Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Finding New Books/Authors

When I am looking for a new author or book, of course the first place to go is a book store and wander! I love touching all the new books, flipping through the big coffee-table photo & art books, and seeing what other people are reading in the coffee area!

I like to get Book Page from my local library. It is a great source for new authors and updates on what's coming from favorite authors. I have also been steered into new genres through the Book Page. Their web site is great!

Another good place to find out about new books is Book Clubs. It is a clearinghouse for most of the book clubs where you subscribe and buy a certain number of books each month. BUT you can browse the book club lists and don't HAVE to purchase. They have links to Christian book clubs, mystery, children's, home improvement, etc.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

New [to me] Authors I'm Loving!

I love it when I discover a "new" author, or at least new to me!

I just finished Belong to Me by Marisa de los Santos. It is about 3 women in a suburb, and how their lives look on the outside and are in reality. Two are new to the area and all 3 become friends even though there is a major conflict and they are all extremely different. It sounds like typical "chick" literature, but I thought the characters were well-drawn and not stereotypes. It was the kind of book where I kept reading to find out what would happen next! She also wrote a book called Loved Walked In that I am going to try.

The Way Life Should Be by Christina Baker-Kline. I don't know why I liked it so much, but I stayed up all night to finish it! It's about following your dreams. I'm going to try some of her other books.

Interred w/ their Bones by Jennifer Lee Carrell is kind of a "DaVinci Code" for the Shakespeare crowd. It's an adventure about a search for a "lost" manuscript.

Garden Spells is by first-time author Sarah Addison Allen. It's about 2 sisters meeting again after 10 years and learning about the misunderstandings that caused them to stay apart.