Dear Bitches, Smart Authors Podcast

23. What Are You Reading?

Taking advantage of the ever-so-advanced technology of mp3 voicemail, this podcast features several of you who called in to share what you're reading, or were reading when you called. I also mention a book I recently finished – and, as a special bonus, I interview my mother-in-law, Charlene, about audiobooks she has enjoyed.

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  1. 1
    delphia2000 says:

    I’m surprised by how many of these I’ve read already. Kudos to whoever mentioned Cyteen. One of my favorites! And for those who don’t know, Water for Elephants was a NaNoWriMo project.

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    RoseRita says:

    I just finished P.D. James’ Death comes to Pemberley.  Nice change of pace from all of the OMG-I-have-to-save-the-world! urban fiction I usually read.  Now I get to start Fair game.  I was all hyped to read Bear meets girl, but I’ve been to the 3 local bookstores, and none of them have it yet.  And they wonder why we use Amazon.

  3. 3
    CarrieS says:

    Am re-reading Mockingjay right now.  Am mad to write long academic essay on Bella vs Katniss but am writing RITA reviewws instead. 

  4. 4
    Bnbsrose says:

    Unlike Carrie S., I am being bad and not working on my RITA reviews. Instead I’m two chapters into “Enemy Games” by Marcella Burnard. Hot space opera romance. Quite the little distraction.

  5. 5
    Tiona says:

    Wow! Surprised by how many on here I HAVEN’T read! Hehe.
    Currently reading Monica McCarty’s ‘The Viper” right now, which is the one right before ‘The Saint’, which I can’t wait to read! Great book!

  6. 6
    Amy K says:

    I’m reading (and loving!) Jillian Hunters Boscastle series. There are 12 books, and I’ve been gorging myself on them. I don’t know why I never knew about these!

  7. 7
    pamelia says:

    Just finished “Heat” by R. Lee Smith (so so good, but definitely not for the faint of heart or those who can’t take a lot of violence).  I’m now reading “The Duke’s Perfect Wife” by Jennifer Ashley—very good so far!

  8. 8

    Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter. Yeah man.

  9. 9
    PamG says:

    My thanks to Darlene Marshall and others who recommended The Rook the last time around.  It is indeed amazing, though I can’t read it in the evenings, because I tend to dream about the books I really get into, and I can imagine few things more harrowing than dreaming about The Rook.  It is also sometimes a bit problematical at mealtimes….  Anyway, I got caught out without my main read, so I started The Dragon Who Loved Me and am enjoying it much more than the last one.  Aiken’s dragons are such fun.  I’m also reading An Affair With Mr. Kennedy, and, sad to say, am finding it a bit disappointing.  It’s a mite too slow in the action, fast in the lust, improbable in the historicizing and—well—adjectival for my taste.

  10. 10
    Lilian Darcy says:

    Bella vs Katniss is quite important, I think. So many horrible role models for girls out there, glad my daughter has taken Katniss for one of hers.

  11. 11

    Your blog looks nice. I am bookmarking it for my future reference.

  12. 12
    StarOpal says:

    Just finished The Stepsister Scheme, by Jim C. Hines. Little over halfway through His at Night, by Sherry Thomas. Am contemplating The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, by Laurie R. King as my next read.

  13. 13
    Sophydc says:

    The Beekeeper’s Apprentice is a fantastic book! Actually, the whole series is pretty good. I highly recommend it. She really retains the feel of Holmes, while making him a lot more interesting than I ever found him before.

  14. 14
    Bnbsrose says:

    I’ll second “The Beekeeper’s Apprentice”. True to the ACD style and yet fresh and entertaining.

  15. 15
    Rosie says:

    “Soft Snap”

    Real life romance from the 1940’s

  16. 16
    Lisa Pegg says:

    Finished “Red Headed Stepchild” by Jaye Wells last night, and tonight I’m going to try and finish “Uncle Pirate to the Rescue” by Douglas Rees with my 6 1/2 year old niece, The PiT (Princess in Training). When I get to read on my own again, I’m restarting The Hollows so I can read Perfect Blood and remember WTF was going on.

  17. 17

    I loved the whole Sabina Kane series. I just adore Giguhl to no end.

  18. 18
    Vicki says:

    I am starting to read – just got it – a book about communes in Northern California – title is West of Eden.

    I would also like to know what people think about Katherine Stone. I used to read her books all the time – loved the stories. But the writing became a little florid for me? Everyone had turquoise or emerald or sapphire eyes. Has anyone read anything more recent? Is the writing less florid?

  19. 19
    S Ratliff says:

    I’ve started reading the hunger game series.  Now, even though this is about teenagers, I’m liking it, because lets face it, its just good. But, I’m from Appalachia and so any book that a main character is from post-sh*t-hit-the-fan-Appalachia I’m going to give chance. My real question is there any other wilderness/survivalist based romance novels out there? (and I don’t mean campy books) I want a book with good romance and legit wilderness knowledge all wrapped up in 1 book, or series. Any ideas?

  20. 20
    pink1631 says:

    Just finished reading The Fifty Shades Trilogy, and LOVED them all.  Any suggestions on what to read next??

  21. 21
    Sarah says:

    Well, pink, there is quite a bit I can recommend depending on what you liked about 50 Shades. I thou liked the erotic content, you could try Anne Calhoun or Lorelei James or Maya banks. If you liked the BDSM content, you might like Joey W Hill’s books, like Natural Law. If you can tell me what you liked about 50, I can try to give more specific recommendations!

  22. 22
    SB Sarah says:

    HAHA – “if thou.” I’m so formal! If You can tell me what you liked about 50 Shades, I can make more specific recommendations.

    Last time I try to comment from my phone browser. Stupid autocorrect!

  23. 23
    pink1631 says:

    Thank you for your suggestions.  I actually liked both the erotic, and the BDSM content, as well as the little bit of suspense that “Fifty Shades Darker” offered.

  24. 24
    Heather S says:

    Courtesy of our good friends at RT Book Reviews (who published my letter re: “Books on the Battlefield” in this month’s issue of RT), I’ll probably be reading “Between The Duke and The Deep Blue Sea” by Sophia Nash.

  25. 25

    I just finished Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs.

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