“What books do you as an author read?” I’ve been asked many times. Good question. Here’s what I don’t do: I do not stick to a single genre, e.g., science fiction or mystery or self-help or spiritual, and in fact, I rarely read any of those.
When I was younger and relocated to different towns due to my husband’s job changes, I’d go to the new library, determined to read everything. I’d begin with A and read alphabetically. Well, that didn’t work because I would rarely get past B or C and it seemed as if the same ol’ books were shelved at every library. Later, I chose books randomly; but that didn’t satisfy because many were pretty bad. Now I select from reviews, read my book clubs’ selections, get recommendations from trusted book-reading friends, or devour professional books related to writing, publishing, and gardening. In no particular order, here are some of the books I’ve recently read and enjoyed: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor; Past Forgetting by Kay Summersby (Morgan); the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo trilogy by Stieg Larsson; all six Jane Austen novels (again); Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand; Gardening With a Wild Heart by Judith Larner Lowry; Devil and the White City by Eric Larson; Touch of Magenta by Linda Loveland Reid; Last Night in Twisted River by John Irving; Mao’s Last Dancer by Li Cunzin; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon; Becoming Madame Mao by Anchee Min; The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot; Run by Ann Patchett; The Tennis Partner and Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese; The Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle; The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean; The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Isiguro; The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd; West With the Night by Beryl Markham; The Zookeeper’s Wife by Dian Ackerman; Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen; Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky; Confederates in the Attic by Tony Horwitz; and more. If only there were enough time in my life to read (or write) all the books I’d like to!