Goodreads, here are some of the highlights:
* I read these two books back to back: The First Victim by J.B. Lynn and Creep by Jennifer Hillier. I went out of my comfort zone on these because I usually don't read a lot of thrillers. After reading them, I realized I need to read a lot more mysteries and thrillers. Warning: I recommend that you don't read either book while alone in your house. At the very least, make sure your doors are locked.
* I love stories set in unusual places and/or stories set in places very different from where I live. That's why I chose to read Sometimes It Happens by Pauline Barclay. It was getting such wonderful reviews and comments on Goodreads and Facebook that I knew I had to read it on vacation. It was the perfect vacation read and I enjoyed it very much.
* The Help by Kathryn Stockett. Not sure why, exactly, but I kept putting this book off, even though my sister kept bugging me to read it. Maybe I thought it seemed too predictable? Boy, was I wrong. I loved the voice from the first page and didn't put the book down for two days. I hope the movie does not disappoint.
Two more that I plan to finish this week are Karen Walker's Following the Whispers and Nicki Elson's Three Daves. Both just arrived in the mail. Can't wait to dive into those two!
I also discovered a couple new books releasing later this year. I can't wait to read them:
* String Bridge by Jessica Bell. I discovered Jessica's book trailer by accident last week on Twitter, of all places. If you haven't seen it, I suggest that you watch it. It's gorgeous and haunting. Now I can't wait to read her book.
* Koicto by Amy Jarecki. It's not often you find a well-researched Native American story and these are often my favorite. This one had me from the Author's Note on her blog: "The year is 885 A.D., sixteen years since the last total eclipse of the sun. This is the time when the Fremont Indians dominated the Great Basin of Western Utah..." Want. Now.
In other cool news:
* I got a lovely book review from RT Book Reviews last week for Craving Perfect. I very much respect this publication so getting such a wonderful review from them was an honor, to say the least. If you'd like to see what I'm putting in a silver picture frame in my office, Click here.
* Not sure how/when/or by whom this happened, but my Young Adult debut novel with Harlequin Teen, Hooked, is ALREADY on Goodreads! And people have begun to add it??!!!! *happy dance*
So many books, so little time. What have you been reading? Note to writers: If you've got a current or upcoming release, feel free to mention it in the Comments.