Thursday, June 23, 2011

Spin Cycle: Books!!

Even though I just did a reading challenge update, I saw that Jen, at Sprite's Keeper has brought back a favorite of mine.... The Spin Cycle!  This week's spin is about books.  What we're reading now, what are our favorite books and authors.  

Here's my spin.

I just finished Stieg Larsson's Millenium trilogy, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest.  I listened to these books in my car.  I loved them!!!  I was rooting for Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist throughout the books!  I'm sad that Stieg Larsson has passed away and we won't get to enjoy any more wonderful books from this gifted author.

The Pond is a wonderfully spooky book!   "A small boy drowns in a Pennsylvania pond, enters the ranks of the ghostly and seemingly returns decades later to haunt the family indirectly responsible for his demise." ~KIrkus Reviews   Although this story is strictly fiction, the idea for the book is based on an actual event that occurred many years ago in the Reading, Pennsylvania area.  You may have to get this book from Amazon, and it is available for Kindle!

Right now I'm reading False Dawn, the third of the Jake Lassiter series by Paul Levine.  Jake Lassiter is a former pro football player, turned attorney-at-law in Miami, Florida.  In the course of his job, Jake manages to find himself in the middle of murders and intrigue.  I like the subtle humor in these books too!

If you like beach books, you can't go wrong with any or all of Elin Hilderbrand's books!  All of Elin's books take place on Nantucket, and each story is unique.  The first book of Elin's that I read was Barefoot, about a woman going through chemotherapy for lung cancer and how her summer on Nantucket affects those around her, including her sister and her friend, as well as her husband and children.  I loved this book!  My favorite was The Blue Bistro about a woman working in a restaurant over one summer on Nantucket.  Maybe it's because I also work in a restaurant, I wanted to work here!!  If I did, I could have taken the rest of the year off!  All of Elin's books are wonderful!  I'm waiting for her newest novel, Silver Girl to be delivered to my Kindle any day now!

This is my new very favorite author, Sarah Pekkanen!  Her first book, The Opposite Of Me, I read in less than 3 days!  I haven't done that in years!  She was recommended by Jennifer Weiner (another favorite of mine!)  and I'm so glad she did!  The Opposite Of Me is the story of twins and how different they really are!  Not long after I read it,  her second novel came out, Skipping A Beat.  This one was equally enjoyable! Skipping A Beat is about a married couple whose lives are completely changed when the husband suffers cardiac arrest and he dies for several minutes.  Even Oprah says to pick up this book!  Sarah just finished her third novel, but I have to be patient, because it won't hit the book store until April 2012! 

So there are my recommendations for reading this summer!  Enjoy!


Mellodee said...

Oh goody, a couple of authors who are new to me! Writers write so slowly! It takes forever for a new book from a favorite to come out. Thanks for the recommendations, I'll check them out!

slommler said...

I have yet to read Stieg Larssons' books...but I have them and intend to do so before summer is over!!
Thanks for the book list!

Sprite's Keeper said...

I absolutely loves Larsson's books and now I have so many more to check out! I keep hearing that Sarah Pekkanen has some good ones, especially the titles mentioned. They're on my reading list now, thanks, Joanie!
You're linked!

VandyJ said...

I'm still trying to get into the Dragon Tattoo books. I think they may be more a winter book for me--long afternoons curled up on the couch reading while it snows. I am going to get them read. I am.

SuziCate said...

Someone just loaned me The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo...can't wait to start it!

Kate said...

I have the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo on my iPad waiting to be read, I have heard it's hard to get into. The other's I haven't heard of, so I'll be checking them out!

Pseudo said...

Excellent recommendations. I have fallen back into reading books, the first year with the blog I let it consume me and had little time for books. Now I am back with a more balanced act.

Anonymous said...

Just took some notes on these. Especially the Nantucket ones - my neck of the woods.
Thanks so much, Joanie. xo

Anonymous said...

Thank you! Here I sit, in my jammies. My credit card beside me and I'm on my way to!

Anonymous said...

I left a comment but I don't think it posted. Thanks for all the recommendations. I think I actually got Barefoot last year and haven't read it yet.