Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Summer Reading

Summer is going fast already! Of course, not liking heat, bugs, sweat, dirt, yard work and high utility bills, I am not a fan of summer. However, I do love to curl up with a cold drink and "an improving book" (as my beloved Jeeves would say), and I have a huge stack that I'm eager to dive into.

Here are a few I'm especially looking forward to:

Until That Distant Day by Jill Stengl and Sactuary for a Lady and The Soldier's Secrets by Naomi Rawlings. Having just finished a French Revolution book myself (Decadent Deceit, coming out at the end of August, 2015), I can't resist other novels set during that period. And, in Christian fiction at least, they are few and far between.

Melanie Dickerson's fairytale-inspired series, starting with The Healer's Apprentice. I love fairytales, and I've been wanting to dive into this series for a long time now.

Marylu Tyndall's pirate series, starting with The Reliance. I read and loved the first two books years ago and just had the privilege of reading the ARC for the fifth book in the series, The Reckoning. The pirate hero reminded me of Killian Jones, and  how could I possibly resist that?

Heartless by Anne Elisabeth Stengl and the rest of her fantasy series. I started the first book several months ago and was captivated by the writing and the story. Then, sadly, other obligations got in the way and I had to set it aside. I'm eager to get back to it.

Lisa Bergren's River of Time Series. This was another series I started and really enjoyed and then was forced to set aside because of real-life deadlines. I loved the characters in these time-travel books, and I want to get reacquainted.

Tiger's Paw by Kimberly A. Rogers. This is a novella, the prequel to her long, ambitious urban fantasy series. Rogers is imaginative and has the skill to touch minds and hearts with her writing. I'm eager to find out where her characters will take me.

And, somewhat related to each other, I want to read The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah and Poirot and Me by David Suchet. Hannah's book is a new Poirot mystery sanctioned by Agatha Christie's estate, and how could I miss the story of how actor Suchet spent twenty-five years as the incarnation of Christie's classic Belgian detective?

I could go on for several pages on the subject of books I want to read. And I have deliberately not included any of the wonderful books by my fellow Inkwell writers. First off, there are too many to list here. And if you want to see them all, you can look at our books page.

So what's in your TBR pile? And why?


  1. Hi, DeAnna. That's quite the list of genres and authors. Is there a connecting theme?

    I still remember the day I was on a road trip and walked into a Christian book store in Thunder Bay, Ontario and saw Marylu Tyndall's pirate series spread out on a table. I was captivated and bought the first 3 books on the spot. I'd never read Christian books with so much adventure and awareness and a world of possibilities opened to me. They are still favorites and I'm looking forward to reading 4 and 5 on a reading-binge week(end). :)

  2. I don't know about a theme, though you see there's not a contemporary in the bunch. Not that I haven't read some good ones, but I'd rather my reading take me away from the insanity that is modern life. :D

  3. Um, you live in Texas and don't like summer? Have you considered North Dakota?

    I've pretty much given up ever getting through all the books I want to read.

  4. Yes, I live in Texas. Yes, I hate summer, and summer here lasts a long, long time. But I'm used to a mild, shirtsleeve winter, and I don't know if I'd find snow and Ice so charming if I had to deal with it for six months of every year. :)

  5. Personally, Chrstian Fiction set during or after the 'French Revolution' does not appeal to me. One reason (and I may be proverbially pelted with rotten vegetables or deleted for this) is because I notice many Americans seem to be biased in favour of the French Revolution, and this it was brillant and all about Freedom.

    I don't. Even at a liberal estimate, most historians estimate that tens of thousands of people- most of them not aristocrats- were slaugtered in the 'reign of terror' and there was a stong, anti-Christian element in this period, with priests and nuns being targeted, and blasphemous 'Worship of Reason' ceremonies in ancient churches.

    I don't like seeing all this rejected as 'exaggeration' and 'propaghanda'. We have to do our best to be honest about history. Simply because a particular events seems to parellel the American Revolution or its values its doesn't automatically make it good and honourable IMO....


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