Thursday, February 04, 2010
What Are You Reading? Linda Thomas Sundstrom
Nocturne author Linda Thomas Sundstrom reveals what she is reading!
Hello Pink Heart Society . . . What a wonderful way to kick off a Thursday, with a subject so close to my own little pink heart - books!
I am a book junkie. I read books, write books, listen to books on CD, and covet stories of all kinds. I wonder if you're the same? Like great movies, I equate reading terrific books to eating deep, dark chocolate. Yum! Blissful! Can't get enough!
I have stacks of books in every room, mostly arranged very neatly on floor to ceiling shelves of course. But then there are the stacks on my office floor, and more on my bedside table, that call to me. Thing is, it's difficult to get to them when I'm busy writing my own. And as I have three books out early this year (Jan, Feb, and March Nocturnes in my Wolf Moons series, released back to back),as well as a brand new contract for four more Nocturnes.... and well.... you get my drift.
So - with as little time as I do have to read, I get real particular. And I get a lot of books "in" by listening to them on audio as I drive to and from the day job (I'm a teacher). Books on CD are the best things going for someone as time-challenged as I am these days. However, I'll tend to listen to books I wouldn't necessarily pick up to read - remember that being particular confession?
There are some books that just need to be held, smelled, and read, line by precious line. You know? The feel of a book in my hands and the sound of the paper turning are blissful moments for me. I've been known to read paragraphs over several times to figure out why it struck me as being so good, or soulful. Only a book in the hand can allow for such things. So nope, I'll never be a Kindle or other e-reader fan. Don't care how many books they'll hold ---- the key is that you can't hold those books at all.
And another thing - I have a need to keep the books I love, even if I may never read them again. I have the compulsion to own them, and look at them on my shelf - which turns out to be sort of like my life on a shelf. I can see past, current, and future titles, and remember where I was when I bought or read those titles. Can't you? Like old songs?
Two of my all-time favorites: 1) The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by JRR Tolkien. By far and away the best thing I've ever read, and I've read it six or more times all the way through, from high school on up, and still get caught up in the tale. And 2) Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. I mean, talk about writing talent, and addressing a personal philosophy so cleanly, whether or not you as a reader go along with it. Wow.
Then - more current titles I've really enjoyed for a whole host of reasons:
The Shadow of the Wind (Carlos Ruiz Zafon), Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd), all of Kim Harrison's urban fantasies, the Harry Potter series (need I say who wrote those?), all of Lisa Scottline's legal thrillers, all of Jim Butcher's quirky urban fantasies, Simon R Green's even quirkier urban fantasies, Janet Evanovish's Stephanie Plum series, early Sue Grafton books, early Laurell K. Hamilton Anita Blake books, early Ann Rice vampire fare. The list goes on.
Then, there are the non-fiction books, too numerous to mention.
So - what am I reading or listening to right now? At this minute?
In my car, I'm listening to a John Sanford mystery - "Phantom Prey." On my elliptical machine, and night, just before the lights go out, I'm reading one of those books I have to hold and read and savor = Kim Harrison's "Black Witch, White Curse." At the same time, I'm reading Nocturnes written by my fellow Nocturne authors... and have a stack of six that are calling to me.
Paranormal fare is my favorite. Both dark and light - which is what I write, both dark and light paranornmal romances. My light side - "Barbie and the Beast," last April's Dorchester release. My current, darker side - the "Wolf Moons" series for Nocturne that come out this month and next. "Red Wolf," and "Wolf Trap." Sexy werewolf fare in a hot Miami series.
How about you? What are you reading currently?
Do cough up some juicy titles, so we can add them to our list.
More questions: Do you read across several genres, interested in all good stories, or do you stick to one?
Do you share my love for quirky or dark paranormals? Prefer straight fiction fare?
Do you love romances ? ? ? ? (I love romance, for sure, which is why I write them !)
Talk to me. Share.
And that's why I write paranormals for Nocturne, I suppose. To tell stories I'm craving to tell. I have two Nocturne Bites out now, one this month called "Blackout" and one next month titled "Wolf Bait," where I can go wild on werewolves.
Anybody else here have a hankering for the darker side of things? Have any insider knowledge on upcoming supernatural tales that don't involve Brad Pitt?
Cheers for now-