On the table (with my iced tea and my glasses) are:
1. I chose “The Buried Giant – a novel”, by Booker Prize-Winning author Kazuo Ishiguro, because it was a Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Fantasy last year and because I loved “Remains of the Day” and “Never Let Me Go”
2. “Ghost Story”, by Peter Straub, is in the Horror fiction genre that I was informed is one of the best supernatural stories written and I love to be scared…as long as it’s in the daylight and I can’t hear all of those creepy, creaking house noises..or, is it the house?
3. “Lights Out”, by Ted Koppel, is one of those books I’m trying on for size; it’s imagine a blackout—that lasts not days but weeks or months—speculative thinking to jerk us (or scare us) into thinking about surviving with no water, no electricity, no transportation, no sewage, no refrigeration…all the conveniences modern man expects.
4. In the Sci-Fi genre is one with a feminist twist; “the FeMale mAN” by JoaNna RuSs (trust me, that’s how her name is written on the cover). I really like good science fiction (and I like Margaret Atwood’s books), so, this is a new author to me and I want to try her on and see how her book fits.
5. “the next time you see me”, by holly goddard jones; this is supposed to be her debut novel but she’s also an award-winning author — how curious is that? Anyway, another uncategorizable-genre (like Flynn’s “Gone Girl”), USA Today classified this as “a genre-defying novel filled with mystery and suspicion”, and since I really liked Gillian Flynn’s novel, I’m looking forward to reading this one.
What isn’t on the table is on my Kindle and one is a YA Urban Fantasy Action Adventure, Paranormal Adventure and the other is a Regency Romance.
6. Ever since I read “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak, I’ve decided to give more YA novels a try. “The Dream Slayer”, also a debut novel but this one by indie author Jill Cooper, is Book #1 of 3 and it falls into the paranormal genre. Not my favorite genre, but I’m giving this one a try because I’ve been told Cooper takes paranormal to the next level — and I want to know what that next level is.
7. Anna Campbell has been one of my all-time favorite Regency Romance authors since I read “Untouched” back in 2007. On August 31st of 2015, I purchased “The Seduction of Lord Stone” and planned to read it immediately. I don’t know what happened, but it finally made its way to the top (and I’m embarrassed about that because I love Anna’s romances so much that I practically hold my breath until the next one is published).