My Spring 2013 reading list

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No blossoms yet in Stockholm, but soon!

Spring has finally arrived in Stockholm, Sweden–the air is getting warmer, the ice on Brunnsviken has finally melted, I could actually go out without a thick scarf and hat on. You know what that means–now I get to tell you what books I plan on reading (or am already reading).

So what’s on the list this time? One oldie and lots of new books. 🙂

  • The Mating Rituals of the North American WASP by Lauren Lipton. Now, I read this book a few years ago and loved it. I was feeling nostalgic and decided to read it again.
  • The Husband Diet by Nancy Barone. Nancy is one of my fellow Matera brainstormers and this is one of the books we brainstormed together. Can’t wait to finally read it. I’ve preordered it. 🙂
  • Damocles by S.G. Redling. Sheila is another Matera brainstormer and Damocles is another book we all brainstormed. I loved the plot when she told us about it. I think this is going to be another hit like her previous novel, Flowertown. Different genre, complete different story but I’m sure it won’t disappoint.
  • The Lost Daughter by Mary Williams. Williams is an African-American woman who was adopted by actress Jane Fonda. The Lost Daughter is her memoir about growing up in Oakland in the 1970s and what brought her to the camp Fonda and then-husband Tom Hayden ran. It’s also a story about self-discovery and knowing when you can go home again.
  • Leftovers by Stella Newman. I loved Newman’s Pear Shaped--even when her main character was driving me crazy with being submissive to an emotionally-unavailable man. According to the back cover blurb, Leftovers is about friendship, love and enjoying what’s left on the table. I’ve already got it on my Kindle…soon I’ll dive in. 🙂
  • Hemlock Grove by Brian McGreevy. Every now and then, I need a dose of paranormal, and it looks like this time it will be the werewolves of Hemlock Grove who give me my dose. 🙂
  • Lessons in French by Hillary Reyl. Set in Paris in 1989, this is a story about a woman rediscovering Paris and her past. It’s also about what happens when life begins to spiral out of control. I can’t wait to dig into this one! 😀
  • Banker’s Death: Temptation in Florence #3 by Beate Boeker. Beate’s a fellow Matera brainstormer and, as I posted earlier, I love her sense of humor and her quirky cast of characters.
  • Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Theresa Anne Fowler. Having read so much by and inspired by  F.Scott, it’s great to finally find a novel about Zelda. This one is sure to be enthralling!
  • Woman on the Run by Lisa Marie Rice. Rice is the pseudonym for one my fellow Matera Brainstormers. She writes great romantic and erotic suspense and this is one of her books which I haven’t read yet. I think I will take this one with me to Copenhagen in a few weeks! 🙂

That’s it for now. I am anxious to get working on Maybe Baby again. I’m revising Chapter 7. Five more chapters to tighten and then I will feel ready to release it. 🙂

Happy reading (and writing)! 🙂

Your Valentine’s Day Reading List

Yes, yes, I know you’ve got better things to do on Valentine’s Day than read but–just in case your significant other falls asleep or forgets to take you someplace nice for that most commercial of holidays—here are some books to pull you through….

  • One Day by David Nicholls
  • Mating Rituals of the North American Wasp by Lauren Lipton
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (of course you should read this!)
  • Frozen Music by Marika Cobbold (an all-time favorite, should read it again!)
  • 32 Candles by Ernessa T. Carter (if you haven’t read it yet, then do it now–I’ll just keep reminding you to read it.)
  • Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin (read it before the movie’s released!)
  • The Complete Kama Sutra (who knows? Maybe if you practice a few moves from it, your significant other will decide it’s time to treat you to something nice…)

Now that should be enough to get you started. Still not in a romantic, love love love mood? Well, pull out your DVD of Amelie from Montmarte and see if that doesn’t make you smile. And don’t pretend you don’t have it–everyone’s got a copy of it somewhere. I watch mine whenever I am sad and it makes me happy. Makes me feel like love is this wondrous thing that is a lovely Technicolor dream set in Paris…yeah yeah….a cliché I know but it’s a lovely one and I am sticking to it.