Lara Adrian is the best-selling author of the Midnight Breed series. The latest in the series, Darker After Midnight, is available January 24.
I’ve always been an eclectic reader. Or maybe the more accurate term is omnivorous. Add to that, insatiable. As a kid, I spent endless hours at the public library, hoarding books the way some girls hoarded Barbie dolls (although, admittedly, I had my fair share of those too). I can still recall my parents’ befuddlement when I’d come home with an armload of books encompassing everything from Judy Blume novels to studies of African lions, to books on the occult and witchcraft. I simply read everything I could get my hands on, and I’m pretty much the same way today.
For instance, open right now on my Kindle is the excellent What It Is Like to Go to War by Karl Marlantes. This is such a naked, moving, and achingly human account of combat and coming home, at times I find it too difficult to read for long in one sitting. It’s an amazing, courageous book, and parts of it will live inside me forever. I know I will come away from it a different (better, I hope) person from having read it.
Another book I’m reading and enjoying is The Orchard, a memoir by Theresa Weir. I first discovered this author through her dark romantic suspense novels under the pen name, Anne Frasier. I loved her voice and storytelling, but it was through her blog that I discovered she was also very interesting as a person. When I heard she’d written a memoir, I immediately put it on my must-buy list. The Orchard is beautifully written, a poignant memoir and a candid glimpse into the life of a young woman trying to find her place in the world.