BTT: Recent Best


This week’s Booking Through Thursday question asks what our recent best read was. They were a bit more eloquent in the wording, however.

I was thinking last night, before I saw this question, that it’s been awhile since I mentioned some really good reads. Let me fix that now:

I think Bound by Honor, Colette Gale’s latest, is her best yet. The emotions run deeper here; more’s at stake. And from my limited knowledge and innocence, I’d say this sort of scenario isn’t that out of the question.

The Pleasure of My Company proved that Steve Martin isn’t a fluke as a writer. He has a knack for picking up really odd characters — the exact kind I can’t stand — but infusing them with a warmth and emotion that can’t be denied. I wound up loving Daniel. There’s nothing pathetic about this guy, as it seems at first glance.

I’ve raved about Hank Philippi Ryan’s Prime Time before. I’m gonna do it again. As others have said, it’s totally refreshing to see a character in her mid forties be so … normal and contemporary. It gives me hope I won’t have to turn into a fuddy-duddy as I age.

That’s it for now. I haven’t been reading as much of late — there are books of my own to promote, and books of my own to write. And the past few weeks, I’ve been giving up on more than I have thus far this year. Maybe because I’m trying to read more. Maybe I’m just on a streak.

Either way, it’s making Mt. TBR shrink, and that’s a good thing. It’s a bit daunting, my TBR mountains.



  1. gautami tripathy

    August 20, 2009 11:53 am

    I will check those out as I trust your judgement!

    Booking through recent best
    .-= gautami tripathy´s last blog ..static of the radio bustles at me =-.

  2. susan

    August 20, 2009 12:45 pm

    Aww, G. Thanks. I do try to only pimp the good stuff.
    .-= susan´s last blog ..BTT: Recent Best =-.

  3. Patricia

    August 20, 2009 1:06 pm

    I read “Prime Time” when you recommended it earlier. I had forgotten the author so when I went to I just bought several mysteries all named “Prime Time” and hoped I got the one you discussed. Turns out, the one by Hank P. Ryan that you talked about was definitely the best of the several novels all named “Prime Time.” So, yes! Read “Prime Time.” Just make sure you get the right one.

  4. Melissa - Shhh I'm Reading

    August 20, 2009 2:00 pm

    I’ve heard good things about Prime Time. Thanks for the recommend.
    .-= Melissa – Shhh I’m Reading´s last blog ..Booking Through Thursday…Recent Best =-.

  5. Susan B. Evans

    August 20, 2009 8:53 pm

    I know what you mean – everyday I seem to add more and more to my tbr list!

    It was hard for me to pick just one favorite, so I did a top five 🙂 Here’s my BTT.
    .-= Susan B. Evans´s last blog ..Black Ships: A Book Review =-.

  6. Alice Audrey

    August 21, 2009 12:47 am

    Steve Martin’s writing sounds just like his acting.
    .-= Alice Audrey´s last blog ..“The Dragons Did it.” =-.

  7. Devilish Southern Belle

    August 21, 2009 10:21 am

    My TBR mountains just grow exponentially!

  8. BeadedTail

    August 21, 2009 6:11 pm

    I’ve heard that Steve Martin wrote a book but didn’t know much more about it. I am going to check it out now that you have said to! I’m also going to check out the others too as they sound just as good!
    .-= BeadedTail´s last blog ..Friday Features! =-.

  9. Jane Doe

    August 22, 2009 1:21 pm

    I’ll be looking for those books next time I head to Half Price Books. Thanks for the info, I’m always looking for new books and authors.

    Have a great day!


  10. Bob-kat

    August 23, 2009 7:13 am

    I will add these to my list though I have little time for reading these days. Like others here thoughm, I trust your judgement!

    I especially like the idea of a book centred on a female character in her forties that’s not an old fuddy duddy. Gives me hope too 🙂
    .-= Bob-kat´s last blog ..Just to prove I’m still alive =-.

  11. Julia Smith

    August 23, 2009 2:19 pm

    Bound By Honor looks great.
    .-= Julia Smith´s last blog ..Summer Stock Sunday – 13 =-.

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