My Best Friends

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I love books. They don’t talk back. There’s a never ending supply in the bookstore, online, or at the library. And if I’m lonely, they’re always there to keep me company.

Florence Fois’s March Bookfest inspired me to share a few of my recent and upcoming reads. If you’re interested in finding out more about these books, click on the links below.

Recently finished:

Against The Wind by Virginia Kelly
Romantic Suspense – a hurricane, a man on the run, and the woman who rejected him – Kindle

Backseat Saints by Joshilyn Jackson
Women’s Fiction – a woman on a journey to find herself escapes a dangerous man – Paperback

Next up on my to-be-read pile are:

Pushed Too Far by Ann Voss Peterson
Thriller –  “… nail-gnawing suspense, dark mystery, and a dash of romance.” – Kindle

The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
Young Adult – “… stunning, gripping, powerful.” – Kindle

Where The Heart Is by Jenny Gardiner
Women’s Fiction – “… home is the only place she’ll ever be able to reclaim what’s most important to her.” –Kindle

On order and on their way, some writing books that sound interesting:

Something Startling Happens: The 120 Story Beats Every Writer Needs To Know by Todd Klick
Paperback and Kindle

Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way To Success by K.M. Wieland
Paperback and Kindle

The Art Of War For Writers: Fiction Writing Strategies, Tactics, and Exercises by James Scott Bell
Paperback and Kindle

Plus, just for good measure, I ordered a Yoga DVD to keep me in shape. 🙂

What is the most recent book you’ve read? And what’s next on your reading list?


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About Sheila Seabrook

Author of contemporary romance and women's fiction.

Posted on May 2, 2012, in Blog Posts and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 30 Comments.

  1. Elizabeth Berg’s “The Art of Mending” (actually, I just finished reading my own that just came out because I have to – *laughing* – I don’t know if y’all do that, but I have to “see” and read it as a “reader” as if it weren’t mine!) . . .

    I am between books and looking at several but thinking I’ll read “The River Witch” by fellow BB author Kimberly Brock.

  2. Sheila, I loved this post and I thank you for the mention of my bookfest. I have read several books since March … one lovely inspirational romance Wildflowers from Winter, by Katie Gashert, A Briefing for the Descent into Hell by Doris Lessing, two of Shelly Freydont’s Lindy Haggerty mystery series, and a quick re-read of The Time Machine, by HG Wells in preperation for The Time Traveler’s Wife … if you want something different also check out The Weird Sisters, by Eleanor Brown. Keep those book titles coming Sheila and the rest of the group … we can never get enough 🙂

    • Ohhh, I’ve heard of The Weird Sisters, Florence, and will check it out along with the other books you’ve named. I agree, we can never get enough. Thanks for sharing these titles! 🙂

  3. Christy Hayes

    My book club just read Planting Dandelions by Kyran Pittman. It was really good. I also read Chasing Fire by Nora Roberts and Debra Holland’s Montana Sky series. I need more time in the day to read!

  4. I discovered Susan Elizabeth Phillips! I just finished Call Me Irresistible and am going to find another of her books to read. I also loved Nancy Naigle’s books.

    • Susan Elizabeth Phillips is one of my all time favorite authors, Patti. In fact, I have every single book of hers on my keeper shelf. WHAT I DID FOR LOVE is probably my fav-fav of the bunch and I still have a magazine ad for this book stuck on my bulletin board. Thanks for sharing both author names! 🙂

  5. Lee Child’s THE AFFAIR is a classic page turner. Lisa Jewell’s THE MAKING OF US kept me turning the pages because I cared about the characters. Wouldn’t I like to be Patti Yager Delagrange and have Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ whole backlist to read! Florence, I, too, liked THE WEIRD SISTERS once I got used to the first-person plural POV.

    • These titles are going on my TBR list, Pat. And yes, I too would love to have SEP’s entire backlist still to read. Ah heaven. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  6. Theresa Krebs

    Sheila: a lovely reminder of the unconditional pleasure offered by books, thank you. Recently, I finished reading #s 9, 10, & 11 of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (series) by Alexander McCall Smith. Currently, I’m reading Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer as part of a voyeuristic foray into American censorship.

    • Isn’t it great to discover a favorite series to follow, Theresa. I’ve heard loads of great things about Alexander McCall Smith’s series, but have not yet tried it out. My list keeps getting longer and longer. Thanks for sharing the titles and authors! 🙂

  7. Oh my, compared to you I am waaaayyy behind on my reading which I adore too! Finished a historical and am reading a contemporary. But mostly, am doing needlepoint. Love yoga and you!

    • Sometimes we need a break from books to clear our heads, Vicki, so enjoy the needlepoint. Would love to see a photo of it when it’s done. You and yoga both rock, my dear! 🙂

  8. I just finished Unbroken. It was truly wonderful. The author, Laura Hillenbrand is as inspirational as her subject, Louie Zamperini. Next up, Kristin Higgins. My reading list is as diverse as my iPod playlist and I love it. 🙂

    • For a long time, Tracy, I was locked into reading my half dozen favorite authors, so it seemed like a really long time between books. In today’s world, we can download books on a whim and there’s never a lack of reading material. Like you, I love the variety of my choices now and sample books and authors I would have never looked at before. Thanks for sharing the titles and authors! 🙂

  9. Stacy S. Jensen

    My last few books -Wish you were here by Beth Vogt, the final Harry Potter book and Boob tube by Leslyann & Mark Coker. I just read a few picture books today for research. Ive had to read a couple diet books too. Next up revisions on my memoir, so I may be sneaking in writing craft books. I have a large TBR file on the Kindle. I love all kinds of books too.

    • I still have not read the Harry Potter series, Stacy. Colour me ashamed! Thanks for passing along the names of the books and good luck with the revisions! 🙂

  10. Love to celebrate our love of books.

  11. Coleen Patrick

    I like the sound of Something Startling Happens–i need to check that out. Thanks Sheila!

  12. Hi Sheila! Love your list. I read KM Weiland’s book. It was very good. Currently I’m reading 50 Shades of Grey and Finding Emma, by Steena Holmes and just finished Stephen King’s On Writing. I have a major crush on Stephen King now. I loved the conversational way he wrote this book and his writing advice made a lot of sense for me.
    Have fun with your TBR’s and current reads. I’m with you – books are best friends!

    • Marcia, I just received Weiland’s book in the mail, so am looking forward to diving in to it. I’ve never read 50 Shades of Grey, although everyone is raving about it now, aren’t they. Finding Emma and King’s On Writing are both fabulous books. I enjoyed them so much!

  13. Reading Bridge of Scarlet Leaves by Kristina McMorris and find her style of short chapters spanning large blocks of time and info interesting.

    Last book was Good in Bed by Jennifer Wiener. Two very different authors — love to expand my horizons!

    • Dianne, I so want to read Kristina’s latest book and recently sent in a request to my library to order in both of her books. They’e approved the request, which hopefully means she’ll be introduced to a whole new batch of readers. Yay!

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