Fiction Friday: What Are You Reading?

Welcome to Fiction Friday, the “What are you reading?” edition.

What are you reading?My last email newsletter offered readers a chance to win one of three copies of Somewhere Between Luck and Trust. I asked them “what are you reading?” All they had to do to enter was tell me a book on their summer list. Everybody who did has been entered in the giveaway, and the winners will be announced in my next newsletter.

I got a flood of email and enjoyed reading each and every one. I can’t possibly list every book that was mentioned, so instead I decided to take the last dozen entries and share them with you.

Don’t you wonder what books entice your fellow readers, people whose taste is at least somewhat similar to yours since they subscribe to my newsletter and clearly read at least some of my books?  After all, what better recommendation for your own summer reading material?

I loosely divided the books into five categories,

  1. General fiction
  2. Mystery and suspense
  3. Historical fiction (including a time travel)
  4. Christian fiction
  5. Paranormal fantasy.

In the general fiction category I was delighted to see that my friend Diane Chamberlain’s novel , The Lost Daughter, was listed.  (The book was published in the United States as The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes.) Also on a list was Liane Moriarty’s The Husband’s Secret–a book I might suggest to my own book club.  Jubilee’s Journey by Betty Crosby was new to me, but gets wonderful reviews.CeeCee Wilkes

Mystery and suspense–including thrillers–was the biggest category with four novels: The Laughter of Dead Kings by Barbara Peters; Maya’s Notebook by Isabel Allende (A literary mystery), The Collector by Nora Roberts (romantic suspense) and The Other Woman by Hank Phillipi Ryan (a thriller).

Two historical novels were mentioned, the long-awaited 8th book in the Outlander series, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon and Meet the Earl at Midnight by Gina Conkle, which takes place in the Georgian era in England.What are you reading?

Two inspirational books are also on my twelve readers’ lists.  A Miracle of Hope by Ruth Reid is an Amish Christian fiction romance, and How to Hear from God by Joyce Meyer is a non-fiction novel about prayer.

Finally Son of No One by Sherrilyn Kenyon rounded out the list, the only paranormal novel in the twelve. Remember, though, I only chose the last twelve emails I received, there were many more emails with many other books. In fact I believe this is the most entries I’ve ever received.What are you reading?

So there they are, more possibilities for your own summer reading. I purposely left out the readers who have my own novels on their summer list so that you could have some different suggestions, too.

If you’re not signed up for my monthly newsletter, you can add your name here. Meantime, what are you reading? I hope your summer is filled with stacks of great books.

**I’ve linked all the books to Amazon, where I’m an Associate. But buy them anywhere books are sold and the authors will be thrilled.



  1. Jill Eliot on July 11, 2014 at 2:16 am

    A great read is HAM, Slices of a Life by Sam Harris. It is autobiographical. Fun and pathos.

  2. Debbie Haupt on July 11, 2014 at 10:54 am

    Hi Emilie, Oh Diana Gabaldon’s novel in on my wish list.
    right now I’m reading for review The Book of LIfe the third in Deborah Harkness’s All Soul’s Trilogy, Loving it. It releases next week. Then I’m on to my October reviews.
    Happy Weekend!

    • Emilie Richards on July 11, 2014 at 12:22 pm

      I’ve been hoarding the second Harkness book on my Kindle because I knew there would only be three and I loved the first so much. Time to read it now that the third one is about to appear. I have everything from book four of Outlander on to look forward to in my future. Love that people are telling me what they’re reading here.

  3. Darlene George on July 19, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    I am presently reading(listening on audio-book) Natchez Burning and actually reading Nantucket Sisters.

  4. Martha on August 1, 2014 at 8:57 am

    Thanks for the list of books offered by your fans. There are at least two among them that I will suggest to my book club. We will draft a list for 2015 at our August meeting, which enables us to shop our “Friends of the Library” used book sale in September. Awesome books at awesome prices.

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