that. It made me feel dirty. lol Once I wrapped up Lothaire, I returned to Robin D. Owen’s Heart Duel. I’m working my way through those books now and enjoying them more as the series progresses.

  25. Just finished beta-reading a fun steampunk romance this morning for a fab CP author. :)

    For fun, I’m currently reading Barbara Freethy’s “Ryan’s Return”. Someone on Twitter gave it a high rec, so that got my attention. Next on my TBR pile is “The Stellarnet Rebel”, by JL Hilton. Sci-Fi is one of my favorite genres, *cough*understatement*cough* so when I read about it via Carina Press’s FB page I bookmarked it then and there.

  26. I’ve just started She Can Run by Melinda Leigh. I’m not very far in yet but so far I’m intrigued by what’s happening.

  27. I recently finished “19 Dragons” which was recommended on my Kindle app. It captivated me from the first page. I just started “Sparks in Cosmic Dust” by Robert Appleton. I really enjoyed his “Mysterious Lady Law.”

  28. I’m three chapters into Scent of Shadows: the First Sign of the Zodiac, an urban fantasy by Vicki Pettersson.

    I’d read a novella of hers in a collection and enjoyed, but could never find the first book in the series. Then saw a HarperVoyager ad in Locus Magazine advertising the ebook for $1 until Jan. 27th so couldn’t resist trying it out.

    Yesterday I read Sins of the Demon by Diana Rowland, fourth in an urban fantasy series. I started reading her after being seated at the same table as her (and Carrie Vaughan) at the World Fantasy Convention banquet.

  29. Re-read Texas Tangle again last night to cheer up from the Packers loss (that book is my new ice cream).

    I’m a little ways into The Three Musketeers, which is turning out to be far sillier than I expected, having read Count of Monte Cristo first. Don Quixote is on deck because of all the references Dumas makes to Cervantes.

    My book for breaks at work is Giles Tremlett’s Ghosts of Spain. I like some chapters more than others, but on the whole the book is holding my attention and giving more than one side of each of its issues. Until my home state exploded in protests last February, I didn’t care about modern politics particularly, so this year I’m suddenly trying to learn the whole world at once. Tremlett has been more helpful than I had any right to hope for.

  30. I just finished Ann Aguirre’s ENCLAVE. Am dying for fall 2012, when the sequel OUTPOST comes out. :D

  31. I’m in the middle of reading Deadly Pursuit (Blood HUnter # 2) by Nina Croft, which I’m enjoying, right now I’m intrigued because I can’t quite figure out what the different factions want, which is unusual for me. I’m also reading Blood Bound by Rachel Vincent, which is a somewhat different direction to her previous books, but I’m not really feeling very sympathetic to the main characters.
    And I just finished a very short read I picked up by Kait Nolan (Blindsight), excellent for such a short read and intriguing enough worldbuilding that makes me want to go out and get any related books.

  32. I just finished Prince of Air and Darkness by Jenna Black. It started slow but finished quickly.

    My next book is Witch Ever Way You Can by Deborah Blake.

    Both books are self-published.

  33. I’ve been captured by George RR Martin’s Game of Thrones series. I doubt if I’ll come up for air for quite some weeks.

  34. I am reading the latest by Meg Benjamin – Don’t Forget Me.

  35. I’m about to finish The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I read it fast so I can see the movie with my mom this week (Daniel Craig is soooo pretty), and liked it more than I’d anticipated. Before that was, as several others have commented, was Lothaire by Kresley Cole (love her!) and next is a toss up between Neil Gaiman’s Graveyard Book, Tim Powers’ The Anubis Gates, Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games (like Fae I’m running behind on that one!)… and Julia Knight’s The Viking Sacrifice (from Carina) because Vikings = awesome.

  36. Recently finished Night Shift anthology (Kate Douglas, Crystal Jordan & Lynn LaFleur), Warlord Wants Forever (Kresley Cole), Kiss of Midnight (Lara Adrian), and Ice Storm (Anne Stuart). Now reading my own manuscript for rewrites and Lothaire (Kresley Cole).

  37. I just finished Angelfall on Dear Aurhor’s recommendation. Good read.

  38. Reading What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty and I’m hooked so far. Just finished a YA contemporary called Bunheads, by Sophie Flack, about the world of ballet. Excellent read.

  39. I just finished reading Angel’s Wolf by Nalini Singh (for the second time) and beta reading for a friend. The Beta read was FANTASTIC!

  40. I finished my Allison Brennan reading binge yesterday.( If you are in the mood for Romantic Suspense, I recommend Allison Brennan)
    I selected a new book, and… My e-reader got caught in a starting up loop. Reset didn’t work. So I connected my Sony to the PC, removed the books. Disconnected it, and it seemed ok. Then I made the big mistake. I connected it, loaded it up with books. And.. a blank screen.

    To say that I am unhappy is to put it mildly. So I am reading paper books until I can afford a new e-reader :).
    The problem is that I have no idea what to read next.

  41. This weekend I finished Karen Marie Moning’s “To Tame a Highland Warrior,” and Anne Stuart’s “Against the Wind,” a re-issue only available via Kindle I believe. I started Julie James’ “Practice Makes Perfect,” last night.

  42. As is now usual since getting my e-reader I am reading two books. The e-book is T.N.T:Telzey and Trigger by James H Schmitz and the print is Nightlife by Rob Thurman.Both books are good reading :D

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