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B is for Books #AtoZChallenge

For me, ‘B’ can’t be anything else but books in this A to Z challenge.

Books are like air to me–I can’t live without them.

Here’s what I’m reading now:

  • Tom Benson’s A Taste of Honey. It’s a vigilante story reminiscent of the movie Death Wish, but with a female lead. I’ve always enjoyed revenge stories, especially when it’s a woman kicking ass. It’s disturbing because of the subject matter, but Benson has an interesting style and a dry humour under it all. I’m just at the halfway point in the novel.
  • Ian D. Moore’s Salby Damned. Yes, it’s a zombie story, and I was reluctant to pick it up. But Moore ties it into fracking, which gives it an interesting twist. I’m reading it slowly, warily, afraid it might get too gruesome. I’ve been told it’s not, but I’m squeamish. And yes, I recognize the irony, considering how much horror I read–and that I write it.
  • Alan Annand’s Soma County. This is the third book in Annand’s New Age Noir series featuring Axel Crowe, who is not only a private investigator, but an astrologer. I’ve read all of Annand’s other novels, and always look forward to reading his next one. As always, it’s well written, well constructed (that’s the writer in me talking), but above all, enjoyable to read (from the reader in me). I love that Crowe uses astrology, palmistry, and other new age tools to solve the case. It adds another dimension to the story and another level of fascination to the investigation process.
  • Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes. I love reading King’s books no matter how long they are. Sometimes I wonder why a scene was included, but who cares? Even if it’s extraneous, it’s interesting. He always tells a good story. It’s another one I’m reading slowly. With King, you never know what horrible thing is going to happen next. If you enjoy high tension and slow dread, this’ll do it.

I’m heading to the library today to return a stack of books, some of which I needed to write my thesis on the after-effects of near-death experience and the rest novels by Nora Roberts/J. D. Robb.

I’m addicted to Nora. I read her books fast. I can’t put them down, even when the tension becomes unbearable. Nora is one of the few authors who has compelled me to break down and read the end prematurely to make sure it turns out okay. And that’s knowing she always writes an HEA ending. But there have been a couple of novels where I doubted, because it looked so hopeless, and I cracked and peeked.

I’m so ashamed.

I didn’t discover her until a year or so ago, and can’t get enough, especially her SF crime fiction with Eve and Roarke. I must have a Nora book on the go, and I’ve read everything of hers I could get my hands on, so I need more.

Thank God for libraries.

Obviously, I don’t have a monogamous relationship with books–not even serially monogamous. For me, reading is one big orgy.

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15 Responses

  1. Libraries are such a valuable resource. Have you heard of ‘little free libraries’? It’s where someone in a community provides a kind of box where children can collect and exchange books for free.
    @fparkerswords
    Frank Parker’s Author Site

    • We have two in our town: one was built by a homeowner on the end of his property, and the other was built by the town with donations. It’s for adults as well as kids. The town’s is only available from May to October, but I make excellent use of it when I can.

  2. Reblogged this on The Quill Pen Writes and commented:
    From the blog of the brilliant, Val Tobin

  3. I really need to start reading Stephen King’s books
    Open Minded Mormon A-Z

    • My favourite Stephen King books are:
      Salem’s Lot, The Shining, The Stand, It, Under the Dome, Cell…I’ll probably remember more later, but those were the ones I enjoyed most.

  4. Well hello there Val. I hope you don’t mind me adopting you for my small group of blogs to chase this month – apart from all else we’re doing. 🙂
    A great piece from you, and thank you of course for the name-check. I hope you continue to go on with my sweet and strong heroine.
    I’ve just read about Nora Roberts in another blog – obviously quite the storyteller.

  5. I love your image of reading as an orgy. That’s so totally me! And I love Nora Roberts too – especially her books with a magical theme. 🙂

  6. Hi there!

    I’m stopping by from the #AtoZChallenge. I couldn’t agree with you more. Reading books is one of my passions as well as writing them. I even won a Kindle Paperwhite during a writing contest and it just sit on one of my desks gathering dust because it doesn’t give me as much joy as having an actual book in my hand does..;~)

    I have two blogs in this challenge…my author blog at THE STORY CATCHER (www.donnalmartin.com) and my KICKS Kids Club blog (www.kickskidsclub.blogspot.com) . If you get a chance, check them out and good luck with the challenge!

    Donna L Martin

  7. I am also a Nora Roberts / JD Robb junkie. I think I’ve read everything she’s written. I guess I am a library junkie, too. That’s where I get most of my books. When I’m not writing, I’m reading. Great ‘B’ for the challenge!

  8. I love the description “reading is one big orgy” 🙂 I always find Stephen King hit or miss – I love the book or I really can’t get into it. One of my all time fav books is Salem’s Lot.
    Tasha
    Tasha’s Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

  9. Great post Val, I do love Stephen King and all the other authors you mentioned. My original favorites were his original ‘Gun Slinger series. I finally read his time travel newer book, JFK and enjoyed that one a lot. Can’t go wrong with Stephen King.

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