This week’s topic for #LifeBooksWriting is my bookshelf or my current read. You want to know a quirky fact about me? I’m a book hoarder. A bona fide book nerd. Before the technological genius of Kindle and Audible was conceptualized, I made sure I always carried a purse big enough to stow and tow my current read.
Now, my reading mania has amplified. I always have a current read in physical copy, on my Kindle app (on my phone) and on my Audible app (also on my phone). Always. I generally finish what’s on my Kindle or Audible apps much quicker than any physical copy because frankly those are much more portable and my obsessive book toting days have waned.
In any event, here is what I am currently reading, what I’ve recently read – that I loved – and what I am really looking forward to reading:
Bucky F&%@ing Dent
by David Duchovny
If you’ve followed me on any form of social media you’ll know I’m passionate about a number of certain things. If you don’t follow me, let me brush you up on some of those things:
- I love ALL THINGS Boston, to include the Red Sox. This book has a Red Sox theme.
- It’s written by THE David Duchovny – the actor best known for X Files, Californication, Evolution – and he is basically all around fantastic. I’ll read anything he writes.
- I love the F word. It’s my favorite word in the English language. It’s too versatile not to abuse. I use that word more than a typical sailor. Trust me, I’ve validated that statement. If that word is in the title, I’m reading the book (unless it’s some obscure dinosaur porn called I F***ed a dinosaur – not really into that kind of literature).
I picked up a hardback of this book while perusing Barnes & Noble a few days ago (which I don’t get to do as often as I’d like – but who does, right?). I’ve only read a few pages so far, but it has Duchovny’s wit smeared all over it.
The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan
by Kim Barker
You may be more familiar with this book as its movie title, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (starring Tina Fey). This book covers reporter Kim Barker’s experience during her time in the Middle East. I’m a quarter of the way in on Audible and it is captivating. As a side note, the woman who narrates this book, Kirsten Potter, also narrated a book I recently read (listened to) called Find Her. It’s a dark suspense thriller set in Boston (told you, I like Boston) that had a lot of twists. If you like Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl), I think you’ll enjoy this too.
by Lisa Gardner
by JB Salsbury
On my Kindle, I began reading Fighting Fate today. This is the 7th installment of JB’s Fighting series. Cage fighters and the women who love them. The overall theme of family and loyalty that these books instill is the main reason why I love these stories so much. The books are set in Vegas and there is a good amount of steam, mystery and suspense as well – in case you were wondering.
Here are some books that I’ve read on my Kindle this year, all of which I absolutely loved:
Second Chance Neighbors Series
by Josie Kerr
Do you like guys with beards and tats? Irish guys? Fighters? If you checked any of those boxes, you are going to love this series. Family, unity, loyalty play big roles in these stories. Some good suspense included as well.
Risking Ruin and Borrowing Time (Pig & Barley series)
by Mae Wood
Great reads from Mae Wood, set in Tennessee. Both books center around one couple who flirt with disaster to be together. Pig & Barley refers to a restaurant frequented by the characters, which offers great modern, Tennessee cuisine and the best craft beers – a.k.a, a restaurant that I wish existed in real life!
Here’s To series by Teagan Hunter
This is a great series about finding yourself and being happy regardless of your past. The characters in these books grab your attention from page one and pull at your heartstrings hard. There are some heavy ugly cry moments, for sure. But each tear is completely worth it.
The Rub Down and Our Time
by Gina Sheldon
The first book, The Rub Down, centers on the main character who is training to run the Boston Marathon a year after the bombings. Her trainer suggests working the kinks in her muscles at the hot elite spa called The Rub Down. Our Time continues the story but spotlights different characters. Once again, the story has a “family/loyalty” theme that I absolutely adored.
Change of Hart and Hart to Heart
by M.E. Carter
Sports-centric, which I’m always down for – especially football. These books were sweet and beautiful reads. However, I will warn you that they will make you cry. YOU. WILL. CRY.
All that Jazz by Natasha Boyd
Can’t You See by Dawn L. Chiletz
Natasha Boyd and Dawn L. Chiletz are two of my all time favorite authors.
This year, Boyd released All That Jazz, the third installment of the Eversea series. The setting for these books is low country Georgia and South Carolina, which I am quite fond of. I love her stories and characters and the details she includes regarding location make me long for the beach and the smell of the sea.
Dawn L. Chiletz threw me for a loop when she released this twisty suspense thriller, as her normal subject matter is heartfelt romance. This book is a head scratcher, in a good way. When you are done, you are going to want give it a second read immediately to make sure what just happened, actually just happened.
WHAT I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO READING
Dear Heart, I Hate You by J. Sterling
The Photographer Trilogy by Sarah Robinson
J. Sterling released a new book this week called Dear Heart, I Hate You. I fell in love with her writing a few years back when I read her Game Changer series (if you haven’t met Jack F-ing Carter, I suggest you read that series immediately). I’m looking forward to seeing what J brings us with this book.
While I patiently await the second book in Sarah Robinson’s Kavanagh Legends (Irish fighters) series to release, I want to dive into her Photography Trilogy, which I recently picked up on sale as a box set (currently $5.99 on Amazon – great deal).
Sooooo…that’s it. Well, that’s not really IT. The list of books that I’ve read in the past 6 months and the list of those on my TBR (to be read) are enormous. Massive. This is just the tip of the iceberg, you guys. If you are dying to know more, or want suggestions on what to read next, find me on Facebook (facebook.com/zeiajameson), Twitter or Instagram (@ZeiaJameson), or email at email@example.com.
What’s on your bookshelf?