Tuesday, January 25, 2011

What I'm Reading

My Dear Friend: Letters of Abigail and John Adams, Edited by Margaret A. Hogan and C. James Taylor

Surprised? I'm sure those who know my reading tastes are. I am usually not a reader of historical fiction, but I love historical nonfiction.

How about you? What are you reading right now? Is it for pleasure or research?

15 comments:

Louisa Cornell said...

Oh, Joann, I am a huge fan of The John and Abigail ! I haven't read this book, but I WILL!

At present I am rereading Anna Campbell's My Reckless Surrender and it is a little bit of both - research and pleasure. I decided to reread all five of her books as I am working on my rewrites. Nobody does angst and passion better.

I'm also reading Bucks and Bruisers by Reid. It's a history of Regency era boxing and yes, it is for research!

It may sound odd, but I am usually reading a nonfiction Regency research book and a historical romance novel at the same time.

What is it they say? Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don't!

M.V.Freeman said...

JoAnn, that sounds interesting!

I am reading two things. A non-fiction and fiction. I've decided to read one writing related book every week or two and one fiction if I can squeeze it in. I need to keep refilling my well.

First one: "The Productive Writer" by Sage Cohen. A reminder of what I need to do and few ideas I think I will implement.

Second: "Need" by Carrie Jones, a YA about Pixies..not your fun kind.

Louisa--I always feel like a nut...LOL

Kat Jones said...

I love reading nonfiction (definitely a nut)!!! I just finished a book about Anne Boleyn and am about to start one about her daughter Elizabeth I.

I'm also reading book 3 (Perfect) in the Pretty Little Liars series- for research. That's my story & I'm sticking to it! ;)

Heather said...

I read so much non-fiction at work, I love escaping into fantasy world when I get home. I just finished re-reading the first four books of Karen Marie Moning's Fever Series (oooh, Jericho Barrons, you make my teeth sweat). The fifth book is sitting next to my desk, tempting me. I can't wait to get home and lose myself in it.

M.V.Freeman said...

OOOOOH I SO want to read the last installment of the Dark fever series.
I'm quite envious Heather! :)
(And Jericho Barrons is a wonderful, frustrating hero...)

Lexi said...

I am reading MIDNIGHT CRYSTAL by Jane Ann Krentz . . .er . . . Jane Castle. I love her in all her incarnations. And I just finished the first book in the Sookie Stackhouse series. Awesome stuff. And I have JE's latest Stephanie Plum book on my bedside table. I don't read much nonfiction--I get plenty of that at work reading criminal transcripts. Sigh.

Cari Hislop said...

I just finished 'Gateway' by Frederik Pohl. It's Science fiction, but it does have a weird romantic thread. It's left me thinking about how fear can shape our lives.

I can't wait to get my hands on 'Maybe This Time' by Jennifer Crusie. It's a paranormal romance supposedly based on The Turn of the Screw. It sounds really good.

Carla Swafford said...

I'm reading RUNNING BLIND by Lee Child. And this is Diane's fault I'm reading it.

I had stopped reading it for a while when Karen Marie Moning's newest (me too, Heather) came in. Then I stopped reading KMM's and went back to finish LC's for reasons I won't tell here. Something along the lines of some big authors still need editors.

JoAnn said...

Louisa -- I got hooked on Johnigail :-) when the Broadway play "1776" came out in 19...uh,(cough, cough, stammer, stammer). I was fascinated by the fact that Sherman Edwards took a lot of his lyrics from the actual writings of John and Abigail. Still love that show!

JoAnn said...

Mary -- Wow, I wish I could be a productive writer! I definitely need to check out that book. Thanks for mentioning it.

JoAnn said...

Oooh, Kat -- Anne Bolyn! And Elizabeth was amazing. Love it. Fascinating time period.

JoAnn said...

Heather, I need to look into Karen Marie Moning. Especially if her heroes can make teeth sweat! :-)

JoAnn said...

Lexi -- I love Castle/Quick/Krentz's books too. The Stephanie Plum books are on my TBR list. Maybe someday!

JoAnn said...

Oh, Cari -- I had not heard that about Jennifer Crusie's book. The Turn of the Screw freaked me out when I read it in high school. I've always been a wimp when it comes to ghost stories.

JoAnn said...

Carla -- I'm definitely going to pick up a Karen Marie Moning book. I know you've mentioned her to me several times. And now that my daughter works in a book store and can get me a discount, I'm buying books right and left! Soon to be broke -- even with a discount.