1. Murder on the Cliffs by Joanna Challis
I am on the last 20 pages of this book and am going to hurry through this blog post so I can finish it! have really enjoyed it. I checked it out from the library and decided I want to own it. After looking it up on Amazon I noticed a lot of the reviews were really harsh. I don't really understand that because I think it's just fabulous.
2. April/May Issue of Backwoods Home (No, it's not a book but worth including)
This is a staple in my house. I have every issue for the last two years and hope to start ordering anthologies soon. Lots of great (and valuable) information for types like me.
3. Fall of Giants by Ken Follett
I read this after reading Pillars of the Earth, which I loved. The movie (or mini-series, I can't remember) piqued my interest in Pillars and introduced me to Follett's book. I went on to Fall of Giants and didn't enjoy it nearly as much. Pillars remains my favorite.
4. Written in My Own Heart's Blood by Diana Gabaldon
Waited forever for this one. I have never disliked anything Gabaldon has put out and this is no exception. However, Dragonfly in Amber remains my favorite in the series.
5. Love Comes Softly by Janette Oak.
A classic that I read before the movie. I enjoyed both even though the movie took a lot of liberties. I first read this book 12 years ago. I saw it in the thrift store recently and thought it would be nice to read it again. It was.
6. Rise of the Governor (Walking Dead Prequel) by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga.
Yes, I admit it, I am a Walking Dead fan. This book provided a lot of insight into what came before, especially if you are already a fan and have already seen the Governor on the Walking Dead.
7. On Writing Romance by Leigh Michaels
I don't know if writing this genre will ever catch on with me. At present it feels unnatural to write a full fledged genre romance. However the genre's I write all have an element of romance somewhere, no matter how subtle. I'm always reading technical writing books where I feel I'm lacking.
8. The Crimson Petal and The White by Michel Faber
This was a book that Lisa and I swapped. (I loaned her a Nora Roberts and she loaned me this) I really like how Michel Faber writes and read it fairly quickly. I've always had a fascination with Victoria era London.
9. Enchanted by Nora Roberts
Why does one always put their head down a bit when they admit reading a Nora Roberts book? I read this along with the "On Writing Romance" technical book because I like to see things from both sides. "This is how you do it" and "This is how it's done" While I was reading it for research and learning, I really liked it and ended up buying two more of her books. Nora is successful for a reason and that reason is that she has this down to a science. Throw in handsome Irish men and some magic and it was hard to put down.
10. Write. Publish. Repeat. by Johnny B. Truant and Sean Platt
A great book for Indie entrepreneurs, especially if you are just starting out. These guys have a funny sense of humor as well.