July 2018

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HARRY POTTER SERIES by J.K. Rowling

I’ve read this series a ton but this time around I’m giving myself a treat and listening to them on audiobook for the first time. I heartily recommend listening to HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE. Jim Dale’s narration is incredible! Also: every time I finish reading a book, I watch all the movies. Harry Potter is the gift that keeps giving.

 

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ALL SOULS TRILOGY by Deborah Harkness

Did y’all catch the incredible trailer for A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES yet? Watch it and you’ll understand why this is one of my all-time favorite series. The Voynich manuscript figures heavily in THE SIXTH DAY, thanks to Deb bringing it to my attention in her books. I bow down to her genius and can’t wait to see her at Parnassus Books in September! Read the trilogy if you haven’t already and thank me later. 

 

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OUTLANDER SERIES by Diana Gabaldon

You all know I am a disciple of the Gabaldon, Her storytelling skills are wonderful, she has created a world I want to revisit time and again, and oh yeah, big tall redheaded Scottish warriors named Jamie Fraser do it for me… It’s always nice to slip back into my favorite characters’ lives—makes me feel very comforted and happy.


June 2018

THE SONG OF ACHILLES by Madeline Miller

Y’all, I have a massive girl crush on Madeline Miller’s brain. I’ve always been a mythology fan, so after I listened to CIRCE last month, it was on to her debut SONG OF ACHILLES. Holy. Cow. It’s official, I will read anything she writes. 

THE MINIMALIST KITCHEN by Melissa Coleman

I am really trying to get my kitchen into shape. Melissa Coleman’s cookbook is giving me the tools to do so. It’s a challenge, though…. My pantry is giving me fits.

HUNTING ANNABELLE by Wendy Heard

I’m very excited for you to read this awesome debut. It is so bloody unique!!

GALE FORCE by Owen Laukkanen

Owen is my hockey buddy, and a brilliant thriller writer. I’m going to have to give him an acknowledgment in my next thriller because of this book, it gave me a GREAT idea. Super work from a talented guy. 


May 2018

MY OXFORD YEAR by Julia Whelan

Oh my god, oh my god, OH MY GOD. What is it about men named Jamie? This book is so good, and attached to what’s going to be a super cool movie.
 
ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE by Gail Honeyman

Simply brilliant. Heartbreaking. A lovely story, full of everything you need to have all the feels. I cried twice. Amazing.
 
TANGERINE by Christine Mangan

Christine Mangan has a great future in front of her. Her style is very reminiscent of Highsmythe, which is a good thing.
 
HEIR OF FIRE by Sarah J. Maas

I’m slowly savoring my way through Sarah Maas' Celaena Sardothien series. It's hard to hold myself back, I want to gobble them all down. Maas and Bardugo own the fantasy scene right now, which is well-deserved.

April 2018

EXIT WEST by Mohsin Hamid

EXIT WEST was haunting, lyrical, epic, and I will be thinking about its themes for weeks to come. Highly recommended.
 
LOTS OF CANDLES, PLENTY OF CAKE by Anna Quindlen

Anna Quindlen is always one of my favorites, and her essays ring so true.
 
WICKED INTENTIONS by J.T. Geissinger

WICKED INTENTIONS came so highly recommended I had to give it a try. And whoa – this is a hot, sexy romance with two fabulous leads and a cracker jack plot.
 
THE BROKEN GIRLS by Simone St. James

I listened to THE BROKEN GIRLS and it’s fabulous – dark, sinister, haunted – and has rekindled my love of the boarding school mystery.

March 2018

ELON MUSK: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance

This biography of Elon Musk is incredible. I have learned so much, both about Musk and the exciting technologies going into Space X. Superb.
 
ENIGMA by Catherine Coulter

My dear cowriter's latest Savich and Sherlock is available now in trade paperback with a spiffy new cover. Action-packed and compulsively readable!
 
ALTERNATE SIDE by Anna Quindlen

Anna Quindlen has always been a favorite of mine, and this book doesn't disappoint. I absolutely love her newest, and the Upper West Side setting is exactly what I needed. I miss New York!
 
THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS by Rae Carson

I listened to this book, and I loved it. Rae Carson has created a very cool new world and a heroine I can get behind.

February 2018

LIE WITH ME by Sabine Durrant

LIE WITH ME is masterful. Think Highsmythe meets Du Maurier. This has a Talented Mr. Ripley vibe with a lovely, classic voice - highly recommended!
 
PLAY IT AS IT LAYS by Joan Didion

DH and I watched the documentary on Joan Didion and I immediately rushed to the store for books. PLAY IT AS IT LAYS was heartbreaking to read, and the style was so gorgeous.
 
THE CRUEL PRINCE by Holly Black

THE CRUEL PRINCE is the beginning of a new series, and it was awesome. Royal faerie intrigue – I mean, come on.
 
THE SIXTH DAY by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison

This fifth installment of A Brit in the FBI is a doozy. London! Falcons! High-tech madness! Needless to say, Nicolas and Mike have their hands full.

January 2018

YEAR ONE by Nora Roberts

YEAR ONE is super storytelling, inventive and scary. I loved the audiobook! (Pro Tip: Don’t go grocery shopping prior to a possible snowpocalypse whilst listening to this book. 🤯)
 
SMALL TOWN TROUBLE (Familiar Legacy Book 5) by Laura Benedict

SMALL TOWN TROUBLE is a sweet murder mystery featuring Trouble the cat, who, I might add, completely steals the book from his human counterparts. A great read from a great author.
 
THE GOOD DAUGHTER by Karin Slaughter

Karin Slaughter just keeps getting better. THE GOOD DAUGHTER is tight, tense, and all-too-real. I loved it.
 
THE GRAY MAN by Mark Greaney

I listened to THE GRAY MAN a few weeks ago. The tag line is “Bourne for the new millennium” and that’s just what you’ll get—a thrilling ride. Court Gentry is a Superman assassin, the ultimate Byronic hero, and Greaney knows his stuff. Excellent thriller!