What I’m reading for January 2018. Harper, Hyder, Grisham, Cash

For several years now, reading my Bible and just for fun novels has been a goal.

Up until this year though I’ve been reading mostly non-fiction books that applied to my work, and one CC Tillery novel each year as I designed the covers and they were released.

Since I think this is my first blog post on what I’m reading apart from cat books, let me start by saying what I like to read. If we don’t read the same kind of books my thoughts on what I like won’t apply to you. I tend to like thrillers, and authors like John Grisham, David Baldacci, and Greg Isles. I am not a re-reader. There are just too many books I want to read, to re-read a book. If a book takes the Lord’s name in vain I won’t finish it. Echos really bug me where they repeat the same phrase over and over. I don’t care for paranormal, sci-fi, books that tell me what to think or push an agenda, stories about rape,  evil, or extreme violence, especially against children. For some reason, I’m okay with a storyline trying to find serial killers. Yeah I know, makes no sense.

This year I started with Soul Summoner by Elicia Hyder. I don’t know Elicia but my retail business was right beside her parents business in Western NC and I found myself rooting for her. I read her older blog and liked her style of writing- and she wrote on her author page she thinks “Heaven will have heavy metal music” which would be my choice over classical any day.  The book is set in WNC and that is always kinda cool to read about places you know about. Now stories about sixth sense and see’rs are not my typical read.  To sum it up it was an easy read, was a thriller of sorts, and I like her style and have added The Siren to my reading list. My biggest hurdle in reading it is that I don’t believe people have any ability to heal with supernatural powers. I believe in Jesus. I believe that He alone can work through people and that He is the ultimate healer and worker of miracles.

Wiley Cash is another WNC author. I didn’t even read the blurb on his first novel. I just picked up A Land More Kind Than Home and started on page 1. At first, the number of echoes in the text bugged me, but then there were so many, it kinda had a rhythm going about it and by chapter 2, I was into the story enough I quit being bothered by them. the names are pretty darn southern. I’m hoping us Southerners aren’t portrayed as snake handling Bible-thumping backward lunatics, but since he’s a southern, I doubt that is where this story is going. The library had a “NC” label on the spine. I’ve never noticed that on any other books but you can bet I’ll be looking for it now. I made it to page 124 before he wrote gd so there will be no review to follow this one.

The Dry by Jane Harper is a title I read about on another blog, I Wuv Books here on WordPress and picked it up without even reading the blurb too. Now I don’t know yet if I like the same books as that blogger but I liked the cover the best of this months reading.  I saw this quote by David Baldacci that caught my interest. “One of the most stunning debuts I’ve ever read… Every word is near perfect.” —David Baldacci.

I’ve found a new author to follow in Jane Harper! What a way with words. I’ll be reading book 2 very soon. The ONLY repeat I noticed in the entire book was about character clothes looking better than her funeral clothes that were mentioned twice. It kept my interest throughout the book. I took it with me everywhere so I could read anytime I was waiting or had a few minutes to get more pages turned.

The Tumor by John Grisham was one I probably shouldn’t have read in February.  I didn’t read this cover to cover but I skimmed it. My dad was always ahead of the times on medical type stuff. He died in February 2003 just 10 days after turning 61. He was in contact with a hospital I think in Texas trying to be treated with a laser gamma knife. Now 15 years have gone by and I just read about focused ultrasound therapy. http://amzn.to/2ER6iP5 Kindle version is free. Wouldn’t it be great if we finally had a tool to treat cancer?

A few authors I’ve read in the past that I want to read more from this year are Karen Kingsbury some of the Baxter series, and Sue Monk Kidd after reading The Invention of Wings. Another author recommended 11.22.63 by Stephen King.  I’ve read Bag of Bones and even though ghost are not something I tend to read about,  his way with words is incredible.  I like to hold real books over using an eReader but at 1121 pages the ebook may actually be easier on my problem shoulder.

I’m going to put in this post again how much I like it when authors list the number of the book in a series. I hate having to spend forever looking to see what title to start with and then what comes next. I mean come on already –  label the series and put the book number, PLEASE.

I tend to like thrillers, mysteries or Christian based novels.

Here is my pinboard on NC Authors, and my post about what I think authors want you to know.

and there is Paperback Swap for those of us who still want to hold a real book in our hands. Here is the list of books I have to swap.

For my other “What I’m reading” post – click that under tags or click this link.
For my Books & Movies Pinterest Pins click here.

If we like the same kind of books I’d love to hear your recommendations ~

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