Between the Pages of a Book (Penny Rader)

This month our topic is What Do You Read?

My answer: a bit of everything

I love reading.  Have since I was a kid. I read for escape and the emotional punch and I read for knowledge and inspiration. I'd be so lost without books.  Just being in a room with them gives me a sense of, well, comfort and well-being.  If I was told I had only a year to live, I'd read as many books as I possibly could, in between visits with family and friends, maybe even with family and friends. (Reading to and with kiddoes and grandkiddoes is great fun.  Seeing kids read makes my heart happy.)

My reading kind of came to a standstill the first few months of this year.  Tax season was pretty brutal and I've been struggling with some health issues.  I'm know I'm sick and/or tired when I look at the books on the table beside me but lack the energy to pick them up. Fortunately, I'm starting to feel a bit better and sneaking in reading time whenever I can.  

Here's what I'm reading now:

Paper books (my favorite way to read):


  • Perfect Timing by Catherine Anderson


  • You've Got a Book in You: A Stress-free Guide to Writing the book of Your Dreams by Elizabeth Sims
  • Writing the Fiction Series: The Complete Guide for Novels and Novellas by Karen S Wiesner

On my Nook:

  • Writing Love: Screenwriting Tips for Authors II by Alexandra Sokoloff (Thanks to our own Melissa Robbins for this recommendation during an awesome plotting program she presented to WARA.)
  • Don't Know Much about Mythology by Kenneth C Davis

I have so many books I want to read. Does anyone else need to know what you're going to read next?  I like to know what I'm going to read next and after that and after that.  It actually kind of freaks me out if I don't have something lined up.

I also try to always have a book with me because I never know if unexpected reading time will open up: doctor's office or hospital, car breaks down, long line at the bank or DMV.  When my kiddoes were little, I'd read for the 10 minutes or so while waiting to pick them up from school or whatever activity I was picking them up from.  I haven't mastered the art of writing in those 10-15 minutes spurts (except for snatches of scenes that randomly pop into my head...usually when I driving), but I can read several pages in 10-15 minutes.

These are some of the books waiting at the top of my TBR piles:

Paper Books


  • Celebrity in Death by J D Robb
  • Delusion in Death by J D Robb
  • Calculated in Death by J D Robb  (I guess it's obvious that J D Robb's In Death series is my absolute favorite series; I just got a little behind in reading the series)
  • Caught by Harlan Coben  (I adore his suspense/thriller novels.  Great voice.  Never really know what's going to happen.)
  • The Wanderer by Robyn Carr (Her Virgin River series was another favorite.  Hoping her new Thunder Point series is just as good.)
  • The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison
  • The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club by Wanda Brunstetter  (Recommended by mom. The blurb makes it sound like a fun read.)
  • The Wedding Party by Robyn Carr


  • The Moral Premise: Harnessing Virtue & Vice for Box Office Success by Stanley D Williams
  • The Story Template: Conquer Writer's Block Using the Universal Structure of Story by Amy Deardon
  • Writing for Emotional Impact by Karl Iglesias
  • Romancing the Ordinary: A Year of Simple Splendor by Sarah Ban Breathnach
  • The Dreaded Synopsis by Elizabeth Sinclair
  • The Anatomy of Motive by John Douglas
  • Organizing from the Inside Out by Julie Morgenstern
  • A Voice of Her Own: Women and the Journal-Writing Journey by Marlene A Schiwy

On my Nook:


  • If the Shoe Fits: A Contemporary Fairy Tale by Sandra D Bricker
  • Legacy of the Witch by Maggie Shayne
  • Reckless Magic by Rachel Higginson
  • To Kill a Warlock by H.P. Mallory
  • Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson


  • Break into Fiction: 11 Steps to Building a Story That Sells by Mary Buckham
  • 101 Habits of Highly Successful Screenwriters by Karl Iglesias
  • Crafting Novels & Short Stories: The Complete Guide to Writing Great Fiction from the Editors of Writer's Digest
  • What Your Childhood Memories Say about You by Kevin Leman
  • Kiss Me Like You Mean It: Solomon's Crazy in Love How-To Manual by Dr David Clarke
  • People Can't Drive You Crazy If You Don't Give Them the Keys by Micke Bechtle
  • Making Sense of People: Decoding the Mysteries of Personality by Samuel Barondes

As you can see from the lists above, I have lots of favorite types of books: romance, suspense, thrillers, y/a, paranormal, craft of writing, what makes people tick, self-improvement.

How about you?  What are you reading now?

What's waiting on your To Be Read list/pile?

I have a To Be Purchased and/or Borrowed list, too. (Kristin Hannah, Sharon Sala/Dinah McCall, Lisa Gardner, Catherine Anderson, Harlan  Coben, Marilyn Pappano) How about you?


Joanie said...

I'm in summer re-reading mode and in the third book of the Kick Keswick series by Marne Davis Kellogg. Love your choices, and will be checking out some of these, soon, too.

Penny Rader said...

Hi Joanie! What sort of a series is Kick Keswick?

Joanie said...

Kick Keswick mysteries have an unlikely heroine--she's a jewel thief--and there are the kind of romance elements you get between Cary Grant & Grace Kelly in To Catch a Thief. There are only four in the series. Wish there were more, but the author seems to be at a standstill writing wise. Sigh...

Rox Delaney said...

Penny, I'm going to check out your lists of books. I'm always looking for something to add to my piles, whether print or electronic. Whether I read them soon or not is debatable, but at least I'll never run out of something to write...if the chance to read, read, read ever comes along. ;)

Elizabeth Sims said...

Very glad you're reading 'You've Got a Book in You'! When you're done, I'd like to know what you think of it. You can reach me through my web site.

Penny Rader said...

That is disappointing, Joanie, when you really like a series but get all the books read only to hope/wonder if there will be more. I'll have to check out that series.

Penny Rader said...

Hi Rox! I'm always on the lookout for a good read. I seem to have gotten really picky though and don't have the patience to wade through books that don't capture my interest.

Penny Rader said...

Welcome, Elizabeth. I'm about a hundred pages into your book. Liking the stormwriting and heartbrain, the Writing Blasts and Actions. Oh, and your CHISEL IT IN STONE bits.

I haven't let myself get highlighter happy yet. After I finish my first read through, I'll go back with my highlighters, notebook, and pen. And see what I can do about getting my second completed novel out of me.

Reese Mobley said...

I absolutely love your lists. You have a lot of good books on your TBR pile. Go ahead, take the rest of the day off and read. I won't tell!