We just talked about book budgeting, so now, let's talk about what we're reading and tempt everyone around us with more book purchases! Makes total sense, right?
Right now, I'm reading Big Sky Country by Linda Lael Miller, thanks to the sale last weekend and the continued sale this week (eek!). I don't know why I haven't read Miller before, but so far, I'm enjoying it, particularly because she sets up the conflicts and the characters very quickly, and doesn't spend a lot of time convincing me that Parable, Montana, is the best small town that ever was small and also a town in the history of small or smallish towns and townships. The place is sort of established through the characters – and there are five so far: a hero and heroine for this book, plus a future hero and heroine for the next book, and a heroine for the third book.
I really like character-driven contemporary, especially characters who have very, very low bullshit thresholds, and this book, so far, is working for me.
I also read a memoir recently, Paris Letters by Janice MacLeod, which was also a Kindle Daily Deal. This is a blog-to-book memoir about a woman who realizes she hates her life and her job in LA, and asks herself, How much does it cost to quit your job? After downsizing and saving, she quit the job that made her miserable, and set off for two years through Europe. While in Paris, she met a hot Polish butcher who didn't speak English, and after a bit more travel, returned to Paris, and from there figured out what she wanted in life.
I thought it was really charming and lovely: it combines a semi-insider's look at Paris with all the accompanying culture shock and confusion of not being a native Parisian. Sometimes it seemed solutions to problems came far too easily, but it was a pleasure to travel through this book. And it wasn't until the end that I realized that MacLeod and I shared the same editor at Sourcebooks. Shana Drehs has great taste (and I say that with no intentions to compliment myself because Drehs inherited my manuscript, poor thing, from another editor). Paris Letters has gotten me back on a travel memoir craving, so I'm searching out more of them.
What about you? What are you reading? Looking for a recommendation? Any books you think readers here would love? Come share with us: Whatcha Reading?