Thought I’d have a fun book poll today! I’m always interested to see what other’s are reading and why. Call me nosy, crazy, manic, weird, or whatever, but inquiring minds want to know!

  1. What are the last FICTION book you read (excluding ones given to you as an influencer)?
  2. What is the last NON-fiction book you read?
  3. What made you decide to purchase/read this book?
  4. I won’t ask you to tell me if you liked it or disliked it. But… tell me one thing you LIKED about the book… one thing you’d give a thumbs up to.

To answer my own poll… here goes.

Last fiction book non-review related: Cowboy Christmas (finished today) by Mary Connealy and Leaving Carolina by Tamara Leigh… finished while at ACFW.

Last non-fiction book: Um… I don’t remember. I rarely read non-fiction… Yes, I’m a fiction snob. This is why I listed 2 fiction!

Why did I purchase/read? I’ve read a few of Mary’s books lately and enjoyed them all… so when I saw this one at ACFW bookstore and had the chance for her to sign it, I took her up on it! What did I like about it? I like buying her books because I can TRUST her. I’ve never read a book of hers I didn’t enjoy, and they have that *sigh* awww feeling at the end. I loved the characters, even though I wanted to slap some sense into the heroine a time or two. *grin*

Tamara’s I bought because I am a member of the TAMARA LEIGH FAN CLUB as I’ve noted in previous blogs. If you haven’t read a Tamara Leigh book… you’re truly missing out! Leaving Carolina was great, and I’m already miffed that I have to wait till next year to read another one! What did I like about it? Um, everything. I love her crazy sense of humor, I loved the characters, I loved that she made me laugh but at the same point and time want to slug a few people.



  1. I like Connealy's stuff too! Never heard of Tamara Leigh.
    Right now I'm reading Lessman's A Passion Denied. It's great. 🙂 I'm enjoying the consistency of her characterization. Even though it's the third book, Charity is still Charity and Faith is still Faith. I love that they haven't lost their personalities. 🙂

  2. I started Mary DeMuth's Slow Burn on the plane ride home from ACFW. I have a hard time reading really serious contemporary fiction, but it was the only book I had! And actually it was good to get a glimpse into her writing style.

    I actually like non-fiction too. But I haven't read anything in a while. I'll be starting to read a "mothering" book with a friend soon, and I always love those kinds of books!

  3. Hmm. Last fiction I read was Oxygen by John B. Olson and Randy Ingermanson. Not my usual genre to read but I remembered Randy referencing it in a teaching example and then someone else recommended it. Fast paced with twists and turns. A mystery and a love story. Good stuff.

    However, after ACFW, I have a bag of books waiting to be read as a reward for getting some writing done.

    Non-fiction? Becoming a Woman of Prayer by Cynthia Heald. (I'm leading a Bible study this fall.)

  4. I just read Fearless by Max Lucado, everyone on Earth should read that!!! Great book.

  5. I just got done reading the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. Right now I am reading Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol and Angels and Demons. After that I am going to read Salt and Silver…forgot the authors name. Then on to Menu for Romance. The list keeps on building.

    OH OH OH AND I'm reading Donald Maass's Writing the Breakout Novel Work book. I'm temporarily in love with him!

  6. the latest fiction i read was Mary DeMuth's A Slow Burn .

    latest non-fiction in A Novel Idea written by fiction writers about HOW to write fiction. 🙂

    i purchased the non-fiction book b/c it was insane how many authors i loved had contributed. i'm an influencer for mary's book, so didn't purchase it.

    and for what i liked about it, you'll have to read my review of A Slow Burn on my blog and enter to win it yourself!

    Where Romance Meets Therapy

  7. I've most recently listened to Love, Aubrey, When You Reach Me, and am in the middle of The Hunger Games. I love books on CD for errands.

    Before that, I finished Persuasion for my adult book club.

    I need to tackle Pedro's Journal and The Bronze Bow for my after-school book clubs.

    I'm trying to stay away from bookstores and read through my own shelves/go to the library.

  8. Last fiction book I read that wasn't a re-read or something I was editing or something for potential endorsement was . . . oh, yeah: MaryLu Tyndall's The Blue Enchantress. (I don't get to read fiction for pleasure much anymore.)

    Last nonfiction books I've read:
    Quitting Church by Julia Duin
    The Power of the Dark Side (for a blog series) by Pamela Jaye Smith
    Bullies, B'stards & B*tches (for a blog series) by Jessica Page Morrell
    Jane Austen's Guide to Good Manners (Research)

  9. Hi Krista –

    I'm currently reading Kristin Heitzmann's book, "Edge of Recall." I'll be reviewing it soon, so I won't elaborate here.

    I read Randy Ingermanson and John Olson's, "Oxygen." Fabulous. Just when I thought I'd figured out whodunit, there'd be another twist.

    Except for the Bible and my friend's devotional, I haven't read any non-fiction in awhile.

    Susan 🙂

  10. I love anything by Mary Connealy. 🙂

    Current fiction book I'm reading? Just started Even Money by Dick and Felix Francis.

    Non Fiction book? I picked up a zillion history books for research on our recent vacation, so I'll be delving into those.

    Reasons for these particular books?

    Dick Francis – because he's DICK FRANCIS! 🙂

    History books…because I'm a history geek.

  11. I read "Seaside Letters" by Denise Hunter. Sooo good!! I enjoyed the male characterization. He seemed – male. His thought processes and communication skills made you forget he was written by a female 🙂

    I have a really hard time reading non-fiction. But, I'm currently reading "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn. Definitely worth the time. Brings a totally different perspective to Heaven.

  12. Last fiction book I read was Dead Sea by Brian Keene. I chose it because he's a horror writer I haven't read before and I'm trying to broaden my reading in the genre. Two things I particularly liked about it were the characterization of the two child characters. They were children, not mini adults. The second thing I liked was the explanation of why people were turning to zombies.
    The non-fiction book is one I'm still reading-Writers Workshop of Horror. I chose it because, well, I'm a writer and I like horror. I like that each chapter is written by a different person in the field so I get a variety of opinions and not just what works for one person.

  13. I recently finished (in the fiction category) How I Became A Famous Novelist by Steve Heley. Just wanted to read something that poked fun at the whole writing thing, since I take it all so seriously, being a writer and all. And he did do a good job of that. I read about it in Entertainment Weekly…I tend to go by reviews in that magazine for some reason;)

    As for non fiction, I've read half of Hooked, and the author makes some good points.

  14. Oops, I hate typos, Steve's last name is spelled Hely!

  15. My husband and I listed to Jan Karon's Mitford series in the car. I love it!

  16. 1. "The Last Song" by Nicholas Sparks and currently listening to the audio version "Dear John"

    2. "Home: A Memoir of My Early Years" by Julie Andrews

    3. I love pretty much everything N. Sparks writes. Including his non-fiction "Three Weeks With My Brother"

    I was very interested in Julie Andrews life and how she became who she is today.

    4. Thumbs up to N. Sparks "The Last Song"- I felt the emotions of the characters. I don't want to give away any details or I'd say more. lol

    Thumbs up to J. Andrews- I listened to this in audio and loved hearing her voice telling the story of her young life. Her early years as a singer/actress sucked me in.

  17. I read Cheryl Wyatt's book Ready Made Family on the plane home from ACFW. It's the second book I've hers I've read and I enjoy her pacing and characters.

    Most recent nonfiction: GMC: Goals, Motivation, Conflict by Debra Dixon. What I liked best? It's clean, simple…and may have changed my method of plotting forever. For the first time I really understand character based plotting for an outliner. Good stuff.

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