Friday, August 30, 2013

Whatcha Readin'?

Whatcha Readin’?
By Brad R. Cook

Books are immortal sons defying their sires. – Plato

Here at the Writers’ Lens, Fridays are for books. A time to focus on readers. We all love books (at least I'm assuming if you're reading this blog you love books) and over the last few weeks, I’ve talked about reading your genre and other book related topics.

But today, I want to ask a simple question – Whatcha Readin'?

I’ll start –
I read Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
Yeah, it’s a paranormal romance, I read it for research and because it was suggested by an agent. It was good, great voice and pacing. Beware; those not wanting a romance between a half-vampire and a hunter may want to check the comments for another book.

I also read Senshi by Cole Gibsen
Yeah, I’ve already read the second book in the Katana Series, but I hadn’t read the finished copy yet. I devoured it before vacation. It too has a great voice, and I like Rileigh, she kicks ass with a katana… I need say no more.

I recently finished Daring Missions of World War II by William Breuer
This was passed on to me by my uncle and is a great collection of stories. Some I knew, others I only knew because I have a freakish knowledge of history and I watch way too much H2, Nat Geo, Smithsonian, and Discovery – all the Discovery’s.

Right now, I’m reading a couple of Middle Grades for research, but I’m not mentioning the titles because I don’t like talking too much about a book until it’s done. I’m superstitious like that.

It’s been a weird end to the summer, literary-ily speaking. *groan*

So, what’s been on your summer reading list? Or what are you flipping through right now. Let us know in the comments.

Book lovers enjoy hearing about new novels. Maybe you’ll find the next novel that is going to move you. Also let us know on Twitter using @writerslens.

By the way, if you are looking for a book, or what people are reading, check out #FridayReads on Twitter. If you want, tag your #FridayReads with @writerslens and spread the word!

Yes, feel free to mention your own book in the comments, you read it right? Then it counts.

Have a great Labor Day Weekend, I know some us will be spending it in a book!

Brad R. Cook is a historical fantasy author and President of St. Louis Writers Guild. Please visit , follow me on Twitter @bradrcook , or my tumblr page Thoughts from Midnight
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  1. Being at the bookstore is hazardous! Since I redid our fiction section, I'm finding TONS of interesting stuff. Just finished Captains and the Kings (for the umpteenth time) and Practical Magic. Last week was Under the Dome, and I have a stack sitting here which includes Made in the USA by Billie Letts and Bargain with a Devil, Gloria Moulder, about her father - the man accused of killing Margaret Mitchell.

  2. Railway Man by Eric Lomax, memoir of a Scottish trainspotter captured and tortured by Japanese in WWII, forced to help build the Burma railroad. Decades later he meets his chief torturer. Movie coming soon. Just finished Yokohama Yankee: Five Generations of Outsiders in Japan, memoir of a Japanese adoption journey, half-Japanese family history and genealogy search, and filled with little-known J history tidbits. Yes, I read mostly nonfiction mixed with history and culture.