something related to Valentine's Day.
I have chosen to list some of the authors I LOVE and their publications
which I have not reviewed on this blog yet.
Hopefully I will have reviews for at least some of these posted here in the future... :)
One of the most fun parts of meeting Garth Stein? Listening to his enthusiasm about his newest project and upcoming release...a children's picture book starring Enzo! Of course, I had to check it out at Christmas that year for my grandkids, and now I see that this past Christmas, there was the release of another Enzo picture book with a Christmas theme. Although I'm behind, I'll have to make a note to get that one for the grandchildren, too! You don't have to wonder about his energy level, his enthusiasm is palpable! I can only imagine that working this this man is both energizing AND exhilarating! Meeting him was so much fun!
While working at Borders I was obsessed with the cover image for Lost & Found (Rocky Pelligrino #1). I knew I had to read this book after reading the synopsis. And I was correct! I loved it! As well as the others she has written! Since I buzzed right through Now & Then and Picture This (Rocky Pelligrino #2) as well! What is it exactly that resonates so well with me about Sheehan's writing? Undoubtedly, besides the canines included in these stories, it is the acceptance, respect, retribution, kindness, and compassion her characters demonstrate and explore. I have mentioned before that characterization is of utmost importance to me in reading. While I appreciate a compelling story line and a plot that moves along, I want to truly connect with the characters and ideally, feel as if I am right there living their story with them. Sheehan definitely does this for me in so very many ways! I am anxious to read her newest release, The Center of the World, which looks as if it may be a bit of a departure from her previous novels. I'm always excited when a favorite author forges ahead into relatively new storytelling territory! Then in the process of researching Sheehan I discovered The Comet's Tale, a historical fiction novel about Sojourner Truth! I can't imagine it isn't also amazing!
5) Anthony Eglin
The English Garden/Lawrence Kingston mystery series: The Blue Rose, The Lost Gardens, The Water Lily Cross, The Trail of the Wild Rose, Garden of Secrets Past, The Alcatraz Rose: A Lawrence Kingston Mystery. Eglin includes much botany with each installment as Kingston finds the killer(s) every time! Sometimes he's almost the next victim! And these covers! Isn't it imperative to own these books for these gorgeous flowers, at the very least? :)
6) Kate Jacobs
Ah, Kate's Friday Night Knitting Club series! The Borders Book Club read every single one of these three books and loved them all! Any time Ms. Jacobs wants to write more of these books, we'll be happy to read them! :) This series contains three installments: The Friday Night Knitting Club, Knit Two, and Knit the Season. She also published a stand-alone, Comfort Food, which I really enjoyed, though I truly believe the magic contained in the three Friday Night Knitting club installments may be one-of-a-kind unable of being reproduced. Those books spoiled me!
7) Spencer Quinn
8) Terri Dulong's Cedar Key series: Spinning Forward, Casting About, Sunrise on Cedar Key, Postcards from Cedar Key, Secrets on Cedar Key, Farewell to Cedar Key. It has been a while since I read the first two books and I really need to catch up and read the others! I"m fairly certain I own them all...so no excuses, right?!? :) I remember the poignancy and humanity with which DuLong imbues her characters and the plot. I typically read for characterization and this woman provides that! In spades!
And last year she started the Ormond Beach series with Patterns of Change as the first installment! I can't imagine that I won't enjoy this series just as much!
9 & 10 & 11) (maybe 12? lol) Alexander McCall Smith
This man is one of the most prolific authors! And I'm so glad! I absolutely adore three of his series, the first is, perhaps, his best known...The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. I'll only post a few of the cover images for this series that now has 16 installments! though I own them, I have yet to read the last four! These are just very simple yet charming mysteries and stories. Perhaps what I like best is that I feel as if I am there in Botswana while reading them! We are reading the first installment of this series for the Borders Book Club later this month, so perhaps I'll get to these last four!
McCall Smith also has some stand-alones, one of which is La's Orchestra Saves the World which I felt to be quite a unique and heartfelt read.
I also love the Isabel Dalhousie series which begins with The Sunday Philosophy Club. I described this first installment as "sublime and serene" and I would agree. I love Isabel and her story! I am really behind in this series, though I own them all except these last two!
The third series that I have read and adored is Corduroy Mansions. I read the first book in this series before I was ever on Goodreads and have yet to review it on there. (Typically I always review anything I've read on Goodreads, as it is my ultimate reference for books read!) How can you resist that sweet little "dogger" as my good friend Katie says? :)
I now own several of the books in McCall Smith's 44 Scotland Street series. I'm anxious to see what I think of this series, too!
I actually read the first three installments of his Portuguese Irregular Verbs series while working at Borders and was not overly-impressed. These books were just a bit too dry for me, though I adore the covers and titles! :)
I also own several more stand-alones: Emma, Trains and Lovers, The Forever Girl.