New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lisa Jackson shares what she's reading with Kindle Post.
When it comes to picking out books to read I run with the crowd. If it’s popular, I’ll read it. If it’s recommended by my circle of reader-friends, I usually read it. I’m talking fiction here. I love novels and avoid non-fiction except for researching my own books, so if the general public likes a novel and there’s a bit of a buzz about the book, it’s a pretty good bet I will as well. For example: I loved Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I am an Amazing Amy fan and I thought the author was brilliant with this book, so I had to pick up another book by her. I’m reading Dark Places now and I don’t like it as well, but I’m not finished with it yet! It doesn’t seem to have as much of that brittle humor I found fascinating with Gone Girl and it’s more brutal and disturbing. Don’t get me wrong though, I’m into Dark Places, I love the characters and can’t wait to see what happens, I’m just comparing it to the first book I read by the author.
I also just finished two train books: The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline and it was great. It wasn’t my usual thing, not a lot of suspense, but man what a story. I was fascinated by the heroine, only a girl on her journey to find a home. Well done! The other train book, The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins was fabulous as well. I loved the mystery and the challenges of the heroine as she battled personal demons, created her own fantasy worlds and eased herself into a mystery from where there was no escape. Definitely a keeper!
As you can see, I’m a little behind the curve on some of these books; they’ve been out a while. That’s what I mean; the book has to be very popular before I start to take note. This is probably due to the huge stack of novels piled on my To Be Read shelf.
I actually have two shelves: the TBR and then the ARF (Already Read Favorites) which I have just replenished due to the fact that I “loan” books to friends and have moved a few times so some old faves have unfortunately gotten lost. Thankfully, I was able to order additional copies as refills!
But, back to the books I’m reading. Oh! I can’t forget to mention The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick. It’s been around a while and yes, I saw the movie. I liked the film very much and wasn’t going to bother with the book, but then my sister kept going on and on about it, so I bought the novel on CD and listened to it. OMG–it was fabulous! The narrator did an incredible job. It was SO much better than the very good movie. I’ve convinced others who had seen the movie to read it and they agreed. But then–is this really a surprise? In general, the books are always better.
I usually lean toward mysteries and psychological thrillers; I do read an eclectic blend of novels based on popular opinion. I recently read The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, which was good of course. I liked the story even though Nazi Germany and World War II are not my favorite subjects. The characters were great and looking at the war through the eyes of German children was unique and horrifying. I’m also a big fan of Michael Connelly, Steven King, Sue Grafton, Harlan Coben, Nelson DeMille, Linwood Barclay and William Lashner to name a few, so I’m always looking forward to their latest novels.
Ultimately, I’ll be looking forward to devouring whatever the general populous couldn’t put down six months to two years ago. I always run a little behind the pack. I’ve included a picture of one of my ARF shelves!