Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Why did you ask? - Linda Conrad

What are you reading?

I get that question all the time, and, yes, I know many readers and fans are interested in learning what authors read. I’m interested myself in finding out what other people are reading. It’s much more than just being nosy. I get all kinds of ideas for new books and new plots by reading. And I believe it’s important to note what’s currently popular in popular fiction. By finding out what other people are reading, I can keep my fingers on the pulse of the next ‘new’ thing.

But here’s the problem; I read a bizarre assortment of oddball books. I’ve even been known to read the Yellow Pages on occasion. (though, I hate to admit it)

A few days ago I was once again asked to list what I’d been reading. Now, if I had been completely honest, I would’ve listed:

The Nutrisystem catalog

Walking in Circles Before Lying Down, a novel by Merrill Markoe

The Quickie, by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge

The November issue of Allure magazine

The Dog Etiquette Book, by Charlotte Reed

The Baby Name Survey Book-- What people think about your baby’s name, by Lansky & Sinrod. (Don’t get any ideas. This one was for a book I’m working on!)

Pontoon, by Garrison Keillor

And on my nightstand is the anthology: No Rest for the Witches, by Mary Janice Davidson, Lori Handeland, Cheyenne McCray and Christine Warren.

Rather a mixed-up mess, don’t you agree? That’s why my answer only included the novels. I didn’t imagine anyone would want to know the whole truth.

But now I’m asking you. What are you reading? Do you have the guts to tell everything? If you don’t, not to worry. No one will ever know.

I’ll draw two names from everyone who leaves a comment in the next twenty-four hours to win a copy of my latest release: SHADOW WHISPERS, the last book in the Night Guardian series.



Lois said...

Hi, and Happy Halloween! :) I'm reading a nice spooky Gothic right now by Eve Silver called Dark Prince. :) And of course reading plenty of stuff online. :)


tam said...


I checked SHADOW WHISPERS out, is sounds really good!!!

Stacy S said...

I'm reading Caine's Reckoning by Sarah McCarty. Next is A Cold Day In Hell by Stella Cameron.

robynl said...

Sunnie and Cisco seem like they are good together in more ways than one. LOL.
I'm reading 'Treasure' by Helen Brenna.

Beth said...

I just finished "School Days" by Robert B. Parker and "The Wheel of Darkness" by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. I'm currently devouring the November issue of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, "Love in the Time of Cholera" (Marquez can be a bit too detailed for my taste, but it's a solid story), and The Journal of Joyce Carol Oates. And I'm anxiously awaiting my name to come on the library list for the latest J.D. Robb, "Creation in Death."

Cathy said...

I have had a great reading weekend. Got thru Lick of Frost, Caine's Reckoning and Mane Event. Next up is Tara Janzen's new release, On The Loose.

Pam said...

That is a very eclectic book list, Linda.

I've got No Rest for the Witches on my night stand, too, but first I have to read Lady of Light and Shadows by C. L. Wilson. Sequel to her debut book, Lord of the Fading Lands - great book, my new favorite author.

diane said...

Have a great Halloween. I am reading The Sense of Paper by Taylor Holden. Memorable.

Linda Conrad said...

Happy Halloween everyone!

We've been in and out of electricity today due to our non-hurricane event here in south Florida, so I'm getting to read more than usual for a work day.
Loving some of the titles you all are reading. Great new books for me to try!


ellie said...

I am reading a wonderful novel, Any Bitter Thing by Monica Wood.

Nathalie said...

I am reading an ARC of Marrying Captain Jack by Anne Herries... very nice!

Lily said...

I am reading A thinf in a Kilt by Sandy Blair! I love historiclas...

Linda Conrad said...

Hope everyone stayed safe through Halloween!
Don't know how this should work, but I had my DH pick numbers and Robynl and Cathy were chosen to win autographed copies of Shadow Whisper!
Shoot me your snail mail addresses -

BTW, some great recommendations here, thanks! I'm off to pick up a bunch of new books to read.


Charlene Sands said...

Hi Linda,
Great blog about books! Just thought I'd say hello!